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October 2, 2008

Thurs., Oct 2 – McPalin Pulling Out Of Michigan

 Republican presidential nominee John McCain is pulling his resources out of Michigan in the midst of polls showing Obama building on his lead there.

McCain’s campaign manager Rick Davis called former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to tell him of the decision just before Romney got on a conference call with reporters today. Romney, who grew up in Oakland County, was holding the call with McCain strategist Doug Holtz-Eakin to raise claims that Obama’s policies are no good for Michigan’s struggling economy.

Eric Fehrnstrom, a spokesman for Romney, confirmed the call took place but wouldn’t discuss the details. “They need to do whatever they think puts them in a position to win in November,” Fehrnstrom said.

A state Republican Party source had already told the Free Press that McCain was pulling out of the race in the state and moving workers to Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida — the latter two being states won by President George W. Bush in 2004 that the Republican needs to hold onto if he’s going to win the White House.

Recent polls have shown Obama increasing his lead in Michigan into double digits. A Detroit Free Press-Local 4 Michigan poll showed Obama with a 13-point lead last week, and today a poll by Public Policy Polling showed Obama leading McCain 51-41 in the state. Meanwhile, McCain’s earlier margins in Florida and Ohio were slipping.

Florida, in particular, is seen as key to a Republican victory, and a CNN/Time poll showed Obama leading there with a slim 51-47 lead this week.

According to the source, the Republican National Committee — which is the source of money for many of the 100 or so people working on behalf of the McCain campaign in Michigan — called state GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis this afternoon and told him the campaign would be moving workers out of the state and ceasing to buy local airtime in the state for ads.

No reason for the move was given. The McCain campaign’s Michigan spokeswoman, Sarah Lenti, wouldn’t immediately comment.

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October 1, 2008

Vote America! One Voice Can Change The World, One Voice Becomes Many

Democrats measure progress by how many people can find a job that pays the mortgage; whether you can put a little extra money away at the end of each month so you can someday watch your child receive her college diploma. We measure progress in the 23 million new jobs that were created when Bill Clinton was President – when the average American family saw its income go up $7,500 instead of down $2,000 like it has under George Bush.

We measure the strength of our economy not by the number of billionaires we have or the profits of the Fortune 500, but by whether someone with a good idea can take a risk and start a new business, or whether the waitress who lives on tips can take a day off to look after a sick kid without losing her job – an economy that honors the dignity of work.

The fundamentals we use to measure economic strength are whether we are living up to that fundamental promise that has made this country great – a promise that is the only reason I am standing here tonight.

Because in the faces of those young veterans who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan, I see my grandfather, who signed up after Pearl Harbor, marched in Patton’s Army, and was rewarded by a grateful nation with the chance to go to college on the GI Bill.

In the face of that young student who sleeps just three hours before working the night shift, I think about my mom, who raised my sister and me on her own while she worked and earned her degree; who once turned to food stamps but was still able to send us to the best schools in the country with the help of student loans and scholarships.

When I listen to another worker tell me that his factory has shut down, I remember all those men and women on the South Side of Chicago who I stood by and fought for two decades ago after the local steel plant closed.

And when I hear a woman talk about the difficulties of starting her own business, I think about my grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle-management, despite years of being passed over for promotions because she was a woman. She’s the one who taught me about hard work. She’s the one who put off buying a new car or a new dress for herself so that I could have a better life. She poured everything she had into me. And although she can no longer travel, I know that she’s watching tonight, and that tonight is her night as well.

I don’t know what kind of lives John McCain thinks that celebrities lead, but this has been mine. These are my heroes. Theirs are the stories that shaped me. And it is on their behalf that I intend to win this election and keep our promise alive as President of the United States.

What is that promise?

It’s a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will, but that we also have the obligation to treat each other with dignity and respect.

It’s a promise that says the market should reward drive and innovation and generate growth, but that businesses should live up to their responsibilities to create American jobs, look out for American workers, and play by the rules of the road.

Ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves – protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools and new roads and new science and technology.

Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who’s willing to work.

That’s the promise of America – the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental belief that I am my brother’s keeper; I am my sister’s keeper.

That’s the promise we need to keep. That’s the change we need right now. So let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am President.

Change means a tax code that doesn’t reward the lobbyists who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it.

Unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America.

I will eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and the start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow.

I will cut taxes – cut taxes – for 95% of all working families. Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle-class.

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July 2, 2008

Here Comes The Republican Fearmongering Ads!

  Earlier this week the National Rifle Association (NRA) announced that they will run a $15M smear campaign targeting Senator Obama.  Read article here https://letustalk.wordpress.com/2008/07/01/on-your-mark-nra-plans-15m-fall-campaign-targeting-obama/ .

Surprise, surprise!  Today the Republican National Committee (RNC) revealed that it has created an independent $3M spending campaign that will target Senator Obama.  They will run their first TV ads in crucial battleground states starting this 4th of July weekend.  Brad Todd, a consultant to the RNC’s independent expenditure unit said in a statement, “The RNC will first advertise this weekend in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, highlighting the issue of energy security, which is emerging as a defining difference in the race for president.”

