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EMILY's List Argues Obama's Case

By Alec MacGillis
Emily's List, the organization founded to help elect more pro-choice women to governor's offices and Congress, upset some of its supporters and Democratic allies when it spent heavily during the primaries to attack Barack Obama as inferior to Hillary Clinton on issues important to women voters, notably abortion rights.

Now, it wants the world to know that Obama is doing just fine with women voters, thank you very much, despite the group's earlier critiques.

The organization today released the results of a survey it did earlier this month showing that Obama holds a solid lead among women voters -- 51 percent backed Obama and 39 percent John McCain. That gives Obama a larger preconvention lead among women than those enjoyed by either John Kerry in 2004 (one percentage point) or Al Gore in 2000 (nine points). Obama's 12 point lead is also larger than the final margin of victory for Kerry (3 points) and Gore (11 points) among women.

"This is a very solid showing for Senator Obama. In historical terms, it's a showing that augurs well for him," said pollster Geoff Garin, who oversaw the survey.

In the poll, Obama commands near universal support among black women, dominates among Hispanics, and runs close to even among white women. He trails among evangelical Christians but leads among other women who say they attend church regularly. He leads among all generations, though his edge is biggest by far among Generation Y -- those under age 28 -- among whom he leads by 30 points. Somewhat surprisingly, given all the talk of a generation gap in the race, his second biggest margin, 11 points, is with women over the age of 65. But Garin, who replaced pollster Mark Penn in the Clinton campaign in its final months, said that older voters remained the area where Obama most clearly needs to make up ground, because it is with seniors that one sees the biggest deficit between voters' overall leaning toward Democrats and their willingness to support Obama.

The clearest gap in the results came in regard to the qualities voters are looking for in a candidate. Asked whether they want a president who provides hope and optimism, or one who provides safety and security, those polled split evenly, 38 percent for each. Those who sought hope and optimism supported Obama by a 60 point margin; those who sought safety and security backed McCain by 35 points. McCain's edge on safety and security is "a place where Obama has work to do," Garin said, adding that McCain's gap on hope and vision was even larger.

Of course, Clinton's critique of Obama for much of the primaries -- buttressed by Emily's List, which spent more than $1.5 million on the campaign and bundled an additional $855,000 in contributions for her -- was that Obama was not prepared to lead the nation in a "3 A.M." moment of crisis. But the organization's leader, Ellen Malcolm, today rejected the suggestion that it was lingering doubts among Clinton's supporters that was contributing to whatever softness there is in support for Obama among women voters.

Malcolm noted that women in the survey who had positive views of Clinton were supporting Obama, 73-18 percent, whereas 19 percent of those who did not like Clinton were backing Obama, which Malcolm suggested showed a lack of antiObama animus among Clinton supporters.

"The more you like Senator Clinton, the more likely you are to be for Senator Obama," Malcolm said. To further the 'no harm, no foul' notion, she noted that she and Clinton and Michelle Obama would be attending a unity event at the convention next week.

"There's been a tremendous amount of healing ... and Senator Clinton deserves a great deal of credit for that," Malcolm said. "She worked hard to bring us together."

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I read the book you just referenced...

You can't ignore Obama's own quotes, votes and mentors.
His undeniable connections to radical politics, to his Communist and socialist mentors in Hawaii and Chicago, 20-year-long religious affiliation with the black-liberation theology, Obama's trips to Kenya to support the candidacy of Raila Odinga, the radical socialist, Obama's documented involvement in the slum-landlord empire of Tony Rezko, who helped bankroll Obama's initial campaigns and to help (documented real estate record) purchase of Barack and Michelle's dream-home property,, Obama's far-left domestic policy, controversial votes on abortion, his history of opposition to the Second Amendment, his promise to raise capital-gains taxes, his impractical plan to achieve universal health care, and his radical plan to tax Americans to fund a global-poverty-reduction program.Obama's naïve, anti-war, anti-nuclear foreign-policy, predicated on the reduction of the military, the eradication of nuclear weapons and an overconfidence in the power of his personality (I'll just talk to those irrational leaders who want to kill us).

Yes, Obama is a great man, lead a privileged life, and he has never been the leader of any city, state, country or company. He has not even finished one term in the United States senate. Let's give him the keys to the White House.

Posted by: I know what u did this summer | August 23, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama believes that abortion is a woman's right. If a woman makes a mistake she shouldn't be "punished with a child." he believes that is a later term abortion is complicated by delivering a live baby, the woman's right is absolute. That no help should be rendered to the living baby. This is a factual story that he keeps trying to hide and lie about...
“Born Alive” legislation: laws making explicit what decency already made undeniable: that from the moment of birth — from the moment one is expelled or extracted alive from the birth canal — a human being is entitled to all the protections the law accords to living persons.

