Dear Friends and Hillary Supporters,
I quote the 4 MAY edition of the , a newspaper
with a readership largely located in the suburbs south of , an
area the winner of the Oregon Primary on 20 MAY will have to carry:
" or ? That choice divides friends,
families, states — and the Statesman Journal Editorial Board.
"On the Republican side, the endorsement in Oregon's May 20 election
was easy. has the national nomination sewn up.
"Although remains on the Oregon ballot, the only
question is whom McCain will choose as his vice presidential candidate.
"But the Democrats have made the presidential primary relevant
for the first time in decades.
"Complicating voters' decision is that of New
York-via-Arkansas-and-the-White-House and of have nearly as
many liabilities as assets.
"Obama has inspired a sense of hope across this beleaguered nation. He
represents a new generation of leaders who can cross racial, social and
"He doesn't have much political experience, but neither did a
19th-century candidate named , who ranks as one of America's
"But the Editorial Board keeps stumbling on two key questions: What has
Obama done, either as an legislator or a U.S. senator? And
will his missteps in speaking lead to destructive missteps in action?
"Clinton seems willing to say anything to get elected. She also has the
baggage of husband Bill Clinton, whose weak character dragged down a
promising administration and caused this newspaper's Editorial Board to
call for his resignation (not that he listened).
"But does get things done.
"After leaving the , she handily won election in ,
where she proved that she's not simply an urban lawmaker. Rural New
Yorkers speak highly of Clinton, praising her for paying attention to their
parts of the state.
"In the Senate, she has achieved influence much greater than one would
expect for her seven years on Capitol Hill.
"Clinton "gets" the concerns of the middle class that dominates the
"She was the first candidate to offer a "compact" of campaign
promises on state-specific issues such as restoring county timber
payments and giving the state say about siting of liquefied-natural-gas
"As for McCain, his chief liabilities are his age and his temperament,
but he has distinguished himself in a lifetime's service to the
"Through four years in the U.S. House and 22 in the Senate, he has
built a reputation for driving good ideas into law.
"Not all Republicans will agree with McCain's support for the Iraq war.
But they can appreciate that as a former Navy pilot and
prisoner of war, he has an informed opinion — and has stuck to his
"McCain will be on the ballot in November, and a divided Editorial
Board thinks that Clinton would be his strongest opponent.
"In the end, Clinton and McCain are the best choices for Oregonians in
the May 20 primary election."
I hope everyone is doing well. And please remind your friends and
relatives to vote for , for there is so much to accomplish
both in our country and in the Democratic Party. Indeed, this article
on the antics of Obama supporters at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in
illustrates why we must elect President of the
Also remember to visit the office on Monday and Tuesday.