Women’s Equality Day

You’ve Got The Vote. Use it. Make Herstory:

On August 26, 1920, after decades of struggle, women finally won the right to vote. For many women, the19th Amendment was only the first step in the battle for equal rights. Women’s Equality Day celebrates the women who refused to back down, and fought to ensure our right to vote.

Today, we’ve got the vote and it’s our responsibility to use it. Hillary has fought for decades on issues important to women. Now is the time to use our votes to elect a president who will be a champion for us.

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  1. Hillary’s terror talk seems to start driving media narrative! Great!

    Christian Science Monitor…
    To judge by numbers alone, Democrats are on the glide path to the White House.

    Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton beats the leading Republican candidates in most recent polls. Democratic candidates are raising more campaign cash than are their GOP counterparts, from far more donors. According to polls, Democratic voters are more interested in and rosier about the campaign season than are Republicans.

    But what those figures mean more than a year from Election Day is far from clear. A terrorist attack in the US, a Democratic scandal, or the entry into the race of a more unifying GOP candidate could all change the dynamics of a race that is clearly tilting Democratic but is still a long way from the finish line, analysts say.


    Republicans are struggling with an unpopular president and an unpopular war, he says, but a major shift in the war on terror – good or bad – could turn the tides. “It could be something concerning Iran, it could be a major act of terrorism,” he says. “Republicans need something to shake up the playing field and the evaluation voters have of what this election is about.”

    Clinton echoed that view at a New Hampshire campaign stop Thursday. “If certain things happen between now and the election, particularly with respect to terrorism, that will automatically give the Republicans an advantage again,” she said.

  2. watch out how feeble the opponents’ attack on Hillary’s terror talk…

    “I don’t agree that Republicans would have an advantage. I would never cede that,” Edwards said on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” adding, “The focus should not be on politics or on votes. The focus is going to have to be on what will have to be done to unite America to make the American people safe.”


    Speaking in Florida on Saturday, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama also did not let the front-runner’s comment go unchallenged, saying terrorism should not be used as a “wedge issue.”

    “It’s not right when the Republicans do it, and by the way, it’s not right when Democrats do it. Now I’ve noticed we’ve got to be careful about that too,” he said. “No one in politics regardless of party should play politics with an issue that is as grave as our national security.”

    Just as admin pointed out, I hate democrats responding to terror talk like this. They are always whining, and very defensive. It really does not instill confidence. Hillary is absolutely right. You have to co-opt GOP’s tough terror talk langauge, by doing so, you have a strategic upper hand.

  3. Looks like Arkansas GOP will resign to another Clinton victory in that state if Hillary is the nominee…

    Back when May showers were plentiful, I used this space to opine about how Arkansas’ six electoral votes will be in play for Democrats if Hillary Clinton wins her party’s presidential nomination. In fact, I said there would be a real possibility that Arkansas would land in Hillary’s column.

    This week, Mrs. Clinton paid a visit to the state she once called home to get Arkansans to pull out their checkbooks to fill her bulging campaign coffers. She was well-received.

    With a little more conviction, she should play well here, and not just because enthusiasm for her candidacy among many Arkansas Democrats is based on hopes of the second coming of Bill Clinton. Anyone listening to the whispers of Republicans can gain a stronger feel for her chances.

    I’m not ready to sign onto the aforementioned theory, but it’s a fact that very few Arkansas Republicans are licking their chops to campaign against Hillary next fall. The opportunity to bloody the Clintons’ noses during a campaign may have lost its appeal. Most refer to a Hillary general election victory with near certainty, which speaks volumes about the work that lies ahead in Arkansas for the Republican nominee

  4. Kostner, the desperation from Obama, Edwards and the rest is showing.

    A while back there was an article here about how Hillary is gliding into September, the traditional starting day for campaigns, with a well organized campaign, a confident commanding candidate, and a lead in almost 100% of the polls. The last week of August attacks on Hillary show that the other campaigns are aware of the thin ice they are on. They know with full desperation that time has run out and they need to change not only the poll numbers but the direction of the conversation Hillary is dominating.

