A READER AT A MAJOR NEWSROOM EMAILS: "Off the record, every suspicion you have about MSM being in the tank for O is true. We have a team of 4 people going thru dumpsters in Alaska and 4 in arizona. Not a single one looking into Acorn, Ayers or Freddiemae. Editor refuses to publish anything that would jeopardize election for O, and betting you dollars to donuts same is true at NYT, others. People cheer when CNN or NBC run another Palin-mocking but raising any reasonable inquiry into obama is derided or flat out ignored. The fix is in, and its working." I asked permission to reprint without attribution and it was granted.
UPDATE: The Anchoress hears similar things. And reader Eric Schubert: "The Edwards debacle was proof enough of where the heart of the MSM lies, and lack of curiousity of the press about Edwards probably cost Hillary the nomination. And that shameful episode offers a warning to the MSM. What if Obama does have a skeleton in his closet (such as a shady deal or outright bribe) that is revealed after he wins the election? While the chance of this scenario is remote, imagine the backlash against the MSM if it could be shown that a reasonable investigation by the MSM would have easily revealed this secret to the public prior to the election?"
ANOTHER UPDATE: Rand Simberg isn't so sure: "Where was the backlash against this about Bill Clinton in 1992? They just seem to continue to get away with it." Well, yes and no. Their reputation and readership/viewership keep falling. And layoffs keep happening. I think they're willing to pull out all the stops because they realize this is the last election where they have a chance at swinging things this way. No point saving your credibility for the future when you don't have a future, I guess . . . .
COLUMBUS, OHIO –-Sarah Palin usually reserves her jabs for the top of the Democratic ticket, but at a rally today Palin went after her actual rival, Joe Biden. She will face off with him on Thursday at the Vice-Presidential debate in St. Louis.
She went after the Delaware Senator on his years in Washington and his age while increasing expectations for her own debate performance on Thursday, “So I guess it’s my turn now and I do look forward to Thursday night and debating Senator Joe Biden. We are going to talk about those new ideas, new energy for America. I’m looking forward to meeting him too. I’ve never met him before. But, I’ve been hearing about his Senate speeches since I was in like 2nd grade,” Palin said to laughs from the crowd, “I have to admit though he is a great debater and looks pretty doggone confident like he’s sure he’s gonna win. But, then again this is the same Senator Biden who said the other day that the University of Delaware would trounce the Ohio State Buckeyes. Wrong!”
Biden has been in the United States Senate for 35 years and is 65 years old. Palin’s running mate, John McCain has been in Washington as both a United States Representative and Senator for 25 years and he is 72 years old. McCain will be the oldest President of the United States ever elected if he wins in November.
Palin also went after Biden again when she brought up energy independence and clean coal. A You Tube clip surfaced of the Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate telling a member of a group that is against the development of new coal-fired power plants that both he and his running mate do not support clean coal.
Today, the McCain-Palin campaign launched a radio ad using the clip and Palin hit him at today’s rally while pressing that a McCain-Palin administration would be advocates of clean coal, “To meet America’s energy challenges, we’re going to need an all of the above approach. And in a McCain-Palin administration, that’s going to include the use of clean coal. Just recently, Senator Biden made it perfectly clear that in an Obama-Biden administration, there would no use of clean coal at all,” Palin said, “From Wyoming to West Virginia and especially right here in Ohio, American coal resources are greater than the oil riches of the Middle East. And yet Joe Biden says, ‘Sorry Ohio, we’re not going to use it.’ As for Senator McCain and I, we will make clean coal a reality, and to help power the American economy with clean coal technology, we’re going to look to the hard working people of Ohio to help us do that.”
fox news ....
The Obama camp has been threatening television and radio stations to keep them from airing anti-Obama ads.
The latest target is the NRA and stations in Pennsylvania.
Earlier this week, the National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund released a series of radio and television spots to educate gun owners and sportsmen about Barack Obama's longstanding anti-gun record. In response to the NRA-PVF ads, a clearly panicked Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) are doing everything they can to hide Obama's real record by mounting a coordinated assault on the First Amendment.
They have gone to desperate and outrageous lengths to try to silence your NRA by bullying media outlets with threats of lawsuits if they run NRA-PVF's ads.
