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February 18, 2008


Ohio Town’s Democrats See ‘Hope’ Differently

Struggling Town Debates Message of ‘Hope’
The Clinton and Obama campaigns have set up camp in Lima, a town that is unpredicitable in its support. What is certain is the desire for economic reform and a torn population that is trying to decide to is the right person for the job.

By Eli Saslow
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 17, 2008; Page A01

LIMA, Ohio — A six-cylinder engine rolls down the conveyer belt and stops in front of Bo Huenke every 28 seconds. He attaches a metal pipe, twists in four screws with hands that suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and finishes just in time to stretch his back before the next engine arrives. His hands move from memory while his mind calculates the math: 28 seconds per engine, eight hours each shift, five days a week, 13 years until retirement.

Inside this Honda manufacturing plant built on top of an old pig farm, Huenke’s only hope for distraction is a good argument with the other men who work on the line. They’re mostly what he calls “good ol’ boys” — white, Catholic and descendants of Italian and German immigrants, just like him — so liberal proclamations usually instigate heated debate. “Democrats are taking over Ohio,” Huenke says to a chorus of protests. Or, “This war has been a disaster from Day One.” But, every now and then, Huenke makes the rare political assessment that most people here seem to agree on.

“Obama, doesn’t he sound a little naive?” asked Huenke, 52. “He stands up there, so optimistic, preaching about hope and change. It sounds great and everything, but come on. He doesn’t quite get it.”

Voters like Huenke present a difficult challenge to Sen. Barack Obama as he looks ahead to March 4, when primary battles with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Ohio and Texas threaten to halt his campaign’s momentum. In Lima and other fading manufacturing towns, he must confront difficult questions that go to the heart of his candidacy and its appeal to a broad section of Americans:

Can grandiose visions of hope and change resonate in places where change — in this case economic change — has brought housing foreclosures and economic ruin, where hope means avoiding another round of layoffs? Can a candidate whose support has been based on African Americans and upper-middle-class whites transcend class and race in places where racial tension still colors everything?

When the Clinton and Obama campaigns set up field offices in Lima last week, they discovered a sad town of about 40,000 already at odds between black and white, between dreamers and realists. There are people here like Josiah Mathews, 25, a black man who believes Obama can help bring peace and prosperity to his home town. But there are also people like Huenke, white and working class, who sense a disconnect between Obama’s inspirational rhetoric and life’s daily struggles. They prefer Clinton for her experience and economic policies, which they believe might stabilize Lima’s decline.

“A minority president or a woman president — both are hard sells in Lima,” Huenke said. “But Hillary’s easier, because you also get Bill. When you’re thinking politics around here, you’ve got to be practical.”

Hoping for Stability

The Lima that Huenke grew up in was a canvas for big dreams — a booming industrial town halfway between Dayton and Toledo where jobs outnumbered workers, trees lined the downtown square and a new airport opened a portal to the world. Huenke lived in a large house near Main Street with seven brothers and two sisters. The oil refinery gave his father regular raises. When Huenke left home to try college at Ohio State, he never doubted he’d return to Lima.

He came back in the late 1970s to open a restaurant, and he discovered a Rust Belt town that had lost its major railroad and its biggest bus company. Racial tension twice erupted into violence and riots that necessitated the presence of the National Guard. The city built low-income housing near Huenke’s old neighborhood, and he eventually moved into the country. “I had a lot of those minorities around me,” Huenke said, “and some of them were just causing trouble and collecting welfare.”

Huenke’s restaurant leaked money, then closed. He became a paramedic, driving an ambulance through a town much poorer than he remembered and dealing with big-city problems such as violent robberies and crack overdoses. When Honda called a decade ago to offer a $23-an-hour job, he hardly hesitated. Lima had lost 8,000 jobs in the previous 25 years; no decent-paying work was beneath him. “Yes,” he said. “Thank you. I’ll take it.”

