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Clinton's 'Voice' in Vermont, 'Night Shift" in Tex. and Ohio

Looking past what might happen in Hawaii, Wisconsin, and Washington tonight, Hillary Clinton continues to spend ad dollars in the states voting on March 4: Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont.

"Night Shift" is airing in Ohio, and is aimed squarely at working-class, or middle-class voters.

"You pour coffee, fix hair. You work the night shift at the local hospital. You're often over-worked. Underpaid. And sometimes overlooked. But not by everyone. One candidate has put forth an American family agenda to make things easier for everyone who works so hard. Universal health care. Increased day care, and help with elder care. She understands. She's worked the night shift too."

"Voice" is airing in Vermont:

Clinton says: "In this troubled economy, how can so many millions of people not be heard? Well I hear you. You're asking for health care that covers everyone. Protection from losing your home. You'd like to fill your tank without draining your wallet, and give your kids the future they deserve. If I'm your president, I will bring more than my 30 years of experience to the White House. I will bring your voice."

A similar version of "Voices" aired in other states.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  February 19, 2008; 3:37 PM ET Ad Watch , Hillary Rodham Clinton
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She is wasting her time in Vermont, no way the voters who helped Bernie Sanders win in a land slide are going to vote for Hillary. Not to mention Obama has the support of the beloved Senator Leahy. Closer than 20% will be a shock.

Posted by: Paul | February 19, 2008 4:08 PM

What 30 years of experience? She's been a senator for 7, in which time the senate has made one blunder after another for the most part, with Hillary following along with the crowd. Her consistent profile is of someone trying to go with the flow, hold onto power, and position herself to get more. That strategy didn't make her look like a leader, and that's why most progressives do not see her as one.

Posted by: Lisa | February 19, 2008 4:17 PM

Universal healthcare? Cheap gas? Hillary, why be so stingy with your promises? Why not just solve all our problems by making us millionaires? And while you're at it, why not repeal the law of gravity too!

Posted by: Shawn | February 19, 2008 4:21 PM

Obama/Edwards 08 can't lose.

Posted by: john | February 19, 2008 4:21 PM

I support her and she is the only candidate that offers finite solutions in America. I am not willing to take a risk on Obama who has only two years in Washington experience. GO HILLARY!!!

Posted by: Tyler | February 19, 2008 4:22 PM

WELCOME TO VERMONT...COMEBACK KID...
VERMONT FOR HILLARY.

HILLARY, FISRT WOMEN PRESIDENT OF US.

Posted by: Ted | February 19, 2008 4:22 PM

I have lost all the respect I had for the Clintons.
Obama 08

Posted by: Carter | February 19, 2008 4:23 PM

How does mandating that people buy private insurance pass as universal health care? Obama's plan makes it cheaper for us to buy insurance without fining middle class Americans who can't afford it. And I've never heard any economist say that a 90 day moratorium on home foreclosures would help anyone at all. It sure sounds nice on the stump though, doesn't it?

Posted by: Jordan | February 19, 2008 4:24 PM

Yeah, go Hillary, with your extensive years of experience. What experience? In the Senate, she has voted a few more times than Obama in his time there. This past year, she has had one of the worst records of attendance at the Senate. Way to impress, dear. If you pull of a win in the primaries, maybe you'll get a quarter of the votes compared w/ McCain. Obama all the way.

Posted by: Joan | February 19, 2008 4:28 PM

Experience, what experience. She has 7 years legislative experience. Obama has 14 years. In the seven years Clinton has been in the Senate, she's introduced less than two dozen pieces of legislation; In his 4 years, Obama has introduced more than 800 bills. Mucking up any chance of national health care as the unelected First Lady is hardly the kind of experience I'd be bragging about. But then, Clinton will brag about anything. I used to believe in her until she herself showed me just how hollow, conniving and contriving a professional politician she is. No thanks. We already got tons of those in DC; it's time to clean house (and the Senate)

Posted by: windrider | February 19, 2008 4:30 PM

Hillary didn't do her homework on Vermont either.
We have universal healthcare already and we are not affected by the subprime disaster because we have never had runaway development and the associated speculators.
Nathan Bullard

Posted by: Nathan Bullard | February 19, 2008 4:31 PM

As a college student and Poli Sci major in Vermont, I have been following the primaries very closely and listening to the preferences of those around me.

Barack Obama is going to win Vermont; Hillary supporters are few and far between. Her ads in this state are a waste of money.

Vermont is home, after all, to several towns that have passed votes of impeachment and war crimes against George Bush. Vermonters are distrustful of any politician that has been linked to the executive branch for the past 2 decades.

'88 Bush, '92 Clinton, '96 Clinton, '00 Bush, '04 Bush; we don't want another Clinton or Bush in '08! This is a democracy, not a dynasty.

**Obama '08**

Posted by: Kirsten | February 19, 2008 4:33 PM

I wonder if Clinton will cry in VT, Tx, and Ohio so she can get votes too... I don't trust Clinton and I feel this race she is doing is just to get both she and Bill back in the white house to do more damage( like NAFA,No Child Left Behind, ects;). What's next have there daughter run in the next election, because she live there at one time???? scarey fought...
I think they (the Clinton's) have been showing their spots in this race, and they are a part of the politics America has come to hate... It is time for them both to retier from public office... Go Obama for 08!!!!!

Posted by: Judith | February 19, 2008 4:34 PM

1. She promises the moon.

2. She's already failed at instituting Universal Health Care once (1990's). Why should we believe she can do it now?

3. Her Universal Health Care plan sucks. It mandates that you buy insurance. Now that's American!

4. I seriously question whether she's ever worked the night shift. Hillary Clinton's populism is a pretty hard pill to swallow.

5. To win the general election, you have to be able to sway some Republican voters. Republicans straight up will not vote for Hillary. I know. I used to be one.

Posted by: Shawn | February 19, 2008 4:35 PM

Seriously, folks... As someone who has lived in both socialist Canada and the Netherlands, and who now resides in the US, I can say without reservation that a single-payer health care system will be disastrous for the US. Not only is it unjust, by stealing from some people to pay the health care costs of others, it also is incredibly expensive. Be prepared to give at least 50% of your income to government taxes to pay for a health care system where 6 months+ waiting lists for any kind of medical care is the norm.

If you want to know whether a free-market health care system is better than a universal statist system, simply check to see how many Canadian doctors and nurses immigrate to the US, rather than vice versa. In fact, in many Canadian provinces, the only way they can keep their doctors is by making it illegal for them to move out of the province before serving three years. Yes, its that bad. Cherish your freedom!

Posted by: Shawn | February 19, 2008 4:36 PM

The best the Clinton camp can come up with is to complain about Obama's debate strategy and the use of the "just words" phrase. How pathetic.

Go Obama.

Posted by: Michael | February 19, 2008 4:36 PM

Oh, Carter, I so agree. I was so happy during Bill's eight years, and now he's the sloppy cousin who doesn't shut up at the wedding reception. Sen. Clinton can't play the experience card while distancing herself from him. And anyone who thinks the cons will let her get anything done is just as delusional as she is.

