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Former Indiana Rep. Hamilton Endorses Obama


Former 9/11 Commission Co-Chairman Lee Hamilton delivers remarks during a luncheon forum at the National Press Club, Monday, Sept. 11, 2006, in Washington. (AP.)

Updated 11:26 a.m.
By Alec MacGillis and Jonathan Weisman
No, Lee Hamilton is not a superdelegate. Nonetheless, there are several reasons for Barack Obama to welcome the support of the longtime Indiana congressman and co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission, who announced his endorsement of Obama this morning.

Hamilton's support helps Obama in Indiana, where the May 6 primary looms as perhaps the most evenly matched of the remaining contests, and thus a possible media bellwether. Until now, Hillary Clinton has held an edge in establishment support in the state, thanks mostly to her backing from Evan Bayh, the senator, former governor and son of a former senator.

As importantly, the nod from the respected co-chairman of the 9/11 commission bolsters Obama's claim as a credible candidate for commander in chief, a point on which the rookie senator has been hammered by both Clinton and McCain. (In fact, Hamilton is not the first 9/11 commission member from Indiana to endorse Obama -- former congressman Tim Roemer came out for him last month.) There is the added twist of the 9/11 commission co-chairman passing over the senator from the state that suffered the worst of the attacks, though the symbolism is not as stark as it was when Tom Kean, the former New Jersey governor and Republican co-chairman of the panel, endorsed McCain instead of Rudy Giuliani, the presidential candidate most closely identified with the attacks.

Hamilton told the Associated Press that he was supporting Obama because he practices "the politics of consensus and not of partisan division."

"I think he is driven by the search for the common good," Hamilton said. "I begin by asking myself what kind of leadership the country needs at this juncture and I think, for me at least, the answer is that you want a candidate that will try to bring together a country that is very evenly divided, a country in which partisanship has been very sharp and to try to get a candidate who will create a new sense of national unity and will try to transcend the divisions within the country."

Indiana's place on the calendar -- on May 6, twinned with North Carolina and the first contests after Pennsylvania -- has given the state outsized importance. If Obama can win there and in North Carolina, where he is favored, he could halt Clinton's expected momentum coming out of the Keystone State. Yet Obama so far has given the Hoosiers little attention. He is planning to drop by Friday, on his way to North Dakota and two days in Montana.

"The more we can get him in the state the better we are," Roemer said. "I'd like him in the state 25 hours a day if I could get my druthers."

But Hamilton's endorsement could help, Roemer said, especially in the conservative southern regions.
"I think Lee's endorsement is a great shot in the arm and a boost to the campaign," he said. "He's revered, especially in southern Indiana."

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Comments

lindamoody0923:

You do know that Obama has called Bill Clinton all kinds of names, starting with racist?

The only time I saw Hillary mad was when she threw Bill's clothes out the window years ago. She has a lot of self-control and is a nice woman. That's why she hasn't been giving Obama his just due with his lies and all. God willing he will get his just due.

Posted by: katherine11 | April 3, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

lindamoody0923:

You do know that Obama has called Bill Clinton all kinds of names, starting with racist?

Posted by: katherine11 | April 3, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

lindamoody0923:

You don't make sense. Some logic, please. You just seem to want to rant against Hillary.

Posted by: katherine11 | April 3, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I guess Tim Roehmer and Lee Hamilton of 911 fame think that having Obama in the White House with his Muslim connections will prevent another 911. It could embolden these radicals more. Farrakhan has said Obama is the hope of the (Muslim) world. Has anyone thought of that? Is anyone paying attention? I don't know about you, but Rev. Wright and Farrakhan scare the hell out of me the same way David Duke did. I know what they are capable of. Look at history.

Posted by: katherine11 | April 3, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

With Barack Obama as President, we CAN have Bill Clinton in the Cabinet, Al Gore, Hillary as VP (if she wants), and all of the other great people who had our economy humming before the Republicans came in and sent all our money to Iraq. But, if Hillary gets in there, we CANNOT have Bill, Hillary is going to make everybody mad with her hot temper, and the people who can help bring the most good to America will be kept out of government due to Hillary's overbearing ways.

As far as Florida and Michigan are concerned, Hillary can't even keep her word on what she agreed to prior to those states voting. Now that Hillary is broke and behind in the polls, she wants to cheat in order to get ahead because the country is simply not behind her enough for her to earn the nomination honestly.

NOW, MORE THAN EVER, BARACK OBAMA!

Posted by: lindamoody0923 | April 2, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

With Barack Obama as President, we CAN have Bill Clinton in the Cabinet, Al Gore, Hillary as VP (if she wants), and all of the other great people who had our economy humming before the Republicans came in and sent all our money to Iraq. But, if Hillary gets in there, we CANNOT have Bill, Hillary is going to make everybody mad with her hot temper, and the people who can help bring the most good to America will be kept out of government due to Hillary's overbearing ways.

As far as Florida and Michigan are concerned, Hillary can't even keep her word on what she agreed to prior to those states voting. Now that Hillary is broke and behind in the polls, she wants to cheat in order to get ahead because the country is simply not behind her enough for her to earn the nomination honestly.

NOW, MORE THAN EVER, BARACK OBAMA!

