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Democrats Debate: The Austin Showdown

Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) will share a stage tonight in Austin, Tex. -- the first time the two have debated one another on television in nearly three weeks.

VIDEO | Barack Obama is drawing huge Texan crowds while Hillary Clinton tries to stop his momentum. Bill Clinton says Hillary needs wins in Texas and Ohio to be the Democratic nominee. CBS's Jim Axelrod reports.

For Clinton, tonight is one of her last, best chances to change the narrative of the campaign -- a race that seems to be rapidly slipping from her grasp in the face of 10 straight losses to Obama since Feb. 5. The Clinton campaign has criticized Obama for not debating her more, and it even ran ads to that effect in Wisconsin. (Her 17-point loss in the Badger State would suggest those ads did not work.)

Clinton needs to score a a direct hit against Obama tonight to try to shake up the campaign and regain some momentum, so expect her to be the aggressor in tonight's festivities. She has attacked Obama on the campaign trail for offering eloquent speeches but few solutions, for being a sayer rather than a doer. Those attacks, to date, have not stuck, as the Illinois senator continues to rack up impressive double-digit victories across the country. Clinton needs to find a way tonight to inflict real damage on Obama without being so negative that voters dismiss her charges out of hand. That's a very hard line to walk.

And, the ground on which Clinton is walking appears increasingly shaky. New Washington Post polls in Texas and Ohio show the New York Senator running neck and neck with Obama in two states she absolutely must have in order to remain a viable candidate in the race. The Texas poll put Clinton at 49 percent and Obama at 48 percent -- a virtual tie -- while in Ohio she held a slim 50 percent to 43 percent edge. (Click here to see the full poll questionnaire for both surveys.)

Previous polls, conducted before or during Obama's current winning streak, put Clinton in the lead by much wider margins -- a worrisome sign for her campaign with 12 days remaining before the crucial March 4 votes.

What the surveys reflect is growing momentum for Obama that Clinton must somehow find a way to either slow or halt tonight and in the duo's next (and last) face-off on Feb. 26 in Cleveland. If she cannot find a way to arrest Obama's rise, Clinton's political future looks decidedly dim.

Clinton, who once was thought to have a lock on the Democratic nomination, trails Obama in the hunt for delegates, 1,351 to 1,262, with 2,025 needed to secure the nomination.

The debate starts at 8 p.m. Eastern time and is being broadcast on CNN. The Fix will be watching and blogging.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 21, 2008; 5:18 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Obama's efforts to connect to the Republican Party, specifically Bush, and Dick Chaney, of the Halliburton Company, dates back to the Presidents Grandfather, Prescott Bush, and indeed Chaney was once an executive officer of Halliburton.

The American military pounds Iraq with Artillary, bombs, and the like, destroying large sections of cities, and infra-structures, then Halliburton comes in to rebuild. Halliburton and Halliburton associated companies have raked in ten's of billions.

Obama is just like the BIG HALIBURTAN. Haliburton has contracted to build detention centers in the U.S. similiar to the one in Quantanammo Bay, Cuba. Halliburton does nothing to earn the Two Dollars for each meal an American Serviceman in Iraq eats.

Halliburton was scheduled to take control of the Dubai Ports in The United Arab Emiirate. The deal was canceled when Bush was unable to affect the transfer of the American Ports.

Now we see what some might suspect as similiar financial escapading from the Democrats.

Two years ago, Iraq's Ministry of Electricity gave a $50 million contract to a start-up security company - Companion- owned by now-indicted businessman (TONY REZKO) Tony Rezko and a onetime Chicago cop, Daniel T. Frawley, to train Iraqi power-plant guards in the United States. An Iraqi leadership change left the deal in limbo. Now the company, Companion Security, is working to revive its contract.
Involved along with Antoin "Tony" Rezco, long time friend and neighbor of Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, and former cop Daniel T. Frawley, is Aiham Alsammarae. Alsammarae was accused of financial corruption by Iraqi authorities and jailed in Iraq last year before escaping and returning here.

Recently, Obama's campaign staff have been vetted by the IRS to disclose his connection to the criminal money generating underworld. Besides, his connections to the REZCO MAFIA types, his up-coming tax fraud charges -- Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and disclose Obama's MUSLIM Farrakhan mob connection to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said "truly epitomized greatness." That man is Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church are trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. Obama should stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke "GLORK" Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He is MAD!!! --

"GLORK" Obama looks like Alfred E. Newman: "Tales Calculated To Drive You." He is a MUSLIM "Glork" He's MAD!!! Alfred E. Neuman is the fictional mascot of Mad. The face had drifted through American pictography for decades before being claimed by Mad editor Harvey Kurtzman after he spotted it on the bulletin board in the office of Ballantine Books editor Bernard Shir-Cliff, later a contributor to various magazines created by Kurtzman.
Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek.

