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Clinton: 'I Was Raised on Pinochle and The American Dream'

The Clinton campaign is airing five new ads in Pennsylvania, highlighting the candidate's plans for the economy, health care, and the state's Latino community.

Of the five, "Scranton" stands out. It's a biographical spot narrated by Clinton that uses old family films, driving home her personal connection to the state.

"I was raised on Pinochle, and the American dream. I still have faith in that dream, it's just been neglected a little. We all need to dream it again, and I promise we will."

"Get it Done" stars Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter: "I know Hillary, and I know she cares about us. She'll get the job done, right now."

"Spectacular" stars Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell: "It's going to take a fighter to get us out of the mess this country is in, and that's what Hillary Clinton's always been, a fighter."

(The Nutter and Rendell spots are similar to an ad airing in Indiana.)

"Falling Through" is similar to ads Clinton aired in other states. It focuses on her plans to help the nation's middle class:

"Nuestra Amiga" also aired in Texas, and tells viewers about her plans for jobs and economic recovery:

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  April 8, 2008; 1:43 PM ET Ad Watch , Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Senator Clinton has managed to win in big states though she has been seriously at a disadvantage when it comes to advertising dollars.

Hopefully, there will be an even playing field in PA as far as ad dollars go.

The Mayor Nutter of Phili ad is interesting- and perhaps with his support- Senator Clinton will be able to tap into some of the African American vote.

Posted by: Evelyn | April 8, 2008 2:53 PM

Senator Clinton, Please keep the American Dream alive! It is truly sad to think that Obama seems to acquaint America with the words of Wright and not America for each and every single one of us. his wife also seems to be confused on this wonderful country and one that we are all pleased and proud to be a part of.

Posted by: PMC | April 8, 2008 2:59 PM

Another desperate attempt at spinning. Who does she think she's kidding by paininting her posh Chicago-suburb priviledged childhood as like anyone from PA??? Alas, people have become too naive to realize that the last person in this race to care about middle America (less than McCain--a veteran) is Billary.

Posted by: Luis de Souza | April 8, 2008 3:02 PM

Even with Mayor Nutter Hillary has lost the African American vote thanks to Bill remarks in S.C. His remarks opened up old wounds with civil rights era African Americans. I wouldn't be surprised if Bill's Clinton's remarks are the reason that Bill Richardson decided to endorse Obama. Minorities tend to look at how you treat other minorities to decide how you really feel about them.

Posted by: CM | April 8, 2008 3:15 PM

Regardless of the brainwashing and bias from the media, smart democrats who are independant thinkers, will vote smart, which constitutes a vote for Senator Hillary Clinton.

I look forward to the day when the Obama cult members (which includes the print and air media) have to announce that Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic Nomination for the Presidency.

Posted by: Robin | April 8, 2008 3:18 PM

if hilalry pulls out a strong victory in pennslyvania it will be good not only for her but also fro the Democratic Party to have a leader with some depth, a proven ability to fight and carry on and an indomitable spirit- Go Hillary---

Posted by: joe | April 8, 2008 3:35 PM

Why is a vote for Hillary a "smart vote"? She is a non-starter as a candidate for her support of Bush's war, and nothing she says to smear Barack Obama or John McCain, or to misrepresent her past to suit her present expediencies, can change THAT fundamental reality.

Posted by: JFR | April 8, 2008 3:39 PM

The American Dream is now the American Nightmare. With home foreclosures at an all-time high, high inflation for energy and food; rising unemployment and a huge fiscal debt, this set of problems are way beyond the Arkabillies abilities to correct them. America needs a president with the ability to work with experts in economics, and labor not the wonkish flunkies the Clintons would bring in government once again.

Posted by: tanaS | April 8, 2008 3:57 PM

I liked the Scranton Add. I was hoping she could get the cast of "The Office" to endorse her. That would have been cool.

Anyway, the fact that Hillary has raised less money, won less votes, won less states and won less delegates tell you something? America wants something different. 20 years of Bush-Clinton is enough.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 8, 2008 4:54 PM

If the Billary were "raised on Pinochle and the American Dream" it seems to me that she would have turned out a bit less shrill and ruthless. Seems more like she was raised as a pit bull competing for scraps.

Posted by: hillaryis44 | April 8, 2008 4:56 PM

Hillary is to Pinochle as Barack is to bowling.

