Hillary Clinton Blooms, Barack Obama Swoons, John Edwards Croons

Update: United Transportation Union endorses Hillary.

The United Transportation Union today (Aug. 28) became the first labor union in America to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton for President of the United States.

“It is a high honor and a distinct privilege to be the first labor union in making this endorsement,” said UTU International President Paul Thompson. “The UTU has a long history of picking winners early. Hillary will be a president that America’s working families can count on. Time and again, as a United States senator, she has stood with us.

The UTU intends to devote our considerable resources to encouraging our 125,000 active and retired members, their families, friends and neighbors to register to vote and cast ballots on Election Day 2008 for Hillary.”

Hillary Clinton is in Bloom, Barack Obama is in a Swoon, John Edwards Croons.

Hillary Clinton has been blooming beautifully since she announced she was running for President. She is Ready. She is ready to lead and ready to bring about needed changes. Her poll numbers reflect the affection and respect Americans have for her.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama is in full swoon. Here is the Chicago Sun-Times on fad of the month Obama:

As he makes his run for president, Barack Obama often talks about his background. [snip]

For months this strategy had little variation. Over and over, during the winter, spring and early summer, in stump speeches across the nation, Obama talked about his uniqueness, his understanding of the world outside America and his idea of knitting the country together in a common cause, eliminating the rancor and divisiveness that had been polarizing the country, particularly since George W. Bush entered office.

And he got huge crowds out to see him, as he is so often wont to note in his speeches: 12,000 people in Springfield to hear his presidential announcement speech; 20,000 people in Austin, Texas; 10,000 people in Iowa City; thousands and thousands everywhere he went: to Oakland, Calif., to Las Vegas, all coming to hear what Obama described as his message of hope.

Norma ObamaWe noticed in Obama’s Daily Show appearance that Obama loves to talk about the large crowds coming out to meet him. Obama loves to be loved. Obama talked about those large crowds as if they had happened recently, as if they had happened the day before. But like silent screen star Norma Desmond living out her lost years of stardom on Sunset Boulevard, Obama’s days of glory have seen the sun set.

And it worked well, initially. He was considered a fresh voice, a candidate of the young, someone in the mold of John F. Kennedy. And then the crowds started to dissipate. Obama didn’t do as well as his aides had anticipated in the presidential debates and forums. He paused a second or two too long at times. He seemed awkward. He made a few gaffes. A poised Hillary Clinton was often declared the winner.

A few gaffes? More like a gaffe a day – all the while this “honest” candidate pretended that they were not gaffes.

And when he went to the Iowa State Fair in mid-August, the local television station had a booth in which fairgoers were invited to show support by putting corn kernels in jars. Clinton had 4,342 kernels in hers; Edwards had 3,523 in his; Obama had 2,846 in his, less than Republican contender Mitt Romney.

The polls have also reflected Clinton’s national dominance. CNN’s in early August: Clinton 40 percent, Obama 21 percent. Rasmussen’s in late August: Clinton 39 percent, Obama 23 percent. People were getting to know Obama, but they weren’t certain about his ability to don the presidential cloak.

Noting old poll data not consistent with the latest polls, the Sun-Times notes that Obama’s hopes lie in tearing down Hillary and running away from debates.

And this is what Obama is holding onto as he shifts the gears of his strategy, taking bolder attacks against Clinton (note his description of her as “Bush-Cheney lite” on foreign affairs); retreating from many debates and presidential forums; presenting more detailed policies, as in his recent outline about how to resurrect a New Orleans still suffering two years after the debacle of Hurricane Katrina.

Meanwhile the Washington Post hammered in another nail which shows the political calculation that drives Obama’s flowery talk.

Sen. Barack Obama had hired Pete Rouse for just such a moment.

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.

“Pete’s very good at looking around the corners of decisions and playing out the implications of them,” Obama said an interview when asked about that discussion. “He’s been around long enough that he can recognize problems and pitfalls a lot quicker than others can.”

Pete Rouse is the Outsider’s Insider, a fixer steeped in the ways of a Washington that Obama has been both eager to learn and quick to publicly condemn. The meticulous workaholic rose through three decades of unglamorous legislating to become arguably the most influential Democratic aide in the Senate when he worked for then-Majority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (S.D.).

His familiarity with Washington makes him somebody whose judgment I trust,” Obama said. And yet this is the Washington of “cheap political points” and “petty” partisanship that figures prominently in Obama’s public speeches these days. “I know I haven’t spent a lot of time learning the ways of Washington,” Obama tells his audiences. “But I’ve been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington must change.”

