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BLACK SISTERS GETTING DOWN FOR OBAMA IN BEAUTY PARLOURS IN SOUTH CAROLINA! BLACK ON! FROM GUARDIAN,UK

February 21, 2008

‘Obama has given people a little more hope’

Ed Pilkington in Columbia, South Carolina guardian.co.uk, Wednesday January 23 2008 Article history ·

This article was first published on guardian.co.uk on Wednesday January 23 2008. It was last updated at 18:55 on January 23 2008.

At first sight, Salon Fabulous doesn’t quite live up to its name. A trailer in a car park in a neighbourhood of dilapidated houses and rusting cars on the outskirts of Columbia, the state capital of South Carolina, it doesn’t hold out much promise of transformation.
But inside the salon’s three rooms, lined with brightly coloured bottles of treatments and unguents, Salon Fabulous dispenses political discourse alongside hair and beauty treatments.

The owner of the salon, Danyelle America, is weaving extensions into a client’s hair while delivering a crash course in the forthcoming Democratic primary. “Nicky, do I need to ask you who you are voting for?” she growls at her client with a tone of mock intimidation.

There’s no doubting whom the soldier-turned-beautician will be voting for on Saturday. Alongside the pictures of elaborate hair styles pasted over the walls are posters of Barack Obama sitting in a barber’s chair under the banner “The Future is Now”. His policy statements on the Iraq war and health reform are also on display.

“Obama has given people a little more hope,” America says, still working on the weave. “If young people see a black man doing something positive, that will give them hope.”

America was already interested in Obama when volunteers from his campaign came knocking on the trailer door a few weeks ago. “At first I was sceptical, but as we got talking I was excited to hear what they had to say.”

She signed up as an Obama organiser for the local area, and for the past few weekends she has set up a stall outside Salon Fabulous offering passersby Obama literature. This Saturday she will shut the salon entirely so she and her staff can help get out the vote.

The Obama campaign targeted America and her fellow owners of South Carolina’s beauty parlours and barber shops for a good reason. These businesses are far more than somewhere to have your hair done – they act as therapists, social meeting places and debating chambers for the local black community.

The black vote is important here, accounting for about half the Democratic electorate, with women making up almost two-thirds of that group. That is why Hillary Clinton and Obama are scrambling to woo black women.

According to Carey Crantford, a Democratic pollster in Columbia, early opinion polls put Clinton ahead of Obama among black women who remember Bill Clinton fondly as the so-called “first black president”. But since then there have been Hillary Clinton’s “tears” in New Hampshire and rows between her and Obama over sensitive areas such as the legacy of Martin Luther King. “Gender politics held firm initially among black women against racial issues, but things are moving so fast now we don’t know whether that’s still the case.”

The indication from Salon Fabulous, and other beauty parlours visited by the Guardian in South Carolina, is that Obama has been making deep inroads into black areas of the state. Part of his success has come by dispatching volunteers to proselytise within the hair salons – a trick borrowed from King, who used beauty parlours as a civil rights recruiting ground in the 1950s and 60s.

Then, as now, the salons made perfect political incubators. Clients spend up to three hours in their seats having their weaves redone, which makes them a classic captive audience. “We try to steer away from religion,” says America, “but we do talk about all sorts of other stuff: sex, marriage, men, and now politics. Things get heated, yeah, but they’re always peaceful”.

Seventy-five miles from Columbia in a small town called Summerville, Felisa Geddis runs Fantastic Fingers, where women of all ages and ethnicity come to “lay down their nails and their troubles”. She has voted Republican since Bill Clinton’s second term, but this time her thoughts are with the Democrats.

“My clients are suffering, they are losing jobs and I’ve lost a lot of customers because people have been forced out of the area. If the Republicans get back in I’ll be out of business before too long.”

She is impressed by both Clinton and Obama, but is swinging toward Obama because she believes he has the most potential to heal a divided country. She has also been disturbed by Bill Clinton’s recent attacks against his wife’s main rival. “That raises a red flag for me. The black community has been such a friend to the Clintons, and now there’s opposition to them from a black man their real feelings seem to be coming out.”

Commentators have pondered whether African-American women are more likely to vote out of loyalty to their gender or race, but Geddis dismisses such thinking. “When you know there’s a qualified candidate, are you concerned about the colour of their skin?”

At Shear Creations, a paradise of tropical plants and subdued lighting on the rundown edge of Charleston, Ursula Kershaw has a similar reaction. Asked whether she would be more proud to have the first woman or first black president, she refuses to prioritise one above the other. “If Clinton wins she’s doing well for all the women out there who will think: ‘Yeah, we can be strong, we can do it.’ Same for Obama – he would make African-American men feel like they can get out and do anything.”

But back at Salon Fabulous, any suggestion of parity between a Clinton or an Obama victory is swiftly shot down. “As black women, we deal with more black and white issues than we do with man and woman issues,” says America, and the way she says it, no one in the parlour looks in a hurry to disagree.

RIGGING BY BILLARY AGAIN IN NEW YORK CITY,REPORTED BY THE NEW YORK TIMES ON BARACKOBAMA.COM(NIGERIA MAYBE YOU LEARNED YOUR RIGGING FROM amerikkka!)

February 21, 2008

from barackobama.com

RIGGING IN amerikkka! Bush did it! Now Billary! On barackobama.com:” Scholar Yesterday at 7:03 pm EST
Votes stolen or rigged in precincts all across, New York City. The New York Times broke this story only a few days ago, and today, Mayor Bloomberg, stated that this was totally unacceptable. Senator Obama, received (0) votes in at least, 80% of the precincts in, New York City. We’re told that the counting will be complete in early, March 2008. HRC, and her band of thugs are at it again. Be vigilant. Take nothing or no one for granted. Their shameless. Frankly I’m a little fed up with their behavior. Bush, while visiting, Africa, stated that FREE and HONEST elections should be embraced. This hypercrit. Certainly in recent years we have not been the model for Democracy throughout the world. 2000 & 2004, rigged elections. 2007 & 2008, rigged elections. The Texas Primary & Caucuses will be faced with the same challenges. Ohio & PA, are next. Let’s put an end to this sickening behavior. Take back our democracy. The world is watching.

BLACK STUDENTS AT PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY RALLY FOR OBAMA! FROM BARACKOBAMA.COM,FEB.20,2008

February 21, 2008

FROM barackobama.com

Remarkable story in Texas…
By Sam Graham-Felsen – Feb 20th, 2008 at 5:19 pm EST

A remarkably inspiring story out of Texas…

Hundreds of students at Prairie View A&M University on Tuesday began rallying for their right to vote.

They say a decision to eliminate all but one early voting location in Waller County makes it hard for students to cast ballots.

The marchers, in black shirts with the slogan “It is 2008 and we will vote,” carried signs and wore demanded changes in how elections are run in the county.

Police estimated that the crowd topped 2,000 as the marchers paraded from the Prairie View A&M campus seven miles to the Waller County Courthouse in Hempstead.

It was just last week, after U.S. Justice Department officials got involved, that Waller County authorities added three temporary polling places for early voting. Still, those locations do not open until Friday.

Voters rights have long been a sore subject in Waller County. The county has been embroiled in a number of lawsuits for more than two decades and the Texas Attorney General’s Office is still investigating how the county conducts elections after complaints by local black leaders.
(Photo above by Evan White of the A&M Panther)

Here’s some video of the march (via Burnt Orange Report)…

Click here to read about Barack’s plan to protect voting rights for all Americans and if you’re a Texan, visit TX.BarackObama.com to find out how you can vote early in Texas.

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By Sam Graham-Felsen Yesterday at 5:36 pm EST
vote early in Texas!

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make calls to Texas!

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donate and help us win Texas!

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By Dog Lover in MA Yesterday at 5:44 pm EST
I called tons of people in texas!
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By Mama 4 Obama Yesterday at 6:06 pm EST
Dog Lover, Can you tell about your calls to Texas? How are they going?
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By Jonathan from Fairfax, VA Yesterday at 7:22 pm EST
YES WE CAN PROVE LOU DOBBS AND THE MSM WRONG!

VOTE “NO” IN THIS POLL NOW! WE ARE BEHIND 70 TO 30!

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By Nathan from Beverly Hills, CA Yesterday at 11:35 pm EST
a wave of change?

soundbites not sound solutions?

vote for change

watch the video here…

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vote 5 for change
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By Easton — PriceBeLow.NET : Florida Yesterday at 6:22 pm EST
PLEASE, MAKE CALLS! Get on the phone and start reaching out to voters in the upcoming states. You can phonebank directly from your own home:

REMEMBER–: NOTHING CAN STAND IN THE WAY OF MILLIONS OF VOICES CALLING FOR CHANGE, Change We Can Believe In!!

Link

Thank you so much for your support and understanding!

YES WE CAN and WE WILL with your support!!
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By MelissaB. Yesterday at 6:43 pm EST
Sorry to sneak in here- I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who has ordered a Patch of Hope tee-shirt!

YOU HAVE HELPED RAISE $300 FOR THE CAMPAIGN!

I’ve created a fundraising page for those who would like to track the progress! You can find the link to order these fundraising shirts here too!! Link

Thanks again!
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By kandy Yesterday at 8:01 pm EST
Go to the Lou Dobbs web site and vote no on the poll saying the media is biased toward Obama. Do not let this old time trash get rolling. Thanks
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By Brittany from Hot Springs National Park, AR Today at 3:00 am EST
Ummmmmmm……..certainly you realize you are sending many many people to this man’s website, which just makes him (and CNN) more popular. Just a thought. Lot’s of free advertising on this board!
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By Violet from Santa Barbara, CA Yesterday at 11:54 pm EST
yes millions of voices CALLING for change
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By Janice Today at 8:42 am EST
sorry but i don’t see how this video is an example of Obama’s change message. this guy objects to the status quo but then depends on it to take care of himself. who’s giving him those burgers or allowing him to sleep in front of their businesses — taxpayers or the status quo! Obama’s message of change is about people making a change in the status quo and not giving up and letting others take care of you as your stand on the matter
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By vtg60 Yesterday at 7:37 pm EST
I just voted for Obama today in Texas and will go to the caucus for him on March 4th…felt so wonderful to vote for this inspiring and capable man!

OBAMA 08!

Vicky in Amarillo, Texas
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By Stacey Yesterday at 9:27 pm EST
That’s excellent!! Go Texas! Yes we can!
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By Janice Today at 8:44 am EST
I am voting for Obama tomorrow here in Houston and will caucus and encourage others I know and talk with to caucus for Obama Mar 4th!! Red hot fired up in Houston 4 Obama!
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By Nathan from Beverly Hills, CA Yesterday at 11:34 pm EST
a wave of change?

soundbites not sound solutions?

vote for change

watch the video here…

Link or Link

http://exposure.cbc.ca/video/c hange-pause-colour-bars-let-lo ad or Link

http://exposure.cbc.ca/video/c hange-pause-colour-bars-let-lo ad or Link

vote 5 for change
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By Brittany from Hot Springs National Park, AR Today at 3:07 am EST
I am an avid phone banker too! It is such a great way to reach out to people. As I was sitting around sipping my coffee yesterday morning, reading the paper as I usually do, I stumbled across another idea to reach out to voters grass-roots style!

Share your love of Obama. Let’s reach out to Texans by writing letters to the editor to the top 10 Texas Newspapers by Monday! Look at how many people we can reach with just one letter. The possibilities are huge. If we send letters to all 10 newspapers – we have the potential to reach over 5,000,000 potential voters.

Please join us:

Link

to find out how to get started. I have all the tips, contact info, and support that you need. Share your personal story or whatever inspires you about Barack. Just write down what you aleady tell your friends and family. We can do this together!
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By karen Yesterday at 6:04 pm EST
I have two parties, March 1 and 2 at my house for calls to TX and OH. In addition, I donate as much as I can every paycheck! Keep up the excellt work! karen in CO
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By Paula Yesterday at 6:50 pm EST
That’s wonderful. What a supporter!
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By Janice Today at 8:46 am EST
Already, I’ve received 2 phone calls asking my support for Obama here in Houston. And I am an Obama precinct captain! We’re red hot fired up in Houston 4 Obama!
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By martisas Yesterday at 6:16 pm EST
Sam

I don’t really understand the vote and caucus process. It took place in Washington state and Obama won the Caucus two weeks ago. Why the vote yesterday?

Doesn’t make since to me, unless I a missing some point.
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By Paul Furio Yesterday at 7:24 pm EST
It’s a Party issue here in WA State. The Republican Party here issues 50% of their delegates via the Caucus process, and 50% via the results of a Primary Election. The Democratic Party awards 100% of delegates based on the Caucus. The Primary Election is merely symbolic for Democrats in WA State.

Again, the Party decides these things, and how to split of the awarding of delegates. I guess it’s up to every state to decide what they want to do, except of course moving up their timeline.
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By Cherry Yesterday at 6:18 pm EST
I really hope the polls are being watched closely because Obama ended up with zero votes in many precints here in NYC.
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By Jay from MN Yesterday at 6:25 pm EST
Hello all,

If you are looking for a great way to celebrate and build momentum for the upcoming contests check this out:

Below is a link to the With One Voice fundraising campaign for Senator Obama. It was started in honor of the voter in South Carolina who gave this movement $3.01 and a bible verse. She, like most of us, could not afford to max out her financial contribution. However, the spirit of this movement is not a few people doing a lot, it’s many people doing everything they can.

