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Clinton Hits Obama on Pennsylvania Radio

UPDATE, 5:35 pm: Newly-installed Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan responded to the new Clinton ad thusly: "Just like her last tall tale about dodging sniper fire in Bosnia, Senator Clinton has misfired with her latest negative ad." Oh snap!

ORIGINAL POST

After a recent respite from hostilities in the Democratic presidential race, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) launched a radio ad in Pennsylvania today that seeks to cast Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) as a candidate whose rhetoric doesn't match reality.

The ad begins by alleging that Obama's pledge in a recent ad that he doesn't take money from oil companies is somewhat disingenuous because candidates are barred by federal law from taking money from corporations.

The ad's narrator goes on to not that despite his rhetoric against oil companies, Obama "voted for the Bush Cheney energy bill" -- a piece of legislation that was described, the ad says, as "a piñata of perks and the best energy bill corporations could buy."

The dagger sufficiently planted is then twisted. "It's time for president who takes on the oil companies in real life, not just on TV," says the narrator as the commercial ends.

The 60-second radio spot is running statewide in Pennsylvania, the Clinton campaign confirmed. Asked about whether the radio ad is a precursor for television ads on the same subject, Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson said no options have been ruled out.

Many within the party have urged Clinton and Obama to dial back their rhetoric against one another for fear that the eventual primary winner would emerge badly bloodied for the general election fight against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

Both Obama and Clinton have largely heeded those calls of late, focusing far more on McCain than on each other -- in stump speeches and ads.

Clinton's radio ad could change all of that. The decision to begin hitting Obama again comes amid polling that seems to suggest some tightening in advance of the April 22 primary.

A recent Quinnipiac poll showed Clinton leading Obama 50 percent to 44 percent, down from a nine-point margin she held in the same poll just a few days ago.

Seen one way, the ad is a sign of panic within the Clinton campaign as their lead in a must-win state dips into single digits. Seen another, the decision to run radio ads contrasting with Obama is an attempt to lay the groundwork for further commercials -- on television -- in Pennsylvania, as well as North Carolina and Indiana.

What's clear from the ads is that despite the change in her strategy team, Clinton is not prepared just yet to go quietly into that good night.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 9, 2008; 4:13 PM ET
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Clinton scandals - Re: 46 mysterious things - and 46 reasons to think about whether to support Hillary Clinton for President of the United States!
After you read this, you may wonder why they let Monica live? Maybe she covered her tracks? or her a .
ARE THESE JUST COINCIDENCES? YOU DECIDE BEFORE CASTING YOUR VOTE...
A quick refresher course lest we forget what has happened to many, many, many
'friends' of the Clintons.

1 - James McDougal - Clinton 's convicted Whitewater partner died of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key witness in Ken Starr's investigation.

2 - Mary Mahoney - A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown. The murder happened just after she was to go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White House.

3 - Vince Foster - Former White House counselor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock's Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, later ruled a suicide.

4 - Ron Brown - Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown's skull resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors. The rest of the people on the plane also died. A few days later the plane's Air Traffic Controller committed suicide.

5 - C. Victor Raiser II - Raiser, a major player in the Clinton fundraising organization, died in a private plane crash in July 1992.

6 - Paul Tulley - Democratic National Committee Political Director was found dead in a hotel room in Little Rock, September 1992. Described by Clinton as a 'Dear friend and trusted advisor.'

7 - Ed Willey - Clinton fundraiser, found dead November 1993 deep in the woods in Virginia of a gunshot wound to the head. Ruled a suicide. Ed Willey died on the same day his wife Kathleen Willey claimed Bill Clinton groped her in the oval office in the White House. Ed Willey was involved in several Clinton fundraising events.

8 - Jerry Parks - Head of Clinton's gubernatorial security team in Little Rock, was gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside Little Rock. Park's son said his father was building a dossier on Clinton. He allegedly threatened to reveal this information. After he died the files were mysteriously removed from his house.
9 - James Bunch - Died from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he had a 'Black Book' that contained the names of influential people, who often paid visits prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas.

10 - James Wilson - Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide. He was reported to have ties to Whitewater.

11 - Kathy Ferguson - Ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was found dead in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot to her head. It was ruled a suicide even though there were several packed suitcases, as if she were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit. Kathy Ferguson was a possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones.

12 - Bill Shelton - Arkansas State Trooper and fiancée of Kathy Ferguson. Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancée, he was found dead in June, 1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the grave site of his fiancée.

13 - Gandy Baugh - Attorney for Clinton's friend Dan Lassater, died by jumping out of the window of a tall building in January 1994. His client was a convicted drug distributor.

14 - Florence Martin - Accountant & sub-contractor for the CIA, was related to Barry Seal of the Mena, Arkansas Airport drug smuggling case. Seal died of three gunshot wounds.

15 - Suzanne Coleman - Reportedly had an affair with Clinton, when he was the Arkansas Attorney General. She died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, ruled a suicide. She was pregnant at the time of her death.

16 - Paula Grober - Clinton 's speech interpreter for the deaf from 1978 until her death in December 9, 1992. She also died in a one-car accident.

17 - Danny Casolaro - Investigative reporter. Investigating the Mena Airport and Arkansas Development Finance Authority, he slit his wrists - apparently in the middle of his investiga-tion.

18 - Paul Wilcher - Attorney investigating corruption at Mena Airport with Casolaro and the 1980 'October Surprise', was found dead on a toilet on June 22, 1993, in his Washington DC apartment. Had delivered a report to Janet Reno three weeks before his death.

19 - Jon Parnell Walker - Whitewater investigator for Resolution Trust Corp. He jumped to his death from his Arlington, Virginia apartment balcony on August 15, 1993. He was investigating the Morgan Guaranty scandal.

20 - Barbara Wise - A Commerce Department staff member, who worked closely with Ron Brown and John Huang. She died on November 29,1996. Her bruised, nude body was found locked in her office at the Department of Commerce. The cause of death: unknown.
21 - Charles Meissner - Assistant Secretary of Commerce who gave John Huang special security clearance, died shortly thereafter in a small plane crash.

22 - Dr. Stanley Heard - Chairman of the National Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee died with his attorney Steve Dickson in a small plane crash.
Dr. Heard, in addition to serving on Clinton 's advisory council personally treated Clinton 's mother, stepfather and brother.

23 - Barry Seal - The drug running TWA pilot out of Mena, Arkansas. Death said to be no accident.

24 - Johnny Lawhorn Jr. - Mechanic. He found a check made out to Bill Clinton in the trunk of a car that was left at his repair shop. He was found dead after his car hit a utility pole.

25 - Stanley Huggins - Investigated Madison Guaranty case. His death was an alleged suicide and his report was never released.

26 - Hershell Friday - Attorney and Clinton fundraiser died March 1, 1994 after his plane exploded.

27 - Kevin Ives & Don Henry* - a.k.a. 'the boys on the tracks' case. Reports say the boys may have stumbled upon the Mena, Arkansas airport drug operation - a well known and controversial case. The initial report of death said: boys' deaths due to 'falling asleep on the railroad tracks.' Later reports claim the two boys had been slain before being placed on the tracks. Many linked to the case died before their testimony could come before a Grand Jury. Read on...


*THE FOLLOWING PERSONS HAD INFORMATION ON THE IVES/HENRY BOYS CASE:
28 - Keith Coney - Died when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a truck, in July 1988.
29 - Keith McMaskle - Died after being stabbed 113 times, in November 1988
30 - Gregory Collins - Died from a gunshot wound in January 1989.
31 - Jeff Rhodes - He was shot, mutilated and found burned in a trash dump in April 1989.
32 - James Milan - Found decapitated. However, the Coroner ruled his death was due to 'natural causes'.


33 - Jordan Kettleson - Was found shot to death in the front seat of his pickup truck in June 1990.

34 - Richard Winters - A suspect in the Ives/Henry deaths. He was killed in a set-up [robbery] in July 1989.

THE FOLLOWING CLINTON BODYGUARDS ARE ALSO DEAD
35 - Major William S. Barkley, Jr.
36 - Captain Scott J. Reynolds
37 - Sgt. Brian Hanley
38 - Sgt. Tim Sabel
39 - Major General William Robertson
40 - Col. William Densberger
41 - Col. Robert Kelly
42 - Spec. Gary Rhodes
43 - Steve Willis
44 - Robert Williams
45 - Conway LeBleu
46 - Todd McKeehan
Quite an impressive - and exhausting list - right? Pass the word. Make the public aware of what happens to "friends of the Clinton's!" [and] pray for Mr. Obama.

HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT? We may think not!
We may have seen the real Hillary recently. It kind of explains her cocky and below-the-belt behavior of late, about Obama's former Minister Reverend Wright.
P.S.
It was reported on 3-27-08, that Hillary Clinton's minister was charged with sexual misconduct. The TV news did not report it...

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Posted by: LINDA PATRICK ANDERSON | April 22, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Hillary will Never experience A Good Night, why because, when she eventually has one, will never be at EASE with herself as the LOBYSTS will be looking for her HEAD as she had refused to complete their Mission INPOSSIBLE.

Left to Hillary alone and Bill. she would have left this Race long since,moreso with the LOSS of TEXAS in Number of DElegates.So also, because they thought it should be over in the Feb ruary 5 - the super, Big Tuesday. Now she is fighting for Her LOBYSTS and NOT for Americans. She is now FLIPPING FLOPPING hoping to surpass Obama in Pennsylvania number of Delegates, but the Voters have noticed of late that Hillary is an Egotist and the most Cunning woman on Earth,even the Old women have started having the feelings and White Collar Pennsylvania have made their minds not to Vote for a LIARn and Disgruntled woman who so much believed that the American Presidency is meants for BUSH/CLINTON. If one loyalist of Clinton now say now enogh is enough such a person is now being called a JUDAS, where as Hillary's case is even worst than A JUDAS, but a LIAR.

As such Pennsylvania do me a Great Favour and fellow Americans by forcing Hillary to go on a NIGHT SLEEP, with a Bottle of Whiskey and a Cartoon of Obabam Becks Beer

Posted by: Roy | April 20, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I whole heartedly agree that Obama has some explaining to do.
Hillary says that America doesn't need a president to look down on them... but someone who will stand up for them. How noble that seem! I ask you to think this thing through.. Doesn't America deserve someone, a president, who will tell them the truth and not just blow smoke?
Hillary is selling you a bill of goods. By bashing Obama, it will distract the people of America from seeing all of the undesireable media coverage that she should be getting. Somehow,The Clinton's get a pass as if they have morals and values, but acussations are flying fast and furious at Obama.

