Monroe, Lousiana Resident: "I'm voting for Hillary!"

I recently befriended a woman from Nacogdoches, Texas. Her ex-husband lives in Monroe, Louisiana. My friend describes her ex-husband as a "hick" and "country boy". Her ex-husband is a Republican that once hated Bill and Hillary Clinton with a passion. She had been wanting to ask him whom he was planning to vote. She finally asked him and he paused and said, "I'm voting for Hillary". She nearly fell out her chair and chocked on water she was drinking. She asked, "Why? You hate the Clintons". He said, "Hillary's a good woman and she cares about 'us'. She has the experience needed to get us out of this mess Bush put us in." She asked, "What about McCain?" He said, "He's too old and too pro-war." He added, "I just can't vote for Obama. He's only been in the Senate for a few years. He doesn't have the experience needed to solve America's problems".

Hillary's changing minds one by one. This story gives me hope that Hillary is 44.

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Teddy Kennedy: I Endorsed Obama Because of Clinton's LBJ Comments

Well it seems the "Slueth", Mary Ann Akers over at Washington Post found out why Teddy Kennedy endorsed Obama over Clinton.  Appartenty, it had nothing to do with Obama's message, record or creditials, Teddy was just getting even. Teddy was upset with his perceived slight of the Kennedy's family civil rights legacy.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/sleuth/20 08/01/post_11.html

Sources say Kennedy was privately furious at Clinton for her praise of President Lyndon Baines Johnson for getting the 1964 Civil Rights Act accomplished. Jealously guarding the legacy of the Kennedy family dynasty, Senator Kennedy felt Clinton's LBJ comments were an implicit slight of his brother, President John F. Kennedy, who first proposed the landmark civil rights initiative in a famous televised civil rights address in June 1963.

One anonymous source described Kennedy as having a "meltdown" in reaction to Clinton's comments. Another source close to the Kennedy family says Senator Kennedy was upset about two instances that occurred on a single day of campaigning in New Hampshire on Jan. 7, a day before the state's primary.  

The first was at an event in Dover, N.H., at which Clinton supporter Francine Torge introduced the former first lady saying, "Some people compare one of the other candidates to John F. Kennedy. But he was assassinated. And Lyndon Baines Johnson was the one who actually" signed the civil rights bill into law.

The Kennedy insider says Senator Kennedy was deeply offended that Clinton remained silent and "sat passively by" rather than correcting the record on his slain brother's civil rights record.

While I find Francine Torge comments disgusting, is this what politics has come down to? I do not believe Hillary was trying to understate the significance of the Kennedy's family influence on the civil rights. Hillary was responding to a question posed by a reporter. I find this information very troubling. Honestly MyDD, if this isn't a reason to vote for Hillary, than I don't know what is.

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American Nurses Association Endorses Hillary

http://www.hillaryclinton.com/news/relea se/view/?id=5543

Hill just put out a press release announcing the endorsement of the American Nurses Association (ANA). The ANA represents 2.9 million registered nurses.

Hill said:

"I am honored to have the support of the American Nurses Association," said Clinton. "We owe nurses a great debt of gratitude for the critical role they play every day in providing quality care. As President, I will continue to support efforts to attract and retain qualified nurses, especially in rural and urban areas, and to improve working conditions. I look forward to working with America's nurses to deliver affordable, quality health care to every American."

Hill has a long history in working for America's nurses. In the Senate, Hill introduced the Nursing Education and Quality of Care Act, to expand the number of programs addressing nursing faculty shortages and increasing the number of nurses in rural areas. She also helped to create grants as a part of the Nurse Reinvestment Act.

Please read Hill's entire press release.

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Prominent NY Minister Endorses Hillary

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2 008/01/20/593948.aspx

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton returned to Harlem's historic Abyssinian Baptist Church Sunday to pick up the endorsement of its minister, a prominent figure in New York's African-American community who made a point of explaining why he was supporting her and not her chief rival.  

The Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts cited his long relationship with the senator and her work on education and healthcare among the reasons for backing her and shared that he had received phone calls from people in the black community questioning his decision to support a white woman rather than Obama.  

"This was not and is not and will not become a race-based decision for me," Butts said, "and I hope that it has not and will not become a race-based decision for you either. I respect Sen. Obama. I applaud him and I love him as my brother, but a vote for Hillary is not a vote against Barack Obama or any community, be it African-American, Latino and others, for that matter. A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote to elect someone who has proven through time to me and to this community and this country that she has the experience to make things happen and the vision to return us to a place of prosperity."