    Every debate we expect attacks on Hillary but she defuses the few attacks so well we come off afterwards thinking there were no attacks. So now the other campaigns will increase the attacks. We do not think that will work either but Obama and Edwards need to do something.

    All campaigns are just marking time now until Labor Day. Most Americans are getting kids ready for school, ending vacations, enjoying the last few days of summer before the fall season begins. Most Americans are not paying attention to politics this last week of August. After Labor Day all Americans will be paying close attention and they will see the high quality of Hillary and her campaign.

    This is all a way of saying that the attacks will increase greatly after Labor Day. We will be vigilant and fight back. No whining.

  5. Hey folks, I saw some pollin’ from my home state and also the fact that Hillary raised over half a million in a single day down there. I loved it that she went to the zoo to have one of those fund raisers. Was that some sort of metaphor for the dailykuss. After my one trip over there, to the netnuts, I admire Hill even more for bein’ tough as nails and for fightin’ all these years for the invisible and at times for unpopular causes. There’s more bigotry on the daily kuss than i seen in a longtime. –mollyj

  6. Realistically, they only have 3 months to shake things up. Nobody is going to be paying attention b/t Thanksgiving & New Year’s.

    Anyone have a comment on that LTE to the DMR? Looks like a plant to me. I’m surprised the Register published something so inane. I don’t doubt that the author stopped by the campaign, but maybe it was intentions. I just don’t believe in coincidences, and that this would pop up while campaigns are desperately attacking smells …

  7. Molly, you must go back to the kos, please. You post was awesome. A pleasure to read. 🙂

    Hey, Kost, “Speaking in Florida on Saturday, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama also did not let the front-runner’s comment go unchallenged, saying terrorism should not be used as a “wedge issue.”

    “It’s not right when the Republicans do it, and by the way, it’s not right when Democrats do it. Now I’ve noticed we’ve got to be careful about that too,” he said. “No one in politics regardless of party should play politics with an issue that is as grave as our national security.”

    Stupid answer. I wonder what his supporters will think of that. They were ranting about how the Repubs have made us less safe(I agree, though more Bush than his pathetic party) and everyone should be saying so(I think Hil had a great point because terror is basically what the Repub’s are running on). This answer of Obama’s is frankly weak.

  8. mj,

    All democrats’ weak answers to terro questions really suck. They always use some sort of whining language, it makes them appear extremely weak.

    They desperately need some teaching of using touch language…

  9. Well, I wouldn’t go that far, Kos. I thought Edwards did a better job than Obama here, but I’d love to hear what his supports say about his response. Doesn’t matter anyway. I think Hillary is sounding like JFK, the Repubs are sounding like Bush on steroids and the Dems are sounding like Carter on prozac, so all in all, good for Hil.

  10. btw,

    did you guys notice that Edwards did tons of interviews. Obama also started to do quite a lot. That’s not good news , but I guess they have no choice. It dimishes the significance of such interviews.

    I don’t recall Hillary has done any prime time interview since the start of her campaign.

  11. Another gaffe by Obama that will go over well with the over 50 voting bloc…

    “Last week, on prime-time TV, Obama took a swipe at his fellow senator’s age and judgment, hinting that at 59 – he is 46 – she belonged to a different era with different values to younger Americans.”

    “Everybody knows a lot of 50, 60 and 70-year-olds that don’t have good judgment, because they keep on making the same mistakes over and over again,” Obama added.”

    http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1356352007

  12. kostner, I’m noticing that, too. They’re all over the place. She, on the other hand, hasn’t made a single appearance on the Sunday morning news shows. Your point about overexposure is a good one.

    HillaryLandRocks, What LTE are you talking about?

  13. Paula: saw it on justhillary and sure enough, it made it to the blogs. Go to justhillary for the link (top left).

  14. It’s short, here’s a copy-paste from the DesMoines Register:

    I came to Iowa as a die-hard Hillary Clinton supporter/volunteer, who was ready to help elect the first woman president of the United States.