That decision has resulted in two hand surgeries and constant shoulder pain. “It’s like getting beat up at football practice for eight hours,” Huenke said, “but you do anything here for steady money.” A divorce last year doubled Huenke’s housing payment to $800 a month, and a faulty thermostat means the temperature in his house sometimes dips to 52 degrees. He plans to work at Honda until he’s 65 so he can pay off his house and save some money. The day he retires, he wants to leave for Florida.

A lifelong Democrat, Huenke went to a rally in Columbus last month and decided that Clinton’s economic and health-care ideas could help him endure another decade or so in Lima. He liked how the senator from New York outlined her plans with specifics. Obama, he thought, sometimes spoke about long-term goals and principles, which Huenke rarely had the leisure to consider.

The Clinton and Obama campaigns have set up camp in Lima, a town that is unpredicitable in its support. What is certain is the desire for economic reform and a torn population that is trying to decide to is the right person for the job.

He started sending e-mails to friends at 2 in the morning after a late shift at the plant last week, soliciting volunteers for Clinton. A few days later, he sat in a small meeting for supporters, where one person suggested that the group canvass all of the houses in Lima.

“Yeah, we might need to do that,” Huenke said. “But there’s some neighborhoods in this town where I don’t want to be walking around, no matter what we’re doing. We’ve got some slums now. You never know what’s going to happen when you knock on somebody’s door.”

Hoping for Unity

Josiah Mathews walked out of his house dressed in a dark gray suit, with rings on both middle fingers and a scarf around his neck. He had carefully clipped his goatee and trimmed his mustache to a shadow before a full morning of meetings. At least until his factory shift started at 3:30 p.m., he had plenty of reasons to hope.

Mathews grew up only a block away in a neighborhood, South Union, where blacks were once forced to live by law. The single-story houses and apartments — sometimes rented for as little as $200 a month — have been worn by harsh winters, and some were abandoned long ago. Railroad tracks crisscross a half-mile behind Mathews’s house, and smoke from the nearby oil refinery fogs the horizon.

During his childhood, Mathews dreamed of packing up for New York or Chicago. But during his sophomore year of high school, a few community organizations paid for him to make a service trip to Africa, and he returned with both perspective and a silent vow to repay their generosity. He would stay in Lima. He would help the town change.

Mathews worked to pay off his mother’s house with jobs at a hotel, on the railroad and at a General Motors plant. He volunteered in a halfway house. Last year, he spent more than $5,000 of his own money on a losing campaign for an office on the city council. Still, progress in Lima sometimes felt “like pushing against a wall,” he said. Minorities, who make up 27 percent of the town’s population, hold only three or four positions on the 70-officer police force.

“You get a lot of rural people here, and all they know about black people is what they see on TV,” Mathews said. “There’s a blockage between the minority community and the government. It’s not getting better, and that’s the real problem.”

Last month, a SWAT team shot a black mother and her infant son during a drug raid near Mathews’s house, killing the mother. The incident brought old tensions to the surface in Lima; black pastors held community meetings, and national hate groups sent letters in support of the shooting. The Rev. Jesse Jackson visited. The police launched an internal investigation, and its conclusions are pending.

“Everybody’s riled up and angry, and we don’t even know what happened yet,” said Carolyn Pennington, 67, a white woman who has lived in Lima for 35 years. “I was taking my grandson downtown to McDonald’s, and I looked in my rearview mirror and my heart about stopped. There was a black guy riding my bumper, looking mean. I was terrified, and this old lady doesn’t scare easy.”

Said Mathews: “I’ve never once felt unsafe in my neighborhood. But you hear some things and see some things where there is just a lot of work that has to be done with race relations. We need something to unite us.”

When Obama announced he was running for president a year ago, Mathews recognized the chance he’d been waiting for. In a town where a black police officer still strikes people as revolutionary, Mathews thought, what could redefine race more than a black president? Eager to volunteer, Mathews limited himself to one job for the first time in his adult life. His days are now divided in two: mornings for suits and community meetings about the senator from Illinois; afternoons for work boots, a camouflage Ford hat and a rain jacket, and a job at a General Dynamics factory that builds tanks for the war in Iraq.