Posted by: lindamoody0923 | April 2, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

svreader ....only the typical white people were offended by those statements......man are you sensitive or just hatin on a brotha......whatever it is get over it or vote for McCain but all this nonsense 3 weeks later is childish and needs to be canned.....
straightmedia....you are not an exception to the fact that Hillary has uneducated people in her corner.......Obama had as much to do with the MI and FL democratic primary mess as Sadam had to Alqueda....all I would suggest....is that your vote is your vote....but to be ignorant about something just for the sake of being ignorant doesn't help you....it doesn't help any of your family or fellow Americans trying to do some good......you don't have to like Obama.....but your rational for dislike should be honest.....not some sniper story....lol

Posted by: exhooper | April 2, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

We are so lucky to have a man like Obama running for President.

Sadly, most of my votes have been very AGAINST someone rather than REALLY for someone.

Once in a lifetime are we fortunate to have an Obama to vote FOR.

Hamilton is a conservative and should give Obama a big boost in Indiana.

Posted by: Rubiconski | April 2, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

HRC proposed solutions to FL and MI that favor her, such as having her big money supporters pay for the MI revote, which is a conflict of interest and illegal. She knows he would not accept this offer so she can try to claim he stopped the vote. Your State government and the DNC did this, not OBAMA!! Only fools believe he stopped the vote. She gamed you guys like she gamed the media into believing her Bosnia story.

Posted by: markmdr0613 | April 2, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Straightreader, Obama does not oppose FL and MI. However, it is disingeuous to seat the delegates with the current results. Obama was not on the ballot in MI and did not campaign in FL although Hillary did. They BOTH agreed to accept the DNC's decision, only now that she needs help to come close she wants to seat them as is...This is intellectually dishonest and a sham and she knows it and you should know it.

Posted by: markmdr0613 | April 2, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Here is an entry from the MI / FL petition;

Jocelyn and Michael in Michigan - We are so furious with Barack Obama at this point in time that we have both made a pact NOT to vote for him in November if he is the nominee for the Democrats. We've had enough of this absurdity. We VOTED. And this freshman rookie Senator from Illinois doesn't want our votes to count? To hell with him.

--


There you have it. Sign at;

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/seatourdelegates/signatures.html


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Posted by: straightmedia | April 2, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

-- If you don't know what the numbers mean, maybe you shouldn't throw them around and make a fool of yourself. --

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I'll try to explain it to you. You see,
in primaries, states hold elections. The
idea is, to see who gets the most votes.
That candidate has then won - while the
one with fewer, has lost...

;-)


Actual, real TX election / source CNN.com -

Clinton
1,459,814

Obama
1,358,785

Vocal-minority-dominated TX Caucus

Obama
23,918

Clinton
18,620


If you wish to cling to "won more delegates", that
would be relevant if Obama could obtain 2025.

He cannot. Supers will put one or the other over
2025. Obama will need more actual votes than
Hillary, to receive those. If she wins more votes,
which would have happened on a surge down
the stretch, his "will-of-people" argument is over.

WHAT a surprise, that Obama opposes accepting
the FL result and revoting MI...


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Posted by: straightmedia | April 2, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Jack Smith, the Republicans have been voting for Hillary, not Obama to help McCain in the general election. They gave her Texas's popular or elsr BO would have that too. You better have specifics about vote fraud when defending a women who lies out of habit. Watch that Bosnia tape again. Bill was a good president?!?! 200 pardons for cash on his last day in office? Ask anyone who worked in the justice department at that time how angry they were about that. Marc Rich is a CROOK, but to Billy he was just a pile of cash.
He was impeached, he slept with an intern, he let Osamo go free....The greatest, not even in the top 30.

Posted by: markmdr0613 | April 2, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey, SVreader, where did you here that Obama has a felony record? That sounds as ludicrious as HRC's Bosnia combat. Channel 5 as the most respected news in Chicago, not in my lifetime.

Posted by: markmdr0613 | April 2, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey JackSmith1,

Since you seem to think that so much of Hillary's experience was derived from being First Lady, I was wondering your estimating of the experience that she therefore derived from her husband while he ignored the genocide in Rwanda?

Is that the kind of experience we really need in the White House?

Posted by: nick.jacobs | April 2, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

DON'T BE DUPED !!!

Large numbers of Republicans have been voting for Barack Obama in the DEMOCRATIC primaries, and caucuses from early on. Because they feel he would be a weaker opponent against John McCain. And because they feel that a Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama ticket would be unbeatable. And also because with a Clinton and Obama ticket you are almost 100% certain to get quality, affordable universal health care very soon.

But first, all of you have to make certain that Hillary Clinton takes the democratic nomination and then the Whitehouse. NOW! is the time. THIS! is the moment you have all been working, and waiting for. You can do this America. "Carpe diem" (harvest the day).

I think Hillary Clinton see's a beautiful world of plenty for all. She is a woman, and a mother. And it's time America. Do this for your-selves, and your children's future. You will have to work together on this and be aggressive, relentless, and creative. Americans face an even worse catastrophe ahead than the one you are living through now.

You see, the medical and insurance industry mostly support the republicans with the money they ripped off from you. And they don't want you to have quality, affordable universal health care. They want to be able to continue to rip you off, and kill you and your children by continuing to deny you life saving medical care that you have already paid for. So they can continue to make more immoral profits for them-selves.

Hillary Clinton has actually won by much larger margins than the vote totals showed. And lost by much smaller vote margins than the vote totals showed. Her delegate count is actually much higher than it shows. And higher than Obama's. She also leads in the electoral college numbers that you must win to become President in the November national election. HILLARY CLINTON IS ALREADY THE TRUE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE!

As much as 30% of Obama's primary, and caucus votes are Republicans trying to choose the weakest democratic candidate for McCain to run against. These Republicans have been gaming the caucuses where it is easier to vote cheat. This is why Obama has not been able to win the BIG! states primaries. Even with Republican vote cheating help.