Posted by: Jwente | April 13, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

So Hillary aint got the money to run a TV commercial?

In the words of Fergie: "If you aint got to money take your broke ass home"

Posted by: sjxylib |


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Keep posting the same words over and over. It just shows your lack of intelligence and maturity. Perhaps you should go play with your toys.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 13, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Cillizza has NO integrity, His blatant bias towards Obama is a disgrace and an affront to all fair journalists. We Pennsylvanians have a word for people like him - scumbag. How much does the Obama campaign pay you? No matter how hard you try to skew the facts, the American people know better. Barry was toast before, now he is burnt toast, no matter what this loser says. I wasn't even BITTER before I read this garbage. Hitler & Stalin could has used a propagandist like Cillizza.

Posted by: Jack | April 13, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

So Hillary aint got the money to run a TV commercial?

In the words of Fergie: "If you aint got to money take your broke ass home"

Posted by: sjxylib

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Maybe Hillary should be like Barry. Go to SF and meet with fat cats while he is insulting Pennsylvanians. I guess that this is Barry's CHANGE. I did not know that these fat cats were his grassroots supporters. Like all grassroots supporters, theses fat cats have jets, Bentleys & mansions. This is just the latest from the hypocritical Barry(I'll do anything it takes to win) Obama.

Posted by: Jack | April 13, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse


Good grief! The Washington Post just can't let a normal American run for President, can it?

Doesn't fit in with their boss's neozionist agenda.

It's like something from "Monty Python" - a bunch of ignorant grandmothers clucking around like hens with nothing better to do than comment on the supremely uninteresting:

"Ooooh, he said 'BITTER'"
"Yes, I know, and he's BLACK, too."
"And, do you know, most of America supports him - can you imagine!"
"Really? I never would have thought that."
"Would you let YOUR daughter marry one of those?"
"Ooooh, no, never."

If I were Fred Hiatt, I'd fire you all, but then, if I were Fred Hiatt, I wouldn't be the bigoted yes-man he is.

Posted by: wardropper | April 13, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, Sen Obama has given the midget minded and narrow visioned Hillary and McCain something to cease unto, so they don't have to talk about their terrible campaigns. Its funny that Hillary openly lied about Bosnia and called it a "misspeak" and Obama genuinely misspoke and the pro Clinton/McCain presidential media is trying to sell what he he said as a lie.

A J

Posted by: A J | April 13, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse


Both Obama and Clinton are trying to turn each other into roadkill. That is fine with me. They will probably both succeed.

This is the best thing that could have happened to this shameless pair of losers.

They are both probably getting donations from Hugo Chavez, plus donations from big Agri-business for supporting farm subsidies, a huge mega-billion dollar gift for ADM from the tax payers.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

The corporations could only come up with $200,000 for the next president of the U.S.?
I'm scared now.

Posted by: hammerdown | April 11, 2008 3:21 AM | Report abuse

This expose of Sen Obama's disingenuous claim that he doesn't take money from corporations does not originate w/ Sen. Clinton. I heard it for the first time on Friday, April 4th on my local news in the SF Bay Area, an Obama stronghold. They showed the ad in which Obama makes his claim and then they explained that NO candidate can take contributions directly from ANY corporation because it has been illegal to do so since 1906. Then, they showed a list of the contributions that ALL candidates--including Obama--take from the employees of oil companies, which is the functional equivalent. Such contributions to Obama were over $200,000. Then, I heard the story again on ABC national news on Sunday, April 6th. So, it's not as though Clinton is breaking this news. She's just helping to spread it. If the media were doing its job, she wouldn't need to waste her money to inform the public. Unfortunately, the media is determined to install Obama as the Democratic nominee, so these stories are never picked up by columnists, pundits, bloggers, etc. Anything critical of Sen. Obama just sinks like a stone. If the media could also install him in the White House, I wouldn't mind. Unfortunately, the Republicans will not be dependent upon the press to reveal all his accumulated garbage during the general campaign.

Posted by: Yellow Dog | April 10, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

AN OPEN LETTER TO HILLARY CLINTON BY JUANITA BROADDRICK
Juanita Broaddrick wipes a tear from her eye during her January 1999 interview on "Dateline NBC," in which she discusses her claim of a 1978 sexual assault by Bill Clinton. -- AP
BY JUANITA BROADDRICK

'DO YOU REMEMBER?'
SUNDAY OCT 15, 2000

As I watched Rick Lazio's interview on Fox News this morning, I felt compelled to
write this open letter to you, Mrs. Clinton. Brit Hume asked Mr. Lazio's views
regarding you as a person and how he perceived you as a candidate. Rick Lazio did
not answer the question, but I know that I can. You know it, too.

I have no doubt that you are the same conniving, self-serving person you were
twenty-two years ago when I had the misfortune to meet you. When I see you on
television, campaigning for the New York senate race, I can see the same hypocrisy
in your face that you displayed to me one evening in 1978. You have not changed.

I remember it as though it was yesterday. I only wish that it were yesterday and
maybe there would still be time to do something about what your husband, Bill
Clinton, did to me. There was a political rally for Mr. Clinton's bid for governor of
Arkansas. I had obligated myself to be at this rally prior to my being assaulted by
your husband in April, 1978. I had made up my mind to make an appearance and then
leave as soon as the two of you arrived. This was a big mistake, but I was still in a
state of shock and denial. You had questioned the gentleman who drove you and Mr.
Clinton from the airport. You asked him about me and if I would be at the gathering.
Do you remember? You told the driver, "Bill has talked so much about Juanita", and
that you were so anxious to meet me. Well, you wasted no time. As soon as you
entered the room, you came directly to me and grabbed my hand. Do you remember
how you thanked me, saying "we want to thank you for everything that you do for
Bill". At that point, I was pretty shaken and started to walk off. Remember how you
kept a tight grip on my hand and drew closer to me? You repeated your statement,
but this time with a coldness and look that I have seen many times on television in the
last eight years. You said, "Everything you do for Bill". You then released your grip
and I said nothing and left the gathering.

What did you mean, Hillary? Were you referring to my keeping quiet about the assault
I had suffered at the hands of your husband only two weeks before? Were you
warning me to continue to keep quiet? We both know the answer to that question.
Yes, I can answer Brit Hume's question. You are the same Hillary that you were
twenty years ago. You are cold, calculating and self-serving. You cannot tolerate the
thought that you will soon be without the power you have wielded for the last eight
years. Your effort to stay in power will be at the expense of the state of New York. I
only hope the voters of New York will wake up in time and realize that Hillary Clinton
is not an honorable or an honest person.

I will end by asking if you believe the statements I made on NBC Dateline when Lisa
Myers asked if I had been assaulted and raped by your husband? Or perhaps, you
are like Vice-President Gore and did not see the interview.

Juanita Broaddrick
Arkansas

Posted by: tell the truth | April 10, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Let's all remember what Edwards said about Hillary, which through this campaign has been shown to be true:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=qq7CAIsSd44

No wonder he has not endorsed her - he was right.

Posted by: Hoosier | April 10, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Vanmao, are you off today? I don't think that there is a prize today for the most posts. Oh, and I though it was MSNBC "in the tank for Obama" and not CNN. "In the tank...kool-aid drinkers...worshippers..." Did I miss any of the usual insults? I love how people who complain about insults are the very ones doing it.

That post about you voting your vagine was me. Usually, the named posts are automatic. I just found the previous post responding to your increasingly endless posting funny. You work awfully hard for someone so confident that we are all a bunch of idiots.

Posted by: LABC | April 10, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by Anonymous.. April 10th

Hysterical. Obama supporters can't seem to post without using profanity, sexual inferences.

We were all under the impression that Obama and his creed were not about the politics of personal destruction?

Posted by: VAMMAP | April 10, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

CNN Banned Clinton Regulars

Carville, Begala Temporarily Banned till Primaries over After Obama Complaints

In January, Huffington Post, said that "CNN has told top Dem strategists James Carville, Paul Begala, and Robert Zimmerman -- who are CNN mainstays but are all Hillary supporters -- that they will not be doing any more political analysis on the network until the Democratic primary has reached a conclusion."

I'm also told that this move came after the Obama campaign repeatedly complained to high level officials at CNN about the presence of Carville and Begala on the network. "

Sam Feist, CNN's political director, also confirmed the decision to me. "As we got closer to the voting, we made a decision to make sure that all the analysts that are on are non-aligned," Feist said, adding that the decision had been made around the start of December. "Carville and Begala are two of the best analysts around and we look forward to seeing them on CNN plenty of times in the future, once the nominating process has ended."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/01/24/carville-begala-temporar_n_8317...

The original article came from Talking Points Memo

Exclusive: After Obama Complaints, CNN Bans James Carville And Paul Begala From Appearing As Analysts Until Dem Primary Is Settled

"Interestingly, not everyone at CNN appears to agree with this decision. "People inside CNN are surprised," one person involved with CNN programming told me. "No other network buckled to this political pressure. CNN has removed from its lineup top analysts who know about the national political scene." Not an argument that will find much sympathy in the lib blogosphere, perhaps, but worth noting. "

www.talkingpointsmemo.com/

CNN in the tank for Obama on You Tube


NOTES: If you recall in the past, CNN usually had each candidate's surrogates on to speak on their behalf. Why wasn't that done this year? CNN has replaced some of their regulars with pro-Obama pundits who are not claiming support of any candidate.

Posted by: VAMMAP | April 10, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

She would have a stronger campaign if she would talk more about herself, her opinions on US policy, her views on the war, etc. then to resort to a negative campaign.

If she learns nothing else from this campaign, she should learn that the American Voter responds to enthusiasm, honesty, hope, optimism, and engagement in the lives of voters and encouragement of them.

Obama 08

Posted by: Hoosier Mom
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Amen, although given some of the comments on this board, her divisive, misleading negative campaign suits their personalities fine.

Posted by: LABC | April 10, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

You all are great examples of why the country is split in half. And Obama is supposed to represent the elite, college, upper crust of the party.

