Hillary Energy

Update: The Executive Council of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) voted unanimously to endorse Senator Hillary Clinton for President in 2008.

Hillary was also endorsed today by a former candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for President, Senator Evan Bayh.

[Obama was endorsed by the New York City corrections officers, a political maverick union that was among few labor groups backing Rick Lazio against Clinton in 2000 and (to its great benefit) was the only union supporting [Republican] Mike Bloomberg in 2001.
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Update II:

NYT’S DAVID BROOKS – HILLARY ‘DOESN’T HAVE TO GO AFTER ANYBODY, SHE JUST HAS TO BE WHAT SHE WAS ON YOUR SHOW. SHE LOOKED PRESIDENTIAL TO ME.’ [ABC This Week, 9/23/07]

FOX NEWS’ BRIT HUME – ‘I THOUGHT SHE WAS IN TERRIFIC FORM. YOU THREW HER SOME TOUGH QUESTIONS AND SHE HANDLED THEM ALL IT SEEMED TO ME VERY SMOOTHLY.’ [Fox News Sunday, 9/23/07]

WASHINGTON POST’S EJ DIONNE – ‘THIS MAY BE THE BEST WEEK [HILLARY’S] HAD SINCE SHE GOT ELECTED TO THE SENATE IN 2000. WHAT HILLARY’S DONE IS TO TAKE HER WEAKNESSES AND TRY TO TURN THEM INTO STRENGTHS.’ [ABC This Week, 9/23/07]

CBS NEWS’ JOIE CHEN – HILLARY IS ‘SOUNDING MORE THAN EVER LIKE THE DEMOCRAT HOLDING ALL THE GOOD CARDS.’ [CBS Evening News, 9/23/07]

POLITICO’S BEN SMITH: HILLARY ‘BEAMED HER WAY THROUGH’ SUNDAY TALK SHOWS AND WAS LEFT ‘UNSCATHED POLITICALLY AFTER THE TOUGHEST GRILLING WASHINGTON HAS TO OFFER.’ “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton beamed her way through a barrage of questions from five political talk show hosts Sunday morning, appearances that offered some details of her plans on health care and the war in Iraq, but left her basically unscathed politically after the toughest grilling Washington has to offer.” [Politico, 9/24/07 ]

LA TIMES’ JIM PUZZANGHERA – HILLARY ‘REINFORCED HER POSITION AS THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL FRONT-RUNNER SUNDAY.’ “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton reinforced her position as the Democratic presidential front-runner Sunday as she executed the rare feat of appearing on all five major TV talk shows in one morning, defending her new healthcare proposal and vowing to oppose any Iraq war funding unless it is tied to starting a U.S. troop withdrawal.” [Los Angeles Times, 9/24/07 ]

POLITICO’S JOHN HARRIS – HILLARY ‘WAS REALLY PROJECTING HERSELF IN THIS INTERVIEW AS A FUTURE PRESIDENT.’ [CBS Face the Nation, 9/23/07]

NYT’S DAVID SANGER – ‘THE STRENGTH OF HER ANSWER ON THE SYRIA QUESTION… REALLY STRUCK ME.’ [CBS Face the Nation, 9/23/07]

CNN’S WOLF BLITZER – ‘IT’S A GUTSY THING FOR HER TO DO, TO GO IN FRONT OF ALL THE SUNDAY MORNING TALK SHOW HOSTS IN ONE FELL SWOOP.’ [CNN Late Edition, 9/23/07]

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What a Sunday! And more good news coming on Monday.

Hillary Clinton Speaks about Iraq funding on Meet The Press:

Hillary on Late Edition punching back and reminding Wolf Blitzer about Max Cleland and the Swiftboating of John Kerry. Hillary won’t be swiftboated:

Hillary Polarizes Tim Russert:

Hillary Mocks Chris Wallace and Hyper Partisanship Charge with a Big Hearty Laugh

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45 thoughts on “Hillary Energy

  1. Just wanted to take this opportunity to respond to the “She’s too polarizing to win” issue raised (once again) by Timmy Russert in one of the video clips above. This one argument against Mrs. Clinton is the one thing that has become a pet peeve of mine, mainly because it is so patently illogical (if you think about it).

