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By Shailagh Murray
RICHMOND -- Virginia Democrats greeted Sen. Barack Obama with deafening applause as he walked on stage to address the party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner, a victor in four Democratic contests over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Obama's plane touched down from Maine as the networks were declaring him the two-to-one winner of the Nebraska and Washington caucuses. By the time he started speaking, Louisiana had been called for him too. And Obama won the Virgin Islands with nearly 90 percent of the vote.

Gov. Tim Kaine, an early Obama supporter, predicted a similar outcome in Virginia on Tuesday, telling the crowd as he introduced the Illinois senator, "You've got that Barack Obama feeling."

Obama declared, "Today the voters from the West Coast to the Gulf Coast to the heart of America, stood up to say, yes we can. We won in Louisiana. We won in Nebraska. We won in Washington state. We won north, we won south and we won in between. And I believe we can win Virginia on Tuesday."

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According to the demographics, I should be voting for Hillary Clinton: I'm a white, 60-year-old, highly educated woman from the Northeast. But I'm voting for Obama. I've waited all my life for a viable woman candidate for the presidency, but this is not the right woman. I want a woman of the highest ability and virtue, who would serve as a glorious role model to all young women. Hillary Clinton is not that woman.
She rode into power with her husband, and together they've acquired a long and seriously flawed history of self-serving and secretive financial and political dealings. The most cursory research will prove that true. She started out her political life supporting the racist Barry Goldwater. She is as comfortable with deception and trickery as George Bush. When I hear woman saying, "Oh, but that's how you get things done in Washington," I literally cringe.
I am passionately supporting Barack Obama. He can beat the Republicans; she cannot. Obama has attracted Independents and even Republicans to his camp, and in a general election they would vote for him, but not for Clinton. Clinton voted for the war, and has never apologized for it. Obama has spoken out against it from the beginning. Obama brings us hope--and not just that. Take a serious look at his ideas and experience.
Please, I beg of you, Sisters young and old: wait for the right woman. Then we can be proud.

Diane Wald

Posted by: cmroots | February 12, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton campaign didn't have a healthcare plan before it felled and they don't have one now. Well to be honest, if everyone is a goverment employee, then the Clinton healthcare plan will work for everyone. Unfortunately some are self employed, independent contractors or work for private employors or small business. Under the Clinton healthcare plan these people would be penalized if they don't pay for their healthcare. This means that most of your family members and friends will have their paychecks garnished. We all know that it doesn't stop there if it is a goverment enforcement. There will be fines and then misdemeanors which is a criminal offense defined as less serious than a felony. Why did Ms. Clinton decide on this approach? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out. Big business, big Corporation call it what you will, they want their money back and in order for Ms. Clinton to get their support in her race to presidency she is giving victory to one side (the healthcare providers) by promising to them that she will have the poeople wages garnished if they continue to give healthcare. Thus allowing her to shout the words "UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE" This is a shady tactic and makes fools out of every american that falls for this trick. The Obama healthcare plan is for the people. Poor people, middle class and rich people can rest assured that there is no tricks or penalties in the Obama healthcare plan. VOTE OBAMA!!

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

Maryland, Virginia, and DC are not even going to be close. If anything, Obama will blow her away by a margin even bigger than the last five states--No small statement. Then Wisconsin and Hawaii--That will be 10 straight! Obama!

Posted by: gmundenat | February 11, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Please reassure me that we, as a country of people, desprately in need of someone who knows what they are doing in the White House, will not elect someone because of media hype. Nothing has come out of his (Obama's)mouth that I can take to the bank. I could care less about the poliitics, my vote will go to the candidate who passes my hallway test first - you walk up to them as they are walking down the corridors of the White House with a crisis - a terroist attack, a tragic event in another country, ... and they don't need a speech writer to give them an inspiring speech - they can actually think on their feet and come up with their own plan. Senator Clinton passes my hallway test. Senator McCain passes my hallway test. I think even Huckabee (I did not say that) passes my hallway test. Obama - I DON'T KNOW. The smart, competent, can take the criticism with out WHINIING!!, chick gets my vote!!!

Posted by: cmfruci | February 11, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

oh, and none987 is right. At the Washington State caucus, on the Dem side, virtually all precincts had people acting very politely and nice to each other, felt very much like a community. More people voted for Sen Clinton in Eastern Washington (Bush Country) than voted for either McCain or Huckabee. More people voted for Sen Obama in Eastern Washington than voted for all GOP candidates combined.