Not seeing that on this blog.

Posted by: Vammap | April 9, 2008 9:14 PM
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And what are you supposed to be, the Einstein of the bloggers? I agree with the poster who stated you wouldn't vote for Obama anyway because he has no vagine (as Borat would say)...we get it, vote for Clinton or write her in

And a little newsflash to you, Ms. Great Unwashed, Senator Obama is an appealing candidate for voters from all walks of life. And the college educated crowd you sneer at are having a rough time too.

And if the country is split - I would take a look in the mirror. Much of it has to do with our willingness to let venal people with agendas do our thinking for us.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign should know that Hillary has not so far made an issue of pastor Wright. Now that they want to use Hillary's sniper fire error, Obama's lies about Rev. Wright will also become an issue. After all Obama once said that he never heard any offensive words from Rev. Wright, and then admitted later that he lied about it earlier. And remember the nuclear protection law that he said he made into law when in point of fact that it never was voted into law? Obama's lies may haunt him more than Hillary's errors will hurt her.

Posted by: Nathan | April 10, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign used a huge amount of money in PA to pull down Hillary. Many Obama supporters openly promoted the idea that Hillary abandon her race for the Whitehouse, in a high pressure campaign. They criticized her in every way they can, including their oft-repeated garbage about her being for free trade. Once Hillary ads come out pointing out all the real double speak in Obama campaign, the media pundits worry that Obama will have a harder time facing McCain. This is purely nonsense, these pundits seldom worry about the adverse effects of Obama campaign tricks not hurting Hillary against McCain. We need a fair media in this country. That is the real problem.

Posted by: Nathan | April 10, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

She would have a stronger campaign if she would talk more about herself, her opinions on US policy, her views on the war, etc. then to resort to a negative campaign.

If she learns nothing else from this campaign, she should learn that the American Voter responds to enthusiasm, honesty, hope, optimism, and engagement in the lives of voters and encouragement of them.

Obama 08

Posted by: Hoosier Mom | April 10, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, what AdrickHenry said at 12:21 PM...

Posted by: Dave! | April 10, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

The latest Gallup poll has Clinton ten ponts below Obama (April 8, three day running) behind him for more than two weeks. She's even with McCain in the general when Obama is two points up.
These results belie her claim that the superdeklgates should overrule the electorate because she's more electable.

Posted by: Frank Palmer | April 10, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

Ya gotta stop the anonymous posts. They're killing this board.

Can't your techies at the WaPo get it back to your sign-in name is mandatory?

Posted by: AdrickHenry | April 10, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Yes, barack hassan obama is going to be grilled by the gop when time comes....

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

ATTENTION ALL OBAMA RALLY PARTICAPANTS:
If you are black please sit in the back and let the whites sit in the front!

Posted by: DCres | April 10, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

JABBER -- you're quite a transparent racist republican, quite a hater, aren't you?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a douchebag.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Negative campainging HA! You aint seen nothing yet. Wait until the GOP tangles and spins the O-man - sung to the tune of God Bless America.

So don't confuse Lady-H's "Patty cake, patty cake . . ." with what the GOP has in store.

Posted by: mibster | April 10, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

The Polls outside Pennsylvania are reporting innacurately as Hillary is quite ahead. Pennsylvania results will be proven to be better than Ohio.

Isn't it interesting that Obama has more than quadrupled Hillary in money spent in this state and we will see her winning better than Ohio.

YOU CANNOT BUY THIS ELECTION OBAMA!!!

AND WHAT ABOUT FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN??????

Posted by: Hispana | April 10, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

YOU OBAMA PEOPLE BETTER READ THE FACTS ON OBAMA!!!!
http://rezkowatch.blogspot.com/

Posted by: JABBER | April 10, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Quite a few of you are trying very hard to get Hillary to quit but you will be proven wrong. This race is far from over. Many of you want this race to be a ROSEY campaign and I get I can tell that your young AGE is a FACTOR. These 2 candidates need to explore making all needed contrasts and the public needs to accept. The FEAR expressed by the Obama followers is because you know deep down that Obama is quite vulnerable as he is still an UKNOWN to a great majority of voters.

Obama needs to answer these issues:

1)The Rev. Wright connection in exact detail as this issue will not go away as the Republicans will pounce on this massively.

2)The William Ayrs connection because it shows severe lack of judgement and this is now being investigated by the Republicans and would hurt him.

3)The REZCO connection which would come to hunt him in November.

4)Obama is a leftist liberal with questionable radical beliefs.

The bottom line here is that JUDGEMENT and CHARACTER would be main issues that would undermine his elegibility.

Hillary has a right to explore the differences on both candidates. This is a real election and for a very important position and WE have a right to find out everything about these candidates. Obama has received way too FREE a ride so far and it is past due that he comes out of the closet!!!

Posted by: Hispana | April 10, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

WELL HIS WIFE TOOK A HIT FOR HIM IN PA!!!AND HE SAYS HE IS NOT RACSIST?
Obama Staff: We Need More White People
By Tommy Christopher
Apr 9th 2008 12:05PM
Filed Under:eDemocrats, Barack Obama, Breaking News, 2008 President, Race


During a Michelle Obama appearance at Carnegie Mellon University, the school paper The Tartan reported the attention-getting phrase:
The Tartan's correspondents observed one event coordinator say to another, "Get me more white people, we need more white people." To an Asian girl sitting in the back row, one coordinator said, "We're moving you, sorry. It's going to look so pretty, though."

"I didn't know they would say, 'We need a white person here,' " said attendee and senior psychology major Shayna Watson, who sat in the crowd behind Mrs. Obama. "I understood they would want a show of diversity, but to pick up people and to reseat them, I didn't know it would be so outright."

Michael Goldfarb of The Weekly Standard has a stranglehold on the meaning of this passage:
The Obama campaign discriminates against people of color, and their own supporters no less, in what is presumably a misguided pander to white voters.

Posted by: JABBER | April 10, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

WELL PEOPLE MICHELLE DID IT AGAIN IN PA! FIRST SHE TOLD THE NATION THAT "THE FIRST TIME AS AN ADULT SHE IS PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN THEN THIS HAPPENS IN PA! AND HER AND OBAMA SAY THEY ARE NOT RACIST??? GIVE ME A BREAK!
Obama Staff: We Need More White People
By Tommy Christopher
Apr 9th 2008 12:05PM
Filed Under:eDemocrats, Barack Obama, Breaking News, 2008 President, Race


During a Michelle Obama appearance at Carnegie Mellon University, the school paper The Tartan reported the attention-getting phrase:
The Tartan's correspondents observed one event coordinator say to another, "Get me more white people, we need more white people." To an Asian girl sitting in the back row, one coordinator said, "We're moving you, sorry. It's going to look so pretty, though."

"I didn't know they would say, 'We need a white person here,' " said attendee and senior psychology major Shayna Watson, who sat in the crowd behind Mrs. Obama. "I understood they would want a show of diversity, but to pick up people and to reseat them, I didn't know it would be so outright."

Michael Goldfarb of The Weekly Standard has a stranglehold on the meaning of this passage:
The Obama campaign discriminates against people of color, and their own supporters no less, in what is presumably a misguided pander to white voters.

Posted by: JABBER | April 10, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Come on Clintonistas ! Look at the scoreboard. HRC has lost 15 of the last 18 Primaries/Caucauses. 15 of 18 !!
Even the much ballihooed Texas victory was not really a victory because Obama got more Delegates.
Even if HRC wins PA it will not by a sufficient margin to make much of a dent in the Delegate gap.( Proportional Representation)
And any gains in PA will be lost in NC where Obama has a double digit lead. Michigan and Florida seems to be out.
So where does HRC go? The Super D's ?. Its not going to happen.
Come on Clintonistas you need to read the tea leaves a little more closley. If she wanted the Nomination she should have won more Primaries and Caucauses.

Posted by: Carprin | April 10, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Wow - The morons sure stay up late to get their posts in.

Posted by: Huh | April 10, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Controversies : Mr. Obama's wife statement about being proud of the country for the first time at her present age;Rezko matter, the highly controversial pastor Mr Wright matter;his connection with racist Farakhan & another low level terrorist etc. So manny controversies in a short period of national limelight period;the disturbing pattern of voting en block by his community for him which can not be based on conviction only; you can not condemn white racism when the same is there in your own community; what if whites who have large majority vote en block for white & female candidate Lady Clinton;Mr. Obama decision power is questionable ? he has excellent oratorial skill & high level intelectual clibre but that is not itself sufficient to govern a counrty like USA/ the only super poser Mr Obama is young & can have wonderful exposure period if he joins the first woman candidate as a dream ticket saving the self destruction for the party, for lady Clinton & for himself.After all he was given birth also by a lady gender. Here there is a first lady candidate who constitute half of the society have not got so far a single chance. Even developing countries have alreday & long ago produced top political CEO. A shame & an irony that USA has not done so far.Anyway i am a strong supporter of Dem. Party & wish the party & the eventual nominee the very best.Engineer Ram Bahadur K.C. from the land of Mt. Everest & Lord Buddha. Email : kcengg@hotmail.com ;Posted on 10 april, 2008.

Posted by: Ram Bahadur K.C. | April 10, 2008 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Is obama above takeing hits on his record??? It seems he and his staff whine like a stuck pig when anybody points out his record--what else does he have to run on??? If he hasn't learned by now that poltics is not bean bag he should get out of the race and go sit in church and wallow in the drivel his reverend bigot spews from the pulpit. This is NOT A CORONATION OF A KING this is an election for and by the American people. If he can't stand truthful hits and statistics about his record why in the world would anybody vote for him!!! He and his staff should GROW UP and stop the FAKE TEARS!! The only reason they respond as they did in a TRULY neg. way was because the TRUTH HIT HIM IN THE FACE!!! Get a life people this man is not fit by experience or character to be Pres-- if a TRUTHFUL RADIO AD ABOUT WHO HE TAKES MONEY FROM--THE OIL INDUSTRY-- AND HE DID NOT VOTE FOR THE ENERGY BILL--of course not--HE TAKES MONEY FROM THEM--the man is a fraud!!! The ONLY THING NEGATIVE IS OBAMA'S CONSTANT WHINING ABOUT A NEGATIVE AD> HE would not know a negative ad from a truthful ad!!! Get a life you Hillery haters--you will regret your vote if this man is the nominee.