Posted by: bill | April 8, 2008 5:03 PM

• Chelsea was jogging around the Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
• Hillary was named after Sir Edmund Hillary.
• Hillary was under sniper fire in Bosnia.
• Hillary didn't know about the FALN pardons.
• Hillary didn't know that her brothers were being paid to get pardons that Clinton granted.
• She had nothing to do with the New Square Hasidic pardons.
• She negotiated for the release of refugees in Macedonia.
• Taking the White House gifts was a clerical error.
• She didn't know that her staff would fire the travel office staff after she told them to do so.
• She opposed NAFTA.
• She was instrumental in the Irish peace process.
• The billing records showed up on their own.
• She was always a Yankees fan.
• She was raised on pinocle.
• She was raised on The American Dream.

Posted by: Tom | April 8, 2008 5:23 PM

I always deemed it hilarious that Hillary Clinton always poses as someone who understands the common people and fights for middle class. Well how can she possibly have time to do that when her and Dollar Bill have made in excess of 109 million dollars in the past 7 years alone. Excuse me if i'm wrong but I don't know to many middle class anyone's who could amass that kind of fortune in 20 lifetimes.

Point being Hillary Clinton understands middle class no more than Bill Gates understands a value meal from McDonalds. The equation doesn't fit and the more she continues to speak, the more dishonesty she seems to wreak of. Look, she has experience and has seen things as first lady that could pad her resume of sorts which is fine but again, we have now tired of leaders who's judgment (lack there of) has put our country in the fine mess it's in now and frankly with McCain and Hillary both, we are getting the same ole same ole speeches, policies and excuses. At least with Obama, I want someone with new ideas, a new approach to doing things, and someone who wants to genuinely unite a country financially, morally, and fundamentally divided. Give me the lesser of the evils at this point because the more experienced politicians has proven that their experience help put us in this mess and their experience is helping keep us there.

Posted by: Reggie | April 8, 2008 5:44 PM

I don't know about the appeal of the Nutter clip to black voters, but as a New Yorker, I can say that there's no way Mayor Bloomberg would take to the airwaves to state with such confidence that Hillary would bring new jobs as president. She promised to bring new jobs to New York as Senator and we're still waiting for these jobs!

I also know that Magic Johnson decided to proudly endorse Hillary, but only AFTER he decided to go into business with billionaire Hillary donor, Ron Burkle. I wonder what Nutter's motivation is?

Posted by: Bambi, NYC | April 8, 2008 5:51 PM

How laughable to cite Clinton's "serious disadvantage in advertising dollars" as an excuse for her poor showing! Why not acknowledge her disastrous, divisive, and disorganized campaign?

You "hope there will be a level playing field" now? Ha!

This was the "inevitable" nominee with the huge advantage in name recognition, Party machinery, and big-money donors, remember? Who started out $14 million ahead just from her senate-bid campaign funds? Who, in Iowa, was quoted as saying the race would be over on Feb. 5th?

She had the deck stacked in her favor, and it's a measure of her lack of leadership and judgment, as well as her deficit in character and integrity that find her in her current position: She can't win without the superdelegates voting against the will of the people.

Did you see her Indiana ad touting her "spine of steel"?
Cringe-worthy! I guess in the rush to pander, their ad people's collective tin ear didn't hear how dumb it sounds. Spine of steel? Calls to mind her rigidity and inflexibility.

Posted by: Boomerang | April 8, 2008 6:20 PM

That Nutter is, as the Brits would say, a real nutter!

What's he thinking? (Or maybe, what's he getting?)

Posted by: JustThink | April 8, 2008 6:25 PM

When I recently read of Hillary's history in Scranton, I thought : but we've never heard about this. Not during her run for Senate nor her re-election run. Was she ashamed of it - until the PA primary?
It's a great history going back, I think, to Welsh miners.
If that had been my history, it would have always been part of my life story, I would be so proud of it.

My own life story includes my grandfather's work on the Ashokan Dam and the Ashokan Reservoir - part of the NYC water supply system. When we were kids we would tell people "My grandfather built the Ashokan Reservoir!" - we were so proud of it. It doesn't seem as if Hillary has been likewise proud.

Posted by: Agnes | April 8, 2008 7:11 PM

When will the media finally play fair with the Clinton's. The best advertisement that the Clinton's can do is to show the People just how Obama helped Rezko ( Syrian born )
receive $43 million in funds to rebuild Chicago slums. Rezko never did most repairs and never bothered to repair the heating system and people froze to death. Obama said its NOT his responsibility. HE did NOTHING when people complained of lack of heat. The commercial should open up on the slums of Harlem before and after Clinton funds rebuilt Harlem. Today there are beautiful Condo, & businesses of all kinds. Obamas slums are boarded up buildings that have been foreclosed on. That shows you what kind of double talking snake Obama is. Action speaks louder than words.
Put in the words Obama's slums and see what comes up. Its that simple, Or go to the websites below.