Posted by: suze | February 19, 2008 4:36 PM

Hillary does have 30 years experience. She worked 30 years ago as a lawyer in Arkansas who was an advocate fighting for Children's rights. She worked to fight for better Adoption/Foster Care laws. People who say she has no experience-- obviously have not bothered to look into it. Furthermore, Hillary has been to Iraq MULTIPLE times and is better poised to pull us out of the Middle East safely. Obama has only been to Iraq ONCE. Bring our soldiers home safely- vote HILLARY.

Posted by: Hillary has Experience | February 19, 2008 4:39 PM

So many promises!

The substance we want to know is:
How is she going to fulfill all what she promises us.

It is easy to promise "heavens" rather than to bring someone there.

If all what she says is for serious in her mind, then where are precise or approximate dates, numbers, values etc...that she will be able to accomplish them. Otherwise, it seems to be the usual sweet talk and nicer oratory that she accuses of her rival thereof. How and when is she going to bring the changes. Is she really serious or just kidding us when she brings heavens to the unsuspecting naives.

Dear Candidate, we appreciate your effort of nice promises, but where is the beef?

God bless!!

Posted by: Shane | February 19, 2008 4:41 PM

Hi, I am democrat. I am stuped. I pik my nos. Ha ha.

Posted by: Doug | February 19, 2008 4:41 PM

I'm willing to bet that everyone who discounts Hillary's experience have never been the primary bread winner in family, helped support/run a family business, raise a kid through teen age years, been in national politics for 30 . . . let alone been first lady in red state for 12 years, traveled the world, been US first lady for 8 years, US Senator for 7. SHe was for civil rights before it was cool -- it was even dangerous. You need some experience.

Posted by: jaywpat | February 19, 2008 4:41 PM

Does anyone in America really want to go through 4 more years of the Clintons? There is so much bagage there, It will be a real disaster for this country if she wins.

Posted by: hks | February 19, 2008 4:43 PM

@ Hillary has Experience

1. Obama has been a lawyer for over 15 years. Surprisingly, there are people who have been lawyers for 40 years, 50 years, even longer. That's not necessarily relevant experience for running the country.

2. Going to Iraq a handful of times doesn't really make you an expert on the war either. That's not really a relevant point.

Posted by: Shawn | February 19, 2008 4:44 PM

Yeah...

Go with Hillary and the house and senate will be locked for 4 years and get nothing done. The republicans still have a bad taste in their mouth from when her then husband Bill asked her help with the failed health care reform bill and when she again tried to do so fairly recently. She refused to work with them then and when she has the "power" what makes you think she is going to work with them at that time? The Republicans will lock it all up and nothing will get done.

Obama is the only candidate that is still "connected" to the people. It seems to me he is leading the way and whatever he talks about everyone else jumps on. As strange as it sounds, the time for action is near but the time for talk about the real things that effect the working class man/woman is now! Enough with Corporations and Special Interests, we're just slowly killing ourselves...

my 2 cents.

Posted by: Quad | February 19, 2008 4:49 PM

Is Hillary really equating her own "working the night shift" with people who make minimum wage at a dead end job? I hardly think sitting in an office making 100K+ compares with the struggles of real working families. I'm glad my state's primary is already over so I don't have to see this drivel on my TV.

Posted by: Tom | February 19, 2008 4:50 PM

Obama '08!!!!

Posted by: Tanya | February 19, 2008 4:54 PM

The fact that Hillary has been to Iraq multiple times means absolutely nothing. Toby Keith has been to the middle east more than she has, shouldnt he be Sec Def? Hillary is a disgrace almost on the level of G Dub.

Posted by: Ken | February 19, 2008 4:54 PM

If Vermont picks Hillary, then it is time to register as a republican! If it can't be Obama, then let it be McCain! Hillary work a night shift, come on! She can't even keep her husband from roaming!

Posted by: Joe | February 19, 2008 5:00 PM

If experience is so important, why not form a panel of all ex-presidents to advice/control the current one.
Go Obama.

Posted by: vik | February 19, 2008 5:02 PM

Wow- like reading war propaganda from both sides!

The woman 'everyone' hated isn't the one running. The one running for office is one that admits to her wrongs and reminds us that we don't want to admit many of our fellow Americans need a boost.

Initially I was 100% against her- now, after months of thrashing I campaign for her!

The woman has 'sand.' Like Thatcher, Queen Vic and Liz (the originals) Hillary could show the world a woman leader is far more pragmatic than the men she leads :)

Posted by: JoeDoaks | February 19, 2008 5:02 PM

Obama say's he will get the job done by uniting people and bringing them together to make change. What a joke. The man is a good speaker, I'll give him that. He knows how to inspire average American's by telling them what they want to hear.

I'll take Hillary's "baggage" and ability to get things done over Obama's utopian rhetoric. The Clinton's know how Washington works and can make things happen. You hire the person most qualified for the job. Not the person you like the most.

Posted by: Shahn | February 19, 2008 5:03 PM

Hillary is the biggest threat to our freedom that America has ever had to deal with. Her Universal Healthcare would be the bullet to the head of an already sickly economy. Anyone that believes different is delusional. Want proof? Just read "Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill & Hillary Clinton" by Kathleen Willey. The Clintons are nothing short of gangsters.

Posted by: Hill needs a chill pill | February 19, 2008 5:08 PM

Does anyone in America really want to give up more to a misappropriating gov than they already do? She fix the mortgage fallout -ie: telling people to read the fine print before signing.

Posted by: Rico | February 19, 2008 5:09 PM

I'd rather Obama than Hillary anyday. At least I know Obama has a soul.

Posted by: Bobby Demarcello | February 19, 2008 5:11 PM

I am not inspired by his borrowed words or his wife's reamrks. Go HRC

Posted by: James | February 19, 2008 5:11 PM

I live in Vermont, and you can bet that me, and all of my friends are voting for Mrs. Clinton. We have been watching this race for the last couple of months, and the Obama camp, along with their supporters seems more concerned about bashing Mrs. Clinton and offering empty rhetoric that the choice is easy. I have never seen such a media bias towards a potential first female President . . . yes you can Hillary! Yes you can!

Posted by: Gene | February 19, 2008 5:14 PM

Can't keep her husband happy & how can she keep America Happy -

Posted by: monkeygir | February 19, 2008 5:19 PM

"HILLARY, FISRT WOMEN PRESIDENT OF US."
Posted by: Ted | February 19, 2008 04:22 PM

Well one thing is for sure - she get's the drunk vote.

Posted by: DTR | February 19, 2008 5:20 PM

Interesting to read the post from people who live in Vermont. I also live in Vermont, the Northeast Kingdom and unlike the little college towns to the south, Burlington, and of course the ever so lefty Brattleboro the people here are really suffering for want of jobs, places to shop and ever growing heating cost. Of course the college types with mummy and daddy footing the bills with second mortgages or voter subsidized education can afford to lay back and wait for the 'rapture' in the person of Obama to rescue them from the cruel world that lies ahead when they have to get real jobs. It's amazing how gullible Americans are; someone comes along speaks with a 1, 2, 3 cadence and the swoon starts. Education or what passes for it is really a waste in this country. Of course when a recent survey shows that almost 49 percent of the people believe in angels a person should not be surprised.