    In the first place, most people that should know better (the talking -head media types) actually are misusing the term “polarizing”, which actually means in a political sense to separate the voting public into two disparate but roughtly equal groups. In that sense, that would put her support at 50% (half hate her, half love her). If she’s already got half of the voters in her camp, she only needs to gain an additional 1% to win…. hardly this insurmountable hill to climb.

    I think they actually mean to say she “energizes” the opposition, increasing their level of malevolence towards Hillary but that doesn’t sound as negative as polarizing so they go with that.

    Additionally, does anyone actually think that any of these true-blue, dyed-in-the-wool Republican base voters (the people that are actually subject to this “polarizing” factor) would actually vote for a Democratic candidate, any Democratic candidate, if it wasn’t Mrs. Clinton? “I don’t think so Tim!”

    I just don’t see a sizable chunk of these conservative Republican base voters saying that they would be unmotivated enough to consider staying home and not voting because the Democratic candidate is Obama or Edwards (Sorry Lurlene, didn’t get to vote today…had a hair appointment)

    So I don’t think we’re losing out on the Republican base crossover vote by nominating Mrs. Clinton. And remember, in our current election system, no matter how much these diehard Republican base voters hate Mrs. Clinton…no matter how high their level of antipathy towards her may be, in our system of governance, they can still only vote against her once!

    It’s not like there is this special Office of Voter Regulation where you can go in and provide documentation as to the amount of hatred you feel towards her and receive special dispensation to vote against her two or three times.

    So, that begs the question that needs to be asked of anyone that offers up the “she can’t win” criticism, “How will this polarizing factor backlash vote against Mrs. Clinton manifest itself?” How will it affect the republican vote tally on election day?

    The answer is it won’t!

  2. hillfans, i give a automatic $10.00 a month from my checking to the hillary caimpaign. it is not much but every little helps for the oct. 1st 3rd quarter deadline. i heard a rumor that hillary is on target for $20 million to $25 million raised this quarter. anybody here anything on this?

  3. I usually have my daily dose of Hillary sites, and the Big Pink one I refresh several times a day, however I’ve been busy this weekend so I’m lagging behind. So I need to go to the previous thread and catch up! 🙂
    Just wanted to say thank you to admin for the videos and transcripts.

    She did great from the looks of it, but I must say, she is GOOD, sneakingly good when it comes to not really answering some questions.
    Granted, they were ridiculous questions that deserved being snubbed, like Wallace’s Q about partisanship charge, you know he is just looking for a fight. Ridiculous how the republicans are so smoothly able to make the democrats out to be the bad angry divisive people, while the republicans are so nice and loving, getting along religious good people. (yuck)
    So when it is called for it is good, and she is good. She needs to be, she’s become a great politician and shows she is not willing to go into long negative battles but rather stay positive and on message. This is part of the reason I believe, that makes people previously not in her camp choose to come over, bit by bit.
    They are sick and tired of bickering and this endless focus on polarizing, divided, fighting and ridiculous focus on an ad rather then issues that matter to people.

    And I agree with you Cotton-eyed Joe, good analysis.

  4. Cotton-eyed Joe, Hillary mocked Chris Wallace with her laugh yesterday and in the clip above. Russert tried the same tactic, same result. The argument you highlight which opponents try to use against her always strikes us as rather lame – and one which helps Hillary.

    Most Democrats and most Americans we suspect, like fighters. A favorite quote is from FDR. Democrats should read the full speech from FDR. FDR was a fighter too. http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/od2ndst.html

    “Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me–and I welcome their hatred.”

  5. So, admin, do tell. What good news is coming today? Is it the Bayh endorsement? I hear tell that Obama is supposed to have a major endorsement, but the diary at daily kos that guessed who it would be made it sound pretty uninteresting.

