Last night was fairly surreal. I drove around with my trusty GPS looking for the Clinton caravan's final stop, the Congregacion Mita, and found the caravan arriving to the loud Spanish strains of a "Hillary Clinton" tribute song.
The darkness and loudness of the scene contrasted starkly with the lightness and calm of the church where she was to speak, the Congregacion Mita, which was Clinton's ultimate destination last night. I made my way toward the church and was met by happy men dressed all in white. At first I thought they were uniforms, such as valets in Los Angeles sometimes wear, but soon discovered that virtually every congregant in the huge church (seats 6500 and was almost full to capacity) was dressed in white. As I entered, there was just this sea of white, like something out of a sci-fi movie.
The church itself was founded in 1940 during a time of great depression for Puerto Rico, by a woman, Juanita Garcia Peraza, who left the evangelical church to begin her own and was seen by her congrgants as a manifestation of the holy spirit of god on earth, "Mita." From Wikipedia:
They claimed that the "Spirit of Life" gave Peraza the new name of "Mita". They started calling themselves "Mitas" and their religion "the Mita religion". According to the Mita faith, Mita was the incarnation of the Holy Ghost on earth and Mita must pick a successor before she dies, in which god will eincarnate.
Under Perazas' leadership, the church founded many small businesses which provided work, orientation and help for its members. The first branch of the church, outside of Puerto Rico, was established in New York City.
Which partially explains Hillary's appearance there last night. She remarked that she was proud to represent 1 million Puerto Ricans as senator from New York and remarked:
I've often felt that I was your senator as well as New York's.
Her speech was surreal as well, as she delivered it very slowly and deliberately, stopping every sentence or two for her comments to be translated. Usually the reaction from the congregation only came after the translation was spoken, which added.
Puerto Rican mega rock star and international humanitarian Ricky Martin endorsed Hillary Clinton for President.
"These elections will have historic repercussions both in the United States and the world. Senator Clinton has always been consistent in her commitment with the needs of the Latino community. Whether fighting for better education, universal health care and social well-being, as First Lady and Senator from New York -- representing millions of Latinos --she has always fought for what is most important for our families," said the 5-time Grammy award winning artist.
Accepting Martin's endorsement, Hillary said:
"I am honored to have Ricky Martin's support," said Senator Clinton. "In addition to his great talent, Ricky is committed to improving the world through his philanthropic work, and I am grateful for his support. He is a very important voice in the Latino community and together we will work to improve the lives of families and children across the country."
It seems that Puerto Ricans -- just like West Virginians and Kentuckians -- didn't get the DNC memo that this race is over.
Puertorican newspaper El Vocero has published a poll done with Univisión Network
Hillary Rodham Clinton resultó ser la precandidata demócrata a la presidencia de Estados Unidos que favorecieron los puertorriqueños en una encuesta de EL VOCERO y UNIVISION, por un cómodo margen de 13 por ciento frente a su contrincante Barack Obama. El segundo hallazgo de la encuesta es que no importa quién resulte ser el o la aspirante demócrata, entre los boricuas cualquiera de los dos tiene una ventaja arrolladora de 62 por ciento frente al contendiente republicano John McCain. La encuesta reflejó que la Senadora por Nueva York obtuvo un 51 por ciento del favor de los encuestados frente a un 38 por ciento del Senador por Illinois. El 8 por ciento de las personas expresó que no votará por ninguno y el 3 por ciento no sabe o no contestó.
This attitude that has embodied Senator Obama and his campaign is turning voters away in record amount. This style has dogged the campaign from the beginning and it seems to have only intensified as we progress on in this election. That most likely explains why Obama has not been able to secure the nomination from his early surge.
The reason I'm sure the Obama campaign set out to call for an end to the election early. There was no way he could win the nomination the longer he had to campaign for it.
Of course, we know why Camp Obama and the media keep trying to call an end for the campaign of the Democratic nomination. Because as Hillary continues to campaign, she is winning the support of not just the Democrats, but more independents and Repbublicans, that shows her the best chance to win in the General Election.
May. 20, 2008 10:15 PM
Memo to Hillary Clinton: Please don't quit
By LEWIS W. DIUGUID
The Kansas City Star
Which also means, as long as she keeps receiving more support and more votes, Hillary can win the nomination. And of course, that is possible, because the other candidate is not winning or securing the votes he needed to win. That wasn't on Camp Obama's wishlist. So, they have resorted to every other means possible to push for that outcome. Forgetting apparently, Hillary is not a quitter.