The Obama camp is particularly angry with an NRA ad entitled "Hunter" which lays out Obama's record on gun control.
You can see the "Hunter" ad -- Go Here Now.
This is a creative solution to our Financial Crisis. It's original, it's not for real but, it is food for thought. The people who would be damaged by poor judgement and bad management of officers of the financail institutioins being bailed out by our government might just manage these funds better than the 'experts'.
Whoever T. J. Birkenmeier is, I sincerely salute him:
I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.
Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a We Deserve It Dividend.
Our population is about 301,000,000 counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair estimat of bonafide U.S. Citizen adults age 18 and up.
So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billion that equals $425,000.00.
My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a We Deserve It Dividend.
Of course, it would NOT be tax free.
So let's assume a tax rate of 30%.
Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes.
That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.
But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket.
A husband and wife has $595,000.00.
What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?
Pay off your mortgage – housing crisis solved.
Repay college loans – what a great boost to new grads
Put away money for college – it'll be there
Save in a bank – create money to loan to entrepreneurs.
Buy a new car – create jobs
Invest in the market – capital drives growth
Pay for your parent's medical insurance – health care improves
Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean – or else
Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company
that is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.
If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it...instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ( 'vote buy' ) economic incentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President.
If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!
As for AIG – liquidate it.
Sell off its parts.
Let American General go back to being American General.
Sell off the real estate.
Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.
Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't.
Sure it's a crazy idea that can 'never work.'
But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!
How do you spell Economic Boom?
I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion We Deserve It Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC.
And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.
Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest.
T. J. Birkenmeier, A Creative Guy & Citizen of the Republic
PS: Feel free to pass this along to your pals as it's either good for a laugh or a tear or a very sobering thought on how to best use $85 Billion!!
cross-posted from "No We Won't"
So, what’s the spin this morning. What do the pundits think the American people will take away from the debate? What are their positions on the financial crisis? What are their positions on the War in Iraq? What are their positions on Russia? Sad to say, it’s none of those. As far as I can tell, the punditry is focused on why McCain dissed Obama by not looking at him, and not addressing him personally. The reason for this is simple. The media has been in the tank for Obama since January. Obama is the golden child and they know he did not do well.
One of the most telling aspects of the debate was how often Senator Obama agreed with
John McCain. On major point after major point, Barack Obama said that he agreed with John McCain.
Senator Obama even agreed with John McCain's call for reforming and
eliminating earmarks, despite the fact that Obama has requested $ 932
million in earmarks during the past three years. David Yepsen, Des Moines Register: It was one of the most substantive debates in recent presidential campaign history and John McCain won it. The Arizona senator
was cool, informed and forceful in Friday's first presidential debate
of the general election campaign. He repeatedly put Barack Obama on the
defensive throughout the 90 minutes session. Obama did little to ease
voter concerns that he's experienced enough to handle foreign and
defense policy. That was his number one task Friday night and he failed.
One of the most telling aspects of the debate was how often Senator Obama agreed with John McCain. On major point after major point, Barack Obama said that he agreed with John McCain. Senator Obama even agreed with John McCain's call for reforming and eliminating earmarks, despite the fact that Obama has requested $ 932 million in earmarks during the past three years.Watch the Footage Here: McCain is Right
David Yepsen, Des Moines Register:
It was one of the most substantive debates in recent presidential campaign history and John McCain won it. The Arizona senator was cool, informed and forceful in Friday's first presidential debate of the general election campaign. He repeatedly put Barack Obama on the defensive throughout the 90 minutes session. Obama did little to ease voter concerns that he's experienced enough to handle foreign and defense policy. That was his number one task Friday night and he failed.Read the Full Article Here, With Decisive Words, McCain Keeps a Step Ahead of Obama
Roger Simon, John
McCain was very lucky that he decided to show up for the first
presidential debate in Oxford, Miss., Friday night. Because he gave one
of his strongest debate performances ever. While Barack Obama
repeatedly tried to link McCain to the very unpopular George W. Bush,
Bush's name will not be on the ballot in November and McCain's will.
And McCain not only found a central theme but hit on it repeatedly.