    I had extra time to spend in Iowa before a trip to Fargo, so I decided to volunteer for a week before I went to Fargo and for two weeks afterward.

    Within the first couple of days of arriving, I had seen three field workers cry because of the abuse they took. The volunteers were segregated and treated like second-class citizens. I left after my first week, hoping things would change, but they did not.

    I was ignored, even though I asked many people for work to do. So I decided to leave the campaign as a volunteer, knowing that I have been supporting the wrong candidate.

    As a former state president of College Democrats and having worked on numerous campaigns, I have never seen people treated so badly. I have officially changed my views: I believe Barack Obama will be the best president of United States.

    – James Henson,
    Oklahoma City, Okla.

  15. The reason it sounds suspect to me is b/c it doesn’t mention which field office, no specifics whatsoever.

  16. This LTE is obvious crap. It’s so non-specific. No one is going to pay attention to this. I wouldn’t worry about it.

  17. HillaryLandRocks,

    An Edwards supporter wrote a concerned diary(shudder…) on this letter on myDD.

    Nobody is buying it. Pretty much a non issue.

  18. Paula, let BO and Edwards have all the interviews
    they want before Labor Day. The last 2 weeks
    in August are not major news periods. Hillary
    will get interviews when they count; in September
    and October, when it counts.

  19. playertobenamedlater, you are not serious? This is snark, no? You are not telling me Obama said, “Everybody knows a lot of 50, 60 and 70-year-olds that don’t have good judgment, because they keep on making the same mistakes over and over again.” Because that would be a huge lam to the biggest voting block in this country.

  20. Paula, it doesn’t matter. No one is voting on Cuba. Most Cubans are Republican anyway, but this is splitting hairs they basically have the same position.

  21. on Cuba, I mean, lol.

    They were congratulating him on wanting to loosen travel restrictions. BTW, someone should e-mail that LTE to the Hillary campaign. I think it’s a dirty trick.

  22. MJ the quote slapping seniors by Obama is accurate. Obama is also not attending the aarp debate in September. We hope this quote makes an appearance in the debate.

    Won’t that be fun?

  23. Admin, I don’t understand. That comment was from Thursday on the Daily Show? I haven’t heard about this at all. IMO, this is a MAJOR gaffe. It may not seem like much to young people, but a Republican nominee could have an absolute field day with that comment in a GE. Boomers matter. Boomers vote.

  24. Update: Is there a YouTube of Obama on Daily Show saying this? We’ll look. If anyone finds it first, let us know.

    It is difficult to keep track of all Obama’s gaffes. He must think noone watches the Daily Show or at least noone over 20. He will live to regret those remarks when Iowa and NH vote.

  25. admin-
    are u forwarding these obama coments on older folks to hil’s oppo folks? i forget who is running that ship or Id do it. it would be any of our pleasure to give them the heads up on this.

  26. RE: the LTE. I looked it up on one of our Okie sites./ Here’s the link:
    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=132×3477198

    Most of the folks there think it’s a plant.

    Mr. Henson went to school at The University of Central Oklahoma which is in Edmond. It’s a predominately Republican area (think Agrestic for those who watch Weeds) and everything else I find at Okbluenotes is a reference to him schmoozing at events (I would suspect for future contacts for running for office. Ick.). He was president of a poli-sci honors society- http://www.libarts.ucok.edu/political/organizations/PSA/Officers.htm (look under former officers), and gave a speech about the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Woo hoo. There’s big time for ya.

    Here’s a decent thread http://www.mydd.com/story/2007/8/25/131543/641

    This is the worst sort of trash. Especially for those who have worked field offices and know how difficult it is. Green workers can get bent out of shape for any reason like pizza being cold or Diet Coke being flat.

