• from Time's Joe Klein:

    Clinton was very strong. She is, without a doubt, the most improved speaker of this election cycle. Her stump speech is a welter of statistics and details--50,000 Iowa children are currently on SCHIP; 50,000 more would have become eligible if Bush hadn't vetoed the bill. She speaks softly, pacing slowly back and forth across the stage like a lioness.

    http://www.time-blog.com/swampland/2008/ 01/accordian_update.html

    Just one anecdotal report but he might be on to something. I really like that lioness bit. LOL!!

  • comment on a post Hillary's Promise / News From the Ground over 6 years ago

    from someone on the ground in Iowa. That person is feeling really optimistic. Even from where I am in MD, I've been getting the sense that the campaign is cautiously optimistic as well. I saw Patti Solis Doyle appear in an interview with Fox's Greta Van Susteren and she was just so calm like Hillary and the rest of the Clinton camp. They've got their game plan and they are just executing it. You see the other campaigns who are scrambling and backbiting each other.

    Thanks for the link to the late deciders video clip. I liked that last women's testimonial the best. She said that it was time to get serious about this caucus process.

    I'm feeling really positive right now....

  • but Biden already told the Atlantic's Ambinder that the rumors are not true....

    http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/arch ives/2008/01/biden_wont_make_secondchoic e_d.php

  • comment on a post Western Iowa over 6 years ago

    I appreciated seeing all of the pictures from the events.

    Have a safe trip....

  • Since the diarist is new and just started posting here, I wanted to make sure that he understood my DEEP ANIMUS toward his candidate.....

  • This person asked about a hypothetical if HRC lost. Given the vitriol that this diarist in particular has written about HRC in the past few days, I have no problem expressing my true feelings about his fave candidate. I've said on many occassions on this board WAY before this poll come out that I probably would not vote for Obama if he won the nomination. I think I said that a couple of months ago. I believe that most of the Obama fans know my feelings towards their candidate. Since this poster, I wanted to make sure that he understood my unsympathetic feelings towards his candidate....

  • We just barely won Pennsylvania last time. Yes, Obama would get record turnouts in the cities. A lot of African-Americans would come out to support him. But would the increased turnout of AA be enough for him to win the state? I don't think so. I don't think he would attract the votes of Bob Casey-like Democrats, the hunters etc.

    Should Obama win the nomination, we HRC supporters should come up with a game to predict how many blue states he would lose in the general. Whoever got the closest to the actual result would win the raffle contest. Whoever predicts the most accurately, wins the entire pool of money. That would at least make watching the election returns half way interesting....  

  • that since 1968, we've only held the White House for 12 years....

    I think we can safely say with Obama as the Democratic nominee, he might just put an end to the Democratic party by pissing off all the interest groups. Just think what lengths he'll go to in the general to appeal to Republicans/swing voters by dissing the Democratic base.

    No, sirree. He's going to have to spend a lot of money in blue states like Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Wisconsin just so that he won't lose in a McGovern-like landslide (if he won the nomination). Forget about winning states like Florida, West Virginia etc. Forget about Dean's 50 state strategy.

    Oh, well, I wash my hands of the whole thing. I'll kind of be like a bystander to a trainwreck that you know is coming all throughout the general election....

  • comment on a post Will HRC voters support eventual nominee over 6 years ago

    Usually, I vote a straight Democratic ticket. I have no choice due to Maryland machine politics. It's either a Democrat or a wasted vote.

    At this point in time, if Obama is the nominee, I'd probably sit out the election. If Obama lost Maryland b/c I and others like me refused to vote for him, then he would probably lose the general election in a landslide. After all, Maryland has been reliably blue since 1992. If he lost Maryland, then he would definitely lose Pennsylvania, which is a lot redder than Maryland.

    You Obama voters constantly threaten that AAs won't vote for HRC if she wins the nomination. Back at you!! The same could apply for core HRC voters towards Obama. Be careful what you wish for!!    