It's a Blue Tidal Wave - there are no Red States any more - just ask Idaho, Virginia, and Alaska.

Posted by: WillSeattle | February 11, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

America is taking back OUR country from those (GOP) who hate our core values of Truth, Justice, and the American Middle Class way of life.

One state at a time.

As to the stump speech ... I was outside Key Arena on Friday when 5,000 (not 3,000) were waiting in the cold who couldn't get in ... he gave us an impromptu speech for about 10 minutes that was nothing like the speech he gave inside.

The guy has class. Clinton would have ignored us, since we weren't "insiders".

Posted by: WillSeattle | February 11, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Both combatbutter and miraclestudies hit it right on the head. I've being seeing "ooh watch out Obama is a cult" around the internet in recent days and it's nothing but fear-mongering born of jealousy, rooted in belief that the system is the system and nothing can ever change. Obama is about breaking through the paradigm, bringing us back to what makes us all truly American - giving us OWNERSHIP of our country once again. Through sheer numbers and will we can do it; we can own ourselves and our direction once more. No more political machines. No more Wag the Dog cynicism. Geniune movements born of geniune people, the kind of people I meet every day all across this amazing nation, who finally have the chance we've all be waiting for.

Posted by: why1201 | February 11, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

As a cultural anthropologist, by far the best definition of a cult that I have ever encountered is "a small group of people who choose to separate and isolate themselves from a larger, surrounding group and who willingly give away their own power for self-decision to one central authority figure."

That is not what's happening in the Obama campaign. In fact, this particular phenomenon is exactly the opposite of "cult behavior."

The seemingly blissed-out state of some supporters is in reaction to Senator Obama's message that "we, the people" still has the power in America.

That is a message of self-empowerment to every single individual American voter.

And more and more voters are proving that what he's telling them is true and reclaiming THEIR power in the process.

That's a really difficult message to distort - or to misperceive - but apparently it's not beyond the ability of fear (or bigotry) to do so.

Posted by: miraclestudies | February 11, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I truly believe Senator Barack Obama is doing an incredible job, as well as his campaign people.

He's like a breath of fresh air.

Posted by: yollieortiz | February 11, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

combatbutter-you are so right about "we are who we've been waiting for". That is not a statement about Obama or his campaign. That is a statement about all the people, young and old, who have expressed their desire for a change in America and have demonstrated that they are willing to make it happen by electing the guy best suited to lead us there.

And joyisnow-that is a clever observation about the cult of people who think Obama's supporters are a cult :) As I've said in another post recently, I've volunteered for the Obama campaign. It's always a group of people of all ages and races, and our "cultish" behavior consists of joking around, getting to know each other, talking about policy issues, and working hard to try and get our candidate elected. Ooh, we're really scary all right.

Posted by: ASinMoCo | February 11, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Dear joyisnow

Since you know so much do tell what is a community organizer. It seems tto me a euphamizism for nothing! HRC is in her sencon term as Senator btw Obama elected in 04 has even completed one term. JFK was a congressment before he became a Senator before he ran for President. Obama would be the least experienced nominee to the Democratic party. I say nominee because he won't get elected on teh experience factor alone. The fact that he voted no to the Iraq war resolution does not qulaify him to be President anymore then any American who was against the war at the Time. In fact given the fact that we were led to beeive that WMD's were in Iraq. I think it was an irresponsible vote as well as a lucky one. HRC is the candidate with the expereince and policy details to get things done. Obama is a nice chanterf or lack of a better description. He speeched Yes we can. Chnage bla bla bla are empty of any meaning and are only going to fool people for so long before he is vetted in the light of day.

Posted by: politicalobserver1 | February 11, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

The statement its not about me but you, goes to the very core principles of democratic rights as esposed by the Obama campaign. I think that waht he means is that it is you that has the power to change the system.It is about restoring power to the people as opposed to the vested interests. It is about restoring accountablity by politicians who once they get to capital hill forget how they got there and what it is we sent them there to do! Barack Obama is only the agent of change, each of us has to believe that it can happen that we have the power to make the change before it does happen. Satu Ramcharan - Trinidad and Tobago

Posted by: SatuRamcharan | February 11, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I agree 100% with two of the above comments. 1) posted by joyisnow and
2) posted by glimenderman10. Their research on Obama is to be commended.
I have read many books on the Clintons. They are behaving the same way they did while in the White House - lying, cheating, etc. etc. We really need some honesty, integity and upright morals in the White now. GO OBAMA - you are on the right track.

