Winning Isn't Everything

The past 21 months have been a roller coaster of emotions-and most of the time I would succumb to their effects and measure my day and life on which one was consuming me at the time.

The highs of Iowa, the Democratic nomination, the convention and the current polls favoring Obama.  The lows including Rev. Wright, the primary wars, the "seemingly" brilliant Palin choice and polls that show our candidate was losing.

Far fewer times I actually thought about how this election has changed me personally-tonight is one of those unique times.

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Wassup!!!

Sorry for the short diary but this is a "blast from the past" with some crucial updates.  8 years since their debut...Wow, time flies!!

Enjoy!!

True!!  Change!!

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2008 McCain Calls 2000 McCain A Socialist?

We all have wondered where the John McCain of 2000 has gone.  The once moderate Republican continues to sell his soul and ideals for desperate and cruel attacks against Obama to fool himself into believing he still can win this thing.

The irony is McCain would have been more competitive had he just stuck to his original meme and views on issues.  This is what a whiff of power do to some people...they want it, no matter the costs.

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Right Now...

Cross-posted at www.motleymoose.com and Clintonistas for Obama

This election is more of choice than Barack Obama, John McCain, Joe Biden, Sarah Palin, the Democratic Party or the Republican Party.  It's more of choice than pro-lifers vs. pro-choicers, the evangelicals vs the agnostics and the NRA vs gun control.

This election, under the direction of the American people, is the opportunity to send a strong, direct and clear message to future congresspersons, senators, governors and other officials.  To let them know in no uncertain terms that we will not stand for Rovian-Style campaigns no longer.

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Palin Not to Take Any Questions....

....from the media for the entire campaign.  That according to Nicloe Wallace of McCain campaign.  Instead she will only speak to the American people using "scripted speeches and choreographed appearances on the campaign trail and in campaign ads."

Are you frickin' kidding me?  Do they think this will really fly?

So the American people do not deserve answers from a person who is vying to be the Vice President of the United States?  What a slap in the face, this will fail.

Look at the video on the below link....On Morning Joe this morning.

http://www.time-blog.com/swampland/2008/ 09/no_questions_please_were.html

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A 15 Minute Meeting and a Phone Call

Many bloggers are focusing on Sarah Palin the person instead of noticing the major failure of John McCain's first major Presidential decision and how it opposes his core message of "America First".

First McCain states what the key element is in selecting a VP.

...McCain said: "I think about whether that person who I select would be most prepared to take my place. And that would be the key criteria [sic]."

http://www.salon.com/opinion/conason/200 8/08/30/palin/

Another advisor, Charlie Black, said McCain and Palin spent about 90 minutes in a meeting with about six other governors and then spoke privately for about 15 minutes that night at a reception.

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Finally, working from his home in Phoenix, McCain arranged to speak with Palin by telephone Sunday while she was at the Alaska State Fair.

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On Thursday morning, McCain and his wife invited Palin and her aide to their 15-acre compound near Sedona. McCain was so impressed, Hazelbaker said, that he formally invited the Alaskan to join his ticket at 11 a.m., when they were on the deck of the McCain family home.

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la- na-mccainveep30-2008aug30,0,923381.story

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Time Wasted

What a pathetic diary to be enshrined into the top spot here at Mydd.  Some people just can't let it go or just don't have other measures to unleash their inner anger of the Clintons.  They seem hell bent in devoting much of their energy on the every action or non-action of the Clinton's and attempting to lay blame on an imagined monolithic group known as "Hillary Supporters".

One just imagines how much energy is wasted during these rants.  Time that could be dedicated to wage an Anti-McCain campaign, time that could be used in promoting Obama's platform or time dedicated to the some of struggling Democrats running for congress.  What a waste.

Reality check.  The primaries are over.

Hillary Clinton is her own person, and made one hell of a run at the nomination.  She is an icon for the Democratic Party and will continue to be for many years.  She has loyal supporters, most have stated their support for Obama for the greater good of the party and the average American citizen.  HRC has done all that has been asked of her, and has done a mighty fine job considering the emotional and closely contested primary.  I will respect her and her supporters, because I could have easily been in their shoes.

As for the ones who won't make the jump.  It is their decision.

As for the aforementioned diary regarding Hillary and disrupting the convention, I have some views...

I don't know who's driving this rumour bus, but it sure as hell isn't Hilary Clinton.

I would argue that you might not be driving the bus but you're on board giving directions.

After all, there aren't any REAL stories to cover.

Yes there are...Why aren't you writing about them instead?

On another note: I am so fucking sick of the "Hillary was victimised by gender bias" meme I could puke.

Wow, and what rock did you crawl out from under?  Take the blinders off, sweetie...and do you kiss your kids with that mouth?

After February, she was toast. Stick a fork in her (and that is NOT a goddamned misogynist violence against women expression get over it), she'd have been better off quitting, end of story.

Yeah, that's what I would like to see in a person who is fighting for the ordinary American.  A person who wants Universial Healthcare, who wants to fight for the rights of women, minorities and the GLBT community, who cares about every single child in this country, who hates the GOP with every ounce of her being...Yeah just quit, when times get tough and give up.

