Bill Clinton on Disrespect Towards Hillary

Finally.  I am relieved and grateful that one of the Clintons is vocally fighting back against the widespread hostility and disrespect aimed at Hillary Clinton, the presidential candidate for whom more people have voted than any other presidential primary candidate in history.

As reported by ABC News:

Former President Bill Clinton in South Dakota today delivered a harsh critique of how his wife has been treated during her presidential bid, telling the crowd that he has "never seen a candidate treated so disrespectfully just for running," and that, "she will win the general election if you nominate her. They're just trying to make sure you don't."

Clinton spent more than six minutes calmly discussing what he called a "frantic effort to push her out" of this race, saying that no one asked Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson or Gary Hart to end their presidential campaigns early.

Well, what about that?

Why are Obama and his backers and the mainstream media so afraid?  Why are they acting terrified of Hillary Clinton?  Maybe because she leads in the popular vote, the electoral math, and the national polls?  Even though the mass media are trying desperately to make her invisible?

The rest of the story from ABC is valuable reading:

President Clinton also spoke against bullying superdelegates to make up their minds, saying, "I cant believe it. It is just frantic the way they are trying to push and pressure and bully all these superdelegates to come out. 'Oh, this is so terrible: The people they want her. Oh, this is so terrible: She is winning the general election, and he is not. Oh my goodness, we have to cover this up.'"

Speaking to a crowd of about 200 in Fort Thompson, S.D., Clinton seemed slightly subdued during his 30-minute speech, which largely focused on the issues important to the Native American community.  As he wrapped up his remarks, a woman in the audience asked him a question about voting for Hillary Clinton.  

"If you vote for her and she does well in Montana and she does well in Puerto Rico, when this is over she will be ahead in the popular vote," Clinton said. "And they're trying to get her to cry uncle before the Democratic Party has to decide what to do in Florida and Michigan because they are claiming that it only takes 2029 votes on the first ballot to win, and it takes a lot more than that if you put Florida and Michigan back in. Well, they will have to unless we want to lose the election. I mean, look, so there is that that is going on."

The former president was strong in his assertion that his wife has the best chance to win against Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, arguing that many electoral map predictions have his wife winning more electoral votes than Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., the Democratic frontrunner, in a general election.

"She is winning the general election today and he is not, according to all the evidence," Clinton said. "And I have never seen anything like it. I have never seen a candidate treated so disrespectfully just for running. Her only position was, "Look, if I lose I'll be a good team player. We will all try to win but let's let everybody vote and count every vote.'"

Clinton also strongly criticized the media, saying that ever since Iowa they have been against his wife, making him feel as though he was living in a "fun house." As he concluded his thoughts on how this election has been handled, he again went back to the media's choice of coverage.  

"If you notice, there hasn't been a lot of publicity on these polls I just told you about," Clinton said. "It is the first time you've heard it? Why do you think that is? Why do you think?  Don't you think if the polls were the reverse and he was winning the electoral college against Sen. McCain and Hillary was losing it, it would be blasted on every television station? You would know it wouldn't you? It wouldn't be a little secret. And there is another Electoral College poll that I saw yesterday had her over 300 electoral votes, yeah. She will win the general election if you nominate her. They're just trying to make sure you don't."

Bill Clinton is correct, and it sounds to me like we're going to the convention.  And why not?  Neither candidate will reach the  number of pledged delegates required before then to secure the nomination, and Hillary Clinton has the mandate of the people behind her.  By at least two metrics, she is leading in the popular vote, and GE polls consistently indicate that she is the stronger candidate against John McCain.

As for party unity, the disrespect aimed at Hillary Clinton only worsens the backlash effect already underway among Hillary Democrats. When she's attacked, her supporters feel attacked, and it's a horrible mistake to assume that Hillary Democrats will rally 'round Obama once she's been kicked aside.  Not going to happen, not in a million years.

Note:  emphasis added in blockquotes.

Cross posted at TexasDarlin

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Buenos Dias, Hillary Democrats!

As Hillary Clinton heads to Puerto Rico, Newsweek has more good news for the Senator:  another poll showing that Hillary runs better against John McCain (48 to 44) nationally than Obama (tied at 46).

The remarkable thing about this and other General Election that Hillary still out-performs McCain and Obama even though the mainstream media is determined to make her disappear from the presidential contest.  Hillary has become the invisible candidate to the folks at MSNBC, ABC, NPR, FOX, NYT, and all those other compliant "news" operations, yet amazingingly she still does better than Obama against McCain when a pollster actually takes the time to include her in a survey.

On Friday, for example, Rasmussen published a new GE poll for the battleground state of Pennsylvania and offered this headline:  "Obama 45, McCain 43" BUT buried in the 7th paragraph of their report, Rasmussen mentions the third presidential candidate still in the race, Hillary Clinton:

In the unlikely event that Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic Presidential Nomination, she leads McCain in Pennsylvania by eleven percentage points, 50% to 39%.

You the "unlikely event" that the person who would blow out the Republican candidate in the swing state of Pennsylvania in the General Election -- the candidate whom you have declared invisible who happens to have won more popular votes than either of the other two candidates -- in the event that the Superdelegates vote for "that person" -- heads up! the Democrats might actually win the White House?!?

