Today at lunch, a bunch of us at HillBuzz were talking, and someone brought up the ridiculous things people say about Hillary when they attack her. It really is crazy sometimes.
We at HillBuzz are wondering if you are proud of America.
We’re working on a project to teach Michelle Obama about America, and why, even in bad times, we are all still so very proud to be Americans. Maybe they didn’t teach history at Harvard or Princeton while Obama was there. Perhaps there are no books in the mahogany-shelved library of the Obama Mansion in Hyde Park. who knows.
But, this op/ed is a nice response to Obama’s miseducation.
What makes you feel pride in America? Looking back on the past 25 years, what have you loved most about America?
We want to hear from you:
From Mr. Obama’s LGBT Leadership Council Member – Full email:
Hillary Clinton is a disaster for the democratic party. Now she prefers McCain to Obama. Now we know it was SHE who told the Canadian government that her railings against NAFTA were political posturing. It was not Barack’s campaign!We cannot tolerate her lies and stolen election.Time for all of us democratics to wake up to this disgusting turn. As democratics this should affirm the end of her campaign.At 3am, Hillary said she and Bill were in bed and she knows of all the calls a President gets at different times of the day and night. Really? So much involvement – so much togetherness. Where was she when Monica was having sex with Bill? 35 years of experience? When he was intimidating Katherine Wiley and Paula Jones? Where was the judgment on the cattle futures and white water. Do we forget Mark and Denise Rich? This was an impeached President who lost his licence to practice law. He committed perjury. They settled with Paula Jones for the full amount of her lawsuit. I haven’t forgotten and none of us should.I remember the scandal when the Clintons’ bags were searched when they left the White House and they had to return historic artifacts and gifts.When Bin Laden was building Al Qaeda, Bill and she were fighting impeachment, fighting Paula Jones, fighting Katherine Wiley.Please, we are going down a nasty road with a nasty, secretive and proven lying Clinton. We should all want to see her tax returns, I want to see her White House emails. Let really send this candidate what she deserves: the spotlight on her vetting. She says she’s been vetted. Partly true and it’s not pretty what came out.What still has to be vetted are her tax returns, her White House performance (we already know her disasterous failure on healthcare), her WH emails, the donations to the Clinton Foundation and library etc.Time to moveon again. Obama is the only credible candidate who can move on beyond this continuing nasty dynasty of Clinton and Bushes.
HillBuzz is aware of only one poll for Mississippi: a Real Clear Politics poll conducted on March 7, 2008:
HillBuzz has been running phone banks for Clinton the last few days and has had resoundingly positive responses. This could be interesting if the Undecideds break for Clinton, the way they have been in other states.
Also, Clinton leads Obama in white voters in the state, AND she leads in independents and Republicans, who are allowed to vote in the Democratic primary (and why not, since McCain secured the Republican nomination this week).
HillBuzz has no idea what’s going to happen, but if Obama loses Mississippi, a state he is heavily favored to win demographically, then this race is pretty much over. There won’t be a plausible argument the media can make for Obama, despite its endless cheerleading, if he loses the batteground state of Ohio, the big Democratic states like NY and CA, and loses Mississippi, a state he should win.
We’ll all find out what happens tomorrow.
* Every time a public opinion becomes almost unanimous it’s almost always wrong…only yesterday Obama was practicing his acceptance speech; his wife Michelle was mentally measuring the windows of her new home for replacement draperies, so that for the first time in her life, she could be proud of the White House.
* Instead, we’ve got a whole new story line — the gift of the older women of America, women “of a certain age” who turned out in enormous numbers to give Hillary a new life…Barack Obama is merely the latest new thing in town, something for the culture to chase and adore at the expense of the tried, the true and the unappreciated.
* Barack Obama, as the Democratic nominee, will feel the likeliest and longest-lasting effects of Hillary’s triumphs in Ohio and Texas. The licking he took in the latest primaries followed a week in which considerable damage was done to his halo. The “golden boy” may yet turn out to be a man not of gold, but of sounding brass. Questions grow louder about his connections to Tony Rezko, his accommodating friend and fundraiser, on trial now in Chicago for trying to shake down businessmen attempting to do business with the state of Illinois.
* But the worst of it may be questions about his truth-telling. When an Obama emissary was caught telling Canadian officials not to worry about the senator’s scorn for NAFTA because it was only campaign fibs and stretchers, the senator insisted nothing like that happened. When a Canadian diplomat confirmed yes it had, the senator conceded that yes, well, maybe something like that had happened after all. Then, he declined to take any more questions and stalked out of a press conference, saying he had said enough. Suddenly “the new thing,” the object of adulation and adoration, was beginning to look pretty much like “the old thing.” Hillary’s older women could have told you so.