  27. Hi all, and ADMIN: There is a Senior Citizens Advisory committee for Hillary. This is one group that could respond. I do not know who the committee head is nor the constitution of the committee though I know somebody on it. Should I put it in “tips” on the HillaryClinton.com site? just lemme know. –mollyj

    PS thanks, folks, for encouragin me about my post on dailykooks. Are there Daily show transcripts anywhere? We need exact wordin’.

    Oh and by the way, BOMBA is nuts for sayin’ something like that. Unless the demographic has changed more than I know, those generations make up a very significant voting block. Course we all know BOMBA ain’t the sharpest tack in the box. How old is Bzenzki…he can’t be a spring chicken. I swear to god that man was born with foot in mouth disease.

  28. Everyone should feel free to contact the Hillary Campaign and let them know about Obama’s comments. We suspect they already know. AARP, the hosts of the debate need to know this too for their debate.

    The Chicago Tribune with video:
    http://weblogs.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/blog/2007/08/obama_on_daily_show_judgment_i.html

    OkieAty, that’s some research on the muppet. Sounds like Oscar the Grouch. The Hillary Campaign might like to know the fruits of your research too.

  29. while circulating the latest obama gaffe to folks and the campaign-throw this one in on a tshirt being printed called bros before hoes. i got a feeling msm is going to pick this one up..

    this is a potentially big story brewing on the blogs. a tshirt is being sold with obama and hillaryon it saying bros before hoes. it was being sold at a las vegas mall, but is being printed elsewhere. and now it is being sold online. who is behind it? someone who has an affinity for obama and is sexist? a dumb joke?

    http://www.tshirthell.com/store/product.php?productid=902

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/8/26/205221/185?detail=f

  30. i just saw the video obama calling 50-70 year olds not having judgement. what a bad gaffe. this has to get out!!!!!!

  31. molly: stay at daily kos. It’s a lot of work, but those folks know how to raise money, and lots of them volunteer. We have a small committed vocal group who is keeping Hillary’s campaign alive over there, and we need as much help as we can get. Berkeley Vox, Tigercourse, lorelynn, Caldonia, masslib, campskunk, Alegre, Norwegian Chef, and bink are all prominent in this group of Kossacks who tirelessly comb the threads to fan Hillary’s name. There is a far larger group who support Hillary and uprate comments, but they are not quite as vocal. There is also a vocal group of people who are undecided and take grave offense by the noise against Hillary. The Edwards supporters tend to be dumb as rocks or cosmically angry. The Obama supporters belong to a new religious cult. The Hillary supporters are shrewd, pragmatic, and disciplined.

  32. Mornin’ y’all, Bros before hoes will not play well in the southern black community I can promise you that. I am incensed about Obama’s remarks about our elders. I got to look up life expectancy numbers now; and think about the implications for social security…Age discrimination is a big deal in our country…Now who is the “constitutionalist.” He sure didn’t look presidential on the Daily Show. There is a way to keep ones demeanor without being reduced to a gigglin fool. Just about every “ism” you can think of…sexism, agism and racism … this man is so unaware of his ideas an values…I am assuming it a lack of awareness/confusion…I rant. I have not had my coffee

    Well that crook Gonzales is gone…another one bites the dust.

    I got a busy day, but I promise to write somethin’ on KOS. Y’all are the best. –mollyj

  33. Texan for Hillary: the “bros before hoes” T-shirt was being sold on eBay about 3 months ago as well. It still may be on there. The vendor was offering lots of inappropriate t-shirt in his store there. He didn’t have any negative ones on any other political candidates that I saw.

    On the upswing of negatives attacks on Hillary: I hope her campaign doesn’t become too complacent and conservative since they are ahead. I’m glad that she will be going on David Letterman this week and on the Ellen Degeneres show next week. It’ seems to me that Obama and Edwards are dominating all the news these days. I think she needs to get the spotlight on herself a little more. I am hoping there is going to be a big unvailing of her health care plan after Labor Day plus a racheting up of the campaign in general–I have this “women’s intuition” feeling that Hillary’s campaign has something is in the works for the near future to really get things rolling towards the primaries. I can’t believe that she would just coast along by trying to remain above it all.