Posted by: vergens2 | April 10, 2008 6:26 AM | Report abuse

You wrote:
"What's clear from the ads is that despite the change in her strategy team, Clinton is not prepared just yet to go quietly into that good night."

When are you going to get it that the negativity in the Clinton campaign wasn't Penn. Clinton picked him BECAUSE he was negative and that suited HER. Snap to, yerself! (lol)

Posted by: Carmen Cameron | April 10, 2008 6:24 AM | Report abuse

"Hope fading for Zimbabweans 4:03
CNN's Paula Newton reports on the impact of Zimbabwe's delayed election results."

The primaries in Florida and Michigan is almost about the same problem.

Posted by: George | April 10, 2008 5:36 AM | Report abuse

Powers of reasoning!

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/04/09/light_reading_aboard_the_obama.html

Candy that tastes bad has to have a beautiful packaging if it´s supposed to be selling well! Think twice about "BRIBES", cheating and misuse of the power of money!
Obama doesn´t sell without an expensive box and "FREE" advertising from media.

Vote for Hillary Clinton!

Posted by: Elisabeth | April 10, 2008 5:22 AM | Report abuse

feastorafamine (9:23 PM) wrote:
"Didn't Obama try and talk about MLK's dream on that day albeit in a different state? How can you POSSIBLY state with a straight face that Obama doesnt honor the memory of MLK?"

OBAMA PLAYED THE RACE-CARD IN A WILY WAY!
Obamas SELFISH GOAL in Indiana was to be associated with MLK in the eyes of the voters and to campaign for the primary at the same time to gain sympathy. Hillary Clinton didn´t misuse that important day FOR HER OWN PURPOSE.


Posted by: Elisabeth | April 10, 2008 5:09 AM | Report abuse

Um... Obama HAS visited Iraq. And he got home with his "big ears" intact.

http://obama.senate.gov/news/060105-obama_making_1s/

Can someone at WaPo PLEASE fix the sign-in. The tenor of discussions has dropped stunningly since the bad old system is back.

Posted by: Boutan | April 10, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Hillary would have been better off with a add explaining how she couldn't remember she wasn't under sniper fire in Bosnia. Why would she want to do that when her top advisor was trying to pass a Nafta columbiam deal and her husband collected $ 800,000. speaking on who to make Nafta deal happen. She's just digging her own hole to be burried.

Posted by: Madeyra | April 10, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

All you Democrats, one way or another both ur canidates are horrible if one loses come on over, will shut them evil abortion clinics out get anotehr justice in the S.C. and finally make those horrible woman who get abortions make it illegals, ska**nks shouldnt get pregnant abortion is immoral

Posted by: GOP And Right | April 10, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

The Clinton campaign is so predictable; each time she loses a 20 point lead, she goes negative.

Clinton has campaigned on her credentials since day one; yet she has bombed in state after state, after state, after state, after state.... The only way Clinton seems to be able to win an election is when she paints her opponent in a negative light.

How sad that Clinton cannot win a contest on her own merits.

Posted by: C.G. Houston, TX | April 10, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

As a longtime Clinton supporter, I'm incredibly disappointed in the way Hillary has run her campaign. It's no wonder her negatives are at a seven-year high and the once-inevitable candidate finds herself trailing Obama in the popular vote, earned delegates, and contests won. An editorial in the Washinton Post sums it up for me:

Presidents tend to govern the way they campaigned ...

Of the three candidates still in the 2008 race, Obama has run the best campaign by far. McCain's was a top-heavy, slow-moving, money-hemorrhaging Hindenburg that eventually exploded, leaving the Arizona senator to resurrect his bankrupt candidacy through sheer force of will. Clinton's campaign has been marked by vicious infighting and organizational weakness, as manifested by her performance in caucus states.

... Obama's, by contrast, has been an organizational wonder, the political equivalent of crossing a Lamborghini with a Hummer. From the beginning, the Obama campaign has run circles around its foes on the Internet, using MySpace, Facebook and other Web tools to develop a virtual army of more than 1 million donors. The result has been fundraising numbers that have left opponents slack-jawed (last month Obama raised $40 million, compared with Clinton's $20 million).

... It is this remarkable hybrid campaign ... that should reassure voters that he can run the government. As president, he'll need to keep his supporters mobilized: It will take a grass-roots movement, breathing down Congress's neck, to pass universal health care.

... If Obama can come across as idealistic without being moralistic, if he can keep his supporters' spirits high and their expectations in check, if he can fuse exuberance and discipline, he might just run the government pretty well.

OBAMA '08 ... Yes We Can!

Posted by: Jim | April 10, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

There she goes again! This ad is a sure sign of desperation by the Clinton campaign. With their support slipping away, they resort to their tested good old smear tactic!

Don't this Clintons have any ethics? This is an old story which she is trying to recycle? In any case it isn't as bad as her vote in support of the war in Iraq!!

Enough is enough! It's time for party leaders to come around and put their foot down to end her destructive dirty campaign that can only destroy the Democratic Party. Otherwise, the vast majority of the newly earned voters will give the Democratic party a bye and cast their vote for John McCain.

After all, this is exactly what Hillary wants. She knows as daylight she is not going to get the party nomination. Her end game: if I don't get it, the winner won't be Obama. Bill had indicated in the past who he preffered to be the next president if it wasn't going to be his dear wife!!

Posted by: JISantiago | April 10, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

I love the focus on the technology of this campaign! Pretty soon CNN is gonna be reporting Obama and Clinton's friend count on MySpace. There should be a message board for the candidates to get into flame wars about movies 'n stuff. You think Obama's got an iPhone? I bet McCain uses a discman...

Posted by: politicoool.blogspot.com | April 10, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Same old story in the big states. Hillary is ahead. Obama spends his money, goes ahead. Obamanites get all excited and then Hillary wins. Will it never end.

I believe some folks are lying to you Obamanites in the polls.

Posted by: Chief | April 9, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

So Hillary aint got the money to run a TV commercial?

In the words of Fergie: "If you aint got to money take your broke ass home"
Posted by: sjxylib
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She just won't go away will she? Being outspent 3,4,and 5 to one and keeps hanging on. Hope you Obamanite sheep haven't countrd your chickens to quick, again. Agitates the heck out of you folks don't it. Funny.

Posted by: Chief | April 9, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Good for Hillary Clinton and Im glad that]
she is exposing "Mr Clueless in Chicago"
Barack Hussein Obama for the lying fraud
and total phony empty suit Obama really is!
Please Voters put down that Toxic Obama
Kool Aid and Just Vote No To Obama!
You Go Hillary! Clinton in 2008!

Posted by: Sandy5274 | April 9, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Ah, I see Hillary is now trying out the Swift Boat angle. Why don't we just rip the Democratic Party to little shreds while we're at it?

If she's interested, this voter's Hillary approval rating has just taken a hit of about 50 percentage points.

Good luck with that campaign, Hill ;-)

Posted by: Melissa Towne | April 9, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Linda,

He started by blaming the war on her and questioning her judgement, saying she was "old-school" and he was from the new way of thinking without detailing the differences. His advocates have called her racist, opportunist, uncaring and manipulative. At what point did he rise above attacking her?

By the way, Bill took 8 hundred thousand not 8 million (just to get facts straight- since so many Obamites like to throw around rhetoric without reading or understanding), and she stated that she disagreed with him on this. If he can get a pass on his spritual guide and mentor than maybe she can get a pass on what her significant other has to say.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Well at least Obama isnt for free trade in Colombia like Bill Clinton who has already taken 8 million dollars from the Colombia govt. to get the free trade thing passed. Hillary is just a bunch of bunk..if she gets in..look out..more jobs will go thanks to Billy Boy who really doesnt care cause he and Hillary are millionaires. She is desperate and is back to her same old crap...fact is Obama could say a lot about her lately...and I wish he would. She has had a pass to much because he is above her garbage.

Posted by: Linda | April 9, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

bill-

story- "I have never supported NAFTA"

reality-supported in Illonois speech, sent aide to Canada to tell them "just campaign rhetoric"

story- "I don't take money from lobbyists"-

reality- lobbyist/pac money makes up under 1% of HRC total fundraising- the majority of all 3 candidates money comes from "bundled money" which is how corporations peddle influence since McCain/Feingold-claims that "most donors are small donors" is true for all 3 candidates by sheer number. Most money comes from bundling

story- "I've been a consistent opponent of the war"

reality- After speech at anti-war rally, in 2003 Obama states that his current posisition is in line with George W. Bush and in 2004 states that he doesn't know how he would have voted. In 2 active and one almost non existant years in the Senate has not voted differently from HRC including not voting for the Fiengold bill to end the occupation.

The fact is that he constantly distorts or misrepresents his positions or lack there-of and takes credit for things he barely participated in. Repeating the line about her embellishing a story in Bosnia, a story that she had told accurately many times that included elements of the embellishment is a silly way to promote your candidate.

Why don't you look at his real record, policies and proposals?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Eros-

Barak has run one of the most negative campaigns (mostly done by advocates) accusing HRC of being a racist, lady McBethian, whiny, emotional figure among other things. Time to get over the rhetoric and realize that your demigod is a politician like all the rest of them.

Leon

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

The ad gets positive points for timeliness. Will the Obama campaign rebut, ignore or change the subject? I mean in the ad space, not the press release Chris quotes.

Posted by: bsimon | April 9, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

sjxylib-
quoting Fergie- that political genius- maybe you should reconsider and vote for HRC for her lovely lady humps

Leon

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

News Flash for News Flash.


When Republicans were perceived as fiscally and militarily responsible, their support of the money interests was tolerated. But with the Bush legacy (worst Administration ever), Iraq, the destruction of the Constitution, Abramoff, all thaqt is left of the Republicans is that they are the party of the rich by the and for the rich.


So ow what is left of Republicans:

1. They are reckless in the extreme in foreign and military policy and are a direct threat to us and our children.

2. They are incompetent at governance (Katrina), and fiscal policy (pork, tax cuts, unnecessary wars).

3. Their political base is corporations,the very rich, and reckless war zealots that can afford first class heath care for themselves, jobs cuts here and factorys in China, but third world health care for the rest of us.

