Elizabeth Benjamin writes in "The Daily Politics" from The New York Daily News, that Andrew Cuomo says he is quite happy being attorney general. In addition, he says that he is not actively campaigning, and will not discuss any conversation he has had with Gov.Paterson concerning Hillary Clinton's senate seat. Coumo went on to say he admired Caroline Kennedy, but stayed away from saying anything negative about Kennedy's qualifications. Cuomo did remark he thought alot of Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand because he had worked with her at HUD, and also Rep.Carolyn Maloney who supported him in his run for Atty. General. Cuomo would not comment on Rep. Ackerman's description of Caroline Kennedy being "palin-ized" by her detractors.
Two unfortunate things come to my mind about Cuomo: 1) Andrew Cuomo has had it hard in not knowing if Paterson wants any active campaigning, and 2) His ex-wife,Kerry Kennedy, openly campaigns for Caroline.
It is a shame that Caroline Kennedy's candidacy for the appointment is being described as "Palin-ized." The fact that we understand what "palin-ized"even means shows how bad Gov.Palin was treated during her run for Vice-President. Kennedy has been criticized from the "lack of experience" issue, but in no way has she received the degrading treatment Sarah Palin was subjected to and continues to receive...TRedwine
source: Elizabeth Benjamin, "The Daily Politics"
The Liberal MSM can't quit their gushing over Obama. Now they are worried Hillary will outshine Obama as Secretary of State. The fact is: She will. They can't even give their guy any credit for having chosen Hillary! Perhaps the MSM and journalists such as Mike Lupica can quit looking for DRAMA. Hillary is a bright, hardworking woman who happens to STILL have 18 million supporters. So what if she is still ambitious? All the more reason for her to do a good job. Sounds like some of the guys can't deal with the girl! P.S. The pic they use of Hillary is the one with all the cleavage...OF COURSE. by Mike Lupica
Hillary Clinton can be a great secretary of state if she puts presidential ambition aside
The Liberal MSM can't quit their gushing over Obama. Now they are worried Hillary will outshine Obama as Secretary of State. The fact is: She will. They can't even give their guy any credit for having chosen Hillary! Perhaps the MSM and journalists such as Mike Lupica can quit looking for DRAMA. Hillary is a bright, hardworking woman who happens to STILL have 18 million supporters. So what if she is still ambitious? All the more reason for her to do a good job. Sounds like some of the guys can't deal with the girl!
P.S. The pic they use of Hillary is the one with all the cleavage...OF COURSE.
by Mike Lupica
Hillary Clinton was not a great candidate, even as her husband and her sidemen kept saying she was, as if saying it often enough would finally make it true. She would not have made a great President. She can be a great secretary of state, but only if she does this right, which means she stops running now.
This is a time in America when Barack Obama asks everybody to find the best in themselves. Something like that might as well start with the woman he defeated for the nomination. Hillary has the chance to be better in this job than in anything she has done before it, and that includes the Senate. Only if she can do it without the usual drama. This is about the good of the country this time, not the Clinton brand.
Like long-lost companions, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama kissed, embraced, and waved to an adoring throng of 40,000 supporters during their joint appearance Oct. 20 in Orlando.
Clinton’s words were as friendly as her body language: “Tell your friends, tell your neighbors: Hillary sent you to vote for Barack Obama!" declared the former first lady.
Just a few months ago, however, Clinton characterized the Illinois senator quite differently, telling the media that he gave a good speech but made rash pronouncements, distorted the facts, and was dangerously unprepared to serve as America’s commander in chief.
Newsmax presents Clinton’s more candid remarks about Obama during the campaign:
Attacking al-Qaida in Pakistan
“And this campaign, just like every other thing that happens in the United States, is looked at and followed with very great interest. And, you know, Pakistan is on a knife's edge. It is easily, unfortunately, a target for the jihadists. And, therefore, you've got to be very careful about what it is you say with respect to Pakistan.” — Democratic Primary debate, Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 19, 2007.