1- Click here: YouTube - Obama and Rezko
2- Click here: Eric Lee: Obama's slum-lord friend
3- Click here: MyDD :: FACT CHECK: Obama, His Contributor Rezko, the Slum Landlord Business

Its funny how all of a sudden when ever Obama is on stage there is a row of US Flags that were never there before.

1- Click here: You Tube - Obama Communist Flag In Office!
2- Click here: You Tube - Obama and the National Anthem
Start doing your own research and share it with friends because Obama is in the most of the media's pocket do NOT expect them to tell you the truth.

Posted by: USA Always | April 8, 2008 8:03 PM


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

You Might Be An Idiot!

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

You Might Be An Idiot!

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

You Might Be An Idiot!

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

You Might Be An Idiot!

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

You Might Be An Idiot!

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

You Might Be An Idiot!

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

You Might Be An Idiot!

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

You Might Be An Idiot!

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

Best regards


p.s. You Might Be An Idiot!

If you don't know that the huge amounts of money funding the Obama campaign to try and defeat Hillary Clinton is coming in from the insurance, and medical industry, that has been ripping you off, and killing you and your children. And denying you, and your loved ones the life saving medical care you needed. All just so they can make more huge immoral profits for them-selves off of your suffering...

You see, back in 1993 Hillary Clinton had the audacity, and nerve to try and get quality, affordable universal health care for everyone to prevent the suffering and needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of you each year. Naughty Girl. :-)

Approx. 100,000 of you die each year from medical accidents from a rush to profit by the insurance, and medical industry. Another 120,000 of you die each year from treatable illness that people in other developed countries don't die from. And I could go on, and on...

Posted by: jacksmith | April 8, 2008 9:13 PM

Not I will be ... but, "I intend to be a president who stands up for you." Come back when you will be a president who stands up for us: http://theseedsof9-11.com

Posted by: Peggy McGilligan | April 8, 2008 9:41 PM

Hillary to Gen Patreus: "no one," and those are your words, "no one in the United States ...

Hillary, you said it! Those are general's "words"!!! Since when words started to matter more? Oh yeah, since your campaign advisor got caught trying to get US-Columbia Free Trade Agreemnt passed by our government. Until then, actions were the most important thing.

Posted by: Dave | April 9, 2008 12:04 AM

Hillary is carying the "American Dream" as an Olympic fire torch because her family is the only one that is fulfiling that dream by making obscene amounts of money.

Posted by: Iva | April 9, 2008 12:06 AM

...and I was raised on rice, and no dreams. But I did dream of a place called America where truth and generocity surpassed lying and greed. Hillary, you disappoint me beyond description.

Though she might try more Canada/NAFTA lies, most people already learned that Hillary is a liar.

Most people already realize that she will offer one thing and do under-handed deals to ruin our economy and ship jobs elsewhere.

Most people know that she still haven't stopped taking advise from Mark Penn even though he was lobbying our government officials to get Free Trade Agreement between US and Columbian government.

Most people already know that Hillary makes up stories to sway votes, and that she will resort tears and any type of lies and deception to win.

Above all, most people know that HILLARY CLINTON CANNOT BE TRUSTED.

Posted by: Dave | April 9, 2008 12:08 AM

Hillary has plans and ideas. Obama has vague concepts. I think Hillary can do more for the country. We need positive change not another 60s movement. And I question grownup who endorse Obama because their teen age kids do.

Posted by: Jessica | April 9, 2008 12:09 AM

So many go on and on about NAFTA but the jobs haven't gone to Canada or Mexico they've gone East to China and India.

Hillary is by far the most qualified. What has obama really accomplished besides 3 years travelling to Africa and planning his run for the presidency. I don't care what young kids think.

Posted by: Henry | April 9, 2008 12:11 AM

Must be a misprint.

I think the Washington Post meant to say she was raised on "Pinocchio", not Pinochle.

Posted by: John Bailo | April 9, 2008 12:15 AM

Anybody but Clinton.

Posted by: ABC | April 9, 2008 12:26 AM

A liar, a loser, and anything but a lady. Time for this cuckqueen to jump on the garbage heap of history.

Posted by: gfds | April 9, 2008 12:31 AM

Anybody but Obama!!

