• McCain did manage to step on the buzz from Obama's stirring closing ceremony speech. Palin-Biden seems a clear mismatch but perhaps not since she is such a charmer

    Since Palin was a successful point guard, maybe she and Obama should go one-on-one.

    homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post Post-Election Open Thread over 6 years ago

    On an historic evening when an African-American had just clinched the presidential nomination, his rival, Senator Hillary Clinton, gave a campaign speech. She offered some praise to Barack Obama for the strong campaign he had run, but carefully avoided the word. "won".

    During the day, expecting Obama's victory, Clinton's campaign had stepped on the celebration of this milestone with, among other things, her statement that she was open to being the candidate for vice president. This gave extra meaning to her demand that the 18 million (sic) Americans who had voted for her must be respected.

    Hillary's speech was before a few hundred donors and supporters in a basement gymnasium at New York's Baruch College. (Didn't Obama once tell us that the word Barack was a form of the word Baruch?) With no television monitors there, some in the audience certainly had not heard that Obama had just won the nomination. They surely would not get this news from her.

    Terry McAuliffe introduced Clinton as the "next president" and her speech was a mixture of farewell thank yous to supporters and campaign workers and vows to keep standing up and fighting for her beliefs and the American people. The Senator again presented her case that she was the stronger candidate and argued that she had won the popular vote, a notion disputed by the Obama campaign. She said she would work for party unity, but she had already been including this in her stump speech. No congratulations to Obama, no endorsement, no concession.

    And no graciousness.

    homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post Puerto Rico Results Thread over 6 years ago

    related fake news

    HILLARY PROMOTES PARTY UNITY IN PUERTO RICO

    In her victory speech after the Puerto Rico primary, Senatory Clinton heeded the calls for party unity by focusing on the need for a Democratic victory in November. Rather than making claims for her own campaign, she looked forward to the general election.

    After thanking Puerto Rico "So-o-o much" for her impressive win, Clinton placed the primary result in a different light. She noted the value of her support among Hispanic voters for the campaign against John McCain. In strong and inspiring language, the Senator vowed to campaign vigorously for Barack Obama in states where the votes Hispanic/Latino citizens were essential.

    Turning her attention to the large television audience, she appealed directly to mainland Hispanic/Latino voters to go to the polls in large numbers to vote for the Democratic nominee, Barack Obama.

    homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post Next Up: MI & FL over 6 years ago

    First, Hillary held a "victory" rally in Florida, claiming a "win" where there was no contest. Then,she flip-flopped on her prior position that FL and MI votes should not count.

    Her claims to the results in these states are spurious, whether or not Obama was onthe ballot. When you are a Clinton, with a background of the
    presidency and decades in the public eye, of course you will get the most votes when your opponent has not campaigned.

    So let the delegates come to Denver and divide the votes evenly.

    homer  www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post What is Rev. Wright doing? over 6 years ago

    related fake news

    WRIGHT CHALLENGES PRESIDENT CLINTON TO DEDATE

    Immediately after his appearance at the National Press Club, Reverend Jeremiah Wright challenged former president Bill Clinton to a debate - "anytime. any place".  His rationale being questioned by reporters, Wright explained that since each of them had been deemed influential in the campaigns of the two remaining Democratic candidates, it was important to clear the air and debate their views and their contributions to the public dialogue surrounding the campaigns.

    Suggested debate locations included Little Rock, Nantucket, and South Side Chicago. As for format, the Reverand said that he preferred a Lincoln-Douglas style debate. If moderators were to be used, he said his preference would be for Chris Wallace and Chris Matthews.

    Reverend Wright went on to state that his suggestion for a debate was made with all due humility and that he would be honored just to appear on the same platform with a member of one of the most elite couples in America.

    homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post What will the superdelegates do? over 6 years ago


    Hillary did well in the PA primary. She is a good candidate and would be a good president.

    But once again we'll hear that Obama can't win the big states, with many electoral votes, and that this win in Pennsylvania proves it. For Pennsylvania, and probably the others, this argument is specious.

    In addition to Hillary's usual 15 year head start, in Pennsylvania Obama faced the formidible Governor Ed Rendell and the Democratic establishment, including the mayors of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and most other cities.

    Also, he was not running against John McCain nor any other white male. Hillary benefits considerably from the votes of white women. These women are not going to defect to McCain in the general election. Nor will most other Hillary voters suddenly turn Republican.

    So the claim that Obama can't win the big states is nonsense. He can and he will.