Such laws were enacted by overwhelming margins. In the United States Congress, even such pro-abortion activists as Sen. Barbara Boxer went along.

But not Barack Obama. In the Illinois senate, he opposed Born-Alive tooth and nail.

The shocking extremism of that position — giving infanticide the nod over compassion and life — is profoundly embarrassing to him now. So he has lied about what he did. He has offered various conflicting explanations, ranging from the assertion that he didn’t oppose the anti-infanticide legislation (he did), to the assertion that he opposed it because it didn’t contain a superfluous clause reaffirming abortion rights (it did), to the assertion that it was unnecessary because Illinois law already protected the children of botched abortions (it didn’t — and even if it arguably did, why oppose a clarification?).

Be careful about voting for a man just be cause he is handsome, well-spoken and uses buzz words that have been tested in focus groups like picking the name of a breakfast cereal. It is a branding, PR, ad campaign. Peel off the cover and see what is really inside by carefully reviewing the things this man has actually done is his short career. It's all very well documented if you have the intellectual honesty to read about it. Before you vote, try reading a supportive and a "negative" book about each candidate and dare to check the footnotes and references. (start with ISBN-10: 1416598065) try not to be too outraged when you check up on the references. Try reading Obama's Two books the HE HAS WRITTEN. you would never vote for him unless you think he was lying when he wrote his own books; which makes him a Machiavellian (look it up; it fits perfectly) politician who will say anything for political expediency.

Posted by: A Woman's Right is Absolute | August 23, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA BLOWS IT WITH VP PICK!

AP: Analysis: Biden pick shows lack of confidence

I think he can be ready, but right now, I don't think he is," Biden told ABC News debate moderator George Stephanopoulos about an Obama Presidency. "The presidency is not something that lends itself to on the job training."

Selecting Joe Biden who voted for the Iraq war, won his job in the Senate over 35 years ago when Obama was only 11, detracts Obama ticket's agent of change, yes and he voted for the IRAQ war, an old guy according to Obama camp during the primaries. His selection removes all attacks Obama camp using against McCain…Bad bad decision…Maybe doing what Uncle Ted told him to do, by letting inexperienced Caroline Kennedy make the VP decision wasn’t such a good idea.

Obama will loose…

Biden dropped out of the 2008 race after a poor finish, but not before he talked dismissively of joining someone else's ticket. "I am not running for vice president," he said in a Fox interview. "I would not accept it if anyone offered it to me. The fact of the matter is I'd rather stay as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee than be vice president." It was his second try for the White House. The first ended badly in 1988 when he was caught lifting lines from a speech by British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock. Just like Obama.

VP pick Joe Biden’s known as (“The gaffe machine”) wild mouth managed to run him afoul with Indians, 7-Eleven clerks and African-Americans.

"You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking," he told C-SPAN. "I mean you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean “he enthused. "I mean, that's a storybook man, not a fairy tale??

This ticket has already begun to will draw deep criticism from Democratic voters who support Obama for his stand against the war in Iraq. Now that’s appears not too important to Obama? This guy is a total flip flopping liar. These voters who will never forgive Biden for approving the war anymore than they would forgive President Bush or former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld nor Obama for playing his faithful supporters as fools. It shows Obama have no Plan or direction.

Lastly, Biden DOES NOT put on the table any state on the table to help with electoral vote? With Biden comes the very real risk that his loose lips around reporters will render all sorts of new gaffes and scandals in the coming months that will swamp the Obama campaign's message. McCain camp is jumping up and down for this gift from Obama. http://www.americasright.com/2008/08/obama-sued-in-philadelphia-federal.html


Obama Sued in Philadelphia Federal Court on Grounds he is Constitutionally Ineligible for the Presidency

http://www.americasright.com/2008/08/obama-sued-in-philadelphia-federal.html

Posted by: Anonymous | August 23, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I never thought that EMILY's List, of all organizations, would say "Bros Before Hos," but 2008 has been a year of surprises!

Posted by: AK | August 21, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

When the phone rings at 3 pm, will McCain be awake to answer it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkkTFVIxMQs

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

"Look, the Clintons are dirty. How many times do the Republicans need to throw that in our faces. Turn the page. They did most of the stuff that the Republicans said they did - Whitewater, Catte futures, Filegate, Travelgate, Gennifer Flowers, Katherina Wilkie, Monica Lewinsky. Turn the page."

It's nice that you Democrats are finally starting to realize what we on the Right knew about the Clintons all along. You're a little late to the party, but that's oay; better late than never.