The goal is to echo our friend 10,000 times over and raise $30,100. So far we’ve raised over $7100 from over 220 people. This is an official Barack Obama fundraiser so funds go directly to the campaign and count towards the 1,000,000 goal.

Please check it out, give what you can and pass the link on.

Link

Thanks!
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By martisas Yesterday at 6:54 pm EST
Huh?

How did he end up with 0 votes? That’s rediculous!
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By Christine Yesterday at 7:39 pm EST
NY claims that it was a mere oversight that the Obama votes were not counted. Similar things happened to Hillary in some districts, but it does not seem as common as with the Obama votes. I believe there is an entire recounting of many of those NYC districts going on. The NY Times had a couple of articles about it last week. I don’t know if you can still read them online or not.
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By C Jeff from Marietta, GA Yesterday at 9:36 pm EST
Interestingly, NYC Mayor Bloomberg says it is FRAUD:
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By Christine Yesterday at 7:40 pm EST
NY claims that it was a mere oversight that the Obama votes were not counted. Similar things happened to Hillary in some districts, but it does not seem as common as with the Obama votes. I believe there is an entire recounting of many of those NYC districts going on. The NY Times had a couple of articles about it last week. I don’t know if you can still read them online or not.
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By Barbara from Jamaica, NY Yesterday at 9:03 pm EST
Hello Everyone, I am so excited 10 straight wins! I just donated again tonight. I pray that Obama does well in the Debate tomorrow and continues to be blessed. Let’s reach a Million donations by Thursday evening. Go team Obama!
barbara in Jamaica, NY
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By Nancy in Walla Walla Yesterday at 7:27 pm EST
Washington’s rules are weird. I live here and am a proud Obama delegate to my county convention next month. We used to have an open primary, but it was shot down as unconstitutional (state constitution, that is) and was replaced, at least partially, with cucuses. For Democrats, ONLY the caucus results yeild delegates; for Republicans, it is a mix of caucus and primary results. So, this year at least, the Democratic primary was strictly a beauty pageant. We obviously need to fix the state constitution before the next election!
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By Nancy in Walla Walla Yesterday at 8:20 pm EST
Washington’s rules are weird. I live here and am a proud Obama delegate to my county convention next month. We used to have an open primary, but it was shot down as unconstitutional (state constitution, that is) and was replaced, at least partially, with cucuses. For Democrats, ONLY the caucus results yeild delegates; for Republicans, it is a mix of caucus and primary results. So, this year at least, the Democratic primary was strictly a beauty pageant. We obviously need to fix the state constitution before the next election!
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By Carressa Yesterday at 8:43 pm EST
Yes, I heard about that all the way here in Florida. It is amazing how the media fail to report those things but they report the bickering. Just never understood the media goons.
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By Nancy in Walla Walla Today at 1:20 am EST
Good grief – I need to learn to proof-read! Sorry, folks, I know that it is ‘caucus’ and ‘yield’. Apparently, too many years of GWB has negatively impacted my command of the language!
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By Jonathan Yesterday at 6:42 pm EST
The Clinton campaign is pulling out all the stops to push early votes in Texas — they have an endless stream of ‘Early Vote’ events with both Senator Clinton and President Clinton scheduled throughout Texas.

They don’t have the great volunteers we have, the real people, and they can’t muster the crowds our guy draws, but they can stage these campaign appearances and they are ramping up their ground operation – so we need to show them how its done in Texas.

Mobilize and motivate yourselves, your friends, your families – get ’em to vote early, get em to the caucus, get ’em on the phones, and get ’em on the streets! We can win this.

Let’s finish this on March 4th and bring a unified Democratic Party to McCain and see how ‘Ole Grumpy Pants’ likes to take his daily dose of Hope!
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By Rachel R, Alexandria, VA Yesterday at 7:30 pm EST
Yes we need to encourage people to vote early for Sen. Obama. We don’t want a repeat CA.

Obama ’08
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By Henni Yesterday at 7:35 pm EST
Teamsters union endorses Obama
Update at 4:50 p.m. ET: The Teamsters just sent us a press release making it official: The 1.4-million-member union has endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president.

The decision followed a meeting in Austin, Texas, between Obama and union president James Hoffa and Obama. Hoffa said Obama is “the candidate in the best position to lead our movement to restore the American dream for working people in this country. Senator Obama will fight for better wages, real health care reform, stronger retirement security, fair trade and an end to the outsourcing of good jobs.”

What does the backing mean in concrete campaign terms? “The union’s endorsement immediately activates the union’s 50-state election program, with special emphasis on swing states,” the Teamsters said.
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By Adam Kramer Yesterday at 7:42 pm EST
YES WE CAN!!! FIRED UP!!! LETS CALL TEXAS AND OHIO, LIKE WE CALLED WISCONSIN AND HAWAII!!!
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By Maureen from Novato, CA Yesterday at 9:14 pm EST
Check these out! 🙂

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http://www.sodahead.com/poll/1 6816/?link=HillaryObama_Google CPA_Sq5&gclid=CObwq_mY1JEC FQgogwod_XXiaw
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By Keoki Today at 1:04 am EST
Obama supporters are the greatest. We’ll keep his campaign well funded till he reaches the White House.

Keep on donating for Sen. Barack Obama.

Click on this link to donate:
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By Keoki Today at 8:43 am EST
Aloha Obama Supporters,

The Chinese believes the number 8 is good luck. Hawaii’s area code is 808, so it will be lucky for Sen. Barack Obama. In this tradition, let’s make a donation of $8 on my personal fundraising page so Barack will have good luck in Texas and Ohio on March 4th and the debate tomorrow.

Click the link below to donate on my personal fundraising page:
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Thank you,
Keoki

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By Jason in Iowa Yesterday at 5:43 pm EST
Talk about remaking America. All these little local struggles can come together and get support from people nationwide through this campaign.

Stuff like these really encourages me. There has been so little civic engagement in the US for so many decades. It just feels like that is really changing..
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By TB Yesterday at 5:52 pm EST
DITTO!!!

YOU GOOOOO PRARIE VIEW U!!!!!
“If God be for you, who can stand against you” | Report to Admin Reply
By “Road ” Scholar Yesterday at 7:03 pm EST
Votes stolen or rigged in precincts all across, New York City. The New York Times broke this story only a few days ago, and today, Mayor Bloomberg, stated that this was totally unacceptable. Senator Obama, received (0) votes in at least, 80% of the precincts in, New York City. We’re told that the counting will be complete in early, March 2008. HRC, and her band of thugs are at it again. Be vigilant. Take nothing or no one for granted. Their shameless. Frankly I’m a little fed up with their behavior. Bush, while visiting, Africa, stated that FREE and HONEST elections should be embraced. This hypercrit. Certainly in recent years we have not been the model for Democracy throughout the world. 2000 & 2004, rigged elections. 2007 & 2008, rigged elections. The Texas Primary & Caucuses will be faced with the same challenges. Ohio & PA, are next. Let’s put an end to this sickening behavior. Take back our democracy. The world is watching.
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By Melissa B in Rochester NY Yesterday at 9:16 pm EST
Your on the right track, but just to clarify, there were 80 precincts in NY with 0 votes for Obama, not 80%. Hillary only had 6 or 8 precincts where she received 0 votes. It’s still bad, just not quite THAT bad!
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By Melissa B in Rochester NY Yesterday at 9:17 pm EST
“YOU”RE on the right track…” : )
“If God be for you, who can stand against you” | Report to Admin Reply
By “Road ” Scholar Yesterday at 7:14 pm EST
Votes stolen or rigged in precincts all across, New York City. The New York Times broke this story only a few days ago, and today, Mayor Bloomberg, stated that this was totally unacceptable. Senator Obama, received (0) votes in at least, 80% of the precincts in, New York City. We’re told that the counting will be complete in early, March 2008. HRC, and her band of thugs are at it again. Be vigilant. Take nothing or no one for granted. Their shameless. Frankly I’m a little fed up with their behavior. Bush, while visiting, Africa, stated that FREE and HONEST elections should be embraced. This hypercrit. Certainly in recent years we have not been the model for Democracy throughout the world. 2000 & 2004, rigged elections. 2007 & 2008, rigged elections. The Texas Primary & Caucuses will be faced with the same challenges. Ohio & PA, are next. Let’s put an end to this sickening behavior. Take back our democracy. The world is watching.

students at Prairie View A&M University | Report to Admin Reply
By Ishara Yesterday at 5:44 pm EST
I read the article and saw the photos, such drive and determination to be heard, to have their say in who governs this country!
I applaud their spirit, they are an inspirration to us all.
YES, WE CAN!!!

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By Mike Womack Yesterday at 5:46 pm EST
Hum…who/what could be behind this?
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By Jason in Iowa Yesterday at 5:49 pm EST
People not willing to take the BS anymore and doing what they can to take the country back.

Kudos! | Report to Admin Reply
By suzannembeam Yesterday at 5:49 pm EST
My congratulations to those students for STANDING UP for their rights and marching to vote.
Kudos! | Report to Admin Reply
By BahamasForObama08 Yesterday at 6:11 pm EST
Young persons will not be denied; congratulations young men and women for embracing the Audacity of Hope! GOTV and let’s help change America!

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By IA for Obama Yesterday at 5:50 pm EST
Demand your rights, students! And Sam, please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help (besides calling TX and donating; doing that already, and will keep on keeping on).
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By Susan S. Yesterday at 6:43 pm EST
Yayyyy!!!!!

Right on students!!!!!

That’s what hope looks like!!

Keep fighting!
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By Kristian Idol Yesterday at 10:55 pm EST
This just heartens me so much.

Although I sometimes feel he goes a bit too far, in the film “Sicko” Michael Moore says:

“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

We have an adminsistration that is using fear and “security” to behave almost like a fascist regime, just p***ing on the Constitution, and we finally have a man who is helping us stand up to it all.

Asd these students, who have had the powers-that-be try to discourage their vote for 20 YEARS, finally said, “Enough!” and marched SEVEN MILES.

I am so proud.

Hilly, McCain, all politicians, you are served notice:

If you ever try to take our vote, take our voice away, we will march by the millions and throw you out on the street.

WE THE PEOPLE

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By Tiffany Yesterday at 5:51 pm EST
Sam,

Will you have echeck available soon. This is such a relief for those of use who are trying to eliminate credit card debt.

Thanks from the positive group (www.positivemagazine.110mb.co m)
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By Mama 4 Obama Yesterday at 6:12 pm EST
I second that question! Great idea!

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By Julio Bats Yesterday at 5:51 pm EST
Who’s traveling to the Austin area from Southern California? Please, contact me if you’d like us to hook up and do a California for Texas event before leaving the Lone Star State.

Here: Link

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By Jaena from Burlington, MA Yesterday at 5:52 pm EST
James Hoffa from Teamster was just on CNN….WE NEED TO GET THAT VIDEO FOR THIS WEBSITE AND SEND COPIES TO OH. Wow!!!!!!!!!!
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By Mia Yesterday at 5:56 pm EST
He was awesome!! He needs to speak more often.

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By Travis Kiefer Yesterday at 5:54 pm EST
Great entry! Because I am also a student, I agree that student’s voices should be heard! My name is Travis and I am a freshman at Stanford University. Because I believe Barack is the best candidate with the potential to revolutionize politics, I created a new website – http://www.digobama.com – that allows people like YOU to submit your favorite articles, videos and podcasts about Barack and vote on them. This site is only a week old and is already gaining momentum in spreading Barack’s message. There are already 96 users, 169 articles, and 1069 votes! With YOUR help, this website can play an important role in helping Barack become the clear People’s Choice as the next President. Thank you and Yes We Can make a difference!!!
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By Can u feel it? Yesterday at 6:00 pm EST
WAY TO GO!!!!!
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By cj Yesterday at 6:00 pm EST
yes, oh yes we can….
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By Danton from FPO, AP Yesterday at 6:04 pm EST
Whoppi Goldberg…who I have not been so happy with..is coming around because the HassleBack chic..is just crude…I can’t remember the name of the other Black lady..but she didn’t like the smug comments Hassleback made about Obama and she told her…I’m so glad…cause this prissy little blonde chick gets on my nerves…she reminds of the type who could tell me everything about the middle east but I have been there and she hasn’t….she could tell me everything about the Marines but has never been one……she’s just stupid and the only reason she’s there is because they think America wants a blonde on TV…….well I prefer the dark hair ladies..or even a red head……she’s mad at Obama for two things…He is smart&tough….oh yeah..I forgot…the POTUS…..wow.
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By Nomad in NC Yesterday at 6:18 pm EST
Come on don’t be hating on us blond ladies! Let’s not start sorting people like that, let Hillary do that.
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By Trish Yesterday at 6:42 pm EST
Hey now Danton,

Trust me, I’m just as annoyed at the ladies on the View as anybody else, but PLEASE don’t let the snippy blonde taint your view of all blondes!