Posted by: Jim | February 19, 2008 5:21 PM

Three rules on elections:

1. Never re-elect anybody
2. Never allow one party to control Congress
and the White house.
3. When presented with an option during the
primaries, always vote against the party
choice!

Using this philosophy you can't go wrong. No more incumbency power and no more entrenched bureaucracy (staff) controlling Legislators and public policy.

Posted by: Ed Weirdness | February 19, 2008 5:23 PM

Let's elect her and hold her to her promises!

Posted by: twainwalker | February 19, 2008 5:24 PM

Maybe if she'd stayed home nights, Bill might have been less the rogue. Night shift my sweet a&&.

Posted by: Ed Weirdness | February 19, 2008 5:28 PM

The polls are in from the comments here.

Obama wins the Washington Post Commens box.

Posted by: Jason | February 19, 2008 5:29 PM

Obama/Joe Biden 08 can't lose.

Posted by: Shawn | February 19, 2008 5:35 PM

Vote Obama
Do you really like what the Republican pres. has done over the last 8 years?
Do you really want the Clintons back in office with their with us or against us tactics? if progress is going to be made fixing things it has to be done by a president who will work with others- not act like everyone else owes them something.

Posted by: eric | February 19, 2008 5:35 PM

Obama if I get the chance to vote for him. Precisley because he's NOT Washington institutionalized.

McCain if I don't. I disagree with him in many key areas. But at least I know he's speaking his mind. That and the fact that he's the only one running that has clearly "crossed the aisle" and worked succesfully with the other side.

Hillary...not a prayer. Give her credit for 30 years of fighting if that's what she wants. What has she accomplished? Just look where we're at. Time to let someone else in the ring.

Posted by: Jeff | February 19, 2008 5:37 PM

I think it is a crying shame to Vote for such a slippery snake like Hillary Clinton. She puts on whatever face she needs to for whatever the situation warrants. The real problem here is that Women will vote for her just to vote for a woman. She is just about the most phoney person I have ever met. She does not care about the middle class, she only pretends to care because her husband brought them wealth(not by his doing but it happened when he was president) and this experience, she has none. OBAMA 08

Posted by: Eric | February 19, 2008 5:38 PM

Obama gets 80% and it won't be because of the Black vote either!

Posted by: thebob.bob | February 19, 2008 5:41 PM

I completely agree with Eric's comment. I also find it interesting that most people voting for Hillary dont have even close to the knowledge of their candidate as those voting for Obama. I come from a Republican household, but im voting for Obama in 08.

Posted by: Mack | February 19, 2008 5:42 PM

Hillary's head is so full of crap that she lost her ability to distinguish between right and wrong. She doesn't care how she wins, as long as she wins. Earlier in the day there was a story that hillary's camp is now after the pledged delegates which obama has won through democratic vote. Its hard to understand how all you hillary supporters are able to put up with such disgusting nonsense.

Posted by: sandy | February 19, 2008 5:42 PM

I'm voting for McCain. I don't want the Iraq/Afganistan/Pakistan war here in the United States. If we have to keep some troops in Iraq for years, so be it. We have been in South Korea since '53. We leave Iraq and Iran moves in asap. Obama looks good but has no experience, Hillary has too many scandals in her past, and if you think health care is expensive now, wait until it's free!! If you think the war is about oil, stop driving your car!

Posted by: Alan | February 19, 2008 5:44 PM

If anything this primary season has taught us that the wall are down as far as limiting who can run for president, aside from a muslim(no offense), I think the walls are down. I emplore Hillary Supporters to take another look at what you have, there will be another woman coming along far more qualified. Any woman except this one. I will support her I promise. But cannot bring myself to vote for this special interest puppet. And just you watch she will only get more negative as she continues to lose. The Clintons become caged animals facing defeat they would destroy obama and the whole party before bowing out gracefully. Disgracefull, and classless.

Posted by: Eric | February 19, 2008 5:50 PM

Obama is all smoke and mirrors, He rarely voted either for or against, But stood up and said "Here". If he gets in, the next four years will be a muddled presidency. He doesn't have the experience, but talks a good speech. No concrete plans as to what he plans. Beware!!
For the good of the country " Vote Hillary"

Posted by: TJ | February 19, 2008 5:51 PM

Your exactly right to compare Clinton to Thatcher. Both are equally cunning and equally polarizing. By the way, thatcherism is quite a disgusting word in the UK and I don't understand anyone who would compare it. Hillary's "experience" is nothing more than a reminder of how many hands are in her pockets. She promises a health care plan that has no chance ever passing. She is target number one to the republicans and will never find bipartisanship. Are empty promises anything more than empty rhetoric? And Hillary's brand is just too patronizing. She must really believe that we're gullible.

Posted by: zach | February 19, 2008 5:51 PM

Does anyone really think that if Obama is elected the Republicans are just going to roll over?

With Boehner, Blunt on down the chain, none have any intention of working with anyone but themselves.

What will Obama do then? Whine that they won't accept his Change? That they are racist since they won't support his agenda?

When Americans questioned the war and its execution we were called Unpatriotic. And it sent us back into our corners. Obama is using the same ploy. If we question his inexperience we are accused of being "Negative" or "Racist", not with 'the movement'.

It is time the young voters attending this 'concert' swap places with someone in Iraq for a week AND then come home and vote.

Posted by: Linda | February 19, 2008 5:52 PM

I love Hillary with Farber Beans and a Fine Chianti! Boiled, Broiled, or fried, besides I know Bill wouldn't eat it! Keep running Hillary, the democrats are losing votes every day you run! Besides the chase makes it that much more fun! Plus builds my appetite! Run, run little Hillary, we know your not trying to save any spring lambs! By the way Senator, nice suit!

Posted by: Hannibal | February 19, 2008 5:52 PM

Truth is a good thing..First she went to Wellsley, Next came Yale Law School, where Hillary focused on questions about how the law affected children and began her decades of work as an advocate for children and families. As a law student, Hillary represented foster children and parents in family court and worked on some of the earliest studies creating legal standards for identifying and protecting abused children. Following graduation, she became a staff attorney for the Children's Defense Fund.

After serving as only one of two women lawyers on the staff of the House Judiciary Committee considering the impeachment of Richard Nixon, Hillary chose not to pursue offers from major law firms. Instead she followed her heart and a man named Bill Clinton to Arkansas. They married in 1975 and their daughter Chelsea was born in 1980.

Hillary ran a legal aid clinic for the poor when she first got to Arkansas and handled cases of foster care and child abuse. Years later, she organized a group called Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. When she was just 30, President Carter appointed her to the board of the United States Legal Services Corporation, a federal nonprofit program that funds legal assistance for the poor.