Posted by: violet2 | February 11, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

I'm beginning to believe there IS a cult and that is the cult of people who think Obama followers are a cult.

Policies and positions of the candidates didn't differ much so I looked further to make my choice, researching all I could about their experience prior to the US Senate.

The more I found the clearer my choice became.
Clinton talks a lot about her 35 years working for change. That sounded good until learning what her experience was. She spent under 1 year after college working for the Children's Defense Fund, she sat on the board of some good non-profit organizations and did some pro bono work. That's good work but that's it as far as "service" before the Senate.

But she worked 15 of years as a partner in the corporate Rose Law Firm and held positions on the corporate board of directors for many companies. That's not shameful but it sure isn't 35 years of working for the little people.

On the other hand Obama has twenty years of real service and at every position he earned the real respect of people he worked. He was effective as a community organizer in the poorest part of Chicago as he helped them work for things like safer housing and employment opportunities.
When he left for law school even his year as President of Harvard Law Review showed a lot about him. It was a time of great unrest on the campus, even the law review members actually booed each other in classes. Still he was able to bring those ardently opposed members to consensus on the controversial issues they had to deal with...with all sides feeling heard.
Instead of taking a glamor job that position assured he returned to Chicago as he had promised. Just before joining a civil right law firm he agreed to lead a Project Vote in the 20 poorest wards in the city. When it ended 6 months later the wards had gone from record low registration to the highest ever and they voted over a half million strong in that 92 election.
He taught Constitutional Law during his years in the law firm and through his years in the Illinois Senate but what's impressive with that was what students said about how he taught and the difference he made.
In the state Senate he got through some very important legislation that no one expected to pass and was initially opposed by both parties. They're easy to look up, there is a lot about bills such as the video taping of police interrogations and confessions that became the first such law in the nation and about the most comprehensive ethics reform in 25 years. Equally impressive is how he brought people together to get these passed.

By the time I first heard him speak I knew it wasn't hype, it was what he'd worked for the past 20 years. The fact that he inspires through speech will only add to his effectiveness.

Posted by: joyis | February 10, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Viewed from Europe the U.S. is - again - just going after the message, not the substance with Obama.

Somebody exuberant about Obama wrote here: America will soon turn the page on the divisive politics of the past. As a nation, "we will transform this country and we will transform the world!"

All we in Europe think: we certainly hope not to get another one of those Americans that wants to transform the world!! Thank you but we had enough of those 'believers'.

Feet on the ground please America!!

Posted by: mike-straight | February 10, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

The great orator, gives the same stump speach over and over. I have been called a great speaker that doesn't make me the candidate for president.

Also, a post here said Obama supporters are arrogant. I find him quite arrogant with an air of entitlement. He also is quite slick.

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

Big States winner Hill failed to blow Obama out of the race Super Tuesday. Super Saturday Senator Barack Obama ran the table on Senator Hillary Clinton! Read the WSJ piece on super tough Hillary who now touts herself as the one and only ready to go up against McClain. Google it as "Mrs. Clinton is losing it" for an interesting spin on evaluating the tooth and claw Hillary vs.the tough and savvy
Barack. I for one thought for certain that Super Tuesday should have been the Clintons to win--advantage the big Machine-but savvy Barack Obama and his fantastic campaign came through and stopped Billary.
The momentum theory is that if Obama, the insurgent, runs the Potomac table too beginning with Virginia, stopping Obama will become hard, harder, hardest for the Clintons and Obama Campaign will have to be ready for a lot crying and lying, demeaning and scheming, posturing and plotting from THEM. The intro is their call for more TV debates to slow Obama on the trail across Texas, Ohio, PA.
OBAMA, Show America you are TOUGH --Stand for CHANGE We can Believe In!

Posted by: Victoria3 | February 10, 2008 7:34 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 (www.thomas.loc.gov), 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 3:03 PM | Report abuse

This primary has firmly shown that women have a longer way to go to achieve equal opportunity than African American. While even the Clintons are quickly accused of racism, Hillary is constantly subjected to a gender-specific double-standard, and even some women support it.