I am a blonde woman with a degree in Computer Science and an entrepreneurial background, yet I’ve had to work my whole life to dispel the “dumb blonde” myth.
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By Dem,Female,46, Black/White/Indian Yesterday at 6:45 pm EST
I just joined,thank you

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By Matthew Yesterday at 5:59 pm EST
…I’m biracial actually (black and white).

But if I were a white male I would really resent the implication that the media is trying to push right now on shows like Hardball that they (white men) are only voting for Barack because they are SEXIST.

Could it be that maybe its because Hillary was wrong on the war in Iraq?

That she was wrong on Kyl-Lieberman and Iran?

That she has consistently supported lobbyists?

That maybe they don’t like the disgraceful manner with which her husband served in the White House which for many fathers with children in this country was a complete embarrassment?

That maybe they don’t like Hillary’s flip flops from everything on immigration to national security?

That they don’t like the idea of a two family dynasties controlling the white house (i.e. Bush, Clinton)?

That maybe they lost respect for both Clintons because of the manner in which they have chosen to campaign against Barack?

That maybe they don’t like the fact that Clinton more or less created the globalization and disastrous free trade dynamic that exists in this country having taken jobs from hard working Americans with programs they have supported like NAFTA?

Or maybe…Just maybe they are looking for change and they believe in Barack’s message of hope.

And they’re tired of the status quo controlling their futures and see Barack as the only leader at this time willing to take on the special interests and put an end to the red and blue state divide that has been crippling this country for generations.

Obama ’08

Matthew
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By Mama 4 Obama Yesterday at 6:11 pm EST
Matthew, I struggled with this a few weeks ago watching the news. They were trying to discuss and dissect this campaign and I thought,

“These guys just don’t get it!”

They don’t realize:

It’s not about the demographics. It all about OUR candidate! Once they understand Sen Obama, they will get it. Until then they will keep chasing their demographic tails.
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By Enrique from Tracy, CA Yesterday at 6:18 pm EST
Yes me too…

I would watch the news and think to myself what are they talking about!!!

Rememeber these guy’s are in it for the ratings so the more loud and dramitical they are the more there ratings go up…

About the only show i watch now is Kieth Olberman on MSNBC… HE Rocks. He tells it like it is and using real journalism from both sides.

VIVA OBAMA!
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By Stacey Yesterday at 10:02 pm EST
BO is a phenomenon that these “professional political pundints” can’t wrap their heads around. They can’t figure it out and they never will no matter how they try to slice it. Maybe they should attend one of his rallies and get a real feel of what it’s all about!
We’ll just keep moving along, winning more and more and growing our movement!!
We love you Michelle and Barack!
The Next First Family!
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By azmicitizen Today at 1:33 am EST
You made some very good points for reasons why white or black males/females are not voting for Hillary.

I am a 61 years “young” female, who, as a business owner/entrepreneur, wife and mother will not be voting for Hillary for many of the reasons that you cited.

Hillary had her chance for the last 16 years to promote and increment change.

She didn’t!

Perhaps she was told to be a “team player” as so many of us women of our generation were instructed to do. Experience tells me she would be incapable of garnishing the necessary allegiance and following in the Presidency to affect any real change.

What this country is in need of today is a Leader. A Visionary. The Presidency isn’t a popularity contest. It isn’t American Idol. We don’t need an actor playing the part of President, we need an individual who can and will be the “President” with all that it entails.

As a “Baby Boomer”, I have been a witness and participant of the emergence and success of the American Dream and then the fall into decadence and greed under an administration with no connection to 95% of the population. The change, that Senator Obama speaks of, corresponds to the one envisioned by many fellow Americans and myself. I am not afraid to work to achieve this dream for my children,their children’s children and my fellow Americans.

Barack Obama exudes true leadership and visionary qualities. He not only speaks the words we need to hear to begin the process of healing our country, he is inspiring us, as citizens, to individually take ownership of and to participate in the processes to accomplish this goal.

I have lived through many historical periods in America. I’d like my grandchildren to remember me for my participation in the campaign for one of the greatest American leaders of our time.

Hillary says Barack has “words” and no experience. Experience, sometimes smells like fear of change! Change is inevitable! The spoken word has power! Reaffirmed, it will manifest itself into reality. Know that the words that Barack Obama speaks will manifest themselves into the America that we all envision for ourselves, our children and our children’s children. After 16 years of the erosion of American freedoms, we deserve a President who represents all American people!

FREEDOM! How sweet the sound!

Coming again soon to America!

Senator Obama, YES, WE CAN!

I JUST SAW OBAMA!! | Report to Admin Reply
By PersianForObama Yesterday at 5:59 pm EST
I was just at Obama’s speech in Dallas and let me just say, the crowd was ELECTRIC and just the fact that we were able to fill up all of Reunion Arena with only two days notice on a Wednesday morning is AMAZING. 19,000 PEOPLE!!!!

LET ME TELL YOU…WE CAN SERIOUSLY WIN TEXAS. The people here in Dallas all LOVE him.

OH, YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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By cj Yesterday at 6:02 pm EST
u got that exactly right, u need to go on the show.. great response..
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By Jaena from Burlington, MA Yesterday at 6:02 pm EST
Awesome!!!!! Thanks for the feedback. I hope they prove the new Zogby poll right. Obama up 52 to 38 in the national poll.

YES WE CAN…..!!!!!

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By Jaena from Burlington, MA Yesterday at 6:00 pm EST
Hope will make you say “Yes we can.” And they did….

Very, very Impressive.

This is so inspiring! | Report to Admin Reply
By Ryan KY Yesterday at 6:01 pm EST
This is what democracy really is! It’s not just about voting, but being involved on every level you can! Voting, canvassing, phone banking, marching, demonstrating and donating are all essential for a healthy democracy. I am attempting to get more young people like myself to donate. I have donated several times to the campaign, but today I started a personal fund raising page, I need your help to get it going! Please help me get my efforts off the ground by donating $1, $5 or any amount you choose! My goal is $1,000 through many small contributions, but so far my $5 donation is the only one. Will any of you loyal Obama supporters match my small donation of $5?
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By Helen NY Yesterday at 6:18 pm EST
How do I find your page so I can donate?
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By Praying hard Yesterday at 10:17 pm EST
Helen,

Here’s a link to my page if you’d like to donate!

Link

YES WE CAN!
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By Nomad in NC Yesterday at 6:22 pm EST
And once this campaign is over and Obama is President it is about watching your local government officials, state folks, federal folks and make sure they are speaking for you. We need to hold them all accountable and vote them out. Right now people don’t even bother to vote for the politicans closest to them that have a very large impact on their every day life. We are the New Watchdogs!@

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By Cat?!?! Yesterday at 6:01 pm EST
Not only CAN they march.

They DID.

Age of Apathy? Hopefully its dying off.

Blogs are nice, mobilization is better!

I am so proud of these people!

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By FIREDupCollegeStudent! Yesterday at 6:01 pm EST
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF THE GRASSROOTS!!!!

This is so inspiring! | Report to Admin Reply
By Ryan KY Yesterday at 6:02 pm EST
This is what democracy really is! It’s not just about voting, but being involved on every level you can! Voting, canvassing, phone banking, marching, demonstrating and donating are all essential for a healthy democracy. I am attempting to get more young people like myself to donate. I have donated several times to the campaign, but today I started a personal fund raising page, I need your help to get it going! Please help me get my efforts off the ground by donating $1, $5 or any amount you choose! My goal is $1,000 through many small contributions, but so far my $5 donation is the only one. Will any of you loyal Obama supporters match my small donation of $5?
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By Frank Yesterday at 6:11 pm EST
I don’t see a lot of talk about calling people in Texas, is it too early? I feel that The Clintons are putting all their hope is Texas and the Hispanic vote. The women’s vote is also going to be strong here for her. This needs to be changed. Lets reach out to these voters in a big way. We need to reach out to all Texans.
Everything is bigger in Texas
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By Garrett Yesterday at 6:32 pm EST
Frank.. it’s not too early to call Texas. We started early voting yesterday. I voted yesterday and there were a lot of people there. Barack is VERY popular here in the Dallas area. I saw him speak today in Dallas.. great crowd there!
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By Kimberly from Columbus, OH Yesterday at 6:32 pm EST
Hey Ryan! Where’s the LINK!!?

Michelle in Rhode Island | Report to Admin Reply
By Unknown user Yesterday at 6:02 pm EST
I would love to see a Post on Michelle in Rhode Island tonight. I think she’s magnificent – inspiring, intelligent, strong, and completely bullshit-free.
Was anybody there?
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By Paula Yesterday at 7:18 pm EST
Here is where Michelle addresses the “really proud for the first time” comment.

Smart lady.

Link
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By IA for Obama Yesterday at 11:17 pm EST
My favorite line, “I know IA like I know my kitchen.”

We miss you, Michelle!

Thank you Prairie View students | Report to Admin Reply
By Heather, Memphis,TN Yesterday at 6:03 pm EST
I have been waiting for a media outlet to show this story although they repeatedly dealt with non-issues like McCain’s wife. This story to me is about why the Clintons’ can still expect big victories in places like Texas – it is my opinion that they have democratic machine allies that are willing to do what they can to supress the vote.

People need to understand, this county usually has six early voting locations but in the year where voter participation has quadrupled, they decided to have only one early voting cite – the county courthouse.

Thank you students and the faculty members that supported the students efforts by allowing them to be able to make up whatever they missed in class by walking the seven miles to be able to vote.

Texans are not going to allow the Clintons or their democratic operatives to steal their votes.

yes, we can.

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By Ryan KY Yesterday at 6:03 pm EST
Link

This is so inspiring! | Report to Admin Reply
By Ryan KY Yesterday at 6:05 pm EST
This is what democracy really is! It’s not just about voting, but being involved on every level you can! Voting, canvassing, phone banking, marching, demonstrating and donating are all essential for a healthy democracy. I am attempting to get more young people like myself to donate. I have donated several times to the campaign, but today I started a personal fund raising page, I need your help to get it going! Please help me get my efforts off the ground by donating $1, $5 or any amount you choose! My goal is $1,000 through many small contributions, but so far my $5 donation is the only one. Will any of you loyal Obama supporters match my small donation of $5?

Link
Yes Pecan | Report to Admin Reply
By Can u feel it? Yesterday at 6:06 pm EST
Yes Pecan!!!!
New Thread up….
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By Danton from FPO, AP Yesterday at 6:08 pm EST
I just saw Hillarys new defining speech…my gawd it made me laugh out loud..is she serious..talking about lobby groups, and fair pay..I was like wow is this the best she can do..
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By Helen NY Yesterday at 6:32 pm EST
You are not the only donor anymore. Good Luck. GO OBAMA
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By Julie from Naperville, IL Yesterday at 8:48 pm EST
Ryan,
I matched your donation with $5.00 and got eve more inspired and X’s it by $10.00 so I donated $50.00…

OBAMA08

Viva Obama | Report to Admin Reply
By MCinCO Yesterday at 6:07 pm EST
Link to a too-cool video featuring Mariachi Aguilas de Mexico singing Viva Obama!

Link
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By Hai-Bah for Obama Yesterday at 6:30 pm EST
That video is awesome.
Yes we can!
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By United4Change Yesterday at 8:39 pm EST
Very Cool Video!

POTUS’09!

Can someone match my donation? | Report to Admin Reply
By Ryan KY Yesterday at 6:08 pm EST
We all need to keep the energy and momentum going! Voting, canvassing, phone banking, marching, demonstrating and donating are all essential for a healthy democracy. I am attempting to get more young people like myself to donate. I have donated several times to the campaign, but today I started a personal fund raising page, I need your help to get it going! Please help me get my efforts off the ground by donating $1, $5 or any amount you choose! My goal is $1,000 through many small contributions, but so far my $5 donation is the only one. Will any of you loyal Obama supporters match my small donation of $5?

Link

Can someone match my donation? | Report to Admin Reply
By Ryan KY Yesterday at 6:10 pm EST
We all need to keep the energy and momentum going! Voting, canvassing, phone banking, marching, demonstrating and donating are all essential for a healthy democracy. I am attempting to get more young people like myself to donate. I have donated several times to the campaign, but today I started a personal fund raising page, I need your help to get it going! Please help me get my efforts off the ground by donating $1, $5 or any amount you choose! My goal is $1,000 through many small contributions, but so far my $5 donation is the only one. Will any of you loyal Obama supporters match my small donation of $5?

Link

Wolf Blitzer | Report to Admin Reply
By Danny Uko Yesterday at 6:11 pm EST
I never knew Wolf Blitzer work for Fox News before he work for CNN.
Wolf Blitzer | Report to Admin Reply
By BahamasForObama08 Yesterday at 6:17 pm EST
Oh yeah, he is still trying to work off the Fox stench; sadly, CNN is no different or better. Talk about ‘out of the frying pan into the fire’. They are all welcome to their own vomit, especially Lou Dobbs – what an absolute bigot!
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By Danny Uko Yesterday at 6:19 pm EST
Is Wolf blitzer a Democrat or a Rupeblican?
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By TEH , Gibsonia, PA Yesterday at 6:31 pm EST
More of a potatocrat to me
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By Gideon from Canada Yesterday at 6:32 pm EST
Recently, Wolf has been adjusting
and leaning towards Obama.

