Pennsylvania says: Hillary You're Hired!

Hillary came to State College tonight, and she taught us not only what she stands for, but how she will put her plans to action for America. She was well attended, and very well received. I met Mark McCracken (Democratic candidate for District 5), and saw Rick Vilello on the sidelines as well, no sign of Bill Cahir though? We waited with thousands of our closest friends in the rain to see the Senator that would be called "Madame President."

(pics at http://pridepress.blogspot.com)

John Murtha, and Governor Rendell introduced her to the exhilarated crowd who were on their feet and eager to hear her plan for America.


Hillary started the night the way every visitor to Penn State should, with a robust:

WE ARE!

Here is the main place she stands out from Barack Obama; where he offers inspiration on the stump, Hillary not only gives you hope, she gives you details about how she will turn America around. She was direct, and spot-on with her criticisms of Bush & McCain. She only criticised Obama on policy points, which is easy to do when he isn't willing to talk about them in any detail. We learned more about the Hillary's White House in the first 10 minutes, then we learned from Barack in an hour.

I choose Hillary because she is better prepared to lead this nation on the first day. I know many a Barack supporter that hates that argument but it's true and indisputable in my opinion. I expect a majority of PA citizens and other Americans see it that way too!

I felt like she was speaking directly to me when she compared her candidacy, and the selection of a nominee as a job application.

That is precisely how I view the campaign trail.

Hillary and Senator Obama have applied for a job, and as the employer, I have to review their credentials, their experience, and not only how they answer the tough questions, but what they say. I have to discern the "text book" answers, and the fluff from the hard facts. I am pleased to report that we have two excellent candidates that have applied for the job, but we unfortunately don't have two positions available.

So...

Having given careful consideration to both, I am thrilled to inform Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton that her application has been approved. She has beaten out her competition in Pennsylvania, and on Tuesday we the people of Pennsylvania will be happy to say:

Hillary Clinton -- You're Hired!

In 2000, and again in 2004, this country ignored qualifications and elected the worst.president.ever. Let's not make that mistake again!
Pennsylvania, don't just hope for change. Vote for it!

Hillary Clinton for President!

Tags: Hillary Clinton, Pa, Penn State, Pennsylvania, PSU, Rec Hall, State College, voter endorsement (all tags)

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Re: Pennsylvania says: Hillary You're Hired!

If Hillary can pull out a 10 point win in PA, that would only cut Obama's pledged dleegate lead from 165 down to 143.

Hillary will then win W. VA., KY, and PR, while Obama will win N.C., Guam, Ore., Mont. and S.D.
And let's assume Hillary wins Ind. too. When it's all over, Obama still comes out about 150 delegates ahead. See for yourself:

http://www.slate.com/id/2185278/

by fugazi 2008-04-20 08:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Pennsylvania says: Hillary You're Hired!

Uprated.  Not a troll post.

by bjones 2008-04-20 08:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Pennsylvania says: Hillary You're Hired!

Kudos on a mostly positive diary.  There are few of them here.

by rfahey22 2008-04-20 08:27PM | 0 recs
Thanks for the inspiring report!

by 4justice 2008-04-20 08:27PM | 0 recs
Pennsylvania

may want to hire Hillary Clinton. Thirty other states to date, however, disagree, as do a majority of voters who have expressed no such desire.

by MBNYC 2008-04-20 08:28PM | 0 recs
You're forgetting Florida and Michigan

They aren't just going to disappear.  If Obama was such a done deal, he'd have the superdelegates on his side.  Last time I looked, there was a bunch of undecideds.  Looks like they're waiting til the third act plays out.  Crunch your numbers all you want---All you'll see is that neither Clinton or Obama will have enough to put them over the top.  In the meantime, the superdelegates will continue to sit back and watch the show.  A new reveal here or there about Obama's past, a slip of the tongue, or an unfortunate turn of a phrase, oh and yeah, the momentum Hillary gets from winning and yet another big state (PA)...No wonder all you Obama supporters keep insisting that Hillary should drop out. Nervous?

by izarradar 2008-04-20 09:43PM | 0 recs
Re: You're forgetting Florida and Michigan

About McCain?  Yes.

by rfahey22 2008-04-20 09:46PM | 0 recs
Re: You're forgetting Florida and Michigan

Then don't back a first term senator who can't beat him.

by izarradar 2008-04-20 09:50PM | 0 recs
Re: You're forgetting Florida and Michigan

Yeah, yeah, and don't back a Senator who has less elected experience and is broke.  Save it for the fall, we'll need it.  

by rfahey22 2008-04-20 10:17PM | 0 recs
Re: You're forgetting Florida and Michigan

Hey, bud, guess who's been around Washington the longest and who has had a front row seat for how the game is played?  That's the kind of inside experience that's being talked about in this campaign.  She's been around the block a couple more times than the senator from Illinois.

by izarradar 2008-04-20 10:29PM | 0 recs
Re: You're forgetting Florida and Michigan

Hey, bud, guess who's been around Washington the longest and who has had a front row seat for how the game is played?  That's the kind of inside experience that's being talked about in this campaign.  She's been around the block a couple more times than the senator from Illinois.

by izarradar 2008-04-20 10:30PM | 0 recs
Heh.