Hillary Clinton has been out manned, out gunned, and out spent 4 and 5 to 1. Yet Obama has only been able to manage a very tenuous, and questionable tie with Hillary Clinton.

If Obama is the democratic nominee for the national election in November he will be slaughtered. Because the Republican vote cheating help will suddenly evaporate. All of this vote fraud and republican manipulation has made Obama falsely look like a much stronger candidate than he really is. YOUNG PEOPLE. DON'T BE DUPED! Think about it. You have the most to lose.

The democratic party needs to fix this outrage. I suggest a Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama ticket. Everyone needs to throw all your support to Hillary Clinton NOW! So you can end this outrage against YOU the voter, and against democracy.

I think Barack Obama has a once in a life time chance to make the ultimate historic gesture for unity, and change in America by accepting Hillary Clinton's offer as running mate. Such an act now would for ever seal Barack Obama's place at the top of the list of Americas all time great leaders, and unifiers for all of history.

The democratic party, and the super-delegates have a decision to make. Are the democrats, and the democratic party going to choose the DEMOCRATIC party nominee to fight for the American people. Or are the republicans going to choose the DEMOCRATIC party nominee through vote fraud, and gaming the DEMOCRATIC party primaries, and caucuses.

Fortunately the Clinton's have been able to hold on against this fraudulent outrage with those repeated dramatic comebacks of Hillary Clinton's. Only the Clinton's are that resourceful, and strong. Hillary Clinton is your NOMINEE. They are the best I have ever seen.

"This is not a game" (Hillary Clinton)

Sincerely

jacksmith...

Posted by: JackSmith1 | April 2, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

YOU MIGHT BE AN IDIOT:-)

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

You Might Be An Idiot!

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

You Might Be An Idiot!

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

You Might Be An Idiot!

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

You Might Be An Idiot!

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

You Might Be An Idiot!

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

You Might Be An Idiot!

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

You Might Be An Idiot!

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

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think all those Republicans voting for Obama in the Democratic primaries, and caucuses are doing so because they think he is a stronger Democratic candidate than Hillary Clinton. :-)

Best regards

jacksmith...

Posted by: JackSmith1 | April 2, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama's Economic Plan

In fact, what is far more worrisome than the Trinity Church "commitment to Africa" is Obama's call for "economic parity."

Economic equality is the justification for an exploding welfare and entitlement state.

Economic parity implies government-coerced wealth redistribution, perpetual minimum wage increases; government subsidized health care for all and so on. Essentially this translates to socialize wages.

CNBC economic analyst Larry Kudlow estimates that Obama's vision for government-run everything will cost Americans $800 BILLION.

Obama was described in a 2004 Men's News Daily Report during Obama's 2004 US Senate campaign:

Obama's closest religious advisers and bible/political teacher -- Fr. (Michael) Pfleger, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ, and Illinois State Sen. James Meeks, who moonlights as the pastor of Chicago's Salem Baptist Church - may have quotes from Scripture always handy, but are theologically closer to Karl Marx and black nationalism, than to Christianity.

Posted by: olandug | April 2, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

straightmedia: "Actual, real TX election / source CNN.com -

Clinton
1,459,814

Obama
1,358,785

Vocal-minority-dominated TX Caucus

Obama
23,918

Clinton
18,620

If you can't add these up, let me know..."

________

straightmedia,

The first set of numbers reflect actual primary voters; the second set reflect the number of delegates sent to this past weekend's various Texas county convention that were awarded in both the primaries and the caucuses, not the number of actual caucus voters. (Damn, did you really think that less than 2% of primariy voters also voted in the caucuses?)

If you don't know what the numbers mean, maybe you shouldn't throw them around and make a fool of yourself.

Posted by: whatmeregister | April 2, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse


Re: whatmeregister
Look man, you vote for whom you like, i really don't care...You and your millions can vote for that old man McCain, so that he can drool over you millions, and suffer forever. I and our millions will not vote for Hillary, likewise..But i am sure that I and my millions will not vote for McCain....You all are so phoney and nasty like Hillary....

Posted by: daxjen13 | April 2, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

"About 26 years ago, I became engaged to my wife, an African-American. She was at that time and remains a member of Trinity. Somewhere between the ring and the altar, my wife had second thoughts and broke off the engagement. Her decision was grounded in race: So committed to black causes, the daughter of parents subjected to unthinkable prejudice over the years, an "up-and-coming" leader in the young black community, how could she marry a white man?

"Rev. Wright, whom I had met only in passing at the time and who was equally if not more outspoken about "black" issues than he is today, somehow found out about my wife's decision. He called and asked her to "drop everything" and meet with him at Trinity. He spent four hours explaining his reaction to her decision. Racial divisions were unacceptable, he said, no matter how great or prolonged the pain that caused them. God would not want us to assess or make decisions about people based on race. The world could make progress on issues of race only if people were prepared to break down barriers that were much easier to let stand.

"Rev. Wright was pretty persuasive; he presided over our wedding a few months later. In the years since, I have watched in utter awe as Wright has overseen and constructed a support system for thousands in need on the South Side that is far more impressive and effective than any governmental program possibly could approach. And never in my life have I been welcomed more warmly and sincerely than at Trinity. Never."

(From the Chicago Tribune)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-oped0326trinitymar26,0,7143430.story

I challenge anyone here to find someone who *actually knows* Rev. Wright who doesn't consider the clips being shown on YouTube to be a gross misrepresentation of his beliefs and his ministry. And, if you can't, shouldn't this be a non-issue?

