New Game! Please play!!!

This game is called "What I like About Your Candidate". The rules are simple, but I expect many MyDD readers may find it really challenging.

*****UPDATE: Wow you guys, I am SO impressed!

I was expecting this thing to devolve into yet another food fight, but with one notable exception (you know who you are), everybody played the game wonderfully! As a reward, make yourselves your favorite dessert, and go watch "Heidi", or "Pollyanna", or your favorite sappy, feel-good movie.

And to the one person who just never seemed to figure out the rules, it's OK. I'm sure if you work very hard, you can one day say something nice about an adversary and really mean it. Remember: bunnies! rainbows! candy canes! ponies!

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1) Just leave a comment describing one thing (or more!) that you like, admire, respect about your candidate's primary opponent - soon to be GE ally.

1a) You can also say something nice about the opponent's supporters if you want.

2) Try to avoid back handed compliments, such as "I admire candidate X's courageous yet losing battle against halitosis." Go for something real, from the heart.

3) If you can't say something nice, go spew your bile in some other diary.

4) Insults and snark about the media and Republicans are fine, but try to do it in the context of saying something nice about your primary opponent.

I'll go first, below the fold ...

The thing I most admire about Obama is his plan for more open government. He has some great ideas for soliciting and encouraging wide public input on policy initiatives.

See? It's not so hard is it? Now, you go ...

Tags: bunnies, clinton, flowers, goodness, niceness, obama (all tags)

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Compliments about the diarist are also allowed. :-)

by itsthemedia 2008-05-22 09:32PM | 0 recs
i admire that BO....

has inspired a generation of young people to get involved in politics and he is an incredibly gifted orator.

oh -and the media sucks!

by canadian gal 2008-05-22 09:33PM | 0 recs
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I like that Clinton's shown herself to be an obvious policy bulldog. I'm surprised she hasn't been this aggressive in the Senate before now, though I suspect if she remains there, nothing'll stop her from running the joint within a week.

Oh, and as for the diarist, uhm... your smile brightens my day like a beautiful rainbow. How's that?

by ragekage 2008-05-22 09:35PM | 0 recs
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I like Obama because he had the courage and judgment to oppose the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 09:41PM | 0 recs
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I like Hillary because she has the funniest fantasies when she doesn't get enough sleep.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 09:44PM | 0 recs
Stick to the rules

by lombard 2008-05-22 09:50PM | 0 recs
question:

why are you spamming this diary?

by canadian gal 2008-05-22 10:01PM | 0 recs
Re: question:

What did I say?

I am expressing my confidence in Hillary's explanation of a potentially difficult situation which she handled much better than anyone could have expected given the media bias against her at the time.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 10:15PM | 0 recs
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Clinton supporters are loyal to a fault.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 09:45PM | 0 recs
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Sorry, you lose. Your first comment broke rule number one. Your second and third comments broke rule number two, and your general attitude breaks rule number three. For your penance, go pet a soft fuzzy animal for half an hour, and draw a picture of two happy unicorns playing in a meadow.

by itsthemedia 2008-05-22 10:56PM | 0 recs
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I have only said nice things.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 11:05PM | 0 recs
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Dude, they're back-handed compliments.  It's uncalled for.  Say something nice or don't say anything at all.

by The Distillery 2008-05-23 02:11AM | 0 recs
Ha ha thank you for making me chuckle

in times likes these...

"For your penance, go pet a soft fuzzy animal for half an hour, and draw a picture of two happy unicorns playing in a meadow."

I keep laughing harder the more I read this line...you should write for for sitcoms,
nice one

by KLRinLA 2008-05-22 11:41PM | 0 recs
in dedication for how much i love your comments.

by canadian gal 2008-05-22 11:47PM | 0 recs
Yummy! <nt>

by itsthemedia 2008-05-22 11:57PM | 0 recs
Re: New Game! Please play!!!

I admire Clinton's commitment to children, her ability to handle attacks with grace, her intellect and courage, and the role model she provides in so many ways for young women to pursue lives of meaning with confidence.

I commend the diarist's efforts here.