“And on a number of other issues, I just believe that, you know, as Senator Obama said, yes, last summer he basically threatened to bomb Pakistan, which I don't think was a particularly wise position to take.” — Democratic Primary debate, Cleveland, Ohio, Feb. 26, 2008.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 12:12 PM
By: David Patten
“Stagnant in the polls and struggling to revive his once-buoyant campaign, Senator Obama has abandoned the politics of hope and embarked on a journey in search of a campaign issue to use against Senator Clinton.” — Clinton campaign e-mail, Oct. 22, 2007.
“Shame on you, Barack Obama. It is time you ran a campaign consistent with your messages in public. That’s what I expect from you.” — Campaign rally, Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 23, 2008.
Driver’s Licenses for Illegals
“I do not think that it is either appropriate to give a driver's license to someone who's here undocumented, putting them frankly at risk, because that is clear evidence that they are not here legally.” — Democratic primary debate, Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 31, 2008.
“You know, Senator Obama, as The Associated Press described it, could have a pretty good debate with himself, because four years ago he was for single-payer healthcare. Then he moved toward a rejection of that, a more incremental approach. Then he was for universal healthcare; then he proposed a healthcare plan that doesn't cover everybody.” — Democratic primary debate, Manchester, N.H., Jan. 5, 2008
“Well, you've changed positions within three years on, you know, a range of issues that you put forth when you ran for the Senate and now you have changed. You know, you said you would vote against the Patriot Act; you came to the Senate, you voted for it. You said that you would vote against funding for the Iraq war; you came to the Senate and you voted for $300 billion of it. — Democratic primary debate, Manchester, N.H., Jan. 5, 2008.
Guns and Religion
“I don't believe that my grandfather or my father, or the many people whom I have had the privilege of knowing and meeting across Pennsylvania over many years, cling to religion when Washington is not listening to them. I think that is a fundamental, sort of, misunderstanding of the role of religion and faith in times that are good and times that are bad.” — Democratic primary debate, Philadelphia, Pa., April 16, 2008.
“And I similarly don't think that people cling to their traditions, like hunting and guns, either when they are frustrated with the government. I just don't believe that's how people live their lives. Now, that doesn't mean that people are not frustrated with the government. We have every reason to be frustrated, particularly with this administration. But I can see why people would be taken aback and offended by the remarks. — Democratic primary debate, Philadelphia, Pa., April 16, 2008.
Diplomacy Sans Preconditions
“I will not promise to meet with the leaders of these countries during my first year. I will promise a very vigorous diplomatic effort because I think it is not that you promise a meeting at that high a level before you know what the intentions are. I don’t want to be used for propaganda purposes. I don’t want to make a situation even worse.” — Democratic primary debate, Charleston S.C., July 23, 2007.
“I thought that was irresponsible and, frankly, naive.” — Quad City Times, Iowa, July 24, 2007.
“So I think that, when you've got that big an agenda facing you, you should not telegraph to our adversaries that you're willing to meet with them without preconditions during the first year in office.” — Democratic primary debate, Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 19, 2007.
“And I disagree with his continuing to say that he would meet with some of the worst dictators in the world without preconditions and without the real, you know, understanding of what we would get from it.” — Democratic Primary debate, Cleveland, Ohio, Feb. 26, 2008.
“I certainly would not meet with Ahmadinejad, because even again today he made light of 9/11 and said he's not even sure it happened and that people actually died. He's not someone who would have an opportunity to meet with me in the White House.” — Democratic primary debate, Philadelphia, Pa., April 16, 2008.
“It is clear that, as leaders, we have a choice who we associate with and who we apparently give some kind of seal of approval to. And I think that it wasn't only the specific remarks, but some of the relationships with Reverend Farrakhan, with giving the church bulletin over to the leader of Hamas to put a message in. You know, these are problems, and they raise questions in people's minds.” — Democratic primary debate, Philadelphia, Pa., April 16, 2008.