Posted by: jreno2 | February 28, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

there's something really sick about Obama believing Drudge and Novak and every other republican slime machine ...
when he gets the nomination, I'll remember to believe everything they say about him too.

Obama, the voice of inexperience!

Posted by: newagent99 | February 25, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is Ready, Now! Free Photo Storage!

Posted by: hotchick990051 | February 23, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

svreader says:
"Obama supporters only hurt the Democratic Party when they attack Bill Clinton.

When's the last time you saw a Republican attacking the memory of Ronald Reagan."

the logic is wrong here, because the clintons and their ilk *are* what's wrong w/the democratic party, & attacking them & what they represent is the only way to get the democratic party back on track. there's already a party that supports the corporate interest in america - the republicans. the clintons and their ilk are yust turning the democratic party into "republican lite"

i distinctly remember reading a big spread in the washington post way back in 1991, about all these democrats, all vying for the party's nomination. the article went into detail about all their positions, etc, to give the reader an idea of what they were about. it was a big deal - almost two full pages, 9 or ten prospective candidates as i recall. i remember thinking "any of these guys would be acceptable to me, but who is this bill clinton guy? he should be running as a republican."

it's time for the democrats to reclaim the democratic party for the people, instead of yust being another sell-out to big corporate interests in this country.

doug s.

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Xerox is a tradmarked brand. 'Photocopied' is the more properly implimented verb in an oral critique of plagiarism -- unless one is simply unconcerned with issues of trademark infringement.

Posted by: harriscom | February 22, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Xerox is a tradmarked brand. 'Photocopied' is the more properly implimented verb in an oral critique of plagiarism -- unless one is simply unconcerned with issues of trademark infringement.

Posted by: harriscom | February 22, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Bua-bye Hillie-girl. And don't forget to close the door on the way out.

Posted by: MarthaP1 | February 22, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Bua-bye Hillie-girl. And don't forget to close the door on the way out.

Posted by: MarthaP1 | February 22, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Who won the CNN Democratic Debate in Austin Texas?


Posted by: PollM | February 21, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Chris Cillizza:

Why does CNN have a Mexican citizen asking questions of candidates for U.S. president?

The person who just asked the lightweight immigration question is a Mexican citizen who won't become a U.S. citizen and who promotes CulturalSeparatism:

Even if you don't see a problem with this, did CNN disclose his status?

And, isn't it remiscent of the Soviet Union to have "debates" featuring people all on the same side of an issue? Does anyone in their right mind think Ramos would press them on the flaws in their policies?

How about sending an email asking their news director about this?

sam.feist *at*

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | February 21, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Am a bit disappointed in all these folks that don't think with thier own mind. We all know young 'college types' think collectively. They are also naive about politics. The rest of you are the same and 'jumping on the bandwagon'. Obama untested and a preachy speaker. He is also very naive. You all really want the one voted 'most liberal senator' by National Journal.
Very disappointed in the intelligence of this country. Are you aware pentecostals 'roll in the aisles and 'talk in tongues? Get a grip people. Don't cry when your dream doesn't happen. Presidents do not have that kind of power. Obama is snowballing you.

Posted by: cinanbear47 | February 21, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Martin Edwin Anderson

Since of your three sets of "facts", only the first half of the first one was true (and that itself was the height of hyprocrisy from the GOP, since their leader Gingrich was himself having an extra-marital affair at the same time he was hounding President Clnton for said offence) such a question would I expect simply be consigned to the dust-bin where it belongs.

Ask probing questions by all means. But diatribe disguised as questioning is only a sign of a closed and narrow mind.

Posted by: anthonyrimell | February 21, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Why do Obama supporters think that constantly attacking the Presidency of Bill Clinton will help their candidate?

It serves no useful propose, and cuts the legs out from under the Democratic Party.

There are a few posters that were passed over for promotion during the Clinton Administration, and blame the Clintons personally rather than their own failings in performing their jobs up to reasonable standards.

I hope Hillary Clinton wins the nomination, but even if she doesn't, the legacy of Bill Clinton is critical to electing a Democratic President.

Obama supporters only hurt the Democratic Party when they attack Bill Clinton.