Posted by: Jeanette | April 9, 2008 12:32 AM

Considering Bush has been president for the last 8 years pretty much throws the experience debate out the window. At this point I feel comfortable being labeled young and naive and new to this process. For the first time in my life Barack Obama has allowed me to be not so cynical about conventional politics. And for me all he had to do was give a good speech. Personality and intuition are arguably greater assets for a candidate of the future. Hope. Change. Obama '08!

Posted by: Matt | April 9, 2008 12:41 AM

For the love of democracy, people.

The last 7 years have created a toxic, divisive nation, nearly universally hated by all other countries and peoples of the world. A nation that has taken itself from multi-billion dollar surpluses to deficits, from peace to nearly unending wars. A nation that seems, more and more, to even hate itself. We have become fixated on attacks and hatred of any ideas that are not in complete alignment with our own. We have become a nation of ignorance.

We have experienced a nearly bottomless despair, caused not simply by current political and economic events but by a deeper, soul-crushing barrage of negativity, divisive politics and policies, and endless failures of policy and ideology of our elected leadership.

This year provides us with an opportunity to break away from 8 years of hate and fear. No matter if you choose Barack, Hillary, or John - all of whom are worthy and capable candidates - we must, as a society, put aside the name-calling and bickering, rise above the ignorance and xenophobia, and reinstate some fundamental decency to our politics and daily discourse.

Taking the first step at healing the wounds of the past 8 years, though, will take something that will require great strength of character from every American: compassionate understanding, an awareness of issues that transcend individuals, and willingness to compromise.

I know who I'm voting for, and I'm keeping it to myself.

Posted by: mike | April 9, 2008 12:51 AM

Jackamith's comments and other people's ones for Hillary don't have any truth to be weighed for serious consideration. Hillary doesn't have any idea in the first place to tell factual truths except for winning a lost cause for the nomination. We shouldn't dirty our soiled shirts by listening or reading her ads and her deluded advocares' opinions. She is a congenital liar. We the people are fed up with the "American Dream." It worked as an opium of the people. It committed crimes of ethnic cleasing and genocide of Native Americans and made slaves of African peoples. They weren't compensated nor redeemed until now. We should get rid of it first of all. It should be ripped open to the world. Wright is right. What he says are factual and truthfull. Obama is right to admit that Wright's words painfully proves past history of America and we still have not overcome it or rather mired in it but it's changeable and transformable nonetheless with enormous effort.
Most democrats want a universal health care.Efward had a clear cut program for it.
The Iraq war was initiated by Iaraeli-Neocon demagogues for the pretext of eventual democracy in the Middle East and the interests of Israel and the USA. They proved their invidious hipocracy by refusing the democratically elected Hamas
government in Palestine. We must sabotage the illegitimate alliance with the racist zionist state of Israel. The Holocaust in the Nazi Germany and pliant Europe do not legitimize in any sense and way the founding of Israel that cannot exist other than by glaring ethnic cleasing and illegal apartheid. We should get rid of it.
The Middle East will find its own polity and peace without our medlling. We need to see how Obama, if elected, deals with the
agonies of Palestinians.

Posted by: Deo Zuus | April 9, 2008 1:56 AM

At least she still has Pinochle! Heheh.

Everyone casting Obama supporters as a cult, and Hillary as the candidate of the intelligent needs to look at her actual support demographics... they ain't rocket scientists.

Posted by: RR | April 9, 2008 2:56 AM

If Mr. and Mrs. Obama can not manage their own family finance, how can we believe that they have the ability to manage a country's finance?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 2:58 AM

Mrs. Obama, instead of complaining you are still paying student loan after going to Harvard and Princeton, go get a job and work hard! Dont expect free handout from this country. This county does not owe you. Dont take this country for granted!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 3:01 AM

Seriously, Mr. Obama. we know you can walk on water. Now, would you please hand me a fish?

Posted by: alan | April 9, 2008 4:14 AM

When was pinochle the American dream? Did Americans sit all day wondering when they can play pinochle again.

Hillary is a hypocrat. Here are some examples.

1. Hillary made a big deal of Obama's surrogate talking to Canadians about NAFTA. Now Hillary's campaign chief himself is doing behind the scenes deals for Columbian free trade. Neither Hillary nor Bill want to get rid of Mark Penn. All they have done is tell the public that Mark Penn will remain in the campaign payroll in a different capacity.

2. Hillary kept on saying that Obama's speeches are just words, and words don't mean anything. At the same the Clinton tax returns show that Bill made $50 mil by giving just speeches. We don't know what actions were behind those speeches given by Bill to warrant $50 million. Apparently their words mean more than Obama's words.

3. Hillary made fun of Obama's 'Hope' message. Now she says she was raised on the American dream, and that people should dream a little.

