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John Murtha Endorses Hillary Clinton


Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Sep. 17, 2007.
(AP.)

By Anne E. Kornblut
LANCASTER, Pa. -- Rep. John P. Murtha has announced his endorsement of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, bringing his clout as a 17-term member of the House and a prominent anti-war Democrat to bear with more than a month until the primary here in his home state.

"Sen. Clinton is the candidate that will forge a consensus on health care, education, the economy, and the war in Iraq," Murtha wrote in a statement about his decision.

Murtha, who represents the 12th district of Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, was an early and sometimes inflammatory critic of the Iraq war. As a retired Marine Corps colonel and the first combat veteran of Vietnam elected to serve in Congress, Murtha's voice on Clinton's behalf could prove especially valuable in both inoculating her from anti-war criticism and bolstering her claim that she is the most qualified to serve as commander-in-chief. That message is the backbone of Clinton's appearances this week.

"Her experience and careful consideration of these issues convinced me that she is best qualified to lead our nation and to bring credibility back to the White House," Murtha said. He said he "whole-heartedly" recommends Clinton to all voters in his state.

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Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell is absolutely right. Hillary Clinton, together with her de facto running mate, husband Bill, is a formidable fighter.

Recall how she retained a private detective to dig up dirt on the women seduced by Bill; how she fired long-standing employees in the White House travel office to give the jobs to her supporters; how she put Marines in their place by making them serve as waiters and busboys; how she browbeat and cussed out her staff; how she rebuked any underling who dared to make eye contact with her; how she and Bill ordered IRS audits on their critics; how they backstabbed and betrayed fellow Democrats (small wonder so many former are supporting Obama).

Then there are the deaths of Vince Foster and some 50 others by suicide, murder, accidents and sudden illnesses--a body count unmatched by any administration in American history.

Then, last but not least, is the way she has cowed the news media into imposing a gag order on itself. Had a Butler University student not brought up the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and had not the CBS tape of her bullet-dodging story in Bosnia come to light, the news media would have given the Clintons a smooth, free ride to the nomination and, probably, to the White House.

Yes, Hillary Clinton is one hell of a fighter--tough, smart, unyielding, as the Governor says. Precisely the kind of leader our nation needs in these troubled times.

Posted by: Carlos Navarro | April 20, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

John Murtha is worth 100 of Obama's recent
inexperienced superdelegates. He was there. He and Hillary share the same critique of the war in Iraq.

How many of you Obamabots have read the speech that Hillary delivered when she gave her vote to the resolution against Iraq?

What she said was, E'ven though the resolution before the Senate is not as strong as I would like in requiring the diplomatic route first and placing highest priority on a simple, clear requirement for unlimited inspections, I will take the President at his word that he will try hard to pass a UN resolution and will seek to avoid war, if at all possible......Because bipartisan support for this resolution makes success in the United Nations more likely, and therefore, war less likely, and because a good faith effort by the United States, even if it fails, will bring more allies and legitimacy to our cause, I have concluded, after careful and serious consideration, that a vote for the resolution best serves the security of our nation......My vote is not, however, a vote for any new doctrine of pre-emption, or for uni-lateralism, or for the arrogance of American power or purpose -- all of which carry grave dangers for our nation, for the rule of international law and for the peace and security of people throughout the world."

Read the full floor speech before passing judgment:

http://clinton.senate.gov/speeches/iraq_101002.html


Posted by: Joan | April 11, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I have lost all respect for John Murtha
for indorsing Hillary after she confirmed that she blatenly lied about her being
under sniper fire so as to gain sympathy
for her campaign. This was a real "Slap in the face" to the military that provided for her security. I guess anything anti military is what Murtha is all about.

Posted by: tfisher1936 | March 28, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

All the negative comments concerning Obama, Clinton, and Murtha are true, so that leaves only McCain as the only alternative. I will hold my nose and vote for John McCain for President of the United States. It is a sorry state this country has found itself in when he is the best we have to offer, but he is the best the three remaining candidates.

Posted by: mrstockenstine | March 26, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Very powerful endorsement.

Hillary is ahead in the poles in part to this endorsement.

Barak is down in the polls not because the media is screwing with his speech. He is down because he lied and shows poor judgement in the company he keeps.

It is time for the Obamanites to lower their expectations of their candidate because they just get so upset when any little comment is made that "besmirches" him.

Look at Hillary, look at all the garbage thrown at her by her opponents (who now seem to be less and less everyday). She just keeps on ticking and that is what you supporters of Barak need to do. Just keep ticking and keep pointing out the positives without being so negative. You are actually turning people away from your candidate.

Posted by: lndlouis | March 20, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Why do any of you think the United States is where it is today? 10 Trillion in debt,
cannot finance debt within the United States, have to borrow from China and every other country in the world that will loan us money. Why are we in this position? because too many voters are STUPID. Want to remain STUPID, then vote for Clinton or McCain. It is Brains we need in Washington. Obama has them.

Posted by: honestyingovernment | March 20, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Why do any of you think the United States is where it is today? 10 Trillion in debt,
cannot finance debt within the United States, have to borrow from China and every other country in the world that will loan us money. Why are we in this position? because too many voters are STUPID. Want to remain STUPID, then vote for Clinton or McCain. It is Brains we need in Washington. Obama has them.

Posted by: honestyingovernment | March 20, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

There are several, well, two different opinions becoming evident these days. A ferocious desire to dredge up the past of our current politicians and a general smear campaign against Sen. Obama. My earlier post truly is intended for Rep. Murtha- and I would like to set the record straight: when people make the claim that Jack Murtha is trying to get money for the 12th District: come on by, and see how we have no businesses to employ enough people for enough pay, we have no tourism industry besides the Inclined Plane (no it's not a rollercoaster or even DisneyWorld), we have exactly three groecery stores which people from outerlying towns, still in the 12th District, drive 2-3 hours every weekend to buy...food.

If you believe Rep. Murtha is trying to get money for his absolutely affluent and undeserving district, or even his state: i can't say, but maybe his district is really in his pants..pockets.

The Democratic Party isn't jeopardized because of Sen. Obama's past- his education, his diverse upbringing, his intelligence and ability to actually write his own books reflecting on not himself but family and the world at large. If anyone thinks he should quit running for President because of what others associated with him do, or because he has the gall to address with honesty, smear after smear after smear- you didn't make those demands in the past. what's so suddenly different about Sen. Obama? Oh yeah, that free air-time and all. Um, Barbara Walters, et al have given Mrs. Clinton (currently Sen. Clinton) plenty of free air-time, chats, tea parties at the White House.

maryobrien: you're a racist so just own up to it.

Anyone who thinks idealistically, yeah, i wish John Edwards was VP right now and still running for President of the U.S. (since that whole VP thing didn't work out last time around) with Rep. Dennis Kucinich as his man (VP, not what it sounds like)

We're not a two and 1/2 party system: we are supposed to be a democracy: and our future as such is what is in jeopardy.

I am extremely excited about the possibilites for our next president: I DO respect, Sen. Clinton, Sen. Obama and John McCain. They each have strengths and the most valuable one is that each of them cares about this country's well-being and may find themselves embroiled in all sorts of difficult decision making, oops! i made a mistake NOW, not when I was a rookie or a private citizen or just stupid for awhile.

I am spending the next six weeks leading up to the PA Primary on April 22, Earth Day, walking up and down streets to hear what people have to say. I will be doing this up until Election Day in different states. and the only thing I am going to be sure I say to anyone is: JUST VOTE. THAT"S YOUR JOB.

if you want to keep up a hobby tracking down who did what, while you live your life comfortably without scrutiny of your own bad bad habits and mistakes, you are not thinking about the FUTURE, or the fact that this country is really in need of one. at least make it to the polls and pull that lever: hopefully after realizing you are an intelligent American and not a bigoted one.

peace out.

Posted by: elvenhoof | March 20, 2008 6:52 AM | Report abuse

The blogger who stated that Senator Clinton enthusiastically voted for the war has no idea about what he speaks. A little "homework" is in order
October 10, 2002
Floor Speech of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
on S.J. Res. 45, A Resolution to Authorize the Use of
United States Armed Forces Against Iraq

As Delivered

Today we are asked whether to give the President of the United States authority to use force in Iraq should diplomatic efforts fail to dismantle Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological weapons and his nuclear program.


It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well affects American security.

I believe international support and legitimacy are crucial. After shots are fired and bombs are dropped, not all consequences are predictable. While the military outcome is not in doubt, should we put troops on the ground, there is still the matter of Saddam Hussein's biological and chemical weapons. Today he has maximum incentive not to use them or give them away. If he did either, the world would demand his immediate removal. Once the battle is joined, however, with the outcome certain, he will have maximum incentive to use weapons of mass destruction and to give what he can't use to terrorists who can torment us with them long after he is gone. We cannot be paralyzed by this possibility, but we would be foolish to ignore it. And according to recent reports, the CIA agrees with this analysis. A world united in sharing the risk at least would make this occurrence less likely and more bearable and would be far more likely to share with us the considerable burden of rebuilding a secure and peaceful post-Saddam Iraq.

President Bush's speech in Cincinnati and the changes in policy that have come forth since the Administration began broaching this issue some weeks ago have made my vote easier. Even though the resolution before the Senate is not as strong as I would like in requiring the diplomatic route first and placing highest priority on a simple, clear requirement for unlimited inspections, I will take the President at his word that he will try hard to pass a UN resolution and will seek to avoid war, if at all possible.


This is a very difficult vote. This is probably the hardest decision I have ever had to make -- any vote that may lead to war should be hard -- but I cast it with conviction.

And perhaps my decision is influenced by my eight years of experience on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue in the White House watching my husband deal with serious challenges to our nation. I want this President, or any future President, to be in the strongest possible position to lead our country in the United Nations or in war. Secondly, I want to insure that Saddam Hussein makes no mistake about our national unity and for our support for the President's efforts to wage America's war against terrorists and weapons of mass destruction. And thirdly, I want the men and women in our Armed Forces to know that if they should be called upon to act against Iraq, our country will stand resolutely behind them.

And finally, on another personal note, I come to this decision from the perspective of a Senator from New York who has seen all too closely the consequences of last year's terrible attacks on our nation. In balancing the risks of action versus inaction, I think New Yorkers who have gone through the fires of hell may be more attuned to the risk of not acting. I know that I am.

