"No Way, No How, No McCain!"

In a speech likely to be referred to for generations, last night Hillary Clinton unapologeticaly supported Barack Obama as Democratic nominee for president, and president of America.  A former candidate for nomination herself, Hillary's committment to the nominee and the party is unparalleled in Democratic convention annals.  

Democrats have been rewarded with Hillary's behavior.  We are better positioned to be unified today than we have been during this entire cycle.  It's now time to reward Hillary.  Please contribute to Hillary's campaign to help pay down debt.  



DATE:      August 27, 2008  5:56 PM EDT
NAME:      Dennis XXXXXXX
           Chicago, IL 60610
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Live from the DNC: MSM Coverage of the Clinton-Obama Relationship - Less Unity, More Violence

"If folks were expecting any drama tonight, they'll just have to make due with the uplifting kind." Such was the bottom line of David Goldstein's blog for HorsesAss.org, entitled "A Stunning Lack of Disunity." I ran into David here at the Big Tent (the DNC mecca for new media journalists, bloggers, reporters, and non-profit leaders - erected here in Progressive Future's parking lot), and thus launched into a discussion of the disparity between the media's playing up the contention between the Obama and Clinton camps, and the actual on-the-ground unity within the Democratic Party.

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Caged Birds, Glass ceilings, and women in Politics

So yes I know. There are two blogs on the front. But you've got to admit there's a good reason here.

Do you know what all races on this Earth have in common?

The hard fought gains of freedom for women.

"It don't matter what race, age, or religion you are, being a female is just hard. There are so many people before who did their "darndest" to keep our "hearts, spirits, and feet bound" so that we couldn't escape. Oh our hearts and spirits do. Like some lovely caged bird we sing.  

But our "feet"?  Even after all this time and after all the work of those before us?

There is just always someone there who wants to keep them bound.

Good thing there are others who don't."

Hannah Murphy August 26, 2008

Note to self:

Tomorrow I start working to get a woman in the White House. Being positive and trying to find the joy in politics.

So it's tomorrow.


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Hillary Clinton and Her Loyal Superdelegates

Hillary Clinton's speech at the 2008 Democratic Convention urged the delegates on the floor to support, and vote for, Obama.
"Barack Obama is my candidate. And he must be our president...That is our mission, Democrats. Let's elect Barack Obama and Joe Biden for that future worthy of our great country."

While many state delegates at the convention are taking her word to heart, what is happening with those superdelegate holdouts who will vote for Clinton unless she tells them, specifically, to do otherwise?

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The "Good Germans" at the Democratic Convention

After two days of occasionally dropping by, so to speak, to see what my old political party was up too, I find myself no more knowledgeable about what it is the Democrats stand for than I was before this convention. The only thing that I do know is that they don't want to see John McCain elected. The arguments that they raise about a possible McCain presidency and what it will mean are at the very least perfect examples of fear mongering. I'm not saying that they are not entirely wrong either. The problem I have with the Democrats is not how they view a McCain presidency; it is how they view an Obama presidency.

I believe that the key to winning this election, is winning it with a majority that cannot be tampered with. It is no longer safe to win an election with a close popular vote count, or an electoral vote count... close races have been turned by political operatives with the help of friendly State examiners and friendly courts. Voters have been disenfranchised with no real recourse. No, elections in this electronic age of Diebold machines and artificial time limits on voter recounts must rely on winning handily, close simply will not do. This is why the Democrats must represent a real choice to the voters. The simple strategy of being "the lesser of two evils" will not draw out people that otherwise would not vote. It is very tempting for many Americans to make arrangements to leave work or home, to not bother waiting in lines, and to generally not participate in the election process that can be truly annoying, if there is not a real desire to see your candidate win. This is much more a problem for Democrats than Republicans, as the Republican voters can usually be counted to make it to the polls. Why Congress, in this day and age, has not made it easier for people to vote is a mystery.

This is the primary reason that Obama must define himself, and do it soon. I see this as an almost impossible task, simply because of the people that are involved in his campaign. If I were to put myself in Obama's shoes, I would not be very comfortable. The American people want a different direction for America. I believe that this different direction doesn't consist of moving our primary zone of combat operations from Iraq to Afghanistan, or to continue to support Israel unconditionally, regardless of what they do. It also doesn't mean propping up the military in a former Soviet Republic and prodding them to attack Russian soldiers as we have done in Georgia. I believe that most Americans want a return to financial responsibility and get our national debt under control. They want access to health care and to see this disparity between the wealthy and the middle class reversed. They want their children to receive a world class education. They also want to stop the outsourcing of American industry. They want to see jobs created by rebuilding the infrastructure of this country, and they really don't care if it is done by the public or private sectors, they just want the jobs this will create and bridges that won't fall down.

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