Posted by: davestickler | April 2, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

To SVreader:

How could Sen. Obama even be a Senator, let alone a presidential candidate with a felony conviction, as stated in one of your earlier delusional tirades ("She can't bring up things like Obama's felony history of repeated cocaine abuse.")

You are a disgrace and you have the AUDACITY to call others racist and bigoted.

Posted by: DedicatedDiva | April 2, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

svreader:
Your constant, nerve wracking rants against Sen. Obama are so weak.

Obama Said That Miner Barnhill Was "Brought In Through [The Non-Profits], Not Through Rezko." The Chicago Tribune reported, "Responding to a Chicago Sun-Times report that Obama's former law firm did legal work for Rezko's low-income housing development business, the Illinois senator said he performed five hours of work on behalf of non-profit housing groups that partnered with Rezko. 'We were brought in through them [the non-profits], not through Rezko,' Obama said." [Chicago Tribune, 4/24/07]

And, you know the press and the Clinton campaign HAVE done their homework and they have found nothing. You are perpetuating lies and innuendo that do not help your candidate (as evidenced by her dip in the polls). Your rants and lies only make your candidate look like she is backed by people who need therapy. This country does not need another secretive, devisive, out of touch, power hungry, cabinet of fools running it for the next 4 years. Please stop.

Posted by: DedicatedDiva | April 2, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks so much, GM! Happy news, indeed.

Momentum is building. Should be an exciting Spring.

Posted by: CarolBG | April 2, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

CarolBG--The two endorsments are the Gov. of Wyoming and Lee Hamilton. Re. the seven Dem. reps here in NC, source is today's Raleigh News and Observer. Print edition.

Posted by: gmundenat | April 2, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

svreader,

Your concern for the people freezing in CHicago's slums is touching. I guess my question is what are YOU doing to help them?

Seems to me if they were anything more to you than a political prop, you'd be out there helping them instead of tapping away at your computer.

Posted by: nick.jacobs | April 2, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

svreader: "If Obama gets the nomination, I and millions of mainstream Democrats like me will vote for McCain."

svreader, after repeatedly seeing you make statements like this it's plain you're no Democrat, except perhaps of the Zell Miller variety. Where do you get off identifying yourself as a Dem? Real Democrats want to see the White House back in Democratic hands again so that a progressive, pro-America agenda will be advanced, regardless of who the ultimate nominee is. You, on the other hand, are just deeply infatuated with Hillary and don't even seem to care about Democratic goals. If your love object Hillary doesn't get the nomination, then just like a spurned lover you'll turn on the Democrats and vote for someone who will continue the awful, America-damaging policies of the Bush administration. Sorry, but calling yourself a "mainstream Democrat" is a pathetic joke.

As for "millions" of us leaving the party to vote for the opposition and all the dangers attendant to it (expanding the war to Iran, filling the Supreme Court with more neofascists, further degrading the economy to benefit the wealthy, etc.), good luck with that. You might think most Democrats share your (not so) hidden prejudices, but even the most adamant bigots will ultimately vote for what's in their own best interests. And a McCain presidency will benefit almost no one.

Posted by: whatmeregister | April 2, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I have recently traveled to Egypt and the Middle East where I discovered many are closely watching the US primary race. If Barack Hussein Obama wins the White House, the United States favorable standing in the world will rise dramatically, especially in the Islamic world.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | April 2, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Two more endorsements from NC?

Who, what where? Citation, please?

Posted by: CarolBG | April 2, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Just today, two more endorsments. Two more superdelegates. The seven Democratic reps here in NC are going to endorse Obama some time before our primary. How many more will be on board by then?

Posted by: gmundenat | April 2, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

StraightMedia's account of the Texas results is, of course, anything but straight, it's intentionally misleading.

Here are the actual results, which you can find at www.burntorangereport.com:

TX Primary Results (March 4)

Clinton: 65 of 126 Delegates (52%)
Obama: 61 of 126 Delegates (48%)

TX Caucus Results (March 29)

Clinton: 30 of 67 Delegates (44%)
Obama: 37 of 67 Delegates (56%)

Total TX Delegate Results

Clinton: 95 of 193 Delegates (49%)
Obama: 98 of 193 Delegates (51%)

That is the count as of 8:00 am Monday, March 31.

Conclusion: Despite the headlines that Hillary took Texas, those calls were inaccurate and premature. She did not, in fact take Texas. Obama did.

Talk of who won the majority vote is irrelevant according to the rules of selecting a candidate in TX. Obama takes the majority of those Delegates and is, therefore, the winner in that State.


Posted by: CarolBG | April 2, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

fnl --

Before you go to, why don't you take a look at the posts regarding "Obama's Slums"

The info is from NBC and the Chicago Sun Times.

Posted by: svreader | April 2, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

fnl --

Some of my posts are angry because I'm angry that a guy like Obama gets painted like a saint when he's the farthest thing from it, and because a lot of Obama supporters make personal attacks on Clinton supporters or anyone who posts anything that calls Obama's divinity into question.

Good luck to you as well.

Posted by: svreader | April 2, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

svreader wrote:
"Jefferson was great.
Obama and Wright are racists."

You're entitled to your opinion, but this average white guy hasn't seen the evidence to support it, (or that Obama invented slums in chicago, for that matter.)
Ok, lunch is over, back to work!

Posted by: fnlorrain | April 2, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I'll take you at your word svreader. I still think it doesn't do your girl Hillary any good to spew out hateful posts like a Sean Hannity wanna-be. Try to keep it civil, you may be contributing to a backlash.