“It’s 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?” Clinton “red phone” ad, February 2008.
Obama’s Nuclear Stance
“Presidents since the Cold War have used nuclear deterrents to keep the peace, and I don’t believe any president should make blanket statements with the regard to use or nonuse.” — Washington Post, Aug. 3, 2007.
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright
“He would not have been my pastor. You don’t choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend.” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 25, 2008.
“But I have to say that, you know, for Pastor Wright to have given his first sermon after 9/11 and to have blamed the United States for the attack, which happened in my city of New York, would have been intolerable for me. And therefore I would have not been able to stay in the church, and maybe it's, you know, just, again, a personal reflection that regardless of whatever good is going on — and I have no reason to doubt that a lot of good things were happening in that church — you get to choose your pastor. You don't choose your family, but you get to choose your pastor. And when asked a direct question, I said I would not have stayed in the church.” — Democratic primary debate, Philadelphia, Pa., April 16, 2008.
“Words are not action and as beautifully presented and as passionately felt as they are, they are not action. What we’ve got to do is translate talk into action, and feeling into reality. I have a long record of doing that.” — Democratic primary debate, Manchester, N.H., Jan. 5, 2008.
“So, I think it is clear that what we need is somebody who can deliver change. And we don't need to be raising the false hopes of our country about what can be delivered.” — Democratic primary debate, Manchester, N.H., Jan. 5, 2008.
“Now, I could stand up here and say, ‘Let’s just get everybody together. Let’s get unified. The sky will open. The light will come down. Celestial choirs will be singing, and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect.” — Campaign rally, Providence, R.I., Feb. 25, 2008.
Obama and Special Interests
“When it comes to lobbyists, you know, Senator Obama's chair in New Hampshire is a lobbyist. He lobbies for the drug companies. So I think it's important that all of us be held to the same standards, that we're all held accountable.” — Democratic primary debate, Manchester, N.H., Jan. 5, 2008.
“You know, the energy bill that passed in 2005 was larded with all kinds of special interest breaks, giveaways to the oil companies. Senator Obama voted for it. I did not because I knew that it was going to be an absolute nightmare.” — Democratic primary debate, Manchester, N.H., Jan. 5, 2008.
Obama and William Ayers
“I also believe that Senator Obama served on a board with Mr. Ayers for a period of time, the Woods Foundation, which was a paid directorship position. And if I'm not mistaken, that relationship with Mr. Ayers on this board continued after 9/11 and after his reported comments, which were deeply hurtful to people in New York, and I would hope to every American, because they were published on 9/11 and he said that he was just sorry they hadn't done more. And what they did was set bombs and in some instances people died.” — Democratic primary debate, Philadelphia, Pa., April 16, 2008.
Remember when Obama gave Hillary an unpleasant sign in Raleigh the next day after the last debate? Read the following article to see who got the last "word." TR
lifted from That's Me On The Left
I saw the photo of the different colored pantsuits that her aides were holding by the podium. They were trying to decide which color she should wear for her speech at the Democratic National Convention. I think there were five to choose from. All I know is that I was hoping she would pick orange. It looked good with the background and I knew what the color orange would signify.
Last night Hillary came out in her orange pantsuit and I giggled about the possible subliminal message. Hillary Clinton is one smart lady and at that moment I knew what her orange pantsuit symbolized. Then today I read a comment that someone else noticed the significance of the orange color. I knew then that I WAS RIGHT!
Orange is the symbolic color of the Ukrainian Revolutionaries who protested the "selection" of the President in a rigged election. There was massive corruption, voter intimidation and direct electoral fraud.
Puma Members and those of like thinking are relieved that Hillary Clinton is not Obama’s choice for a running mate. Other Clinton supporters are disheartened as it becomes clear that Obama never even considered Hillary in this capacity. Where is the surprise in this? There shouldn’t be any. Most Obama supporters made it clear in poll after poll they were not interested in having Hillary on the ticket. Anti-Hillary pundits tried to point out that she would be “divisive”. Explain this thought process. Please! 18 million votes do not sound divisive!