In caucuses, everyone is eager to show that they are no racist, yet no one care to show they are not sexist.

While a 6o year old woman pursuing presidency is quickly being labeled as a power monger, a much younger 46 year old African American is quickly labeled as the next JFK, regardless how different their records have been. Obama is now protected of evening mentioning his drug-use record, yet JFK faced constantly life-threatening situations in WW II.

It seems that some American voters choose to believe that leaders all over the world rogue or not, like Kim, Hu, Putin, will be equally mesmerized by Obama's calling of united and do whatever he wishes.

In this dangerous time, American faced many specific challenges and need a leader who knows specifics and is not intimated by specifics. Yet the voters want to choose the easy way out--solving all the problems with rhetoric, a couple of slogans, rather than actual hard working. Democracy allows American voters to decide their own destiny, yet it is fair to say that the voters have not chosen wisely in recent elections. If the country continues to slip because of the incapability of its leaders to do specific work, it is the people's choice.

Posted by: lz2115 | February 10, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

each of us is biased. every comment i've read comes as a reflection of the particular "lens" that the individual uses to make sense of the world and to place themselves in it. i find that equally true of the "Red States" and "Latino States" analyses. it is as biased in one direction as similar analyses i've read are biased in a variety of directions. the difference this election cycle is that we are being confronted with our bises in ways different from before.

we used to be able to act as if we were just good people making non-prejudicial choices. what absurdity! every previous presidential election ONLY gave us a choice of which heterosexual, christian, and moderately to excessively wealthy white male we felt represented us best. if that does not demonstrate that we have always been biased, and continue to be so, then i don't know what would.

obama, and clinton to a lesser extent because her campaign doesn't stress "change" to the extent obama's does, challenges us to grapple more directly with who we really are. it's not just his race (or her gender), but a call to us to be more than we've ever been before. "blue dog democrats" left the party in the mid-1960s because they felt that the democrats had sold out their race--that means white race. they became the "heart and soul" of the republican party. the numbers not talked about in the referenced link suggest that not all democrats have been purged of their racial consciousness--black, latino, asian or white (no one even mentions native americans).

for me, the real issue is not who is ultimately elected, but whether we as a nation of diverse peoples are challenged to confront and "change" our real selves. the bias of the referenced link ignored that issue almost completely.

Posted by: mbrown | February 10, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

fballfn : Sure! Keep going back to Google and look for cults references. I bet you will end up believing in your utter nonsense.
Good luck!

Lol, maybe he can start a Wikipedia page and use it as a reference too!

Posted by: croaker69 | February 10, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

fballfn : Sure! Keep going back to Google and look for cults references. I bet you will end up believing in your utter nonsense.
Good luck!

Posted by: kaliko95 | February 10, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Jungfish,
The democrats are going to have triple the Obnixious and Arrogant to your Joe Sixpacks! So your comments will drowned out by the screams of YES WE CAN!

Posted by: johnk | February 10, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I don't know if the media is giving candidates like Clinton & Huckabee a fair game. They are pushing Obama no matter what and assuming McCain is the sole republican running. Overall I do enjoy the WP editorials.
Also, check out the articles "Red States' and 'Latino States" http://savagepolitics.com/?p=78 and "The Numbers Game" http://savagepolitics.com/?p=84 on www.savagepolitics.com. It offers a refreshing/brilliant analysis on voters, what the polls really mean, etc... I haven't seen this type of analysis in a long time. It was about time someone unbiased analyzed the current presidential race!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: elsylee28 | February 10, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Republicans just may decide the Democratic candidate. If McCain overwhelms Huckabee in the races before Texas, their Republican voters may vote for Obama to knock Clinton out of the box. Without TX the remaining superdelegates would have to choose Obama due to his lead in the primary election if not his outright win. Virginia should go Obama barely and I believe he will take Ohio handily. Texas with its large hispanic population is a severe test for Clinton. Lose it and we probably get Obama.

Posted by: jameschirico | February 10, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

The quote "we are the ones we've been waiting for" is the exact opposite of mass messianism. The point Obama is making, which has been his point for as long as he has been campaigning for the Presidency, is about empowerment. It's a reminder to all of us that this is OUR country, and if we want to change it, we have to take ownership of it. We have to get involved in the process, go vote, go work on campaigns, contact our elected official to voice our opinions about local and national issues, nominate local candidates that WE support, who represent OUR values, and who ultimate will be beholden to US, etc. Obama understands that he is a figurehead and spokesperson for that ideal, and will use the bully pulpit of the Presidency to advocate for more transparency in government, less corporate control over the media, less PAC influence...all things which concentrate power in the hands of the few, and take it away from those who are the rightful owners of this country...US!