When Bill was elected Governor of Arkansas, Hillary continued to advocate for children, leading a task force to improve education in Arkansas through higher standards for schools and serving on the board of the Arkansas Children's Hospital, helping them expand and improve their services. She also served on national boards for the Children's Defense Fund, the Child Care Action Campaign, and the Children's Television Workshop.

She also continued her legal career as a partner in a law firm. She led the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession, which played a pioneering role in raising awareness of issues like sexual harassment and equal pay. Hillary was twice named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America.

Posted by: msbehavin | February 19, 2008 5:52 PM

Nice timeline but I think you skipped a few scandals. :)

Posted by: zach | February 19, 2008 5:57 PM

Obama is the man! He not only can give the party much needed change and direction, but he can win votes Hillary can't! Obama can win democrats votes, black democrats votes, young democrats votes, independent votes, and republican votes both black and white! Many republicans will be swayed by Obama not Hillary! Many are looking for someone new and different and with fresh ideas. If it is between Hillary and McCain, McCain will win more votes and win the white house! The democrats don't want the white house if they elect Hillary!

Posted by: Julie | February 19, 2008 5:59 PM

check out the following site & you can't help but NOT vote for the clinton duo; two of the biggest liars & phoneys to ever have set foot in d.c. God help them who are even thinking about voting for them (yes, them, not just her folks - another co-presidency), especially those poor people without a brain who are talking about voting for them just because she is female (she is, isn't she - why is she always wearing pants?)

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Posted by: Bill | February 19, 2008 6:02 PM

Hilary Clinton experience came when Bill was in the Oval Office with Monica Lewinsky staining her dress.

She got experience when Bill Clinton stood by the Genocide of Rowanda. She got experience when Bill Clinton Balanced the budget on the back of Medicare.
Hilary Clinton got experience when Bill Clinton sold the port of Long Beach and SF to the Chinese.
Hilary got experience when she was on the board of Walmart when they were crushing unions and sending billions to China.
It is ironic that she wants to force people to buy insurance, when she sat on the board of the largest employer that does not give Walmart empolyee. Hilary wants to sell us Walmart Healthcare, which is nothing.
Hilary got experience to attack what Barack Obama says, instead on standing on her own accord.

Americans don't be fooled. Do we want change or dynasty.
Join the movement. Join Obama.

If you want to know about the issues, visit: www.barackobama.com/issues

Jason

Posted by: Jason | February 19, 2008 6:04 PM

Most republicans are voting for Hillary now and McCain later! They know McCain can beat Hillary and don't want Obama in there! Most of the people here that say Hillary are really republicans, I know, I have a friend who has posted several times now promoting Hillary! Most know that if the democrats choose Hillary they don't want the white house!

Posted by: John | February 19, 2008 6:04 PM

HILLARY, FISRT WOMEN PRESIDENT OF US......

this is the kind of ppl that are voting for hillary? she doesn't do anything special in the senate. here is an example that was in another blog on here. i feel it fits.
Experience...........Obama -vs- Clinton

Senator Obama --During the first eight years of Senator Obama's
elected service he sponsored over 820 bills. He introduced:
233 regarding health-care reform,
125 on poverty and public assistance,
112 crime fighting bills,
97 economic bills,
60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills,
21 ethics reform bills,
15 gun control,
6 veterans affairs and many others.
His first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-
sponsored another 427. These included:
- the Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 (became law),
- The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons
Threat Reduction Act, (became law),
- The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the Senate,
- The 2007 Government Ethics Bill, (became law),
- The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill, (In
committee)
Senator Clinton -- Senator Clinton's, who has served only one full
term (6yrs.), and another year campaigning, has managed to author and
pass into law, (20) twenty pieces of legislation.
1. Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site.
2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month.
3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Hon
4. Name courthouse after Thurgood Marshall.
5. Name courthouse after James L. Watson.
6. Name post office after Jonn A. O'Shea.
7. Designate Aug. 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition
Day.
9. Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the
bicentennial of his death.
10. Congratulate the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men's Lacrosse Team on
winning the championship.
11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men's Lacrosse Team on
winning the championship.
12. Establish the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution
Commemorative Program.
13. Name post office after Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda.
14. Honor Shirley Chisholm for her service to the nation and express
condolences on her death.
15. Honor John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, firefighters
who lost their lives on duty.
Only five of Senator Clinton's bills are more substantive:
16. Extend period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11.
17. Pay for city projects in response to 9/11
18. Assist landmine victims in other countries.
19. Assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care.
20. Designate part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as
protected in the wilderness preservation system.

it irks me to see that ppl think she is so expeienced. she did nothing and won't do anything but collect money if she gets into the whitehouse again.

Posted by: brandon | February 19, 2008 6:11 PM

how can you republicans vote for hillary in a closed primary? it will be illegal. Evil law breaking republicans!!!

Posted by: sandy | February 19, 2008 6:12 PM

Hillary has worked the night shift? Since when? Perhaps it is a reference to her sham marriage to Bill!

Posted by: Bill B | February 19, 2008 6:22 PM

I am sure all the late night show hosts are going to have a field day on this one..hehehe

Posted by: sandy | February 19, 2008 6:24 PM

Lord help me but as a Republican I'm going to vote for Obama if he wins the Dem primary and if not then for McCain....I simply cannot imagine 4-8 more years of the chaos and vindictive ways of the Clintons with every criticism a "vast right wing conspiracy" against her. The country will not survive the Clintons back in power.

Posted by: repbulican | February 19, 2008 6:34 PM

Yeah, she has worked the night shift, she was a cleaner, she had to clean up after Bill, and that had to be done in the dark of night. That is the closest she has ever come to being a working person.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 19, 2008 6:41 PM

Re: the legislation - that is a very skewed post. If you'll notice, they compare the legislation that Hillary has introduced and PASSED with everything that Barack has sponsored - very different things. How many has he PASSED? That is the question.

Posted by: Lawrence | February 19, 2008 6:42 PM

Obama is running on a platform of change. He promises to unite people and bring them together to make change. This is a promise he cannot keep. Washington wont let him.

Hillary is running on her experience. She has 30 years of direct and surrogate experience via her husband. She is hooked into Washington and knows how to get things done. Obama is the flavor of the month that's going to get chewed up and spit out if he gets the nomination.

I'm voting for the Hillary because I believe she can get the job done.

Posted by: Obama | February 19, 2008 6:44 PM

Hillary and Hussein are both losers. That being said, Hussein will probably be our next President.

As far as Obama's 820 bills are concerned ... ridiculous!

We need to have a law that says not one new law can be passed unless 10 previous laws are repealed.

Posted by: dNova | February 19, 2008 6:47 PM


What a little boys club here. Blindly following the Pied Piper float and swallowing his song that he is JFK and Martin Luther King. The man has said NOTHING of substance. Boys are dumb. This proves it.

He's a careful politician. Washington as usual. That's how he got there. Ran against the weakest Republican in IL - Alan Keyes. He's been in DC two years and he sees - oohh, I can beat a woman by courting the black like me vote (except in Kansas where he claimed to be white) and the stupid men will follow me anywhere. And then there is the anit-Clinton vote - even if they did help me get where I cam.