Lou Dubb, he is an old style and
tries to belittle Obama and uplift
Clinton at any moment.

Anderson Copper, Larry King, John King,
Schinder, Gloria, Jeff Tobin, Jack and
Candy are all very objective and
fair journalists.
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By essexobamania Yesterday at 6:57 pm EST
I would argue that Candy is not for us. I remember the excitement she had in NH when reporting for HC’s win and compared to the way she is struggling to stay positive when reporting for us. For me Cafferty is the best when it comes to CNN.
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By april Yesterday at 7:48 pm EST
fair on CNN: cafferty and larry king (who i think couldn’t personally give a you-know-what). other than that, they are all unprofessional.
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By Unknown user Yesterday at 11:17 pm EST
Dana bash, Susan Malwo, Mary Snow are fair too….

Candy Crowly is the worst. When Bill Clinton used racist remark in SC, Candy said…”whatever it takes to win, mission accomplished” meaning – bill can say anything and get away with…
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By april Yesterday at 7:51 pm EST
i can’t believe lou (or wolf) are even on the air. they both sicken me.

Find your early voting location page not working. | Report to Admin Reply
By Leesa Yesterday at 6:12 pm EST
Just wanted to let someone know that the page on this site that allows you to enter your address and find your early voting location in Texas isn’t working- it gets stuck thinking and never returns any results. Here’s the link:

Link

I wrote the site yesterday but it still isn’t working. I’m on mac (os 10.5) using Firefox.

I wanted to alert people that this important tool isn’t functioning. We need every tool we can get to help Texans to get out the vote for Obama.

See y’all at the caucus!

amazing | Report to Admin Reply
By Cornell from Harrisburg, PA Yesterday at 6:12 pm EST
That is an amazing story in Texas… wow they show there support and will help him win TX..

VIVA OBAMA VIDEO | Report to Admin Reply
By T Yesterday at 6:13 pm EST
Someone else linked this above, but I will also link it because I think it deserves a ton of viewers.

BEST ORIGINAL OBAMA SONG/VIDEO EVER!!!

Link
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By Tony from Coram, NY Yesterday at 6:18 pm EST (Updated Yesterday at 9:06 pm EST)
This post has been removed due to offensive or disrespectful content.
VIVA OBAMA VIDEO | Report to Admin Reply
By BahamasForObama08 Yesterday at 6:20 pm EST
Tony – you are so wrong to doing that, I am still LMAO!
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By Tony from Coram, NY Yesterday at 6:25 pm EST
But what did I do or say wrong? I only said I too was a supporter.
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By Francis from Mason City, IA Today at 2:50 am EST
Someone has email this to HQS, we need this song to spread like fire, i love it and it is so orignal and all of us here to watch it 10 times and add to our favorites, this can help us appeal to the Latinos.It is our official latino song, we need to tll hds to put it on here and so more people can see it!
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By TEH , Gibsonia, PA Yesterday at 6:30 pm EST
that was unfair censoring LOL
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By JediMasterMatt Yesterday at 6:44 pm EST
Please DO NOT troll on other blogs!
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By Kat Yesterday at 7:11 pm EST
Please do not do that, it reflects badly on the rest of us. I know she has done some reprehensible things lately, but try and take the hight road.
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By Jen Rencher from Jersey City Yesterday at 8:25 pm EST
I agree. This type of negativity is what we’re trying to get away from. It would be better to go to Obama related forums and respond to the Hillary trolls with with (positive) fact checks.
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By Jason in Iowa Yesterday at 6:26 pm EST
I love that video.
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By TUMAINI Yesterday at 6:34 pm EST
I like the video.

oh yes, it’s starting | Report to Admin Reply
By SaSa Yesterday at 6:14 pm EST
This is phenomenal.

I’ve been saying that the right to vote is one of those key thing in American politics that has driven people historically to march, fight, and die for.

And let this be a sound warning to the DNC that if superdelegates DO decide the vote, you can count on the COUNTRY to start looking like this march. HRC’s new site about superdelegates and so on instigates such sentiment further.

Outside DNC HQ, I’d wager.

Not to be doom and gloom, but civil unrest is very serious and usually denying people their sense of enfranchisement is the first thing to push people over the edge.

We want an election, not a revolution.

Well, some of us…

🙂

Viva Liberdad!

March onward for your freedom!

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By Virginia S. Yesterday at 6:16 pm EST
And people say us “young voters” don’t care! Y’all rock!

Obama ’08!
Congratulations! | Report to Admin Reply
By BahamasForObama08 Yesterday at 6:26 pm EST
Indeed – they BA-RoCK!

OBAMA 08 | Report to Admin Reply
By I Stand for America Yesterday at 6:16 pm EST
HEY PEOPLE HRC IS DESPERATE SHE JUST SENT ME THIS EMAIL.

Here’s what you need to know this morning. We were outspent in Wisconsin by a 4 to 1 margin on ads — and we can’t let that happen on March 4.

If we want to win in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont, we’ve got to even the odds. We can’t let the Obama campaign overwhelm us financially. Today, I am calling on you and other online supporters to act together, making sure we have the resources to create a fair, level playing field on March 4.

Contribute now to help us level the playing field.

Let this remarkable two-person contest for the Democratic nomination be determined by the strength of our ideas, the quality of our leadership, or the depth of our experience. But whatever you do, don’t let the outcome of these crucial March 4 contests be decided by a lopsided spending advantage for the Obama campaign.

Only you — our incredible online community — can act quickly and decisively enough to create a level playing field. And with everything on the line, that’s exactly what I’m asking you to do.

We’re putting everything on the line. Contribute now.

There are just two weeks left before voters go to the polls in one of the most crucial days of voting yet. We must make sure we can hold our own against an avalanche of Obama TV ads, direct mail, phone calls, and online advertising.

I have total confidence that, as long as we have the resources to compete, March 4 will be a day of dramatic victories for our campaign. Let’s make it happen.

Thanks,

Hillary Rodham Clinton

P.S. I am counting on your leadership and financial support. Please do all you can — and act as quickly as possible.

PLEASE EVERYONE DONATE MAKE CALLS SHE IS RUTHLESS AND WILL STOP AT NOTHING BUT OUR VOICE ARE LOUDER LET’S MAK A CHANGE.

YES WE CAN
OBAMA 08
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By ABear Yesterday at 7:01 pm EST
Doesnt surprise me. I got the impression her campaign is on the brink of going broke as about the first thing she did in her “concession” speech last night was to direct people to her website and try to get them to donate. I almost felt bad seeing our opponent reduced to using free airtime on national TV to basically put her hat out and beg. I was glad to see BO then step on her ingracious stump speech as she didnt even have the class to thank the people who worked and voted for her in WI. Why people still follow her I cannot fathom – and they try to infer that BO supporters are cultist – how much devotion does one have to have to keep working for someone who uses you then spits you out without so much as a thank you when things dont go their way? That to me requires that sort of blind following.
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By Terry in Up State NY Yesterday at 7:30 pm EST
Contribute now to help us level the playing field.

Thanks,

Hillary Rodham Clinton
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
It was so different when the playing field was tilted your way wasn’t it Hillary? It still is because any other candidate would’ve been asked to withdraw after those 10 crushing defeats.

And in honor of those defeats and your determination to have your campaign die a slow painful death I will contribute for the second time in 4 days to OUR camapaign. I have never had so much fun going broke.

Web Comic | Report to Admin Reply
By Jason in Iowa Yesterday at 6:16 pm EST
If you’re not a geek, you may not be familiar with xkcd. It is one of my favorite web comics. I’m sure there will be a lot of people on this forum that can relate to the latest one.

Link
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By disabled veteran Yesterday at 6:18 pm EST
they are pretty enthusistic, which is good for the country, actually. link for michele O? link please?
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By Kimberly from Columbus, OH Yesterday at 6:35 pm EST
LOL!
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By Bernie in MD Yesterday at 6:46 pm EST
Speaking of “geeks”….the Obama campaign just lost its CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER (CTO)!

Just before Super Tuesday, Kevin Malover–Obama’s CTO–reportedly joined private equity firm GTCR Golder Rauner in Chicago as chief information officer, according to Investment Dealers Digest.

Prior to joining the campaign trail, Malover helped with travel site Orbitz.com and an online real estate company he cofounded. He can be credited for helping to craft Obama’s strategic use of text messaging and social networking sites such as MySpace.com and Facebook.com, and developing an interactive web site that allows Obama followers to find events and volunteer opportunities, register to vote, and call citizens in contested states to drum up support.

The Web site’s ability to reach out to voters via mass emails has been mentioned as one of the reasons for Obama’s success this campaign season.

At the time this blog was written (2/19), the call function was not available due to “overwhelmed” servers. Perhaps the campaign is already feeling the effects of Malover’s departure?

No word about a replacement CTO has come from Obama’s camp.
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By Gail from Pickerington, OH Yesterday at 6:58 pm EST
Hi Bernie, I doubt that his departure has any thing to do with any server issue. The campaign is probably not hosting the server and perhaps the issue is related to network traffic. Sometimes in the evening, I notice a delay in posting comments or making donations.

At my company today, we were having issues today with our Lotus Notes server. Just some thoughts….
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By Jen Rencher from Jersey City Yesterday at 8:30 pm EST
Interesting info, thank you. I have noticed that there are a few glitches on this site. However, I think the servers were down yesterday because there was so much interest in the Wisconsin/Hawai’i primaries.

McC’s Money Woes | Report to Admin Reply
By Lynne From Bellwether MO Yesterday at 6:18 pm EST
Politico article

Link

This may indeed have something to do with the flap over campaign financing.

Also, Rangers (bundlers) sounds verrry similar to HillRaisers. We, however, raise money dollar by dollar, five by five, ten by ten, etc.
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By disabled veteran Yesterday at 6:19 pm EST
link for michele o? link please?
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By Lynne From Bellwether MO Yesterday at 6:26 pm EST
This one?

Link
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By disabled veteran Yesterday at 6:38 pm EST
no for rhode island rally
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By Tony from Coram, NY Yesterday at 6:21 pm EST (Updated Yesterday at 9:05 pm EST)
This post has been removed due to offensive or disrespectful content.
Re: McC’s Money Woes | Report to Admin Reply
By Lynne From Bellwether MO Yesterday at 6:27 pm EST
I’m afraid it was just an issue that you posted.
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By Ron from Waco, TX Yesterday at 6:40 pm EST
Hey all:
Now I understand why Senator McCain wants that 85 mil. He’s broke, he needs it bad. That’s why he wants Obama To agree to public financing.
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By Tony from Coram, NY Yesterday at 6:41 pm EST
Really? Is it because of the word witch? But that is her nickname. I hear it is even a compliment. Wow!

In case you hadn’t heard…. | Report to Admin Reply
By Jaena from Burlington, MA Yesterday at 6:22 pm EST
Here comes the mud….

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking to boost Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s sagging fortunes, a group of Democratic political strategists has assembled an organization that will raise money from wealthy donors and run ads promoting her views in Texas and Ohio.

Read more here….

Link
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By Nomad in NC Yesterday at 6:26 pm EST
And it begins, her total destruction of the democratic party. It really is a shame because she would probably do fine as a senator, like Ted Kennedy etc. But she would rather split this country again than admit defeat or back down gracefully. Sad.

Give them hell Prairie View A&M | Report to Admin Reply
By DeanDEM Yesterday at 6:24 pm EST
As Harry S. Truman once said “I tell the truth and they feal like hell”

Please HELP! Need good talking points for TX folks! | Report to Admin Reply
By Annette Yesterday at 6:24 pm EST
I will be calling TX every week night until March 4th. I get a little nervous and I am always afraid things aren’t going to come out of my mouth the way I intended them to also it feels a bit unnatural to read the script.

Plesse help if you can
OBAMA 08
YES WE CAN!

Teamsters on CNN!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Priscilla Yesterday at 6:25 pm EST
Did anyone see it? I caught it at the end but missed most of it..how did it go!?!?
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By DeanDEM Yesterday at 6:29 pm EST
I seen it and it rocked.

Time to bring jobs back.

Thanks bill for NAFTA

Joe Martin
Teamster Local 695

Viva Obama 2008! | Report to Admin Reply
By John_M Yesterday at 6:26 pm EST
This has been linked a few times above – I suspect it’s going to be linked a lot more.

It’s absolutely priceless!

Go see – now!

Viva Obama 2008!

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By stclaire for Obama 08 Yesterday at 6:57 pm EST
Love it!!!

VIVA OBAMA!
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By Barb Yesterday at 7:19 pm EST
Just as the Yes We Can Song is moving, the Viva Obama song it totally uplifting! I don’t understand Spanish but I totally got it.

Viva Obama!

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By “Hope Monger” Yesterday at 6:28 pm EST
What an amazing group of young voters! Truely Inspiring!

