Hillary-Backing Congressman: "I Will Be Stunned" If Obama Isn't The Next President

for you Obama Supporters just a bit of a pick me up on the diary lists here.

http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsm emo.com/2008/04/hillarybacking_congressm an_i_w.php#comments

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), who is supporting Hillary Clinton, went seriously off-message in an interview with Canadian public radio.

"If I had to make a prediction right now, I'd say Barack Obama is going to be the next president," Cleaver said. "I will be stunned if he's not the next president of the United States."

they call it a message for a reason, what backers say on TV isn't necessarily what they know or believe.

"Earlier in the interview, he was asked about the race going all the way to the convention."If I do the party line, I'm supposed to say -- and maybe I'll say just so if anybody hears it they can say well, 'Cleaver did the party line before he told the truth,' -- we believe that a contest going all the way to the convention is good for America." He makes a football analogy of his support for Clinton."Even though I don't expect the Kansas City Chiefs to beat the Indianapolis Colts, I cheer for the Kansas City Chiefs," he said, and goes on to cast it in terms of friendship and personal loyalty. If he switched to Obama, "There would be African-Americans cheering," Cleaver says. "But I would have difficulty shaving in the morning, unless I could shave without looking in the mirror."
original article is here http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0408/Cleavers_bluntness.html

Tags: Barack Obama, Emanuel Cleaver, Hillary Clinton (all tags)

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9 Comments

Well, it does look that way

I think the majority of Clinton supporters are absolutely fine with Obama as president.  The dichotomy appears to be only in echo-chambers like this site.

by Dracomicron 2008-04-01 06:30AM | 0 recs
Its not true..

Obama's supporters are vocal, but the number of HRC's supporters is higher, and they tend to be more knowledgeable about the differences between the two candidates.

Obama is seen as flashier, but less progressive.

I haven't seen signs or buttons for either candidate much.. which is surprising.

by architek 2008-04-01 01:01PM | 0 recs
Context, please

Obama's supporters are vocal, but the number of HRC's supporters is higher, and they tend to be more knowledgeable about the differences between the two candidates.

Where do you get "the number of HRC's supporters is higher" from?

Are you talking about PA, MyDD?

I'm not quite clear on that one, because, overall, Obama's still ahead.

by Dracomicron 2008-04-02 01:42PM | 0 recs
I'm starting to get a bit sick of the opinions

of unimportant people that I've never heard of being touted as the reason I should vote one way or another.  Its bad enough when the personal opinion of someone I respect, such as Russ Feingold, is being pushed at me to change my vote, but this guy's opinion?

Past and present terms in the House and Senate held by Emanuel Cleaver:

When Role State & District
2005-2008 U.S. Representative Missouri's 5th (was preceeded by Karen McCarthy)

Bill Sponsorship & Cosponsorship
Statistics: Emanuel Cleaver has sponsored 65 bills since Jan 4, 2005, of which 61 haven't made it out of committee (Average) and 1 were successfully enacted (Average, relative to peers). Cleaver has co-sponsored 750 bills during the same time period (Average, relative to peers).

Some of Cleaver's most recently sponsored bills include... (View All)

H.R. 3634: STEP Act

H.R. 3572: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4320 Blue Parkway in Kansas City, Missouri, as the "Wallace S. Hartsfield Post Office Building".

H.Res. 53: Recognizing the life of Lamar Hunt and his outstanding contributions to the Kansas City Chiefs, the National Football League, and the United States.

H.Con.Res. 84: Encouraging recognition of February 13th of each year for the founding for the Negro Leagues in Kansas City, Missouri.

H.Con.Res. 292: Honoring Margaret Truman Daniel and her lifetime of accomplishments.

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.x pd?id=400639

by PJ Jefferson 2008-04-01 07:04AM | 0 recs
Re: I'm starting to get a bit sick of the opinions

wow very telling... you know just because YOU don't know who they are, doesn't mean they are unimportant.

once again people only "count" if they count for Hillary.

by TruthMatters 2008-04-01 07:07AM | 0 recs
Calling out bullshit and hypocrisy.

Don't read "once again" and relate anything anyone else has ever done on the internet to me, first of all.

Second, the first rule is especially true when all I'm doing is calling you out for posting a quote from someone you've never heard of before, only because it supported Barack Obama.

Tell me, Mr. (or Ms.) non-glass house stone thrower, how important was this guy in your life before he said that quote?  

Is this your mentor, or someone you've never heard of in your life until that quote came out?

I'll take an apology when you're ready to give it.

by PJ Jefferson 2008-04-01 07:18AM | 0 recs
Should read "Don't write" nt

by PJ Jefferson 2008-04-01 07:20AM | 0 recs
Feingold

If I'd been on the fence before, I very possibly would have changed my support once Feingold threw in with Obama.  That guy never compromises his principles, from his very first campaign in Wisconsin that I was proud to witness.

by Dracomicron 2008-04-01 08:49AM | 0 recs
I see your nobody, and raise you!!!

New York Rep. Yvette D. Clarke Endorses Clinton for President...

"After careful deliberations and discussions with the diverse base of my constituency, I am convinced that Senator Clinton is best able to win and bring much needed change to the White House," Rep. Clarke said. "I support Hillary because she is a leader who has been a forceful and tireless advocate on behalf of New York's families, especially concerning the needs of those most affected after 9/11. The depth of Hillary's experience will allow her to hit the ground running on her first day in office."

Rep. Clarke (Brooklyn, NY 11th CD) is in her first term in Congress after serving five years on the New York City Council representing Brooklyn. She was also the Chair of the Contracts Committee during her tenure in the Council.

On Wednesday, Valina Bolton became the third Austin state representative to endorse Hillary Clinton.

Bolton issued a joint press release with Reps. Eddie Rodriguez and Donna Howard, both of whom had already announced their support for Clinton.

In the statement, Bolton said:

"I have serious concerns about the vanishing middle class and the threat that poses to our society and our democracy.  Like most families, my own family is confronted with problems of rising property taxes, increased tuition costs, unaffordable health care, and care for aging parents.  I am worried that my 13 year old son's generation will be the first in our history to have a lower standard of living than his parent's had. Hillary has successfully championed affordable housing and healthcare for women and children and built the coalitions necessary to actuate change. I trust her experience and tireless work ethic to bring economic equity back to the middle class."

I've got two people you probably never heard of before they endorsed my favorite candidate.

You only have one.

I WIN!!!!!!!!

by PJ Jefferson 2008-04-01 07:39AM | 0 recs

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