This man is a total phony - and when you all wake up too late to find out - McCain and Rove will make you very sure of it.

He's gotten under the radar so far. But those boys will make him really cry.

Sad if it happens. Big, big mistake. He's counting on your kind of dumb.

Posted by: Vermont | February 19, 2008 6:53 PM


Don't fool yourselves about Vermont. This is Hillary country. He may as well stay in his spats and cowboy hat. Who will Obama be channeling next, John Wayne ?

hahahahaha. I wouldn't put it past him. The phony.

Posted by: Vermont | February 19, 2008 6:56 PM

I can't believe the number of fools in this country. How can you support a man who doesn't stand for the National Anthem, show respect for our flag and brags about being Black? He's not black. His mother was a white atheist from Kansas who wanted to shock her mid-western family by marrying a black man from Africa. I guess if you have to have ONE & ONLY ONE RELIGION, it might as well be Muslim. Hope you all enjoy living with a terrorist supporter!!

Posted by: Virginia | February 19, 2008 6:56 PM

To Shawn -

I don't think you should criticize other countries health care systems.

Having lived a few years in those countries does not necessarily qualify you. So stick to analyzing the candidates' health care proposals, and whether they are good for the US, on their merits.

Some doctors from Canada move to the US, because the weather is warmer, and doctors' salaries are higher (ie higher health care costs).

Being a former marketing executive in a pharmaceutical company, I can tell you that we were very happy for the US health care system as it is. That is where global pharma companies make most of their profits. Drug prices in the US are much higher than in other countries.

Now, drug prices do fund research. But I submit to you that there is much abuse, as pharma companies focus on finding treatment to diseases (ie a drug you need to take for a long time), rather than cures (which by definition would get rid of the disease and mean an end to taking medication). Thus health care costs go higher.

Rather than a universal health care system, I would like the US to lead the world (US leadership is still necessary) in creating "prizes" to be won by any research group or company that finds a cure to a disease (with the prize depending on the disease). I think this would actually be a market-driven solution, as companies will compete with each other to obtain the prize, and government would not actually be funding the research directly.

The prizes could be set based on pharmaco-economics of the cost of the disease to society (cost of treatment, loss of work etc), and get rid of the current disincentives for finding a cure vs finding a treatment.

Candidates' ideas for reducing the cost of healthcare should be of prime importance. If that is done, universal healthcare becomes much easier.


Posted by: JVin | February 19, 2008 7:09 PM

I'm voting for her. At least she has expressed some of her plans should she win. All Obama says is the word CHANGE but not how he's going to change the world. He wont even debate Hillary. He's a coward and hides behind Oprah's big name, hoping the women in his life will get him elected. He seems better suited for a congregation than the oval office. I want someone in office who knows what there doing not just deliver an great sermons. I need something more for my vote than just the word CHANGE. He's gotta put more out there and give us more details on how he plans to change the world. Go Hillary!!!!! She's got the guts to speak her mind.

Posted by: Hillary's got my vote | February 19, 2008 7:09 PM

To Virginia:
Your blatant ignorance astounds me... not to mention your subtle racism.
1) "Brags about being black" -- since when is it wrong to be proud of ones race or ethnic background?
2)"He's not black [...his mother married] a black man from Africa." -- ... how does this make him "not black?" He can label himself whatever he feels like, race and ethnicity are sociological identities. And besides, who cares if he is black?
Look at the candidate, not their gender or race.

and as to the "terrorist supporter" line, that is the exact sort of uneducated, closeminded, conservative rhetoric the Republicans have been using to drive the nation into a state of perpetual fear...

good for you for contributing to their current line of b.s

Posted by: Kirsten | February 19, 2008 7:12 PM

Oh... and I just noticed you said: "The One and Only Religion might as well be Muslim"..... Anyone with any knowledge of basic world religion and culture knows that the religion is not "MUSLIM", but "ISLAM." A Muslim is one who practices Islam... but thats what I expect out of someone this dumb

Posted by: Kirsten | February 19, 2008 7:17 PM

I grew up in Vermont. I bet Hillary wins by a comfortable margin. Lots of Virginias in Vermont, if you know what I mean.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 19, 2008 7:25 PM

Hillary Clinton, release your tax return. What do you have to hide?

Release your papers from when you were First Lady. What do you have to hide?

Admit that you voted for a war that you now say you disagree with. Nobody's perfect.

And most of all, don't attach my wages and call it "universal" health care.

I want honesty, integrity, someone who will be open and clear about the plans for this country. I would LOVE to vote for a woman president. But not someone who leans on her husband's merits, and won't be honest with me. Not someone who didn't support unions, but now does, just to get elected.

Barack Obama has plenty of substance. He has more elected experience, good judgement and a positive outlook. Even Bill Clinton's advisors are supporting him.

Sen. Obama calls for affordable health care, he won't have to answer to lobbyists. Sen. Obama cares about all kinds of people. He IS all kinds of people.

I'm voting for Sen. Obama.

Posted by: ex clinton supporter | February 19, 2008 7:25 PM

It's amazing the conceit and arrogance of the Obama supporters. They claim to want to turn the page and change the dirty politics of the past when all the Obama camp is doing is rehashing the dirty campaign tactics of the Bush/Cheney/Rove era and they are actually doing much better than Rove ever did. They are manipulating the masses while appearing to stay above the frey. Take is "Borrowed" speeches for example, He could've easily credited where they came from instead of claiming them to be his own. "yes we can" was the motto of the latino immigrants and he took it as his own. And that Obama heckler disrespecting President Clinton. He was a prime example of Obama's Karl Rovian tactics. If Obama's deceitful tactics prevail then he'll have done the Rebublican Party a great service by driving many Democrats to support John McCain rather than have another leader like Bush but worse, in office.

Posted by: art | February 19, 2008 7:43 PM

This country doesn't need another go 'round with the Clintons. I am convinced that Hillary is not who we need right now. I can't imagine voting for her just because she is a woman.

Posted by: Ginger | February 19, 2008 7:48 PM

mc cain has won the election because obama has given it to the republicans again just like you gyys elected bush who fooled you all just like obama is doing lying smiling his way through this race don't ask him anything he can't answer anything he will run when there is anything serious happening that sounds like a crybaby to me and a wuss he started the race card as well and the only ones voting for him are stupid.

Posted by: mag | February 19, 2008 7:56 PM

GO HILLARY

she is the only one that can straighten out this mess that bush left us in

Posted by: mag | February 19, 2008 8:00 PM

Hey Hillary,

Remember that kindergarten essay you dug up? I heard he plagiarized that too!! You and Dr. Seuss must be so angry!

Posted by: NYC Democrat | February 19, 2008 8:04 PM

I like that people are calling Obama a plagiarist, but Hillary has been using Obama speech lines since he beat her in Iowa.

Posted by: change is fun | February 19, 2008 8:20 PM

i'm for obama, but those are really good commercials. It does get to the positive core of what HRC has to offer.

