Obama supporters, what gives? Cheer up. Your guy won. The threads on including Hillary on the ticket are so short-sighted and depressing. Obama doesn't need a white guy to win Appalachia. He doesn't need a woman to win the Hillary Clinton Democrats. He doesn't need a southerner to win NC. He doesn't need a libertarian Democrat to win the mountain west. He doesn't need a latino to win latinos. He doesn't need an old guy to win the elderly. He doesn't need Hillary to win.
and now support Obama, should STFU about telling other Hillary supporters what to do. Guess what? We are the new disaffected Democrats. We think Hill won the last of each of the consecutive remaining four months of the campaign, winning 60% of the contests and about a 15 point margin of the vote. We see the election as a tie with the establishment picking Obama. We never thought Hillary had the advantage in this race. We never thought Obama did. We don't revel in the triumph of bringing down the so-called Clinton machine. We soberly understood how hard it would be for Hillary to win this nomination. But she perservered and after a bad ten days in February, she did the impossible, she grew stronger. She won the big electorals, the swing states, and the swing groups. She immunized her supporters to the media. I'd argue today she is America's most capable politician.
Is David Shuster on drugs? What on earth would cause him to go after, of all people, Chelsea Clinton? Tonight he pondered whether or not the young woman was being "pimped" by her mother. How ridiculous. Does anyone remember such a suggestion being made when George Bush's nephew campaigned for him? I sure don't.
This week Bill Moyers reports what books the presidential candidates say they would bring with them to the White House. I love Hillary's answer, the Constitution. Not only is it a thoughtful response, but I get the sense she means it.
Here are the candidate answers:
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: WEALTH OF NATIONS by Adam Smith because we may be entering some pretty shaky economic times.
SEN. BARACK OBAMA: Doris Kearns Goodwin's book TEAM OF RIVALS. It was a biography of Lincoln, and he was confident enough to be willing to have these dissenting voices.
MIKE HUCKABEE: There's a great book by Francis Schaeffer that had a real influence on me, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HUMAN RACE? And it talks about the dignity and worth of each individual.
SEN. HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: I would certainly bring a--my copy of the Constitution because there apparently was not a copy in the Bush White House the best I can determine. So I would bring THE FEDERALIST PAPERS.
MITT ROMNEY: JOHN ADAMS by David McCullough. A truly great leader who made a difference for America, and his example is one I'd want to follow.
Also, Obama supporter and progressive radio personality, Cenk Unger offers some surprising praise of Hillary's campaigning. I disagree with Uygur on two points, lobbyist(whom also work on the Obama campaign), and inspiration(Hillary inspires me, and I know lot's of people who feel the same way), but this is pretty nice commentary.
Finally, Hillary spoke with Tavis Smiley this week about the challenges of running as the first female front runner in a presidential primary. I really like what she has to say. She talks about how a female candidate doesn't fit the male model we are accustomed to and everyone is still sort of figuring out this new model.
Hillary has received the endorsement of New York's Amsterdam News. This endorsement stands out for me. This is a local endorsement. Amsterdam News is part of the BlackPressUSA Network. This endorsement stands out for me because it's creative and so well written. It reads like a poem, and I'm a reader.
Today Hillary proposed her women's reproductive rights agenda, timed with the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade. The agenda includes prevention measures, ensuring health insurers provide the same level of coverage for contraception as they do other perscriptions, ensuring women who survive assualt have access to emergency contreception, and greater access to reproductive health care services overseas. The agenda includes two important commitments, which I will highlight below the fold.
The Observer Unlimited reports Maya Angelou has recently penned a poem for Hillary Clinton. For those of you who do not know, Maya Angelou is a renowned poetess and author of National Book Award winner, autobiographical novel, I know why the caged bird sings. The poem borrows from an earlier work of Ms. Angelou, her iconic classic, Still I Rise. Hillary can take great honor in Maya's use of the imagery of that poem as it is an important work, and indicative of her great love for Hillary that she made her "family" in her heart that way. Maya's poem really struck a chord with me after my experience volunteering for Hillary in Southern NH, and I would guess it was written in that time period. I was campaigning for Hillary from hours before she lost Iowa until hours before she won NH. My story and the poem below the fold.
Yesterday, Hillary recieved the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey of California's sixth Congressional District. The Congresswoman, a staunch opponent of the Iraq war, "cited Senator Clinton's commitment to ending the war in Iraq as the top reason for her backing." Hillary also recieved another NH newspaper endorsement. This one from the Cabinet Press, "which includes four weekly newspapers with a circulation of 31,000 in nine towns across southern New Hampshire." Cabinet Press(the Milford Cabinet, Bedford Journal, Hollis Brookline Journal, and Merrimack Journal) said of Hillary, "[she] is a tough, smart, courageous, compassionate and sometimes blunt senator who will be a good president in a time that requires the kind of backbone she possesses."
Hillary has earned the endorsement of Iowa's, Quad City Times. The Times is a "daily morning newspaper based in Davenport, Iowa, and circulated throughout the Quad Cities metropolitan area (Davenport, Bettendorf and Scott County in Iowa; and Moline, East Moline, Rock Island and Rock Island County in Illinois)." It has a circulation of around 61k. The Burlington Hawk Eye, another Iowa paper, also endorsed her. They have a circulation of about 20k. Hillary also recieved a NH newspaper endorsement, New Hampshire's, Keene Sentinal. Keene Sentinal reaches readers in south western NH, and has a total circulation of about 31k.
Less than two weeks out from the first primary contest, the Iowa caucuses, we can surmise neither Edwards nor Obama, nor any other candidate, has managed to overtake Hillary's support within the Party. In other words, no one is compelling enough as a candidate to attract as much as, or more support than Hillary. The only chance for Barack Obama or John Edwards, is that one or the other is able to fish enough not-Hillary voters to beat her.