As Obama’s star falls steadily in the polls, Obama’s poll numbers are meeting those of that crooner of popular but meaningless speeches which contrast so sharply with his record – John Edwards. Today’s poll numbers show that Edwards is now tied or at least closing in on Obama.

Soon Hillary will earn with actual votes the Democratic nomination. Obama and Edwards will sit at home reliving old glories and enjoying happier memories. Like the disgraced fake pop duo Milli Vanilli all they will have are memories.


62 thoughts on “Hillary Clinton Blooms, Barack Obama Swoons, John Edwards Croons

  1. A Kossack came up to me and observed that I was elated about Edwards’s apparent rise because I was afraid to have Hillary face Obama. He found it evidence of my doubt of Hillary’s inevitability. LOL. I didn’t want to spoil the mood of the diary to tell him that it was precisely evidence of Hillary’s inevitability, that Obama should fade like the ephemeral shooting star we predicted he is. Go Hillary!

  2. Check out this interesting passage in Adam Nagourney’s piece in today’s N.Y. Times:

    “Instead, Mr. Rove, after calling her nomination inevitable, used a series of high-profile interviews marking his departure to attack her as a ‘fatally flawed’ candidate. In doing that, Mr. Rove gave voice to the single biggest fear voiced about her among Democrats: That she is unelectable because she is so polarizing and has so much baggage. It could have been David Geffen speaking.

    Much of the Clinton campaign strategy of the past six months has been intended to deal with anxiety among many party activists that she could never win a general election, given the depth of dislike of her in so many parts of the country. If Mr. Rove wanted to assure her nomination by the Democratic Party, why would he remind them of the very thing about her that gives so many of them qualms?

    The argument being offered by Mr. Trippi and others is that Mr. Rove is engaged in a classic gambit of misdirection: Attack Mrs. Clinton to get Democrats to support Mrs. Clinton. Perhaps, though, we are witnessing Rove 2.0, and this time it is intended to get Democrats to flee Mrs. Clinton for Mr. Obama and Mr. Edwards because has concluded that those two would be easier for the Republican nominee to defeat.

    If that is the case, the reason would likely be the issue of terrorism, which Mr. Rove has made clear that he believes will dominate the race again in 2008. Like some other Republicans, who for understandable reasons are not willing to discussion this on the record, it seems possible that Mr. Rove thinks that Mrs. Clinton has established an edge over her Democratic rivals on this issue, between her handling of the war and in her debate exchanges on foreign policy with Mr. Obama. This is, obviously, not shaping up as a great year for Republicans, and Mr. Rove might have concluded the party’s best chance is to run against someone it can portray, fairly or not, as a foreign policy naïf.”

    A light bulb went off in my head when I read this. So THAT’S why Hillary’s been talking about terrorism so much lately. She’s trying to blunt the one issue the GOP will attempt to run on in 2008. Rove has clearly never dealt with an opponent this savvy, hehe.

  3. DCDem, I don’t think it should be stated as Hillary’s inevitability, but rather Bwak’s star-crossed fate. He’s all talk and no walk. Frankly, folks don’t don’t trust candidates at any level, and though they do tend to like the rhetoric of change, they are pragmatists at heart and know that no one can single-handedly change the politics of Washington. Realisticly, they just want their guy to do it better than everyone else’s guy. They have no certainty with Bwak that he even knows what his job is now- is it working for Renzo or legislating change? He’s been there two years and I’ve seen very little from him. What’s with that? Has he just been too busy running for POTUS to be a Senator?.

    Let’s not just hammer him on lack of experience and hubris. Let’s make a big issue out of him selling out pro-choice folks with that “present” BS and talking others into it. What do you think he’d do on habeus reauthorization in 3 months or 2 years? As POTUS, he’d suck. Plain and simple.

    Admin, I love the reference to Milli Vinilli, not only do they “speak” someone else’s words, but they are way too pretty while doing it. Fits these boys mightily well IMHO.

  4. OkieAtty: I certainly agree, but implicit I think in inevitability talk, which is probably a useful exercise at daily kos, is that the candidates who go up against Hillary fade. In fact, there is no way that Edwards, should he assume the second berth in the polls, will be able to engage Hillary. He has neither the money nor the organization. Edwards is like Don Quixote jousting with windmills.