    On a side note: I recently attended the Minnesota State Fair. The Democratic booth had political buttons for virtually every Dem running. Hillary and Obama’s were the most popular although I did see people buying some of the others as well. Some people were talking and saying they are still undecided. I only saw one fair attendee wearing a political button (Edwards). At the Republican booth they had a straw poll in progress. Thompson was in the lead with Rudy close behind. All the other Republicans were way behind including Romney.

  34. Forgot to add: at the state fair Republican booth a nice older woman was outside trying to get people to come inside to take the straw poll. She tried more than once to get me to come to the booth as I was standing on the sidewalk. I just pointed to the large Hillary button I had pinned to my purse and smiled (she did smile back). I really wish I would have taken the time to walk in there however with that big shiny Hillary button for all to see.

  35. Mornin’ y’all, Bros before hoes will not play well in the southern black community I can promise you that. I am incensed about Obama’s remarks about our elders. I got to look up life expectancy numbers now; and think about the implications for social security…Age discrimination is a big deal in our country…Now who is the “constitutionalist.” He sure didn’t look presidential on the Daily Show. There is a way to keep ones demeanor without being reduced to a gigglin fool. Just about every “ism” you can think of…sexism, agism and racism … this man is so unaware of his ideas an values…I am assuming it a lack of awareness/confusion…I rant. I have not had my coffee

    Well that crook Gonzales is gone…another one bites the dust. –mollyj

    I got a busy day, but I promise to write somethin’ on KOS. Y’all are the best. –mollyj

  36. AmericanGal, I agree with you. 🙂

    “I have this ‘women’s intuition’ feeling that Hillary’s campaign has something is in the works for the near future to really get things rolling towards the primaries.”

    Also, thanks for all the research on Mr. Henson, lol. Obviously, that LTE was a plant.

  37. Obama considered voting for John Roberts until he was warned about the political price in a future presidential campaign that he would face if he voted for Roberts.

    “It was the fall of 2005, and the celebrated young senator — still new to Capitol Hill but aware of his prospects for higher office — was thinking about voting to confirm John G. Roberts Jr. as chief justice. Talking with his aides, the Illinois Democrat expressed admiration for Roberts’s intellect. Besides, Obama said, if he were president he wouldn’t want his judicial nominees opposed simply on ideological grounds.

    And then Rouse, his chief of staff, spoke up. This was no Harvard moot-court exercise, he said. If Obama voted for Roberts, Rouse told him, people would remind him of that every time the Supreme Court issued another conservative ruling, something that could cripple a future presidential run. Obama took it in. And when the roll was called, he voted no.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/26/AR2007082601446.html?nav=hcmodulehttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/26/AR2007082601446.html?nav=hcmodule

  38. OKIE, LMAOOOO!!!!!

    That pic of Hanson with Edwards certainly is a smoking gun! The letter to the Editor was obviously BS anyway, with or without a smoking gun. How could someone in the CAMPAIGN hurt his feelings SO BADLY that he SWITCHED CANDIDATES (after he was “so committed” to electing the first female president).

    I am actually suprised the Des Moines Register printed that unsubstantiated and obvious spin.

    For the record, in CALIFORNIA the people in the Hillary campaign have been VERY FRIENDLY, and VERY APPRECIATIVE of anything that people do for them. And even if they ever weren’t, I would just assume they were overwhelmingly busy (after all they are working for the Frontrunner’s campaign, not some fly-by-night). Who joins a campaign for the sake of the campaign workers anyway? NOBODY AT ALL!!!

    People get involved for the sake of their candidate!! I got involved to help HILLARY CLINTON, just like everyone else. Nobody would ever switch candidates just because someone at the front desk forgot to say “GOOD MORNING”. That is why the LTE is such obvious BS, its sickening.

  39. guys, i just got in time to watch the cancer forum while hillary is speaking when bush’s ass poppoed up about the gonzalez resigning. damn im mad.