She showed some true grit and wasn't going to give up on her vision of a fair America for everyone.  I'll take a hundred of her over a quitter.

Next time, try and use your time more wisely.

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Someone Tell Me

I just got back from registering voters for Obama in Cleveland and Pittsburgh.  I was at Jacobs Field and PNC Park during baseball games and we registered voters in the parking lots before the games and I took in a couple of games myself.

It was great weather and I was happy to meet people who were excited with the opportunity to vote.  Many people offered why they were prepared to vote and change the direction of this country.  Issues such as unemployment, lack of healthcare, loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan, gas prices, cost of living and the environment were echoed over and over again.

Afterwards sitting in a Pittsburgh hotel I had time to reflect on all the input I received and began wondering,  why would someone who cited one or more of the aforementioned areas of concern ever vote for John McCain and a four year extension of Bush's policies.  It really dumbfounded me.

I wasn't concerned with the die-hard Republicans or the wealthy POV, they will always back their party.  My thoughts gravitated toward middle class moderates (Both Repub and Dem), and the so-called PUMAs.  Why they would expose themselves to 4 more years of economical hardship and vote for someone that will do nothing to improve their quality of life?

For the moderates, is it because some are under-educated and don't fully realize the differences between the two candidates?  Is it because they are afraid of Obama's inexperience?  Is it because they think he's too liberal?  Is it because Obama is black?  Do they really believe all the smears or do they just rely on them to justify their apprehension toward Obama?  Is the Obama campaign's message wrong?

Someone tell me.

For the PUMAs, whose mission is to "teach the Democratic Party a lesson".  Do they despise Obama and his message that much?  Why will they vote Democratic down ticket but not for Obama, doesn't that go against their mission of what they are trying to accomplish?  Do they not value HRC's message of how important it is to have a Democratic POTUS?  Do they really think John McCain isn't that bad?   Do they believe Obama is a sexist?  Do they really believe that what they are doing is for the best interest of their family and our country?

Someone tell me.

I am a 38 year old white male.  I am a single father with two boys (4 & 9).  I have lost two good paying jobs over the last four years because of Dubya's economic policies.  He and his administration, personally, have made my family economically unstable and has planted doubts about our future.  I now work two menial jobs, with just enough money to pay the bills and keep food on the table.  Because of rising prices and lack of quality paying jobs I have been forced to dip into my sons college funds thus endangering the ability for them to go to college.  Thanks to HRC my two sons have healthcare, I, however, do not.  I have a cousin on his second tour in Iraq, and have to comfort his wife and baby daughter on a weekly basis.  George Bush has made it very personal to me and I intend to do everything in my power to ensure his policies and agenda comes to an end in January 2009.

Now I don't agree with every stance Obama takes on the issues, I have never fully agreed with any such candidate. I do, however, know he is the person that I feel will do what's needed for people like me and will fight for the middle class.  There are two people remaining in this presidential race, many wish they weren't these two people, but it is what it is.  

One vows to continue down the same old path ensuring that the rich get get richer and the common folk get shafted.  He vows to continue a war and maybe start new ones.  SS is in jeopardy and healthcare isn't even on the radar.  He loves big oil and sure as shit doesn't give two shits about our children.  Women?  Yeah right.

The other vows a new path forged with more emphasis on the middle class.  He wants to get us out of a war and urges diplomacy over violence.  Has stated that he wants HRC to "spearhead" the effort to universal healthcare.  He wants all children to have the opportunity to succeed by improving our schools and making college affordable for everyone.  Stands up for women's rights including equal pay and the right to choose.

I believe my story is very comparable to a majority of  people in the US.  So why would this type of person vote for John McCain over Barack Obama?

Someone tell me.

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McCain Off On His Timing...Again!

As KO just reported on Countdown, CBS news' Katie Couric interviewed John McCain today in which he was asked about the Obama's view of the Surge and how it aided in establishing the Anbar awakening. Exchange below...

Couric: Senator McCain, Sen. Obama says, while the increased number of U.S. troops contributed to increased security in Iraq, he also credits the Sunni awakening and the Shiite government going after militias. And says that there might have been improved security even without the surge. What's your response to that?

McCain: I don't know how you respond to something that is such a false depiction of what actually happened. Colonel McFarlane (phonetic) was contacted by one of the major Sunni sheiks. Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening. I mean, that's just a matter of history. Thanks to General Petraeus, our leadership, and the sacrifice of brave young Americans. I mean, to deny that their sacrifice didn't make possible the success of the surge in Iraq, I think, does a great disservice to young men and women who are serving and have sacrificed.

They were out there. They were protecting these sheiks. We had the Anbar awakening.

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"Whiner" Gramm Steps Down

Just announced live on Olbermann, Phil Gramm has stepped down as McCain's Co-Chair and Chief Economic Advisor.

Former Republican Sen. Phil Gramm said Friday he is stepping down as co-chairman of Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign after comments in which he called Americans "a nation of whiners."

Sorry for such a short diary, just wanted to get it out there.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/

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