“People at work tell me I’m voting for a layoff by supporting Obama,” Mathews said. “But I’d rather not have a job if that’s what it comes down to. This is a chance to make history.”

Once a Republican stronghold, Lima could potentially swing Democratic in the general election this time around, locals said; the town voted to elect Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland in 2006. Mathews believes that Obama can win the four delegates available in surrounding Allen County only if a higher percentage of minorities show up to vote. In recent elections, minorities have made up as little as 12 percent of the local electorate.

“There’s this attitude that they can’t change anything, so why show up?” said Gary Frueh, chairman of the Allen County Democrats. “But they can change a lot.”

Determined to turn his neighbors into Obama supporters, Mathews wore a suit and traveled around South Union last week, meeting with pastors and community activists. Then, a few hours before he changed into his work clothes, he looked at vacant buildings downtown to select a location for the Obama office. With about five other Obama backers — many of them white — he toured a building in the center of the town square with plenty of street parking and lots of foot traffic out front. It was a prime location, and Mathews wondered if Obama’s campaign would pay for it.

“If they don’t, I’ll just raise the money,” he said. “Or I’ll pay for it myself. The bottom line is we need that place. We’ve got to be in people’s faces downtown.”

Democrats First

Huenke avoids going downtown whenever possible. He prefers to spend most nights alone in his house with his 17-year-old dog, scanning Web sites on his computer for political gossip.

Longing for company one night last week, Huenke drove 20 minutes across town to visit Carolyn Pennington, a widowed Democrat whom Huenke considers a “second mother.” They sat at her kitchen table, where they had met many times during the past six months to discuss retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark as a potential vice president, Clinton’s campaign tactics and the building momentum behind Lima’s Democratic Party. Pennington sat under a window and wore a sweater knitted in the colors of the American flag. She lifted her glasses to rub her eyes.

Pennington told Huenke that she had just returned from the grocery store, where she overheard a young woman gushing about Obama. In the checkout line, Pennington confronted the woman. “Do you know his middle name?” she asked. “It’s Hussein. Hussein.”

Now, recounting the exchange, Pennington sighed. “It bothers me that these Obama people don’t even know anything about him,” she said. “They just don’t know.

“I mean, don’t get me wrong. He’s all right. If he gets the nomination, well, we’re going to have to vote for him and get behind him because we’re Democrats above anything else. But I just don’t like the preaching that he’s doing. He sounds like an old Bible-thumper to me. I like being talked to. I don’t like being yelled at.”

Huenke nodded.

“I know what you mean,” he said. “If Obama wins, I’ll be campaigning for him tomorrow. We’ll take the change and try to make the best out of it. There’s never really any other choice.”


February 18, 2008


Obama: the transparent candidate

Posted: Feb. 16, 2008
I was raised with the belief that there are four goals in life: to love God, to love others, to love yourself and to never let anyone steal your hopes and dreams. It is these goals that I return to whenever I feel injustice.

When I am asked whom I support in this year’s presidential election, there are many who assume that since I am African-American, my vote naturally would go to Barack Obama. Here’s the question: Should my vote be based solely on the fact that he is African-American? Well, no it shouldn’t. Next question: Will it? Well, no it won’t.

The fact that Obama is African-American is not enough.

It can’t be. Not when you are talking about running the country. The reality is Obama is an intelligent American who wants to do something about the injustices. The fact that he happens to share my skin color is, well, just a bonus.

In all honesty, Obama has my support based on his transparency. The fact that I find no hidden messages or agendas in his speeches. The fact that his focus, his promises and confidence in conquering injustice are uncovered. The fact that his experience, accomplishments and downfalls are open for public review and inspection. All of these facts help me to see past his skin and through him – to the man of conviction that he is.

Obama is not just a politician. He is an unshakable force that is solid and strong. An immovable entity that has knowledge, understanding and optimism about finding remedies for the problems that are harming the nation. He is a man with a blueprint. A plan. A protocol for change. He is a man of audacity and tenacity.