Posted by: sirius black | February 19, 2008 8:32 PM

It is amazing how partisan people in one and the same party are.
Having said this, it is a now brainer to vote for either of the two Democrats still in the race.
Yet, I am troubled by the one-sided media coverage of this race in that Senator Clinton and her supporters are overly scrutinized and questions whereas this is not the case for Senator Obama and his supporters.
The controversy over the role of super delegates is a case in point.
For more on this, read:
http://www.reflectivepundit.com/reflectivepundit/2008/02/what-are-super.html

Posted by: B.N. | February 19, 2008 8:49 PM

"Can't keep her husband happy & how can she keep America Happy" and all of the other similar themed comments? WOW. And some people have the nerve to suggest that sexism isn't alive and well.

Posted by: dcrd | February 19, 2008 8:51 PM

Working the night shift? What, was that while she was on Walmart's Board of Directors, flooding America with cheap plastic junk, in exchange for record foreign debts? Thanks for that hard work!

Posted by: Extraordinary Rendition | February 19, 2008 8:51 PM

When I put money for a horse to win, "I gambled". One thing i'm sure of,I will not do that to my Country. I'll vote for who have all the qualification, to lead this number one Country in the whorld.I Vote for Hillary.

Posted by: LIO | February 19, 2008 8:52 PM

Hillary will not win over voters with the "Night Shift" Ad. I worked the night shift all through college---on my feet for less than minimum wage. I was not sitting at a desk (until I got home and studied) in a cushy leather chair. Hillary Clinton does not have a clue what working the night shift is about.
And yes we Vermonters who proudly elected Bernie (who does understand the night shift) will never vote for Hillary!

Posted by: risdmom | February 19, 2008 9:10 PM

When I put money for a horse to win, "I gambled". One thing i'm sure of,I will not do that to my Country. I'll vote for who have all the qualification, to lead this number one Country in the whorld.I Vote for Hillary.

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Posted by: Anonymous | February 19, 2008 9:13 PM

Don't insult Vermont Virginias. I am voting for Barack Obama and I am not racist like the Virginia above. BTW my best friend--also a Vermont Virginia is also voting for Barack.

Posted by: A Vermont Virginia | February 19, 2008 9:16 PM

Does Hillary really care to give us a breakdown on her "30 years of experience?" How many of those were as an elected official, and how many were as a corporate lawyer (I thought corporations and their managers were a Republican constituency - Oh, that's right, Bill was the nicest Republican President ever.) Does she really want us to think back to the last time the Clintons tried to impose a health care solution in Washington? It didn't go anyplace. She talks about defeating the Republicans? She would just redivide the country. Let's steer clear of her, just like we should have steered clear of her husband!

Posted by: Allan | February 19, 2008 9:39 PM

Hillary will make Vermont republican! She is hurting the democrat party so bad! It will be fun to watch her lose to McCain! I can't believe people can't see that if it isn't Obama the democrats will lose! Obama or I'm going with McCain!

Posted by: Jack | February 19, 2008 9:53 PM

This is the only sensible, grounded post here (I AM QUOTING):


I'm willing to bet that everyone who discounts Hillary's experience have never been the primary bread winner in family, helped support/run a family business, raise a kid through teen age years, been in national politics for 30 . . . let alone been first lady in red state for 12 years, traveled the world, been US first lady for 8 years, US Senator for 7. SHe was for civil rights before it was cool -- it was even dangerous. You need some experience.

MY ADDITIONS: She was for civil rights in high school. YES. As far back as 13 years old. Why is the democratic party asking her to prove herself. She has been there, and tried and will continue to try. I don't care what deluded voters are saying in previous primaries. I know in my heart that she is the best candidate.

Posted by: dr. no | February 19, 2008 9:55 PM

But at the end of the day, will YOU support whichever Democrat faces McCain in November?
If a fractured Republican party can get behind someone that the loathed only weeks ago, will we all stand united behind either one of these historic candidates?

Posted by: David | February 19, 2008 10:33 PM

Healthcare is a very personal matter and individual experiences color ones views. Like Shawn above I lived in Canada and Europe for quite a few years and now live in the US. While in Canada my son was diagnosed with a life threatening illness when he was 12 months old. I will be forever grateful to the Canadian healthcare system for the quality of care and sense of urgency with which he was treated - this involved an emergency admission into hospital, a lot of testing followed by surgery over a two week period and a lot of specialist support. He needed a protocol of monitoring for quite some time afterwards for which we returned to Canada even after we had relocated to the US (then as paying non-residents) because of the quality of care. As residents in Canada we never saw a bill for his treatment and were never asked for any form of payment. I can only imagine the hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs that a fee based system would have required in such a circumstance - the experience made me realize the importance of such a system even if it were only structured to deal with catastrophic illnesses. My biggest complaint of the Canadian system was that it didnt charge some form of a nominal user fee to discourage over zealous use of the system.

Posted by: On the other hand... | February 19, 2008 10:36 PM

Did you all not hear Obama say he was going to take care of HIS people if he got elected.....the Muslems. WOW! I think I will vote for McCain!

Posted by: Marsha | February 19, 2008 10:39 PM

Hilary will be best able to mobilize the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and finally reach across the aisle, holding hands and singing in harmony with those who demonized her entire family as we pass the progressive agenda.

Ron Paul/Ross Perot in 08.

Posted by: Arnie | February 19, 2008 10:41 PM

Obama is going to get eaten alive by Rove and company. He just doesn't have a chance. They will spin his ethinicity, his eloquence and before you now it they will be comparing him to Hitler. Even though I actually like the guy, think he is smart, etc, etc, he will be undone even if he does get the nomination. Go Hillary!

Posted by: Jake | February 19, 2008 10:54 PM

Victory, 8 in a row!!!!!!!!!!!!
Obama sweeps Virginia, Maryland and D.C. primaries today! Woohooo!!!

The Obamentum just keeps getting stronger. And by March it will be strong enough to smash Clinton's so-called Texas-Ohio "firewall" like a giant fist through paper. Clearly Clinton is attempting what is now known as the "Guiliani Maneuver". Basically it is ignoring a bunch of "insignificant" smaller states and putting all your bets in one or a couple of big states. Well, after Florida, we all know how that maneuver turned out. Clinton apparently has not learned Giuliani's lesson. Too bad for her.

Clinton's goose will be roasted, toasted and burned to a crisp in Texas. A defeat there or a very strong second by Obama will convince more superdelegates to abandon Clinton's sinking ship and jump to the mighty U.S.S. Obama.

Obama did not just win all 3 primaries tonight. HE WON BIG. NO. HE WON HUGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He won the white vote. He won the young vote. He won the blue collar vote. He won the low income vote. Heck, he even won the WOMEN'S VOTE! These demographics were formerly on Clinton's side in previous primaries. NOT ANYMORE!!!!

YES. WE. CAN.

Next place where Clinton will be crushed & humiliated: Wisconsin, Febuary 19th. Mark your calendars.

Vote Obama 2008!