Obama is inexperienced, naive, and just doesn't understand things,
McCain said. Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Throw
in his bumbling, stumbling and naivete on national security and foreign
policy and Barack Obama came across last night as exactly what he is --
one of the most inexperienced politicians ever nominated for president.
And John McCain never looked more presidential.
John McCain was very lucky that he decided to show up for the first presidential debate in Oxford, Miss., Friday night. Because he gave one of his strongest debate performances ever. While Barack Obama repeatedly tried to link McCain to the very unpopular George W. Bush, Bush's name will not be on the ballot in November and McCain's will. And McCain not only found a central theme but hit on it repeatedly. Obama is inexperienced, naive, and just doesn't understand things, McCain said.Read the Full Article Here, The Mac is Back
Pittsburgh Tribune Review:
Throw in his bumbling, stumbling and naivete on national security and foreign policy and Barack Obama came across last night as exactly what he is -- one of the most inexperienced politicians ever nominated for president. And John McCain never looked more presidential.Read the Full Article Here, The First Debate: Advantage McCain
from Democrat and Chronicle
One of the country's top pollsters was in Rochester on Thursday and suggested that the November presidential election will end in an electoral landslide, even though the candidates are running close.
the election is at equilibrium," said John Zogby, president of Zogby
International. "This election will stay close until the end."
Zogby said he thinks the race will turn in the last weekend before Election Day and though the popular vote will be tight, the successful candidate will win in a landslide.
He likened this year's election to the contest in 1980, when Ronald Reagan defeated President Jimmy Carter.
"This may be and probably is the most important election in our lifetime," Zogby said. "I don't say that lightly."
Despite two books by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, Americans still don't know enough about him. And if they don't think they know him well enough by the time they vote, they'll go with the "comfortable old shoe," Republican Sen. John McCain, Zogby said.
Zogby: McCain Takes the Lead
The very latest poll numbers from John Zogby put John McCain squarely ahead of Barack Obama at 46 percent to 44 percent, respectively.
McCain moved from three percentage points behind Obama to two points ahead of the democratic candidate in less than a week. One possible reason for the boost — McCain’s decision to forego politics as usual to focus on the current financial meltdown. The polling was conducted after McCain’s announcement that he would suspending his campaign.
Independent voters played a key role in the latest figures: McCain now leads with independents by nine points, 43 percent to 34 percent.
Look out , We are skating on thin ice ! Any bail out without over-site is foolish. It's lack of over-site, responsibility and accountability that created this mess. Let us not set ourselves up to perpetuate it. We need strong regulatory controls enacted to protect our interests in the future. Please check out this YOU TUBE Video as it is not possible to post it on this site. Feel Free to Google this authority.
I strongly urge you to contact those who represent you without delay:
Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings on Wednesday warned two minority groups to beware of Sarah Palin because “anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks.”
Hastings, who is black and a Democrat, made the comment in Florida at a panel discussion hosted by the National Jewish Democratic Council. The group recently criticized Palin’s invitation to an anti-Iran rally held during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinajad’s visit to New York to speak before the U.N. General Assembly.
For someone who was a volunteer for Hillary in NY, I am most disappointed in you for using Hillary in such an offensive way. Shame on you
In response to your less than clear (again, right back at ya!) thought that we are using Hillary tee shirts as a sign that we are speaking for "her people", and that we are voting based on gender .... WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE!!!!! SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON YOU!
We know along with other PUMA citizens, that the DNC selected Obama. He was not elected. We choose not to align ourselves with Obama. The party has been hijacked by an extreme far left element that has worked its way into power via the Democratic party. We are democrats who choose to vote for the best team. This team: McCain-Palin.