  6. The endorsement from Bayh was expected, and I don’t know much about him, but from what I have seen, I like. He seems nice, polite and a perfect match to Hillary, and he looks like he could handle being the guy that would be in the shadow a bit and walk to feet behind her at all times. But I read a comment on politicos site, and I want to post it here and hear what you people think, would this stand in the way of Hillary picking him even if she wanted to?

    “He probably won’t get the nod tho, since his senate seat would probably swing to the republicans in a special election and Chuck Schumer would never stand for that. Same reason why Democrats would rather take a Senate seat in Virginia than give Hillary the VP that would undoubtedly ensure her a win.

  7. As we all no, we don’t want a lame duck President, certainly not Hillary or a democrat. And if he’s senate seat would turn republican, this would be an argument to consider right? Since his sate is such a big RED state.

  8. “Senator Clinton is a supporter of musical education. Right now she’s trying to get Barack to play second fiddle” — Conan O’Brien, at the VH1 Save the Music Gala (from “Rush & Molloy” via Hotline).

  9. http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/ny-usclin245387843sep24,0,62201.story

    Barack Obama won’t win any Senate attendance awards during the 2008 presidential campaign – he has racked up three times as many missed votes as challenger Hillary Clinton since January, according to roll call records.

    Obama’s most recent no-show happened Thursday on Capitol Hill when he skipped a vote on the controversial Republican-sponsored amendment to reprimand MoveOn.org for attacking Gen. David Petraeus, saying it was a “stunt” to embarrass Democrats.

    But that was hardly the first vote the Illinois freshman sat out: He’s missed 23.7 percent of his votes, according to vote-tracking databases. The issues he did not cast ballots on ranged from the symbolic to the significant, and included measures on abortion, homeland security, bridge safety, foreign aid, the alternative minimum tax and a failed no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in June.

    Obama has been absent for 82 of his chamber’s 346 votes during the current two-year session, a measure of how much time he’s been spending in the crucial campaign states of New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina.

    In contrast, Clinton has missed 8.3 percent of her votes – 28 since January, according to the Senate’s voting tracker and the Washington Post’s roll call database. She missed several key votes on abortion this month, in addition to earlier measures on bridge safety, immigration and offshore gas exploration.

    In January, the former first lady skipped a vote that hiked penalties for lobbying violations because she was en route to Iraq.

  10. The L.A. Times answers the question as to a guest who has appeared on all 5 Sunday morning talk shows. Attorney Ginsburg was the first to appear on all 5 shows.

    “Only high-profile guests in the midst of major news events have the cachet for the five-show circuit. Those who have done it include then-vice presidential nominee Dick Cheney during the 2000 Republican convention; Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, then the Democratic vice presidential candidate, during the 2000 Florida recount; and then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell during a nuclear weapons showdown with North Korea in 2002. Giuliani and then-Rep. Rick Lazio (R-N.Y.) also did it in 2000 in their race against Clinton for the Senate.”
    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-clinton24sep24,0,2506612.story?coll=la-home-center

  11. Hey, admin: Thanks for that insight into the five-show circuit. I told the low cognitive power crowd at daily kos what an amazing fete it was, and they seemed to not get it.

  12. Obama picked up an endorsement from a FORMER Iowa Democratic Party Chairman. Geez….

    Dept. of counterprogramming: Fischer for Obama

    As Hillary picks up a high-profile Senate backer inside the Beltway, the Obama campaign is rolling out a former Iowa Democratic Party chairman, Gordon Fischer, in a hastily-arranged conference call with reporters.

    He came in with three talking points: “electability, change agenda, and policy,” and it was interesting to see the campaign pushing the former so hard, perhaps a suggestion that Edwards’ argument is penetrating.

    Obama is “The candidate who has the best chance against any of the Republicans in the field,” Fischer said. “I am 1,000 percent convinced fo that…a candidate who has coattails and can help down-ballot candidates.”

  13. Kostner: There was a diary over at dkos this morning touting this brilliant new endorsement he was going to get. They were talking Bloomberg and Sharpton. Then get Fischer. Chump change.

    Where is that Oprah bounce? We’re waiting.

  14. Whi is this ke endorsement? There is alot going on in NYC this week. I’m curious about the timing. It coincides wtih the UN summit and Clinton Global Initiative.