I just can't wait for the day when the Clintons will shut their mouth and crawl back into their hole for hibernation.

Posted by: Gina Marshall | April 9, 2008 4:53 AM

Hillary is a fighter all right. She has the scars to show from the sniper attack that she endured at Bosnia military base. We need leaders like Hillary to teach our young generation how to lie.

Hillary is a fighter. She fought wih tears when an old lady asked her in New Hampshire how she wakes up in the morning and keeps going when she was losing badly at the polls.

Hillary is a fighter. She has the arsenal of mud pails and dung buckets and an army of sleezy surrogates to throw mud at the opponent.

Posted by: Rhea | April 9, 2008 5:10 AM

You know, I am an African American who grow up not to far from where HRC hails from. I am from a town called Flossmoor Illinois.

Most certainly upper class and I dare say privileged. I was fortunate to grow up and go to school in such a great area.

Can HRC fight for the middle class? I am sure she can. However, they way she portrays her life experience seems a little mis-leading.

I simply find it hard to trust her. Add to that I am old enough to have a great many HRC and WJC stories. I can't bring myself to get behind her UNLESS she wins the nomination. Quite frankly, I can't vote for McCain, no matter how much I dislike HRC.

My vote is for Obama, because I really like his message, age and quite frankly...He has run an awesome campaign. that for me is the clincher. He show great leadership and management skills.

I like his record which damn near mirrors HRC. He stands out in character and demeanor.

I served in the Marines and I love this country. I make my decisions based on careful research and thought. NOT EMOTION and knee jerk reactions. I happen to be a very emotional person, however there is a time and place.

Sadly, I don't see that approach all the time in these blogs and forums. I hope and pray this is not the norm in our country. If it is, we are all in major trouble.

Posted by: Vance McDaniel | April 9, 2008 6:10 AM

Obama reminds me of second wife, If only I had taken more time to find out things about her. She was a wonderful talker and very charming. I was 37! and thought I was wise. Within 90 days, I had bought all of her beauty and BS and wound up with a wife from hell. Obama reminds me of her, his charm and telling me what I want to hear! I remember the words of a President "TRUST BUT VERIFY" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Jim, Irving, Texas | April 9, 2008 8:13 AM

I gotta say Obama's Pennsylvania spots are simply the best political ads I have seen in my lifetime.

No fuzzy-lens BS; no baby kissing; no fear tactics [thank God]; no silly music; no "see, I eat cheese steaks too!"; not even hyperbolic bragging. Just a strong communicator doing what he does best.

Posted by: Mobedda | April 9, 2008 10:18 AM

Hillary said she came into her dorm room in 1968 when it was announced that MLK had been assassinated and threw her book bag across the room. Several women came forward that were in college at that time and sent messages to Dan Abrams that nobody carried book bags at that time. This message may have been bought by younger people, but I thought it sounded like a made up fish tale when I heard it. But she thinks no one will catch her lies. I started college at Michigan State in 1968 and looking back, I do not ever recall seeing anybody carrying a book bag. The practice just didn't start until much later. Everybody just carried their books openly.

Posted by: majorteddy | April 9, 2008 10:40 AM

I understand the passion we all feel about our own candidate can often result in vitriol against that candidate's opponent. I understand that many people feel passionately, that Obama may be less than qualified or that Clinton may be less than honest.

Seems, though, that most of the people posting here are Dems. Please fight for your candidate - but also please remember that in November we have a chance to reclaim the direction of this country and end this slash and burn approach to governance.

Whether you like Obama or Clinton, their platforms are remarkably similar and either of them would be preferable to four more years of Republican control. Support your candidate, but remember that in the end, we're all fighting for the same general platform and losing in November isn't an option. Thanks.

Posted by: Brian | April 9, 2008 10:42 AM

alan===if you want fish stories, call Hillary. I will believe Hillary's story about throwing her book bag after MLK's assassination if she can show me even one picture of her EVER in college with a book bag.

Posted by: majorteddy | April 9, 2008 10:45 AM

How can voters believe anything Clinton says any more?

Do we trust Clinton when she says she is against NAFTA or do we believe video tape that shows her active role during its inception?

Do we trust Clinton when she says she she was under sniper fire during her trip to Bosnia or do we believe the video tape that proves she was not?

Do we trust Clinton when she says she supports equal rights for all Americans or do we believe she supports remarks made by attack dogs like the former President or Geraldine Ferraro?

Do we trust Clinton when she talks about a pregnant woman who lost her child and died herself or do we believe the doctors that treated the woman who tell quite a different story.

