Hillary Clinton for Vice President of the United States

Hillary Clinton for the Vice President of the United States.

Plain and simple. No arguements. No questions. The only choice.

Here is why:

1. At the end of the primary season, Obama received 51% of the pledged delegates. Hillary recieved 49% of the pledge delegates. This is the most competitive primary season in the history of the United States.

2. Counting the votes: However you want to manipulate the math, Clinton and Obama virtually tied in the amount of votes received during the primary.

3. Hillary is her own woman. Hillary does not need Bill anymore. She has became to the first woman to compete in a primary and actually shown that it can, and eventually will be done, by a woman.

4. Clinton now has a massive list of email contributors. She has established her own following, and they are just as devote to her as Obama's our to him.

5. Every state the borders the State of Ohio went to Clinton. This is very important to remember. She won states with those electoral votes that will reach the 270 mark.

6. Obama's fundraising is slowing.look at the last three months of Obama's fundraising. McCain had his best showing yet in June. Clinton's money machine has stopped and can be reactivated once chosen for the Vice Presidency. They will be motivated!

7. Hillary has shown, especially during the past presidential primary season, that she can take on the media. She will step up and defend President Obama.

8. The role of Vice Presidential Nominee during the campaign is attack dog. Who can best fit this role in defending the new policies of the presidential candidate and go after their opponent? Last time I reasearched this, the Clinton attack machine seems to be very effective.

9. She finished strong in the primaries. Obama could not seal the deal on the nomination until the last state voted. Nothing against our future President of the United States, but what does it say about our party when you go down to the last state and your opponent is still winning, and by impressive margins sometimes?

So, if you have a candidate who has virtually received the same number of pledged delegates as the presidential nominee, received the same amount of the popular vote as the presidential nominee, has her own history making title (as compared to the first African-American) of the first woman to compete for the presidency, has the same amount of online support and financial resources of the presidential nominee, and finally, has more electoral votes of the states won during the primary, what is one to assume Obama is going to do when he picks his Vice President?

Obama/Clinton 2008. That is what he will do.

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I have a crush on Michelle Obama!

Thats right, I admit it.  I have the hots for Sasha Obama's mama!  She's brilliant, accomplished, outspoken, and - lets face it - gorgeous.  Heck, she's a fox!  Much has been said about whether Barack Obama can nail down the female vote now that Hillary has now been eliminated from the contest.  What hasn't been discussed is the huge asset Michelle Obama is to Barack in bringing in the boys.

In the coming months, we can expect the continuation of the experience vs. judgment debate.  Michelle Obama is proof enough for me that Barack's judgment is beyond reproach.

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The President, the Senator, and the Candidate

Today, as the severity of Senator Kennedy's condition became more apparent, I found myself, once again, back in seventh grade. I am in a large hall, waiting in line. I am not sure what the line is for, and for some reason the line can't seem to form properly. We seem to be waiting to go into an auditorium. Words are migrating from student to student. It is November 22nd, 1963. The President has been shot. Next to me stands a sweet looking young girl. Shoulder length dirty blond hair. Delicate features. And she says, "I hope that he dies." This was the President who had taken us through the Cuban Missile Crisis, who spoke of civil rights, and who had two young children. And she wanted him dead. Her hatred was palpable and irrational. In retrospect, given the times, I have always wondered whether her enmity was due to the fact that he was a Catholic, and one who supported civil rights.

At 12 years old, I couldn't fathom what I was hearing. I was struck dumb. I simply couldn't respond. I just stared at her and turned away. Now, of course, I know that it was not her wish, but her parents' or some relative's wish. But over the years this fact has only intensified the shock. Everyone says that they remember where they were when they heard that Kennedy was shot. I remember. But I also recall a young girl who believed that she wanted to see him dead.

Before I became fully aware of the deep divisions in the country over civil rights, Vietnam, or "values," I knew that if this young president could create such hostility, something was terribly wrong. And so it was. I suppose that this was my introduction to the 1960's. Every now and again this scene reappears. Sometimes it arises for no apparent reason. Sometimes it arises at appropriate moments, like today, when we have learned that Senator Kennedy is gravely ill.