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Prominent NY Minister Endorses Hillary

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2 008/01/20/593948.aspx

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton returned to Harlem's historic Abyssinian Baptist Church Sunday to pick up the endorsement of its minister, a prominent figure in New York's African-American community who made a point of explaining why he was supporting her and not her chief rival.  

The Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts cited his long relationship with the senator and her work on education and healthcare among the reasons for backing her and shared that he had received phone calls from people in the black community questioning his decision to support a white woman rather than Obama. 

"This was not and is not and will not become a race-based decision for me,” Butts said, “and I hope that it has not and will not become a race-based decision for you either. I respect Sen. Obama. I applaud him and I love him as my brother, but a vote for Hillary is not a vote against Barack Obama or any community, be it African-American, Latino and others, for that matter. A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote to elect someone who has proven through time to me and to this community and this country that she has the experience to make things happen and the vision to return us to a place of prosperity.”


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Tim Russert Calls South Carolina-South Africa

From the Hotline:

Russert: "I think this is going to get very rough and tough now in South Carolina not only between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, but between Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. I think the Obama campaign is at a point where they have to now return fire in their minds. ... Bill Clinton's going to go door to door, church to church in South Africa. ... I'm sorry, South Carolina" -- NBC's Tim Russert (MSNBC).

Can you believe this crap? What does Tim Russert's "slip" of tongue reveal about how the media views the South Carolina Primary?

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Early Morning Hillary Humor

I absolutely adore Hill and here's the reason why.  Love her humor!

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FACT: What Hillary Really Said About Reagan

Hillary Did Not List Ronald Reagan As Favorite President

Statement from Peter Daou, Clinton campaign's Internet Director

http://facts.hillaryhub.com/

In an effort to divert attention from Senator Obama's comments about President Reagan and his assertion that the GOP has been the "party of ideas," the Obama campaign circulated an item this evening from the Salmon Press in New Hampshire that asserts that Senator Clinton listed the former President as one of her favorite presidents. In fact, Senator Clinton only complimented President Reagan's communications skills - an attribute of his that has been widely praised by Americans of all ideological stripes - and did not list him as one of her favorite presidents. She also noted that she respected George H.W. Bush.

David Cutler, the co-owner of Salmon Press Newspapers, released the following statement:

The question posed was originally what portraits would you hang in the White House if you were President and as the dialogue progressed, who are the presidents you admire most?

She [Sen. Clinton] listed several presidents that she admired and mentioned she liked Reagan's communication skills. She did not say Reagan was her favorite President. She didn't say anything close to that.

Kos wrote a 3 part post on this Reagan "new ideas" issue. I bet he feels like an ASS.

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[3rd UPDATE] Obama Plays Race Card Again: "Hillary Clinton does not respect our people."

Update [2008-1-18 19:40:50 by lonnette33]: From the Edwards campaign a few minutes ago Via CNN. GO JRE!
Las Vegas, Nevada – During a “Get Out the Caucus” rally in Las Vegas today, John Edwards made the following statement calling on Senator Obama to denounce the UNITE HERE radio ads. “Just a few days ago, on a stage where all three of us were participating in the debate, there was a discussion of putting behind us and stopping the race politics that had been going on for a few days before that between Senator Clinton and Senator Obama. And everyone pledged that this kind of divisive politics that divides the Democratic Party and could divide America would come to an end. “Senator Obama made that pledge. I was sitting five feet from him when I heard him say it. And now it turns out that in the last twenty-four hours, there's a radio ad that's being run—a malicious radio ad attacking Senator Clinton. That is exactly that kind of divisive politics. It's being run right here in Las Vegas. “I denounce it. This kind of ad, I don't care who's doing it—in this case it's Senator Obama's supporters—but this sort of thing needs to stop. And from what I've seen, Senator Obama has not said a single word about this. Nothing…when two days ago, three days ago, he sat on a stage in front of America and said this kind of politics had no place in America. That is divides America. It divides the Democratic Party. And he denounced it. Well, now it's happening…by his supporters…right here in this campaign twenty-four hours before the caucuses. And what I have to say is he should speak up. If he really means what he says—and this is not just talk—he should speak up and denounce this kind of divisive politics. It is not what the Democratic Party needs. It is not what America needs. And let me say this very clearly, vis-a-vis Senator Obama, I will not divide America. I will unite America.”
Update [2008-1-18 10:15:25 by lonnette33]: Taylor Marsh just posted her take on this one and it is superb.