Do we trust Clinton who agreed with the Democratic party's decision regarding Minnesota and Florida's consequences for moving their primary dates or do we believe she has now flip flopped because she needs the votes?

Clinton, in her desperate attempts to be the consumate candidate has mis spoken and outright lied many times during this campaign run and no longer has any credibility when she speaks.

It is time for Clinton to end her seriously flawed campaign based on her failure to be honest with America on so many issues.

Voters and super delegates must realize that Clinton has lost all credibility, and this latest Colombia gate fiasco illustrates her lack of honesty and integrity.

Posted by: RicRoe | April 9, 2008 12:20 PM

BTW, it wasnt Bill that lost Hillary the Black vote. It was Hillary. In the context of her "just words" campaign she said, "Martin Luther King made speeches, but it took Lyndon Johnson to pass the Civil Rights Act".

That totally diminished MLKs role and years of struggle. Of course, the HRC blamed the Obama for making blacks angry over this comment because they can't possibly be angry without prodding or polling first.

Posted by: UncleRemus | April 9, 2008 12:37 PM

Clinton recently sent an email blitz to her supporters whining that Obama's campaign was trying to steal the White House by running a "media blitz." "Don't let them," she cried. Of course, the tag line was a request for a contribution so she could do the same thing. Not sure these commercials are a wise use of her dwindling resources. Besides, what does PA matter? NC is the up-and-coming state...

Posted by: Virginian | April 9, 2008 12:43 PM

Even with Mayor Nutter Hillary has lost the African American vote thanks to Bill remarks in S.C. His remarks opened up old wounds with civil rights era African Americans. I wouldn't be surprised if Bill's Clinton's remarks are the reason that Bill Richardson decided to endorse Obama. Minorities tend to look at how you treat other minorities to decide how you really feel about them.

Posted by: CM | April 8, 2008 3:15 PM

Look at this filthy comment, folks. Bill Clinton called Obama's Iraq stand a "fairy tale" and the despicable Obama bots labeled Bill Clinton a racist for that. But what do you expect from a candidate (and his supporters) who threw his own grandma under the bus for political gains?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 1:37 PM

NC is the up-and-coming state...

Posted by: Virginian | April 9, 2008 12:43 PM
Yeah, in the geography of your anus.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 1:39 PM

Noticed, some Obama nuts are still epileptic over Hillary's Bosnia remarks. On the other hand, we Clinton supporters hardly get a chance to go ballistic over any one single statement of Obama because his contradictions and lies just keep piling up. There's hardly any time to reflect on one lie because you are hit right away with another one.


Obama said he was for a single payer health system, but now opposes plans that cover every American.

He promised to repeal the Patriot Act, but then voted to extend it.

He promised to normalize relations with Cuba, but flip-flopped when he started running for president.

He rails against NAFTA in Ohio while his top economic advisor assures the Canadians his rhetoric is just "political positioning."

He promises to opt in to public financing if the GOP nominee does, but then breaks that pledge in real time.

He promises to withdraw from Iraq within 16 months, and now his top foreign policy adviser says that he's not relying on the plan.

At first he knew of no controversial remarks from his pastor. Then he knew it. Then he knew some but not others.

At first the "union" that brought him into this world was caused by the bridge crossing/civil rights movement in Selma which, by the way, actually happened 5 years afterwards. Long after he was born.

He flattered Kennedys by crediting them for funding his father's arrival to US when the Kennedys had nothing to do with it.

Don't even get me going over the questionnaires he has filled indicating positions he has completely contradicted during this campaign cycle.

List keeps on growing.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 1:40 PM

I dislike Obama intensely because when it suits him he swings from a scoundrel to a saint so effortlessly. This whole race issue is a perfect illustration of it.

The race row really started when Bill Clinton called Obama's Iraq stand a "fairy tale". Apparently this phrase "fairy tale" is racist in any context. Where was Obama's high flown pedantry when Bill was being cruelly turned into a racist over this?

Hillary tried to say that activists (such as MLK) require Presidents/legislators (LBJ) to convert policies into law. According to Obama this statement is tinged with racism. Where was Obama's contextualizing and preaching for forbearance then?

Another one of his spiritual advisors from Harvard writes an op-ed saying the 3am ad is racist! For the first time in my life I saw even Obama supporters uncomfortably shrugging off that claim. Did we hear anything from Obama? Any post-racial calls?