I have not always agreed with the Kennedys. But I remember supporting Bobby. And of course I remember him being shot. I also remember Teddy trying so very hard, over four long decades, to do the right thing for the underprivileged and marginalized. I recently cheered as The Lion of the Senate passed the torch to Obama. He was aging. Now that he had found someone he trusted to carry on the Kennedy legacy, there was an arc from 1963 to 2008, an arc that the last eight years of Bush, Rove, Cheney, et al, seemed to have made impossible. But as I have watched the returns from certain states, such as Kentucky this evening, I return to that space in 1963, and I am afraid. I fear that as a nation we will fail to do the right thing because we are still too afraid of those who are "not like us."


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"A Dozen Reasons Why McCain Won't Win: Money-Back Guarantee"

Here are a dozen, guaranteed, money back reasons why John McCain won't be the next president. (I can only offer a limited-time, money-back guarantee, since unfortunately I can't control world events.)

1. The McBush factor. McCain's support of the Iraq War will make it impossible for him to break from Bush, the most unpopular president in living memory. The photo of McCain hugging and being kissed by Bush will become increasingly embedded in the collective consciousness of the American people as the months roll on.

2. The Republican factor. Yes, McCain is a Republican. He will not be able to deny this fact. Currently, this is not the best party to have behind you in a push to the White House. Witness the recent loss of three traditionally Republican congressional seats and the declining number of Americans willing to identify themselves as Republicans. And then there are the comments of Congressman Tom Davis. "The political atmosphere facing House Republicans this November is the worst since Watergate and is far more toxic than it was in 2006" (NY Times, May 15th, 2008).

3. The Last War Syndrome. McCain and the operatives running his campaign are like generals fighting the last war. They are still convinced that negative advertising will be as successful against Obama as it was against Kerry. However, "The Times They are A-Changin." And this leads to the next factor.

4. The Change Factor: Hillary tried experience, but this race is about change and the future. McCain appears to be operating a time machine that has only a reverse gear.

5. The Money Factor: Obama can raise a lot more, and a lot more quickly.....enough said.

6. The Age Factor: McCain's age will hurt him. (I am not claiming that this is fair, but seems to be a fact. Older voters are especially concerned about McCain's age.)

7. The Not So Straight-talk Factor: McCain has built his reputation on being a man of principle. This has two features: he believes in something and he sticks with what he believes in. McCain has recently begun to backpedal on principles and commitments. He is vulnerable to being viewed as a flip-flopper, if not dishonest, which will undermine his hitherto greatest strength.

8. The Organizational Factor: The evidence thus far suggests that Obama has a far better campaign organization. There will be a volunteer gap, that is, Obama will have a lot more of them and they will be more enthusiastic than McCain's campaign workers.

9. The Skeleton Factor: The Keating Five and lobbyists, need I say more.

10. The Anger Problem: It's real.

11. The Crass and Crude Comment Problem: A corollary to the anger problem. He has made outrageous, crude, sometimes vile remarks, and most Americans don't know about them, yet. For examples, see http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/4/8/1 7456/91972/887/492360

12. And last, but not least, The Lack of Background in Economics Factor. McCain has acknowledged that he needs to read up on economics. Not great for building confidence in a candidate in the midst of a recession.

Okay, that's twelve. But let's make it a baker's dozen.

13. The "My Friends" Factor. I don't believe that Americans will be prepared to live with four or eight years of being addressed by John McCain as, "My Friends," especially when it is followed by that rather strange little grin.


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A Timeline of Women's Contributions to American Political History

The contributions that women have made to the history of this nation are rarely acknowledged.  Most of the children in the country grow up not knowing that women were at the forefront of the anti-slavery, civil right, social reform, suffrage, and gay rights movements.  They stood up for others, but few have stood up for them.  

The first women's movement began around 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York, when Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and others formed organizations to fight for votes for women.  The movement came to fruition in 1919 when the 19th Amendment became part of the Constitution.

The second women's movement began in the late 1960's and 70's with women's liberation.  Its focus was to attain equal rights and equal pay for women, and should have come to fruition in the early 1980's with the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, but unfortunately, it did not occur.

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