So it is with conviction that I support this resolution as being in the best interests of our nation. A vote for it is not a vote to rush to war; it is a vote that puts awesome responsibility in the hands of our President and we say to him - use these powers wisely and as a last resort. And it is a vote that says clearly to Saddam Hussein - this is your last chance - disarm or be disarmed.

Thank you, Mr. President.

HOME | SPEECHES

Posted by: lilibetii | March 19, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

On second thought....

I earlier stated despite being a lifelong Democrat that if Hillary is nominated I would either not vote or vote for Nader. Well, I've changed my mind after thinking about who is supporting Hillary and who she surrounds herself with I will vote for McCain.

Racists such as Geraldine Ferraro (Not sure of the spelling of her last name).

The owner of Newscorp, Rufus Murdoch (he attended opne of her fundraisers during her re-election campaign to the Senate and she accepted the money as greedly and as fast as one might expect Bill to beg Monica for some stress relief after a long days work in the Oval Office while his no good wife was away in Kososvo hanging out with Sinbad and Sheryl Crow (man, do I feel sorry for Sinbad and Ms. Crow to have to suffer through spending all that time with Hillary. I mean that face could scare anybody).

Oh, and lets not forget that her base is made up almost entirely of uneducated and non-working Americans.

Posted by: mscaife | March 19, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I have always voted Democratic in every election since I became 18 and volunteered extensively on both the Gore campaign and the Kerry campaign.. However, if Hillary Clinton becomes the nominee I will either not vote or vote for Ralph Nader despite the fact that I generally despise the man. Hillary Clinton is about as authentic as George W. Bush. As her newly released papers show, she was a staunch supported for NAFTA privately and publically, something she denied in the Ohio debate. Furthermore, she was one of the most vocal proponents of the Iraq war fromm the beginning up until it became politically stupid to be so. Her record on outsourcing is terrible. Anyone recall how excited she was when the contract for the Marine One Helicopter was outsourced to European Defence contractors. What's more is her embarrasing record on environmental issues almost always siding with business interests (She has been one of the most vocal and strongest supporters of corn based ethanol depsite the fact that almost scientists have almost all denounced it as a solution to America's energy crisis). Worse, she is the most decisive candidate in American history and will polarize the country if nominated even more the Bush has. In short, anyone voting for her in the primaries is either unaware of her record or simply so gender biased towards women that they will ignore what is best for America, the world, and the Democratic party.

Go Obama!

Posted by: mscaife | March 19, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

In 1980, during his third term as a Congressman, Murtha became embroiled in the Abscam investigation, which targeted dozens of congressmen. The investigation entailed FBI operatives posing as intermediaries for Saudi nationals hoping to bribe their way through the immigration process into the United States. Murtha met with these operatives and was videotaped; ultimately, he was named an "unindicted co-conspirator"[3] but he was never indicted or charged. He did agree to testify against Frank Thompson (D-NJ) and John Murphy (D-NY), the two Congressmen mentioned as participants in the deal at the same meeting and who were later video taped placing the cash bribes in their trousers. The FBI videotaped Murtha responding to an offer of $50,000, with Murtha saying, "I'm not interested... at this point. [If] we do business for a while, maybe I'll be interested, maybe I won't", right after Murtha had offered to provide names of businesses and banks in his district where money could be invested legally.[5] The U.S. Attorneys Office reasoned that Murtha's intent was to obtain investment in his district. Full length viewing of the tape shows Murtha citing prospective investment opportunities that could return "500 or 1000" miners to work.

What a stand up guy to have endorsing me, NEXT.

Posted by: rmattocks | March 19, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Lets get the story straight, Hillary rejects the war vote she was bamboozled into by Bush lies. John Murtha isn't afraid of the truth. Three Cheers for John Murtha!! Was Barack against the war, or was Wright against the war?

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | March 18, 2008 07:32 PM
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If Hillary Clinton allowed herself to be bamboozled by an IQ challenged George W. Bush to vote for a senseless war which again, turn up NO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION then God Help Us All, we're in trouble. It's no telling what an adviser with ultra intelligence could run by her. No worry, she won't be in office because she won't beat John McCain and the only chance she'll even get to run against McCain is if the election is stolen away from Barack Obama which would be the only way she would garner the nomination at this point and that will sink the Democratic party again for another 4 years. Looks like the 80's all over again. I certainly won't vote for her. All this 35 years of experience I'm still waiting to see. 8 years as first lady, doesn't garner you anything. She wasn't the one signing bills, creating treaties, enacting policies, nor giving State of the Union addresses. She was just exposed to more behind the scenes as first lady, that's it. As I recall this is the same Hillary Clinton who was entrusted to put together a universal healthcare plan by her husband at the time. She had 8 years and it she fell flat on her face because she alienated members of her own party when trying to come up with a comprehensive plan. And as far as a President with good character, Hillary Clinton is in no better shape than George W. Bush, Dick Cheyney or any other swines in the Republican party in the character department. Need I even bring up Whitewater and of course the mystery that involves the death of Vincent Foster on her watch. If the dead could talk. Still waiting on those public tax records. What's the holdup?

Posted by: rmattocks | March 19, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Here's an article on Murtha on the Wall Street Journal... http://www.opinionjournal.com/diary/?id=110009248
Also, if you search, you will find that the relationship between the clintons and Murtha goes back quite far...he was an influencing Bill in 2005 on both Iraq and Somalia. This is a political endorsement, no doubt.

Posted by: neug | March 19, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

John Murtha is the most corrupt member of the house. Is Hillary going to denounce him. What about her "associaiton" with him. this is a joke. Are you kidding. Rep. Murtha? Where is the media, we need the media to ask Hillary if she is going to denounce is past vile record.

Let's ask HIllary to denounce Rep. Murtha -

Posted by: cmitch4822 | March 19, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a liar. He lied about his pastor and "sitting in the pews". He's also spinning his objections to the war. When I objected to the Vietnam War, I was out protesting in the streets", not giving a single speech about Irag and never mentioning it again until deciding to run for President. Obama needs to bow out of the race now, with dignity, instead of insuring that the President is" more of the same McCain". The Republicans will run this "Obama pastor's "Hate America" words from the pulpit" relentlessly, and rightfully so if, and that is a big "IF", BO was to get the Democratic nomination. Please Senator Obama quit now and save our Democratic party. BO opportunistically turned his "firestorm of his pastor's ranting" into a free, nationally televised campaign speech. A little unfair to the other candidates, don't you think? Hillary Clinton is right for America because we have very serious issues immediately facing "US" and we need a credible, intelligent, motivating President who will cross party lines to settle the issues we face in America (economy, health care, shrinking middle class, Irag), the land that "we all love". It's questionable to me now, and has been since BO so suddenly "seized a perceived opportunity" to inject himself in the race for President, if Barack really does?

Posted by: maryobryan | March 19, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a liar. He lied about his pastor and "sitting in the pews". He's also spinning his objections to the war. When I objected to the Vietnam War, I was out protesting in the streets", not giving a single speech about Irag and never mentioning it again until deciding to run for President. Obama needs to bow out of the race now, with dignity, instead of insuring that the President is" more of the same McCain". The Republicans will run this "Obama pastor's "Hate America" words from the pulpit" relentlessly, and rightfully so if, and that is a big "IF", BO was to get the Democratic nomination. Please Senator Obama quit now and save our Democratic party. BO opportunistically turned his "firestorm of his pastor's ranting" into a free, nationally televised campaign speech. A little unfair to the other candidates, don't you think? Hillary Clinton is right for America because we have very serious issues immediately facing "US" and we need a credible, intelligent, motivating President who will cross party lines to settle the issues we face in America (economy, health care, shrinking middle class, Irag), the land that "we all love". It's questionable to me now, and has been since BO so suddenly "seized a perceived opportunity" to inject himself in the race for President, if Barack really does?

Posted by: maryobryan | March 19, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a liar. He lied about his pastor and "sitting in the pews". He's also spinning his objections to the war. When I objected to the Vietnam War, I was out protesting in the streets", not giving a single speech about Irag and never mentioning it again until deciding to run for President. Obama needs to bow out of the race now, with dignity, instead of insuring that the President is" more of the same McCain". The Republicans will run this "Obama pastor's "Hate America" words from the pulpit" relentlessly, and rightfully so if, and that is a big "IF", BO was to get the Democratic nomination. Please Senator Obama quit now and save our Democratic party. BO opportunistically turned his "firestorm of his pastor's ranting" into a free, nationally televised campaign speech. A little unfair to the other candidates, don't you think? Hillary Clinton is right for America because we have very serious issues immediately facing "US" and we need a credible, intelligent, motivating President who will cross party lines to settle the issues we face in America (economy, health care, shrinking middle class, Irag), the land that "we all love". It's questionable to me now, and has been since BO so suddenly "seized a perceived opportunity" to inject himself in the race for President, if Barack really does?

Posted by: maryobryan | March 19, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

jovitman-

oh, i did not find your statements to be inconsiderate in the least. i fully agree with your assessment of Rep. Murtha, truthfully, and sadly,he is taking the easy way out on the National stage; but the aspect that sickens me is that he actually thinks the People's Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is only a bunch of "hicks" who have nothing better to do than follow his lead, while he has had done nothing for them. More importantly, despite what face becomes the next President of the U.S. of A- Rep. Murtha has his OWN job to do. why do politicians forget that until after the Inaugural Ball?

thanks!

Posted by: elvenhoof | March 19, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

elvenhoof:

In light of my earlier e-mail and your sentiments about your hometown, my sincerest apologies for my inconsiderate statements. Perhaps I was guilty of white stereotyping myself, even though I am white.

I agree that if people really thought about it, they would realzie it is Senator Obama who would sincerely have the interests of the hard working people who are being devastated by this economy and the soldiers and their families who are being torn apart physically and emotionally by this war. Shame on America, that these families of our wounded, maimed and killed warriors are suffering by themselves as America has tuned out on this war.