Update [2008-1-18 10:20:9 by lonnette33]: Statement from Clinton Campaign Spokesperson Phil Singer-which ties into the point BTD, SteveM and others made in the tread.

“In Iowa, Senator Obama and his campaign went out of his way to attack labor unions for independently promoting other candidates. But in Nevada, he’s looking the other way as they falsely attack his opponents. That's wrong. Senator Obama shouldn't be saying one thing about independent groups in Iowa and another in Nevada. While we clearly disagree with the attacks being made against us, we do respect the right of labor unions to participate in the process. Senator Obama apparently has no problem with groups running ads as long as they attack others. While that’s audacious, it’s certainly not hopeful.”

Obama's labor allies aired a radio ad and re-injects ethnicity into the DEM primary.

Please read the entire article here:
http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0 108/UniteHERE_ad_Hillary_Clinton_does_no t_respect_our_people.html

Hillary Clinton does not respect our people," the ad says in Spanish (original and Clinton campaign translation after the jump), referring to the lawsuit that failed today to shut down special caucus sites on Las Vegas' strip.

Sen. Obama is defending our right to vote. Sen. Obama wants our votes. He respects our votes, our community, and our people. Sen. Obama's campaign slogan is 'Si Se Puede.' Vote for a president who respects us, and who respects our right to vote," the ad says, according to a transcript provided by the Clinton campaign and confirmed in part by a union official.

It calls Senator Clinton "shameless" and says the fact that her allies were fighting to stop voters from being able to participate in caucus sites at casinos on the Las Vegas strip was "unforgiveable".

Dolores Huerta, a longtime Hispanic labor leader who supports Clinton had to say this:

It's pathetic and it's sad and it's unfortunate that they have to stoop so low.

She said she had never met Obama in her years of working on Hispanic causes, and suggested the ad was prompted by his lack of Hispanic support.

A spokesman for Obama, Bill Burton, did not condemn the ad or the independent spending specifically, but instead attacked Clinton.

Sen. Obama believes, and has said clearly, that campaigns should fund themselves and discourages supporters from spending outside the campaign," he said, and echoed the charges in the ad. "Coming from a campaign that is repeatedly launching absolutely false attacks against Sen. Obama, it takes some chutzpah. The facts is their camp clearly would like to have worker's voices silences and they need to live with that unfortunate position.

HRC fights back aganist the ad. Read the article here on abcnews.com

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/ 2008/01/clinton-fights.html

Every single sentence is a personal attack on Hillary Clinton," said Maria Echaveste of the Clinton campaign, speaking to reporters on a conference call this afternoon.

Echaveste called the ads "misleading" and "outrageous". "Particularly by saying in Spanish that Hillary Clinton does not respect Latinos. And that is just so far from the truth that it makes my mouth drop," she said.

Honesty MyDD, I don't know how much more of Obama I can take.

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[UPDATED] Chris Matthews Explains HRC Comment: Offers Apology, Sort of

Chris Matthews spent the first 5 minutes of Hardball "apologizing" to HRC, well sort of. He never utters the words, "I'm sorry" or "I apologogize", but he does take the time to explain what he was trying to say. I guess we have to give Chris credit for that. Apparently, all your emails and Media Matters rumored protest prompted Chris' explanation. Here's a portion of what he said.

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/

"Was it fair to say that Hillary Clinton, like any great politician took advantage of a crisis to prove herself? Was her conduct in 1998 a key to starting her independent electoral career the following year? Yes. Was it fair to imply that Hillary's whole career depended on being a victim of an unfaithful husband? No. And that's what it sounded like I was saying. And it hurt people. People I'd like to think normally like what I say. In fact, normally like me. As I said, I rely on my heart to guide me in the heated, fast-paced talk we have here on Hardball. A heart that bears only goodwill toward people trying to make it out there, especially those who haven't before. If my heart has not always controlled my words, on those occasions when I have not taken the time to say things right or have simply said the inappropriate thing, I'll try to be clearer, smarter, more obviously in support of the right of women, of all people, the full equality and respect for their ambitions."

Do you accept Chris Matthews "apology"?

Update [2008-1-17 21:6:15 by lonnette33]: Please watch Chris' "apology" as posted on msnbc.com. I'm sorry, I think his "apology" was condescending. You be the judge! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/22717819#22717819

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