Please use the link above to vote in a Philadelphia poll for Hillary as the person best suited to beat McCain.
Currently, the Obamabots have him at 60% and Hillary only at 39% (as of 1113am on 3/13/08).
We need to get Hillary to 70%!
Vote, vote, vote….and spread this to all your friends to vote as well!
UPDATED: As of 2:43pm, Hillary is at 46.2% and Obama is at 53.8%. Keep up the good work! We are about 125 votes from narrowing the gap (that sounds familiar).
As of 3:48pm, Hillary is at 48.2% and Obama is at 51.8%. There is a difference of 77 votes between them. Can we get 100 votes to put her ahead?
As of 4:46pm, Hillary is at 49.3% and Obama is at 50.7%, with a difference of 34 votes.
Can we get Hillary up to 70% by the end of the night?
Obama uses the race card to deflect any and all criticisms. America is, obviously, uncomfortable talking about race — and for this reason Obama gets a pass on things other candidates would never be allowed to brush over. His “Hope” and “Change” repetitions are never called onto the carpet for what they really are: empty sentiments. The meida is too scared to properly question or vet this man, because all journalists are terrified of being called racists. That’s probably why no one has reported on Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s spiritual advisor, or the hate-filled sermons that go on at Obama’s church. The media has ignored this because anyone bringing the subject up is automatically called a racist by the Obama camp.
Is this the politics of Hope?
If Obama repeatedly says he will not be a micromanaging CEO as president, but instead will rely on advisors to run the country, then it is fair game to see who his advisors have been up to this point. Obama has had a 20 year relationship with Jeremiah Wright, and he’s had a 17 year relationship with indicted political fixer Antoin “Big Tony” Rezko. If these are the sorts of people Obama surrounds himself with, then how can he be trusted to run this country?
Is this the Change Obama believes in?
Read what Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor and spiritual advisor, has to say about America, going as far as to encourage his congregation to say, “G** Damn America!” instead of “G** Bless America!”. This is the man who married Barack and Michelle Obama, baptized their daughters, and gave Obama the “Audacity of Hope” title for his last book.
Considering what Jeremiah Wright preaches, it’s no wonder Michelle Obama says the things she says about being proud in America. The person Obama chose as his spirtual advisor says a lot about him.
The company a person keeps matters. Jeremiah Wright. Antoin “Big Tony’ Rezko. Michelle Obama. That sure says a lot about the man Obama really is.
This really speaks for itself.
Mr. Obama is once again busying himself with laying questions marks in knights and rooks on the pads of reporters in his traveling press corp. We wonder why, for such a smart guy, Barack Obama is pretending to be so dumb. Perhaps, he isn’t much of an historian. Anyway, whatever.
Here is a 10 minute video for Mr. Obama. At the Buzz, we are feeling a little saucy tonight and might make it over the Obama’s website to post.
From 1973 to 2008, take a quick journey through the life and times of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
From the Children’s Defense Fund, to teaching criminal law, to heading the Legal Service Corporation, to SCHIP, Beijing and Women’s Rights, to Ireland, to an historic Senate seat run, to 9/11 to working across the aisle for Veterans and First Responders — This video has the kitchen sink.
So, whenever they ask you, “Come on. She didn’t do anything.” Be sure to correct them.
Ain’t No Party Like a Clinton Party
(HillBuzz can post videos like this all day)
The beginning of the end for the Obama campaign
By John Carlson
Everything in politics has an arc — a beginning, a high point and an end. The art of campaigning is to hit the high end of that arc as close to Election Day as possible.
That happened in 1980 when Ronald Reagan, after stumbling for two weeks following the Republican convention in Detroit, regained his footing, restored his momentum and won 41 states on Election Day. In 1988, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis ran 17 points ahead of Vice President George Bush — in July. From then on, everything ran downhill and Dukakis won just 10 states. On the evening before Election Day 2000, Dick Cheney told me a network poll had George W. Bush up 6 points. But the momentum had been moving toward Al Gore. Had the election lasted 24 hours longer, Gore probably would have peaked at just the right time.