P.S. I only post in my own name.
Good luck with the election!

Posted by: fnlorrain | April 2, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

fnl --

Jefferson was great.

Obama and Wright are racists.

But I guess my opinon doesn't count for anything to Obama.

I'm just "A Typical White Person" as far as he and Rev. Wright are concerned.

The majority of Americans that will gladly vote against a two-faced fraud like him.

Its too bad for the people who froze in his slums in Chicago that they didn't do that too.


Posted by: svreader | April 2, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

-- UPDATE: OBAMA WON TEXAS. CHECK YOUR FACTS --

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Very well. You're still wrong;

Actual, real TX election / source CNN.com -

Clinton
1,459,814

Obama
1,358,785

Vocal-minority-dominated TX Caucus

Obama
23,918

Clinton
18,620


If you can't add these up, let me know...


;-)

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Posted by: straightmedia | April 2, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

fnl --

I only post under one name.

Maybe its the Obama posts that are all coming from one guy.

I bet he gets paid for it too!!!

Why else would he keep accusing Clinton supporters of doing it?

Posted by: svreader | April 2, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I suspect that once the press starts doing its homework and discovers that Obama's "played them" they'll be extremely motivated to dig for the truth about him and to publish what they find out.

I did, and what I found out about him has angered me very deeply.

The real Obama isn't anyhing like his carefully crafted public image.

If Obama gets the nomination, I and millions of mainstream Democrats like me will vote for McCain.

If the press had done its job fact checking on Obama earlier, he never would have made it this far.


Posted by: svreader | April 2, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

-- Obama's momentum is building and it's reflected both in the polls and in endorsements. --

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Riiight.

You probably bought that Media Inc. dung
before NH, CA, MA, TX and OH also...

"ClosingClosingClosing in OH, ahead by
4 in TX , Katie. Hillary will have to
Quit Soon."


dontada-da-da-dontada-da-da...

Adriannnne!


;-)

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Posted by: straightmedia | April 2, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

John Mccain being labelleed as war hero is laughable. You become a war hero by defending your country and kicking a** of enemies on the battlefield, not by having a your plane shot down and becoming a POW for 5 years.

Posted by: catchsandy | April 2, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Note to svreader:
(who posts all day, under different names=paid shill)

First, I doubt that you are a Hillary supporter, but if you were, I wouldn't keep flogging Jeremiah Wright. You see there is a prophetic tradition in the AA church. Wright suggested that God might damn us for countenancing SIN. Like killing women and children in other countries. the other sin, started as slavery, still exists today as institutionalized discrimination. You might not see it, guessing that you're white, but until we really are the country of equal opportunity for all, we've still got some work to do.
By the way, Thomas Jefferson had this to say about slavery and God's wrath:
"Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever . . . But if something is not done, and soon done, we shall be the murderers of our own children."
Does Jefferson qualify as an anti-American racist now, svreader?

Posted by: fnlorrain | April 2, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

From a "white male" in North Carolina, I look forward to Barack Obama being President -- which I have no doubt he will -- and all of you naysayers will be better for it -- whether you know it or not.

Posted by: ed21 | April 2, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

It does not matter if Hillary Clinton wins Pennsylvania. It doesn't matter if she wins the next 10 contests. She will not have won enough, contests, delegates, or enough of the popular vote for that matter-- Florida and Michigan can be included. I believe the superdelegates will seal the nomination for Barack Obama. Beating McCain will be an easy contest for Senator Obama.

Posted by: pchatman | April 2, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

B202 --

No. He just talks about them.

He has no record of bi-partisanship in the Senate.

Hillary does.

Obama's also torn the Democratic party apart and most of his campaign has been both explicit and implicit "Clinton Bashing"

He doesn't bring people together.

He only claims to.

Posted by: svreader | April 2, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama's momentum is building and it's reflected both in the polls and in endorsements. This will only increase between now and July 1.

It appears that Hillary's negative campaigning is having the impact of the proverbial shooting herself in the foot.

Yes, she should continue in the race. It appears to be only helping Obama.

Those who support HRC's campaign can continue to invest their efforts in resisting the inevitable OR they can start thinking about how to deal with the Presidential elections.

Posted by: CarolBG | April 2, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

It's 3 am.

A Phone is ringing in the White House.

Somewhere, US Supreme Court Justice Clinton is wondering where her husband is.

Somewhere, Senator McCain is enjoying his retirement years.

But in the White House, one of President Obama's staff, a collection of highly experienced people with foreign policy credentials that would shock a Tibetan monk, is picking up the phone and calmly answering the call.

Posted by: WillSeattle | April 2, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Hamilton has found the most succinct way yet of summing up future President Barack Obama:

He practices "the politics of consensus and not of partisan division."

And yes, it is just what we need now.

Posted by: B2O2 | April 2, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

jaybs1: "Pennsylvania is now waking up and see what Hillary is all about, they have seen the Lies and Personal Attacks against Barack Obama of the last few weeks. Clinton may have run in an early 26 point lead but today polling shows that is down to just a few points."

Jaybs1,

Based on what I heard from the voters I talked to while canvassing in Pennsylvania this past weekend, I think Hillary will be in for a bit of a surprise April 22. A lot of people are finally getting the message that (to paraphrase John Kerry) she was for NAFTA before she was against it. And the union guys (both active and out of work)are largely lining up behind Obama.

Three more weeks...