Clinton Democrats issued a statement today that “one person, one vote” continues to be the basis for their outcry against the injustices Hillary Supporters experience. A video from this organization has one supporter summing up the feelings of Hillary Supporters as noting fraud, disrespect, and strong arming by the DNC.
Kim Gandy of “NOW” issued a press release today giving the organization’s approval of Joe Biden, who is known for supporting women’s issues. Gandy continues to say that they support Hillary’s nomination, but will eventually back Obama. She ends by saying that John McCain does not support women’s rights. She does not specify. What will Gandy say if McCain chooses Lieberman as his running mate? The last I heard Lieberman was pro-choice.
PUMA is a loose confederation of grass root organizations that have agreed to not vote for Obama. The idea behind this thinking is that we will not reward the crooked behavior of the DNC. Some within PUMA will be voting for McCain in protest and others truly believe he is the best choice after Hillary.
Either way, Hillary Supporters have had enough grief this election round, and will not be hammered with “guilt” from the DNC or Obama supporters as abandoning “their Party”. Many consider it the other way around, and once again will put Country before Party, especially as this Party functions today.
We once again want to stress the following to our group members at Charlotte Front and Center: "Just Say No Deal."
Hillary Clinton and her colleagueare working hard . Together they are fighting on behalf of women everywhere to make sure this attempt does not go unnoticed. Make no mistake -- the Bush Administration is threatening access to options for women who need them most.
That is why it is so important that we continue our fight. We still need your help as we continue to oppose these attempts to undermine women's health care. If you have not yet signed the petition, I hope you will today, or please send this to your friends and ask them to join us.
We have already seen the difference your support can make. These new regulations do not include some of the most objectionable language from the earlier draft. I believe that is because so many of you have joined Senator Clinton in speaking out, and I want to thank you for helping with this effort.
But we are not done yet.
The newest version continues to be a problem. Instead of increasing women's access to health care, these regulations would further complicate the process, adding additional barriers to women's ability to get quality care.
Now that these regulations have been published in the Federal Register, the public has 30 days to comment. It is so important that we continue to speak up and make clear that we oppose any last-minute Bush administration attempts to undermine women's health!
Please ask your friends to join us by signing here, so that we can send all your signatures and comments to HHS.
Ann F. Lewis
Whispers Poll Tells Obama: Say No to Hillary Clinton
August 20, 2008 11:59 AM ET | Paul Bedard | Permanent Link, US News and World Report
As Sen. Barack Obama gets set to announce his running mate, there is growing evidence that his backers and the public in general do not favor an Obama-Clinton ticket. In our exclusive Washington Whispers poll, Obama's success in ending the Clinton era was cited by nearly 1 in 3 as his best aspect, right behind his liberal-progressive positions.
As the Democratic Party gets ready for its presidential nominating convention in Denver, what aspect of Sen. Barack Obama do you like most?
Liberal-progressive positions 34%
Ended the Clinton era 30%
Mixed-race background 11%
Source: The Synovate eNation Internet poll was conducted August 13-15 among 1,000 nationally representative households by global market research firm Synovate.
NOW PAYS TRIBUTE TO OUR SISTER: HON.
Lifted from....USN, Michael Barone
The always insightful Toby Harnden of the Daily Telegraph has a nice blogpost on the Obama campaign's agreement that Hillary Clinton's name will be put in nomination at the Democratic National Convention and its allowing Hillary Clinton to give a prime-time speech on Tuesday night and Bill Clinton to give a prime-time speech on Wednesday night. However, the former president's speech will not be scheduled for the single hour, starting at 10 p.m. Eastern, that is reserved for the vice presidential nominee. (But will Bill stay within the time limit? He didn't when he gave the nomination speech for Michael Dukakis in 1988, and was cheered when he finally said, "In conclusion.")