No wonder the Republicans contine to place all their bets on fear mongering -- terror and immigration. They are totally bankrupt.

Posted by: Gama Ray | April 9, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, now that I've taken my Prozac, I'm thinking more clearly. I'm actually the one who is completely delusional and would like to apologize to all of Hillary and her supporters for my previous rude remarks.

Those of us who have sampled the Obama koolaid one too many times, are now starting to suffer from flashbacks. Please forgive us for our damaged brains. One can only take so many injections of Change or hope flavored koolaid without suffering permanent damage.

Maybe when Hillary becomes president, she will build a home to help those of us who were so badly damaged by the false messiah and his fake message of hope. All good cults must come to an end.

Posted by: Logan | April 9, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I apologize for my previous post. I'm switching my support to Clinton immediately. I just found out Obama and the domestic terrorist, William Ayers, both sat on the Woods Fund which was funneling money to a Palestinian terrorist sympathiser, Rashid Khalidi. Wow!

Posted by: Gama Ray | April 9, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

The deluded vision that swept through this nation in adoration of GWB, is the same psychosis that afflicts Obama-maniacs...

Obama supporters have not provided links, factual backup, just their own unfounded double speak...

To accuse someone of racism because they don't support Obama, is inane.

I think anyone who's experienced Obama supporters, in this fashion, will not be voting for him, if Hillary doesn't win...

Signing off...

Posted by: VAMMAP | April 9, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a pathelogical liar, He's been able to get away with it in Illinois, where everybody is and always has been corrupt (do you want a president from that cesspool?), but he's not getting away anymore. His list of lies has now grown to nearly 70. Google Obama's Lies!

Posted by: Liar! | April 9, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

To you anti-American idiots who keep perpetuating the lie that Hillary Clinton is splitting the Democratic Party apart. Wake up!

Obama split this party apart when he decided to sit in Reverend Wright's anti-American, racist church for 20 years and we found out about it. Hillary did not do that, in fact she has done nothing but run a campaign against all odds.

Shut up with your crap, because frankly, Obama has already lost. We will not vote for an unpatriotic racist. What part of that don't you get?

Posted by: News Flash | April 9, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Newly-installed Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan responded to the new Clinton ad thusly: "Just like her last tall tale about dodging sniper fire in Bosnia, Senator Clinton has misfired with her latest negative ad." Oh snap!
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OK, Muslim, do ANY Americans work for Obama? Hey Habib, she did actually ENTER a war zone. Your leader is obviously too efemimate to go there. Why hasn't he been to Iraq? Is he afraid his giant ears might get blown off?

Posted by: What The? | April 9, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

She is risking another Republican administration, and thus the completion of the Theocratic takeover of he Judiciary and the elimination of our civil rights (reproductive, privacy, sexual orientation, expression, etc.)

WISE UP. Super delegates need to get her to stop now.

Do you care about your privacy, reproductive, sexual orientation and other civil libertarian rights?

The Dems need to win the Presidency in 2008 or you can forget about it.

The Dems should also be able to win several more Senate (very important for Judiciary selections) and House seats, governor races and other local elections.

Hillary and Bill are willing to sacrifice your civil rights for their remote chance at their third term. They have been utterly reckless by enhancing and legitimizing John McCain, and thus the Republican agenda.

They have betrayed the Democratic Party and the Public's interests as they did during their first eight years with triangulation, corruption, gross political mismanagement and lack of leadership resulting in massive defeats for Democrats at the polls, Newt Ginrich, Impeachment.

There is a reason the Clintons were impeach and it was not just the overreaching of the hack Starr. The Clinton's are damaged goods. The only reason they are still in this is because they are corrupt thugs.

She continues to be toxic beyond comprehension--destructive to the broader interest of the Dems and the country.

Superdelegates must get them out of this race NOW.

Do you care about your civil rights??

Posted by: Gama Ray | April 9, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

actually the story about the pregnant woman was corrected the next day and shown to be correct.
Your cutzie posts about HC are getting old by now try some new and more creative slur from the so called unity campaign.
good night these posts are really a magnificant waste of time that does zero to advance the discussion.

Posted by: Leichtman | April 9, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

This goes to show you how misinformed the media is (CNN) and how CNN in particular always slants positive for Obama...there is so much misinformation out there, but what's worse, there has been a double standard where he's concerned. I've said it before on this blog; It's a GWB redux: instead of Evangelicals, we have Obama-maniacs...

Tonight they had three panelists talking about the candidates' responses as to whether Bush should attend the Olympics opening ceremony. All said, except one, Gloria Borger, that Hillary came out strongly that he should, which was more of a primary strategy than a Presidential strategy. But a good move on her part to come out strong against human injustices.

All said Obama never committed a position and he was the smartest for not doing so.

Well maybe they should have talked to his campaign before they spoke for Obama because a Reuters article out tonight at 7:45PM has him saying essentially the same thing as Clinton said during the Petraus hearings.

"LEVITTOWN, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - President George W. Bush should boycott the opening ceremony of the Olympics if China does not take steps to help stop genocide in Darfur and improve human rights in Tibet, U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama said on Wednesday."


http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN0945363820080409


What's the point? No one really knows the real Obama because the press has paved him a yellow brick road...I'd say this VERY late statement means he's a follower, not a leader..

Posted by: Vammap | April 9, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton is suffering of post traumatic stress disorder since her Bosnia adventure where she was under snipper fire... She is making up a story about the uninsured pregnant woman who died because she was refused treatment (while in fact the woman had insurance and was not refused treatment at the hospital)... She is making up a story about criticizing the war in Iraq in the senat before Obama did (while in fact Obama criticized the war before her in the U.S. senat as well as years before when running for office for the Illinois senat)... She is making up a story about Mark Penn who would be out of her campaign because lobbying for trade with the Colombia's government while he is not out of her campaign (Penn is still in charge of the polling on which she depends).

Hillary Clinton is suffering of post traumatic stress disorder and so is her campaign.

Posted by: Logan | April 9, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

This is exactly why Hillary NEEDS to win.
We think this country is bad under Bush, imagine what it will be under an Obama Presidency. No one will be able to say the word African American without going to jail.

The Kennedy ties are not in reference to the living Kennedys, it goes back to ties his father is supposed to have had with JFK which were elaborated.

There's no way to have any kind of a constructive discussion with Obama supporters; you spew incorrect information and chirade as other people; speak for other people. How positively ignorant.

You all are great examples of why the country is split in half. And Obama is supposed to represent the elite, college, upper crust of the party.

Not seeing that on this blog.

Posted by: Vammap | April 9, 2008 9:14 PM

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Interesting that you will not argue the merit of any of your assertions. I address each of your hateful diatribes and instead of sourcing anything, instead of a meaningful discussion you turn around and simply call Obama supporters irrational. Geez talk about the pot calling the kettle black. One only has to look over the comments on this board to see what i mean. Especially the one in which you state...
"Hell, why hide it any more, everyone here knows it. I will never vote for a negro."
Posted by: Vammap | April 9, 2008 8:48 PM
Enuff said. Hillary is a brilliant woman and would make a fine president. I have the good sense to vote for POLICIES. In those terms, you cant get a greased butter knife between Hillary and Obama. But please by all means keep ranting and raving...rant on.

Posted by: feastorafamine | April 9, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Another very telling piece on how Obama is playing the same old Washington politics they all play, that he said he wouldn't do, but is.

Read it. You can be black in Obama's world and white if he needs your vote, but if you are LGBT, forget it; you can't live in Obama's world until he's elected.

"Because he is the frontrunner and he is kind of the most unfamiliar ... he has the most to lose," Kiritsy said. "That always makes candidates or their handlers a little more wary and reticent on LGBT issues so they don't come out looking like the crazy, moonbat liberal who will perpetuate the gay agenda. That is what he is dealing with."

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0408/9503.html

Posted by: Vammap | April 9, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Mr Loudspeaker is entirely too self-centered and untrustworthy to be President!

I have been listening to Barack Obamas speech on race once again. It is performed in a skilful way. But it is a speech under the gallows. Four days earlier Barack Obama he denied that he had heard Rev. Wrights hate sermon on September 11th. Later on Barack Omaba told media - "if Rev. Wright had not left the church I would have done so". Please correct me if I am wrong.

Barack Obama since then has used the race-card in a tactical, skilful and wily way. On the very day when Martin Luther King died he campaigned in Indiana were primary is going to occur on May 6th. I dare say, his main goal wasn´t to honour the memory of Martin Luther King. His selfish goal was to be associated with MLK in the eyes of the voters in Indiana and to campaign for the primary at the same time. Hillary Clinton went to Memphis to honour the memory of MLK and she didn´t misuse that important day.

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You asked "Please tell me if i am wrong" Well i would not go that far but you are spinning things mos def. Obama said he never heard the 9/11 sermon. After hearing it he confessed he would have left the church had Rev Wright not admitted to his insensativity and stepped down. Not sure how this is such a telling and catastrophic admission on his part. I am also not sure how this statement in any way degades his beautiful complex speech on race. Also Obama CHOSE to speak to a predomenetly white crowd in Indiana because
Didn't Obama already visit King's family a few weeks earlier? Didn't King's family not show up to Memphis either? Didn't Obama try and talk about MLK's dream on that day albeit in a different state? How can you POSSIBLY state with a straight face that Obama doesnt honor the memory of MLK? Really? I mean REALLY? It was in Indianapolis on that very day 40 years ago that Robert Kennedy -- campaigning for the Democratic nomination himself -- was dealt the task of having to inform a stunned crowd that Dr. King was gone. Obama said "I spoke at Dr. King's church on his birthday. I was with the King family then. I obviously gave a fairly fulsome speech on the state of race relations just two weeks ago. And I think it's important to spread the message that Dr. King's work is unfinished in places like Indiana and North Dakota." I guess geography is more important than the message or its implimentation in the real world. The IRONY is that Obama is lambasted for the "race card" then when its convienient the script can be flipped to say he doesnt care about black people. Geez. Talk about a no win situation. Talk about a petty notion. Talk about something else.