A second game, which I think might be more difficult but potentially more beneficial, would be to challenge people to write one thing that they wished their candidate had done differently and one thing they would like them to to a better job with in the future.  But I think the diarist was spot on to start with the positive.

by Strummerson 2008-05-22 09:46PM | 0 recs
I wish my candidate

Had not answered any flag pin questions but instead had challenged the MSM to focus on more meaningful issues.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 10:01PM | 0 recs
Re: I wish my candidate

I agree on that one and have a few more.  But I just wanted to throw that out there.  Two "games" on one thread would be confusing.   Let's follow the one set by the diarist here.

by Strummerson 2008-05-22 10:04PM | 0 recs
Re: I wish my candidate

Fine by me.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 10:07PM | 0 recs
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I like Obama because he has taken money from lobbists to finance his campaign.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 09:49PM | 0 recs
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Opps change that to hasn't taken money from lobbyists...

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 09:50PM | 0 recs
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What would Sigmund say? ;-)

But you are breaking rule number one again. Are you confused? You are supposed to say nice things about the opponent, not accidentally slam your own candidate and then retract it.

If you can't play by the rules here, why not start your own diary? you could call it "Sam Wise Gingy's diary of clever sayings that do not follow the rules to itsthemedia'a game."

by itsthemedia 2008-05-22 11:02PM | 0 recs
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All I did was correct a typo.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 11:07PM | 0 recs
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Sam I love your vote, but I am not going to be able to sleep with you eliciting itsthemedia's comebacks, there hysterical!  You gotta admit they're good

I like Hillary because she doesn't let seemingly bad odds affect her determination.  

by KLRinLA 2008-05-22 11:48PM | 0 recs
Barack Obama

He is a gifted and inspirational politician.  His ability to connect with voters is impressive.

His supporters are passionate and appear willing to go to the mat for him.  That bodes well for us in November.

I admire John McCain's service to this country, but he is the wrong man for the wrong job at the wrong time.  We must do everything we can to ensure that the voters of Arizona do not lose their senior senator.

Oh the media, don't even get me started.  I'm trying to stop swearing.

by psychodrew 2008-05-22 09:49PM | 0 recs
I like the way Sen. Obama

has never personally whined about race !!

by SevenStrings 2008-05-22 09:50PM | 0 recs
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I like Obama because he doesn't appeal to prejudice to get votes.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 09:52PM | 0 recs
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Wait, I get it! You are a McCain backer right? That is why you are posting nice things about both Dem candidates? Good on you! Have a lolipop!

by itsthemedia 2008-05-22 11:05PM | 0 recs
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My misunderstanding, I thought we were limited to positive remarks.

The rules did not state that we couldn't make positive remarks about our own candidate.

If you hadn't noticed by my tag line I am an Obama supporter.

You got here long after I made most of these comments.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 11:33PM | 0 recs
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I used pretty small words. Everybody else got it. No worries, I'm sure you will have lots of great contributions now that you have caught up to the rest of the group.

by itsthemedia 2008-05-22 11:45PM | 0 recs
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Hillary has awakened many women to their political muscle.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 09:55PM | 0 recs
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Hey, nice one. You are catching on Same Wise!

by itsthemedia 2008-05-22 11:06PM | 0 recs
Re: New Game! Please play!!!


1) I do like some of Obama's positions (as articulated during the debates) better than some of Hillary's.  He was also willing to be a little more candid on some things (like raising the wage cap for SS).

1a) I better pass on this one.

This is a constructive game.  Thank you for suggesting it.

by lombard 2008-05-22 09:56PM | 0 recs
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Your comments are lovely on this diary lombard!  :)

by The Distillery 2008-05-23 02:13AM | 0 recs
Thank you. I really do appreciate that!

by lombard 2008-05-23 09:12AM | 0 recs
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I like John Edwards because he had the courage to take on the front runner in the debates.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 09:58PM | 0 recs
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Hillary's team has done very through opposition research  and has given me every confidence in that the apparent nominee of our party has no skeletons in his closet.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 10:04PM | 0 recs
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Hmmm. I will allow this, because I think you are REALLY saying that Hillary knows how to attack the opposition, and would thus make a devastatingly effective VP candidate. I agree.