Harnden scoffs at the idea that the Obama campaign made these concessions voluntarily. I think that in this case the spin may have been accurate. Here's the problem the Obama campaign faces: Nearly half the delegates on the floor were picked by Hillary Clinton. There's a lot of anecdotal evidence that many of these Clinton supporters are unreconciled to the Obama candidacy.
As are many Clinton voters: The recent Pew poll showed only 72 percent of them are supporting Obama against John McCain. A large mass of unreconciled delegates can be a problem for a presidential nominee. At the 1980 Democratic National Convention about 40 percent of the delegates were for Edward Kennedy, and Jimmy Carter's forces continually lost control of the timing and demeanor of the convention. There were enough Kennedy delegates to defeat a motion to suspend the rules, which requires a two-thirds majority, and House Speaker Tip O'Neill, who was chairing the convention, was not going to jam things through on a bogus voice vote. So the Carter campaign had to negotiate with the Kennedy campaign: The Kennedyites would demand a platform plank with another $4 billion or so of CETA public-sector jobs in return for allowing the proceedings to go back on schedule in the prime time hours.
I was privy to this because I was working on the podium for the Kennedy campaign. It came about this way: I was working for Democratic pollster Peter Hart, who had done polling for the Kennedy campaign, and Carl Wagner, one of the managers of the Kennedy campaign, picked me to represent it on the podium. This was a plum assignment: A podium pass gets you anywhere at the convention, and Tip O'Neill made sure that there was always plenty of good food in the green room under the podium. (Delegates had to stand in line to get Madison Square Garden hot dogs.) In the disputes that arose, the Kennedy campaign was represented by Harold Ickes and the Carter campaign by Bob Torricelli, two tough hombres. Read More
Don't you believe something has changed if protesters exercising their First Amendment Rights will be facing tear gas and all sorts of riot gear ONLY if they are protesting at the DNC in Denver? Mind you, protestors appearing at the RNC in September will be facing none of this. What has changed? Do we remember the time when we could depend on the media to bring us an approximation to the truth? If we no longer have a truthful media to bring us the news, how will we keep the government accountable? The media is even requesting that they be kept far and away from the protest camp due to being in harms way. So I guess it is up to those who have not sold out in any sense of the word to uphold democratic principles, processes, and most of all rights, such as "The First Amendment". The corruption we are witnessing today is a reality, and a major "Mother may, I " step away from Democracy.
Hopefully, strong leaders will come out of this disarray. Good people who will lead this Party away from the corruption that has overtaken it. We are seeing this evolution now in the Puma Pac organizations. These are the watch dogs of government that are sorely needed in every democracy.
Fortunately, as this Convention soon begins, we will have the free
voices of PUMAs keeping the
blogosphere informed with the true state
of affairs in Denver. Could this be our modern day version of "Radio Free Europe"? What would Jefferson say? He would say,"Just Say No Deal"...Of Course!
Redwine, Charlotte Front and Center
Some protesters arrested at the Democratic National Convention could be jailed in a city- owned warehouse, complete with metal cages and barbed wire, CBS4 News has learned.
Investigative reporter Rick Sallinger discovered the location and managed to get inside Tuesday for a look. The newly created lockup, in a warehouse northeast of Denver, contains dozens of metal cages made of chain-link fence material, topped by rolls of barbed wire.
Each of these fenced-in areas is about 15 feet by 15 feet, with a lock on the door.
A sign on the wall reads "Warning, electric stun devices used in this facility."
Sallinger showed video of the warehouse to Adam Jung of Tent State University and Zoe Williams of Code Pink, leaders of groups that plan to demonstrate during the convention. "This is very bare-bones and very reminiscent of a political prisoner camp or a concentration camp," Williams said.
"That's how you treat cattle," Jung siad. "You showed the sign where it said stun gun in use. And you just change the word gun for bolt, and it's a meat-processing plant."