It is my belief that he can and will inspire our nation to change for the better – a nation of common people. I believe he has the strength to pull from each person the nerve, persistence and bravery it will take to repair the leaks.

And so on Tuesday, where will I be? I will be voting for the transparent candidate. I will vote with pride and commitment for Barack Obama, the clear candidate of change.

Regina Yvette Cooper of Milwaukee, a Journal Sentinel community columnist, is a case manager for the disabled. Her e-mail address is Regina Yvette Cooper of Milwaukee, a Journal Sentinel community columnist, is a case manager for the disabled. Her e-mail address is


February 18, 2008


Texans for Obama grew from book club to much more
The group had humble beginnings but has blossomed with senator’s presidential run.
By Suzannah Gonzales


Monday, February 18, 2008

Before any official presidential campaign, Texans For Obama started as a book club, an idea born over Shiner on a red couch in South Austin.

Ian Davis and Matt Earhart, a community organizer and a high school U.S. history teacher who are both in their late 20s, were making fun of Davis’ wife, Amy Everhart, asking her why she doesn’t invite them to her book club meetings.

“No dudes allowed,” Davis remembers her saying.

“Fine,” he told her, “we’re forming our own book club on Barack Obama, and everyone’s invited because Barack’s a unifier.”

Soon after, Davis reserved the domain names and He called community activist David Kobierowski for his energy and enthusiasm.

Word on the book club was put out on Earhart handed out fliers as people exited a Dixie Chicks concert. As Obama signed his book at the Texas Book Festival in October 2006, Kobierowski gave a flier to the Illinois senator.

“David, this is great!” Kobierowski recalls him saying with a fist pump. “Grass roots — this is exactly what I want to see all over the country.”

At their first formal meeting on “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream,” Kobierowski expected to do some networking with like-minded people. Davis thought it would be a monthly excuse to drink beer and talk politics. Earhart expected it to be himself, Davis, Everhart and a couple of other lonely readers and politicos.

But 30 to 35 people showed up at El Sol y La Luna on South Congress Avenue in December 2006. More than 80 came to their second meeting at Scholz Garten the next month. And by the third meeting at Mitchie’s Gallery in February 2007, when they watched Obama announcing his candidacy via live webcast, it was clear that their group was going to be more than a book club.

“We ran into something here,” Earhart said. “We started early on this.”

In the two weeks after the announcement, with the help of more than 400 volunteers and the University of Texas group University Democrats, members of the Obama book club led organization efforts for the rally at Auditorium Shores attended by 20,000 people.

It was a turning point for the group. By then, those who had stuck with the book had finished it. The book club faded away. And Texans For Obama emerged.

They already had shifted to texansfor, which got five to 10 hits a day in December 2006 but 20,000 page views one day last week.

Davis’ and Kobierowski’s cell phones continually ring. People want stickers, signs. They want to help.

Texans For Obama members have been helping Obama’s campaign staff as volunteers. They were at the grand opening of Obama’s Texas campaign headquarters in downtown Austin on Saturday. On Tuesday, Obama will attend campaign rallies in San Antonio and Houston, according to a campaign announcement Sunday.

In Austin, Texans for Obama will host two parties at Scholz Garten: a Tuesday event to watch the Wisconsin election results and a Thursday event to watch Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton debate at UT’s Recreational Sports Center.

After the March 4 primary, they’ll get back to the book club. This time, they’ll encourage others to start their own clubs on either of Obama’s books.

Although Davis and Kobierowski previously have volunteered for political campaigns, Earhart hadn’t been active politically since he was 19. Their Obama movement grew organically. Still, they never expected this.

Said Earhart: “I’m just the teacher who started a book club.”; 445-3616

Obama campaign rallies set

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, who focused on stumping in other states last week while New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and her husband, Bill, crisscrossed Texas, plans to arrive in a big way with Tuesday rallies in San Antonio and Houston.