by itsthemedia 2008-05-22 11:12PM | 0 recs
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I like Hillary because she is not the type to take the back seat to anyone, unless of course she was invited.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 11:23PM | 0 recs
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I do agree that Hillary would make one of the best possible VP candidates which Obama could choose.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 11:44PM | 0 recs
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Hillary has reached across the political spectrum and now even Fox and Rush Limbaugh are helping her.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 10:06PM | 0 recs
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Now you are just being mean. Hatred is bad for you and bad for your party. Unless I was right about you being a McCain backer, in which case haterd is pretty much all you and your party have left to go on.

by itsthemedia 2008-05-22 11:10PM | 0 recs
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That's what Bill and Hillary said when asked why they were on Fox and Rush's show. Don't you believe Bill and Hillary?

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 11:26PM | 0 recs
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I have to say I admire Clinton's gumption and determination... most people would have quit a long time ago.. seriously.. she's tough

by CaptainMorgan 2008-05-22 10:07PM | 0 recs
What I like about Barack Obama...

...first on the list would be how much I respect his ability at managing his public relations (since I come from that world, professionally). I say this sincerely and in awe of Obama's skill in that arena.

If we are ever to regain our stature and influence on the world scene, our country must--first and foremost--address a monumental public relations fiasco, globally, exacerbated by an international perception (and, IMHO, reality) of eight years of irresponsible, cowboy-mentality rule run amuck.

If you're going to affect change, you better have some credibility from a public relations standpoint to, indeed, accomplish that. And, for all his lack of foreign policy experience, his election will signify change. Whether there will actually be any significant change if/after he's elected, that remains to be seen.

So, from a superficial standpoint (on the surface at least), Obama's election would create an immediate opportunity for the U.S. to seize the moment to correct our country's foreign policy missteps of the past eight years. Obama understands p.r. He's a genius when it comes to perception building. What will the reality be if (once) we get to that point and beyond? That is my  question. But, I do know--in my heart of hearts and even from a professional standpoint--that Obama definitely has what it takes (maybe moreso than any U.S. politician in my lifetime) to get us to that point. His election would certainly be the most powerful symbolic gesture this country could make to the rest of the world towards putting us on the right path in the eyes of the international community.

Where we go from there becomes my overriding concern (even now), unfortunately.

by bobswern 2008-05-22 10:08PM | 0 recs
Re: What I like about Barack Obama...

Great answer.  Can I just ask you why, with all the qualities you do see, that you don't give him the benefit of the doubt to take his agenda forward?  This is my biggest frustration that many Hillary supporters acknowledge how accomplished he is, but think it will stop in Jan 09.  I'll stop now because this isn't on topic, but would appreciate your views at some stage.

I admire how well Hillary stood up to the pummelling she took from the right wing in the 90's.

by interestedbystander 2008-05-23 05:05AM | 0 recs
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I love Hillary's song, it's so catchy.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 10:10PM | 0 recs
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I really like the way Obama inspires young people -- he's brought a lot of new blood into the Democratic party.

Can't say anything about Obama's supporters as a group -- they're just as individually unique as Hillary's supporters.

by sricki 2008-05-22 10:14PM | 0 recs
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Hillary is smart.  Super smart.  She's disciplined, and courageous.  She works hard, and always gives her best effort.  She's got a sharp wit.  She's overcome tremendous adversity.  She's amazingly detail oriented, and her preparation is top-notch.  I admire her a great deal.

Hillary's supporters are loyal, tenacious, and unflappable.  They want what's best for the country, and believe that Hillary has the skill, wisdom, and temperament to solve the very difficult problems we face as a nation.  

by thepuppethead 2008-05-22 10:19PM | 0 recs
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I like the Clinton's supporters ability to always look on the bright side and never give up no matter how long the odds are against them.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 10:21PM | 0 recs
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I admire Hillary Clinton's passion on issues that I hadn't even thought about but are very important.  I saw her speak once on the foster care situation in this country, and she demonstrated a depth of knowledge and caring for the folks affected that moved me greatly.

I admire her tenacity, and the dedication she inspires in those that support her.