When's the last time you saw a Republican attacking the memory of Ronald Reagan.

Think about it. You're hurting yourselves and you're hurting the Democratic Party's chances in November, regardless of who the candidate winds up being...

Posted by: svreader | February 21, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

"These are about the levels of security provided by the Secret Service at an Obama campaign event, and the level of security for the debate tonight."

good post - I wasn't aware. WTF? that's BS.

Posted by: avalle | February 21, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Chris (or anone elase who knows, for that matter),

One thing I would be interested in is not the percentage figures in each primary/ caucus to date, but the raw data of votes, in comparison with previous years.

For example, how many people voted in the Democratic Primary in California in 2000 and 2004 compared to this year? How many actual votes did the front runner get versus the next candidate? And so on.

Now I realise that as the race has gone on the numbers between this year and previous years will show a growing disparagy, as this is the first race for a long time that has remained open this far. But even so, it would be instructive - and indeed I believe makes the point that the idea the primary races are normally over by late February is ironic in the country that prides itself on being the home of modern democracy.

I personaly still favour either rotating regional primaries, or a nation-wide national primary. After all, if we argue that a nationwide primary is unfair on candidates, why don't we run the actual election that way? Answer: it would give too much weight to the early voters.

I for one dont believe that the value of a vote should be determined by where in the country a person lives.

Posted by: anthonyrimell | February 21, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I hope that tonight someone will ask Hillary the following question:

"Ma'am, your husband's presidency was marked by scandals running from the salacious to national security, you've run a campaign based on race coding, and both you and your husband have scant regard for the truth.

"Personal responsibility is the key to government accountability.

"What could you--or your husband--say to young people, what could you possibly bring to the table, for those who need to hear a message of honesty and integrity?"

Martin Edwin Andersen

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | February 21, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Truth is that Democrats stick together and beat the living daylights out of McCain. There simply is no sense to attacking each other. Let beat the living daylights out of McCain and punish the GOP for 8 years of rule by virtue of the SCOTUS and the electoral college.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | February 21, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse


Thanks for the post. Pretty interesting, considering the recent information that arose between Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby.

As far as the debate goes, I just want to see Obama play defense and walk to a shocking victory in Texas, which will happen if he just plays his usual cool self tonight.

According to the math, Clinton would have to win by greater than 20% in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas if she is to take the delegate lead from Obama, and he would have to lose or narrowly win every other state for the math to hold up. It's just not going to happen for Clinton unless Obama somehow commits political suicide.

Posted by: thecrisis | February 21, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

My prediction: Barak will spend most of his time detailing his policy proposals, attacking McCain and generally ignoring Hillary unless she goes too negative, in which case he will push the meme of change from the bitter politics of the last 16 years.

Hillary will probably try to keep pushing the experience issue. The thing with her is that she is much like W: she has one route and doesn't know how to shift gears and take a different path if the current one is not working. I don't think she can afford to go too negative (she'll rely on surrogates over the next 10 days for that). She will probably also give a list of small policy proposals, also like she does on the stump, making it sound like a grocery list and standing in stark contrast to Barak's message of changing the game.

Posted by: cbl-pdx | February 21, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Check out this story from the Dallas Star-Telegram:

then compare it to this one:

These are about the levels of security provided by the Secret Service at an Obama campaign event, and the level of security for the debate tonight.

It's not really in the "horse race" beat that Chris Cillizza usually covers - unless you count the "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" line...

I, for one, sure want to know more about this.

Posted by: pagun | February 21, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Hill's still got a puncher's chance, and she is sure to come out swinging (although I think the new Hill strategy someone posted yesterday -- contrite, conciliatory and armed with a new staff after firing EVERYBODY -- would be more dramatic and effective). But the problem with looking for a 12th round KO is that you start taking chances that leave you open to a counterattack by an opponent who's in better condition (which is why you're looking for that 12th round KO in the first place, you've been beat up for 11 rounds). I fully expect a misstep by Hill. I'm starting to think, deep down, she wants to lose, because she wants this to be over with. She just can't quit, because she can't deal with underperforming the expectations of everyone else.

By the way, John McCain's staff tries to protect him, how come Hillary tolerates a staff that makes her circumstances worse?