  5. Mornin’ y’all, It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

    BO: “I’m ready for my close-up now, Oprah.” I wonder how Harpo feels about her hero now that he is fading in the marathon that is called the race for the nomination? Is this the day Bill is on the Oprah show? I wonder if she has any second thoughts about any of this. She should’ve listened to her mentor, Ms. Angelou.

    Paula, That makes perfect since to me. I think you have nailed it, in fact. I think we give the devious Mr. Rove too much credit.

    Admin: I thought that Naomi Wolf blog yesterday was brilliant.

    What’s everybody’s opinion about blogging: stay on Kos or go for more moderate places where they are not so drunk on their own fanatacism?


  6. MollyJ, even Markos has admitted Hillary’s electable and that Rove’s argument to the contrary is BS. I think we will see some continued softening there in the next few months. TalkingPointsMemo is still one of my favorite sites and the recent USA DOJ firing scandal was broken wide open by their and McClatchy’s hard work and hads led to Gonzo quitting in disgrace. Throw in the Alaskan congressional caucus’ rampant ethics lapses (also broken by them) and you’ve got a reputable site with some serious ethics about providing fair coverage. I’d say give some of the sites a chance. Even Kos doesn’t seem as bad as it was five months ago. Mydd does seem kookier than ever though.

    I love the WaPo article on Rouse. The part that got me and that clearly undermines Bwak’s assertion that the run for POTUS has not been a long-planned event is:

    “That has made Rouse’s job of introducing Obama to Capitol Hill a complicated balancing act: He seeks to burnish Obama’s still-modest credentials as a freshman senator while preventing the talented but inexperienced politician from making the kind of mistakes that have denied every senator since John F. Kennedy the presidency. “My role,” he said with classic staffer discretion, is simply “to help him accomplish his priorities.”‘

    That section admits that Rouse was brought in not to make Bwak a better legislator, but instead, to keep him from making mistakes that would affect his planned presidential run (i.e “his priorities”). Rouse knows better than to let something like that fly especially in light of the new book on Bwak. Why did he do it? Unless he’s trying to disengage himself from the campaign as Bwak implodes….

  7. DCDem, I agree with you Edwards’ campaign is absolutely dysfunctional. He doesn’t have the national organization necessary to set up functioning shops all over the US, but worse, he doesn’t have a theme that plays well everywhere. Setting him up as the faux populist with the union support, and that takes on Big Pharma, and embarks on a phantom war on poverty while evicting Katrina victims, is a bit over the top for the pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps-and been-there-done-that types of crowds. Have you noticed Hillary has not once advocated “handouts” for any issue? Why? Because there has been a caricature of her out there for 20 years that paints her as some big socialist who will tax and spend and liberalize your daughter until she smokes pot and has abortions daily. Hillary knows folks want responisble, responsive government, not freebies. Hell, she’s still a Goldwater girl.

  8. I loved Hill’s comment last night when somebody in Nawlans told her that FEMA wanted the police dept to return their emergency radios…in the middle of hurricane season; FEMA said they’d have ’em replacements back in a couple of months. She said “You couldn’t make this stuff up. It’s beyond satire.” I think that’s summin’ up my opinion of the race for the nomination right now. If you took snippits of the extreme right’s remarks who hate Hill and interlaced them with snippits of the extremists on the left, you would not be able to tell the difference. Last night I was just beginnin’ to think that we got a country with a serious pathology. It smells like a septic backup. It seems to me that Hill’s opposition is what statisticians call “bimodal”– the opposition is heavily concentrated at the extreme left and extreme right “tails” of the distribution. But the average is going to be a little more to the right or the left..findin’ that spot seems like the first step toward coalition buildin’.

  9. “Obama loves to be loved.”

    How true. Ick.

    Love your comments about Harpo / Oprah, too, MollyJ.

    I’m just so turned off by Oprah. I mean, she’s got a popular daytime talk show. Congratulations. Yet, she doesn’t appear to be the brightest bulb on the block. And her weird personal life (like so many other problem-ridden show biz types) is anything but normal. Did you read how she works her assistant nearly 80 hours a week? That says all you need to know about Harpo.

  10. Thanks, molly. 🙂

    BTW, Bill is on Oprah next Tuesday, Sept. 4. That’s the day his new book goes on sale.

  11. ACTION ALERT!!!!!

    Markos has this month’s straw poll up at Daily Kos. Everyone go over there and click the poll for Hillary!

  12. Hey there,

    I was asked by email by Hillary, herself of course, 😉 , to apply to become her delagate to the Florida DC in October. I don’t know how hard this is or if there’s a waiting list, but I hope this works out. If not, I’ll probably go anyway and maybe get a Hillary handshake!