Posted by Ron at 22:37 1 comments
2/09/2008
Obama Sweeps Clintons Butt on the Floor
What an absolutely awesome night for Barack Obama it is tonight!

Obama wiped Clinton's butt on the floor, not in one state, not in two states, but in ALL THREE STATES with caucuses/primaries tonight! As if that wasn't enough...Obama knocked her butt out completely off the ring in the U.S. Virgin Islands (a perfect cherry to top his mainland victories tonight).

Obama is also projected to sweep or at least win most of the Potomac Primary states next week. Clinton is planning to stop him in Texas and Ohio. However, Obama is rapidly expanding his organizations and volunteers in those states. He might lose in those states, but he will still grab a lot of delegates. If he continues winning all Potomac states...his momentum will be extremely hard for Clinton. Electability has become a very strong factor for the Democrats now that the Republicans have a presumptive nominee.

We here at Vote Obama 2008 believe Clinton will suffer further floor arse-wipings next week, and will be unable to stop Barack Obama's building momentum. It will be like trying to stop a speeding locomotive by parking a 70's VW Beetle on the tracks. Yeah...you get the picture. Obama will totally wipe Clinton's butt off the election map. The past cannot defeat the FUTURE.

Posted by Ron at 21:34 0 comments
1/31/2008
Kodak Theater Democratic Conversation...err...Debate


Today's Democratic Debate (if you can call what happened a debate) at the Kodak Theater was almost a exact opposite of what happened in South Carolina.

I heard that people were scalping tickets for thousands of dollars online. I guess whoever bought those overpriced tickets, expecting "Thrilla in Manila" at the Kodak Theater were sorely disappointed.

They were smiling at each other, touching each other...and gasp! even hugging each other at the end!

Obama say it ain't so! We understand there must be unity within the Democratic party to take on the republicans, but you can't win the nomination by being too nice! You must continue to offer sharp contrasts between yourself and Mrs. Clinton, while still maintaining an air of cordiality!

If you keep on saying "we both agree on blah and blah", "we both have positions like this...blah"...how can people tell you and Clinton apart? You are the underdog Mr. Obama and you must fight tooth and nail (while fighting with honor of course).

But you must keep on fighting. Clinton has a big advantage with the establishment support and name recognition. People will not vote for someone because he was nice to Clinton. People will vote for someone because they are DIFFERENT from Clinton.

We, your supporters urge you to continue to contrast yourself against Clinton. No mudslinging need be done. Just continue to contrast yourself compared to Clinton (who deep down is a Republican clone), and NEVER, EVER HUG HER AGAIN!

WE MUST KEEP FIGHTING. FIGHT HONORABLY, but still FIGHT. We cannot have another Clinton in the WhiteHouse. I remember the 90's, and while there was economic prosperity, the Clintons utterly completely divided the nation. It was not all rosy times, as I am sure you know. There must be no Clinton Dynasty.

Go Obama! Fight the good fight!

Vote Obama 2008!

Posted by Ron at 23:54 0 comments
1/27/2008
YES WE CAN!
Victory in Iowa. Very strong showing in New Hampshire. Another strong showing in Nevada. And now...South Carolina...massive victory!

YES WE CAN.

YES WE CAN do this thing!

YES WE CAN take all of Bill & Hillary's dirty tricks and come out of it stronger!

YES WE CAN defeat those who will say anything and do anything to win and defeat them 2 to 1!

YES WE CAN wipe Bill & Hillary's ass on the floor with a massive TOTAL LANDSLIDE VICTORY!!!!!!!!

YES WE CAN unite the nation with a message of hope.

As Mr. Obama says, this is not about black or white, young or old, rich or poor....this is about THE PAST VS THE FUTURE!

THE CLINTONS ARE THE PAST!

OBAMA IS THE FUTURE!!!!!!!!!

Vote Obama 2008!!!!!!!

Posted by: iwishicouldshakehandswithobama | February 19, 2008 10:57 PM

I can't believe that there is so much venom against Hillary! Looks like lot of irrational people out there. Obama cannot do anything in Washington. He will be pulled by party politics and no legislation will be finished. If the dems win the House they may not be able to keep the senate and in 2010 the republicans are going to regroup and take the house and senate and then come in 2012 and take the presidency.SO, think well. IN two years Obama can make some of his clans and the top people who worked for him richer. That is it! Stay in that euphoria. REality stinks! VOting for Obama is not a solution for the health of the Dem party. Go Hillary!

Posted by: mediastinks | February 19, 2008 11:09 PM

Congressional Republicans will not work with Hillary to get her policies passed if she were president. I doubt she would have significant coattails in '08, so she would need to work with them to get anything done. After a (very) brief honeymoon, they'll milk the anti-Hillary sentiment among the party for all it's worth. She can talk about Universal Health Care all she likes, but it has to get through Congress first. Most likely, any piece of legislation of such a broad and all-encompassing nature would be DOA.

Everyone talking about "gambling" on Obama should think about the likelihood that he could work with the Republicans vs. Hillary's ability to work with them. I'll take the former bet any day.

Posted by: Steve | February 19, 2008 11:22 PM

Oh Please People - can we get the morons, racists, reactionaries, sexists, and mental midgets to think before you post - which means refrain from posting, I guess? Obama isn't a Muslim, Michelle didn't say she was n't proud to be American, Obama leads the Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance, Stop with the silly internet smear stuff it's really ignorant. And Obama maniacs stop denigrating Hillary - let Obama beat her at the Polls - her negative grasping will be clear to everyone. Much of Hillary's negatives are not her fault - the Nations fatigue has as much to do with Bill and the Republicans desperate attacks on them. But do not be mistaken - she is much more likely to lose in November due to this 'Clinton fatigue' and even hatred. Obama can get her base - she will not be able to get his independents and youth - they will melt away and we'll have a loopy old man (who happens to be a former war hero) as our President - better than W - but not good for this country, the Supreme Court, and our standing in the world. He'll be subject to many of the same outside crazy religious and neocon ideological forces as W was.

Obama is exciting, smart, energetic, visionary, has given his life to service, and has a chance as a relative outsider who is rousing the electorate and the young and the moderate voter to get reengaged in our political process. He has the chance to change some very sorry things in Wasington - money raising instead of legislating, fat cats, pork, influencec peddling, revolving door lobbying and control of our government by corporate and monied interests, suppression of information and science, bickering and blaming and denial of solutions to the other side among the insanely partisan party members, the disengagement of the populace from requiring our leaders to solve our problems.

It is self evident - Obama is our chance to get our Government back under our control - we must hope, we must take the chance on youth - vs. partisan political experience (and ethical baggage) of Hillary and McCain. we just had the most horrific 8 years of small minded, empty religious rhetoric and disastrous deciding - really run by an extremist (D. Cheney). WE DESERVE BETTER. DARE TO HOPE. DARE TO PICK SOMEONE THAT WILL BUCK THE 'PARTY LINE ONLY', AND TELL SOME POWERFUL INTERESTS TO STUFF IT IN ORDER TO DO OUR WORK AND SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS. Not big government or government solutions - how about neutral non ideological government that empowers its people - and picks ideas and solutions that are for the greater good whether they be Republican or Democrat or Independent or Religious or Aethist in their origin. PICK A LEADER PEOPLE!. ONLY BARACK CAN HAVE THE PEOPLE ENERGIZED BEHIND HIM TO DRIVE HIS CHANGE THROUGH.