Please read the letters below. The first (lower) is from Cami, the
Republican friend of Joann's who came and held a sign for us for a
while. The rest is a letter Joann wrote to Cami and asked her to send
out on our behalf.
thanks Jojo. good job.
hello to all!!! tonight i saw an awesome sight at 6pm and the corner of Hwy 51/Providence rd. First of all you know how busy that intersection during rush hour!!! A HONK RALLY for McCain/Palin being led by a group "Charlotte Front and Center". These new McCain supporters are democrats/independents that have made a commitment to rally citizens at the "grass root" level. They also work in conjunction with "Citizens for McCain". They are looking for many more enthusiastic people to support these rallies/events etc. for McCain/Palin 2008. Most are supporters of Hillary Clinton. However, they have committed to show their support by putting COUNTRY FIRST before politics..When listening to the mainstream media, we have been told that democrats (Hillary Clinton supporters) would never consider McCain/Palin. These individuals have!!!! I went out this evening and held a McCain sign...it was great to share in their enthusiasm and have dems, independs, and reps all together..McCain has consistently reached across the aisle...consider supporting this local grass root effort. Meet new folks, rally the spirit of Charlotteans. WE NEED JOHN MCCAIN/SARAH PALIN IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!! check out WWW.charlottefrontandcenter.com. Also, this website can connect you to early voting registration, meck board of elections , calendar of events incl. Honk Rallys, Debate parties etc. Thank you for your continued support in Precinct 100 and of 2008 Victory Campaign!! Respectfully, Cami Bambini GOP Precinct 100 Chairperson.
has asked The New Agenda co-founder Amy Siskind to appear on David
Gregory's "Race for the White House" program for a discussion of NOW's
endorsement of an all male ticket.
Until we get that meeting and big public apology from , it's no way, no how to MSNBC. That should go for all of us and anyone we think values the fair treatment of women by the media. Spread the
To review the letter we sent to MSNBC's President and COO Jeff Zucker, visit our website by following this link:
The New Agenda Team
New Agenda Press Release
The New Agenda has issued a press release expressing concern about NOW's recent endorsement of the Obama/Biden. This precedent-setting move marks the first time in NOW's 42-year history that it has endorsed an all-male ticket.
The Washington Post picked up the press release and wrote about us on their blog. Within hours, the piece was moved to the front page of the Washington Post and received over 1000 comments.
The New Agenda co-founder Amy Siskind says, "We find it quite perplexing that NOW has chosen this moment to endorse an all-male ticket." The endorsement seems all the more puzzling given the fact that the Republican Party is running its first female candidate for Vice-President, Gov. Sarah Palin, and the Green Party is fielding its first all-woman presidential ticket with Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente.
Jennifer Borg, another co-founder of The New Agenda, says, "We want to give Sarah Palin a chance to tell us what Sarah Palin believes on women's issues." End Quote
The New Agenda is a non-partisan political group that supports ALL women.
Former Hillary Supporter and the Chair of Citizens for McCain in Buncombe Co., Kathy Skerl, makes known how many Puma Democrats have not forgot the sexist treatment of women by the Obama Campaign. As many of you know, Kathy and her group aided Charlotte Front and Center back in June when we all protested Dean's Kool-Aid Bus Tour. Kathy is working hard for the election of John McCain knowing he is the best qualified to handle the economy and any other issue facing this great country of ours. Keep it up Kathy, we are behind you and your team here in the Carolinas Read Kathy's comment in the Asheville Citizens Times. Kathy says it all.
Excerpt From "Asheville-Citizens Times"
ASHEVILLE – Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius linked the current stock market crisis to policies backed by Sen. John McCain during a campaign event for Sen. Barack Obama at a North Asheville coffee shop on Friday.
The popular Democratic governor spoke to a crowd of more than 100 just after noon at Mountain Java on Merrimon Avenue, the first of two stops in the state aimed rallying women voters in the presidential campaign.
Sebelius told enthusiastic supporters that GOP candidate McCain has vowed to sustain failed policies contributed to the nation’s economic turmoil, while Obama advocates regulations to reign in misbehavior on Wall Street.
“It isn’t just a string of bad luck that produced the tumult that we see on Wall Street,” Sebelius said. “It’s a stream of bad policy and a stream of deregulation of the financial services industry.”
Sebelius’ appearance was part of a larger push by the Obama campaign this week to shore up support among women in North Carolina.
Sen. Joe Biden visited Charlotte on Sunday, while Michelle Obama spoke in Charlotte and Greensboro earlier this week. Barack Obama is scheduled to speak in Charlotte on Sunday.