  15. admin,

    Hillary website has a run-down of pundits’ rave reviews on her excellent performance yesterday.

    Sunday Shows Reviews Are In: Hillary ‘In Terrific Form,’ ‘Presidential,’ ‘Gutsy’
    NYT’S DAVID BROOKS – HILLARY ‘DOESN’T HAVE TO GO AFTER ANYBODY, SHE JUST HAS TO BE WHAT SHE WAS ON YOUR SHOW. SHE LOOKED PRESIDENTIAL TO ME.’ [ABC This Week, 9/23/07]

    FOX NEWS’ BRIT HUME – ‘I THOUGHT SHE WAS IN TERRIFIC FORM’ YOU THREW HER SOME TOUGH QUESTIONS AND SHE HANDLED THEM ALL IT SEEMED TO ME VERY SMOOTHLY.’ [Fox News Sunday, 9/23/07]

    WASHINGTON POST’S EJ DIONNE – ‘THIS MAY BE THE BEST WEEK [HILLARY’S] HAD SINCE SHE GOT ELECTED TO THE SENATE IN 2000… WHAT HILLARY’S DONE IS TO TAKE HER WEAKNESSES AND TRY TO TURN THEM INTO STRENGTHS.’ [ABC This Week, 9/23/07]

    CBS NEWS’ JOIE CHEN – HILLARY IS ‘SOUNDING MORE THAN EVER LIKE THE DEMOCRAT HOLDING ALL THE GOOD CARDS.’ [CBS Evening News, 9/23/07]

    POLITICO’S BEN SMITH: HILLARY ‘BEAMED HER WAY THROUGH’ SUNDAY TALK SHOWS AND WAS LEFT ‘UNSCATHED POLITICALLY AFTER THE TOUGHEST GRILLING WASHINGTON HAS TO OFFER.’ “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton beamed her way through a barrage of questions from five political talk show hosts Sunday morning, appearances that offered some details of her plans on health care and the war in Iraq, but left her basically unscathed politically after the toughest grilling Washington has to offer.” [Politico, 9/24/07 ]

    LA TIMES’ JIM PUZZANGHERA – HILLARY ‘REINFORCED HER POSITION AS THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL FRONT-RUNNER SUNDAY.’ “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton reinforced her position as the Democratic presidential front-runner Sunday as she executed the rare feat of appearing on all five major TV talk shows in one morning, defending her new healthcare proposal and vowing to oppose any Iraq war funding unless it is tied to starting a U.S. troop withdrawal.” [Los Angeles Times, 9/24/07 ]

    POLITICO’S JOHN HARRIS – HILLARY ‘WAS REALLY PROJECTING HERSELF IN THIS INTERVIEW AS A FUTURE PRESIDENT.’ [CBS Face the Nation, 9/23/07]

    NYT’S DAVID SANGER – ‘THE STRENGTH OF HER ANSWER ON THE SYRIA QUESTION… REALLY STRUCK ME.’ [CBS Face the Nation, 9/23/07]

    CNN’S WOLF BLITZER – ‘IT’S A GUTSY THING FOR HER TO DO, TO GO IN FRONT OF ALL THE SUNDAY MORNING TALK SHOW HOSTS IN ONE FELL SWOOP.’ [CNN Late Edition, 9/23/07]

  16. Alls I can say is…the carnivorous bipeds from the Obama Camp are foaming at the mouth over Hillary’s Sunday Grand Slam…

    Apparently, their new ‘mo’ seems to be feigning endorsements for garnering attention, any kind at this point, floating names like Al Gore and Harkin. Laughable.. 🙂

    Mrs. S.

  17. Hi admin,

    Politico is reporting Obama’s another blunder in NY while trying to fake some momentum.

    Obama is in New York quite a bit this week, for an endorsement announcement* and a theater fundraiser today, then back Wendesday for a big rally in NYU-land.

    This is expected to be a seriously large event: One person involved in organizing it says the crowd number of 25,000 has been mentioned as a target, and that afterparty at the 40/40 Club may include an appearance from rapper Jay-Z, who owns the place.