Let the other side sling mud, it will only make them look worse in the end. Remember one of the core issues in this campaign is about changing “politics as usual.” Many people on both sides desparately want that change, and it will only help bring them our way.

Go PVU!

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By Oregon Artists 4 Obama ’08 Yesterday at 6:28 pm EST
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Awesome Mariachi video:

—-> VIVA OBAMA <—-

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By Frank Yesterday at 6:29 pm EST
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By Global Support 4 Obama Yesterday at 6:32 pm EST
Here’s an old article that gives interesting insight into the origin of the disintegration of the Clinton campaign

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MSNBC & CNN | Report to Admin Reply
By Nomad in NC Yesterday at 6:29 pm EST
Since I can’t watch these two “news” (LOL) shows anymore with out getting a stomach ache, can anyone tell me what the line of the night is?

The Debates | Report to Admin Reply
By Unknown user Yesterday at 6:30 pm EST
Congratulations Sen. Barack Obama. 10 straight wins! Thank you Wisconsin. Thank you Hawaii. Thank you all Hopemongers.

We Must be ready for the Debates.

There is the wrong perception that HRC is better in the Debates. Not true.

Barack Obama has actually done better in some of the debates. We must nail the two upcoming debates. What we must do.

1.Review the video of the last debate. Fine tune the low points.

2.Barack must be Presidential. Look straight into the camera. Do not be tentative. No em’s whatsoever. I had some difficulty making some undecided’s vote for Obama because after some of those debates they said Barack did not come across as confident. Be the decent guy you are; pull out a sit for HRC and be cordial but remember this is a war. In the last debate that made a lot of impression on the voters.

3.Be firm, decisive and clear. Always reframe the questions and answer them by itemizing, i.e., saying what you would do point by point like # 1. # 2. #3. and finally…..

Never say “I agree with Hillary”. In debates that is a no, no. You get negative points for that. Even if you agree simply state your point otherwise you come across as not having ideas and just copying more so with the allegations of plagiarism and copying policies, this is important.

4.There will be a lot of attacks. Do not let HRC get under your skin. Answer any attack firmly with FACTS

5.Be prepared for these questions:
a.Plagiarism
b.Mitchelle saying “I am proud of my country
c.Campaign finance

Answer these very clearly and be sincere, so BE PREPARED. Find a way to inject the NY Times news of NY results irregularities of zero votes recorded for you and the NM official/supporter of HRC carrying ballot boxes home, etc into the discuss.

6.Shred into pieces this HRC “35yrs of experience talk”. Ask her to explain to the
American people how she has acquired 35yrs of experience. TEAR THIS NONSENSE INTO PIECES.

7.Throw out the NUMBERS. When you explain your policies spit out the numbers and show mastery and perfect command of the FACTS like your VICTORY speech yesterday.

8.Be yourself and be the GREAT guy you are as the next 44th POTUS.

9.We the People of the United States of America are with you, Mr. President. AMEN!!!
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By Mary in Massachusetts Yesterday at 6:45 pm EST
That was a great outline for the debates. How do we know that anyone helping BO prepare will see it? What is the pathway for that? Does HQ have someone full-time monitoring the blogs for good ideas?
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By Errol from Fort Lauderdale, FL Yesterday at 8:20 pm EST
Barack needs to let HRC defend her position, her experience, ask if also include Bill legacy. They promise the American people a heathcare plan in Bill’s era and that fails and now she is making the same fail promise again. What the new begining school age for kids 4, 5. The war, how many billions (doller amount) it has cost us since it started,and the total estimated after 2009, Fatalities numbers, injury numbers, How many took their own life in numbers. OBama must also listen to what she say and use it against her immediately. Make sure wolf have a strick time limit, don’t let her eat up the clock she is a beaten candidate who got nothing to lose. She’s looking for redemption, just keep her in her place. Nice guys finish last.
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By Mary in Massachusetts Yesterday at 6:50 pm EST
That was a great outline for the debates. How do we know that anyone helping BO prepare will see it? What is the pathway for that? Does HQ have someone full-time monitoring the blogs for good ideas?
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By Dee Feb 20th 2008 at 6:58 pm EST
It is great to see that someone else is thinking about the debates. That is all I have been thinking about in the past couple of days. Barack has got to be ready this time probably more than ever. I hope you can get your suggestions to the campaign. It is excellent. And above all he needs to get some rest. I am sending out all of the positive energy that I can to him for these debates.
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By essexobamania Yesterday at 7:23 pm EST
Again Congrats to Senator Obama, family the campaign team and all you great grassroots people. We are with you all the way. Some of are not allowed to donate. Please advise alternative.

As for the debate I would add that these will either make or break us and hence.

If you Senator Obama are given the first chance to say your opening remarks make sure you fire the first salvo. This will unsettle her and take her out of her comfort zone. And every opportunity to hammer must be seized in a subtle way.

for example:EXPERIENCE

say something like:

“While experience may be valuable it is not everything and more importanly the quality of experience is more important.
Sen Clinton claims 35 yrs experience but this is the experience that includes:
1 A failed healthcare system in 1993 which she led.
2 Misjudgement about the war in Iraqi when the vote was clearly authorising Bush to go to war.
3 Supporting NAFTA which shipped American jobs away than keep them here resulting Ohioans and Texans lossing lots of jobs.

How can The American people trust such poor experience will deliver the desired change that they now seek?”
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By Laurie Yesterday at 7:35 pm EST
Barack Obama has gone from average in the debates to more than solid in a very short period of time. It shows the level of skill enhancement he can achieve.

It’s an important point. Hillary is Hillary is Hillary – smart, but plodding. She was good at debating, but she hasn’t improved. She is still where she was and Barack has clearly surpassed her.

Barack is calm and in control. He doesn’t bite on everything she tosses out, but he can clearly discern what needs response.

Her frustration grows as the debate continues and he becomes more comfortable.

I know the debates are being pushed due to Hillary’s desparation, but her camp is pushing the old strategies. It isn’t a wise move.

She compares poorly to Barack in person. She should have said enough on the debates and gotten out to her supporters without him in the picture.

She got old time campaign managers with old time strategies.

The American people are rejecting the politics of the past and even with people telling them out loud, the Hillary camp doesn’t get it.

So I don’t worry about Barack in the debates anymore. It’s become his strength!
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By Jenna Today at 2:03 am EST
Hillary is a hypocrite. Just listen to her speak at any debate and she will contradict herself in one sentence string.

This is a characteristic of manipulative, deceptive corporate lawyers.

Enough. I’m moving my energy into helping Barack get elected.
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By Jenna Today at 2:03 am EST
Hillary is a hypocrite. Just listen to her speak at any debate and she will contradict herself in one sentence string.

This is a characteristic of manipulative, deceptive corporate lawyers.

Enough. I’m moving my energy into helping Barack get elected.

THIS JUST IN… | Report to Admin Reply
By april Yesterday at 6:32 pm EST
Dear Chris Matthews: Please Do Your Job

20 Feb 2008

Last night, Texas State Senator Kirk Watson, an Obama supporter, was embarrassed on national TV when he couldn’t name any of Obama’s legislative achievements. (He wrote what I think is a pretty decent and disarming account of it here.) David Kurtz, for whom I normally have enormous respect, writes:

“I suspect this is a bit of a Rorschach test. Depending on your perspective, it’s proof that Obama is a lightweight, just goes to show what a gasbag Matthews is, or appeals to the same voyeuristic instinct that makes you slow down and gawk at a car accident.”

I think it’s only a Rorschach test for people who don’t bother to find whether or not Obama actually has any actual legislative achievements. If he does, then of course this just shows that this one supporter didn’t know what they are. If he doesn’t, it might show something more, e.g. that Obama is a lightweight. As it happens, Obama does have substantive legislative achievements. I have written more about them here. A few highlights, all of which became law:

* Ethics Reform: Obama was the Senate’s point person on ethics reform, and sponsored or co-sponsored the bills that made up what the Washington Post called “the strongest ethics legislation to emerge from Congress yet.” I’m also a fan of this bill, which I think of as the Journalists, Bloggers, and Citizens’ Muckraking Empowerment Act: it creates a searchable database of recipients of federal grants and contracts.

* The Lugar-Obama initiative to strengthen the Nunn-Luger framework for securing loose nukes, and to extend it to securing and destroying stockpiles of conventional arms. (For instance, shoulder-fired missiles that could be used against passenger airlines, fired at our forces, or used to make any number of ongoing conflicts more deadly.)

* Various bills concerning the response to Hurricane Katrina, including an amendment putting strict limits on the use of no-bid contracts after disasters, requiring planning for the evacuation of people with special needs and senior citizens, creating a National Emergency Family Locator System, etc.

There are also a lot of good bills he worked on that did not make it, including the compromise immigration bill and a proposal to create an independent Congressional Ethics Enforcement Commission, and some that are on the Senate calendar now, like a bill to criminalize various deceptive election tactics, like
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By april Yesterday at 7:54 pm EST
Dear Chris Matthews: Please Do Your Job

20 Feb 2008 06:21 pm

by hilzoy (blogger on andrew sullivan’s “the daily dish”), cont’d.:

There’s a lot more. Honestly, there is. I wrote a summary here (and an earlier one here), and provided lists (1, 2, 3) of all the bills and amendments sponsored or co-sponsored by Clinton and Obama in the 109th and 110th Congresses, just so it would be as easy as possible for people to see for themselves. (Fun fact about each side’s legislative records: during the 109th and 110th Congresses (which is to say, the time that both Obama and Clinton have been in the Senate), only one sponsored a substantive bill that became law. Guess who it was? Hint: the bill concerns the ongoing conflict in the Congo.) Which brings me to my larger point:

I did this because I had heard one too many people like Chris Matthews talking about Obama’s alleged lack of substance, and I thought: I know that’s not true, since I have read about Obama’s work on non-proliferation, avian flu, and a few other issues. And if people are saying he lacks substance, then surely I, as a citizen, should try to find out whether I just hallucinated all this interesting legislation, or whether this talking point was, in fact, completely wrong. So I sat down with Google and Thomas and tried to find out.

But I’m just an amateur. I have a full-time job doing something else. Chris Matthews, by contrast, is paid large sums of money to provide political commentary and insight. I assume he has research assistants at his disposal. He could have done this work a lot more easily than I did. But he didn’t. He was more interested in gotcha moments than in actually enlightening the American people.

So here’s a challenge for Chris Matthews, or anyone else in the media who wants to take it up. Go over Clinton and Obama’s actual legislative records. Find the genuine legislative accomplishments that each has to his or her name. Report to the American people on what you find. Until you do, don’t accept statements from either side about who has substance and who does not, or who traffics in “speeches” and who offers “solutions”. That’s lazy, unprofessional, and a disservice to your audience.

Do your jobs. Don’t leave it to bloggers like me to do it for you.

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By Kevin from Williamsburg, VA Yesterday at 6:33 pm EST
What about all the other states I guess they dont matter, and if HRC loses TX and or OH then Bill will say if she win RI and if she loses there I guess he will say if she win VT and so on and so on and so on until she wins something possibly Puerto Rico. HRC needs to quit NOW.
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By Global Support 4 Obama Yesterday at 6:34 pm EST
Here’s an old article that gives interesting insight into the origin of the disintegration of the Clinton campaign

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By disabled veteran Yesterday at 6:41 pm EST
lol. also, the puerto rico gov. endorsed obama last weel, which is key to that state and gives time to organize there. interesting, eh
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By Our1Hope Yesterday at 7:07 pm EST
Hillary for President of New York. Let’s give it to her as her own country and call it day.
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By ABear Yesterday at 7:15 pm EST
Im in NY, have never voted for HRC in Senate races, voted for BO in the NY Primary, and will certainly not vote for our esteemed Senator in a national election. Oh, and I would have to move if she won President of NY hehe.
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By Our1Hope Yesterday at 7:22 pm EST
Sorry – okay. Let’s take all of the Obama people in NY, move them out to Cali, take all of the HRC people in Cali and move them to NY. Then we give her NY and call it a day. Her own little fiefdom, where she can mandate they all buy health insurance even if they cannot afford it, and get fined penalties if they don’t. She can ship all of their jobs overseas, so nobody will have work. She can smother them with her solutions ’til they suffocate. Sounds like a wonderful place to live….
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By Laurie Yesterday at 7:38 pm EST
We can’t even give Hillary NY until they recount all those votes that Barack got that were never counted. Hmmmm………

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By I Stand for America Yesterday at 6:34 pm EST
HEY PEOPLE HRC IS DESPERATE SHE JUST SENT ME THIS EMAIL.

Here’s what you need to know this morning. We were outspent in Wisconsin by a 4 to 1 margin on ads — and we can’t let that happen on March 4.

If we want to win in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont, we’ve got to even the odds. We can’t let the Obama campaign overwhelm us financially. Today, I am calling on you and other online supporters to act together, making sure we have the resources to create a fair, level playing field on March 4.

Contribute now to help us level the playing field.

