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Making the Rounds

The Democratic Race in Eight Minutes

A trip down memory lane, from our colleagues at Slate:

Posted at 9:35 PM ET on Jun 8, 2008  | Category:  Making the Rounds
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Posted by: Susan Hagley | June 9, 2008 2:08 PM


I also have dialup, and we can too watch this. Just as with YouTube, put the video into pause mode when it starts trying to play, and let it load up completely. It will then play all the way through once it's loaded up. Took me close to two hours while I got food.

This is brilliant and hilarious. The Kennedy endorsements did matter a great deal, though, just not in a narrow way that some measured. So much for the bigger picture, I guess. This video should win a Webby or something--it's that good.

Posted by: Richard H. | June 9, 2008 12:15 PM

The only thing that Obama is unqualified for is politics as usual. McBush is more of the same hypicritial thinking that got us in this mess in the first place. He even broke the campaing reform law that bears his own name! THERE'S YOUR FLIP-FLOP! Boomers got what they were asking for while dumping on the next 3 generations. Electing Obama is the first step in taking care of the great People of this land instead of the massive Market of this land. Your consumption makes you happy? Sell your kids and grandkids on Ebay to pay for your lifestyle.

Posted by: LiberT | June 9, 2008 11:55 AM

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Posted by: George | June 9, 2008 11:47 AM

here are the differences between obama and mccain on health care:

Posted by: tomabrahams | June 9, 2008 11:28 AM

You just can't make news without Hillary. HA!

The Democrats best candidate just left the building.

The Clinton / Biden ticket would have been the best thing going.

The Boys Club Blew it for a puppet.

Obama is waiting to see if he can wooo Hillary's supporters before offering her VP.

She won't take it. She can do more in the Senate and come back in four years and win.

Or - if Obama's masks continue to fall off - in August.

Obama can kiss all the bitter white butts. Ain't gonna vote for him.



Posted by: Anonymous | June 9, 2008 11:13 AM

I am not a racist, but my friends are. I am not unpatriotic, but my friends are. I am not a terrorist, but my friends are. I am not an anti-Semite, but my friends are. I do not have my own policies, ideas or speeches, but my friends do. I do not misspeak, but my aides do (let me clarify that). I do not accept money from lobbyists but my campaign does (bundled! Those don't count!). I do not flip-flop on the issues, Yes, I do! No, I don't! Just let me say that the MSM loves me and though unqualified, I am a MAN and would make a great Prom King! Um, I meant President! And, it's not like there's a war going on or anything. I mean, I couldn't screw up the country any more than it already is, could I?

Posted by: FlaLady | June 9, 2008 10:59 AM

When all's said and done... a neutral place for mending the fences:

Posted by: tankas | June 9, 2008 10:55 AM

Hillary supporters - take this advise seriously. Barack Obama is capable to associate with you, to lead you to a specific "destination" and than abondon you while his own reputation is spared. Separate from him and the Obama campaign as fast as possible.

And stay loyal to Hillary Clinton. Hopefully Barack Obamas strategic efforts will be his own fall one day. The sooner the better for the US. Hillary has to stay ready to take over AND BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE NATION. I say, don´t sell your soul to an evil manipulator.

Read this and understand why he didn´t dare to have a free debate against Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: Elisabeth | June 9, 2008 10:44 AM

Maybe Hillary would have had a better chance if she wasnt prone to making so many awful faces and lying so much at the same time. I almost think her person is what made her the target of so much ridicule along with the disconnect between what was going on and where her head seemed to be.

Posted by: nclwtk | June 9, 2008 10:20 AM

Slate didn't leave out any details about media bias - they left out DEBATABLE OPINIONS - like the media bias.

The media loves whoever is winning. Since Super Tuesday, it was, and has been, and still remains, Barack Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 9, 2008 10:16 AM

Big Media picked the Big O. It's just that simple. Once they deserted Hillary, it was over. The question now is, Can they be less obvious about it approaching the general election?

-Wm Tate,

Posted by: Wm Tate | June 9, 2008 9:34 AM


I hope there will be a sequel come November!

Posted by: Geoffrey | June 9, 2008 7:49 AM

Voters in a tizzy crying sexism, racism, whateverism; all the while, peak has been chipping away at the economy!

It was entertaining watching Obama and Hillary and their followers sling mud at each other; however, now that that is mostly over, I'm more interested in what Obama and McCain propose to do about dwindling energy and an economy heading into recession and perhaps depression!