Sebelius said Obama would fight for equal pay for women and give tax breaks to middle-class families rather than large corporations.
One event attendee said she didn’t believe Obama really cares about women voters. Kathy Skerl, a former Hillary Clinton supporter now backing McCain, held up a sign during Sebelius’ speech that read, “Sweetie is a code language for sexism,” a reference to Obama’s use of that term, she said. End Quote of Excerpt
What the paper failed to mention: that on the bottom of the sign it said: Puma4McCain and Puma4Palin and afterwards someone came up and said to Kathy 'there were no Pumas, we were Republicans.' This is a common accusation that Pumas of "Just Say No Deal" commonly handle on an everyday basis.
Paraphrased from Kathy: 'And yes, the campaign appararently does not encourage its followers to talk to people like me because I think they are afraid we might change some minds. The campaign manager invited me to come down to his headquarters and when I said I wasn't interested he actually acted surprised. Poor little dear...quite the eqo crush, not everyone is interested.'
Today,Kathy is canvassing..Kathy says: "remember, time is short....we gotta get busy and the Obots are organized."
Kathy, Thanks for your hard work. America appreciates it.
In a companion piece to his hot radio talk on the matter, Rush Limbaugh has an op-ed in Friday’s Wall Street Journal titled "Obama is Stoking Racial Antagonism." In addition to providing a full explanation of the clips inaccurately manipulated by the Obama ad-making team, he lets Team Obama have it for their intentional distortions:
Mr. Obama's campaign is now trafficking in prejudice of its own making. And in doing so, it is playing with political dynamite. What kind of potential president would let his campaign knowingly extract two incomplete, out-of-context lines from two radio parodies and build a framework of hate around them in order to exploit racial tensions? The segregationists of the 1950s and 1960s were famous for such vile fear-mongering...
The malignant aspect of this is that Mr. Obama and his advisers know exactly what they are doing. They had to listen to both monologues or read the transcripts. They then had to pick the particular excerpts they used in order to create a commercial of distortions. Their hoped-for result is to inflame racial tensions. In doing this, Mr. Obama and his advisers have demonstrated a pernicious contempt for American society.
We've made much racial progress in this country. Any candidate who employs the tactics of the old segregationists is unworthy of the presidency.
On his show Friday, Limbaugh said he thought the Obama campaign was attempting to stigmatize him and reduce his influence in the last weeks of the election. But it’s also possible that Obama strategists were hoping to get McCain to denounce Limbaugh and distance himself from him, demoralizing the Palin-energized conservative base.
—Tim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center
Now she intends to cast a ballot for Republican presidential nominee John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska.
“I think Sarah Palin is an excellent choice, and not just because she’s a woman,” Riordan said before Thursday’s McCain-Palin rally at the Resch Center. “It’s good to have a governor on one of the tickets. … I think she brings a different set of skills.”
Like others in the crowd of about 10,000 at the rally, Riordan was interested to hear what Palin had to say, and said the mother of five adds excitement to the ticket.
“For us it was always going to be Hillary first, then McCain,” she said. Her husband, Larry, also is a registered Democrat. They have a grandson working on Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s campaign and a stepson who worked on Democrat John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004, and a long history of voting for Democrats, she said. But she said Obama’s politics are too far to the left for her taste.
Riordan made the switch based on politics, not gender, she said.
“I hope at some point we become gender and race neutral,” Riordan said. She and her husband, who spend winters in Florida, will vote there. “For me it had nothing to do with gender.”
Friends Angela Yingling and Janell Burr of Green Bay said they attended the rally mostly to hear Palin speak.
“I think it was phenomenal,” Burr said after the rally. “I wasn’t sure before, but I work with kids with disabilities, and I love what I heard her say.”
“She’s so down to earth,” Yingling added.
Kelly Watras of Fremont said it wasn’t Palin alone that brought her to the rally.
“I would’ve come anyway,” Watras said. “But she brings energy to the campaign. She’s a breath of fresh air.”
Nancy Meilahn of Oshkosh, who attended with Watras, said: “She tells it like it is. She thinks outside the box.”