Let this remarkable two-person contest for the Democratic nomination be determined by the strength of our ideas, the quality of our leadership, or the depth of our experience. But whatever you do, don’t let the outcome of these crucial March 4 contests be decided by a lopsided spending advantage for the Obama campaign.

Only you — our incredible online community — can act quickly and decisively enough to create a level playing field. And with everything on the line, that’s exactly what I’m asking you to do.

We’re putting everything on the line. Contribute now.

There are just two weeks left before voters go to the polls in one of the most crucial days of voting yet. We must make sure we can hold our own against an avalanche of Obama TV ads, direct mail, phone calls, and online advertising.

I have total confidence that, as long as we have the resources to compete, March 4 will be a day of dramatic victories for our campaign. Let’s make it happen.

Thanks,

Hillary Rodham Clinton

P.S. I am counting on your leadership and financial support. Please do all you can — and act as quickly as possible.

PLEASE EVERYONE DONATE MAKE CALLS SHE IS RUTHLESS AND WILL STOP AT NOTHING BUT OUR VOICE ARE LOUDER LET’S MAK A CHANGE.

YES WE CAN
OBAMA 08
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By Shane for Obama Yesterday at 6:43 pm EST
Teamster’s enorsed Barack today! They’re saying Yes WE Can!!

Obama ’08

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By Guy——–Ohio Yesterday at 6:39 pm EST
hey guys,,, alot of you know me here and i am working my butt off here in ohio,,,i own a residential concrete comapany, and right now things are really “bad” finacially for us, my wife suffered a spinal cord injury 2 years ago,and we can not afford health coverage, we have 3 beuatiful children, our oldest is 17 and ready to vote, but anyhow i know that is more info then you guys need, but what i was wondering is could someone put $5 in my fundraising thing, i am so tiered of feeling guilty everytime on click on my page, i just want to bump it up off of zero, there is nothing
in it right now.
Link
back to work! thank you all!
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By Guy——–Ohio Yesterday at 6:50 pm EST
sorry here’s the link
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By mama Yesterday at 7:10 pm EST
Just donated for the second time today on your blog. Yes we can!
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By Guy——–Ohio Yesterday at 7:23 pm EST
we the people of this campaign are just awesome!
so true,,,we are the ones we have been waiting for!! thank you guy’s!! from the heart!!
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By ABear Yesterday at 7:20 pm EST
A little something toward the effort. Wish I could do more but my enthusiasm for BO is getting the best of my wallet =) I wish you and your family the best.

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By Kentucky from Louisville, KY Yesterday at 6:39 pm EST
In the speech Obama gave on 2-19-08 in Houston he stated, “America has never needed change more than it does right now.” What about in 1800 when there was slavery? 1900 when women were being denied the right to vote? 1945 when Japanese Americans were held in internment camps? 1960 when there was still segregation?

Later in his speech he spoke of how we were looking for “honesty, truthfulness, and straigh talk”. I do not find the statement, “America has never needed change more than it does right now”, to be honest, truthful, or straight talk.
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By Dee Yesterday at 6:51 pm EST
I should ignore you. It seemss that everyone else did. However, could it be that in the context of his speech and the points that he was covering he chose express himself that way that he did? Just a thought. I am sure Barack would agree with you that those were times that needed change. It was simply a part of that particular rendition. Please donate we have a goal of 1million. Love to have you be a part.
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By Kentucky from Louisville, KY Yesterday at 7:03 pm EST
No it is not possible. What I am wondering though is if it’s possible your brain cells aren’t fuctioning at a high enough level for you to fully understand what he is doing. Let me explain. I’ll use small words.

His whole campaign is a mind trick. He tears down America by pointing out all her flaws. Sometimes with facts, sometimes embellishments, and sometimes out and out lies. He tries to make people feel like their lives are horrible, full of injustices, and no one cares. But we need not to worry because Obama cares. He and only he can help us make our pitiful lives better. All he wants us to do is let him help us. HORSESH*T! America’s catching on now.
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By Shawn Yesterday at 7:39 pm EST
Yes, America is catching on. That’s why Obama keeps going up in the polls. Obama doesn’t tear America down. He lifts it up. He talks about the potential of America, and how, in recent years, we have fallen short of that potential. Some examples:

–Guantanomo, tortue, supsension of habeus corpus and the disintegration of our constitutional rights.

–The War in Iraq. One of the biggest foreign policy disasters in world history. One that has killed thousands while not making us safer.

–Totally ignoring human rights crises in Darfur and other regions of the world.

–Global warming. We are destroying the planet. If we don’t confront this problem immediately, the planet could become uninhabitable. So I would describe that as America, “never needing change more than we do right now.” If the planet is unable to sustain life, I think that would be as big a problem as racism, WWII and slavery.

Read Obama’s policies and tell me specifically what you disagree with. Where is the malicious intent? I doubt you’ll find any. You might disagree with Obama’s approach, but even his detractors, the rational ones at least, do not deny that he has the very best of intentions.
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By Unknown user Yesterday at 7:04 pm EST
hia
if you can get hold of this article it explains why I think that america, and the world, (I am a UK citizen) really really needs change right now. I think that when we look back in however many years we will see a critical point, a time where we had no clue how bad everything had gotten. Alot of what Obama is citing in policies are what have already worked in the UK. My country is not perfect, and we need to keep on top of our government, but its aim is to help the people. america just seems to be spiralling in the opposite direction, and that affects world affairs. But more than that i care that you guys are being short-changed when you could have/DESERVE much better. Anyway this article describes what I mean, and i think it predicts the obama campain, well it certainly is calling for something, and now i think its got it.

Lawson, V. (2007) Geographies of care and responsibility. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 97, 1-11.

Hopefully students should easily be able to get hold of it.
Goodluck with the contest
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By Kat Yesterday at 7:23 pm EST
I know you are not interested in debating, you are just here to spout your own opinions. Well, here are mine.

We are in a war where we are spending trillions of dollars with no end in sight. We have over 3,000 war dead. We are not taking care of our veterans. We have authorized torture as a legitimate interrogation technique. We have people locked up as “enemy combatants” with no hope of a fair trial. Al Queda is rebuilding in Afghanistan because we drew down troops before the country was stabilized. People are losing their homes due to predatory lending. College tuition is sky rocketing. Mass shootings are making the news on a monthly basis. Our immigration policy is a disaster.

So excuse me if I agree that we need a fresh prespective BADLY. I have never known a year without a Bush or a Clinton in the White House since I was voting age, and dynastic rule is NOT my idea of how America should be led.

I have to tell you that the Clinton campaign saddens me, it really does. She could have been so much better than what she has allowed her campaign to deteriorate into.

EARLY VOTING IN TX | Report to Admin Reply
By Jonathan Yesterday at 6:39 pm EST
The Clinton campaign is pulling out all the stops to push early votes in Texas — they have an endless stream of ‘Early Vote’ events with both Senator Clinton and President Clinton scheduled throughout Texas.

They don’t have the great volunteers we have, the real people, and they can’t muster the crowds our guy draws, but they can stage these campaign appearances and they are ramping up their ground operation – so we need to show them how its done in Texas.

Mobilize and motivate yourselves, your friends, your families – get ’em to vote early, get em to the caucus, get ’em on the phones, and get ’em on the streets! We can win this.

Let’s finish this on March 4th and bring a unified Democratic Party to McCain and see how ‘Ole Grumpy Pants’ likes to take his daily dose of Hope!
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By disabled veteran Yesterday at 6:44 pm EST
did obama mention the early voting again in dallas like he did in houston last nite.
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By Jonathan Yesterday at 7:41 pm EST
Not certain, but would be very, very surprised if he did not mention it. Early voting is critical and Senator Obama understands this well.

But more important than the Senator making mention of this, will be individuals – locals and volunteers – reaching out to their friends, family, neighbors, etc. and encouraging them to vote early and then caucus. Enlisting locals to volunteer as phonebankers (whether from home or at a local office) and canvassers will also be a real help.

We win because of the people on the ground. Because real people, who live in our communities, care enough to get out the vote — to share their support for Obama, to donate their time and energy (and yes, their money) to the campaign on the weeks and days before the election, and on the critical day of the election.

We win because it is OUR movement vs. her campaign.

MATTHEWS | Report to Admin Reply
By Michele Yesterday at 6:42 pm EST
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Usually, I love Chris Matthews – he cracks me up. Today, though, I think he crossed the line. Not just because our guy could not answer the question, but did they ask a Clinton supporter the same thing? I LOVE Barack, I know where he stands on all issues – but do I know off the top of my head what he did in the Senate? For that matter, can I name a thing Clinton did in the Senate – other than vote for the Iraq war?

Come On!

BTW – Hillary has this clip on her website.
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By Danton from FPO, AP Yesterday at 6:44 pm EST
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Hillary blast her own daughter
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By GC Yesterday at 6:50 pm EST
I think that the campaign needs a better media strategy, and needs crisp, clear answers to tough questions.

This public financing issue is silly and the guy who they had on Tucker couldn’t answer the question. Now Marion Berry is speaking as one who has endorsed Obama. Not only does he have a reputation for corruption, but he sounds like he need a nap.
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By Mary in Massachusetts Feb 20th 2008 at 6:58 pm EST
I agree that sometimes the media strategy needs some attention. Who is his Director of Communications? As he acquires more momentum, the attacks will increase. They need to have a full-house of people on the watch. For example, it was great what Michelle said today in Ohio about the slur on her patriotism, but she can’t do this all herself. You know they will run that for days on FOX. I can’t stand to watch FOX, but we should have a lieutenant posted for each important TV network to get on these opinion panels and debunk the negatives. IS there a damage control unit?

I’d like to know what kind of vertical integration our team has too up from the blogs to get the good ideas to Obama and his state directors — such as showing Obama with Mariachi bands (I lived in Texas — I think the person is right that that warm image would affect the Latinos) or getting out the early voters. This will be KEY. In California, one of the reasons HRC did well was that a lot of early voters voted for her before they really heard from BO.
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By disabled veteran Yesterday at 6:56 pm EST
michele, he ahd sen. mccaskil on and he asked her the same question. she named 4 very good pieces of legislation and matthews said ok that is put aside now. claire mccaskil is awesome.
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By Kat Yesterday at 7:34 pm EST
When are we going to stop talking about this? Yes, the guy was unprepared. Matthews had Senator McCaskill on today to talk about Obama’s legislative record, but I have hardly seen ANY posts about that. Yet, the negative stuff gets posted on multiple threads, over several DAYS.

Of course Hillary has it on her website, what else is she going to post? That she has lost ten primaries in a row? That more of her superdelegates jumped the fence? That her campaign is a disorganized mess? That her staff just figured out this week how the delegates in Texas are appropriated?

Can we please stop acting as her publicity organization?
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By april Yesterday at 8:05 pm EST
i second that.

THE SONG THAT CLINTON AND MCCAIN DON’T WANT YOU TO HEAR | Report to Admin Reply
By TeamBarack Yesterday at 6:51 pm EST
“Ready to Believe” answers all the tired old charges being made by the Clinton camp and, increasingly, by the McCain camp. And it’s a great song…

By now, we’ve all heard “Yes We Can” which came out before the February 5 primaries.

What you probably didn’t know is that there was another song, literally being mixed in Hollywood on the same day that song was released and that it, too, was called “Yes We Can.”

The song was re-titled, “Ready to Believe” to avoid confusion and is available to keep all our great Obama campaign workers inspired and motivated. This one is a spirited rock anthem with lyrics by screenwriters who were on strike at the time (Jackie & Bryce Zabel) and music composed and performed by a powerful LA alt.rocker (Cherish Alexander).

You can hear it and see it as a music video on “You Tube” where it has received 25,000 total plays, without any real publicity, in only a week.

YOU TUBE: Link

If you like the song and want it on your iPod, or to play before a rally to warm up the crowd, or just to keep everyone in good spirits and a positive frame of mind around the office, you can get the MP3 for download free.

FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD: Link

We hope you enjoy “Ready to Believe” and tell your friends.
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By julie Yesterday at 6:55 pm EST
This Song Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!

HEADQUARTERS! PUT THIS OUT FRONT PLEASE !!!!

Everyone listen to this Song…..so awesome, let’s give it thousands of hits on youtube today.

Link
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By Barb Yesterday at 7:33 pm EST
Yes. Totally uplifting, even if I didn’t speak Spanish 🙂
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By By Faith 46 minutes ago
Absolutely Awesome! How can we get the song on the Home Page?

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By DaytonDiane Yesterday at 6:52 pm EST
I love this story about the march. I remember the HRC line “I’ve found my voice”. The difference with Barack is that he’s helped us find our voices and it is so much more powerful than hers. YES WE CAN!
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By shane Feb 20th 2008 at 6:58 pm EST
The march made me smile too
One happy soul today !

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By Bernie in MD Yesterday at 6:52 pm EST
Congrats to these young Prarie View students.

This is truly the “MAGIC” of this campaign. These type situations are ocurring all across the country.

Young people are fired up, and will not be deterred. That’s the magic of Barack!!!

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By Bernie in MD Yesterday at 6:55 pm EST
Are we doing all we can to keep our guy safe?

At every rally, tens of thousands of people screaming and shouting to touch him and HUG him.