The public is invited to Obama’s ‘town hall’ at La Plaza de Guadalupe, 1327 Guadalupe St., in San Antonio. Doors open at noon Tuesday; those who want to attend are encouraged to R.S.V.P. at

Obama is scheduled to attend a Tuesday evening rally at Houston’s Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St.; those who want to attend are asked to request a ticket at


February 18, 2008


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Before they began canvassing for Barack Obama, volunteers at the presidential candidate’s campaign office in downtown Austin heard from state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin.

Jay Janner

President Clinton makes campaign stop in Austin; Obama, Clinton open Texas offices
Hundreds of staffers and volunteers begin fighting for their candidates as the Texas primary nears.
By Patrick George, Melissa Mixon


Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Democratic fight for president was in full swing in Austin on Saturday, with an appearance by former President Bill Clinton and the opening of the state headquarters for both candidates ahead of the March 4 Texas primary.

Fresh from Lubbock and Amarillo, Clinton appeared late Saturday night before supporters for his wife, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The campaign estimated that 4,700 people turned out. The former president was wrapping up a whirlwind swing through what has become a crucial state in the battle between U.S. Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois.

Supporters packed Hillary Clinton’s brand-new headquarters on Ben White Boulevard in anticipation of her husband’s arrival. An overflow crowd waited outside, at the request of the fire marshal, and organizers promised that the former president would speak to those waiting outside from atop a truck.

Bill Clinton reminded the crowd of Hillary Clinton’s work in registering Mexican American voters along the border, and he expressed optimism that she would win the next slate of primaries, including Texas’.

“We owe you a lot,” he said.

He noted that Hillary Clinton particularly admired two famous Texas women — the late U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan and former Gov. Ann Richards, whose memorial service she spoke at last year.

“She thought of Ann Richards as a role model and only wished she could tell jokes as well,” he said.

Although Bill Clinton would soon be off to his next campaign stop, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is in Austin to stay — at least until after the primary. Earlier in the day, her Texas headquarters opened on Ben White Boulevard just west of Interstate 35. The bare-bones office was sparsely decorated with hand-drawn red, white and blue posters with messages like “78704 for Hillary.”

“Folks are figuring out how best to help Hillary over the next 18 days,” said Adrienne Elrod, Clinton’s Texas spokeswoman. The office will close after the Texas primary.

Clinton volunteer Kendrick Hackett of Austin spent his Saturday entering volunteers’ contact information into a spreadsheet on a laptop.

“Typically, the primary is decided before it gets to Texas,” Hackett said. Because Obama and Clinton remain so close in the race for delegates, “this year we have a chance to make a difference,” he said.

Obama’s campaign opened its state headquarters Saturday, with hundreds of supporters and volunteers flooding the second floor of a downtown office space at 816 Congress Ave. The opening came as Obama was endorsed by the Houston Chronicle.

The offices were still cluttered with computers and legal pads that had not been unpacked. But supporters said the grass-roots atmosphere represents part of what has attracted them to Obama in the first place.

“It’s just not so polished. You can see all of the little kids making signs and hanging them up,” said Melissa Miller, 46.

Saturday was Miller’s first time volunteering for a political campaign. She said she was moved to do so after reading Obama’s second book, “The Audacity of Hope.”

Volunteers made posters, many displaying one of Obama’s signature campaign themes: “Hope.” That message, along with one of change, is partly what attracted Kelly McKee-Brednich and her family.

“I’ve never been so disappointed with things before,” McKee-Brednich said. “But, every time I hear him speak, I get the goose bumps.”

Obama’s campaign opened offices in San Antonio and Brownsville on Saturday, which are expected to remain open until the primary.

Both candidates are traveling across the state in the coming week, running up to a debate in Austin on Thursday.

Both camps have plans in Austin today: “Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera will speak to young voters for Clinton at 1 p.m. at Joe’s Bar and Grill, 506 West Ave.; Obama organizers will offer training for precinct captains at 5 p.m. at the downtown headquarters.; 445-3851


February 18, 2008


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Author: MARSHA Stewart

(Self-Preservation is the first Law of Nature.)