Posted by: Bob | June 9, 2008 4:29 AM

Hilarious vid. Props!

Posted by: Anna | June 9, 2008 3:23 AM

So HRC losing to a minority broke a glass ceiling?

Posted by: Red Graham | June 9, 2008 2:45 AM

The campaign shows that we have the best candidates that money can buy. One historical factor about this campaign that you news people have completely overlooked is that for the first time since 1960 will a setting senator win the presidency. Could it be that one reason Obama is so popular is that he has NOT been in Washington DC long enough to loose touch with the American people? The test for Obama will be if he, unlike the last two democratic presidential candidates, will remember that the USA is more than New England.

I am an avid Clinton hatter but do admire Hillary for sticking to her guns and not bowing out of the race. She was the candidate with momentum at the end. By keeping the race going, she kept the democrats on the front page and McCain in the fine print. She also forged a lean and mean fighting machine for Obama.

I personally believe that the idea of Bill and his inability to keep his brains in his pants was Hillary's undoing and the reason her momentum purchased little with the super delegates in the end. They too, like me, probably shutter at the thought of 4 to 8 more years of Bill and his sexual immaturity. I suspect that this will also be why Hillary will not be selected as Obama's vice president running mate.

As far as the news media, my perspective is that all three Senators (McCain, Hillary and Obama) got a fair shake. Obama got a free ride initially but that ended with the "God Damn America" preacher. Hillary got of scott free with her under fire thing. Any other candidate would have been hung out to dry with such a blatant lie. McCain seems to be completely ignored for some reason. Just because he is 72 and an ex POW does not mean that he is comatose.

One thing that McCain will need to remember is that Bill Clinton and George Bush Jr. both proved that either a non-inhaling, draft-dogging, pot smoker or a daddy's boy can beat a war hero any time. To win, he will need to run on the issues, not his record.

I personally like Obama. He creates an excitement not seen since Kennedy in the 1960 race. While his opponents dismiss him as a silver tongue orator selling a vision; they forget that words and visions are powerful tools that can move mountains. Leaders lead with words whether it be for good like President Kennedy and Churchill or for evil like Hitler. Our country hasn't had a leader in a long time. We are way overdue.

Posted by: JoeA | June 9, 2008 1:37 AM

wasn't their some sort of Glubulargate though?

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | June 9, 2008 1:08 AM

very nice overview...

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | June 9, 2008 1:05 AM

In 2004 a community of statisticians demonstrated that it was mathematically impossible for all of the early voter exit polls in favor of Kerry to have been wrong, and for Bush to have one in traditionally democratic districts in Ohio. These districts employed Diebold electonic voting machines. Voters must demand accountability in the election process and prevent theft of a third presidential election by the Republican party and their corporate accomplices.

Posted by: Beverly Hurwitz | June 9, 2008 1:02 AM

From: Head of State

Saturday, June 7, 2008
Clinton's Exit Speech

Hillary, Bill, Chelsea entering the building.

The elegant lit-from-within columns of the National Building Museum flank a podium surrounded by crowds. The scene is reminiscent of the late 19th century. The place is packed.

Terry McAuliffe moves closer to the front of the stage.

Hands in the air applauding and cheers, a fusillade of cameras. We see Bill's face first, smiling; behind him is Hillary. he pauses to hug McAuliffe. Charles Schumer slaps him on the back with a smile. The camera turns to Hillary as she mounts the podium. A large cheer. Bill, Hillary's mother, Hillary, and Chelsea in a line atop the podium.

A pained joyful almost explosively joyful smile from Hillary as the crowd erupts. The sadness, actual joy at the love, deep bags beneath her eyes, there is a certain stunned quality--a dissociation almost as if it isn't real for her, even as another part of her clearly feels the reality, and trues to manifest the toughness, while deep, the catch in her voice captures--there is no other word for it--the anguish underneath.

"To the young people"...a somewhat raucous cheer.."like Anne Riddel"..."New Yorkers...Arkansans...And all those women"-cheer- "in their 80's and 90's, born before women could vote". An anecdote about this.

Strength pushed forward before anguish.

"18 million of you from all walks of life"--a cheer.

Her voice is a manifestation of willed declaration of what has been created by her, for her, on her behalf, cut through with the depth of controlled tears.