    A New York-born reader, who likes Obama, points out however that it’s going to be a very tough week for that to get any attention at all in the New York press.

    He’s here, my correspondent

    While the UN General Assembly is being held – (um, traffic? – will he be late again or will he take the subway?)

    And the Clinton Global Initiative – which is again a who’s who.

    Ahmadinejad is in town – (Barack went to Columbia, Barack said he would meet with him, you see where this is going.).

    And Clinton does the Little Rock Nine 50th Anniversary.

    The contrasts are staggering. Timing is everything. Why wade in this week at all?

    I’m not sure it’s that dire, but it sure is going to be hard to break through around here this week. Though that doesn’t mean the campaign can’t use the event to start building a New York organization.

    UPDATE: The endorsement is from the city’s corrections officers, a political maverick union that was among few labor groups backing Rick Lazio against Clinton in 2000 and (to its great benefit) was the only union supporting Mike Bloomberg in 2001.

  18. The Oprah bounce isn’t coming. Folks will take advice on what book is a decent read, but voting is a wholly different matter. They resent being led around like cattle. I wonder if Oprah’s ratings are down yet?

    Obama is spinning is fast as he can on his poor polling numbers. Axelrod and Pouffle can send out as many emmos as they want saying they have a “hidden” vote, or that they haven’t plateaued, but the real fact is numbers don’t lie.

    BTW- there’s a good analysis on TalkingPointsMemo about the bogus poll showing Hillary and Stinky hurting down ticket candidates. I suspect it was put out by Handsome Johnny’s folks. No proof, but it’s my suspicion.

    Anyone see the following quote in the

    As for Obama, a senior White House official said the freshman senator from Illinois was “capable” of the intellectual rigor needed to win the presidency but instead relies too heavily on his easy charm.

    “It’s sort of like, ‘that’s all I need to get by,’ which bespeaks sort of a condescending attitude towards the voters,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And a laziness, an intellectual laziness.”

    He cited an example from Obama’s memoir, The Audacity of Hope, in which the senator complains that many “government programs don’t work as advertised.” Five days after the book was published last fall, Obama was asked to name some of those government programs by Tim Russert on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

    “And he can’t give an example,” the official said. “Look, if you wrote the book, you should have thought through what it was. But he’s sitting there, fumbling around.”

  19. Hot the wrong button when editing- the above quote was on the Examiner. com site. A link from talkingpoints….

    I wonder why Bush would even say anything at all or why senior WH staffers are saying anything at all. Hmmmm….

  20. Well, that wasn’t fair criticism. If anyone in the history of presidents has been/is intellectually lazy, it’s Bush.

    I read that poll was by Biden.

  21. Obama on Ahmadinejad: Meeting yes, Columbia no

    Asked repeatedly about Ahmadinejad (what else?) at the corrections officers’ endorsement in New York, Obama offered the same answer as Hillary, if a bit less stridently:

    “It’s not a choice I would have made,” he said of Columbia University’s invitation to the Iranian president.

    “But we don’t’ need to be fearful of [Ahmadinejad]’s rantings,” he said, adding that his commitment to meet the Iranian during the first year of his presidency.

  22. I started checking out some info about Hillary’s answer on Syria on CBS Face the Nation yesterday. I hadn’t been very aware of it other than a short report about a bombing mission that was denied, but now I’m 1) sorta worried, and 2) really impressed our girl has the depth to bring this up on a national stage with an informed opinion which the intellectually lazy and vanity challenged will not and cannot do- http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZmYwODM5MzY2MzAwOGQ0OTY1MzQ5ZTYzYWRhZTc2ZTk=

    I wonder if this issue will just become another feather in Hillar’s foreign policy cap?

  23. Mj, as we noted in our update, the corrections officers union is a bit of a rogue union in NY. They endorsed Lazio (against Hillary in 2000) and Republican Bloomberg for Mayor.

