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Gearing up for the Potomac Primary

This morning, Sylvia Moreno, Steve Hendrix and Karin Brulliard report that "Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are aggressively targeting Latino and immigrant voters in the Washington area, especially Northern Virginia, for Tuesday's Potomac Primary, as the region's foreign-born communities have grown so rapidly that their ballots could be decisive in a close electoral contest." And Tim Craig and John Wagner write about being at "The Jefferson-Jackson dinner, the largest fundraiser for the Democratic Party of Virginia each year," which was also "the only time the two will appear at the same event before voters go to the polls Tuesday in the District, Maryland and Virginia. Clinton and Obama both view Virginia as the major prize."

More coverage of the national race in the Washington area can be found on The Washington Post's Maryland blog "Maryland Moment", D.C. politics blog "Raw Fisher" and Virginia blog "Virginia Politics."

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Just wait till Hillary figures out the superdelegates are not going to go down in flames for her...That tantrum will be enough to make Paris Hilton blush!

Posted by: gmundenat | February 11, 2008 2:10 AM | Report abuse

I continue to be astounded at how gullible
voters can be over an empty suit who would make Elmer Gantry and Huey Long proud(Obama). What is it this guy stands for, except an ad nauseum promise of change. Change to what? Change how? What specifics does he have for whatever change he alludes to? Is it the preacher
cadence of his speeches that make people forget he isn't saying anything and do the
lemming run right over the edge of the cliff? I actually thought most people thought for themselves(oh wait, doesn't he have the educated vote) and didn't get caught up in mass hysteria over something as important as this election. I still hope people DO seriously examine what this
candidate stands for or not(because its obvious the Media won't give any serious scrutiny to him.)
Strutting around the stage, emoting, is not my idea of a candidate for Pres. of U.S.

Posted by: Kavanaugh1 | February 11, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

You know , every single exit poll has repeatedly shown that Obama voters are better educated then Clinton voters , and that fact really does shine through on all of these political blogs.

How anyone could vote for more Clinton scandals in the "peoples" White House is beyond me.

Clinton claiming all them years as first lady as experience ,is like saying the Brain Surgeons wife is qualified to perform the operation.

Clinton brings with her a , House Divided , another do Nothing Congress , and more Clinton Scandals.She is like George Bush on Steroids.

I am a 51 year old white disabled male. I live on a fixed income , and i send in $20 a month to the Obama campaign , and in my world , that's a lot of money. I also just signed up to take part in an Obama sign waving event in my area. The thing is , Obama has real every day people supporting his campaign , people that are so DONE with Washington and people like the Clinton's.

Obama actually has more time in elected office then Clinton , and one of his biggest assets is , he hasn't been in Washington long enough to become tainted.

If you want something to get done for a change ( VOTE OBAMA )

Posted by: cakemanjb | February 10, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I thought this needed to be said because it is further proof of how substantative Obama is compared to the fraud Hillary Clinton. I am tired of uninformed voters and HRC campaign posers trying to distort the facts? Please read the following information gathered from the Library of Congress. Feel free to check these records for yourself; better still, read a little more, and try and stay current before posting assinine comments:

Clinton v. Obama on Legislative Experience:
Senator Clinton, who has served only one full term (6yrs.), and another year campaigning, has managed to author and pass into law, (20) twenty pieces of legislation in her first six years. These bills can be found on the website of the Library of Congress (, but to save you trouble, I'll post them here for you: 1. Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site. 2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month. 3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. 4. Name courthouse after Thurgood Marshall. 5. Name courthouse after James L. Watson. 6. Name post office after Jonn A. O'Shea. 7. Designate Aug. 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day. 8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day. 9. Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death. 10. Congratulate the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship. 11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship. 12. Establish the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Commemorative Program. 13. Name post office after Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda. 14. Honor Shirley Chisholm for her service to the nation and express condolences on her death. 15. Honor John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, firefighters who lost their lives on duty. Only five of Clinton's bills are, more substantive. 16. Extend period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11. 17. Pay for city projects in response to 9/11 18. Assist landmine victims in other countries. 19. Assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care. 20. Designate part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as protected in the wilderness preservation system.
There you have it, the fact's straight from the Senate Record.
Now, I would post those of Obama's, but the list is too substantive, so I'll mainly categorize.

During the first (8) eight months of his elected service he sponsored over 820 bills. He introduced 233 regarding healthcare reform, 125 on poverty and public assistance, 112 crime fighting bills, 97 economic bills, 60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills, 21 ethics reform bills, 15 gun control, 6 veterans affairs and many others. His first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427. These inculded **the Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 (became law), **The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, (became law), **The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the Senate, **The 2007 Government Ethics Bill, (became law), **The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill, (In committee), and many more. In all since he entered the U.S. Senate, Senator Obama has written 890 bills and co-sponsored another 1096. An impressive record, for someone who supposedly has no legislative record. . . . My last point: Obama needs name recognition, he needs to be among the people, so people feel like they have access to him. HRC's debate challenge is more about the fact that her campaign is running low on money and she gets free air-time without spending anything. Would you give up the chance to see 20,000 voters up close and personal to be on a televised debate? No way! Obama, stick to your guns. Debate on your terms, not Hillary's! Go Obama 2008!

Posted by: qlinderman10 | February 10, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse


The people of "the great Potomac area" area not idiots. We know full well that Obama is a Christian. Go peddle that crap to your inbred cousinbrothers and leave the more intelligent folks (that would be about 99.995% of American democrats) alone already.

But if it makes you feel any better, I'm going to go over and donate another $50 at the Obama campaign's Web site,, in recognition of you, and then I'm heading out to canvass in Maryland this afternoon and evening. Thanks for motivating me! LOL

Posted by: whatmeregister | February 10, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Check out the big Pity Party at Taylor Marsh:

They are spending all their time complaining about all of the horrible inequities being heaped on Hillary, (Caucuses are inherently unfair to Hillary, DNC is being unfair to Hillary by not seating the Florida delegates, the entire MSM, except for FOX Noise, is biased against her, etc).

Interesting... you'd think that with the recent losses that they'd be out canvassing. Good luck with the "Pity" strategy. We'll see if it works.

Posted by: bonsai5966 | February 10, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Could not agree more with "markbirdsall." The comments of "1chris1" are pathetic, freedom of speech notwithstanding. The comments are just blatantly ignorant.

Posted by: wfields | February 10, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

REMOVE THE POST OF "1chris1". Does the Washington Post have no standards? It is a nonsense statement and fuels the many smear campaigns directed against Obama. I come to these blogs to read points of view based in fact or reasoned opinion. Not to see the rants of racist xenophobes.

Posted by: markbirdsall | February 10, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

The English papers are serving their European perspective. Read about the panic in the Clinton team, Al Gore as compromise candidate and the fact that a democratic contest takes time, an anointing not so much, here:

Posted by: old_europe | February 10, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse




Posted by: 1chris1 | February 10, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Let's harness the excitement we're seeing among Democrats for BOTH amazing candidates. Sign the petition to Howard Dean and the DNC at

Posted by: steven4 | February 10, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

It looks like Obama is well on his way now, especially with reports like this (including a Virginia analysis below):

Democratic Candidates Google Comparison, Facebook overview and WWW Site Analysis:

Posted by: davidmwe | February 10, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

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