Posted by: jovitman | March 19, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

An Open Letter To Rep. John Murtha and his wife, Joyce Murtha:

As a resident of Rep. Murtha's district AND hometown currently, but as an "outsider" as well: it is far easier to become a National Hero than come home once in a while and see how your own constituents and hometown residents have been suffering and continue to suffer: not solely because of the extreme economic debilitation in Western Rural PA, as well as Central PA and all small towns in PA with hardworking people who can't find jobs, afford gas prices and greatly regret that they trusted the soon to be Former Pres. Bush.

Guess what, Rep. Murtha? I came to Johnstown, PA thinking you were a great example to other politicians. We have the modest John P. Murtha Technology Park, and the excellent facility: Joyce Murtha Breast Cancer Center. Have you been downtown lately? Have you seen the unemployment rate in this area and the rest of PA between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia? One commentator mentioned that you can see the truth- but you haven't been around to really look into the eyes and lives of your own people. i wasn't too curious who you would choose to endorse: Hillary Clinton or Sen. Barack Obama- particularly since Fmr. President Bill Clinton madea a stop. Here. At Johnstown High School last week. i don't personally know anyone who went to hear our Fmr. President since holding 3 part-time jobs and feeding your children, or worse- mourning the loss of your sons and daughters to what a fellow Johnsontownite pointed out: IS and HAS BEEN a senseless, brutal and inhumane war-that stole our children from us...AND CONTINUES TO.

You just don't come around anymore, even after saying on national tv in COngress what your constituents hoped you meant- but don't believe for a second that you do.

Around town people ARE talking about Sen. Barack Obama and his consistency, his difficult rise to the top, and the fact that he IS NOT Hillary Clinton, nor their own Jack Murtha- RICH AND FAMOUS and more concerned with maintaining such status. As opposed to consistent policies intended to help the people of Johnstown: the Real America.

Sen. Murtha, you come from a very large state- but don't think you can dupe your own hometown. These people ARE the hardest working, most open-minded and courteous beyond belief Americans I have ever known. They are the ones who have suffered like many, many Americans in many ways; but to hear on the radio every day or meet someone EVERYDAY who has a child, nephew or neice whose life in Irag, Afghanistan, anywhere more dangerous than home, is all they can think about ALL THE TIME. It doesn't get any easier when they live every day of the rest of their lives with only the knowledge that their child is GONE- this makes me realize this is the safest place for any of our own troops, as home generally is, and they still choose, or chose, to sacrifice their own safety and security for their country. What have we lost? What have gained?

Super-networking, super-collaborating and super bucks are not going to convince the people of PA when they know what they know. Shame on you, Rep. Murtha, for getting lost on the way home.

Honored to be a Resident of Johnstown, PA 15904

Posted by: elvenhoof | March 19, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"Barack Obama is the farthest thing from a racist that I can imagine. He despises racism in ALL directions."

While I do not believe that Barack Obama is racist, there is no way you can say that he despises racism in ALL directions if "Uncle" Wright is his mentor. That's just plain ignorance.

Posted by: kkarageorge | March 19, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

As Paul Harvey used to say on the radio," Here's the rest of the story." Congressman Murtha's constituents in his PA district are the so called Reagan Democrats, or to put a politically incorrect spin on it, white uneducated bigots.

Supporting Hillary was the politically expedient thing for him to do because his white bigoted constituents don't like Senator Obama and now they have a real excuse not to like him or politcal cover due to Reverend Jeremiad. It's just the political cover Congressman Murtha needed to hide the truth as to why his bigoted constituents won't vote for Senator Obama.

You're a sell out and a big phony Congresman Murtha. You spoke out against the war and now support a candidate who supported it because she had political ambitions for the Presidency. If you think that is hyperbole, see what former Senator Lincoln Chafee, (R) of RI had to say about Senator Clinton.

Posted by: jovitman | March 19, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Clinton is a consummate, old-school politician - we need change! Please don't help her get elected to anything - time for the Clintons to leave the stage.

Posted by: JRG1 | March 19, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Of course he does. They are two peas in a pod. Old, tired, so embedded in beltway business as usual politics that neither are leaders anymore much less worthy of their current positions.

Posted by: Ozark_Sunshine | March 19, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Any person who thinks that Barack Obama's speech on Monday was an honest discourse on race relations in America is as daffy as Rev. Wright. It was a disingenuous, opportunistic rambling from an over-ambitious race baiter. All of you guilt mongering Obama apologists need to heal your own soul and stop worrying about mine. How this went from Wright's racist problem to being my (every one else but Wright's) problem is the worst kind of politics -- and MSM is playing along.

We do need a great, open and honest look at racial issues that divide us - but that was no where close.

Rev. Wright is the one who needs healing here! Probably Obama too. As well as those of you who telling everyone "we'll see if the country has matured enough to handle this and elect Obama anyway" is just more insanity in shifting the issue - how about let's see how Wright and Obama will mature? Then we'll vote! Talk about politics as usual.

Wright says something stupid, and it's white America who has the problem? Go fool someone else, the media is good at that, because you're not fooling me.

We're talking (at least we were) about Wright's problem here, not mine. I've been working 40 years of my life to step out of this Racism stupidity - Now I'm getting lectured by Barack Obama on my racism? Perhaps he can focus on his racism before he points out everyone else's.

Good play to change the subject from "you" to "me" (kinda like that "all the good stuff he does" defense - like every megalomaniac in history used that one) but it only shows the audacity of dopes!

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 19, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Seeing the extremism on both sides of the debate makes me think the democratic party is really sunk this year. The Obama people talk so much about uniting, but they apparently won't be able to rally for Clinton if she gets the nomination. And the same goes for the Clinton backers. What a mess. Either way, McCain will be the winner here, and that is so sad. But if both sides don't find a way to deal with the fact that their candidate might not win, it will happen.

Posted by: emily111 | March 19, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

It's better to have a fight with Charlie Rose than Hillary Clinton. I'd like to echo Pat Buchannan's words on Don Imus's show this morning. Mr. Obama has been listening to Rev. Wright for twenty years now, so why hasn't Mr. Obama come forth about Rev. Wright, prior to the presidential campaign?

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 19, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Will the real Barack Obama please standup.


"You are judged by the company you keep"

"Birds of a feather flock together"

"Where there's smoke, there's fire"

She also told me to "Judge not lest ye be judged"

So I am waiting for the other shoe to fall

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 19, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I want Hillary OUT! And my husband and I will simply not vote should she get the nomination. More of the same.....

Posted by: twilnew | March 19, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

1995: Lonely hospital room in Hwawaii. where was her son? With his "MENTOR"

Ann Soetoro, will die without having her son beside her bed NOT ONE DAY!!!!! where was her son? With his "MENTOR"

Everybody has come by to visit, but pearl of her eye has not been able to make it yet. where was her son? With his "MENTOR"

But still a dying mother wants to see her son for the last time. Unfortunately it is not going to happen. where was her son? With his "MENTOR"

He was spending crepy time with
his "MENTOR"

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 19, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

1995: Lonely hospital room in Hwawaii

Ann Soetoro, will die without having her son beside her bed NOT ONE DAY!!!!!
Everybody has come by to visit, but pearl of her eye has not been able to make it yet.
But still a dying mother wants to see her son for the last time. Unfortunately it is not going to happen.

He was spending crepy time with his "MENTOR"

Just like DC snipers

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 19, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

The endorsement doesn't matter so much as the sentiment it reflects. Momentum is swinging to Hillary. I think Obama really needs a win in PA -- that would end Clinton's candidacy and the party would rally behind the victor. If she wins in PA, its going to be a mess, and she might actually get the win courtesey of the superdelegates.

Posted by: MShake | March 19, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

The endorsement doesn't matter so much as the sentiment it reflects. Momentum is swinging to Hillary. I think Obama really needs a win in PA -- that would end Clinton's candidacy and the party would rally behind the victor. If she wins in PA, its going to be a mess, and she might actually get the win courtesey of the superdelegates.

Posted by: MShake | March 19, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a RACIAL candidate. He is DONE!

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 19, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a RACIAL candidate. He is DONE!

Obama is a RACIAL candidate. He is DONE!

His candidacy is cooked by his "Mentor"

DID did not even see his dying MOTHER, because he attending barain washing session by his "MENTOR".....Or maybe, he told him not to visit his "White" Mother

Obama is Done!!!

most WHITES don't vote for him anymore

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 19, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

He compare his Grandmother and His Pastor!!

He is RACIST!!!

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 19, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't you know it, it would all come down to this. We have the opportunity to chart a new course, yet we slink back into our corners, afraid of what real change might mean. We know what we will get from Clinton and Murtha- just what we have been getting for so many years. Clinton is predictable, doesn't make us uncomfortable, doesn't ask us to think differently, work harder, or dare to make this country better. She knows how to deal out favors, reward her friends, attack her enemies, and escape prosecution. She is comfortable with the gutter politics that we are now gravitating towards.

Obama, on the other hand, is asking for so much more. Sure, it is easy to pick a good man apart, even tear him to shreds. Especially an intelligent, transcendent person who makes us think a bit more, and challenges us to do better. Our history is full of examples of good men and women being brought down. It is so much easier to tear down than it is for us to do the hard work of building a new future, based on prosperity for all, equality among us and respect for each other. This has never played well in the American political arena-- fear mongering and sound-bites are a much easier path-- and because of that, we just get more of the same.

Barack Obama is the farthest thing from a racist that I can imagine. He despises racism in ALL directions. He is a complex and thoughtful person that does not deny the best and the worst of this nation. There is mistrust and lack of integration on all sides. I am so tired of this, and we can't get beyond it without having the courage to talk honestly about it, even if we don't like what others may say. The fact is, we are all America, and we can't move forward without walking together.

And another thing, as a white woman speaking honestly, I can say that I have heard many racist comments from my older relatives about Barack Obama. As Barack said yesterday, we have to put this into their context, their life histories, and help them move beyond their prejudices, instead of a knee jerk condemnation of them that fails to recognize their experiences. Race in America is complex and at times painful, and we have to get real before we can get get to a better place.