The Denver Sheriff's Department would not discuss the facility. Instead, the sheriff's department said late Tuesday the mayor's office would be releasing a statement about it early next week....end quote
Sounds like Dean, Pelosi, and Brazille are going to make the 'ole Girls Pay!!
Here is the text of the press release from the Clinton and Obama campaigns (from ABC News)
Since June, Senators Obama and Clinton have been working together to ensure a Democratic victory this November. They are both committed to winning back the White House and to to ensuring that the voices of all 35 million people who participated in this historic primary election are respected and heard in Denver. To honor and celebrate these voices and votes, both Senator Obama's and Senator Clinton's names will be placed in nomination.
“I am convinced that honoring Senator Clinton's historic campaign in this way will help us celebrate this defining moment in our history and bring the party together in a strong united fashion,” said Senator Barack Obama.
Senator Obama’s campaign encouraged Senator Clinton's name to be placed in nomination as a show of unity and in recognition of the historic race she ran and the fact that she was the first woman to compete in all of our nation’s primary contests.
“With every voice heard and the Party strongly united, we will elect Senator Obama President of the United States and put our nation on the path to peace and prosperity once again,” said Senator Hillary Clinton.
Senator Obama and Senator Clinton are looking forward to a convention unified behind Barack Obama as the Party’s nominee and to victory this fall for America.
We don't know yet how this is going to happen but I expect that the nominations will occur through the convention chair and not through our petition. This is what we wanted all along. If this happens, then our petition will be presented to Hillary along with all the notarized signatures as a memento of our support for her.
Posted By Marc to Marc's Musing at 8/14/2008 12:33:00 PM
from "Real Clear Politics" Victor Davis hanson
August 07, 2008
Hillary's Growing Shadow
By Victor Davis Hanson
Barack Obama and John McCain are running neck and neck.
It would seem so. Republican President Bush still has less than a 30 percent approval rating. Headlines blare that unemployment and inflation are up -- even if we aren't, technically, in a recession. Gas is around $4 a gallon. Housing prices have nosedived. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, has been indicted -- another in a line of congressional Republicans caught in financial or sexual scandal.
Meanwhile, the GOP's presumptive candidate, John McCain, is 71 years old. The Republican base thinks he's lackluster and too liberal.
So, everyone is puzzled why the Democratic candidate isn't at least 10 points ahead. It seems the more Americans get used to Barack Obama, the less they want him as president -- and the more Democrats will soon regret not nominating Hillary Clinton. Read More
from CQ Politics...by Shawn Zellar
........."Heidi Li Feldman, a Georgetown University law professor, insists there’s still “no way of predicting” the outcome should there be a fair vote. That’s because Obama has not secured enough pledged delegates to ensure the magic number of 2,118 needed to claim victory; the Illinois senator has gone past that benchmark only with the pledges of about 390 superdelegates — and they can change their minds at any time up to the moment they cast their ballots.
“If they had a meaningful vote, I have no idea who would win,” Feldman says. “But I know that if Sen. Obama were sure he would win, there wouldn’t be a negotiation” about Clinton’s role at the convention.
So Feldman, who says she has raised about $100,000 for Clinton, has turned her prowess to raising money for advertising demanding a convention vote, and she has teamed with a fellow pro-Clinton blogger, Marc Rubin, to form the Denver Group to lobby the Democratic National Committee, much of the staff of which has already moved from Washington to Chicago to work for Obama.
Feldman says she won’t vote for Obama if Clinton doesn’t get a convention vote. Rubin says he might not. Both say they aren’t worried that their efforts will continue to divide Democrats at a time when they should be uniting to take on Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona. In fact, they argue, many Democrats might stay home if they feel Clinton gets short shrift.