Posted by: gbooksdc | February 21, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

All you undecideds: watch the debate. It will give both candidates a chance to give specific details to their plans, and establish priorities.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 21, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

THE OUTSOURCE QUEEN 12 September 2007 by John Christian Ryter

When Hillary Clinton threw her hat in the senatorial ring in 1999, one Sikh donor with business interests in India enriched her to the tune of $50 thousand-and she enriched him with access. The Sikh is a millionaire whose circumstances suggest may be living on "borrowed" wealth. The man is hotel-restaurant mogel Sant Singh Chatwal. Chatwal a naturalized citizen from India who initially raised $500 thousand for Clinton in a fundraiser in his Upper Eastside penthouse. Chatwal reportedly committed 14 entities controlled by him to donate $210 thousand of that amount to Hillary's first campaign for the US Senate. Not in the least surprising is the fact that Chatwal is also a key Trustee of the William J. Clinton Foundation.
Chatwal, a US tax deadbeat since at least 1996 (and a debt deadbeat before that) began donating to Bill and Hillary Clinton early in the Clinton years. The Clintons reciprocated (that old political quid pro quo) by approving grants to Indian-American advocacy groups that were used to finance the outsourcing of jobs from the United States to India. Beginning in 1996 Cisco Systems (another major Clinton donor) began laying off $60 thousand-plus high tech employees and replacing them with new hires from Bangalore, India for about half the dollars. Cisco Systems justified the hirings, claiming they could not find qualified employees in the United States. By 1998 Cisco had only a handful of Infosys Technology workers overseas (Infosys is an outsourcer of jobs to India). Most of their 850 employees are now Indian. (Infosys has just launched an IT subsidiary in Monterray, Mexico to outsource outsourced jobs from India to Mexico.) In 2006 Newsweek reported that Cisco System's R&D facility-employing 3,000 people, would be located in India. (Bill Clinton received $300 thousand from Cisco in 2006 for two speeches at $150 thousand per speech. Cisco employees-those who still had jobs-donated $39,450 to Hillary.)
Bill Clinton invested upwards of $50 thousand in an Indian bill paying company through his WJC Investments, LLP when outsourcing became a hot property. The company, Easy Bill Limited, is an Indian corporation. Easy Bill functions as a one-stop bill paying outlet for utility bills, credit card bills or any other debts you pay online. (It's website, (does not conceal from anyone interested in billing collection services that they are outsourcing to India).
In 2004 Congress-and several States-attempted to enact anti- outsourcing laws. In March, 2004 the Senate approved an amendment by Sen. Chris Dodd [D-CT] disallowing tax dollars from being used to facilitate the outsourcing of American jobs. A day earlier, Congressman Bernie Sanders [I-VT] (now one of Vermont's two US Senators) introduced a bill that would deny grants or loans to any company that outsourced jobs if they laid off workers in the United States to a greater level than layoffs of employees in any other country in the world. Several industrial States attempted to enact anti-outsourcing laws that year, but those bills either failed and were defanged before passage.

As pressure mounted to kill outsourcing, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Chuck Schumer were instrumental in created the Senate India Caucus (which was "coordinated" by the US India Political Action committee) to lobby Senators who were attempting to derail job outsourcing. When the Caucus was formed, Hillary Clinton told Roll Call that "...[i]t is imperative that the United States do everything possible to reach out to India. This Caucus is dedicated to expanding areas of agreement with India and engaging in a candid dialogue of differences." With their money in her pocket, what else could she say? Hillary is a co-chairman of the Caucus. On the House side, Hillary's allies are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Joe Crowley [D-NY]. (If your job has been outsourced, you now know who to thank.)