Posted by: twilnew | March 19, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

You know, It is funny, actualy ridiculous how many of you sit back now and condemn the war. I myself also feel that it is time to bring our troops home and have felt this way for some time. However, I know that when the decision was made to go over seas I was, with the knowledge available, ready to charge. This was a feeling that was almost nation wide. You tend to forget that the public and majority of the senate and congress were hand fed the info Bush wanted us to hear in order to get our support. We were ALL angry and ready to do something about it. I have sinced changed my views as agian majority of America. Please get off your horse about people who supported unless you can honestly sit back and claim that throughout the entire initial ordeal you never wanted to go over there and vindicate America.

Posted by: klake | March 19, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Hillary has thick calves....

Posted by: carjackerdude | March 19, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Everyone who wants Obama out needs to inform the Democratic Party in no uncertain terms. E-mail them, call them, write to them. Let them know that if Obama is their candidate, we are voting for McCain.

Posted by: onefreakinword | March 19, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Rep Murtha - the voice of reason!

Thank you for your service to our country and for the courage you continue to display by stepping up to endorse the right candidate. As you can see, you will now be the target of scorn, threats and untruths but somehow I think you will be able to handle it.

Posted by: nsabetus | March 19, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

How can some one compare Obama's pastor's hatefull comments for 20 years to Ferroro's comment? only an idiot would buy that.

Posted by: nsabetus | March 19, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse


I am happy to hear that John Murtha announced the endorsement for Senator Clinton. I just hope it continues.

Posted by: nsabetus | March 19, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

jeiken, you mean you missed Bill Clinton's New Hampshire and South Carolina rants? Does the name Geraldine Ferraro mean anything to you? Hillary offered a half-hearted apology at some African-American journalist convention in Philadelphia a couple of days ago, but still . . . the real HRC is coming out, and she ain't nice at all!

Posted by: meldupree | March 19, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, John Murtha. Now bring along some of your thinking colleagues to endorse the best candidate - Senator Clinton.

Posted by: Kansas28 | March 19, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

gene9 Lets get the story straight, Hillary rejects the war vote she was bamboozled into by Bush lies. John Murtha isn't afraid of the truth. Three Cheers for John Murtha!! Was Barack against the war, or was Wright against the war?

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | March 18, 2008 07:32 PM
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Murtha ought to be horsewhipped for selling his prestige to Hillary. Hillary may "reject" her ill-informed vote for war authorization (ill-informed by not reading the NIE report as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee), but she has yet to apologize for it. Even John Edwards 'fessed up and apologized for his vote. So please tell me how HRC not reading the report and voting the way she did makes use of her judgment?

Posted by: meldupree | March 19, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Hillary couldn't lead a frog to a pond. Her campaign is lost, the endorsement by Murtha is a kiss of death and she needs to quit prolonging the inevitable by bowing out and accepting defeat ( which she want to endorse in Iraq). Adding negatives to her already negatives instead of delegates shows the world the reality of her approach. Even the blindered followers of this would be despot should shoulder a little doubt. Faith in the impossible is really stupid.

Posted by: val24601 | March 19, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I remember watching Hardball one day last month when one the the guests, I'm not sure who, said the only way Hillary Clinton could secure the party nomination was if Obama's campaign imploded. Well , that time has arrived, and thank God it is in time. As an Irish American, I am sick and tired of people excusing the hatred African Americans can spew, all in the name of social injustices of the America of decades past. It is just as hurtful and racist to insult me, a white American, as it is to spew poisonous remarks about a black American. I raise my children to respect all people no matter their background or racial heritage. And i live by the saying ,"do unto others", as do my children. I am not a religious person, but I truly believe in those words. It is shameful that Obama would remain a member of a church where such a hateful man preaches the things to his congregation, and especially shameful that the Obamas would willingly let their young daughters hear such hateful words all in the name of religion! We never heard of such hatred in the Clinton years and I hope we can return to those days soon. Hillary in 2008!

Posted by: jeiken | March 19, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

"While Obama is transforming and healing the country, Hillary has some old guy who stinks of status quo offering her a long-planned endorsement."

In what way has Obama healed this country?

Posted by: kkarageorge | March 19, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

scrappy2001: you have it backward's Obama is the one splitting the party not Hillary. the Clinton's brought the party together-how else could Bill have been president for 8 years?If Obama is the nominee McCain will be president and that mean's 4 more years of Bush's war and tax cuts for the wealthy a disaster.The reason most people hate Hillary is because she is more intelligent than they and that's a pretty sorry way of thinking. We need a brilliant president and Hillary fill's the bill. Wake Up America.

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | March 19, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I can see that that so called fantastic speech that the LIAR Obama made yesterday did not have an impact on John Murtha, he probably remembered him saying one day he was not there when the statements were made & in his speech he was. Now I ask you is that trying to have it both ways or just plain being a liar, I saw a speech that I thought was pretty good, but after I listened to the media I thought I must have slept through part of it, because they really gushed on & on about how brillant it was.I believe that the media wants the rep[ublicans to win the white house, that is why they keep pushing Obama.

Posted by: jrs6776 | March 19, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Of course Murtha endorses her and it has little to do with ethics. It's about pork and hello, he's got lots to lose in terms of being held to any standard of ethics codes himself. We don't even have to bring up Abscam (nice dodge there), just take a peek at his record for the last five years.

Hello? Wouldn't want to lose his place at the trough.

It's a vote, so that counts but there's little moral momentum to be gained but hey, it's PA so who cares about that either as long as you bring the pork home.

Posted by: lvansloten | March 19, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

genes: It's easy for Obama to crow about not voting for the war-he wasn't a senator and didn'tr have to make that decision,but has since voted everytime to give Bush the fund's to keep the war going--is that not being a hypocrite?speaking of decisions when Obama was a Rep. in Illinois he voted present 118 times (which is voting for nothing)being that weak and undecided is not one I want for president.Obama is an empty suit and would be a sorry president.

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | March 19, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

you Hillary supporters are nuts. Hillary getting the democratic nomination equals a sure victory for the republicans- wake up and realize that! this country is on the brink of disaster on many fronts- we need something new in washington.

Posted by: yellow_jacket98 | March 19, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I know sometimes being a president can mean that you have to do some pretty dirty things and coverups. I vote for Hillary because I know for sure she has the backbone and the level of corruption needed to lead this country.

Posted by: buckle12 | March 19, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Who better to preserve the Lobby/Earmark
causes.

Posted by: josephjsalas | March 19, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton endorsed by Murtha...hmmm...one useless politician endorses a losing politician. Yeah...her posters can keep going under the delusion that she has a chance to win (NOT). She divided this party and this country trying to win a nomination. Obama sought to clean up her mess. Her supporters seem to think...throw as much nonsense out there to get the public distracted or scared to trust Hillary...sounds like Cheney-Rove politics. We are not going to let you stop the recovery of this nation by allowing Hillary to STEAL victory from a certain defeat. We see through you Mrs. Clinton for the vile and divisive creature that you are. Like it or not most of America does as well and coming to terms with it will be something you will be feeling for a long time.

Posted by: scrappyc20001 | March 19, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

1995: Lonely hospital room in Hwawaii

Ann Soetoro, will die without having her son beside her bed NOT ONE DAY!!!!!
Everybody has come by to visit, but pearl of her eye has not been able to make it yet.
But still a dying mother wants to see her son for the last time. Unfortunately it is not going to happen.

He was spending crepy time with his "MENTOR"

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 19, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Berry Hussien is a RACIAL Candidate.

Obama is DONE

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 19, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

1995: Lonely hospital room in Hwawaii

Ann Soetoro, will die without having her son beside her bed NOT ONE DAY!!!!!

Everybody has come by to visit, but pearl of her eye has not been able to make it yet.

But still a dying mother wants to see her son for the last time. Unfortunately it is not going to happen.


He was spending crepy time with his "MENTOR"

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 19, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I want to share my thoughts about the upcoming nomination process. I know that many of you have said you will support Hillary Clinton. I am asking you to reconsider and turn your support towards Barack Obama. I can understand that your initial desire was to support the most logical nominee - who before the primary season appeared to be Ms. Clinton. I was once excited about her nomination as well, until I started really considering what I was basing my judgments upon. It was exciting to think that the United States would elect a female president. She was the heir apparent. I was torn when the charismatic Barack Obama stepped onto the playing field and declared his candidacy. I thought, "Oh no! How will I choose?"

I took a critical look at both. Hillary Clinton has been in the public eye for 34 years, but only has held an elected office for six years in the US senate. I don't think serving as First Lady can count. My husband is a web programmer. I cannot claim to be experienced in writing code even though we share a home office and have watched him work. Barack Obama was an Illinois senator for eight years before his term in the US senate. I am aware that Hillary Clinton has been pushing the point that she will be "ready on Day 1." No one can claim experience as the Commander-in-Chief until they have been president. If by electing Hillary Clinton to office we somehow get Bill Clinton's experience thrown in, it seems like an end-run around term limits. Barack Obama is as ready as Hillary Clinton to be president. In fact, all the years that I have been a voter, it seemed to me that senators have risen up to run for president and they have never succeeded. It seemed that only governors have made successful presidential runs. So the experience argument is a false measurement.

I went to the Library of Congress website. I saw that Clinton had roughly 20 pieces of legislation passed: 15 of which dealt with NY interests such as honoring individuals, naming post offices and designating honorary days. Five of Clinton's bills were a bit meatier: two bills passed related to funding for victims of and response to 9/11. One related to funding for respite care and two for other countries: assisting landmine victims and designating part of Puerto Rico into the wilderness preservation system.

I took a look at Obama's record. During Obama's first year in the US senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427, including these that became law: Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006, The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, The 2007 Government Ethics Bill. After seeing the big difference in the ability to enact legislation that matters to me as a life-long Democrat, I had to swing my support behind Barack Obama. To come to any other conclusion would have been lying to myself.

I am asking you to reconsider your support for Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama is winning this nomination cycle in terms of popular vote, contests won and delegates awarded. It seems to me that Hillary Clinton is staying in the race out of some misguided feeling of entitlement. More and more feelings are being hurt and sides are becoming entrenched in this race. It is not healthy for our party. I have watched as Hillary's campaign has become more and more damaging. The candor with which Barack Obama has addressed concerns should be the new standard by which all future candidates are judged.

Let's join together to support the strongest candidate for general election. I believe that Mr. Obama is that person. Let's keep this wonderful energy going in our party. Let's make this an historic election. Please help select the most viable candidate for the Democratic nominee: Barack Obama.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my points. Together we can change the world!