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is reviewing complaints from both Americans and Canadians about a Web site columnist who recently described Sarah Palin’s supporters as “white trash,” compared the vice presidential candidate to a “porn actress” and called her daughter’s boyfriend a “redneck” and “ratboy.”
The incendiary column by Toronto-based writer Heather Mallick appeared on the CBC News site on Sept. 5, after the close of the Republican National Convention. On the same day, Britain’s Guardian newspaper published another column by Mallick in which she trashed Palin’s home state of Alaska as a “frontier state full of drunks and crazy people.”
In the CBC story, Mallick wrote that John McCain’s running mate “added nothing to the ticket that the Republicans didn’t already have sewn up, the white trash vote.”
by Mosheh Oinounou at Fox news
President Bill Clinton lavished some praise on Sarah Palin today, calling her an “instinctively effective candidate” who cannot be underestimated.
During an interview with CNBC that aired Thursday, the former president repeated that he supports the Obama-Biden ticket and disagrees with McCain-Palin on many issues, but was still extremely complimentary of the Alaska Governor.
Asked if he was surprised by the bounce McCain saw in the polls after selecting Palin, Clinton disagreed.
“No, she is an instinctively effective candidate with a compelling story and I think it was exciting to some that she was a woman that she is from Alaska,” Clinton said. “And she grew up and came up in a political and religious culture that is probably well to the right of the American center but she didn’t basically define herself in those terms. She said ‘this is where I am from, I am not going to impose this on you, this is what I want to do that I think we can all be a part of.’”
He added: “She handled herself well so no, I wasn’t surprised. I think that you know I disagree with them on many issues and that’s why aside from my party affiliation I would be for Obama and Biden anyway but I get why she has done so well. It would be a mistake to underestimate her…her intuitive skills are significant.”
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Michelle Obama asked voters Thursday to make their choice on the issues, not because, "I like that guy" or, "she's cute."
Might she be talking about Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin?
Link To Article
"I'm talking about me," she said with a smile.
Barack Obama's wife, however, is not on the ticket in the presidential election. Palin is.
Michelle Obama is part of a concerted effort involving her husband, his running mate, Sen. Joe Biden, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to neutralize the appeal that Palin has brought to John McCain's ticket for some female voters. They are doing so unmistakably but gingerly, so as to not appear sexist or invite another lipstick-on-a-pig tempest.
But, perhaps, not gingerly enough.
Michelle Obama's remarks came at a women's roundtable on the economy. She told the audience of 600 that her husband is the only candidate focused on equal pay, health care, affordable college, teacher recruitment and other issues of concern to women. She said that's what the election should be about.
"People shouldn't make a decision this time based on, 'I like that guy' or 'she's cute,'" she said.
The line won a big round of applause. Before it subsided, she interjected: "And I'm talking about me."
She did not talk about Palin directly in her remarks. Her supportive crowd did, chanting "No Palin" before the event started.
Barack Obama told supporters in a memo this week that "women voters could decide this election" _ words that have amounted to marching orders.
Biden has been talking about what Obama would do to help women achieve pay equity with men, a subject Obama is highlighting in TV and radio ads. Clinton has been working hard to keep the millions of women who supported her over Obama in the primaries from drifting to the GOP ticket.
Clinton and Biden joined in a Webcast this week with tens of thousands of her supporters. The Obama campaign also is trumpeting the endorsement of Lilly Ledbetter, the former auto parts worker who successfully took her equal pay dispute to the Supreme Court.
"We need you," Michelle Obama told the women she addressed. "Our families need you. Our country needs you."
Trisha Redwine, a lifelong Democrat in Charlotte, said women didn't seem to be needed by the Democratic ticket until recently. "It's almost like we didn't even matter until Sarah Palin came into the picture," she said.
Redwine backed Clinton in the primaries and now speaks favorably of McCain's efforts on family medical leave and family-friendly workplaces.
Eleanor Brawley, 75, of Charlotte said Michelle Obama's speech convinced her that the Democratic candidate is better suited to handle issues important to women. "I've always been described as a feminist," she said, "and I don't see Sarah Palin as a feminist."
Polls suggest Palin, the Alaska governor, has helped McCain tighten the race.