A lot of what we've been subject to in our history, with the "Us" vs. "Them" politics of "Democrat" and "Republic," "red" state vs. "blue" state, "Liberal" vs. "Conservative" is a "divide and conquer" means by which those in power stay in power, because they get us to fight amongst ourselves, and terrify us with boogeymen of all stripes (terrorists, immigrants, blacks, gays) so we remain disillusioned, disenfranchised, disengaged and despirited while they rob the bank. The politics of hope is not naive or superficial, it is the politics of engagement and empowerment, whereas the politics of fear is the politics of apathy and subservience. If Obama can get we, the people, to wake up from our collective nightmare, and take ownership of our country, it will be nothing short of revolutionary.

Posted by: combatbutter | February 10, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Remember the Maine!

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,1710721,00.html

more on the Cult nature. Google barack and cult see how many are starting to notice something that we have all seen in the rise of cult leaders before.

Posted by: fballfn | February 10, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

i have found over 300 references from blogs and op eds who are having second thoughts about the Obama Hussein Cult movement
The Cult Of Barack Oabama

And yet there was something just a wee bit creepy about the mass messianism -- "We are the ones we've been waiting for" -- of the Super Tuesday speech and the recent turn of the Obama campaign. "This time can be different because this campaign for the presidency of the United States of America is different. It's different not because of me. It's different because of you."

That is not just maddeningly vague but also disingenuous: the campaign is entirely about Obama and his ability to inspire. Rather than focusing on any specific issue or cause -- other than an amorphous desire for change -- the message is becoming dangerously self-referential. The Obama campaign all too often is about how wonderful the Obama campaign is.

Posted by: fballfn | February 10, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

To fballfn : Please spare us of these cliches! If you want to know about Obama's positions on the major issues go to : barackobama.com and you will find the policy papers there.

But mischaracterizing people support for Obama and comparing it to a cult is frankly insulting!!!

Posted by: kaliko95 | February 10, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: jepstein10 | February 10, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

he's so inspiring and amazing. we need a man who will stand for peace and hope and represent the american people. let's BARACK THE VOTE

Posted by: jepstein10 | February 10, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

fballfn implies Obama has "people crying and falling to their knees"? Not at any any of 20+ Obama events I've attended!

The only out-of-the-ordinary behavior I have witnessed has been "uncommon courtesy" -- thousands of cars leaving multiple parking lots, alternating to let each other into the flow.

Posted by: NH_Hick | February 10, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

I'm terribly sorry to see Mrs Clinton's campaign reflecting so utterly and dreadfully the style her husband adopted for campaigning and governing. I have lived through 10 years of their influence -- eight of his administration plus 1 of his campaigning to gain office, and now a tedious year of hers -- and I can not vote to endure any more of it. Surely, having laid the groundwork in cynicism and arrogance for the schadenfreude of the Bush years, in tone and technique, they cannot pose now as democrats. The laundry list of repugnant betrayals, mendacities, empty confessions that "mistakes were made" and mocking acceptances of "responsibility," is interminable in this self-seeking couple, but I believe we are owed our self-respect. That healing, we can anticipate so clearly in one thought, that surely it will not be refused in the end: of shaking the hand of Barack Obama, "How do you do, Mr President."

Posted by: Carter_NIcholas_readily_targetable_in_Virginia | February 10, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Obama has more FOLLOWERS then supporters.

I was interested in Obama and then it started to feel creepy. I started thinking about Jim Jones Cult and how easily people can fall into a sermom of dreams.

I asked my daughters to concentrate on the issues rather then the sermon and decide afterwards. People crying and falling to their knees is more Cult-like rather then Political.

I typed in the wrords Obama Cult into google and found i am only one among many who are coming out with this thought.

Posted by: fballfn | February 10, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Well, it's wierd to sit in Scandinavia, Europe and watch this US elections, knowing that we're so dependent on your choise. Don't fool yourselves; this is no Joe Sixpack deciscion, not by far.

The better part of you does not vote; the lesser part of you chooses on performance. And what you see is what you get.