Posted by: mrs.susan.wolfe | March 19, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

For Murtha age is the main factor to back Hillary. he does not represent the rest of America where people view the war in Iraq in a different light. If Murtha was against the war, why does not endorse somebody who was for the war in Iraq. I have noticed that old white men have an easier time associating with younger (relative to their age) white females than to younger men. Hillary's gender and skin color plays a big factor in Murtha's decision to back Hillary. I can not generalize this theory though since Bill picked Monica over Hillary. Wait a minute. Bill is an older white man. He prefered a much younger white female. Bill did not go after a young black male. Well, I think my theory still holds why Murtha prefers Hillary.

Posted by: ChunkyMonkey1 | March 19, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

IMO, the main reason for Rep. Murtha supporting Sen. Clinton is that he doesn't like all this "Transparency" stuff Sen. Obama wants to bring forth.

Rep. Murtha is a Lobbyist favorite. He's also earmark happy. If he supports Sen. Obama that would turn Rep. Murtha's world upside down. Why would he want to poke himself in the eye? He has no choice but to support Sen. Clinton.

I love his anti-war stance, but let's be honest..he's a earmark/lobbyist target. There's a reason he's on CREWs list of corrupt Politicians.

Posted by: dark_sith | March 19, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Obama is DAMAGED GOOD

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 19, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Of course, she would turn a blind eye to the millions of pork that flow into western PA. Hillary's 60 days is the biggest lie in US history next to the original lie that got us there.

Posted by: ekleeman | March 19, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I am tired of being lectured about slavery by a son Kenyan father and White woman

he is a FRAUD

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 19, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

The Clinton supporters on this board are so filled with vitriolic hatred towards Obama, it makes me sick that these people are part of the Democratic party.

Posted by: mhammel22 | March 19, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Obama and Wright relationship = DC snipers relationship.

Bad for America

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 19, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Obama and Wright relationship = DC snipers relationship.

Bad for America

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 19, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a RACIAL candidate. He is DONE!

Obama is a RACIAL candidate. He is DONE!

His candidacy is cooked by his "Mentor"

DID did not even see his dying MOTHER, because he was brain washe session by his "Mentor". Or maybe, he told him not to visit his White Mother


Obama is Done!!!

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 19, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a RACIAL cndidate. He is DONE!

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 19, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Yoo Hoo! Anybody ever hear about a little thing called ABSCAM? Murtha's about as phony and corrupt as they come!

"I won't take that bribe right now. But maybe later."

Then he rats out everybody else.

Actually, he'll make a fitting addition to "Hillary's Hypocrites".

Posted by: converse | March 19, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Grateful for that. Some people's endorsement you just don't want. As an Obama supporter (not speaking for Barack of course), I definitely pass on a Murtha endorsement. Whew!!! Glad to have that settled.

Posted by: ddraper81 | March 19, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

"Obama has been consistently against the war in Iraq ..."

except when it came time to actually casting a vote in the US Senate. Contraty to fellow Senator Durbin he voted no on the Kerry bill to actually end the war.

Posted by: leichtman | March 19, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Hillary chose to vote for this war and still doesn't really back away from it. Murtha, I've been with you when those idiots at Fox try to turn you into some unpatriotic loon, but I don't back you on this one, sir. Obama has been consistently against the war in Iraq and is the only one trustworthy of getting us out of there. You made a mistake here.

Posted by: fbutler1 | March 19, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

So its Ok to have Pastor Wright as the new face of the Pat Robertson of the left?

"not unlike some Right-Wing preachers who sit with presidents today." your comparison.

Personally I prefer the spiritual words of Reverend Ted Strickland and Jim Wallace.


Posted by: leichtman | March 19, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Due to the divisions Camp Clinton initiated into the political society at this time, Obama had to address Race, which turned out to be a good thing and hopefully will begin to heal the division instituted by the Clintons. Obama has shown through this contoversy that he is a true leader. Obama wants a force for good, for groping and solving our problems which effect us today and have not really been addressed or solved. We have to do something new for the old ways have not worked. He has shown by his willingness not to go negative, not to get angry, not to be critical, that he indeed, represents something new and a leader for our times who can work with both Democrats and Republicans.


Unfotunately, there are some who want to continue the Rev. Wright controversy for their own selfish ends. Rev. Wright did not preach hate every day like some want to suggest, and seem so shocked that he, and he alone, only preached this way, not unlike some Right-Wing preachers who sit with presidents today. Pundits like Joe Scarborough, Pat Buchanan, and others who want to continue to sow division, represent the very things they say about Rev. Wright -- hatefulness divisiveness, extremists, and all the ugly things that go along with that type of personality and are a part of the old ways that we want to move away from as we are trying to build a more sane, untified, holistic society, filled with goodwill instead of hate. As long as we have pundits and media who prefer to concentrate on our differences and expoit them, they constitute an impediment, a wall to the very kind of unity we are trying to build. These pundits should not be allowed to make big salaries while they continue to tear America down and apart. They are no friend to America. These pundits like to talk about white, blue collar workers, and what they really want, as if they really represent them with their cushy salaries. However, I am part of the average joes who grew up in up-state New York, and Joe, Pat, and other divisive media personalities, average working people are willing to hear what Obama has to say, white and black, men and women, because they are more concerned about their pocketbooks than continuing a race/gender divide. They don't want to see this Unity, because with unity there is power, a force, either for good or bad but it is a powerful force.

Barack Obama is asking America to put anger aside, to heal, to walk over that bridge in reconcilliation. That is why he, uniquely, can work with Republicans while being a Democrat. America we must demand better of our leaders, politicians and media if we are to survive the herculean problems facing us today. We cannot continue to let the forces of separatism tear us apart, the stakes are way too high. We can demand better and we can do better. It is in us to overcome if we do not let these forces continue to fan the flames of hatred and fear.


It is time for Party Leaders to step in and end Hillary's destructive quest to gain the White House. that She cannot win and only further tears apart not just the Democratic Party apart but also the United States in this quest for power. If she was running for office in a more unifying and ethical way, then I would say more power to her, but she is not. She has run amuck and against Democratic core principles and seems more Republican like than Democratic. As for the Iraq war, Hillary Clinton has no credibility. She can do all the speeches on Iraq that she chooses but no one really believes her. She represents the past ways of doing things which are negative and impediments to the qualities of goodwill and unity which we are trying to implement in a more holistic society.

Obama has passed his test and has set out a vision for America that must not be denied, or should not be denied. Now it is up to Party leaders to be Leaders and end this divisive quest for power of the Clintons and bring unity to the Democratic Party and possibly a greater union to this country. If we really love America we must come together, our problems are too great.


Posted by: wdsoulplane | March 19, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

This is the first time that I know of that I disagree with you John. It is ok because if Hillary can screw America out of their free will, I will vote for her.

Posted by: musselmanm321 | March 19, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Great. Just what she needs. (not.)

Posted by: dmaurand | March 19, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

unbelievable the lengths some Obama supporters will go to attack those they don't agree with, with comments here like he's just "another old guy who stinks", and another from logan "The guy is just spineless".
Have you Obama supporters totally lost it? How dare you call Jack Murtha spineless, have you no shame?
Failed to mention Obama supporters bragging on my DD of their grand strategy to block a revote in Fla and Michigan and make sure the dnc credentials committee have enough Obama supporters to make sure neither's delegates are ever seated. Talk about a campaign of cynicism. Attacking a war hero who has put his life on the line to protect their right to vote and have their votes counted.

Posted by: leichtman | March 19, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

1. Jack Murtha has the right to support whomever he wants.

2. Jack Murtha has shown good judgment in some cases.

3. Jack Murtha has shown bad judgment in other cases.

4. Endorsing the Clintons is one of his bad judgment choices.

Posted by: nmben | March 19, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

There are many comments about the anger of Black men against the system. The FBI reports released about murder and race (since 2000) state that the ratio or chance, that a Black man would murder a White is 16.7 times greater then the chance that a white man would murder a Black, factor in that there are 3 times as many White men as Blacks.
Lets talk about that kinda anger.

Posted by: flyaway | March 19, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

fenwayfem....you make me yawn. Go do something that you're good at....like scrub your floors, or wash your face....the rest should be left up to someone with half a pea brain.

Posted by: maj | March 19, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

fenwayfem....you make me yawn. Go do something that you're good at....like scrub your floors, or wash your face....the rest should be left up to someone with half a pea brain.

Posted by: maj | March 19, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

First of all, this is good for Hillary.But this is not good for America. Hillary is doing her best to win for herself and for her sob sister and plutocratic "what will you do fro me?"supporters. She is a piss poor candidate from start to finish laden with her husband's baggage , her sell-outs to corporations to amke ten million dollars a year post presidency,and with her own lack of ACTUALLY authored accomplishment not to mention her nasty personality and lack of character. Personality i can look beyond but not character: how to get beyond Whitewater and ruthlessly dump or destroy your friends and collegeagues to please the
polls.
I agree with Savage earlier on the board.

But anyway, moreover, Barack Obama is a brave, accomplished, honest, able, born leader and truthful guy. why should we hate him becaue his pastor hates the system? i hate the system. i especially hate what it does to living breathing human beings.

In many neighborhoods across America similar to some where Wright has pastored, the life expectancy is 45 years old for Black men. The schools are toilets and flush out our precious kids into a system of dog eat dog materialsi and hypersexualization that steals their souls from their bodies.The poverty is grinding, degrading and decadent society flourishes because of the rampany black market that is often teh only business around for families to survive.Nothing about the aAmerican Dream is working once you are poor, undereducated,disabled, or sick.

i think a little rage is in order.

Others rage too: republican against democrat, vice versa, Jew against Black, vice versa, poor uneducated Hillary voter against college educated upwardly mobile Obama voter, displaced worker against struggling single mother...rage that is not misplaced but si as Obama says counterproductive.

We need someone to stand up like Obama is doing and stop the sound byte routine of dumping folks unless they say what the media permits them to say. Lots of people express their feelings in a small minded way. But this circumstance is CLEARLY different than what Imus did, and what Limbaugh does. In the shock jock culture cases soin artists like Imus and Limbaugh are PROFITING from not speaking the truth and from intentionally dividing others by shock, schlock, and smear.