Obama narrowly led among women 49 percent to 44 percent but trailed McCain among white women 53 percent to 40 percent in an Associated Press-GfK Poll of likely voters this month.
Republicans cried sexism when Obama described McCain's policies as lipstick on a pig, days after Palin made a lipstick joke at the GOP convention. Obama's remarks were not about Palin and McCain himself said he did not think his rival was calling Palin a pig. But the storm, stoked by McCain's campaign, went on for days.
A service of the Associated Press(AP)
taken from Sun Newspapers
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is avoiding a public face-off with Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the new female star of the 2008 campaign, while still raising money and votes for the Democrat who wrested the presidential nomination from her.
Advisers to party nominee Barack Obama and to Clinton say that she will resist pressure to speak out against Palin, believing it would diminish her own stature while creating a "cat fight" sideshow that would only distract voters from the contest at the top of the ticket. Any mention Clinton makes of Palin will only be in the context of her partnership with GOP nominee John McCain, aides said.
The New York senator abruptly canceled an appearance at a rally protesting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after learning that Palin had also been invited to the event scheduled next week outside the United Nations. Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines said Clinton was never told that the Alaska governor would be there.
A spokeswoman for Palin, Tracey Schmitt, said of Clinton's cancellation: "Gov. Palin believes that the danger of a nuclear Iran is greater than party or politics. She hopes that all parties can rally together in opposition to this grave threat."
When McCain chose Palin as his running mate, a new chapter began in Clinton's complicated political saga.
Besides her own sore feelings for losing the nomination to Obama -- not to mention about $24 million in campaign debt -- Clinton has had to deal with the disappointment of many supporters angry at what they perceived as sexist treatment of her by the Obama campaign and the news media.
One prominent Clinton backer and fundraiser, Lynn Forester de Rothschild, announced her support for McCain on Wednesday. The former Democratic Party platform committee member has said Obama is arrogant and has a problem connecting with average Americans.
Indeed, an Associated Press-Yahoo poll conducted Sept. 5-15 found that 26 percent of voters who supported Clinton are now backing McCain and Palin, who was brought on in part to woo women voters.
Clinton took a light approach to Palin this week on ABC's "Good Morning America," one of a handful of national interviews she has granted since abandoning her presidential bid in June.
"You know, I think the point is not the vice presidential candidate on the other side, with all due respect. It is the presidential candidate," Clinton said. "Sen. McCain is not offering much of a change from what has already been the policies of the Republicans and of this administration."
Susie Tompkins Buell, a Clinton supporter and fundraiser who only recently announced she would back Obama in the general election, said she agreed Clinton should avoid being an "attack dog" against Palin.
But Buell said Obama should showcase Clinton more prominently if he hopes to win in November.
"I think the Obama campaign should use her as much as they can because they need her terribly. This isn't looking so great right now," she said.
Clinton has said repeatedly that she would do whatever the Obama campaign asked her to do, and so far she has made good on that promise.
"We couldn't be happier," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said, adding that officials would ask Clinton to step up campaign appearances after the Senate adjourns this month.
Clinton traveled last weekend to Ohio, a major battleground state, and has campaigned for Obama in Florida, Nevada and New Mexico. She's raised more than $4 million for Obama and is planning another fundraising reception next week in New York slated to bring in about $500,000.
Clinton is also campaigning on behalf of Democratic Senate and House candidates, where she talks up the need to strengthen the party's majorities in Congress to help an Obama administration. She planned to address a rally in Kentucky on Saturday on behalf of Bruce Lunsford, who is challenging veteran GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell, the minority leader.
Clinton has a warm relationship with Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden and plans to campaign with him despite grumbling from many supporters who believe Obama should have chosen her as his running mate.
Biden and Clinton held an online video forum with women voters where they took questions on pay equity, abortion rights and other issues. The forum was to be broadcast Wednesday evening on Obama's campaign Web site.
ELKO, Nevada — Worried Democrats want Barack Obama to get tougher, show more passion. Why is he so calm, supporters ask, so close to an election that looks so tight. "Just keep steady," Obama tells the nervous Nellies. "I'm skinny but I'm tough. I'm from Chicago," read more