  40. guys, rass has the race up again for hillary 40% to obama’s 21%. YAY!!! let’s see mydudd nutrooters brag about that.

  41. The Lance Armstrong forum is on now bc of my Tivo. Hillary is kicking butt. I know I should get to work, but I really needed my own “mental health” day. Hillary’s answer about Bush’s assault on science was fantastic! I think she needs to balance her answers about research with the caveat that scientists must do their research and conduct their trials responsibly. We don’t get anywhere if we allow anyone into clinical trials willy nilly.

    As for Gonzales being out, I wonder what was the final nail and what he’s now attempting to avoid?

  42. Oh that’s just great about Hillary on the Armstrong forum! Okie take a mental health day! I wish I could but I have to go to the doc. Anyhow one of the biggest problems with shrub’s admin was the assault on science. I may be an arkansas gal but i never said i was an ignorant redneck as i think my kos post made clear yesterday! Go team go! Oh, sorry about postin’ the same thing twice up there. I rock with just one rocker before my coffee in the am.–mollyj

  43. what’s up with mathews hogging all the time and questions. armstrong has to remind mathews he is the cancer expert!!

  44. MollyJ, ever been to McClard’s? If so, ever sat in “the” booth?

    BTW- Edwards is sucking wind. Does he know the answer to anything? And has he ever explained how he’s paying for his healthcare plan yet? So far, the faux populist/socialist act is grating on my nerves.

  45. terrondt: I just posted a comment for dkos Obama supporter who was very, very rah-rah for the Obama “rally” last week that it’s important to pay attention to the standard error.

  46. Just made it to the LIVESTRONG forum, and OF COURSE I missed Hillary!! Awwwww! I got to see some of Edwards and the rest, was she first?

    Anyway, I liked the ending when Matthews mentioned that McCaine and Rudy, who have both had cancer would not show tomorrow, they said that may be for scheduling reasons, but they hoped they could answer maybe another time.
    And they also mentioned Obamas grandmother I believe who died of cancer, and he wasn’t there, it was subtle, but it seemed like a side punch in their direction. hihi.

  47. I watched it online, so I’m hoping the video will be put up on msnbc site shortly so I can see Hillary.

  48. Over on HillaryHub.com now they have a YouTube clip of Hillary talking about AG Gonzales resignation.
    Anyone noticed that when ever HillaryClinton.com account over on YouTube puts up videos, they always have terrible sound?!!

    They are so fast with putting up videos of what is happening during a debate, which is nice, but it’s awful to listen to, and they don’t change the clip to a better version later either. Kind of annoying.

  49. Oh, right, her mother, thanks for telling me.

    Still the more reason he should have been there today I think.

  50. As the day has progressed, molly, I have thought of certain other notable Hillary supporters at daily kos: Pozzo, kck, rigso, brownsox, Andrew40. I want to make sure all the heroes over there get credit for the valorous service of the cause!

  51. DCDemocrat: We intended to write another Hall Of Fame post on July 4. Instead we had to focus on an Obama blunder that day. Obama’s blunders have often thrown our schedule off track on several posts but especially the Hall Of Fame post.

    We need to thank those that fight so well in those Big Blogs. Perhaps you could come up with a comprehensive list of nominees and we can all vote on who gets inducted into the Hall Of Fame?

    What do you think? anyone else have thoughts?

  52. dcdemocrat on daily kos also. dc, i know it’s tough being a hillaryfan on daily kooks but u can hang with the best of em.

  53. Hi, admin:

    I will do that. Give me a day or two, so I can make sure I don’t forget anyone. Names were coming into my head all day, and I want to make sure I get everyone.

  54. thanks, terrondt. I often try to find something amusing. Sometimes I am a little self-deprecating. I never attack people directly, but I often poke fun in some way. I never offer a jab without giving a four. I think it confuses people and makes them think about what I said more than if I just hit and run. In fact, the key to big blogs is to try and make friends with people who oppose you, shower people with fours, compliment whenever possible, and show up dependably to be part of the larger conversation

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