Giving voice to anger is a Biblical and historical reality. It doesn't mean that what people say are facts, only feelings.

We need to build the kind of feelings that permit us to find ways to unite and then the anger dissipates as authentic social awareness and capacity building takes over.

Bush has been preaching hate and allowing people to preach hate agianst muslims for all these years since he took us to war for oil.He is letting the Air Force intimidate people from practicing their freedom of religion as jew, Catholic, Muslim, Wicca and other than Born-again religions. He also has been telling the dirtiest of lies . Well Clintons been there cdine that.But Bush is also running a war to enrich his corporate cronies that the childen of the rich and privileged are not fighting, just tour after tour of the working poor and struggling lower middle class.
Where is the Press on these critical issues of importance? if no one on this board has family, friend or mentor with whom you disagree on principle but whom you love anyway i will be very surprised . What an act of character for teh Presidential nominee not to throw that person overboard with media enhanced blame, but to reconcile, and to be loyal to the person and hate their act or words.

Obama will be the best president we have had since Washington,Lincoln and FDR if we let him.

Posted by: fenwayfem | March 19, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Why would anyone be surprised that a crook like Murtha would support Clinton.

Murtha (and Clinton) are Washington politics as usual. They're more invested in their own political careers then they are interested in working to support middle America.

Posted by: km1550 | March 19, 2008 7:50 AM | Report abuse

"Beware of Wolve's in Sheeps clothing". She will tell you what pleases your ego and put her arms around your children...but see what she tried to do more than a decade ago, but was "stopped". Yes, she WILL garnish our paychecks with her Mandatory Healthcare plan. No Freedom of choice.
Just check the 1996 bill submitted to congress by Hillary Clinton and look who saved all America's butts, which includes all our children. Please begin your learning experience here:
Hillary's Congressional Record

Posted by: bfreewithrp | March 19, 2008 7:05 AM | Report abuse

The pledged delegate and caucuses rules of the Democratic Party for the Democratic primary are not democratic! To put it mildly it is a big disgrace! If the Party had followed the rules as per the national presidential elections, Hillary would have been nominated on Super Tuesday. Hillary has already won New York, New Jersey, California, Ohio and Texas. If all the pledged delegates from these states are given to Hillary which she rightly deserves, there would have been no mess! DNC should have at least followed the same rules followed by the Republican Party so that all the candidates would have the same playing field during the primaries.

DNC made a mistake in not having some compromise before the election with Michigan and Florida regarding pledged delegates as was done by the RNC. Now, without making further complications they should accept the result. In Michigan they should give all the 'uncommitted' votes to Obama because, if his name was in the ballot he might have got those votes. In Florida the result should be accepted. Obama's complaint that if he had campaigned in these states, he would have got more votes is not correct. None of the other candidates campaigned there either. He campaigned more vigorously in Texas and Ohio and still did not win them
In future, the primary election rules should be same as national election rules. Then, there will not be this long political circus!


Posted by: hcsubbarao | March 19, 2008 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Wow... when Hillary gets a endorsement, they really send out all the internet trolls these days...

Guess you have all been waiting several weeks to post something positive though huh?

While Obama is transforming and healing the country, Hillary has some old guy who stinks of status quo offering her a long-planned endorsement.

The choice is pretty clear.


Posted by: Boutan | March 19, 2008 6:00 AM | Report abuse

Nice. The King of Earmarks supports the Queen of Opacity.

Wasn't Murtha, like, against the war? And didn't hillary, like, vote for the war?

Posted by: richcpl | March 19, 2008 5:44 AM | Report abuse

I am glad a real American hero is endorsing Hillary and not buying into the Obama hustle. Obama's biggest endorser Rev. Wright is a hater of America and he assisted in forming the spiritual world of Obama. That says everything. Obama and his wife are not proud of America and should not be leading this nation.
A vote for Obama is a vote for Osama!

Posted by: hbissias | March 19, 2008 5:39 AM | Report abuse

One look at Murtha, that face of anal discomfort is clear that the Man is a racist. He could most likely never vote for a black man. It is just not the hypocrisy, but rather pure simple white hypocrisy.

Posted by: winemaster2 | March 19, 2008 5:17 AM | Report abuse

Time to get beyond just the Simple Math. Who can solve Multiple Simultaneous Algebraic Equations?

Murtha + Clinton = Pork + Corruption

2 X (Vote For War - Complain Later) = War

War = -$3 Trillion

-$3 Trillion / Every Man, Woman and Child in America = $10,000 per person

170 Delegate Lead + Clinton Win in Pensylvania = 160 Delegate Lead

The solution?

OBAMA = OUR NEXT PRESIDENT!

Posted by: fairbalanced | March 19, 2008 4:20 AM | Report abuse

oligar0601
I salute all three members of your family in Iraq. They are there to protect the United States of America not Hillary Clinton. It was George W Bush who lied and betrayed the trust of all right thinking Americans. George Bush failed not Hillary. Jack Murtha is also my Congressman and I respect his military and public service and I trust his endorsement because we must support our military by ensuring only the best plan is implemented so that the three members of your family and the love ones of many other American families return home safely. If you believe that enough, you may also want to believe that Obama is not the right person for that task because he is neither qualified, does not have a steadfast plan and flip flops too frequently on the hard issues. Murtha's endorsement means a lot to all those who want their love ones to return home quickly and safely.

Posted by: stepmaverick | March 19, 2008 3:00 AM | Report abuse

One superdelegate going her way in what 4 weeks? And, that is a Big Deal and some sort of sign. More impressive is Senator Obama capturing 17 superdelegates since March 4th and 3 since the Wright controversy broke. Ding Dong the Witch is Dead!

Posted by: friendlyfire | March 19, 2008 2:51 AM | Report abuse

"Murtha, who represents the 12th district of Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, was an early and sometimes inflammatory critic of the Iraq war."

In the interest of telling THE WHOLE TRUTH, which this article falls short of accomplishing, it's fair to point out that Congressman Murtha did not become an "inflammatory critic" of the Iraq War soon enough. He actually voted to authorize the War in Iraq, just as Hillary did (perhaps this is part of the reason he feels more comfortable endorsing her) and didn't "flip-flop" and begin to oppose the War until approximate a year and a half after he voted to authorize it!

There are other possible reasons for The good Congressman to feel more in tune with Senator Clinton than Senator Obama which may not sit well with some of Hillary's more ardent supporters. Murtha is a "social conservative" who OPPOSES ABORTION and Gun Control. He is another of the old school politicians who relies heavily on special interest lobbyists, lives and dies by the "earmarks" and (like Clinton) is no stranger to political scandals, most notably ABSCAM. When WAPO or others report on endorsements who may not be well known to many voters, it might be beneficial to include all sides of that individuals biography in the interest of fairness.

Posted by: diksagev | March 19, 2008 2:44 AM | Report abuse

So how much pork was required to buy him off?

Posted by: reston75 | March 19, 2008 2:20 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Senator Clinton wants to get us out of Iraq but she helped to send three members of my family there. I cannot imagine a more important decision in her political career. She failed miserably. Jack Murtha is my Congressman and I respect his military and public service. But his endorsement means nothing to me. My (military) family members have requested that I support Senator Obama and I will honor their endorsement.

It is so sad to read the venomous comments. I think we learn to stop name calling in kindergarten. Maybe we all need to relearn and stick to debating issues.

Posted by: oligar0601 | March 19, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

To gene9... Iraq is one issue, not the only issue, not even the biggest issue. At least for me the biggest issues are healthcare and the economy. But it seems that Iraq is in the forefront for you, let's talk Iraq. There is no comparison with Obama... he did not vote against the US Congress resolution authorizating the war. I repeat... Obama did NOT vote AGAINST the US Congress resolution re: Iraq. He was not a member of US congress then and you cannot equate his speech to a vote.

If you want to talk about judgment, leadership and courage, then we talk about Rev Wright, Obama's earmarks, Rezko, and NAFTA.

Ferraro is right about her observation... if Obama were a white man, he would have a longer shot on the presidency than Kucinich. Should we lower our standard for the US presidency just to make it fit Obama?

Posted by: CPCook | March 19, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

John Murtha is an American Hero. He is certainly qualified to endorse the most capable candidate to be the next President of the US of America. His opinion is worth its weight in gold and not to be taken lightly. More and more Americans are beginning to see the real and dark side of Obama and they do not like what they see. Americans are stedily becoming more confident and comfitable with Hillary. They know and are learning slowly but surely all Hillary's negatives are but a figment of the Rebublican right wing LIES machine. They fear Hillary so much, they started way back in 2000 when Hillary first ran for Senator. And they have not stopped feeding their lies machine. That alone gives an indication of the prowess of Hilary as the next President of the USA.

Posted by: stepmaverick | March 19, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

John Murtha is an American Hero. He is certainly qualified to endorse the most capable candidate to be the next President of the US of America. His opinion is worth its weight in gold and not to be taken lightly. More and more Americans are beginning to see the real and dark side of Obama and they do not like what they see. Americans are steadily becoming more confident and comfortable with Hillary. They know and are learning slowly but surely that all of Hillary's negatives are but a figment of the Rebublican right wing LIES machine. They fear Hillary so much, they started way back in 2000 to destroy her when she first ran for Senator from New York. And they have not stopped feeding their lies machine since. That alone gives an indication of the prowess of Hilary to be the next President of the USA.

Posted by: stepmaverick | March 19, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Just like his opposition to the war, John is a day late and a dollar short.

The nomination has been secured by Obama. There is no way Billary can win.

Those troubled by this should grab their Kool-Aid cups and catch the next flight to Jonestown.

Once all the Lieberman Democrats have flown out of town, real Democrats (not of the George wallace/Archie Bunker vein) can get on to the business of electing a true progressive.

Have a nice flight!

Posted by: filmex | March 19, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

To me, this endorsement says far more about John Murtha than it does about Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: januaryspring | March 19, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

It is amazing how the MSM and so many here want to just through the first person who is real and talks to us like we're adults under the bus (Obama.) You will get the candidate you deserve. That's for sure.