  24. If there is any doubt about where Josh Marshall of TPM stands, today he defends Obama yet again on Obama being called “intellectually lazy”. Attacks on Hillary JM is silent on. Obama – immediate response. [Also, we wondered at the time whether JM would ever comment on Wes Clark endorsement of Hillary. Answer: JM never acknowledged the endorsement (there was an item mention of the endorsement days after from another writer on TPM)]

    After all the fun we had with it yesterday, TPM’s Ben Craw prints as a headline our very own: Resistance is Futile!

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/054016.php

  25. Okieatty, the criticism of Obama as lazy is a more substantive than just calling him “lazy” or “intellectually lazy”.

    As you quoted from the Examiner,

    ( http://www.examiner.com/a-951362~Examiner_Exclusive__President_predicts_GOP_will_keep_control_of_White_House_after__tough_race__in_2008.html )

    Bush is the one who in the Bill Sammon book makes the oddly intelligent comments on the election and why Hillary will win the nomination. Bush surprisingly (alright, its a shock) sounds intelligent when giving a reason why Hillary will win (we are sure that Sammon translated Bushisms into English so maybe that is why Bush sounds intelligent).

    Bush says “She’s got a national presence and this is becoming a national primary,” “And therefore the person with the national presence, who has got the ability to raise enough money to sustain an effort in a multiplicity of sites, has got a good chance to be nominated.”

    As to Obama the critique by a “senior White House official” seems fair as well. This official does not say Obama is dumb, but rather than Obama “relies too heavily on his easy charm.” That does seem to be an accurate representation of Obama and examples are provided in the article which also comport with what we have seen. Obama DOES think ‘to know me is to love me’ and he has relied on charming political insiders into helping him. Here is the full quote:

    “As for Obama, a senior White House official said the freshman senator from Illinois was “capable” of the intellectual rigor needed to win the presidency but instead relies too heavily on his easy charm.

    “It’s sort of like, ‘that’s all I need to get by,’ which bespeaks sort of a condescending attitude towards the voters,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And a laziness, an intellectual laziness.”

    He cited an example from Obama’s memoir, The Audacity of Hope, in which the senator complains that many “government programs don’t work as advertised.” Five days after the book was published last fall, Obama was asked to name some of those government programs by Tim Russert on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

    “And he can’t give an example,” the official said. “Look, if you wrote the book, you should have thought through what it was. But he’s sitting there, fumbling around.”

    Obama did tell Russert that “we don’t use electronic billing for Medicare and Medicaid providers.” But the White House official said the vast majority of such transactions are indeed billed electronically.”

  26. Hey Yall, Rasmussen Daily tracking has HRC at 40%, BHO at 28% and JE at 15%. The top 3 are all up from last week. Clinton by 2 points, BHO by 1 and JE by 1. Is this the Oprah bounce? mollyj

  27. Admin, didn’t the Clark endorsement come out during a Jewish holiday? I seem to remember not a lot of updating recently with the sole execption of the Alaska caucus scandals. I’d give him a pass there.

    JMM isn’t endorsing Hillary right now, but he’s also not pulling a HuffPo either. I mean the laughing on Fox link yesterday just made it seem like she was uncontrollable and unable to be serious. I wish Arianna’s site would grow up a bit. All too often I find more links about TMZ type stuff than actual news on serious issues. Gimme something on Syria-NK and I might take them more seriously. And frankly, the quality of blogging over there leaves much to be desired anymore. Our contributors here have better diaries at dKos and Mydd than HuffPo sometimes puts up.

    JMM seems to mess with the MSM more in reference to reporting fluff pieces on candidates, and the thread on down ticket candidates protected Hillary as much as Obama. The stuff at TPM Election Central is mostly balanced. Some contributors get a bit partisan occassionally, but not too often.

  28. hey – I just read this endorsement of Obama over at DailyKos. Good pick up for him.