“What they have to do is make it possible for people to say to themselves that there was a fair and correct process,” Feldman says. " end
Here is what they have to say:This year, America's top broadcast networks, print publications and internet media are conspiring with political groups to sway the outcome of the election. Before coverage of the primaries began, Sen. Hillary Clinton was heavily favored to become the next U.S. president. Now an unqualified, unvetted candidate with links to felons and war profiteers is headlining every news program and morning show across America. Reporters and newscasters kept up a mean-spirited narrative about Clinton until she conceded the race, even though she was ahead in the popular vote and might have been nominated by the Democrats in August. The journalists helped to perpetrate a fraud, betraying the public trust and depriving the nation of one of its most competent leaders since F.D.R. Here's a list of some you can thank for keeping her name off the November ballot. More
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton says he's not yet ready to talk about his role in this year's bruising Democratic Party primary elections.
The elections that pit his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., against the likely party nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left the former president isolated and shut out of the Obama campaign. Instead, Clinton told The Washington Post in an interview in Kigali, Rwanda, he's concentrating on his current role as a globe-trotting charitable foundation leader.
I loved it, he said of the primaries, in which he was criticized for interfering with his wife's campaign and having a short temper. Next year, you and I and everybody else will be freer and have more space to say what we believe to be the truth about the primaries, he said.
The newspaper said Clinton has had little contact with Obama, so little, in fact, that his role in this month's Democratic National Convention in Denver has yet to be determined.
By: Rick Pedraza, Newsmax
With hopes of being chosen as Barack Obama’s vice-presidential running mate dashed, Hillary Clinton has begun the process of carving out her political future.
The New York Post reports Clinton met earlier this week at a secret ladies-only dinner in Washington to discuss where she can go from here.
After learning she would address the Democratic National Convention on its second night – traditionally not the night the vice presidential nominee would speak – Clinton reportedly gathered her female posse together to discuss a possible White House run in 2012.
The get-together included some of the top women in Democratic politics, like California Sen. Dianne Feinstein; founder of Emily's List Ellen Malcolm; California Rep. and chair of the New Democrat Coalition Ellen Tauscher; and former Recording Industry Association of America CEO Hilary Rosen, who's now political director of the Huffington Post. Read More
Saw this video on The Confluence and agreed with the sentiment....I want Hillary back. It is refreshing to see someone hard at work taking care of everyday issues the non-elites must face such as buying gasoline.
18 Jul 2008 10:56 am
A company associated with Hillary Clinton's top presidential campaign advance staff has purchased a website domain that hints of a 2012 presidential bid for the vanquished senator from New York.
Greg Hale of the Markham Group served as a key advance aide to Sen. Clinton, organizing political events for the campaign. The Markham website calls him the "lead consultant for advance and visual messaging." Partners Paul Neaville and Robert McClarty (the son of former White House chief of staff Thomas "Mack" McClarty) also worked on Clinton's advance team. According to whois.com, the site was registered by Todd Wilder, a longtime Democratic operative from Florida.
Since I read the article “Painting the Glass Ceiling” by J. Cifre on Savage Politics.Com, I have to say I was moved emotionally on a couple of accounts. Notably, Cifre reminded me how men and women perceive any misogynistic treatment of women based on early childhood experiences. Though this is not “news”, we forget. Cifre’s own memory of his mother fighting the “glass ceiling” was fodder for his article and he gives us his thoughts on how he thinks his mother would have handled such a situation that Hillary Clinton and her supporters find themselves in today with this campaign debt.
Cifre points out that he is a white male of European stock, and justifies giving his opinion in the first place because as a young boy he witnessed the work and struggle his mother had as she made her way through law school. He tells how he would wait for her to finish her work at the library, and when his mom did pass the bar exam, he felt as though he had passed as well. We can certainly identify with that since many of us lived through similar experiences as a child, and then later when parenting. Cifre goes on to add:
“As one of the only female attorneys at her first law firm job, she was paid less than every single other male graduate in said office. And even after years of winning judicially significant cases for said firm, and raising their reputation as a consequence, she was still passed over for a partnership by a young rookie male graduate (the one that she coincidentally was asked to help get by on certain litigation issues!). Plenty of times, she was asked for a cup of coffee in meetings and other assorted events, always assuming that the “pretty young lady” must be an assistant of some kind. Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for our very small family, she went out on her own and eventually surpassed that old law firm’s prestige and success.”