And eventually, that's what the rest of the world will have to live with, albeit we have no saying in the matter.

Posted by: jandanoe | February 10, 2008 4:36 AM | Report abuse

Ahh, time to sleep. I pasted the wrong link above, meant this one:
http://newsusa.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=48

Posted by: davidmwe | February 10, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

It is looking good for Obama vs. McCain:

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

http://newsusa.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=47

Now, how about vs, Huckabee?

Posted by: davidmwe | February 10, 2008 3:03 AM | Report abuse

Alan4: "John Kerry did just great in the Democratic primaries 4 years ago, and thumped Bush in all 3 debates..."

Count the total number of respective voters in the last Democratic and Republican party primaries, and compare those numbers to the recent primaries.

Here's South Carolina, for example:

Democratic SC primary of 2004, total number of votes cast: 292,383
Republican SC primary of 2000, total number of votes cast: 565,704

Democratic SC primary of 2008, total number of votes cast: 532,227 (up 82% since last primary)
Republican SC primary of 2008, total number of votes cast: 431,196 (down 24% since last primary)

On Super Tuesday, 30% more people voted in Democratic primaries than in GOP ones. The ground has shifted, thanks largely to the Bush administration.

Posted by: bourassa1 | February 10, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

We were at the WA caucus on the east side of Seattle, I was for Edwards and my wife for Obama. It is absolutly not true that there is the slightest friction between Clinton and Obama supporters, everyone gave their views and all were united in the common goal of electing a Democratic president. There was no tension and all were cordial and united. obody would even consider voting for McCain and 100 more years of war.

Posted by: none987 | February 10, 2008 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Alan4: Kerry may have trounced Bush in the debates but he was a deeply uninspiring candidate and he ran a lackluster campaign. He could have won, though.

And yes the smear machine successfully did him in. Months were spent on the Swift Boat charges that should have been spent countering George Bush's barren vision.

This is shaping up quite differently, with McCain as the deeply uninspiring candidate and worse, running as the successor in spirit and policy to the most unpopular president in history.

And counter to this stolid and stodgy man of bad temper and grim vision we have Obama, aglow with youth and sunshine and telling us we can be great again.

I mean, really.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | February 10, 2008 1:13 AM | 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 http://www.16yearplan.com

Posted by: steven4 | February 10, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Who would have thought that a man who orates like George W Bush would be in the Oval Office?

But here we are. Some of you are forgetting these are just primaries. John Kerry did just great in the Democratic primaries 4 years ago, and thumped Bush in all 3 debates...

Never underestimate the other side's smear machine.

Posted by: Alan4 | February 10, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Alan4: Joe Sixpack comprises 26% of the vote and he's going to vote for the Republican if he votes at all. Anyone who wouldn't vote for a candidate because he's black or she's female is a Republican already.

McCain is running as Bush's third term and he needs support of the Republican base and of moderates to win. That's not very likely. He will court the one at cost of the other, and lukewarm enthusiasm for his tired candidacy will translate to a lot of people staying home.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | February 10, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Republicans don't have a chance in hell against a man who can orate like Obama.

Oh, please, let us have months of McCain versus Obama.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | February 10, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Don't kid yourself, edhere. Divisive politics isn't going anywhere. Look how divided the Democrats are, and that's BEFORE Republicans weight in! Obama supporters are virtually demonizing Clinton supporters. I don't have a problem with Obama or Clinton, but so many Obama supporters are utterly arrogant and obnoxious.

No matter who the Democratic nominee is, there will be a lot of sliming, and moderates will be open to hearing it.

You've got 2 Democrats with no military experience or national security credentials, likely going against a former Vietnam War POW. One is a female, and the other has the middle name "Hussein". You don't think that will affect Joe Sixpack's decision in November? This is the same country that put George W Bush in office.

The GOP may not be thrilled with McCain, but independents like him and so does the media. And over my lifetime of 40 years, the GOP has usually shown much stronger party discipline among their rank and file in November than Democrats.

Posted by: Alan4 | February 10, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

wow!!!

Posted by: jungfish | February 10, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama doubled his lead tonight in pledged delegates. Hope is alive and well in America -- Hope for a brighter future.

America will soon turn the page on the divisive politics of the past. As a nation, "we will transform this country and we will transform the world!"

Posted by: edhere | February 10, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

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