    FLASH : BREAKING NEWS:
    The National Association of Volvo Driving Latte Sipping Post Doc TINKS (The NAVDLSPDT) today have endorsed Senator Barack Obama to be their candidate. Their spokesman, Chad Rippington said that “Senator Obama stands for us and we will stand for him. During this campaign for the highest office in the land, when he asked in the cornfields of Iowa – just who was going to do something about the SHOCKING rise in the price of Arugula at Whole Fields, we just knew he was our man. And with gas at over 80 a barrel, we need the Senator to help make sure that gas stays cheap enough so we can continue to enjoy our brand new C70. (It was a BARGIN – it only cost me 47 Gs and she hits 140 before she redlines in fifth gear) And Senator Obama earned our hearts when he came out against Starbucks and asked for more variety in our choice of coffee shops that actually know how to make an A-1 frappe. With a crisis in our neighborhoods over sub par cappuccinos, how could we do any less? We refuse to allow those bullies at the DLC (the dont like cappuccinos lobby)to tell us what kind of cafe we must be forced to drink. Also, the Senator has confirmed to be “with us” in our fight to ensure that whenever we order a nice $5 cookie to go with our “brew”, that they use real macadamia nuts and not those oh so plebeian walnuts, which remind us so much of high school cafeteria food. Bleh!
    We are mighty proud to support this new kind of politician and we pledge to never again allow those corporate makers of Folgers or Maxwell House to ever dominate our national tasting dialog ever again. Those are the tastes of the past, we want to turn the page of a brand new menu. Frankly, we’re just bored. I mean Folgers, Maxwell House, Folgers, Maxwell House – I mean when will this long national nightmare and dynasty ever end? I mean, we all went to college and found nice high paying white collar jobs you know, and of course – we’re special, not better, just better off…and after all, we know we’re worth it.
    Aren’t we?
    Fight the Power!

  29. admin,

    Two important developments on ‘openleft’ we might want to keep an eye on. The big idiot Chris Bowers is officially hooking up with Richardson to shoot a ‘no residual troop’ ad in NH. This is Chris Bowers’ pet project, and may be the first negative ad in the entire campaign. He’ll probably criticize Clinton, Obama and Edwards’ plan. In the end, it’s probabaly a wash unless Obama/Edwards take another left turn to promise zero residual troop to ‘differentiate’ from Hillary.

    Another diary on openleft. Mark wrote an in-indepth analysis on the state of the race in Iowa. Looks promising for Hillary for the time being. He predicted Hillary would come on top if the election was held today.

  30. I met Bowers up in Philly last election, what a phony dork.

    This net phenom of making “experts” of barely experience nerd boys is truly quite amazing to me.

    But of course, Stoller makes Bowers look like the possessor of all wisdom. That fop is just an aspiring demagogue who desperately believes that he should be named top Dem poo-bah right NOW!

    Ive always thoughtr this guy was ajoke , but he even shocked me when I read him one day saying that if Hillary is elected President – that “we” (he always speaks for the entire net rooted community) should consider… “Primary-ing” her in 2012.

    We havent even beaten the GOP back and won the Government back, but Stoller, who didnt even get interested in politics until 2002, is ready to give it all back

    As Bugs Bunny used to say; “What a Maroon!”

    Since, this site is all about talking back to “net ” power. I have a big question for admin and staff here. What the hell do you think Mike Lux was thinking when he got in bed with those Nimrods. Could it possibly be anything but about money and a lil taste of net power? I still cant understand his involvement with them.

  31. Kostner, Bowers looks at numbers but never at their meaning. A good pollster understands that polls are a science and an art. The science part comes from acquiring the data, filters, samples and sizes, etc. The art part comes from the interpretation and understanding that the numbers reflect human beings and how human beings think and function.

    All the polls Bowers looks at and he just sees numbers and he still can’t figure out that Americans trust Hillary on big issues. Americans are also much more cautious about Iraq than Stoller and Bowers are capable of acknowledging. Let them run their little ads. As you write Kostner, Hillary, Obama and Edwards are basically on the same page on this issue and know that the Iraq issue is much more complicated than we wish it were.

    Dem Dem, What can be said about Mike Lux? Best guess from here is that like many smart Democrats but older Democrats Mike Lux has very little technical skills in the how to of blogging – so, again best guess, Mike Lux teamed up with the idiot savants in order to acquire the skills needed to function in the brave new world of the internet.