The coon caricature

If you look closely at the picture on the cover, you will see a “coon caricature.” It is one of the most insulting of all anti-Black cartoon strips prevalent in the early 1900’s in America. The coon emerged during slavery as unreliable, crazy, lazy, and subhuman creature good for nothing.

Blacks were portrayed as Coons, Toms, Sambos, Mammies, Picaninnies, and other dehumanizing racial caricatures. Jim Crow was more than a series of “Whites Only” signs. It was a way of life that approximated a racial caste system.

Slavery portrayed Blacks as servants, males (Toms) and females (Mammies). They were contented, loyal servants. The Tom was presented as a smiling, wide-eyed, server: fieldworker, cook, butler, porter, or waiter. Unlike the Coon, the Tom was portrayed as a dependable worker, eager to serve–much like Tiger (Negrito) Woods, OJ Simpson and Clearance Thomas.

Chapter 1

If you can’t stand to read one more ridiculous thing you think is being said, you need to “check yourself” because you are in a state of denial. Your mind-set is such that you feel the foregoing information is threatening to you and your psyche, and you will probably end up blocking it from your conscious awareness anyway. Whether or not you accept any of the information given to you, you must realize that before you were humanized, you were categorized.

Chapter 2

Willie Lynch or George Bushlynch?
The intentions are not to categorize groups of people. The specified goal is to correct false historical records. Examples of physical features and ethnicity have been used to emphasize certain points and give readers a needed…..WAKE UP CALL!

Chapter 3

Just Bein’ Niggers
As children we all learned to play the game of “Simon Says.” We have turned into a nation of “Simon Sayers.” White Simon says: “You are Niggers.” “Simon Sayers” immediately react and utter: “Simon says: We’re Niggers–Therefore, you be my Nigger-Nigger.”

Chapter 4

Dracula & The Blood Sucker Concept
Retaliatory violence is not the answer. Mind cleansing and rebuking the bloodletting of the Count Leeches will answer all questions and provide all answers.

Chapter 5

White Women

She can shake her naked booty as a stripper or sell her wares on the street corner. . . But the White skin has made her superior to any Black woman. Some Black men need a White woman–this type or any type of White woman to boost their self-esteem. White women have become fascinated with the Black man because contact was forbidden just 20 years ago.

Chapter 6

Wagering Webster’s Warped Dictionary

A sense of pride + a rich tradition and history ^equals^ a White team spirit to falsify. Whites have succeeded to cup and cap Negroid beginnings. When pride is stripped, subservience exists.

Chapter 7

Albinos–Origin of the Caucasian Race?
Some theories equate Albinos with the origin of the Caucasian Race. This website has many validations for the origin of the Negroid Race, but what about the Caucasian Race? Certainly Frances Wesling hit the nail on the head with her book, The Isis Papers (1991). The White Race has the genetic inability and absence of melanin to produce the different skin pigments seen throughout the world.

Chapter 8

The Expulsion In Education (Affirmative Action & The Ignorant Stick)
During slavery Black people were the only laborers, skilled, and semi-skilled workers. In the Ante-Bellum South Black people were the manufacturing cartels and conglomerates of the day.

Chapter 9

White Want-A-Bees And Black Seditity

(The Promised Land–The Whiteland)
The US has cultivated and practiced the psychosocial fear of blackness and self-hatred; thus, creating a color social stratification. It has definitely resulted in the desire or aspiration for Blacks wanting to “whiten” themselves.

Chapter 10

The Blow Job of the Century: (Misdemeanors Synonymous with Monica)
Eighty-four percent of all Blacks supported the former President Clinton. Could this be the real reason for the President’s popularity demise? Clinton arouses hatred among the conservative media like no other president before him–not even the “hoe” John F. Kennedy or “nefarious Nixon.”


Negrophobia is a fear of Black people that persists in the minds of Whites and some Blacks when no realistic danger exists. Usually phobias are reactions to conditioned emotional responses. Negrophobia was initially indoctrinated and instilled by slave owners and currently by all forms of mass media.