In 2005 when it appeared outsourcing would have stiff penalties, Clinton and Chatwal went to India on Feb. 28 to personally assure Hillary's constituents in the New York suburbs of Punjab that outsourcing was safe and that the United States government would make no attempt to save the jobs being lost to outsourcing. (At a recent fundraiser hosted for Hillary by Dr. Rajwant Singh at his Potomac, Maryland home-who raised $50 thousand for Clinton that evening-the Senator joked "I can certainly run for the Senate seat in Punjab and win easily.")
Meanwhile, back to Chatwal. In March, 2007-after Clinton and Chatwal returned from India-Chatwal committed to raising $5 million for Hillary's presidential campaign. "Outsourcing," she had assured her "Punjab" constituents in India on Feb. 28, 2007, "will continue. There is no way to legislate against reality. We are not in favor of putting up fences." Not even, apparently, one on the border. Shortly after returning to the United States, the Delaware-based IT Professionals Association of America [ITPAA]-which represents IT professionals nationwide-voted Hillary Clinton its "Weasel Award," which is given each year to business and political leaders who betray the trust of the American people.
Unlike Clinton fundraiser Norman Hsu who stole over $1 million on his road to being Beijing's 2008 Straw Man to infuse Hillary Clinton's campaign with yuan, Chatwal was accused of defrauding the New York branch of the Bank of India out of $9 million he borrowed from them in 1994 and never paid back. As he prepared to board a plane with Bill Clinton in 2001 he was arrested because he owed the City of New York $2.4 million. He posted a bond and flew to India with Clinton (perhaps to visit Hillary's constituents in Punjab). He was arrested in India on the Bank of India matter. He posted bail equivalent to $32,000 and jumped bail by boarding a flight to Vienna. After borrowing that $9 million, he borrowed $14 million from the First New York Bank for Business-and skipped. The bank failed. The FDIC sued him for obtaining improper loans from a bank-Chatwal was one of the bank's directors.
Chatwal is a tax deadbeat who believes only the working class pays taxes. And, with the help of Bill and Hillary Clinton he made that belief a reality. Chatwal, who was contributing handsomely to the Clintons at the time, testified in his court hearing that his net worth was $2,600.00, and that he had less than $100 in cash to his name. Yet, he lived in a 7,000 square foot luxury penthouse apartment. In a settlement with the Clinton Administration's FDIC, Chatwal agreed to pay the federal government $125 thousand-and the government agreed to drop its allegations that Chatwal defrauded the bank and made false financial statements to hide his assets. The American taxpayers absorbed $13.9 million of the loss and Chatwal continued to financially enable his friends in the White House. (Chatwal said the penthouse was purchased by his wife, Pardaman, for $1.8 million in 1987. The loan came from another bank where Chatwal served as a director. Ownership of the penthouse was transferred to a real estate company owned by Chatwal's brother, Iqbal Chatwal. Sant Singh Chatwal occupies it with "an oral lease.") It is unclear whether or not that loan was ever paid back. Chatwal's history of paying back loans suggests it was not. The transfer of ownership appears to have been used to dispose of the penthouse to avoid repossession by the bank.