Posted by: whatmeregister | April 2, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

-- I'M SURE OBAMA HAD NO IDEA ABOUT THIS, EITHER, EVEN THOUGH IT HAPPENED IN JULY OF 2007 -- JERUSALEM - Sen. Barack Obama's Chicago church reprinted a manifesto by Hamas that defended terrorism as legitimate resistance, --

-


No, Obama reportedly sent an immediate
rebuke of it, to a Jewish org which I don't
recall the name of. It's searchable.

And so this chronology (which is how we
object to your lack of objection, Mr.
Hamilton);


- Hamas terror propaganda reprints, 7/07
by Wright. In itself, not Barack's fault.
However,

- Obama goes to damage control, rebukes.

- Then LEAVES WRIGHT IN HIS CAMPAIGN


Remember, Obama only discarded Wright
from his advisory staff, after the firestorm about
his hate-speech erupted in March. Only when
he had to. Some uniter...

Obama, needed to walk the walk Mr. Hamilton.
He did not.

And you're giving him a pass on it. That is the
problem here.

As I said, splashback on you. You only look
good to Obama supporters, Lee Hamilton.
Blog a while these days, and find out what the
rest of the nation is saying about him...

-

Posted by: straightmedia | April 2, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

lynnellingw: "So this means Obama can do something more than talk? I doubt it."

Well, I have to admit he doesn't bowl well. And Hillary definitely has a lot more experience dodging sniper fire on the tarmac while fearlessly rescuing eight-year-olds. But I'll still vote for Barack over Hillary any day. Character counts.

Posted by: whatmeregister | April 2, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse


Richardson - VP
Hamilton - Defense Sec
Both - Sellouts

Barack - desperate for validators,
makes calls with jobs in hand...


My critique of Richardson, pastes onto
you now Lee. Here we go;


Those following can see that Obama is in trouble
over patronizing extremist hate-speech from Wright,
just at the period you step up for him. The observer
projects that a deal was struck, or you wouldn't step
into that tar pit.

Where is your outrage - or at minimum, reservation -
at that very unseemly liaison? Are you a sweep-under-
rug guy? Think Wright was fairly minor, or is off the
electorate's radar after a week?

Obama's accounts on what he heard when from
Wright, keep changing. The latest is that if the lunatic
hadn't retired, he would have left. The week prior,
Obama insisted he could "no more disown him than
he could the black community".

Essentially, he looked the other way on racial-hate
speech, for 20 years. It's hard to contend much
different at this point. He's half admitted it.

Which means by endorsing - YOU are looking the
other way on his indifference to Wright.

Show me the leadership in either of you, Mr.
Hamilton...

-

Posted by: straightmedia | April 2, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

The only change Obama will bring is the destruction of the Democratic Party and the election of John McCain.

Posted by: svreader | April 2, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Once more Barack Obama is showing the wide support he now holds in the country, not just the Rich and The Washington Lobbyists who are soon to be the Politics of The Past.

Pennsylvania is now waking up and see what Hillary is all about, they have seen the Lies and Personal Attacks against Barack Obama of the last few weeks. Clinton may have run in an early 26 point lead but today polling shows that is down to just a few points.

Like Hillary's early claim the race would be over by February 5th is shows her arrogance towards Voters! - April 22nd now in Pennsylvania is no longer a one Horse race, your Vote counts and can bring about Real Change!

Posted by: jaybs1 | April 2, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

ripper --

Like most Obama supporters, you're in denial about the key issue.

Obama's actions don't match his words.

The image is great.

The real guy isn't.

Hillary's been fighting with one hand behind her back.

She can't bring up things like Obama's felony history of repeated cocaine abuse.

She can't bring up "Obama's Slums" and what it shows about his total lack of character and total lack of human compassion.

Republicans can, and will.

But there's an additonal point.

Obama supporters have done everything they could to trash the best Democratic President since FDR.

Mainstream Democrats will neither forgive nor forget that.

Gloat now.

You'll cry later.


Posted by: svreader | April 2, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

svreader...nobody cares about Rezko. Unless Obama is being indicted as well for any legal wrongdoing, Rekzo is just another Hillary and Bill version of Johnny Chung, Peter Paul, and Norman Hsu.

The american people are hungry for change. We are tired of senseless wars, a poor economy (2nd recession in Bush's two terms), escalating health costs, gasoline prices, and the politics of fear.

If I were you as a Clinton supporter, I would be worried about the Peter Paul trial probably scheduled for September or October of 2008 in which Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea will be questioned.

Posted by: ajtiger92 | April 2, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

-- Hamilton's support helps Obama in Indiana --

-


...you mean, like Kennedy and Kerry "helped"
Obama in MA?

;-)


When is Media Inc. going to get wise,
that endorsements at this level splash
exponentially back on the endorser, more
than they ever baste the candidate.

Why: The choice for president is an
intensely personal one. Voter-to-
candidate. Voter does not need the 3rd
guy.

It's of no "help", but it can make the
endorser look like a jack@ss who made a
deal for a job...

-

Posted by: straightmedia | April 2, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Let's watch the Clintons move the goal posts again. First they were going to sweep Pennsylvania, then do well. Now that Hillary is sinking into single digits it'll be "a win is a win". I guess, for them, it depends on what the definition of win is?

Posted by: thebobbob | April 2, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

svreader,

You do seem like a "typical white person" -- of the 1840s. Your support has never been on the table, so let's discount you from the start.

As to white voters, the latest national Gallup tracking poll has Obama leading Clinton 49-45. Now since blacks make up 12.2% of U.S. population (okay throw in mixed-race people for another 2%), then who are all those OTHER voters?