Gasp! Don't let the Party Elite hear about that!

Meanwhile...over at, Hillary again takes the blue ribbon.  Check out these numbers based on current polling:

Clinton v. McCain: 315 to 206  (HRC + 109)
McCain v. Obama: 272 to 242  (JM + 30)

Dang, that girl is electable.

On to Puerto Rico, baby!  Hillary will be arriving on the island today, and I hear that she's expected to draw huge and enthusiastic crowds. case you didn't get the message, Hillary Democrats, she's still in it to win it.
What are you waiting for?
Click on the phone, and get busy!

Cross posted at TexasDarlin

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Obama comes in 3rd in swing states - new polls

There was a rec'd diary up for a while dismissing Hillary because of some new polls in Colorado, Oregon, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan.  The states involved carry 50 Electoral Votes.  Hillary  is within the margin of error, close to McCain when they run against each other in those states.

There were some other interesting numbers in the swing state polls of matchups between McCain/ Obama, and McCain/ Clinton.  In the six potential swing states fully matched and reported May 21:

Obama wins one,  beating both Clinton and McCain in COLORADO.

McCain wins two, beating Obama and Clinton in polls in UTAH, VA.  Clinton wins three, beating McCain, and Obama loses against McCain.


So for May 21:

Obama  - 9 electoral votes
Hillary - 53 electoral votes

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Power to the People

The people are speaking.  Is our party listening?

Early in the primaries, Barack Obama promised that he would win more people over the longer he campaigned.  He said that every state becomes an "Obama state" once he goes there.  But an interesting thing happened as winter turned to spring, and the people kept voting in record numbers.  Hillary Clinton stole the momentum.   Her popularity soared; her appeal broadened; and she steadfastly became the darling of the masses, even as Barack was crowned darling of the mass media.

It started back in New Hampshire, when Hillary "found her voice," but what really happened is that the American people have found Hillary. And there's nothing like raw data to illustrate the point:  

*The Electoral Vote "Poll Watcher" shows Hillary gaining steam against McCain, now leading 310 to 228, with Hillary winning key states like Florida, North Carolina, and West Virginia.  (Obama trails McCain by over 30 EV's.)

*Over the last three months, Hillary has won more contests, gained more votes, and earned more delegates. Since March 4th, she has gained nearly 500,000 more popular votes than Barack Obama as voters in crucial battleground states have made their voices known.

*More Americans have voted for Hillary than any other presidential candidate this cycle. In fact, more people have voted for Hillary than any other primary candidate in history - nearly 18 million so far.

*Just yesterday, Hillary won 150,000 more votes than Obama in Kentucky and Oregon, even though delegate counts will be split fairly evenly.

*Hillary has now won nearly 64,000 more votes than Obama in total, when all caucuses and primaries are included.

Hillary Clinton just keeps winning.  She is the candidate who closes the deal with voters. Despite being out-spent by margins of up to 4-to-1; despite anxious efforts by Obama, his surrogates, and an obedient press corps to convince people that the race is over.  They keep voting for her anyway.  Thankfully there's a stubborn gene in the American people, a natural resistance to authority, and maybe that's why the people love Hillary.  They see her get up with the roosters every day, work herself to exhaustion in pursuit of a dream, and never give up or give in to the nay-sayers.  Hillary, in spite of all the odds, has become a genuine Made in the USA hero, a leader for the people and no longer just "Bill's wife," the other Clinton.

My candidate for President, Hillary Clinton, said in her Kentucky victory speech last night:

It is not just Kentucky bluegrass that is music to my ears. It is the sound of your overwhelming vote of confidence even in the face of some pretty tough odds. Some have said your votes didn't matter, that this campaign was over, that allowing everyone to vote and every vote to count would somehow be a mistake. But that didn't stop you. You've never given up on me because you know I'll never give up on you.

Funny thing...that pesky notion of one-person-one-vote-rules in a democracy, such an irritant to the power-brokers who want Hillary Clinton to pad dutifully back to her seat in the Senate, and forget about the 18 million people who want her to be President, including 2.3 million in Florida and Michigan who knew exactly what they were doing.

Power to the people, that's the lesson from November, 2000.  It's not too late to take it to heart.  Hillary Clinton can close this deal for the Democrats in November.

Note: popular vote statistics from Real Clear Politics

Cross posted at texasdarlin

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Not affiliated with the Hillary Clinton campaign

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Static Electability: Self-fulfilling prophecies and the fate of the Democratic Nominee

Two years ago, while visiting my mother in Minneapolis, some of her brunch guests expressed worry about the prospects of the candidate who appeared at the time to be our probable nominee: Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Lifelong members of the Democratic Farmer-Labor party of Minnesota, ardent feminists and staunch liberals, they simply did not believe she could overcome her position as a polarizing figure in contemporary American political culture.  I recall arguing that whether or not this was true, that we all needed to confront that perception rather than capitulating to it or internalizing it.  The surest way of guaranteeing HRC's unelectability was to continue to assert it as an immutable fact.  They remained unconvinced of the possibility of proving the conventional wisdom wrong.  As such, these friends represented part of the complex of causes that have lead the Clinton campaign to its current position.  Many Democrats were looking for an alternative.  Many found one in Barack Obama.

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