Posted by: gordon7 | March 19, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

It is about time that people with great love for this country support the right candidate. Earlier during the campaign the media was saying that Hillary has many baggage with her, including all the scandals in the past and that of his husband which didnot impede in the performance of their duties anyway, Now it is shown that Obama carries a heavier baggage than Hillary and the baggage is very divisive. The baggage is Race. I always believe that Obama for whatever he dreams and stands for, for whatever person he is is Premature for America. He has been introduced, he needs to take a back seat and be tested more then he might be given the chance to lead, not only by the people with same color of the skin but by what he will be able to prove. Right now, it is not enough.

Posted by: statistician | March 19, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

It is about time that people with great love for this country support the right candidate. Earlier during the campaign the media was saying that Hillary has many baggage with her, including all the scandals in the past and that of his husband which didnot impede in the performance of their duties anyway, Now it is shown that Obama carries a heavier baggage than Hillary and the baggage is very divisive. The baggage is Race. I always believe that Obama for whatever he dreams and stands for, for whatever person he is is Premature for America. He has been introduced, he needs to take a back seat and be tested more then he might be given the chance to lead, not only by the people with same color of the skin but by what he will be able to prove. Right now, it is not enough.

Posted by: statistician | March 19, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

What exactly has Obama actually DONE besides give speeches. When we dig around the guy, it get REALLY bad. He is now unelectable. The Clinton democrats will not support him in the general election. We are middle and lower class whites who go to church. We will vote for Mc Cain over Obama now.

Posted by: tom1966 | March 19, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Obama is no unelectable. Fox put up a tape showing clearly Obama DEMANDING Imus be fired for the sake of his daughters, and nobody would EVER be on his campaign who did that.

How does Obama demand a WHITE person be fired , yet his BLACK racist anti american preacher was STILL on his campaign long after he knew about his racist views.

Its favoring blacks over whites.

Posted by: tom1966 | March 19, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Gene 9,
Maybe if you're candidate is truly about hope and change and the future we can stop talking about one vote that he didn't take-and had no more information than I did on- in 2002. I was against the war also- nominate- I marched in 2002, and 2003, and 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and I am marching tomorrow. Since his speech- how has Barak done in getting us out of Iraq- he has had opportunities to vote on issues since 2004- and his record does not show anything. His proposal for the future in Iraq is not as comprehensive or efficient as HRCs- and this is why Murtha and many other anti-war activists who actually know something about the war rather than a bunch of Kool-Ade drinking bloggers (or his buddies Kennedy, Daschle and Kerry who all supported giving Bush authority the same way HRC did based on what information they had) are supporting HRC.
No stop the hating- INCREASE THE PEACE.
Leon

Posted by: nycLeon | March 19, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Gene 9,
Maybe if you're candidate is truly about hope and change and the future we can stop talking about one vote that he didn't take-and had no more information than I did on- in 2002. I was against the war also- nominate- I marched in 2002, and 2003, and 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and I am marching tomorrow. Since his speech- how has Barak done in getting us out of Iraq- he has had opportunities to vote on issues since 2004- and his record does not show anything. His proposal for the future in Iraq is not as comprehensive or efficient as HRCs- and this is why Murtha and many other anti-war activists who actually know something about the war rather than a bunch of Kool-Ade drinking bloggers (or his buddies Kennedy, Daschle and Kerry who all supported giving Bush authority the same way HRC did based on what information they had) are supporting HRC.
No stop the hating- INCREASE THE PEACE.
Leon

Posted by: nycLeon | March 19, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Let's cut the B.S. John Murtha did not endorse his convictions, he endorsed the polls in Pennsylvania. The guy is just spineless.

Posted by: Logan6 | March 19, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Well, that's a disappointment! Obama is the only one running who got it right the first time.

Posted by: thebobbob | March 19, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

We love you, John Murtha

Posted by: n88e88 | March 19, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

John Murtha MUST have flipped his lid!

http://OsiSpeaks.com

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | March 18, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama doesn't know how he would have voted because he wasn't a senator until 2005. As I recall, the war had an overwhelming approval rating (by Americans) until it was discovered that we had been lied to from the beginning. We were all duped by Bush and his cronies!! Had Obama been in the room with all the meetings to discuss the war, he may very well have voted for the right to go to war, as many did, including many of his supporters. I doubt that any of them thought Bush would act as quickly or as stupidly as he did.

As for poor decisions, why don't we take a look at Obama's choice of churches for the past 20 years, and his approval of a pastor who is a huge racist, and as it appears to me, not a huge fan of America. I'm having second thoughts about Obama ever being ready to be my president.

Thank you Rep. Murtha for recognizing the fact that we've had incompetence for 8 years and can't afford another term of inexperience or incompetence.

Go Hillary in '08...........

Posted by: sharont | March 18, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

John Murtha is someone I have long admired, especially since his brave stand against the War. His endorsement of Hillary Clinton only confirms my confidence and trust in him.
Thank-you John Murtha for ANOTHER BRAVE STAND!!!!!!!!

Posted by: paintedrranch | March 18, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect to Rep Murtha, I believe America has been calling for something different than the stale divisive bickering political environment of the past 20 years that is wholey embodied by the Clinton persona.

Posted by: lum | March 18, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this Murtha that was investigated by the FBI for corruption? YES!! No wonder why he took this path towards Hillary. Back-room politics. Washington doesn't get any better than this.

While little minded folks cheer him, it reminds me of Hillary chrismas ad - parceling gifts (e.g. healthcare) for the little guys.

You guys don't get it?

It wouldn't surprise me. Cloud heads.

Posted by: ordgobaltc | March 18, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

OHHH Poor Billary!

They truly have my Sympathy!

NO ONE deserved that! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | March 18, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

It would be difficult to find a more corrupt member of Congress than Jack Murtha. Maybe William Jefferson.

Posted by: huerfano101 | March 18, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse


Thanks for that, Susan9. That Out Of Iraq Caucus endorsement of Representatives along with the news of John Murtha's endorsement is great news today.

Hillary Clinton for President 2008!

Posted by: ralphdaugherty | March 18, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse


Thanks for that, Susan9. That Out Of Iraq Caucus endorsement of Representatives along with the news of John Murtha's endorsement is great news today.

Hillary Clinton for President 2008!

Posted by: ralphdaugherty | March 18, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Rep Murtha - the voice of reason!

Thank you for your service to our country and for the courage you continue to display by stepping up to endorse the right candidate. As you can see, you will now be the target of scorn, threats and untruths but somehow I think you will be able to handle it.

Posted by: redhiker | March 18, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Murtha is the king of earmarks, including pushing for funds to a firm under federal investigation for stealing the public's money. Of course he supports Hillary. The two of them can spend your dollars all day long to prolong their careers:

"A review by The Wall Street Journal of dozens of such contracts funded by Mr. Murtha's committee shows that many weren't sought by the military or federal agencies they were intended to benefit. Some were inefficient or mismanaged, according to interviews, public records and previously unpublished Pentagon audits. One Murtha-backed firm, ProLogic Inc., is under federal investigation for allegedly diverting public funds to develop commercial software, people close to the case say. The company denies wrongdoing and is in line to get millions of dollars more in the pending defense bill."

Posted by: scottdc | March 18, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Jack Murtha, a true American hero.

Obama could learn a thing or two about patriotism from the great patriot Jack Murtha.

Obama is a disgrace and unelectable.

His big "race speech" today was a joke. He further damaged his already limited credibility today when he defiantly refused to completely disassociate himself from the toxic "mentor" "close friend" "like family to him" "pastor" Jeremiah Wright, an avowed racist, anti-white, anti-American, anti-semitic, pro-Louis Farakaan, Nation of Islam supporter.

Obama has proved himself to be a liar at least twice in the last couple of days, first last Friday, Obama told the Chicago Tribune and Sun Times that he had lied about the relationship and contributions from the criminally indicted Tony Rezko, currently on trial in Chicago. Then, all weekened, Obama lied about never have attended his "church" while his "pastor" Wright was saying offensive comments. Today, he admitted that he had. LIAR!

In this nation, it's may "God Bless America", NEVER, "God Da-n America" as Obama's "pastor" Wright has shouted.

May God Bless America, Jack Murtha, and Hillary Clinton. Obama can go straight to he-- as far as I am concerned.

Posted by: TAH1 | March 18, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA is the best thing to happen to America in 40 years. To miss this opportunity would be akin to becoming Rumpelstiltskins.
Haven't we already lost enough? Under Bill Clinton the Democrats lost the House and the Senate. He bold faced lied to the nation about sex with an intern. Clinton was Impeached. We lost millions of jobs through Bill Clinton signing in NAFTA.
Under Bush we lost world respect. We got a war that was built on lie after lie. We got an inarticulate aristocratic "dolt" for a President who seems genuinely unable to tell "his" people the truth, EVER. We have greed on Wall Street and greed on main street that has lead to an unbelievable housing fiasco. And now the American people are told we must bail out these poor rich people. Meantime we leave 47 million AMERICANS without healthcare, again. The country is broke and in dept to third world nations. Gas has almost tripled in price in seven years. Consumers are squealing; credit card companies have become more and more predatory. Insurance companies now practice Delay, Deny & Defend on virtually every claim, Health companies just deny. We have a media complicit in being the lapdogs of the right wing, the corporations. We have a media determined to thwart the will of the American people to the point of becoming an arm of the corporate greed machine. There is no "fair and balanced " anywhere. Each spin cycle the media becomes ever more bold in their excesses with the relentless negative opinions piled on even the most tepid Liberal views. Once again they want to destroy all that is good. Puppets, all of them.
OBAMA is the best thing this country has and the media continue to belittle and nit pick and kick him relentlessly. He is wonderful. Articulate, a visionary, wholesome, attractive and SMART. His roots and ancestry are PERFECT for healing and growing so that America can be strong again. Can the media stop this outrageous assault against this amazing person? The media seems determined to destroy this most perfect person. Are they cannibalizing their children's future own but not realizing it? Why do they insist on demeaning him day in and day out? His speech today was MLK s "I Have A Dream" stature and yet MSNBC, CNN and FOX will go down in history as having destroyed, not with a bullet but with propaganda all hope for our nation going forward. And yet the media's attempt to belittle or minimise OBAMAs speech today will not thwart the millions and millions of black and white and every color and background in between. The "people" of America will not be ridiculed again! There will be a Revolution if you the media continue to defy the will of the people by poising the well yet again. Can the media come to it's senses and treat OBAMA as he should be treated? Why do the Clintons intimidate them? Why? They have done nothing for Americans. Nothing. They were a soap opera. Mrs. Clinton couldn't get Healthcare passed...she has supported all votes pertaining to this bankrupting war, and would be nowhere in politics if it hadn't been for her husband. She stayed with a liar and a womaniser....what kind of example is that? Do we want this type of "history" going forward as our American President? Your President, your children's President, the American future? Do you not think the world will not laugh at us even more? Are you in the media all just paid functionaries with no conscience or are you Americans united in the future of your country? Please stand up and say "no more".
OBAMA is the future. OBAMA is brilliant....wonderful...he is hope for America. The media has a responsibility to the American people (not to their advertisers) and and to the future of this country; to yours and my children over and above making $$$ and egos and supporting the destruction of a good man. At this moment the people desperately need hope. With OBAMA leading the people we can be inspired to rally, to unite and coalesce into the United States of America(ns) again. Media, I beg you, stop destroying this man