As Gallup put it:

"Gallup Poll Daily tracking results for the general election have shown that both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are essentially tied with John McCain among registered voters nationwide."

Any more rants? I can do this all day.

Posted by: rippermccord | April 2, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Senior Ranked, Senator John McCain,

Naval Aviator, American Hero,

Vs.,

a Madrasa Schooled, Junior Senator,

Fellow named;

Barack Hussein Obama.


Ohhh, LOL! Johnny, Sic-Em! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | April 2, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama Supporters --

How can anyone support Barry Obama when he let the poorest of the poor who elected him in Chicago freeze in slums in his district his friend and campaign contributor Rezok got $100M to repair or replace?

Obama knew, but did nothing.

That says everything.

Before you send any more of your, or your parent's, hard earned money to Barry Obama --

Please Watch this report on Obama, Obama's slums, Rezko, and $100M of wasted taxpayer money, from NBC news, Chicago's most respected TV news program.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDHsHM0laT8&feature=related

How do you explain away the fact that Barry Obama never followed up on the 11 slums that his friend Rezko was supposed to repair in Obama's district in Chicago, and continued to do nothing about the 40 slums that Rezko was supposed to repair or replace in Chicago, even after Obama joined the US Senate?

From the Chicago Sun Times:

For more than five weeks during the brutal winter of 1997, tenants shivered without heat in a government-subsidized apartment building on Chicago's South Side.

It was just four years after the landlords -- Antoin "Tony'' Rezko and his partner Daniel Mahru -- had rehabbed the 31-unit building in Englewood with a loan from Chicago taxpayers.

Rezko and Mahru couldn't find money to get the heat back on.

But their company, Rezmar Corp., did come up with $1,000 to give to the political campaign fund of Barack Obama, the newly elected state senator whose district included the unheated building....

The building in Englewood was one of 30 Rezmar rehabbed in a series of troubled deals largely financed by taxpayers. Every project ran into financial difficulty. More than half went into foreclosure, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation has found.

"Their buildings were falling apart,'' said a former city official. "They just didn't pay attention to the condition of these buildings.''

Eleven of Rezko's buildings were in Obama's state Senate district....

Rezko and Mahru had no construction experience when they created Rezmar in 1989 to rehabilitate apartments for the poor under the Daley administration. Between 1989 and 1998, Rezmar made deals to rehab 30 buildings, a total of 1,025 apartments. The last 15 buildings involved Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland during Obama's time with the firm.

Rezko and Mahru also managed the buildings, which were supposed to provide homes for poor people for 30 years. Every one of the projects ran into trouble:

* Seventeen buildings -- many beset with code violations, including a lack of heat -- ended up in foreclosure.

* Six buildings are currently boarded up.

* Hundreds of the apartments are vacant, in need of major repairs.

* Taxpayers have been stuck with millions in unpaid loans.

Posted by: svreader | April 2, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

While Hillary's frantic surrogates atttempt to reinvoke the Wright episode against Obama, one of the most highly respected and honorable Democratic leaders, Hamilton, steps forward and endorses Obama.

It does not take rocket science to recognize the importance of this endorsement, not just for the Indiana primary, but for the broader political environment and understanding of what the Hamilton endorsement brings to the Obama campaign --- prestige, credibility, honesty and high standing within the Democratic party.

In the meantime, the selfish, arrogant, frantic Clinton crowd continues a hopeless campaign, and plays into the hands of Generalissomo McCain for the General Election. What will it take to get these despicable people to end their divisive campaign?
Forrest Gerard

Posted by: fgerard | April 2, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

If we nominate Obama, we not only lose the election, we lose the chance to reverse years of Republican rule and lose the heart of the Democratic Party, the mainstream center.

There's an awfully lot of stuff about Obama that Hillary won't bring up with McCain will.

Calling for Hillary to "not bring up anything negative" is yet another attempt to prevent people from finding out the truth about Obama.

They will, before November.

If Democrats nominate Barry Obama --

Say hello to President McCain.

Posted by: svreader | April 2, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama can't win nationally.

He's lost the votes of "Typical White People" and he's not going to get them back.

Obama supporters want everyone to believe that nobody cares that he went to a racist anti-semitic church for 20 years and chose the guy who gave the "God damm America" speech as his "spiritual advisor"

The're wrong.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton holds a 9-point lead over rival Barack Obama among likely Pennsylvania Democratic primary voters ahead of the state's April 22 primary, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.

Clinton, a New York senator who would be the first female president, leads the Illinois senator 50 percent to 41 percent, the poll found. She also runs better against the likely Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain, in Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio -- all important swing states in the general election.

In a general election matchup in Florida, McCain closely trails Clinton 42 percent to 44 percent but McCain leads Obama, who would be the first black president, 46 percent to 37 percent, according to the poll.

"The difference between Clinton and Obama in Florida is the white vote," said Peter Brown of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

In Ohio, Clinton has a 48 to 39 percent lead over McCain after months of too-close-to-call results, the poll found. In an Obama-McCain matchup, Obama gets 43 percent against 42 percent for McCain.

In Pennsylvania, Clinton tops McCain 48 to 40 percent and Obama leads the Arizona senator 43 percent to 39 percent.

Among Pennsylvania Democrats, Clinton leads 54 to 37 percent with women and ties Obama with men at 46 percent support.

The primary vote between Clinton and Obama splits sharply along racial lines.

Clinton leads 59 to 34 percent among white Pennsylvania likely primary voters while Obama leads 73 to 11 percent among black Democrats, the poll found.

Roughly 44 percent of people in all three states said the economy was the most important issue in their vote, while about a quarter of respondents said the war in Iraq is most important.