I admire her committment to public service.  When Bill's 2nd term ended, she could have avoided re-exposing herself a hostile media and rightwing attack machine.  Instead, she ran an impressive race in NY and won a moderately close race.  Six years later, she was so popular the Republicans could offer only token opposition.  

by bosdcla14 2008-05-22 10:25PM | 0 recs
What I admire about Clinton...

... she's brutally effective as an attack dog.

by kraant 2008-05-22 10:35PM | 0 recs
Re: What I admire about Clinton...

Yeah, she make even the best most noble opponent look bad.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 10:48PM | 0 recs
Aaaw...

Stay classy, Sam Wise Gingy, stay classy...

It's a Kumbayah moment...

Group hug?

*hug?*

by kraant 2008-05-22 10:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Aaaw...

I haven't said one thing that haven't seen posted by a Clinton supporter one place or another.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 10:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Aaaw...

Yes, but we don't believe it when they say it do we?   Play nice :)

by interestedbystander 2008-05-23 05:06AM | 0 recs
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I admire Hillary for breaking out of the traditional, nearly invisible, role of First Lady. Hillory & Eleanor (sorry Jackie) have always been my favorite First Ladies.

I admire her intellect, strength, & discipline. She has a type of courage that, well, if I was in a squad of soldiers in a war, I'd want her to be my sargeant.

by catilinus 2008-05-22 10:41PM | 0 recs
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I like that Obama is the most liberal senator in the country.  I am very liberal.  

by BPK80 2008-05-22 10:52PM | 0 recs
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I like HRC's healthcare plan more than Obama's

by shef 2008-05-22 10:54PM | 0 recs
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Already posted the candidate part. Just want to say thanks to the diarist. This is a great exercise for maintaining internal sanity.

by catilinus 2008-05-22 11:01PM | 0 recs
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My pleasure. Really!

by itsthemedia 2008-05-22 11:24PM | 0 recs
Agreed, this is how the democratic party

should and can act (from time to time).  It's what makes us better than the Republicans

by KLRinLA 2008-05-22 11:57PM | 0 recs
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I like Hillary because she is not the type that would attempt to divide the party just to fulfill her personal ambition, as far as I know.

by Sam Wise Gingy 2008-05-22 11:38PM | 0 recs
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I like Hillary because she was the first woman to have a real shot at the Presidency.  It's why I originally supported her.

There are some HRC supporters who I adore here: zcflint05, sricki, VAAlex, Jeter, and perhaps now you.  :)  They are for the most part non-partisan in their analysis of current events and do not resort to any offensive smears against another candidate.  They are role models for all of us on this blog, including myself.

by The Distillery 2008-05-23 02:20AM | 0 recs
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I like the fact that after 20 years, Obama saw the light and kicked Reverend Wright to the curb.

by soyousay 2008-05-23 03:35AM | 0 recs
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I like the way some Hillary supporters like to use Fox News talking points.

Oh wait, no I don't.

by Massadonious 2008-05-23 03:58AM | 0 recs
True

Please point out any falsities in my statement.

by soyousay 2008-05-23 04:17AM | 0 recs
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You broke rule 2. For your punishment, go sit on a park bench and feed the squirrels. Squirrels are so cute and fuzzy! After that, go get yourself a wiggly, jiggly flan! Mmmmmm, they are good!

by itsthemedia 2008-05-23 09:13PM | 0 recs
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I never said it wasn't true.

But, you're being intentionally sarcastic, and not in the spirit of the thread.

It would be the same as if I said "I like how Hillary Clinton changed her mind on the Iraq war after voting for it."

by Massadonious 2008-05-23 04:30AM | 0 recs
Oops.

Doh, this is supposed to be...well, the person that this was inteded for knows where this is supposed to be.

I need to look before I post. :P

by Massadonious 2008-05-23 04:31AM | 0 recs
I like Hillarys Ambition and execution.

Hillary is 60+ years old .. she must have been thinking of running for President for a long long time, even when things weren't conducive to women 20-30 years ago.

To have this vision and work towards it every day of your life takes remarkable guts and determination.

P.S.
 I can see why it's so hard for her to give up on this race .. she has wanted it all her life and it was almost in her grasp and slipped away. It must suck in a big way to have a dream crushed like that.  

by v2r1 2008-05-23 08:09AM | 0 recs

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