  13. Admin, I took another closer read on Markos comment about Hillary and teh down ticket. In all fairness, Markos, Firedoglake and others like Americablog’s John Aravosis always play up getting blue candidates elected. They raise money for small congressional candidates and even liveblog them on occasion. I can see that being a legit concern in some races, but I think Markos is overreaching here. He seems to forget that when Hillary pays a visit in person, the candidate’s numbers go up as does fundraising for that candidate. He needs to rethink that position, and if still he cannot support her, then it comes down to punishing her for making one vote not in line with his own thoughts. He doesn’t have the pressure of being responisble for national security, or people’s lives and jobs. He gets to play Monday morning quarterback and sit on on his big high horse with no accountability whatsoever. From his position behind a keyboard, he can never be wrong while everyone else is always wrong. He gets to play moral authority when he has none.

  14. Psymac, keep us posted on what is happening in Florida. Good luck if you decide to go for it.

    OkieAtty, Markos does not know what he is talking about most of the time. He likes to stir up trouble to stir up hits. He has bizarre theories about getting a brokered convention and Gore getting in the race late and magically raising millions and other such pipe dreams. Markos also has the idea and keeps pushing it that Hillary will hurt down ballot candidates. He says this with zero evidence. Elected officials are endorsing Hillary because she helps them to win. A strong candidate that runs a strong campaign helps down ballot candidates. What Ripublicans fear is fearlessness in a Democrat.

  15. OkieAtty: The problem Edwards faces is that he had dreamed up 2008 as a contest where he (and he alone) would be the un-Hillary. I don’t think it would have worked, but as admin has said in the past, when Obama arrived on the scene, the whole plan came unraveled, and he’s never recovered.

    As far as Markos goes, he has been pushing her electability the past few weeks. All the poll diaries showing her blowing the other Republicans out of the water has been his subtle way to prepare the unruly mob for Hillary’s ascendancy. He has wiggle room, because he hasn’t endorsed her, and he hasn’t said, “It’s gonna be Hillary,” but he is making subtle preparations for the emergence of Daily Hillary.

  16. True, it is a bit annoying though. He’d vote for Richardson in the primary before her? I questioned him yesterday because he doesn’t say he thinks any of these 4 seems likely to be a better president only that he’d vote for them in the primary before her. It’s a interesting phrasing, particularly because he’s in California, where his vote in the primary against Hillary is basically meaningless, since she’s nearly got a lock on it, at least for now.

  17. Hello,

    It’s so funny Rasmussen’s little polling number has ruffled serious feather on dailykooks.

    The ‘con’ polling analyst Christ Bower wrote a piece to argue Obama is actually doing well citing all sorts of non-sense.

    I’m so glad a mere daily blip in Ras’ tracking has frightened so many nuts. LOL.

  18. Markos is pretty zany, from what I can gather. His postings are so wildly inconsistent that it’s hard to get any sense of his underlying political philosophy. But it’s his site, and it gets monstrous levels of traffic. It’s also an important site in the sense that real journalists scroll the diaries and comments to try and get a sense of what “internet activists” are thinking. The more pro-Hillary info that’s visible, the better.

  19. Kostner: I like Chris Bowers as a person, but his analyses of the polls are utterly zany. He was the one who drove Daily Kos wild with diaries about the polls are wrong in 2004. I know some statistics, and I let all his happy talk go to my head. No more. Never again. My stats professors told me how these things work, and I am not letting Bowers talk me out of it a second time.

    Berkeley Vox: Markos is a social liberal. He has some very conservative views about a number of things. My guess is that he is an Edwards person down deep, but he is happy enough with Barack. He definitely would prefer that it not be Hillary, but he will stand with the party. If she wins, he will take the credit. If she loses, he will say, “I told you so.”

  20. DC,

    I believe Chris Bowers is a con. It’s pretty interesting you can sense the renewed friction and desire to juggle for #2 slot between Obama and Edwards supporters just because a slight blip in an unreliable daily tracking poll.

    I believe Edwards supporters were quite demoralized over hte past few months. If he does catch up more in the poll to Obama, the intense pie fight between those netnuts will be amusing to watch.

  21. Berkeley Vox ,

    You don’t post on myDD, do you? I like your current diary on dailykos. Can you cross-post on myDD.