Geraldine Ferraro at worst was crudely trying to say that Obama wouldn't have come this far in the race without 80-90% of the African-American vote. Perhaps an imprudent statement but it was made in a paid speech in an insignificant forum and would hardly have been noticed if Obama's camp had not pushed it. She was merely one of Hillary's hilariously big finance team. Where was Obama's mature outlook towards race then? What was especially galling was Obama, in his dysfunctional union speech, trying to equate Wright's hateful, anti-American speech with Ferraro's remarks! Whoa! This guy is positively reptilian. I mean, chameleons have more consistency than this multi-faceted slickster. To compare the hate speech of a mentor/spiritual advisor of 20 years with mildly insensitive remarks of a woman tangentially connected to Hillary's campaign is really something. And he wanted Ferraro to resign straight-away. He came with hatchets at her. Look at the cold-blooded nature of people like David Axelrod who sought and got Ferraro's support several times in the past for minority candidates and is known to be her friend. No benefit of doubt for a friend. No respect for a former democratic vice-presidential nominee.

That Obama's candidacy has been sustained by "we know what is good for you" attitude of mainstream press. That such intellectuals should be so naive is what is galls me. Did they really think a person who ginned up a real estate deal with a top-notch crook to add a 10 square foot of land to a $1.5 million dollar home is of any remarkable probity? How ding-dong in the head do you have to be to expect that such a person wouldn't be upto all sorts of other crookery?

What is truly remarkable is the incapacity of those stupid "latte liberals" to get down from their Ivory Tower of wine and pastries and take some responsibility here. It is time, poets and star-gazers, to put aside sentimentalizing, and give us a hand as we throw this guy overboard. There is a policy on this ship, folks. No rats allowed. Put Hillary down, she's not the one and give us a hand over here.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 1:43 PM

The Clintons are two-face LiARS, l wonder which people wants them back in office?

Please say NO to Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton!

And also NO to the clone Bush, which is McCain.

Posted by: Nikky | April 9, 2008 1:44 PM

Here's to Hillary! She is ready and able to do the job we need done.
To all who support her opponent, Barack Obama, please think and revise your position ASAP. BO says his strength is foreign policy, but he has little depth of knowledge and experience in the area, as evidenced by his single year in the U.S. Senate and few trips abroad prior to full-time campaigning for the presidency. Prior to his U.S. Senate role, he was a state senator working on Illinois issues; prior to that, he worked the mean streets of Chicago. In overstating his preparedness to deal with issues far beyond his ken, BO is likely to lead us in the wrong direction. We have all seen what happens when an overconfident, underprepared person assumes presidential leadership in foreign policy. If BO becomes president, we will have another who has persuaded himself of his readiness to lead despite his paucity of experience. Let's hasten to prevent continuation of the Bush record of international incompetence by choosing Hillary.

Posted by: bjbprice | April 9, 2008 1:54 PM

Why everything Obama says is good and what Hillary says is not good? Hillary is far and far the best candidate!!!

Posted by: rene | April 9, 2008 2:19 PM

Hilary will do anything to win, even smearing her opponent Obama even when it's all lies. Dirty politics is not what we want, or winning at all costs.

Posted by: Zack | April 9, 2008 3:19 PM

Hillary was raised on Pinochle and Sniper Fire.

Posted by: StSinner | April 9, 2008 3:46 PM

I believe Barack Obama is a fraud, a liar, anti-semetic, un-american and a racist. He was born and weaned into politics in the most politicly corrupt city in the US were you don't get ahead unless your a member of the family. I'll vote today for HC, tommorow for HC and in Nov for HC even if she is not the Dem nominee---- it's called a write in vote.

Posted by: DCres | April 9, 2008 3:49 PM

New Hillary Ad: In 1997, Bill and Hillary were at a Mets baseball game, and it was very noisy in their seats above the dugout. A Mets staff member approached the first couple and spoke to the President. The President nodded, reached over and picked up Hillary by the scruff of the neck, and threw her onto the dugout roof, where she landed hissing and clawing the air, arching her back like a rabid cat. A secret service agent leaned over to the president and wispered in his ear "He said you should throw out the first PITCH Mr. President, Pitch." All the guys in the Presidential box laughed, saying it was a natural enough mistake, as Hillary continued issuing a string of foul words, and urinating all over the dugout roof....

Posted by: President George Washington | April 9, 2008 3:54 PM

Mr. and Mrs. Clinton are toxic.
All their 'inacuracies' should not be ignored, nor tolerated.

Previous actions will determine future behaviour. Both of them have been lying to the American people for many years. This is auacceptable for the leaders of the free world.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 5:17 PM

Hillary lived a pretty middle class life. Her father paid for her tuition to Wellesley, but she worked for her books and other expenses. She paid for all of Yale law school herself by working and taking out loans.