"The economic concerns of voters make Ohio a tougher challenge for McCain than has traditionally been the case for Republicans, who have never won the White House without carrying Ohio," Brown said. "But Obama's weakness among white men is an indication that he has not yet closed the sale among the lunch bucket brigade."

The poll was conducted March 24 through 31. Quinnipiac surveyed 1,135 Florida voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percent; 1,238 Ohio voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent; 3,484 Pennsylvania voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.7 percent including 1,549 Democratic likely voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent.

Posted by: svreader | April 2, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

The reasons why Obama is winning the nomination against Clinton and why he will win the general election against McCain are the following...

With McCain, we have someone who lives for wars and who is missing the heros of WW-II (see the reference to Churchill in one of McCain's publicity). We also have someone who didn't object to the idea of starting a war under false pretenses.

With Hillary Clinton, we have someone who is associated to too many scandals with her husband before, during and after the White House:

- Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates
- Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation
- Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify
- Most number of witnesses to die suddenly
- First first lady to come under criminal investigation
- Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case
- First president to establish a legal defense fund.
- First president to be held in contempt of court
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad
- First president disbarred from the US Supreme Court and a state court

Before Bill left office, he gave favors in exchange of money... For example, shortly after beeing pardonned by President Clinton, fugitive financier Marc Rich had his ex-wife giving $400 000 to the Clintons library foundation: Source:
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,98756,00.html

The Clinton foundation received recently a $31.3 million donation after Bill expressed enthusiastic support for the Kazakh leader's, undercuting both American foreign policy and sharp criticism of Kazakhstan's poor human rights: Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/31/us/politics/31donor.html

The reasons why Obama is winning against Clinton and why he will win against McCain are that voters are sick of people starting wars for false pretenses and they are sick of corrupted politicians (I include the Clintons and some of their pundits who have been allies in their past scandals).

Posted by: Logan6 | April 2, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Good. It really is time for the party elders to pile on the Obama bandwagon.

Posted by: SarahBB | April 2, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

"So this means Obama can do something more than talk? I doubt it."
Posted by: lynnellingw

Please; let it go. This is just more of the same old Hillaryspeak. It won't work. Not this time. Doubt no more

For all the policy details go to

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/economy/

Barackobama 2008

For Mrs. Clinton's real pro labor background go here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZVpPGxuafA

Posted by: Luke2 | April 2, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

It's all about momentum now.

Dems need to start focusing on their message for November and how they will address McCain.

Posted by: CarolBG | April 2, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

So this means Obama can do something more than talk? I doubt it.

Posted by: lynnellingw | April 2, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Again, it is all over but the shouting.
The Clintons are wasting precious assets, borrowing millions in fact, to continue a campaign effort that has failed.

The history books will not focus on the relatively narrow margin of Obama's victory, but rather on the huge lead the Clintons squandered in a such short period of time this Fall and Winter.

But it is time for the Ds to square off with the Republicans at every level of politics. They need to be exposed and crushed before Bush starts feeding McCain advance notice of mocked up Security Alerts during the general election campaign.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 2, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

this was a big deal.

an establishment guy like hamilton giving the nod.

the writing is on the wall.

Posted by: ae-inc | April 2, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

So much for that 3am phone call.

Posted by: Charlene-K | April 2, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Hamilton will now get the kitchen sink thrown at him by Hillary Clinton and her supporters just like Bill Richardson did.

I wonder which one of Hillary's supporters will start the personal attacks on Lee Hamilton.

Posted by: grassy123 | April 2, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Carville is going to tag Lee Hamilton as another of the Apsotles. What an *sshole. Carville, that is. Not Hamilton.

Posted by: nick.jacobs | April 2, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I respect former Representative Lee Hamilton and his work at co-chair of the 9/11 commission. But to praise Senator Obama as candidate as one practicing politics of consensus not partisan division is as much a denial of the realities in the current intra-Democratic campaign as is the suggestion that Obama is driven by the search for the "common good" and, by implications, the other candidates, Clinton and McCain, are not.
It is Mr. Hamilton's good right to endorse the candidate of his choice. But in explaining his choice, he should rely on reality and not his not quite real perceptions.
Is Mr. Hamilton telling us that the hostility, outright nastiness, and personal attacks in the Democratic race are the unilateral makings of the Clinton camp? If so, he should read the comment/discussion sections on major media web sites and blogs and get an idea about the attack modes on both sides.
Indeed, if Mr. Hamilton wants Barack Obama to become president, he should appeal to his surrogates and supporters and to Hillary Clinton's to cool it. Otherwise McCain will become the next president.
See also, http://www.reflectivepundit.com/

Posted by: bn1123 | April 2, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see if Mr. Hamilton actually campaigns in Indiana for Obama. That would be extremely helpful I would think.

Posted by: NMModerate1 | April 2, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

This is a welcome endorsement from the Obama campaign I'm sure. Thank you very much Mr. Hamilton.

I hope that once this all settles, all Democrats can come together and embrace the nominee whoever it may be. There is a more important goal and that's winning the White House.

Obama '08

Posted by: ovwong | April 2, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Lee Hamiliton is a distinguished, no-nonsense observer of the domestic and international scene and a stalwart senior member of the Democratic party. His endorsement of Obama is an important further step toward securing the nomination.

I hope that Sen. Clinton continues to wage the good fight for the nomination, since her presence seems to be encouraging more and more Democratic leaders to come out in support of Sen. Obama.

Posted by: dee5 | April 2, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

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