M. Stewart.
Copyright © 2002 – 2008. All rights reserved.
Revised: 1/01/08.


February 18, 2008


Obama seeks to turn table in Ohio, Texas
Latinos and blue-collar whites, two mainstays of Clinton support, are being aggressively courted in crucial primary states.
By Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
February 18, 2008
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS — With the Democratic presidential race about to enter another crucial phase of voting, Barack Obama has launched a newly aggressive strategy to undermine two pillars of support for rival Hillary Rodham Clinton: Latinos and working-class white voters.

Each is an important constituency in major March 4 primaries — Latinos in Texas and blue-collar workers in Ohio — which many believe Clinton must win to keep her White House hopes alive.

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In Ohio, Obama backers are courting local union leaders and members with promises that the Illinois senator will change U.S. trade policies enacted by Clinton’s husband, and which the unions blame for severe job losses.

In Texas, Obama has launched a new effort to introduce himself to Latino voters as someone who understands their challenges, thanks to his background of attending college on a scholarship and working with churches as a community organizer.

Obama has also launched a new organizing campaign in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. One piece of that effort could be glimpsed at a Saturday-night celebration of a new Obama office in downtown Brownsville, about half a mile from the Mexican border. It drew about 200 supporters, a noteworthy crowd, the campaign said, for an event not attended by the candidate.

Latinos and blue-collar whites were largely elusive for Obama in the primaries and caucuses held so far. Clinton strategists believe the two groups form a natural base of voters for her that will carry her to victories in delegate-rich Ohio and Texas.

But exit polls from some of the most recent voting states, such as Virginia and Maryland, show that Obama has begun to narrow the gap not only with Latinos but with lower-income whites, who have been among Clinton’s most loyal backers.

Youth appeal crucial

Now, the Obama strategy is to peel away as much of that base as possible, helping him to either win Ohio and Texas outright or at least split the states’ delegations to the national nominating convention.

“This is, or it was, Clinton country,” said Michael Rodriguez, 40, a Brownsville lawyer who helped open the Obama office here and now serves on the campaign’s local steering committee. “We’re finding people who were Clinton supporters and making them Obama supporters.”

In going after both groups, Obama’s appeal to younger Americans is proving important.

Union officials say that a push from younger members helped persuade the Service Employees International Union and the United Food and Commercial Workers to endorse Obama last week. Both unions plan to be active in the campaign, making personal contact with their membership on behalf of Obama.

About 40% of the food union’s members are younger than 30 years old, and their enthusiasm helped move the union out of neutrality and toward an endorsement, said union president Joe Hansen. “Barack Obama did something to our members and to our leadership,” Hansen said.

In Texas, Obama is trying to take advantage of an emerging generational divide to bring more Latinos to his side.

Nowhere is that more pronounced than in Brownsville, where longtime state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. was an early endorser of Clinton and escorted her last week during a visit to the region. But Lucio’s 29-year-old son, newly elected state Rep. Eddie Lucio III, is a top Obama organizer — even though he grew up looking at family photos of his parents and grandparents with the Clintons.

“That was his generation . . . but this is my generation,” said the younger Lucio. “This is the most exciting time for me ever other than my own campaign. Someday I can tell my grandkids that I worked on the Obama campaign, and they will be like, ‘Wow.’ ”

One of two ads that Obama is airing in Latino radio markets in Texas is pitched explicitly at younger Latino voters. “Obama is talking to me,” it says, “about the opportunity to go to college, and about ensuring my parents and grandparents have the healthcare they need. That’s why I’m talking to others — my parents, my uncles, and my friends” about supporting Obama.

Some local Obama backers say they have begun to see the Illinois senator, the son of an African father, as someone who can relate to the Latino experience.

‘Kick the door off’

“I see more of myself in Barack than I do in Hillary,” said Sergio Zarate, 46, who owns a chain of dry cleaning stores in the Rio Grande Valley and attended Saturday’s party. “He’s not just going to crack a glass ceiling. He can really kick the door off its hinges, and clear the way for all of us, even Hispanics.”