"To help elect Barack Obama the next president of the United States" adding a significant and notable depth to her voice. "I endorse him and put my full support behind him. And I ask all of you to work as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me". Mixture of cheers and sounds of upset.

First the forced smile as she begins to enumerate Obama's merits. Cheeks pulled up by sheer effort. However, then she become serious--and she means it. "Ensuring that Obama enters the Oval Office in 2009"

"The Democratic Party is a family and now its time to restore the values we cherish and the country we love..our paths have merged..united more than ever. So much is at stake." Cut to Chelsea--smile with tears.

"We all want an economy that lifts all or our people...A health care system that is universal, high quality and affordable" cheers " This isn't just an issue for me--it is a passion"--and indeed it is, as she hammers it home with vigour.

Remarkably, as she did in the Senate, you can see her settling in, hardening in, to the task ahead--taking her firm determination, and in the midst of this speech, turning it to the new task--still, in the sadness and exhaustion, willing herself to a new life of purpose, as she has done before in the face of loss.

A nod to rehabilitating Bill: "The man who revitalized the US in two elections is here today."

Remarkable, as through sheer force of will against anguish and depression, she slowly pivots, letting her pose of determination turn the anguished machine to its new task.

"Today, I am standing with Senator Obama to say 'Yes we can!". This is the VP pitch.

"Together, we will live in a stronger America. That's why we need to elect Obama our President."

This is a statue of strength mounted over a soul in anguish. Cuts to Chelsea, manifestly tearful mirror that anguish.

Now the repetition theme " And that is why we must help elect Barack Obama our President".

This is full and unequivocal support--a full corrective to her primary night speech.

"Could a woman really serve as commander in chief? Well, I think we answered that one. " A second VP pitch.

"Now, on a personal note, when I was asked what it meant to be a woman running for President, I always gave the answer that I was proud to be running as a woman, but I was running because I thought I would be the best president.

But I am a woman and I know there are biases out there, often unconscious, and I want to build an America that will embrace the ability of every last one of build that future, we must ensure that women and men alike understand the struggles of their mothers and grandmothers and that women enjoy equal pay and equal respect." The subtle reminder of electoral power--just the slightest foot on the neck of pressure regarding the electoral power of the Clinton bloc and the VP choice, while also noting the genuine and remarkable historical achievement of her run.

"To those who were disappointed that we couldn't go all the way, it would break my heart if I discouraged you in...pursuing any of do what you want to do shouldn't she say "if I discouraged you to vote for Barack Obama? ) and never let anyone say that you can't or shouldn't go on." The slightest eruption of the earlier indulgences--a muted message with just the slightest subtle echoes of "if my website".

"If we can blast 50 women into space, we will someday launch a woman into the White House." In continuing this theme for quite so long, again, now she has lost the balance a bit and is leaning a bit towards primary night and the focus on her, whipping the crowd up not about unity and the fight ahead, but about what has been denied.

But--as, in the end, is her strength and her way, her burden to bear in this life--in the anguish of the moment, she wills herself to bring it around: "If you find yourself or our supporters saying "If only"...don't go there. Time is too short. And that is why I will work for Barack Obama as our next President, and that is why I hope that everyone of you will join me in that effort."

"To my family, Bill and Chelsea, you mean the world to me" --a cut to Bill looking bitter, angry as he has risen, sits back down. Looking to get even?

She is making the turn:

"As we join forces with Obama's campaign, we will stand united for the values we hold dear...and the country we love. There is nothing more American than that."

"The challenges that I have faced in this campaign are nothing compared to those that millions of Americans have in their lives."

"I will work to ensure that every child lives to grow up to his or her god-given potential...this is now our time to make sure that in this election we add another Democratic President and to take back our country."

"God bless you and God Bless America."

Waving with a smile..fighting back tears for a second.

Summary: A strong speech. From the beginning of her career--from the Gennifer Flowers episodes, through Monicagate, and the need to fight off its legacy during her Senate run, she has always been able to make the turn under adversity. It has been her role--indeed, her role in her home, finding strength and purpose under the pressure of often negative and hostile judgment and rising to a willed purpose, beneath which the suffering is controlled, until that purpose takes over and becomes the foreground, the reality, the new task. Despite the slight tactical engagements and subtle warnings of her electoral power in the last third, a muted indulgence compared to primary night, she gave the speech she needed to--for herself, for the Party, and for history.