  22. Kostner: If Edwards does pull ahead of Obama, it will be a nice break for us weary Hillary supporters.

  23. Molly – I agree on Oprah, she’s not the sharpest pencil in the box, proves that you don’t have to be an intellect to get rich in this country. Hanging out with Gail ( a real air head) makes her look like the smart one…I like what Kathy Griffin says about her…”I love Oprah, but she thinks she’s Jesus!”. I am surprised she didn’t go with Maya Angelou’s endorsement of Hillary…I guess she couldn’t pass up going for “African American over Woman” candidate. She is about promoting the African American community ( not that that is a bad thing) but I do think that trumps just about anything else.

  24. DC,

    Not really! LOL. We then need to focus on him in Iowa. The best case scenario is for Edwards and Obama to be neck and neck at around 18% nationally.

    Obama’s money needs to be drained. Edwards’ Iowa strength needs to be weakened.

    No rest!

  25. Oprah may not be perfect, but her endorsement has value, and we’d be loving her right now if she’d endorsed Hillary. I think it’s pretty fair of her to have Bill on her show next Tuesday, so no hard feelings. She’s free to choose whomever she wishes to support, just like the rest of us.

  26. hi hillfans, i just got up a little while ago to check up the blogs. rass poll looks good but it is so volitile with it’s ups and downs.

  27. guys, i have to comment on the gip senator larry craig alledged “lewd” conduct. if true it goes to show the continued 2 faced front on being the family values crowd.

  28. Oh i really don’t think the Oprah endorsement is going to amount to a hill of beans!!! It certainly won’t save a faltering candidacy.

  29. Orpah certainly has the right to endorse anyone she wished. But this was the first time she injected herself in a primary. I found it a bit unfortunate because the bain of her career is women, so if I were her, I might have sat this out or atleast been a little less elaborate. I don’t think it will make much of an impact, but it might have if the summer had gone better for him.

  30. I’m pretty sure Bill Clinton will be on Oprah (“Pope-rah” 🙂 talking about his work with his Clinton Foundation, and DATA and the ONE campaign, on debt relief and AIDS relief in Africa. Oprah Winfrey has been a big supporter of the cause, and has had other celebrity-activists on her show to talk about their efforts, too (Bono of U2, for example).

  31. I think the Clinton Foundation does amazing work. I’ve looked over that website many times and been completely impressed and, I often think about it when i hear folks bash bill. I mean, do those who criticize have any idea what incredible work that is (and for all the causes they say they believe in oftentimes). It’s work that serves the greater good. I didn’t mean to offend anybody about Oprah. Everybody has the right to endorse whom they please. And I’m not particularly surprised either by Oprah’s choice. Disappointed, but not surprised. –mollyj

  32. ^ Yup. Bill Clinton also has a book coming out this fall, too, I think. He is going to reintroduce himself to the public and highlight the extensive humanitarian work he’s done since leaving office. Not that Hillary needs the extra help, but this will be yet another boost to her campaign.

  33. I agree, Admin, that Markos is wrong about Hillary hurting down ticket candidates. People come out of the woodwork to see Hillary and Bill no matter how much they may publicly complain about them (as if it were en vogue actually) but support them privately and if given the chance to see and hear them, would shank their own grandmothers. I know that here in Okieland, the Clintons are publicly despised but whenever they show up or someone mentions having met them or working with them on this or that, it’s like the Pope showing up top administer Mass himself.

    Hillary raises money. She raises candidate awareness. She brings in free press to struggling candidates. The only place she might potentially hurt a candidate would be Utah where everyone is pretty much red and supporting Mitt.

  34. Hillary is going to be on Ellen’s show next tuesday and the same day Oprah gets Bill. How funny!

    I just saw this youtube video on Hill – so funny.
    A gal singing “I have a crush on Hill but she is with this guy called Bill”

  35. on the firefighters union backing dodd-i wonder-dodd seems to me likely to back hilllary if his numbers dont grow. i think this union would also back hillary if dodd were not to make it. to be fair i like dodd-but cant see a way for him to win these early states.

  36. texan4hillary,

    I don’t believe Dodd’s endorsement really matters. He barely registers in national polls.

    Am I the only one who noticed Obama has been gone dark for a couple of days. It’s a bit fishy. I sensed something is under way in his camp, maybe a staff shakeup?

  37. Well, Dodd deserves the endorsement, but I think Hillary was hoping for it. She’s worked alot with the firefighters union n NY. I wonder if Hillary is seeking any foreign policy endorsements. I think it would be nice if Clark endorsed her.