Share your thoughts on the 2008 campaign and predictions for the remaining primaries.

I am a social democrat, but I find myself agreeing with conservatives (!) on one thing: a common loathing for ‘that woman’, Hillary Clinton. She is not a genuine person in any way, and somehow that comes shining through, whatever your political views. She is thoroughly corrupt. The fact that she is trying to count Florida and Michigan (the states that didn’t follow the rules), is deplorable. And has she ever actually run or managed anything important successfully on her own? I think not! Independents and Republicans of Texas and Ohio: Please join us and help sink Hillary once and for all!
Submitted by: Gene B
8:31 PM PST, Feb 17, 2008


February 18, 2008


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justice4all (1 minute ago) Show Hide Marked as spam 0 Reply do u understand what u r sayin malcolm x is nothing like the clan, the clan killed blacks for no reason other than the colour of their skin. Malcolm only preached self – defence against rascist attacks cause the police and the courts were on the same side as the clan. Check your history
Arnan84 (2 minutes ago) Show Hide Marked as spam 0 Reply Evil white guys kidnapped his people.

Boo fricken hoo.

The paradise that is africa beckons you home scumbag.
lidoolsakura (14 minutes ago) Show Hide Marked as spam 0 Reply u sed it
jacktharippares (15 minutes ago) Show Hide Marked as spam 0 Reply wow i never knew that there are so many racists here on youtube , jeeez people are sick! we are all people that have to treat eachother with respect, this is 2008 for crying out loud !!!! and to EnriqueChavezValdes that said something stupid here , i say go and get a life you redneck racist!
JediBlake (26 minutes ago) Show Hide Marked as spam 0 Reply Ignorant comments around here, He was not a Black nationalist when he died, Because he had been to mecca and said that he saw everyone as simply HUMAN. look it up. No black/white/yellow, All HUMAN. =)
churkov (39 minutes ago) Show Hide Marked as spam 0 Reply POSTAGE678, you make me laugh, ranting about the filthy society in which you live. Blacks have made it so. Have you listened to rap recently? Seen the videos? Read the news regarding the gang slaughters,rapes, drug dealer, murders setc,etc,etc? Watch any police video and the skin colour id ALWAYS the same, and it aint white. Don’t blame honky for ‘making you poor’. There are many poor in Europe, but we don’t have your Amreican problems (but it’s growing in high ratio black areas).
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EnriqueChavezValdes (47 minutes ago) Show Hide Marked as spam 0 Reply Dammit get all this fucking nigger-loving shit off youtube.
TruthExplorer77 (50 minutes ago) Show Hide Marked as spam 0 Reply The Kidnapped Black people of Africa and the whole world need to hear this and do some thinking about this.
But he shows nothing of a greater understanding and i get the impression that if the tables were turned he would kidnapped whites or Chinese and done the same and maybe something worse.
Black, white, yellow, brown, green and all the kind of racism is not THE WAY, its simply a dead end.
Iranali786 (54 minutes ago) Show Hide Marked as spam 0 Reply Malcolm was a great Nationalist leader once , in the mid fifties , and the similarities between him and King Jr. are compelling. However , he converted to Islam , and one of his first disciples was Muhammad Ali ( Cassius Clay ).

However , I personally regard him as a ” Black Fascist ” , or rather , a Black version of the Ku Klux Klan – with beatings , lynchings , arson and shooting aginst innocent White people.
GayRum (1 hour ago) Show Hide Marked as spam 0 Reply Ah curumba. I meant to say Martin Luther King embraced Integration. Oops.
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At a speech in Harlem, Malcolm X explains: “If you’re interested in freedom, you need some judo, you need some karate–you need all the things that will help you fight for freedom…They can give us the back pay. Let’s join in. If this is what the negro wants, let’s join him. Let’s show him how to struggle, let’s show him how to fight. Let’s show him how to bring about a real revolution. You don’t need a debate. You don’t need a filibuster. You need some action.”

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