    Mike Lux has written some good articles on Hillary and one very good one on Hillary and his memories of health care and that big fight. Hopefully Mike Lux will soon acquire the technical skills and financing needed to sever his ties to the Stalinist ninnys.

  32. Stalinist ninnys…oh that’s swell. 🙂

    I assume mike had never read Stoller. I cant understand any other reason that he would enable that crypto fascist fool.

  33. Spent lunch over a slice of pizza and a back issue of Newsweek (5/14/07). The cover story by Michael Beschloss about Truman was interesting but the companion piece by Evan Thomas was more interesting in that it repeated everything we have said here aout the candidates’ weaknesses:

    McCain- sellout
    Ghouliani- pandering fool capitalizing on 9-11
    Romney- flip-flopper
    Obama- invokes his name, not his spirit bc he is not a fighter
    Edwards- “slick”
    Hillary- makes hard choices at personal and political expense

    The best part- last paragraph particularly last sentence- sums up Hillary on her healthcare fight, the political fallout, her political career now, and her new heathcare plan:

    “Courage is also about learning from—and facing up to—your mistakes.”

    A good theme for this week.

  34. molly, I wouldn’t worry about the Rasmussen poll. It’s a tracking poll that fluctuates. Obama’s been within 12 before several times, and Hillary’s lead always increases again. And if she stays at 40 percent or so, she’s in very good shape.

  35. oh my look at this background on a certain pal of Lazio and Obama endorser Seabrook:

    Velella Got Ride to Freedom From Guards’ Union Chief
    By KEVIN FLYNN and PAUL VON ZIELBAUER

    Published: October 7, 2004

    Most released inmates have to ride the city bus off Rikers Island, but former Senator Guy J. Velella was driven from the jail last week by the president of the correction officers’ union, who took him to meet his family at a favorite Bronx restaurant.

    Norman Seabrook, the president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, said he extended the courtesy because Mr. Velella, a Bronx Republican, had been a loyal friend to the union.

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    But the ride was another instance in which the treatment of Mr. Velella appeared to be at odds with that afforded the average inmate. Ordinarily, prisoners must take a city bus or licensed van service over the bridge to the mainland, because private cars are not allowed on the island.

    Last week, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg ordered an investigation into the circumstances under which Mr. Velella received one of the few early releases from prison granted each year by an obscure panel of mayoral appointees. The panel, known as the Local Conditional Release Commission, serves as a local parole board. It released Mr. Velella on Sept. 28, just three months into a yearlong sentence for conspiracy to accept bribes.

    The panel reviewed 32 letters of support for Mr. Velella, including one from a representative of the Archdiocese of New York and another from former Mayor Edward I. Koch. The commission’s chairman has said the panel acted out of compassion after deciding that Mr. Velella, a first-time offender, had been shattered by his fall from public office, the loss of his law license and by his time in jail.

    Though about 7,000 cases were eligible for review this year by the panel, Mr. Velella and two other men convicted with him were three of only five people who have been released.

    Mr. Seabrook said that Mr. Velella, 60, had called him several times from prison, complaining that he could not sleep, and the union president offered to give him a ride home to the Bronx. “That man has carried a lot of pieces of legislation in Albany for us,” Mr. Seabrook said.

    He said he drove in the pouring rain to the island, where only people with special passes are allowed, picked up Mr. Velella at the visitors center, where released inmates are left, and then drove him to the Pine Tavern in the Bronx. Mr. Velella’s wife and son were waiting there, Mr. Seabrook said, and they chatted for 10 minutes before Mr. Seabrook left. Mr. Velella said he was looking forward to a shower in his home.

    City officials had been quoted in initial news reports as saying that Mr. Velella had departed the prison by bus shortly before 3 p.m. A Correction Department spokesman, Thomas Antenen, said that most released inmates do take the bus but that the agency had not specifically monitored how Mr. Velella left.

    “We dropped him at the visitor control center,” he said. “We don’t track his movements after that. And Mr. Seabrook, of course, has access to that as president of the union.”

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