Close Down the Caucuses
By Froma Harrop
One can assume that the people brawling into the late hours of a weekday night are not representative of your broad electorate, even in Texas. Compare the orderly primary vote in Ohio — where the results were known by bedtime — to the weird “Texas Two-Step,” which pasted a caucus onto a primary.
Actually, the primary part of the Texas process went smoothly. It was the caucus that led to the unseemly spectacle of pushing and shoving in overcrowded rooms. More worrisome, some caucus leaders apparently didn’t understand all the caucus rules.
Down with caucuses. They are not only chaotic, they are undemocratic.
Some decades ago, Democrats decided they didn’t want their presidential nominees picked in a smoked-filled room of old party dons. Open the windows, they said. Let the people decide. They even rejected winner-take-all state primaries, which award all the convention delegates to the candidate who scores a majority of votes. Candidates now receive convention delegates relative to their primary vote.
Proportional primaries and the caucus system have both worked against Hillary Clinton and for Barack Obama. Clinton consistently won the majority in the big-state primaries in California, New York and now Texas — but couldn’t walk off with all the delegates. With his core of impassioned supporters, Obama has been able to dominate the caucuses.
But this isn’t about what helps one candidate or another. It’s about whether the Democrats will complete the journey to empowering a broad range of their voters.
In primaries, a voter can show up at the polls anytime between, say, 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., cast a secret ballot and go home or to work. Caucuses are run at a set hour. If you couldn’t show up at an Iowa caucus precinct at 7 p.m. on Jan. 3 (a Thursday), you couldn’t participate in the nation’s first presidential contest. Only 227,000 people attended the Iowa Democratic caucuses, a population smaller than that of Norfolk, Va. Yet Obama’s strong showing there provided him with powerful “momentum” — at least according to the herd analysis.
Caucus rules are often complicated. That, too, turns off many people who will vote in November but don’t care enough to go through the caucus hassle. The deliberations are public, and that lets activists bully shy participants into supporting their candidate.
Any event that takes place at a specific hour — no matter what the hour — can’t be democratic. Nevada Democrats contended that their caucuses were easy to attend because they were held on a Saturday afternoon. The Texan caucuses were scheduled to start after dinner.
But the notion that these caucuses were held outside of normal working hours is a relic of the time when there were normal working hours. Midday or 7 p.m. can be peak times for employees at McDonald’s. Wal-Marts may be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., even on Sundays. And workers in 24-7 industries (finance, cyber-retailing, call centers) toil at 3 a.m.
And for those home by 7 p.m., how many are in any mood to drive to a caucus for an evening of strife? After a hard day’s work, one might rather see the kids or collapse on the couch. Any event limited to a few hours is impossible for the mother who can’t find childcare covering that particular time slot.
We can thank the Texas Two-Step for clearly showing how the caucus method of allotting delegates is cracked. The caucuses favored one candidate (Obama) mere moments after the wider electorate chose the other (Clinton). Democrats cannot truly open the process of choosing a candidate until they close down the caucuses
The media is covering up something that should terrify Democrats: if Obama is the nominee, 20% of Hillary Clinton’s supporters will vote for John McCain.
Clinton’s supporters tend to be blue collar, working class Democrats, immune to Obamania. They resolutely stand with Clinton, but will abandon Obama in a minute.
Obama’s strongest supporters come from African Americans, whites making over $100,000, and young Democratic voters. These people will vote Democratic no matter whom the party nominates in the fall. Yes, Obama has attracted more people in these groups into the process, but if anyone disappears back into the woodwork with Clinton as the nominee, these blocks of people will not vanish completely. They will just readjust down to pre-Obamania numbers. But, they will not go over to McCain. They may sit out the election, but they will not defect.
20% of Clinton’s supporters will, in fact, become Democrats for McCain, the way Reagan Democrats emerged in 1980. These people are “moderate Democrats” whose chief concerns are bread and butter issues. They are not impressed by razzle-dazzle and Oprahbamapalooza.
This particular article notes that while Obama held enormous rallies with 10,000 screaming young people in Rhode Island, he lost the state by 59-40. Oprahbamapalooza does not translate into primary state wins where blue collar workers are the deciding factor (as they are in most high-electoral college vote states). All of Obama’s red-state caucus wins will be moot in a general election against McCain, since those Obama wins came in 10 of the 11 most solidly Republican states.
To date, Obama has done nothing to prove he will re-write the electoral map and carry those red states in the fall. So, handing him the nomination because of delegates he racked up in caucus states will, in effect, hand the presidency to John McCain.