He can do it. You Can do it. We can do it. Dare to Hope People! I love this country I want Obama as my President - not a half black man or a half white man - but an truly AMERICAN MAN.

Posted by: Virginia Democrat | February 19, 2008 11:58 PM

Obama's Wisconsin victory by 17 percent margin-It will send a clear message to Clinton's camp that his legacy was a myth and her ambition is over. Time to fold up the tent.

Posted by: ob1 | February 20, 2008 1:22 AM

"I have never seen such a media bias towards a potential first female President . . . yes you can Hillary! Yes you can!

Posted by: Gene | February 19, 2008 05:14 PM"

...Being that she is the first, of course you have not seen one :). Granted, I do believe that she is being treated differently, yet by the same token, I also believe she is campaigning differently...It's a thin line she's walking between pointing out the differences a female candidate might bring to the white house, and than turning around and pointing fingers if anyone else brings up that she's a female... Just my 2 cents...

Posted by: joey rocko | February 20, 2008 4:18 AM

Hillary plagarized the "night shift" from the Commodores. See the original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j0mjA06Y9M

Posted by: Eloise | February 20, 2008 7:23 AM

Hillary and Obama can't hold a candle to McCain when it comes to experience.

Of that 20 years claimed experience only her seven years in the senate should be considered. Those seven years are short on accomplishment and were spent trying to position herself for a run for the presidency.

Obama is the "cotton candy" canidate with no experience governing. He has just two years experience in the Senate with nothing to hang his hat on on. He's the Dr Feel good canidate. His "Down and Out in America/Hope & Change" are long on rhetoric and short and substance.

If American focus on the issues, the records, and experience of the canidates McCain should win in November.

Posted by: Russ | February 20, 2008 10:50 AM

The Cult of Her Own Personality

To my fellow Democratic Party American's; we have a dark specter crossing the landscape of our Party. Divisive primary politics aside, we have a radical element among our membership. This element is becoming more evident with each and every loss that they rack up, in that they are pulling apart of our Party. This element is showing that the pulling apart, and possible fracturing of our great Party, for what seems to be nothing more then feelings of self-entitlement toward the nomination, is a justifiable cost for their goals and aspirations.

"Senator Obama's words are contradicted by deeds. He said he would -- he pledged to take public financing as now Senator McCain has pledged. He has just reversed that pledge.
--Hillary Clinton surrogate Lanny Davis, CNN Late Edition, Feb. 17. 2008.

Again, I feel it necessary that we examine the true benefit of tying the hands of a possible Republican challenger, in this case Sen. Obama, when it comes to financing a general presidential campaign. Is it a responsible move for a Party member to actively fight against another possible presidential candidate in such a way?

Is it wise for the Party to allow ourselves to enter into a most important election with one arm tied behind our backs? Of course it is not a smart political move, yet this dangerous element in our Party feels it is fair game to attack a fellow Party member on such a matter. And, in a sense, help the opposition's presidential candidate's campaign.

By rejecting public funds, which no major party candidate has done for a general election since public funding for elections was instituted in the 1970's, Sen. Obama will be putting himself at an obvious disadvantage. Not just because Sen. Obama would have to return more money then McCain. Sen. Obama has raised $6.1 million toward the general campaign, compared to the $2.2 million that McCain has raised, but his grassroots fundraising machine is massive and not nearly close to being tapped out. This would be not just poor politics on the part of Sen. Obama, but it would be irresponsible to the Party to do such a thing.

The Democratic Party has a wonderful advantage against the Republican nomination this election year cycle when it comes to funding. A tool, which if not utilized, would be a politically reckless action on the part of a presidential Party candidate.

What we are facing with this dangerous Party element, is a high ranking member of the Party that is willing, and desirous, that we concede such an advantage for what? Is it for a possible underlying feeling of presidential self-entitlement? Is it a campaign's last ditch effort to win? A do or die burn fest? Whatever the reasoning behind such a destructive move on the part of Sen. Clinton, it is nonetheless, a very dangerous ploy for such little possible gain.

Is this the kind of politics that we need in the party, let alone in America? The idea which seems to resonate with the American populace is that we need to move away from the typical day to day operations of our political leaders. We need to have a Party, and a Country, that is truly for the people by the people. Not a country controlled by the minority of its citizenry, or by its far right leaning religious minority, nor even by the money-throwing special interest groups, all of which attempt to circumvent the will and betterment of the majority of Americans. No, this is not the type of Party that we should be. This is not what the Democratic Party is all about.

What we are facing is a path that can take us either into a future, which is based on the belief, and yes hope, that we can do truly wonderful things if we pull together, or a future that concedes we have reached the pinnacle of American greatness, and we must go back to the way it was before these disastrous last 7 years. The idea and belief that America should be governed from the bottom up, and not the top down, is a crossroads sign post which we must use to choose our great nations future.

I, personally, will give the benefit of the doubt, and look to what great things we can hope to do with this belief and faith. The past was good, and we were served well by its purveyors, but it was just that, the past. To whatever future we find ourselves living in is yet to be seen, yet the leader of our Party is clear. The time is now to realize the fact that we have our leader for the campaign to reclaim the Presidency of the United States, and we must show unity and support behind Sen. Obama if we are to succeed. The alternative will be more of the same support for the status quo, which is both detrimental, and unacceptable to the American way of life.

--- Matthew McGovern

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 20, 2008 11:16 AM

Vote America. The defacto fourth branch of government, the entertainment media (CNN, FOX, MSNBC, etc.), WILL NOT CHANGE, but it is a start.

Drink your kool-aid of hope and vote.

Go on living in your dream world where economic cycles just happen, where wars just happen, where our American president's job is to make us feel good. Go on adoring your entertainers that make themselves billionaires exploiting you. But, the rest of the world is not so blind.

America's greatest time to shine is yet to be--but sadly it seems there will first have to be some very painful growing pains.

Posted by: Jim and Z. | February 20, 2008 2:52 PM

Hillary in the "White" House.

Obama can drive the limo and be VP at the same time, just how it should be. =-)

Posted by: Chris | February 22, 2008 5:03 AM

Yes Shawn, I suppose that's why the highways to Canada are jammed with bus loads of 'senior citizens' crossing the border to buy medication. Is it because the U.S. has got it right? People have to sell their homes to pay for medical treatment.

Could this be why perhaps the U.S.A. comes first on the U.N. list of most unhappy, stressed and dissatisfied nations on this planet while the Socialist Scandinavian countries come out as the most content?

Here's wishing you good health over there in the States. You'll need it.

Posted by: Danny | February 22, 2008 12:25 PM

The same media who decided that we needed Bush as president in 2000 is deciding who we need as president in 2008.

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