Posted by: savage405 | March 18, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

This is a great endorsement. But here's another:

Members from the Out of Iraq Caucus released the following letter:

As firm opponents of the Iraq war, we believe there is no higher priority for the next President of the United States than ending this war, and we believe there is no one better prepared and more committed to bringing this war to a responsible conclusion than Hillary Clinton. The best way to honor the sacrifices of our brave young men and women in uniform is to bring them home.
We support Hillary Clinton because she is the candidate with the stature, strength, and experience needed to end this war as quickly and responsibly as possible.

Hillary has put forward the most comprehensive plan for bringing our troops home, with troop withdrawals beginning within 60 days of taking office. She bravely pressed the Pentagon to begin planning for the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. And she has introduced legislation to bar the Bush administration from unilaterally negotiating a long-term security agreement with the Iraqi government and thereby tying the hands of the next administration.

Hillary's commitment to ending this war is matched by her experience. Her knowledge of the armed forces, her service on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and her extraordinary efforts on behalf of our veterans have earned her the respect of our men and women in uniform.

We are proud to support her because we know that she is the candidate ready to bring our troops home.

Del. Donna Christian-Christensen (D-VI)
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)
Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX)
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA)
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY)
Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA)
Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY)
Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Rep. Diane Watson (D-CA)
Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)

Posted by: Susan9 | March 18, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse


I just wanted to add a thought about the superdelegates, who are also delegates from states as the pledged delegates are.

Supers were put there as a final check on the primary process. For example, information may come out about a candidate who won their state that the voters in their state didn't know at the time.

This gives the supers a chance to swing their vote to someone who can still win the general election against the Republicans, who will always play the fear card. It's the only one they have.

But the next responsibility of supers is to represent their voters, the voters of their state. They may be Representatives, and wish to reflect their district voters as best they can, or they may wish to more accurately reflect what will happen with the electotal college results of their state in the general election and vote to represent their state's voters.

But the last thing they should consider, if at all, is represent other state's voters. Voting based on the results of other states as in voting based on who has the most pledged delegates is neglecting their duty to their state and the voters they represent.

They are not meta-delegates for other delegates, they are delegates for their voters.

Again, supers do and are supporting candidates of their choice as part of the primary process, and that is an important part of the process, even when they go against the wishes of their voters.

And likewise, in the end, they should represent their voters with all the information that has come forth throughout the primaries. They may choose someone different if they make an important and necessary determination as to who will best represent the Democratic Perty's chances for President in the general election.

And so the supers representing their states and their studied opinion may change the lead in delegates when all the delegates are counted. That is the process of representing their states, their voters, and their stewardship of the Democratic Party.

But under no circumstances do superdelegates represent the delegates and voters of other states, rubberstamping the choice of other voters. They have their own voters to represent, and a responsibility to represent their voters and their conscience as first and foremost.

When the counting is done, then we will know who has the most delegates, and that person will be nominated, and we will all stand behind the Democratic Party this fall whoever our party has chosen, from President to Senators to Representatives and everyone on the Democratic team.

Start your engines, superdelegates, the race is on.

rd

Posted by: ralphdaugherty | March 18, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic! Murtha is a smart man who knows how the system operates. He knows that "change" doesn't happen by wishin' and hopin', it happens by doin' and Hillary Clinton has been doin' things for Democratic causes since she was in college.


Remember: There are no caucuses in November!

Posted by: tracyandreen | March 18, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Murtha's endorsement of Hillary is the first of many white flights from Obama.

Posted by: j2winston | March 18, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Excellent endorsement for Clinton.

She does not have a radical spiritual adviser damning America or wanting to eliminate Islam.

The only candidate to separate church and State.

Posted by: getalife1 | March 18, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

AT LAST A VALIDATION !!!!! THANK YOU MR. MURTHA!!! HILLARY IS THE MOST VIABLE CHOICE. WE HAVE SEEN THE ONION BEING PEELED SLOWLY BUT SURELY....
WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS TWO FACED SNAKE OIL SALESMAN WHO CALLS HIMSELF A UNITER. 20 YEARS IN THE SAME CHURCH WITH SAME PASTOR AND HE SAYS HE HAS NEVER KNOWN HIS 'UNCLE' WRIGHT TO SAY SUCH HORRIFIC THINGS ABOUT AMERICA.
CLEARLY THE CHOICE RESTS WITH US.
MR. MURTHA PLEASE TALK SENSE INTO NANCY PELOSI...SHE APPEARS TO VEER TOWARD THIS AWFUL BARRACK HUSSEIN OBAMA.
YOU GO HILLARY :)

Posted by: ZanyZephyr48 | March 18, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Great endorsment! if it were up to hillary the inspectors looking for wmds in iraq would of been able to finish there work as they were intended to do, and the world would of known that there werent any wmds in iraq. If obama would of been in congress to vote on giving Bush these powers that he so arragantly abused, he would of voted "present" as usual.

Posted by: drjsbox | March 18, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Great endorsment! if it were up to hillary the inspectors looking for wmds in iraq would of been able to finish there work as they were intended to do, and the world would of known that there werent any wmds in iraq. If obama would of been in congress to vote on giving Bush these powers that he so arragantly abused, he would of voted "present" as usual.

Posted by: drjsbox | March 18, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

This is all too perfect! The most corrupt Democratic member of the House endorses the most corrupt Democratic member of the Senate! Of couse he did. Murtha has been heaping wasteful pork into his Pennsylvania district for decades... he is everything that is wrong with the Democratic leadership in Washington. Who else would he support other than Hillary?

Vote Clinton/Murtha '08: If you believe in the status quo!

Posted by: scottdc | March 18, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

You go Murtha!! You rock!

Posted by: eeave | March 18, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter Hillary will not win, maybe Bill should run again in 8 years after Obama's 2 terms LOL.

Posted by: rolove | March 18, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter Hillary will not win, maybe Bill should run again in 8 years after Obama's 2 terms LOL.

Posted by: rolove | March 18, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter Hillary will not win, maybe Bill should run again in 8 years after Obama's 2 terms LOL.

Posted by: rolove | March 18, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Awesome!! Love Murtha. He seems what is plain to see, that Sen. Clinton would be a phenomenal president, particularly after this scorching primary season when she's gone around the country and "listened" to voters and what's on their minds. She genuinely hears -- it's not lip service. This woman is genuine to the bone. And she actually fights for issues. She doesn't cave, or sit in a pew for 20 years listening to incendiary drivel, and doing nothing.

Posted by: eeave | March 18, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Rep. Murtha. I, too, feel that Senator Clinton will bring about the coalitions needed to solve the serious problems our Country faces. Senator Obama has become too polarizing and divisive and will not be able to push his agenda forward.

Posted by: xseagull | March 18, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Hurray for Jack Murtha for having the common sense and wisdom to support Hillary Clinton who has the experience, the know how, and the good judgment to successfully bring the Iraq war to an end, solve our economic problems, fix our health care, and strengthen our educational system across the nation.

Within the past two weeks we've seen up close the real Obama: both his obvious lack of experience and his incredibly poor judgment.

Posted by: ichief | March 18, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

This is not about pro war vs anti war, this is about the politics of pork and special interests vs the politics of reform and national interests. Murtha and Clinton are similar in the sense that both are traditional politicians who take large amounts of money from PACs and lobbyists. Obama does not fit that mould. No brainer that Murtha would endorse Hillary.

Posted by: mjtier | March 18, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

gene9, your comments are completely uncalled for.

As a former Marine who has served on the field of battle, Rep. Murtha has earned the right to support whomever he wants. Rather than question his integrity, you should thank him for ensuring your right to vote for whomever you support. But then again, had he chosen the candidate of your choice, you would probably be singing a different tune.

Posted by: gabe_valenzuela | March 18, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

gene9 Lets get the story straight, Hillary rejects the war vote she was bamboozled into by Bush lies. John Murtha isn't afraid of the truth. Three Cheers for John Murtha!! Was Barack against the war, or was Wright against the war?

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | March 18, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

gene9 Lets get the story straight, Hillary rejects the war vote she was bamboozled into by Bush lies. John Murtha isn't afraid of the truth. Three Cheers for John Murtha!! Was Barack against the war, or was Wright against the war?

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | March 18, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

How much does this make up for her pro-war vote non-apology and her other messy stances on the war? Will the left really embrace her because of Murtha?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl | March 18, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

A great endorsement from a true Anti-war congressman (as compared to that phoney, fake Barack)

Posted by: newagent99 | March 18, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse


Thank you, Rep. Murtha. Your leadership for the military and the right policies for our national defense is heroic.

I am sure Hillary Clinton will make great use of your counsel in turning Iraq back over to its people when she is elected President.

rd

Posted by: ralphdaugherty | March 18, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, now. Murtha is vigorously against the war. Hillary enthusiastically voted for the war, and refuses to apologize for same. Barack was agaisnt the war from the beginning. So Murtha endorses Hillary! Does anyone else wonder how this could be, and what back room deals have gone on?

Posted by: gene9 | March 18, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Go Hillary DIANE Clinton!!!

Posted by: JakeD | March 18, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

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