But can we at least get some credit for hating the Clintons before hating the Clintons was cool? During the 90's, the Left told us that we were nuts for hating the Clintons. It turns out that we weren't crazy, we were just ahead of our time!

Posted by: AK | August 21, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

You people are incorrigible. Look, the Clintons are dirty. How many times do the Republicans need to throw that in our faces. Turn the page. They did most of the stuff that the Republicans said they did - Whitewater, Catte futures, Filegate, Travelgate, Gennifer Flowers, Katherina Wilkie, Monica Lewinsky. Turn the page.

Obama may be black, and he may be a man, but he is a nice black man who has been true to his wife and children and America. McCain can't say that. As a 42 yr old man he ditched his first wife and married into organized crime. Maybe that doesn't mean anything to you people, but to me it means that he's dirt. Trash. You can't trust him. He lies, he cheats, he steals. And because he's so powerful he feels he's above the law. And because he's been so crooked, he's in with the media moguls that also made their money illicitly, bootlegging, and in Vegas, and in the rackets, and trying to r&p latin countries.

Character determines fate. And if you think McCain has character then you have another think coming to you. He sold his soul to the devil in Arizona almost 30 years ago. He's going down. We don't have to go down with him.

There has never been a POTUS who married into organized crime. (Born into it... maybe). But to consciously go to the dark side. No. I'm not having it.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 21, 2008 2:41 AM | Report abuse

How can Senator Obama hope to lead the nation if he cannot make a tough decision before he gets to the Oval Office? That tough call awaits him now -- whether or not to select Senator Hillary Clinton to be his Vice President. This is his moment to make the 'right' decision. All the pundits, pollsters, and his own Democratic Party delegates, are encouraging him to pick Hillary -- particularly now that his favorability numbers are on the decline. Without her on the ticket he will lose the general election. American voters are waiting to see if he has what it takes to swallow his pride and put America first -- not himself. If he truly has the judgment to lead our nation, he faces his most important political test in the hours to come. Will he will make the tough call? Will he seize the moment?

Posted by: mpwynn@spro.net | August 21, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

I'm a liberal Democrat and I'm not supporting him. I think Emily's List is trying to throw some women under the bus or bed so they won't be seen. We're here and ready not to vote for him.

Posted by: Lynn E | August 20, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

A President McCain will be a disaster for Women. Regardless of how they felt during the primaries, supporting McCain means anti-women judges and continued interference in politics by right-wing, 'women serve men' religious whacko's.

Bush/Cheney/McCain! No More Years!!

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 20, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Clinton is VP favorite among Dem delegates

Obama not selecting Clinton shows continued poor judgment for the Democratic Party!


REALCLEAR POLITICS;

Senator Hillary Clinton, without doubt, would be the ultimate and qualified VP surprise. She would be a big-league pick for Obama, and a gesture designed to unify the Democratic Party. She still polls higher against Mccain than Obama even after June. If you scroll down Obama's list of choices, the analysis hasn't really changed: Obama with anyone other than Clinton doesn't seem to add much at all, while an Obama-Clinton "Dream Ticket" would be nearly unstoppable. Eight weeks ago Obama probably felt like he didn't need her. Eight weeks later, he probably needs her more than he's willing to admit, and certainly more than she needs him. If Obama wants to win, and if his ego will allow it, he should pick Clinton .


CBS:

Senator Hillary Clinton is by far the favorite choice for the number two spot on the Democratic ticket, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll of delegates to the Democratic convention. By more than five to one, 56 percent superdelegates think putting Clinton on the ticket would help Obama win the election. Other people mentioned by at least 2 percent of delegates as possible Obama running mates include retired General Wesley Clark, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, Virginia Senator Jim Webb, and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius.


New York , Aug.19:

At least 28 percent of the delegates likely to attend the Democratic Convention in Denver , want Hillary Clinton to be Barack Obama's running mate. Six percent favor Delaware Senator Joe Biden, and four percent mention two other unsuccessful Democratic candidates: New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and former North Carolina Senator John Edwards. Support for Clinton as the first choice for the vice-presidential nomination is universal. Sixty-one percent of delegates pledged to Clinton name her as their choice for vice presidential candidate.


# of votes
% of votes

Sen. Evan Bayh
32

4.8
%

Gov. Tom Kaine
51

7.6
%

Sen. Joseph Biden
175

26.3
%

Sen. Hillary Clinton
247

37.1
%

Some other person
160

24.0
%

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 6:25 PM

Looks like someone has decided to make a movie about Obama's teenage years. http://www.theobamaplan.com

McCain tells all about his first failed marrige. "biggest regret" http://www.mccanes.com

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 6:07 PM
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Really? So, how come you remain Anonymous?? Hilliary's campaign memos portray a woman who did not really care whast went on inside her campaign, a woman who was too afraid to make hard decisions, a woman who lost control of her campaign to Mark Penn---it was he that was calling the shots. A person of any gender who is too afraid to make tough decision does not merit the presidency or the vice presidency, period. Looks like all that fighting and decisions was all talk and no action!