Well, when your campaign rationale and only hope of victory becomes that the guy who's beating you might perhaps implode, there's another way of phrasing that: your campaign can't achieve victory by a positive sell or more generally by the actions it takes. You've already lost the initiative.

by MBNYC 2008-04-21 02:59AM | 0 recs
We'll see about initiative

Come talk to me after tomorrow night.

by izarradar 2008-04-21 06:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Pennsylvania says: Hillary You're Hired!

What can I say, "like-ability" is still what seems to elect our leaders.  I prefer experience and plans to hopes and dreams.

I support them both, I just see her as better prepared.

by FISG 2008-04-20 08:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Pennsylvania says: Hillary You're Hired!

   I like how Bill Clinton is mocking the "hope" message...when that's exactly what he ran on in 1992.

   I guess now that he and Hillary have had a power taste, it's not about hope any more.

   It is for some of us.

by southernman 2008-04-20 08:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Pennsylvania says: Hillary You're Hired!

Great writeup.  I agree with your framework of thinking about this as a hiring decision.

by bobbank 2008-04-20 08:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Pennsylvania says: Hillary You're Hired!

Are Obama fanatics so full of despair than an uber-message of "hope" is what will revive their lives?

by New York Democrat 2008-04-20 08:42PM | 0 recs
I bet she loses Centre County.

by bobdoleisevil 2008-04-20 08:43PM | 0 recs
Re: I bet she loses Centre County.

I will totally accept that challenge.  I know more than a few students & locals that have switched from Obama to Hillary after his visit to town.

And Centre is not PA!  She will win PA!  But I think she has a fighting chance here too.

by FISG 2008-04-20 09:14PM | 0 recs
Re: I bet she loses Centre County.

Just curious:  How did his visit there turn people to Clinton?

by izarradar 2008-04-20 10:31PM | 0 recs
Re: I bet she loses Centre County.

After I heard his voice for the first time I decided on Clinton--bit too pompous for my tastes.

by zcflint05 2008-04-21 03:20AM | 0 recs
Pennsylvania says: Hillary You're Hired!

Thanks for your great report---I agree with the way you have come to your conclusions.  The word "hope" has never done it for me in terms of evaluating what a presidential candidate offers. "Hope" sounds a bit too illusory/undefined. I want someone who has definite solutions, and can articulate what they are, as Hillary has been doing right along.  

by truthseeker2 2008-04-20 08:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Pennsylvania says: Hillary You're Hired!

Obama has definite solutions. And most are virtually identical to Hillary's. On healthcare they differ on mandates. But to say that Obama only offers empty rhetoric is just as wrong as to say that all Hillary offers is a chance to go back to the 1990s.

by elrod 2008-04-20 09:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Pennsylvania says: Hillary You're Hired!

I would like to agree with you but i dont see him talking about issues or policies much. Not sure why? When i ask, I am told to go to his website for answers. Well his website seems like a copy & paste & merge of Clinton and Edwards answers on some instances. (I can be biased here because I go to Hillary's website first and then to Obama's so not sure who copied whom).

But when Hillary confidently talks about various issues fluently and Obama struggles with uhs & ums while talking about issues, I get a feeling that he is just copying, hence not being fluent. The moment he goes away from policy wonking to hope talks, he is fluent again. (In fact, he is fluent when he paints Hillary as 90s and old and past)

Just my observation. In case he becomes the nominee, he needs to change a lot for GE. He is becoming a good negative campaigner, not a good substantive candidate.

by Sandeep 2008-04-20 11:41PM | 0 recs
Positive Candidate Diary

Kudos to you, sir/ma'am.

by bjones 2008-04-20 08:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Pennsylvania says: Hillary You're Hired!

Sir, and you are welcome.

by FISG 2008-04-20 09:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Pennsylvania says: Hillary You're Hired!

It is nice to post nice things.

by FISG 2008-04-20 09:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Pennsylvania says: Hillary You're Hired!

When I saw her in person, you could just feel the strength, poise, confidence, and professionalism radiate off of her.  That may sound funny but that is what I remember the most about her rally where I live.  It made me solidly  confident that I had made the right choice.  Thanks for your in person account.  It is really exciting to be involved and living this thing up close.

by Scotch 2008-04-20 09:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Pennsylvania says: Hillary You're Hired!

I saw her at UCSB and had the same reaction.  She just is so knowledgeable, so strong, and confident.  She's had so much shit thrown at her during this race, and she's still radiant, still strong, still fighting.   What an amazing woman.  

by izarradar 2008-04-20 10:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Pennsylvania says: Hillary You're Hired!

Excellent news, photos and website.  wOOHOO!

by LindaSFNM 2008-04-20 10:07PM | 0 recs

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