Posted by: feastorafamine | April 9, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm not so cynical to ascribe bad motives to Sen Obama not appearing in Memphis on MLK day as Elisbeth. I just don't think he used particularly good judgment in not appearing not bad motives. He stated he had been in Memphis several weeks earlier which only meant he thought it was just no big deal. It was symbolic since it was the 40th anniversary of that tragic day but just not in his schedule but I wouldn't call it cynical as you infer just cavalier. Curious what Obama supporters would have said had Hillary been in Indiana that day but we have gotten use to these double standards. Disrespectful is what we would have heard I am certain.

Posted by: Leichtman | April 9, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

This is an interesting piece on Obama's plan to change the election map. Numbers just don't work in his favor.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0408/9464.html

Posted by: Vammap | April 9, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

This is exactly why Hillary NEEDS to win.
We think this country is bad under Bush, imagine what it will be under an Obama Presidency. No one will be able to say the word African American without going to jail.

The Kennedy ties are not in reference to the living Kennedys, it goes back to ties his father is supposed to have had with JFK which were elaborated.

There's no way to have any kind of a constructive discussion with Obama supporters; you spew incorrect information and chirade as other people; speak for other people. How positively ignorant.

You all are great examples of why the country is split in half. And Obama is supposed to represent the elite, college, upper crust of the party.

Not seeing that on this blog.

Posted by: Vammap | April 9, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

It is interesting to see the panic stricken Clinton campaign go into attack mode once more.. All her antics cannot stop the big unions supporting Obama like the U.S. Postal Union workers, with over 330,000 members which just endorsed him today. Check link here: http://apwu.org/news/forthepress/pressrel080409_obama.htm

Posted by: Robin | April 9, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Mr Loudspeaker is entirely too self-centered and untrustworthy to be President!

I have been listening to Barack Obamas speech on race once again. It is performed in a skilful way. But it is a speech under the gallows. Four days earlier Barack Obama he denied that he had heard Rev. Wrights hate sermon on September 11th. Later on Barack Omaba told media - "if Rev. Wright had not left the church I would have done so". Please correct me if I am wrong.

Barack Obama since then has used the race-card in a tactical, skilful and wily way. On the very day when Martin Luther King died he campaigned in Indiana were primary is going to occur on May 6th. I dare say, his main goal wasn´t to honour the memory of Martin Luther King. His selfish goal was to be associated with MLK in the eyes of the voters in Indiana and to campaign for the primary at the same time. Hillary Clinton went to Memphis to honour the memory of MLK and she didn´t misuse that important day.


Posted by: Elisabeth | April 9, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

won't shut up won't get in line

sock puppet

Posted by: Leichtman | April 9, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

To the unnamed sock puppet at 8:15 p.m. - Shut up and get in line.

Posted by: unity08 | April 9, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

To the unnamed sock puppet at 8:15 p.m. - Shut up and get in line.

Posted by: unity08 | April 9, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Hell, why hide it any more, everyone here knows it. I will never vote for a negro.

Posted by: Vammap | April 9, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama exaggerated about Kennedy ties; he went back on his public campaign finance pledge; he claimed he doesn't accept oil money when they all do, but indirectly; he distorted about not having lobbyists on his campaign; they all do; he failed to talk about real problems within the black community itself in his speech, as if every problem in the black community is the fault of whites; he reacted quickly to a Don Imus dissmisal, when the words Imus uttered are common in the black community itself i;e black men refer to black women using some of these words; then in comparison he let his Pastor off the hook gently for speaking hatred against this country. And that's just a partial list...

A vote for Obama could actually put race relations backward, not forward...
He's the wrong Black candidate...

Posted by: Vammap | April 9, 2008 7:52 PM

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I see so the merits of your previous argument are not sustainable so we move on to aother points? The best you can say is he "exagerated" his Kennedy ties? Last time i looked Caroline Kennedy and Ted BOTH endorsed him. Not sure where the exageration comes from.
Went back on his campaign finance pledge? You mean because EVERY other candidate did not agree to the same? Ohhh i get it. Obama is supposed to cap his spending at 50 Mill so Hillary, McSame or any other contender can outraise him 5 to 1? By the way you dooo realize That he is still in talks with McSame about campaign spending caps for the general election right? That most liekely that will not happen due to McCains violation of FEC rules?
Claims he doesnt get oil money but they all do? ITS ILLEGAL to get money from oil companies. IT is legal however for a person to be a citizen and contribute money to a campaign regardless of who they work for. So if i pump gas at Shell i cant contribute or play part? Wow thats american. And before you put Hillary on her high horse for oil money..
Sen. Hillary Clinton has received more than $306,000 in donations from people tied to the industry a figure HIGHER than Obama. Got news for ya. WHO CARES. Do employees influence policy? A mute point.
As for Obhama addressing the problem of race and the responsability of blacks in that area...
"For the African-American community, that path means embracing the burdens of our past without becoming victims of our past. It means continuing to insist on a full measure of justice in every aspect of American life. But it also means binding our particular grievances - for better health care, and better schools, and better jobs - to the larger aspirations of all Americans -- the white woman struggling to break the glass ceiling, the white man whose been laid off, the immigrant trying to feed his family. And it means taking full responsibility for own lives - by demanding more from our fathers, and spending more time with our children, and reading to them, and teaching them that while they may face challenges and discrimination in their own lives, they must never succumb to despair or cynicism; they must always believe that they can write their own destiny."
He advocates personal responsibility.
As for the Reverand Wright flap. God Bless him. #1 MOST of what Rev Wright said was right. #2 I praise Obama for not dissowning Him which would have been the safer thing to do. I didnt disown my grandfather because he was a bigot. I just ignored that part of him and paid attention to how sweet and brilliant he was. Wrights final conclusions were flawed by the lens of past thinking but his assertions more often than not were not too far off base.
You simply will not support Obama i get it. Sad thing is i would happily support Hillary is she won the nomination. But you have your boogyman to kick around because Hillary wont win her "expected" nomination. Try some UNITY, it can be very effective.


Posted by: feastorafamine | April 9, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm an Obama fan. No secret there.

But this is a good ad. The simple fact is, negative ads work.

So we will probably see 2 things in the lead up to April 22. Firstly, more kitchen sink. Radio, TV, whatever they can afford. Bill will say something crazy soon too.

Secondly, the Clinton's will try and raise expectations for Obama. So, when HRC wins by 3-5%, they will spin it as "America is having buyer's remorse".

Of course, none of it will help. Everyone with a political brain knows this is a done deal (Intrade currently has Obama at 87) unless Obama dies or bangs the nanny. Both of which I imagine the Clinton's are trying to arrange.

This kicks the can down the road a bit for HRC. She will win by a few points. But then... North Carolina and a good ol' fashioned shellacking. Then more super delegates for Obama. Then, a very ungracious exit with a speech involving innuendo about a "broken nomination system".

It is going to be like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

Posted by: Boutan | April 9, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

just out of curiosity exactly what is Unifying08 by referring to HC as Billary? Is that what you call unifying;a surprise to me. Don't really care what name you use just thought that sounded a bit contradictory.If there are truly Obama supporters who believe in unity it would be nice to hear ocassionaly hear something other than shut up and get in line.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

unity08

Your english is about as tentative as the points you are trying to make.

UNITY Obama has not made.

Everyone in politics gets burned; everyone in life gets burned; once Obama has more of a track-record he will have the same problems most politicians have.

But, maybe you need to dig deeper and find out more about the man before you make statements you can't back up...


Posted by: Vammap | April 9, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

So you are saying, and let me get this straight, that Obama is ONLY where he is right now Because of endoresments? Do i have that straight? Please tell me you are kidding. I guess every endoresemnt to Obama comes from a robot? They ALL are just begiled with voodoo and CIA implanted suggestion? People have CHOSEN Obama. I know you dont like to hear it but its the truth.
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I didn't say they did not choose him. You're misconstruing; I simply said that without endorsements I don't think he could stand on his own. Not that they helped him in every case.
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If endoresements were all that was needed then Why did Hillary, god bless her, win Ohio? Kennedy should have INSURED an Obama victory.
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Kennedy was MASS, not Ohio. Endorsements have a residual effect and make a candidate look more credible; that's the intent....

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Your logic is flawed as hell. As a fellow Dem i will not resort to saying anything mean. I know your heart is in the right place but your line of reasoning is off kilter.

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You think this is mean? Endorsements played a big role in his wins, period. But certainly not always. But, they created an air of acceptability within the the party and the public. We're for him, not Hillary. In some cases, it hurt her and helped him. If you think that's faulty logic, I suggest you look up the word.

Posted by: Vammap | April 9, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Dumbest thing I have ever read about this nominating process: Vammap saying that Hillary is better because everyone who knows the two is endorsing Obama instead of her.

People that have been burned by the Clintons aren't endorsing Obama out of the spirit of revenge - they'r doing it because they have personal experience of how untrustworthy Billary is.

Posted by: unity08 | April 9, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama exaggerated about Kennedy ties; he went back on his public campaign finance pledge; he claimed he doesn't accept oil money when they all do, but indirectly; he distorted about not having lobbyists on his campaign; they all do; he failed to talk about real problems within the black community itself in his speech, as if every problem in the black community is the fault of whites; he reacted quickly to a Don Imus dissmisal, when the words Imus uttered are common in the black community itself i;e black men refer to black women using some of these words; then in comparison he let his Pastor off the hook gently for speaking hatred against this country. And that's just a partial list...

A vote for Obama could actually put race relations backward, not forward...
He's the wrong Black candidate...

Posted by: Vammap | April 9, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

There's a difference: Obama's endorsements have virtually pathed the way for him at each major juncture of the campaign, without them he would not be where he is at today and each one has had a particular purpose to win over a certain demographic.
You absolutely can't say that about Clinton.

She may have come with a built in history and long time established constituency, which ironically she's been chided for the entire campaign by the Obama camp.
So what she has, and he didn't have he then went about creating artificially.


When you have Oprah coming out and giving women permission to vote for Obama, it's was really a turn-off to lots of women and could be why her ratings have plummeted big time since her endorsement of Obama. There was just an article on it.

Maybe the point is that he has had to build this artifical support system in order to appear like a credible candidate in comparison to Clinton.

To a lot of people this makes him look all the more less credible. And when you see government types who have tangled with the Clintons come out and endorse Obama, it really does appear more like revenge than real support.