Posted by: NinaK | August 20, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Pro-life women, at least, want EIGHT more years just like Bush ; )

----

I highly doubt they would agree, unless they are a solid 1 issue voter. There are way too many other problems with Bush and McCain to just focus on this one issue.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

(CORRECTION) Clinton killed her chances for Barack Obama's VP during the campaign when she and Bill went after his character, his speeches, his capabilities, his oratory skills and much much moreby using their trash-and-burn tactics. My dad always told us, "never walk over others in climbing the ladder to success, you just might meet them on your way down" In other words, don't step on others and then expect their help" McCain is even using Hilliary's clips to attack Senator Obama. How shameful is that? Using a democrat's nasty and false words to attack her fellow democrat to now attack that fellow democrat. I am not sure which is the most contemptable, McCain or Hill. Also, there is Bill, we do not need two angry and resentful vice presidents! Senator Obama's life would definitely be in danger. (See the Clinton Chronicles).

Posted by: NinaK | August 20, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Clinton killed her chances for Barack Obama's VP during the campaign when she and Bill went after his character, his speeches, his capabilities, his oratory skills and much much more.....trash-and-burn tactics. My dad always told us, "never walk over others in climbing the ladder to success, you just might meet them on your way down" In other words, don't step on others and then expect their help" McCain is even using Hilliary's clips to attack Senator Obama. How shameful is that? Using a democrat's nasty and false words to attack her fellow democrat to now attack that fellow democrat. I am not sure which is the most contemptable, McCain or Hill. Also, there is Bill, we do not need two angry and resentful vice presidents! Senator Obama's life would definitely be in danger. (See the Clinton Chronicles).

Posted by: NinaK | August 20, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Forrest Gerard:

Pro-life women, at least, want EIGHT more years just like Bush ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 20, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

The thinking women know Obama would be a far better president on those issues important to women, generally; e.g. choice, gender equality, comprehensive health coverage, adequate education funds, etc.

To those women who are still venting childlike temper tantrums on Obama's victory over Hillary in the primary, I suggest you think twice on a vote for McCain, unless you want four more years of the disastrous Bush/Cheney administration.

Posted by: Forrest Gerard | August 20, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Clinton is VP favorite among Dem delegates

Obama not selecting Clinton shows continued poor judgment for the Democratic Party!

REALCLEAR POLITICS;

Senator Hillary Clinton, without doubt, would be the ultimate and qualified VP surprise. She would be a big-league pick for Obama, and a gesture designed to unify the Democratic Party. She still polls higher against Mccain than Obama even after June. If you scroll down Obama's list of choices, the analysis hasn't really changed: Obama with anyone other than Clinton doesn't seem to add much at all, while an Obama-Clinton "Dream Ticket" would be nearly unstoppable. Eight weeks ago Obama probably felt like he didn't need her. Eight weeks later, he probably needs her more than he's willing to admit, and certainly more than she needs him. If Obama wants to win, and if his ego will allow it, he should pick Clinton .

CBS:

Senator Hillary Clinton is by far the favorite choice for the number two spot on the Democratic ticket, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll of delegates to the Democratic convention. By more than five to one, 56 percent superdelegates think putting Clinton on the ticket would help Obama win the election. Other people mentioned by at least 2 percent of delegates as possible Obama running mates include retired General Wesley Clark, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, Virginia Senator Jim Webb, and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius.

New York , Aug.19:

At least 28 percent of the delegates likely to attend the Democratic Convention in Denver , want Hillary Clinton to be Barack Obama's running mate. Six percent favor Delaware Senator Joe Biden, and four percent mention two other unsuccessful Democratic candidates: New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and former North Carolina Senator John Edwards. Support for Clinton as the first choice for the vice-presidential nomination is universal. Sixty-one percent of delegates pledged to Clinton name her as their choice for vice presidential candidate.

# of votes
% of votes

Sen. Evan Bayh
32

4.8
%

Gov. Tom Kaine
51

7.6
%

Sen. Joseph Biden
175

26.3
%

Sen. Hillary Clinton
247

37.1
%

Some other person
160

24.0
%

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Looks like someone has decided to make a movie about Obama's teenage years. http://www.theobamaplan.com

McCain tells all about his first failed marrige. "biggest regret" http://www.mccanes.com

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

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