Chatwal claims that, at one time, he was worth $45 million. When he filed personal bankruptcy he also filed for Chapter Seven bankruptcy protection on his 56 Bombay Palace restaurants. Chatwal owed the City of New York more than $2.4 million in back taxes which have never been paid. The IRS is chasing Chatwal for $4 million in unpaid business taxes and the State of New York is chasing him for more than $5 million in back taxes. Across the ocean, India wants to put him on trial him for bank fraud. Yet, when reporters asked Clinton spokesman Phil Singer if there was anything in Chatwal's background that should be a cause for concern (after the Norman Hsu flap), Singer said, "No..." adding that major fundraisers are routinely vetted "...through publicly available records." (Which ones, I wonder? All of the information in this article came from "publicly available records.")
Meanwhile, back to Hillary Clinton. Despite the aggressive courtship of labor unions by the upper tier Democrats (i.e., Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama), the major unions have withheld their endorsements as they scrutinize the candidates over their position on one core issue-the job drain to countries without binding arbitration rights for labor. Before they rubber stamp the next nominee, labor wants [a] a definitive explanation how that candidate will stem the flow of jobs-in particular the large number of high paid service and technology sector jobs-that are being taken over by outsourced low income workers in India, and [b] they want signed pledges from the candidates that they will stop the drain.
Labor unions are taking a close look at the histories of the Democratic candidates-and some labor leaders have found Sen. Clinton's record alarming. Thea Lee, policy director for the AFL-CIO said "...[t]he India issue is still something people are concerned about. Her financial relationships, her quotes-they have both gotten attention." But even more, Clinton-who needs the endorsement of big labor to win the nomination-has had closed door meetings with Big Labor to explain her ties with Chatwal and the Indian companies that are profiting from contracts with American corporations who are outsourcing their jobs to increase their profit margins.
Labor is pressing Clinton to mitigate her support for expanding temporary work visas. The AFL-CIO has questioned the Senator on the help she provided to an Indian company that was allowed to establish an American beachhead in New York state. Hillary Clinton-like most liberals who think you can take a worker's $60 thousand per year job and give them welfare and schooling allowances to retrain them to survive on a $30 thousand service sector job a year or two down the road-after they lose everything in a bankruptcy that's now almost impossible to file-has sponsored legislation to provide retraining funds for American workers whose jobs were outsourced ue largely to her efforts and those of her liberal allies in the US Senate.
Clinton has declined repeated requests from the liberal Washington Post for an interview about her version of the outsourcing story. Her spokespeople claim there are no inconsistencies between statements she has made here or in India with regard to her conduct as a US Senator. The Senator, they said, believes in the free enterprise system and she opposes legislation to restrict outsourcing since that would be a restrain of free trade-even to slow the loss of American jobs. But, they added, she has worked hard to provide funds to assist workers who lost their jobs due to outsourcing. In an added insult to the American people, another Clinton spokesman said Hillary "...believes that we must make sure that we are not allowing other countries to take advantage of American workers, and that we do not have policies in place that actually promote outsourcing of American jobs."
At a recent fundraiser in Los Angeles, the host of the event, Nadadur Vardhan told his guests that they should support Hillary Clinton because she will shift more jobs to India. At another fundraiser, Hillary pledged her support to the Indian community and pressed Indian companies to invest more of their profits in the United States to pay the country back for the jobs they got through outsourcing. "If the United States continues to outsource jobs to India in increasingly large numbers, people will begin to feel insecure and may very well seek more protection against what they view as unfair competition. America is not just a marketplace to get a foothold in. It's a place to make lasting investments that will create jobs and economic growth for everyone."
Sanjay Puri-the head of the nation's largest Indian-American fundraising PAC-noted that "...[t]he Clintons made a special effort. They went to India. They made a real attempt to reach out to Indian-Americans at a time when no one else had done that." If that's true, then we can blame the Clintons for every outsourced job that went to India. India is, after all, Hillary's second most important constituent-after China. it's a shame she doesn't fight for the people of New York-or the United States-as hard as she does those who fill her war chest. Too bad the people of the People's Republic of China or India don't vote here. Hillary could use the votes.
Between Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Clintons have made 8 trips to India-and scores of fundraising visits to Indian-American PAC groups within this country. One of the Clinton's India-connections Vinod Gupta, the founder of a Nebraska data processing company who had donated over $1 million to Clinton political causes during the Clinton years-and who paid "private citizen" Bill Clinton $3.3 million as a business consultant.
I guess the 1992 campaign rhetoric Bill Clinton used to describe the co-presidency still applies. "When you elect one of us, you get both." Only this time it isn't the love-hate co-presidency of Billhilly Clinton, its the co-senatorship of Hillbilly Clinton. The first time around, Hillary took the gratuities Bill couldn't take. This time around, Bill is taking the gratuities Hillary can't take. And, between them both, they licked they platter clean. The Clintons apparently still believe the adage, "You can con some of the people some of the time, but when the media remains silent, you can con all of the people all of the time. Or, at least, you can escape due process."

Will voters in Texas and Ohio, particularly blue collar workers who have seen jobs disappearing thanks to the efforts of both Hillary and Bill Clinton hold them accountable for the many ways they have contributed to this downturn in the economy, or will they buy the bilgewater that is going to be supplied to them via the airwaves about Hillary's alleged superiority on the subject of the economy. A group of very wealthy individuals as well as corporate special interest groups (many from the state of California) have formed a 527 group which will allow them to exceed the maximum legal amount they can contribute directly to Clinton's campaign for the purpose of flooding the airwaves in Ohio and Texas with TV advertising attacking Senator Obama and claiming a fictitious mantle of economic expertise for Hillary. This "SWIFTBOAT-like organization" is run by former Aids to Bill Clinton (1994-1999), refuses to list the names of any of their contributors, has hired Hillary's chief campaign representative (responsible for recruting the Latino vote), Los Angeles Mayor, Villaraigose's ad producer, Mattis Goldman, to produce the TV ads that will target mostly white woman and white men in Ohio and Latinos in Texas.

Posted by: diksagev | February 21, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

It must be very frustrating for Sen. Clinton. Nothing she has tried has worked to date, and I am not sure there is anything she can do to change the dynamic. All Sen. Obama has to do is play good defense. I will be interested to see how he turns the not ready to be commander in chief argument back on Sen. Clinton. I am from NY and HRC has been a pretty good senator. I am looking forward to having her working for us full time again soon.

Posted by: welchd | February 21, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

"Getting real"-interesting


Posted by: bdesmond | February 21, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Hillary will definitely come out swinging. And her responses to questions will be characteristically long-winded to pull rebuttal time from Obama. But I think Obama will come armored, if not armed.

Posted by: rippermccord | February 21, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Eleven wins in a row. Don't forget Dems Abroad announced today.

Posted by: cmss1 | February 21, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

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