    In the larger picture, it of course would be important and beneficial for th United States to elect a competent woman to the presidency. But women have led countries before and such a positive step does not
    compare to the prospect of a talented and inspiring black man as leader of the world's major, largely white country

    homer  www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post Post Debate Thread over 6 years ago

    PENNSYLVANIA DEBATE

    In the debate last night far too much time was spent attacking Obama on trivial issues such  as wearing flag lapel pins,  one bitter misstatement, and  remote associations. The two moderators and Clinton put him on the defensive for much of the night.

    He did OK and Clinton was her usual competent self. About the only news was the conviction of candidates that each would set the strategy and mission for Iraq and not be necessarily bound by opinions of the generals. Also, each conceded that the other was electable in the November election.

    Mostly ho-hum. Where are Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich when we need them?

    homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post Bristol, PA Hillary Clinton Event over 6 years ago

    Obama is an "elitist". So says the down-to-earth middle class lady, from the White House, Chappaqua, and Nantucket.

    It is so disheartening to think that, with all the problems and opportunities in the U.S. and the world, this election could possibly be decided by an inept description of a cultural situation or perhaps one or two words, "bitter", or "cling".

    homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post More Mixed Messages On The Re-Vote Front over 6 years ago

    The Clinton campaign keeps claiming an advantage for Hillary because she can win the big states, such as Pennsylvania and Ohio and Obama can't.

    Win these states? These are primaries, against Obama not McCain, where also she often has the advantage of support from officials such as Pennsylvania's governor and Philidelphia's mayor.

    It is nonsense to contend that Obama would not do well in these states. Does Clinton believe that those who voted for her in the primaries will suddenly become Republicans?

    homer  www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post POLITICAL SILLY SEASON over 6 years ago

    I didn't, and wouldn't, say Senator Clinton is a scold, and certainly not a "common scold". But such remarks could lead to the office of Scold-In-Chief.

    But I'm not sure how bad this word is, since it dates from way back referring to a woman who engages in
    scolding behaviors. Seems like calling a man a bully for that certain type of behavior.

    Her "shame on you" remark, if in a more moderate tone, would seem more like an "eat your peas" demand from a mother. So, "Mother-In-Chief"?

    homer    www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post Sources: Romney getting out over 6 years ago

    The nation may well be ready for an African-american president, or a female president. It is just not ready to elect an android.

    homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post Some Post Debate Thoughts over 6 years ago

    They both looked good in this head-to-head debate. Civility reigned.

    Hillary was on her game. Obama did well to force her to try to defend her Iraq war authorization, but failed to confront her about her failure to read the NIE report.

    Obama had a great point in noting that the renowned businessman, Romney, had not obtained much return on his campaign investment. Hillary had a nifty line that a Clinton had cleaned up after a Bush presidency and that a Clinton would now do the same.

    Both won. Hillary showed her excellent skills in outlining policy positions. Obama did OK and certainly did benefit a lot just from the additional exposure this debate.gave him.

    homer www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post Overheard In The Spin Room: Barack Obama Edition over 6 years ago

    They both looked good in this head-to-head debate. Civility reigned.

    Hillary was on her game. Obama did well to force her to try to defend her Iraq war authorization, but failed to confront her about her failure to read the NIE report.

    Obama had a great point in noting that the renowned businessman, Romney, had not obtained much return on his campaign investment. Hillary had a nifty line that a Clinton had cleaned up after a Bush presidency and that a Clinton would now do the same.

    Both won. Hillary showed her excellent skills in outlining policy positions. Obama did OK and certainly did benefit a lot just from the additional exposure this debate.gave him.

    homer www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post Hillary Wins Florida, and She Wins Big! over 6 years ago

    Most media reports go on to say that no delegates were awarded in the Democratic primary because its timing violated party rules. However few, if any, emphasize that this was not a contested election and that Obama's message and persona were not presented to Florida voters. Of course, the former first lady would win big.

    And she'll push to have these delegates counted.

    I hope that pundits and editorial writers will criticize the presumptuous, cynical performance by Senator Clinton in holding a "triumphant" victory rally in Florida on election night.

    homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

  • comment on a post The Risk Posed to Obama by Nevada over 6 years ago

    As you note, the Obama amd Clinton camps are gearing up for a showdown in the Nevada caucuses on January 19th with hundreds of supporters coming to Nevada to spread the word for the candidates.

    Those who worked in Iowa before coming here just have to remember that in Nevada it is opposing Yucca mountain and not supporting ethanol.

    homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

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