  • I enjoyed reading it. I do think that Senator Clinton's campaign is in an upswing after that November slump. Our girl is back. I've really felt that things have been going right for her campaign since last week--maybe around the time of the Des Moines Register endorsement. She needed that good news lifesaver just to change the media narrative. I really hope that she wins the caucus after all the grief that she's gotten from the NBC crew as well as most of the blogosphere. It would be nice for her to say that she did something that Bill didn't do in her political career as a bonus.

    My fantasy scenario is that there a lot of "invisible" HRC supporters that haven't been factored in the polls that will come out to caucus for her Thursday night and that she wins BIG!! I'd take a win, but my fantasy would be a huge unexpected victory.

    Regardless of what happens, I will be glad when Thursday night comes and goes and this caucus is over. I'm really ready for the whole she-bang to be over but particularly the Iowa caucuses. Let's move on to a primary state.....

  • comment on a post Russert's questions for Obama: What a joke! over 6 years ago

    lonnette. I haven't watched the interview yet, but I will. I'm going to take a contrarian view to most of the opinions in this thread. I think it was a very good interview and that it served its purpose. It was a set up interview. Look at the particular type of questions that Timmy asked of Obama. Look at questions #4, 5, 8 and 9. I predict Obama's responses to these questions, especially question #8 will be played over and over and over again in the coming days....

    When people have skeletons in their closets, sometimes it's better to just be transparent and let the skeletons out of the closet YOURSELF rather than waiting until the closing days of a campaign for the skeletons to fall out of the closet....

    Well, at least Obama had some warning...

  • I used to call him Booker T. Obama on this board in part b/c of this conciliatory approach. I decided a few weeks that I wanted to remain positive when blogging on this board, so I've abandoned using that nickname.

    I've been reading several biographies about past presidents, mostly FDR bios. I've come to realize that I prefer presidents with confrontational personalities. I don't think you can be confrontational all the time. There has to be a mix--like LBJ. In a recent book I read, historian James McGregor Burns pointed out that LBJ would cajole and harass senators to get bills passed. I've heard that he blackmailed some senators to get the civil rights legislation passed. Quite frankly, I want the next president to have that same mentality--to do whatever to get legislation passed/something done.

    On the other hand, I just don't think that Obama will be able to get stuff done based on his passive-negative personality type under James David Barber's presidential character analysis. If he were elected, it would be for a 4 year brief term similiar to Carter's presidency. Crisis would ensue and Obama would fail to act. He is very reactive rather than pro-active. He doesn't use his resources to execute political action. That's a serious problem. It's harder to see now that he's a senator and just 1 of 100. But as leader of the free world, it's going to be devastating....

  • comment on a post Hillary crying "SEXISM".....again over 6 years ago

    He was concerned about the effect of Bhutto's assassination on the campaign, so he is attempting to minimize the experience that HRC gained while she was First Lady. Also, the statements were a call to arm to the sexists, particulary young men, who don't care for Hillary. I'm sure that they will galvanize Obama's young supporters like you see here, who look down upon Hillary and mock her every chance they get.

    Why is anyone surprised by these Obama statements? He's made similiar statements about her throughout this campaign....

  • on a comment on Obama At Odds With His FP Team over 6 years ago

    Yeah, I've been watching the news all day. I had MSNBC most of the day. I didn't see Morning Joe or the lady newsreaders cover the story or Chris Matthews. When did you see the story appear on MSNBC? I didn't see the story on the ABC or NBC network nightly news either.

    Sorry, I just don't see this getting a lot of play, especially with the national media covering Obama's tail whenever he makes mistakes. He's the inspirational candidate whose candidancy will inspire the entire third world. Inspiring candidates don't make mistakes so no, this story won't get a lot of play. Just his sweeping, inspiring speeches....

  • on a comment on Obama At Odds With His FP Team over 6 years ago

    this is supposed to be my reply to BTD's 9:02 post.

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