It’s the “hugs” that concern me!

As one who is overly concerned about the safety of our guy, I hate to see people “HUG” him. Why is this necessary? Why does the Secret Service allow people to “wrap their arms around him?” Is he ignoring the Secret Service regarding his safety?

Before you think I’m overreacting here, just remember that Martin Luther King was stabbed by a “woman” at one of his book signings in Harlem, NY, on Sept. 20, 1958. An event as harmless as a book signing!

Should we stop people from hugging our candidate?
Isn’t shaking his hand enough?

Am I overly concerned about nothing? What do you think?
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By Danton from FPO, AP Feb 20th 2008 at 6:58 pm EST
I saw what Chris Matthews did and wow he thinks Obama has never been on his show..guess what he never will be….jerk..and Thanks to Olberman for smacking Matthews up saying dude we are doing the elections not HARDBALL…..frack you Matthews..and when he asked Chris to name somethign the Senate has done in the last 7 years he couldn’t…hahahahahaha..short little man.
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By DJ Wimberly Feb 20th 2008 at 6:59 pm EST
I’m sure the secret service has a hold on this. Like Obama said, you can live your life in fear.
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By disabled veteran Yesterday at 7:04 pm EST
DON’T SAY THAT. RFK SAID THAT!!!
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By disabled veteran Yesterday at 7:01 pm EST
I was thinking that more with michele o. she signs autographs, brack does not. in fairness, the ss were leaning in with ther when she signed autofraphs, they seemed ver veigilant.by the way, any body know how michele o. did in rhode island tonite? if she was crisp and no tie ups that they can use? did she address that stupid problem the media brings up?
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By AMOOSEE Yesterday at 7:07 pm EST
Link

You can find her response on this site. Very classy lady.
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By Jalynne Yesterday at 7:01 pm EST
This is a great story! You know I didn’t know much about Obama myself a few months ago BUT I was inspired by teenagers and young adults who were passionate about the ideals that Barrack Obama presented to them. They were inspired by him and their inspiration inspired me! Something to be said about the voices of the younger generation huh!
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By stclaire for Obama 08 Yesterday at 7:21 pm EST
You are not alone with this safety issue but my paranoia died down a little bit when I attended his rally in North Las Vegas. The security was very impressive and the TSA did such a fantastic job inspecting every personal belongings. The “hug” thing, I don’t know if that will stop. People just want to hug and touch him. I was lucky enough to get his hand and kiss it (you know, like the Pope). I don’t know why I did it; I guess my catholic instinct made me to do it. I will always treasure that moment. Also, I got a big hug from Michelle. I love Michelle!

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By David Yesterday at 7:03 pm EST
For allowing me to believe in the political process for the first time in thirty years. For everyone here – believe not only that Mr. Obama can bring about change – believe that you can. This is not just a campaign, it is a movement, and when a campaign and movement unite, remarkable things happen. YES YOU CAN!
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By Lynne From Bellwether MO Yesterday at 7:12 pm EST
And, thank you, David, for being a part of the process.

TEXAS..TEJANOS…TEXAS…TEJANOS | Report to Admin Reply
By LATINA4OBAMA Yesterday at 7:12 pm EST
TEXAS… TEXAS …. TEXAS ….TEXA S… TEXAS … TEXAS … TEXAS …TE XAS…. TEXAS … TEXAS … TEXAS .. .

ANYTHING TO HELP GET THE WORD OUT IN THE LATINO COMMUNITY…..

I just found this really awesome youtube clip of a mariachi band who made a song “VIVA OBAMA”…it’s AWESOME..as a fellow latina myself…despite the media & Billary campaign..Latinos do LOVE OBAMA..I think everyone needs to see this clip and forward to anyone they know in Texas…Us latinos love some mariachi’s 🙂 and this clip is so good and I think they should get them to go onstage with him in TEXAS and do this song..trust me all the latinos would LOVE IT!! Let’s get the word out!!!

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By Marie Brehm Yesterday at 7:20 pm EST
See “Dallas Texas Stand For Change Rally 2.20.08” photos!

Link

It was wonderful!!! Emmitt Smith and Ron Kirk also spoke.

TEXAS – YES WE CAN!

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By Jonathan from Fairfax, VA Yesterday at 7:23 pm EST
YES WE CAN PROVE LOU DOBBS AND THE MSM WRONG!

VOTE “NO” IN THIS POLL NOW! WE ARE BEHIND 70 TO 30!

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By shane Yesterday at 7:41 pm EST
CNN polls are always rigged it doesnt matter how many of us vote it will be the same! They already have their stories and packages ready! We have seen it time and time again with the Clinton News Network !

I will use my time to make calls insted!

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By Ariel Yesterday at 7:27 pm EST
It makes me sick that in 2008, there are still places where local governments are trying to suppress the African-American vote. I am very proud to see these brave students marching against this injustice.

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By Jayne Yesterday at 7:31 pm EST
We are witnessing something that has never happened in my 62 yrs on this earth – this is a movement and we WILL change the politics in this country!
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By Henni Yesterday at 7:39 pm EST
Teamsters union endorses Obama
Update at 4:50 p.m. ET: The Teamsters just sent us a press release making it official: The 1.4-million-member union has endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president.

The decision followed a meeting in Austin, Texas, between Obama and union president James Hoffa and Obama. Hoffa said Obama is “the candidate in the best position to lead our movement to restore the American dream for working people in this country. Senator Obama will fight for better wages, real health care reform, stronger retirement security, fair trade and an end to the outsourcing of good jobs.”

What does the backing mean in concrete campaign terms? “The union’s endorsement immediately activates the union’s 50-state election program, with special emphasis on swing states,” the Teamsters said.

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By The G-Man Yesterday at 7:40 pm EST
Here’s 10 pics I took at the Dallas rally today. I completely believe that Barack will win TX! Get ready for an upset! Yes We Can!

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By momof3inGA Yesterday at 8:54 pm EST
Loved your pics! =)

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By Darin from Rainsville, AL Yesterday at 7:41 pm EST
Did anyone see the video of when Sen. Obama met Sen. Edwards?

Here it is: Link

This is a spoof of their meeting by Jay Leno.

Vote Obama!

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By EDB Yesterday at 7:46 pm EST
I hope that something positive comes out of this! Great job!

Eight years ago….breaking news! | Report to Admin Reply
By Terry in Up State NY Yesterday at 7:49 pm EST
For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses Its Own Risk
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By Spartacus from San Jose, CA Yesterday at 8:04 pm EST
PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO THIS FUTURE DEBATE BY ADDING DIALOG:

Hillary: “Barack, you’re all talk and no action”.

Barack: “Actually, we just defeated your campaign 10 in a row. I call that action.”

Hillary:”Your speeches are empty inspirational rhetoric. I’m in the solutions business”.

Barack:”If you want specifics, refer to my 62-Pg BLUEPRINT FOR CHANGE, written a while back. If you bothered to read it, you’d find that your divisive solutions business is in fact covered by my proposed bankruptcy laws. Similarly, had you bothered to read the specifics of National Intelligence Estimate you wouldn’t have authorized such a dumb war, right?”

Hillary:”I have 35 years of experience.”

Barack: “Doubtful. You’re a Junior Senator too you know, but since you’re getting ahead of yourself, here’s a Senior Citizen discount card to further cheapen this campaign. Anyways,I’ve worked in the streets of Chicago,in the Illinois and U.S. Senate. I’m also running a clean campaign w/out lobby support. So are we even now, Hillary? Besides, what GOOD is experience if its the WRONG experience. If that’s most important to you, then appoint Dick Cheney/Fidel Castro for V.P., not me…..”

Hillary:”You’re a plagiarist!”

Barack:” Actually, I’m a thief. I just stole your voters away today. And I hope to do it again in 2 weeks…”

Hillary:” I’m ready on DAY ONE to run this economy heading towards recession!You’re not!”

Barack:” Hillary, how can you say you’re equipped to manage a multi-trillion dollar economy when you can’t even manage your own campaign finances and people!You know, how you campaign is how you govern…..”

BARACK OBAMA FIRES UP THOUSANDS AT DALLAS RALLY FROM DALLASNEWS.COM FEB. 21,2008

February 21, 2008

FROM dallasnews.com

Barack Obama fires up thousands at Dallas rally

08:16 AM CST on Thursday, February 21, 2008
By GROMER JEFFERS Jr. / The Dallas Morning News
gjeffers@dallasnews.com

As a Dallas crowd roared its approval, Barack Obama offered himself Wednesday as the best chance for Democrats to beat John McCain and win the White House in November.

“It’s about having a debate with John McCain about who has the most experience in Washington, or who can change Washington,” Mr. Obama said at noontime rally before an estimated 17,000 people in Reunion Arena.

He said Mr. McCain wants to continue the policies of President Bush and fight a 100-year war in Iraq, a reference to the Arizona’s senator’s comment that U.S. troops could stay there that long.

“It’s a choice that’s not just about turning the page of the politics of the past, but turning the page on the policies of the past,” he said. “It’s time to move past the policies of yesterday because we are the party of tomorrow.”

Wednesday’s rally was unlike any in recent Dallas political history. In a city and state that are rarely players in the presidential race, thousands waited in line for hours to see a candidate who’s risen from obscurity to become front-runner in the Democratic race for president.

The crowd was energetic and diverse: black and white, Hispanic and Asian, male and female. Older white women danced with young black men in hip-hop attire. Older men in cowboy hats took photos with stylish college-age women.

They chanted “Obama, Obama,” before finally taking their seats midway through his 55-minute speech.

Beverly Love, 51, a Garland nurse, had never been to a political rally.

“It was fantastic. I don’t want to leave,” she said 10 minutes after Mr. Obama had departed. “He speaks from the heart, with so much passion.”

Mr. Obama urged those who craved change to help him achieve goals like providing affordable health care, improving the economy and restoring the country’s standing abroad.

“I am running because of what Dr. King called the fierce urgency of now,” he said. “I believe there’s such a thing as being too late. That hour is almost upon us.”

With Tuesday’s victories in Wisconsin and Hawaii, Mr. Obama has 10 straight wins over Hillary Rodham Clinton. He’s drawing sharper criticism from Mrs. Clinton and Mr. McCain, the all-but-certain GOP nominee.

After winning Wisconsin, Mr. McCain criticized Mr. Obama for “eloquent but empty” calls for change.

And Mrs. Clinton said Wednesday that her Democratic rival was too green to lead the nation and would be a liability for the party in November.

Her campaign spokesman, Howard Wolfson, said: “It will be very important for the Democratic nominee running against John McCain to be able to make a strong case that he or she is able to step in on day one to be commander in chief. Senator Obama has no particular credentials in this area.”

But Mr. Obama said the difference between him and Mrs. Clinton was clear.

“It’s a choice between going into the general election with Republicans and independents already against us, or running with a campaign that has united America,” he said.

Mr. Obama thrilled the crowd with a list of campaign promises: a $4,000 tuition credit for college students with the provision they perform community service; the elimination of income taxes for senior citizens making less than $50,000; trade agreements with safety and environmental standards; and better benefits and medical care for veterans.

“All these things are possible if you believe you are ready for change,” he said.

He also lashed out against the war in Iraq, saying it has “fanned the flames of anti-American sentiment.”

“I want to go before the world community and say America is back, and we are ready to lead,” Mr. Obama said.

As chants of “Yes, we can” erupted from the crowd in the middle of the speech, Mr. Obama responded, in Spanish, with “Sí, se puede; Sí, se puede.”

Alberto Treviño was off his seat, shaking his “Sí, se puede” sign.

Like Mr. Obama, Mr. Treviño is the son of an immigrant, and immigration is a key issue for him. “There is this myth about Latinos not supporting an African-American. It is not true,” he said.

Elizabeth Ferguson of North Dallas brought her 14-year-old daughter, Julia, and a friend, Grace Godvin, to the rally.

Ms. Ferguson arrived undecided but left an Obama supporter.

“It’s his message of hope,” she said. “Hope that there will be change for the future – for the future of these children.”

Mr. Obama had plenty of star power with him Wednesday. He was introduced by former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk and Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith.

The Dallas Cowboys great has three Super Bowl rings, but he said helping Mr. Obama become president would be just as significant.

“Right now we’re on the right team,” Mr. Smith said. “I was placed here for this moment right now. If you believe in change, you’re voting for Barack Obama.”

The Dallas area, with its bounty of delegates, is critical to Mr. Obama’s hopes of winning the March 4 Texas primary, which could propel him to the nomination.

Mr. Obama urged Texans to push him over the top.

“This is our moment. This is our time,” he said as the crowd roared. “If you will stand with me, Texas, if you will vote for me, we just won’t win Texas. We will win this nomination. We will win the general election. And you and I together will change this country and we’ll change the world.”

Staff writers Bruce Tomaso and Dianne Solís contributed to this report.

Reunion Arena has been a hot stop for politicians in Dallas, and the crowd at the Barack Obama rally may have topped all others.

His campaign estimated that it attracted 17,000. And some would-be attendees were turned away, even though seats remained empty, because Dallas Fire-Rescue officials were concerned that packing the arena would exceed its safe capacity of 17,000.