Posted by: Vammap | April 9, 2008 7:40 PM

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You are right. I cant say that about Clinton. She hasnt been getting any endoresements as high profile as Obama's. So you are saying, and let me get this straight, that Obama is ONLY where he is right now Because of endoresments? Do i have that straight? Please tell me you are kidding. I guess every endoresemnt to Obama comes from a robot? They ALL are just begiled with voodoo and CIA implanted suggestion? People have CHOSEN Obama. I know you dont like to hear it but its the truth. If endoresements were all that was needed then Why did Hillary, god bless her, win Ohio? Kennedy should have INSURED an Obama victory. Your logic is flawed as hell. As a fellow Dem i will not resort to saying anything mean. I know your heart is in the right place but your line of reasoning is off kilter.

Posted by: feastorafamine | April 9, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Didn't we hear this late last year? My God, if you are gonna bring in new people to run your campaign at least inject new ideas and new charges instead of this stale attack we heard in December.

Secondly, if you only gonna tell the partial truth as Billary loves doing, then why say anything at all. She knows like every candidate running for office that it is illegal TO TAKE DONATIONS FROM CORPORATIONS. So for the ad to assume that Barack took money from Big Oil is a Big Slick Lie.

How can she of all people all of a sudden question another persons credibility on anything said? I mean she's the Queen of hypocrisy in action. She voted for a war and tried to say she didn't understand the initial intelligence reports? You are a Senator and don't understand intelligence reports and you expect us to promote you to commander in chief? You're kidding. What Obama lacks in experience he more than makes up in sound judgement, something the Clintons are showing more and more they've lacked.

Posted by: Reggie | April 9, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's endorsements have virtually pathed the way for him at each major juncture of the campaign, without them he would not be where he is at today and each one has had a particular purpose to win over a certain demographic.
You absolutely can't say that about Clinton. "

That's because no one is endorsing her.

Oh snap!

Posted by: bondjedi | April 9, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I agree that, while the Obama campaign rightly pointed out Hillary's Bosnian fib, the reply was a little tepid.

I have it on good authority that these were some alternatives:

"Just like the Clinton Northern Ireland fairy tale, this radio spot is the usual Hillary blarney."

"Hillary has widened the credibility gap and stained her conscience with another lie, and if there's anything a Clinton knows, it's all about stains and The Gap."

"If Hillary spent as much time watching her campaign's finances as she did manufacturing fibs, she wouldn't be loaning herself money to pay for sidewalk salt and donuts."

Posted by: bondjedi | April 9, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

feastorafamine

There's a difference: Obama's endorsements have virtually pathed the way for him at each major juncture of the campaign, without them he would not be where he is at today and each one has had a particular purpose to win over a certain demographic.
You absolutely can't say that about Clinton.

She may have come with a built in history and long time established constituency, which ironically she's been chided for the entire campaign by the Obama camp.
So what she has, and he didn't have he then went about creating artificially.


When you have Oprah coming out and giving women permission to vote for Obama, it's was really a turn-off to lots of women and could be why her ratings have plummeted big time since her endorsement of Obama. There was just an article on it.

Maybe the point is that he has had to build this artifical support system in order to appear like a credible candidate in comparison to Clinton.

To a lot of people this makes him look all the more less credible. And when you see government types who have tangled with the Clintons come out and endorse Obama, it really does appear more like revenge than real support.


Posted by: Vammap | April 9, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Sen Obama must have gotten the 3 AM call from HC last night about boycotting the opening of the Olympics.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

"Newly-installed Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan responded to the new Clinton ad thusly: 'Just like her last tall tale about dodging sniper fire in Bosnia, Senator Clinton has misfired with her latest negative ad.' Oh snap!"

LOL.

Posted by: mahmud010 | April 9, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

gee should we have expected you to have posted anything else before CC even posted the story? We will see. Since Pa truckers are outraged over high oil prices don't be so sure. Its also getting tons of free media buzz

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

So the grubby Clintons are at it again; is there no level they won't stoop to to get what they want.
Why hasn't Clinton been thrown out of the party; she has shown complete disregard for it and her only thought is self, self self?
She began the last sleazy tactic and obviously is slow to learn; these grubby lies don't work.

Posted by: Patricia | April 9, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

This radio spot sucks. I guess I underestimated Penn - as crappy as he was, he was better than anything else the Clinton camp could muster.

Leichtman - obviously the Clinton camp is scraping the bottom of the barrel in its search for spin doctors. Submit your resume, here's your chance.

Posted by: bondjedi | April 9, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Chris's comment: "Oh snap!"

JD's reply: As Zapp Brannigan might say, "What are you, gay?"

Posted by: JD | April 9, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Just in on CNN, Obama is putting his white Grandmother to work on the campaign in some capacity.

I've never seen a candidate who needs so many surrogates and endorsements; he just can't stand on his own legs. This makes him look all the more half a deal.

Posted by: Vammap | April 9, 2008 6:43 PM

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Oh my god the NERVE of that guy! Using his family as a support team for his candidacy. I guess Bill, Chelsea are out of the question as well? Really thats all you got? See the problem with BOTH the Hillary bashers and Obama bashers is that their policies are almost identical. So close in fact that you cannot get a greased butter knife between them. So what left/ Insult, innuendo and frankly sh*t slinging. LAME.

Posted by: feastorafamine | April 9, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

An ineffectual radio ad from Senator Clinton's new and improved reorganization. Because of her chronic, serial, congenital tall tails and misstatements (polite for lies) her very name conjures skepticism to the extent that whatever the negative taint she tries to color Senator Obama's positions--accurate or not--is dispatched to the back burner, while in the listener's mind he pictures her on the Tuzla tarmac pluckily walking to that flower-bearing eight-year old, accompanied by a soundtrack of gunfire.

Posted by: Rob A. | April 9, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Just in on CNN, Obama is putting his white Grandmother to work on the campaign in some capacity.

I've never seen a candidate who needs so many surrogates and endorsements; he just can't stand on his own legs. This makes him look all the more half a deal.

Posted by: Vammap | April 9, 2008 6:43 PM

Actually, his grandmother is in a campaign commercial. But lets face facts. For a lot of you it does not matter what he does. He is just not good enough to win because he does not have vagina.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Just in on CNN, Obama is putting his white Grandmother to work on the campaign in some capacity.

I've never seen a candidate who needs so many surrogates and endorsements; he just can't stand on his own legs. This makes him look all the more half a deal.

Posted by: Vammap | April 9, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama's campaign plan in Pennslyvania is working perfectly. The expectations from the Obama campaign are low when it comes to winning Pennslyvania.

Obama is not expected to win PA. Just two months ago PA polling had Hillary 20pts ahead of Obama. If Obama can lose to Hillary by less than 9pts with record voter turnout in PA, the media will play Hillary's win as a draw with Obama. Three days after the PA primary, everyone will forget PA and focus on only Indiana and NC. If Obama by some miracle wins PA, the
Democratic nomination will be over.

Posted by: AJ | April 9, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Really this is a testing ground for Obama, not Clinton. We know she has the white vote; the point will be can he take that away from her and by how much. Because it's clear, whether African Americans think he's a good candidate or not they're going to vote for him. It's the Evangelical thing turned on its racial head. Here's an example:

Today in Illinois an Obama delegate told some African American boys to stop playing in the trees and she referred to them as monkeys. Someone reported her for offensive language and she was fined; she just gave up her delegate position for Obama.

I guarantee this is going to come out more. I don't know if she was white, black, brown, yellow...What's the difference. Kids climbing in trees, regardless of skin color are usually referred to as monkeys....and it's not ever meant in racial way.

Posted by: vammap | April 9, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

"[Obama is] doing everything he can to win in Pennsylvania, and if he can't, it'll be a serious defeat," said Wolfson. "We all know the road to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue runs through Pennsylvania."

How important is it for Obama to win Pennsylvania?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=2061


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Posted by: Frank | April 9, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

"Just like her last tall tale about dodging sniper fire in Bosnia, Senator Clinton has misfired with her latest negative ad." Oh snap!

I have to say that while they get props for being able to insert Bosnia into the mix, the statement was forced, a little pitchy, and weak but enough to get them through to the next round.

Posted by: Dave! | April 9, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

jac13 I honestly view you as one of the more thoughtful Obama supporters,please don't take offense
China has been a horrible violator of human rights and very destrutive policy toward dissidents not to mention Tibet, Darfor which China ignores and buys a lot of oil from Sudan plus dumping their made in China dangerous products here.
So you believe that Sen Obama's campaign thinks these violations are immaterial.
I recall Carter's total boycott of the Olympics jac that is not what this about. If not now jac when?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

jac13,
I think it actually is a somewhat important issue in that it is, from a diplomatic sense, a big issue for the Chinese and from a political sense, a current event issue that is similar to one that future presidents will need to work all the time. For that last year, Obama has been hanging his hat on I WAS AGAINST THE WAR FROM THE BEGINNING. It would be good to see him take some new positions on issues that he probably hasn't spent years thinking about. I actually think that his lack of response on this is quite telling, not in a good way. You can make fun of the 'decider' all you want but at least he picks a side. These are the kinds of things presidents do and how they do it creates perceptions about them. I, too, probably don't really care about what side he comes down on but "I'm conflicted" just does not cut it for a president (or someone who wants to be).

Posted by: Dave! | April 9, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Hillary desperately needs to divert attention from the latest installment of "As the Hill and Bill World Turns".... with her against the free-trade agreement with narco-terrorist, labor suppressing Colombia; her head campaign honcho lobbying for the agreement (for a year no less); and, Bill taking $800,000 Colombian to promote it.

CC, you're right that this latest radio commercial smells of desperation. Hillary's hair's on fire as her lead in PA plummets...and that makes her reacklelssly dangerous, especially to the Democratic party.

http://whathappenedtomycountry.blogspot.com

Posted by: Truth Hunter | April 9, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Leichtman -

You seem to want to pick a fight with me all the time, imputing all the Obama bloggers' points to me. Not going there.

This Olympic thing is just another d--k-measuring issue. One candidate takes a position and then demands that the other respond. Fortunately, the fate of the Republic does not hang on whether or not W goes to the opening ceremony. (I do remember when Carter boycotted the Olympics to protest the Russians' invasion of Afghanistan -- hundreds of US athletes were devastated when years of hard work went up in smoke.) So I honestly do not care what Obama's position is on it.