Hillary has been able to make this turn before--and with substance, as in the Senate, where she forged unexpected and genuine legislative relationships. She has the strength of creating a willed and direct pragmatism within herself in such moments--and sticking to it. Consequently, this speech advances the possibility of a dream ticket.

Unity gained. Mission accomplished.

Head of State

Posted by: Cara Prado | June 9, 2008 12:47 AM

John McBush

Posted by: Ben | June 9, 2008 12:41 AM

Con-tard politics as usual, Scott. Smoke and mirrors won't fool the electorate this time. That is why Obama WILL be the next Prez. If you want this will have to steal it more boldly than 2000. BTW, If the conservative opinions are held by anyone posting here, you should get off the box and go make some little soldiers, you ain't gettin either of my kids to trade for oil.

Posted by: LiberT | June 9, 2008 12:26 AM

The Obama supporters at Slate left out some really important details of the 2008 campaign debacle. You know, the 24/7 villification of Hillary Clinton in ALL media? The failure of the Democratic party to denounce it? The rampant sexism, racism, classism and voter disenfranchisement practiced by Barack Obama, his campaign and his nasty supporters? The DNC's role in disenfranchising voters in Michigan,
Florida and elsewhere? The fact that Barack Obama has destroyed the Democratic party and any hope of winning the Presidency in 2008 for the Dems?

Let's raise a glass to hoping for the political implosion of Barack Obama before the end of August when the ACTUAL nomination of the next Presidential nominee of the Democratic party is officially voted on by the delegates at the DNC convention in Denver. Obama is NOT the nominee yet...... Anything can happen and probably will. Let the vetting finally begin........................

Don't release those delegates yet Hillary.

If the Dems foolishly nominate an unqualified and unelectable Obama, vote for McCain. Put your country first and party second. The Democratic party must be held accountable for their actions in 2008.
The Dem party understands two things, money and votes. We have the power to withhold both. Do so.

Posted by: J | June 8, 2008 11:47 PM

coulda' woulda' shoulda'
I do think that if HRC had skipped Iowa, as one advisor advised- Edwards would have won about 55-45 and been her main competition in NH- but with low money would be relatively unable to compete (she would have saved herself 20 million).

Would have been good to not run a 2 year senator (he missed 83% of votes 3rd year- including all controversial ones) against their "A" candidate- but thus is the Democratic party- this is my last election with them- Barak gets my vote by default- better than the right wing candidates- and then I'm off to find a party that doesn't break my heart every 4 years (or more).

Posted by: Anonymous | June 8, 2008 11:38 PM

It's now finally time to vote on the issues and to chose a candidate who is different on the important issues
from the failed positions of the past... on stem cell research, global warming, earmark spending, immigration reform, and campaign finance reform...that's why I'm voting for John the way if you don't want war, as I don't, notice the precipitous drop in casualties in Iraq in May, and end this poorly planned and initially executed one by finishing it...allowing Iraq to continue to take over from us, as they currently are all over Iraq...rather than precipitously pulling out and destabilizing the area, leading to more war...even Obama has been shamed into admitting that he will "allow conditions on the ground determine " his proposed rate of withdrawl...that's not really something different...On the Economy, I've noticed that neither Obama nor McCain is the second coming of Alan Greenspan...they will both rely on advisors, like the one employed by Obama who told the Canadians that the 2nd year Illinois senator was really for Nafta when he told the American people he was against it...a position which would allow the Canadians, our most stable source of oil, to renegotiate our treaty and sell to India and China...THAT's a difference we could live without!

Posted by: Scott | June 8, 2008 10:38 PM

I can't view the Slate presentation because I have a dialup connection with low bandwidth but I am sure it is really clever.

Looking back on the whole thing, Iowa was key.

Barack Obama may not be much of a bowler but he made a 7-10 split in the Hawkeye state by weakening Hillary Clinton and destroying her aura of inevitability and by crippling John Edwards by relegating him to a second place deadheat finish with Clinton after he had sunk everything into Iowa.

After that the race became a contest between Obama and Clinton. Had Edwards and the other candidates hung around longer they would have diluted the anti-Clinton vote and she might have won a victory similar to the one John McCain had for the GOP nomination.

Posted by: danielhancock | June 8, 2008 10:33 PM

the latest issues debate between obama vs. mccain:

Posted by: tomabrahams | June 8, 2008 9:46 PM

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