“We had seats, but I also had several hundred people standing on the railing,” said fire Lt. Diana Salinas. “We were at maximum capacity, and I made the decision to stop the doors.” It’s unclear how many people were left outside.

How Wednesday’s rally compares with Reunion’s other high-profile political events:

Ronald Reagan: At the GOP convention in Dallas, the president spoke to about 10,000 at a prayer breakfast on Aug. 23, 1984.

Ross Perot: In his last campaign stop in 1992, the Dallas billionaire and independent presidential candidate drew about 5,000, barely filling a fourth of Reunion’s seats.

George W. Bush: He headlined a rally before 13,000 in a campaign stop on behalf of Gov. Rick Perry on Nov. 6, 2006.

OBAMA DRAWS LARGE CROWDS IN TEXAS FROM DALLASNEWS.COM

February 21, 2008

from dallasnews.com

Obama draws large crowds in Texas

05:28 AM CST on Wednesday, February 20, 2008
By GROMER JEFFERS JR. / The Dallas Morning News
gjeffers@dallasnews.com

SAN ANTONIO – Barack Obama arrived in Texas, telling one of the largest town hall meetings in San Antonio history that he would return the country to ordinary people.

He asked Texans of all backgrounds and races to stand up and help him change the course of the nation. And he contrasted himself with rival Hillary Rodham Clinton, describing her as a remnant of the system that no longer works.

“Some people ask me, ‘Why you instead of Hillary?’ ” he said. “What we need right now is somebody who can bring the country together, somebody who can get past the old arguments.”

Later, in Houston, Mr. Obama criticized Republican front-runner John McCain for supporting President Bush’s economic policies and stating that the country would be in Iraq for 100 years.

“I revere and honor John McCain’s service to this country,” Mr. Obama said.

“He represents the policies of yesterday,” he added. “We want to be the party of tomorrow.”

Large crowds greeted Mr. Obama during his stops. In San Antonio, some were peering through a fence outside the pavilion where he spoke.

Mr. Obama is in a tough fight with Mrs. Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. Texas, which votes March 4, is the biggest prize left.

But Mrs. Clinton could reverse Mr. Obama’s momentum with a big Lone Star victory and a win in Ohio, also voting in two weeks, where she leads in the polls.

Mr. Obama will hold a mega-rally at Reunion Arena today. His Texas tour will include stops in South Texas.

He focused Tuesday on issues such as health care, the sagging economy and political reform to lure Texas voters to his cause. His message was tailored somewhat to Texas which, in the case of health care, leads the nation in residents without health insurance.

He told the San Antonio crowd that his mother died of cancer at 53, and that she had agonized over whether she was insured. One of his Texas TV ads also tells the story.

“I know what it’s like to see a loved one suffer because of a broken health care system,” he said.

Mr. Obama also discussed immigration, saying he would support a plan that secured the borders but also would give illegal immigrants already here a path to citizenship. He added that he would penalize employers who hired illegal immigrants.

Sandra Hansen, a retiree, said she came to hear Mr. Obama’s stand on immigration. Her husband is from Mexico.

“He was right about the path to citizenship,” she said. “You can’t deport millions of people.”

Sarah Greening, a 19-year-old student at the University of Texas at San Antonio, said she was looking forward to casting the first ballot of her life for Mr. Obama.

“He’s really uplifting, and he could be the first black president,” she said. “I’m glad I can vote in this election.”

Mr. Obama ended his day with an 18,000-person rally at the Toyota Center in Houston.

“The change we seek is months and miles away,” he said. “We need the good people of Texas to help us get there.”

OBAMA’S DALLAS STOP
Across the country, Barack Obama’s campaign stops have become more like religious revivals than stump speeches. The spectacle is set to roll into Reunion Arena today, and organizers are preparing for a packed house. Here are the details if you want to go:

When: Doors open at 10:30 a.m., and the event starts at noon.

Getting in: It’s free, but the Obama campaign strongly recommends you RSVP on its Web site. It isn’t clear how many people will attend, but Reunion management is preparing for a full house of 15,000.

Security: Don’t bring bags or signs. Enter through Reunion’s north entrance, where the Secret Service will be running a metal detector.

Traffic and parking: It could be heavy coming into the arena. No streets will be closed downtown, and DART will add extra trains if necessary. Parking will be available in Reunion lots for $8-$10.

OBAMA CLOSING IN ON BILLARY IN TEXAS AS OF FEB.18TH,HOUSTON CHRONICLE

February 21, 2008

from blogs.chron.com

Feb. 18, 2008, 11:05PM
Poll: Texas Democratic contest a statistical tie

Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle

The Democratic primary race in Texas is a statistical tie, while the Republican front-runner, Sen. John McCain, maintains a significant lead, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey of likely voters.

DEMOCRATS
• Clinton: 50 percent
• Obama: 48 percent

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Eulalia wrote:
Plagiarism? According to who? You, yourself, I guess! It´s from a Patrick´s speech, which has no copyright, and even Patrick thinks that´s the claims (by others not him, the interested party, in any case!) are “extravagant”. Both he and Obama repeatedly use each other´s words back and forth. Look the word up in the dictionary before you wield it as a weapon because it has denotations that you seem totally unfamiliar with.

And, by the way, Obama´s power to persuade has risen in Texas because people are tired, really tired, of old political regimes and those oh-so-familiar faces and names that have done nothing for this country but sink it. Billary should hang it up before this all becomes too humiliating for her enormous ego. Even the latinos are changing their allegiance. La Esperanza is a positive force and a difficult thing to deny if so many millions need and want to have it.
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so how do you stop him in Texas? He keeps winning. The blacks and college kids? Whoever it is…they are voting for him.
2/19/2008 10:23 PM CST

“OBAMA SUPPORTERS IN CLINTON COUNTRY(IN TEXAS)”,FROM BLOGS.CHRON.COM(HOUSTON TEXAS CHRONICLE NEWSPAPER)

February 21, 2008

from blogs.chron.com

February 19, 2008 Obama supporters in Clinton Country

San Antonio may be Clinton Country, but Hawaii (above) is definitely Obama Country. (AP photo)

Over the next two weeks, Texas on the Potomac will be offering various voices from guest bloggers passing along presidential campaign news and opinion from across the Lone Star State. We start with a posting moments ago from the Rolling Through Texas blog in our sister paper, the San Antonio Express-News:

If San Antonio’s West Side is Hillary Country, someone forgot to tell the hundreds of supporters lined up in anticipation of his noon rally, including Hope Ortiz, 48, who is carrying a huge sign reading “Latinos for Obama.”

Ortiz, who grew up in this neighborhood around the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, where Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is scheduled for an invitation-only “round table discussion” before taking the stage at Guadalupe Plaza to greet supporters, says she became a supporter after listening to his message.

“I supported Bill (Clinton), but I’m not going to support someone just for their name,” she said.

Ortiz stood in a line that stretched down Guadalupe Street, around Davila Pharmacy to El Paso Street, where it stretched on past Memorial Funeral Home. At 11 a.m., dozens of people were still arriving, on foot, by bike and in cars searching for a place to park.

Gail Guthrie, a school teacher at Huppertz Elementary on the city’s West Side, took two buses to be in line by 8:30 a.m. this morning.

Guthrie said she is impressed and thrilled that a woman is running for president, but is even more impressed that she doesn’t feel the need to vote for Sen. Hillary Clinton just because she is a woman.

“This is the most excited I’ve been since John F. Kennedy,” she said, quick to add that she was too young to actually vote for the man to which Obama is so often compared.

The crowd on the sidewalk represents a cross section of San Antonio: white, black and brown, young and old, students and the elderly.

Natasha Marsh, an Obama staffer, says the campaign has received an overwhelming amount of volunteer support from San Antonians, “four times the amount of volunteers we expect anywhere,” she said. “The support is just fantastic.”

–From Tracy Idell Hamilton, blogging for Rolling Through Texas.

Posted by Richard Dunham at February 19, 2008 12:19 PM

Comments
The last comment about Obama was not very bright.How can you identify a man merging all races and genders together in such a devisive country to be bad news. Whats bad is Sen. Clinton riding her liar and cheating husbands coat tail to the white house just to have political power herself. They will lie to get a job, as he lied to keep his. Obama brings energy, integrity, honesty to a broken system of Government in White House. I too believed in the Clintons years ago, but what he did on tax payers dollars to interns and other women, I surely wouldn’t want those memeories again. And John Mccain is 71yrs old, our country in the hands of a man on his final frontier, yeah that sounds wise, has voted 30 yrs in congress, How does he remember what he has voted for. He has lost twice, couldn’t beat the simple minded Bush, now he has Bush campaigning for him while our country lack internat’l respect, fiscal debt, devided citizens, war with no Weapons of mass destruction (zero weapons), scaring folks to vote cause of rhetoric of terrorism. Obama is my guy with new advisors opposite of Carl Rowe, and scooter Libby, he will have a better smarter staff than Mr. Oil men Bush and Chaney – 2 riches president and vice presidents ever(yes Exxon made 11 billion profit last quarter while the rest of the world suffers). People open your eyes.

Posted by: Rod at February 19, 2008 05:12 PM

WISCONSIN EXIT POLL:OBAMA WON BROAD BACKING FROM WASHINGTON POST,FEB.20,2008

February 21, 2008

from washingtonpost.com

Wis. Exit Poll: Obama Won Broad Backing
By ALAN FRAM
The Associated Press
Wednesday, February 20, 2008; 12:34 AM

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama claimed major pieces of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s usual coalition as his own Tuesday, winning a majority of white and working-class people while splitting women’s votes in Wisconsin’s Democratic presidential primary, according to exit polls.

In a potent showing, the Illinois senator essentially split the votes of white women and lower-earning white workers with his rival, who had relied heavily on them until now. He also tightened his grip on groups he has dominated before, winning two-thirds of men and 70 percent of voters under age 30, according to surveys of voters leaving polling places across the state.

Obama was backed by six in 10 moderates and most loyal Democrats _ groups that have been closely contested in past races _ while expanding his decisive leads with independents and middle-aged, college-educated, high income and very liberal voters.

Among the few mainstays where Clinton remained strong were older voters and those looking for experience.

Underscoring Obama’s inroads, the two split those with no more than a high school diploma, whom Clinton has carried easily in most previous contests. They were also even among whites who have not finished college _ a group she has dominated by nearly 30 percentage points among the 21 contested Democratic primaries held earlier.

Obama won among those earning less than $50,000 a year _ and significantly, the two split the white vote in that income group, for one of his best showings of the year with them. In previous primaries, she led him among whites making that amount of money by 23 percentage points and had a narrow advantage with people of all races earning that amount.

Nine in 10 blacks backed Obama, similar to his usual margin with them. But they represented fewer than one in 10 voters in Wisconsin, meaning Obama had to do well with whites _ which he did.

Clinton had a 22-percentage-point lead among white women in earlier primaries combined. Tuesday, she got 52 percent of their votes _ a statistical tie with Obama. He also had a huge margin among young whites.

Two-thirds of men were supporting Obama, including nearly the same proportion of white men. That is a group Obama has done increasingly well with, especially since former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards left the race two weeks ago.

Almost six in 10 liberals and moderates supported Obama, another show of muscle among groups that usually tilt Clinton’s way.

Obama won among voters who said race and gender were not important in choosing a candidate, while Clinton led with those who considered sex significant. They were tied with those who said race was a factor.

In responses that might resonate as the campaign moves next to economically ailing Ohio, seven in 10 said U.S. trade takes more jobs from Wisconsin than it creates. Obama led with those voters. The economy was seen by Ohio Democrats as the country’s top problem, and Obama led with that group, too.

While eight in 10 Democrats said they would be satisfied if Obama were the nominee, seven in 10 said the same about Clinton.

Underscoring how the Democratic race was creating more interest than the all-but-decided Republican contest, Wisconsin’s independents _ free to vote in either primary _ opted for the Democratic contest by 2-to-1.

On the Republican side, Arizona Sen. John McCain made some gains with his party’s pivotal conservative voters but still has fences to mend.

Huckabee, as usual, did strongly with white, born-again and evangelical Christians, winning 60 percent of their votes. But they comprised only three in 10 voters in the GOP contest.

McCain won two-thirds of all other voters, including 58 percent of people calling themselves loyal Republicans, one of his best performances with them. Among independents _ his usual strength _ he attracted 47 percent of their votes, with Huckabee and Texas Rep. Ron Paul splitting the rest.

McCain and Huckabee evenly divided conservatives, a group McCain has struggled all year to win, but it was a better showing for him than usual. He won by almost 3-to-1 among moderates, a group that has strongly backed him.

The figures came from partial samples of an exit poll conducted by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International in 35 precincts in Wisconsin for The Associated Press and television networks.

Those interviewed included 1,442 Democrats and 880 Republicans. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 4 percentage points for Democrats and plus or minus 5 percentage points for Republicans.

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AP Polling Director Mike Mokrzycki contributed to this report.

(This version CORRECTS that Obama had previously led comfortably among young white voters.)

©washingtonpost.com


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