If you want to argue, why don't we argue about something important?

Posted by: jac13 | April 9, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Hillary goes a little harsh on Obama here. At least he's trying with his energy plan - Hillary just peddles bio-fuels. And oil companies find a way of getting money in the pockets of politicians. That's a valid concern.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: mpp | April 9, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Leichtman - "And where does Sen Obama now stand about boycotting the Bejing opening ceremonies? Is he waiting for Sen Clinton to call Sen Obama at 3 am and tell him what would be the correct policy or has he given us his policy position yet about the Olympics?"

It's 3 AM and the phone in the White House rings. It's Chinese President Hu Jintao wanting to know if the US would be attending the Olympics. Hillary Clinton would have an answer. Would Obama?

Posted by: Dave! | April 9, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

This isn't the first time the Washington Post has had the opportunity to mangle Dr. Seuss. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/19/AR2006041901099.html

Hill'ry R. Clinton will you please go now!
The time has come.
The time has come.
The time is now.
Just go.
Go.
Go!
I don't care how.
You can go by foot.
You can go by cow.
Hill'ry R. Clinton will you please go now!
You can go on skates.
You can go on skis.
You can go in a hat.
But
Please go.
Please!
I don't care.
You can go
By bike.
You can go
On a Zike-Bike
If you like.
If you like
You can go
In an old blue shoe.
Just go, go, GO!
Please do, do, do, DO!
Hill'ry R. Clinton
I don't care how.
Hill'ry R. Clinton
Will you please
GO NOW!
You can go on stilts.
You can go by fish.
You can go in a Crunk-Car
If you wish.
If you wish
You may go
By lion's tale.
Or stamp yourself
And go by mail.
Hill'ry R. Clinton
Don't you know
The time has come
To go, go, GO!
Get on your way!
Please Hill'ry R.!
You might like going in a Zumble-Zay.
You can go by balloon . . .
Or broomstick.
Or
You can go by camel
In a bureau drawer.
You can go by bumble-boat
. . . or jet.
I don't care how you go.
Just get!
Hill'ry R. Clinton!
I don't care how.
Hill'ry R. Clinton
Will you please
GO NOW!
I said
GO
And
GO
I meant . . .
The time had come
So . . .
Hill'ry WENT.

Posted by: egc52556 | April 9, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Here is the much-anticipated shock and awe portion of Hillary's Pennsylvania offensive.

Unfortunately, it's more shock and yawn. Halfway through Chris' mimeographed press release, I made a mental note to confirm this latest Hillary Hypocrisy with opensecrets.org; Brother Brasky beat me to it.

Posted by: bondjedi | April 9, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

mark: I believe that there was a big truck boycott in Phil a week ago over and apparently skyrocketting oil prices are a bigger deal in Pa then in other parts of the country is my guess for the real reason behind this radio spot. Just my guess beyond a response to the Obama tv spot.

Posted by: Leichtman | April 9, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

MarkInAustin - "Think of hype as "skeet"."

PULL! BAM!

Posted by: Dave! | April 9, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Leichtman,

If you've been paying attention, you would know that I, for one, have been consistent in saying Obama is a very long shot to win PA. I think HRC will win it, but not by a big enough margin to help her.

Also, you ought to look at some of the pollsters' and number-crunchers' blogs about that SUSA poll -- something is screwy with SE PA (Philly and environs, where Obama is expected to do very well); that poll has Clinton ahead there.

In any event, they're all over the place lately. Insider Advantage has her up 10, while PPP, Rasmussen, Strategic Vision and Quinnipiac have her up 3, 5, 5, and 6, respectively. All we know for sure is that it appears to be tightening, down substantially from the 20+ spread of a couple of weeks ago, and that it's pretty volatile.

Say tuned. Nobody on either side ought to be counting chickens just yet.

Posted by: jac13 | April 9, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I see that some BHO supporters here have already figured out which helicop- no, "skeet" they want to see shot next.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | April 9, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

bb,

CC also meant "...goes on to note..." rather than "...goes on to not...".

When we correct him, he sometimes fixes it in a later edition. Look for your edit when you check in later.
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This ad is well conceived, as Dave! said, because it is essentially true and it is not a "character" attack. It simply punctures the hyperbole balloon. Shooting down hype should always be fair game. Think of hype as "skeet".

Posted by: MarkInAustin | April 9, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama, here is your next ad...

Hillary Clinton describes ducking sniper fire and running to her waiting vehicle with her head ducked down and her arms clutched around her daughter Chelsea. The comedian Sinbad is running for his life from a hail of gun fire.

This is how Senator Clinton see's her trip to Bosnia....Then cut the the little girl reading her a poem and Hillary and Cheryl Crow having a sing along....

Hillary Clinton compares herself to "Rocky" another fictional charactor.

Commentator say's: Hillary is in a delusional state of mind, fantasy land if you will. If anyone know's about television its Hillary Clinton and her millionaire hollywood supporters...

Obama doesnt make up stories to get votes....He doest take many from PAC'S or special interests...Hillary Clinton Does.....

Posted by: bill | April 9, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I smell sniper fire.

Here's what I wrote about Hillary's Big Oil Connection on another blog BACK IN FEBRUARY.

Opensecrets.org says Hillary took more oil and gas money than any senator except Cornyn in 2008. In fact, John McCain is a distant #3 (Hillary: $235,250, McCain: $206,935).

She's #3 among presidential candidates (the field of 20 -- after Giuliani and Romney) for donations from oil/gas.

And Hillary has taken the lion's share of lobbyist contributions, more than the #2 (McCain) and #3 (Giuliani) takers COMBINED.

Posted by: Brasky | April 9, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Excellent point, JD. It seeme like lately the Obama supporters are content to just stick their fingers in their ears and say "Not listening!" when it comes to ANY information about their candidate that might not square with his rhetoric.

Obama's ad says "I'm Barack Obama, and I don't take money from oil companies or lobbyists, and I won't let them block change any more."

But, Obama HAS taken $213,884 from the oil and gas industry as of Feb. 29th, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.


And, two of Obama's campaign bundlers are also CEOs for oil and gas companies, per a list released on his campaign Web site.

Robert Cavnar, listed as a bundler who has raised between $50,000 to $100,000 for the campaign, is the chairman and CEO of Mission Resources Corp., a Houston-based firm. George Kaiser, also listed in the same $50,000 to $100,000 category, is the CEO of Tulsa-based Kaiser-Francis Oil Company.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

It's just that it catches him not telling the truth. That is something I would be interested in, if I were an Obama supporter.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | April 9, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

jac13: Julie Mason Houston Chronicle political analyst told Mika Brazinsky this morning on MSNBC that after Sen Obama has spent $3.6 million over the last 2 weeks,that the "polling she has seen shows Sen. Obama up by a few points now in Pa". You should be thrilled and its reasonable to now ask jac by how many % points Sen Obama should win Pa?
And where does Sen Obama now stand about boycotting the Bejing opening ceremonies? Is he waiting for Sen Clinton to call Sen Obama at 3 am and tell him what would be the correct policy or has he given us his policy position yet about the Olympics?

Posted by: Leichtman | April 9, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

What the he!! is wrong with 'negative' ads? If I were a Democratic primary voter, I'd want to have as much info as possible about my choice, to discriminate between the two candidates.

One person's 'negative' is another person's 'honest differences in policy'.

Posted by: JD | April 9, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Good ad..She is going to make a great president!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

what the he!! is wrong with 'negative' ads? People always complain that there's no difference between the candidates, or at least they always hide those differences by taking milquetoast positions.

If I were a Democrat, I'd want to have more about my choice.

Posted by: JD | April 9, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

As the night follows the day, Hillary's warm-and-fuzzy tv charm offensive is followed by more advertising hatchet jobs. As another poster said, she can't win by selling herself 'cause her negatives are too high, so she's beating up on Obama again. It would be pathetic if she weren't doing McCain's dirty work for him -- which makes it deplorable.

P.S. - So Wolfson is on a conference call today saying Obama has to win PA. Those goalposts must be heavy to move now that he doesn't have the beefy Mark Penn around to help him with the job. WHY DO YOU MSM SAPS PARTICIPATE IN THESE CALLS AND THEN REPORT WHAT THEY SAY, ANYWAY?

Go away, Hillary. You're done.

Posted by: jac13 | April 9, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

survey USA in their Pa poll today has HC now up by 18% points, an increase of 6% since their polling last week, but as long as the Obama supporters want to claim that he is either cathcing up or ahead in Pa,after spending 3.6 million plus SEIU's $1 million over the last 2 weeks, that bar is fine with me. Just want to know by how many points Sen Obama should now win in Pa?

Posted by: Leichtman | April 9, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

The ads work because voters make them work. If voters were smarter in how they choose their candidates, these ads wouldn't have a prayer.

Posted by: Eros Wong | April 9, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Didn't you mean to say she is not going to go gently into that good night? That's the way I remember the poem.

Posted by: bibi | April 9, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, the only thing the Clintons and campaign officials know how to do and do it very well is to hit their opponent negatively.

They don't trust Hillary to sell herself to Penn voters over Barack because voters have already this negative view of her. So instead of lifting her candidate, it's easier for them to bring down her opponent.

That's fine, I have no problem with that. Except that I'm just sick of negative campaigning and that has been one of the major reasons why I support Obama. Sick of the negative campaigning of the early 90s and through the Bush years.

I think some folks, especially those that post here often love to create drama where there is none. Love to use politics of division because it's easier and that's how they view their lives. Unfortunately for them, for the past 20 years nothing has been resolved. We still have the same problems we had in the 90s and if things continue to be the same as they're now, we'll have the same problems for the next 10 to 20 years.

If that makes them happy. Sure, why not.

Posted by: Eros Wong | April 9, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

So Hillary aint got the money to run a TV commercial?

In the words of Fergie: "If you aint got to money take your broke ass home"

Posted by: sjxylib | April 9, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Let the fireworks begin. It seems to me that the ad works because it is essentially true. And before Dems get all bent out of shape, it's not like this is a new thought on an attack angle. I think the Clinton campaign is taking its cues from the R's, who have been saying this stuff for months.

I can just see the TV ad now:
It's 3 AM and the phone in the White House rings...if Hillary is answering, it won't be the Exxon CEO.

Posted by: Dave! | April 9, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

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