  38. what the union endorseent does for dodd is further break up any possible unification of one anti-hillary opponent. a union for hillary, one for dodd etc.. hillary has the ground troops and structure of an incumbent. i think what we are seeing is the end of edwards’ hope of a huge rack of union backers to help him.

  39. Kostner,

    Don’t know if it’s an O-Bomb-A staff shake-up or not. I think it does have to do with the way that Edwards is starting to usurp the outsider role O-Bomb-A had claimed for himself. That is, O-Bomb-A can no longer try to pretend the race is solely him against Hillary. And O-Bomb-A is the big loser as a result.

    It’s getting to the point where O-Bomb-A cannot try to reinvent himself every week or so without really reinforcing the impression that he’s a flake. At the same time, he’s also close to the point that he doesn’t even have enough time to create a new working political persona. What that leaves him with is what we’ve already got. And as it’s been said by Admin here before, everything O-Bomb-A has tried has NOT worked.

    I think that the O-Bomb-A puke fest is in serious, serious trouble. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!

  40. Great Article!!!!

    When I saw the picture of Norma Desmond I laughed out loud, for about a minute!!! I almost sprayed my coffee on that, because, actually Obama’s narcissism in talking about HIMSELF is just like Gloria Swanson in Sunset Blvd.

    You hit the nail on the head with that one.


  41. From Unionleader

    Hillary’s boast: National security not off limits

    1 hour, 6 minutes ago

    LAST THURSDAY Sen. Hillary Clinton told the crowd gathered at the home of Gary and Carol Sobelson of Concord that if terrorists attacked the United States before the election “that will automatically give the Republicans an advantage again, no matter how badly they have mishandled it, no matter how much more dangerous they have made the world.”

    She then let the bomb drop, saying “I think I’m the best of the Democrats to deal with that.”

    When her comments hit the news, other Democratic candidates went nuts, accusing her of politicizing terrorism. Left-wing bloggers accused her of stealing a page from Karl Rove’s playbook.

    But what’s the offense? Clinton is running for President. The President’s first priority is protecting the country. She says she’d be better at it, and better at beating a Republican on that issue, than her Democratic rivals would be. Good! By all means, let’s debate that!

    If the other Democratic candidates don’t think they’d do a better job than Clinton would, then why are they running? If they do think so, they should make the case. We are at war. Being able to explain how you would make the country safer should be each candidate’s top priority, not a subject considered too delicate to discuss.

  42. Secret: That is right on! COOL! You know one of the things I just realized is that Hillary has a great understanding of power. I don’t think that ‘”power” in the sense that I am using it is a dirty word at all. Good people who run for office are after the “power to do good.” Hillary really gets this; she just has the greatest understanding of how you become a more powerful person by calling out the things we don’t want to talk about and refusing to let her constituents simply live in fear. This just shows the greatest amount of integrity, I think. What I also know is that people who don’t understand power…and BO is clueless I am completely sure….are destined to abuse it. There are others who abuse power who do understand it…our current Pres and chaney being perfect examples. Hillary is so good at beatin’ them at their own game. Mollyj

  43. Just read on Hillary’s Web site that Bill will be campaigning with her in NH as they kick off the fall campaign season. As for Obama keeping a low profile the past few days, I recall Ben Smith on Politico saying this was going to be a slow week, except for Hillary’s appearance Thursday on Letterman.

  44. Paula, It’s great that Bill is going to be helpin’ out in New Hampshire next week.

    I wonder how she is pollin’ today in all the early primary states — mollyj

  45. oh man! admin, I am sorry, I love this site, and I like the way you can comment.
    BUT you people (pretty please) have got to find a way for us to post comments with links in them without it taking hours before the comment actually appears.

    And also if we could have a scroll version of the comment box, it is really taking a long time post a comment when you either can’t see, or have to write somewhere else and the copy-paste onto here.


  46. Anybody awake? Get on over to kos, if you are and post a comment in a new diary arguing for BO over our gal on account of she can’t unite America because she’s fighting the republicans –mollyj

  47. Gorto, I’ve noticed that comments with links post quicker now.

    molly, Your summary of that Kos diary cracks me up. Aren’t these the same people who think Dems don’t fight Repubs enough, lol?

  48. Well Paula, I posted a comment with a link, about 3 hours ago now I believe. It still hasn’t shown, so I’ll just post it as a dead link you can copy and paste.

    Hillarys strength in terms of terrorism:
    Which of NEW YORK’S PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS do you trust the most to handle the War on Terror?

    36% Giuliani
    44% Clinton

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