Actually, it's Obama's life that has been misrepresented. He went to a VERY priviledged school in Hawaii, Punahou private school, where the tuition this year is $16,675. Michelle Wie, the famed golfer graduated from that school, as did AOL founder Steve Case.

Hawaii is very ethnically diverse so Obama did not exactly face a lot of discrimination due to his race. According to his classmates, race was not a big issue at the school since so many people were of mixed heritage.

So, when Senator Obama admits that he did cocaine in high school, it reminds me of a spoiled rich kid (kind of like George Bush). He wasn't exactly experimenting with drugs to escape the harsh inner city life.

Posted by: dpc | April 9, 2008 5:34 PM

you gotta love it how hillary voted for the authorization of force in iraq thinking that would be good for her profile ('tough on terror', etc.), and now its totally come back to be an albatross around her neck. Guess that's what you get when all your votes and statements are determined by polls rather than by actual conviction. oops!

Posted by: matza | April 9, 2008 6:21 PM

It really doesn't matter whether Hillary was raised on pinochle or priarie chips. Bill dodged the draft, Hillary dodged the bullet from sniper fire. They both allowed the Chinese to steal all our military secrets. they have amassed millions by using the Lincoln bedroom like the corner motel 6 and handing out pardons to fugitives. Their cover is that Bill made the millions by giving speeches. We can't afford to make these pathological liars into billionaires by giving them another chance to run the white house like a brothel.

Posted by: Steve | April 9, 2008 6:47 PM

Chelsea Clinton with her good credentials could have worked at any job she wanted. The fact that she chose to work for a hedge fund speaks volumes about where the Clinton hearts lie. In bed with corporate America -- same ol' same ol'.

Posted by: G. Cade | April 10, 2008 12:11 AM

How many more times will SHRILLARY "mispeak" before one of the gutless media outlets cowed into submission by her ridiculous charges that she is getting a rough ride has the courage to call her out on her barefaced lies - 35 years fighting for the poor.. even if a lot of it was as a Walmart corporate lawyer. What a phoney!

Posted by: Egbert | April 10, 2008 12:51 AM

The American dream neglected " a little " she says ? A little ? Sheeesh ! As if she cares , with 150 million it's worked out quite well for her and wild Bill . With her lack of credibility what are her promises worth ? Just about nothing I would say .

Posted by: John | April 10, 2008 1:01 AM

Jack Smith you are a fountain of BS . How pathetic ! Scares the hell out of you that a ( half ) black will be president doesn't it ! You and a few others here .

Posted by: john | April 10, 2008 1:08 AM

Clinton often complains of the hard time she gets from the "double-standard' media.
First, it was those nasty TV types always asking her the first question in debates.
Now, Anne Kornblutt in the Washington Post subjects the imperial family to this hate-filled screed:
In public, Clinton displays her mother's memory, wit and mannerisms -- and can look and act so much like her that audience members frequently call her "Hillary." Privately, she shows the same sharp instincts as her father and the same seemingly inexhaustible capacity for campaigning". Is there no end to this media venom?

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Posted by: Ethan vtnpd | April 10, 2008 5:13 AM

Growing up in Chicago with a republican Father and democrat Mother, I remember during the first Clinton campaign my Mother expressing her distaste for HRC. Apparently, both HRC & my Mother were young republican "Goldy's Girls" during the '64 Campaign -- they graduated that year together. Her chief complaint was that HRC always managed to step into the limelight to take credit, even if she'd had nothing to do with whatever was being recognized -- I suppose HRC hasn't stopped lying to this day. I grew up visiting my Grandparents in Park Ridge and it was a beautiful area back then ('70s & early '80s). It was a very upper-middle class neighborhood with very nice houses and manicured lawns. I'm neither republican nor democrat and I've voted both at different times. Based on my own observations (even ignoring my Mother's distaste and unwaiverable stance that she will not vote for HRC) the Clinton's just strike me as shady people. Both Bill & Hillary come across as folks willing to say whatever they believe they have to in order to get what they want. I have voted in every election (local, state & federal) since I turned 18. I even voted for her husband. If Hillary Clinton ends up the eventual Democratic nominee, I for one will not vote for her. At least Obama has as equal a chance as McCain of earning my vote.

On a lighter note - what is it about the girls of the '60s heading off to college as "young republicans" and coming home democrats? ;)

Posted by: E. Gads | April 10, 2008 1:25 PM

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