Cifre tells how his mother taught him the meaning of honor and pride and that these two values Hillary Clinton should adopt in dealing with the arrogance of Barack Obama. It can be noted how Obama handled the mention of her debt with an "off-handedness" on a recent fundraiser in D.C.
“Hold on a second guys, I was getting all carried away. I’ve got one more thing that is important to do,” Obama said to a laughing audience. “Senator Clinton still has some debt. And I could have had some debt if I hadn’t won so I know the drill.”
In short, Cifre wants us to know that accepting help from one of our “abusers” gives them the opportunity to take credit for the entire rescue and any other future successes. This is a point well made and one that I must agree with simply because it makes sense. Fortunately, Hillary’s supporters have continued to come through with the donations since these recent events, and it is very important that we heed J. Cifre’s advice. Read the entire article at: savagepolitics.com.
There was a time months ago -- when Hillary Rodham Clinton led the Democratic nomination race -- that party superdelegates were the bad guys according to the rhetoric coming out of Barack Obama's camp.
Obama supporters trashed the unelected, automatic and unpledged delegates as undemocratic autocrats when it looked as though they might put Clinton over the top. Not anymore.
With the dust settled on the primary season, one thing is clear: Obama is the presumed nominee thanks only to superdelegates. He never did win enough pledged delegates to reach the winning number, falling about 350 votes short. His expected victory stems from beating Clinton among superdelegates 463-257, according to a tally on Real Clear Politics.
All the more reason for Obama to make sure that there is no roll call including Clinton's name on the ballot at the national convention -- which a few die hard fans of the former First Lady are still clamoring for.
Why highlight just how close the Democratic contest really was? And there is certainly no gain for Obama in dwelling on how he had to depend on superdelegates to win the nomination. Read More
from Taylor Marsh.com
The Democratic-led Congress this afternoon voted to put an end to the NSA spying scandal, as the Senate approved a bill -- approved last week by the House -- to immunize lawbreaking telecoms, terminate all pending lawsuits against them, and vest whole new warrantless eavesdropping powers in the President. The vote in favor of the new FISA bill was 69-28. Barack Obama joined every Senate Republican (and every House Republican other than one) by voting in favor of it, while his now-vanquished primary rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, voted against it. John McCain wasn't present for any of the votes, but shared Obama's support for the bill. The bill will now be sent to an extremely happy George Bush, who already announced that he enthusiastically supports it, and he will sign it into law very shortly.
from John Tomasic, "Huffington Post"
In the wake of Barack Obama's recent perceived move to the center, disaffected supporters of Hillary Clinton have released a "Call To DNC Delegates" urging them to "leave fraudulent Obama in Denver" and "save the Democratic Party by nominating the truer Democrat."
Posted on the website of the group called PUMA or "Party Unity My Ass" -- one of the groups that make up the mostly Democratic anti-Obama "Just Say No Deal coalition" -- the call asks "just 175 delegates" to throw their support to Hillary Clinton at the convention.
"We are not calling for some futile and self-defeating gesture," the post reads. "We are pointing to the path that leads to victory."
With Senator Clinton, we have a superior, battle-tested, and winning candidate who is waiting in the wings, ready, and willing to take over. Clinton would be a reliable leader on the issues that have built the Democratic Party. She has stood firm on her positions -- past and present -- even when it is not politically expedient.
The call enumerates Obama's recent alleged strategic backpedaling on key progressive issues -- on withdrawal from Iraq, for example, opposition to the new FISA bill and efforts to privatize social security.
From the instant that he felt that the Democratic nomination was in his hands, Obama has moved relentlessly to the right in a breathtaking, stunning exhibition of cynicism, duplicity, and fraudulent campaigning. Everything he stood for has been thrown overboard, and Obama has broken his word -- the commitment he made to his own core voters and donors.