Barack Obama has generated more excitement this year than any presidential contender in at least a generation. Having seen nothing like him in their lives, young people have signed up in droves. Older Democrats say the last candidate who connected with them this way was Bobby Kennedy in ’68. Women faint at his rallies. That wouldn’t happen at a John McCain or Hillary Clinton event unless it was held in 110-degree heat.
But excitement is closely tied to momentum and the Obama campaign is losing both. The affection for him is genuine, but it’s less a long-term romance than a crush. And everyone knows that crushes either crash or fade. Ask an Obama supporter about the senator’s greatest political accomplishment and the reaction is often the same: a crinkled eyebrow, an awkward acknowledgment that they can’t think of anything, but he still inspires them because he represents “change” and “hope.”
OK. But soaring, uplifting sermons promising “hope” and “change” eventually run dry unless they’re connected to clear ideas and a coherent agenda. Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech was about ending segregation in the pursuit of racial equality in every aspect of life. He was speaking truth to power for a clear purpose.
But, Obama’s words aren’t a bridge to ideas and opinions, they’re substitutes for them. He calls for common ground, but the senator actually has a more liberal voting record than Hillary Clinton and is much more ideological and partisan in the Senate than McCain.
Obama’s losses in both Texas and Ohio underscore why time is not on his side. These were the first primaries that didn’t follow on the heels of another with another contest immediately following. Instead voters were able to sit back for three full weeks, listen to the debates, watch how the candidates and their spouses talked to different audiences in different parts of the state, hear their advertising and take their time digesting this information and discussing it with others at home, work and the barber shop.
When they did that, Obama began to fade. Like a hit record that’s been on the charts for a while, they still smile when it plays but they’re getting used to hearing it. In Ohio, a must-win state for the Democrats in November, people began to tire of it. Isn’t there a “B” side?
Most Americans like Obama but they don’t know him, and liking and trusting aren’t quite the same thing. A TV spot asking whom voters would rather have picking up the phone at the White House during an overseas crisis at 3 a.m. simply asked what any reasonable voter would consider before pulling the lever in November. That’s hardly a low blow or an act of “desperation” by the Clinton people. (If the McCain campaign is smart, it’ll rerun that ad in the fall, with McCain picking up the line.)
And Michelle Obama didn’t help with her comment about finally, in her 40s, “being proud of my country for the first time,” and suggesting to a young audience in a working-class Ohio town that they should sidestep “corporate America” and instead seek out more rewarding, lower-paying jobs in teaching and social work. Whom did she think she was talking to, the senior class at Vassar?
There is much to like and admire about the first post-’60s candidate for president. But his constant incantations of “change” aren’t enough — especially when your Democratic opponent and Republican challenger already offer a clear change from the status quo.
The senator has built up a huge wave of momentum and he is still the odds-on favorite to get the nomination. But even as he surfs, the wave is beginning to crest.
Both Obama and his wife are mentioned in the Antoin “Big Tony” Rezko trial, involving the purchase of the Obama Mansion near the University of Chicago.
The McLaughlin Group talked about this recently: Patrick Fitzgerald will convict Rezko, and per his MO, will then pressure Rezko to give Fitzgerald information on both Obama and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevic.
There is a strong possibility Obama himself will be called to testify in the “Big Tony” Rezko case — his personal friend is under indictment, and Rezko did help Obama buy the spacious Obama Mansion, after all.
Chicago politics: talk about change you can believe in!
Every couple of days it hits us here at HillBuzz: a woman is running for President. How amazing is that? Sometimes, I think we all spend far too much time buried in polls and strategy to appreciate the enormity of all this. A woman is running for President — AND she’s come farther than any woman has ever come before in a presidential race. Like Eleanor Roosevelt before her, even Hillary Clinton’s biggest detractors have to admit she’s an amazing woman. An amazing PERSON. There are a lot of little girls out there who are going to grow up in a world where they honestly believe they can be anything, they can do anything. I give some of that credit to Hillary, for waking up each morning in the eye of this political hurricane, never knowing what’s going to be thrown at her. Could you do this? Could you blaze a trail like this?
And just imagine what it would be like to be 101 years old, having seen everything you’ve seen. What Hillary’s accomplished already ranks up there with landing on the moon. When she’s in the White House, it will be like landing on Mars!