It is legal for parties to set up an independent spending campaign as long as it operates independently and does not coordinate on content or strategy with the party. 

This is the exact reason Senator Obama opted out of public financing he knew these ads were inevitable; he knew they were coming. 

I believed then when Obama made the decision and believe even more so now that by not accepting public financing Obama made a brilliant strategic decision.  This is a competition he has to use all the advantages he has and disarm the republicans as much as he can at the same time.

And so it begins.  On this most patriotic of weekends – a time of family and togetherness – the RNC will begin running their ads filled with fear mongering and old-school hate mongering.

Paulette

June 1, 2008

White Female Clinton Supporters: Why So Angry?

Watch video of Harriet Christian:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KACQuZVAE3s

 

What did Clinton supporters expect the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee to do with the Florida and Michigan delegate allocation?

How can there be no penalties after rules were broken?  What would happen in 2012?

It has been revealed that Barack Obama had enough votes in Michigan’s write in ballots (write in ballots were not initially counted) to demand a 50/50 delegate allocation in Michigan but he left the allocation up to the RBC — the RBC split the delegates 69/59 in Clinton’s favor.  Barack Obama could have insisted on something other than half a vote for each Florida delegate but he didn’t — he left the allocation up to the RBC.  After the rulings Senator Clinton came out ahead with a net of 24 delegates more than Senator Obama.

How is this Barack Obama’s fault?

I don’t understand all the hate being projected onto Barack Obama.  How is Hillary losing his fault?  It’s a competition and he’s winning.  Are people angry just because he’s running and winning? What would they prefer?  That he did not run?  If anyone is to blame it’s Hillary for not running a better race.  Hillary was the ‘Presumptive Nominee’ when the race started.  It was her race to lose.

I am a HUGE sports fan.  I want the LA Lakers to win the NBA Championship but I won’t HATE the Boston Celtics if they win.  I would be disappointed that the Lakers lost, but I would have to respect the Celtics for winning.  If they win it’s only because they played a better game.

In sports there’s nothing more exciting than a highly competitive game; I love a game that goes into overtime.  The only difference in this nomination process is that it’s the fourth quarter and Barack Obama is winning and it doesn’t look like his opponent can score enough points to win.  It’s a competition, someone has to win.

Do you remember this years Super Bowl game between the New York Giants and the highly favored New England Patriots?  The game was one of the most significant upsets in Super Bowl history.  It was an exciting game!  The Giants (14-6) won 17–14 preventing the Patriots (18-1) from becoming the first undefeated team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins went 17–0.

The Giants became the first NFC wild card team to win a Super Bowl!

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May 31, 2008

FL and MI Delegates: The New Deal

After a 3-hour break members of the Democratic National Committee’s Rule and Bylaws Committee (RBC) brokered an agreement that will seat the delegates of Florida and Michigan at the DNC convention August 25-28, 2008.  Resolutions for both Florida and Michigan passed as proposed by each state’s Democratic Party.

This tells me is that The Clintons are no longer the leaders of the Democratic Party.  This shows that The Clintons have lost the power and political collateral they once had with Democratic ‘insiders’ – the rule makers.

The RBC is made up of 13 Clinton superdelegates, 8 Obama superdelegates and 9 uncommitted superdelegates.  Many of the Clinton superdelegates united with and voted with the Obama superdelegates. (The Chair and Co-Chair don’t vote).

The RBC’s decision breaks down as follows:

Florida

·           A 15 yes, 12 no vote rejected seating ALL Florida delegates with full votes (Clinton favored)

·           A unanimous vote accepted seating all Florida delegates but with half a vote each.  A 105 Clinton/67 Obama split (Obama favored)

·           Meaning Clinton will have 52.5 delegates/Obama will have 33.5 delegates

·           Hillary Clinton gained a net of 19 votes

Michigan

·           A 19 yes, 8 no note accepted allocation of Michigan delegates split 69 Clinton/59 Obama (Obama favored)

·           Each delegate would have half a vote each

·           Meaning Clinton will have 34.5 delegates/Obama will have 29.5 delegates

·           Hillary Clinton gained a net of 5 votes

Clinton gained 24 delegates. 

Senator Clinton had hoped that the DNC’s RBC would buttress the elections in Florida and Michigan which would authenticate the popular vote for her.  If the popular votes were authenticated and added to Clinton’s national tally, based on the Clinton campaign’s math, she would then lead Senator Obama in the popular vote.  Senator Clinton hoped to convince the superdelegates to give her their votes based on her calculation of the popular vote.

Senator Clinton calculates the popular vote by including the votes of Florida and Michigan, giving herself the votes in Michigan but not giving Obama any of the Michigan votes and excluding the caucus votes in Iowa, Maine, Washington and Nevada that Obama won.  According to Camp Clinton the caucuses weren’t fair so SHE doesn’t count their votes.

Obama started the day with a 200 delegate lead.  Obama ended the day with a 175 delegate lead.  After Puerto Rico, South Dakota and Michigan Obama will need approximately 20 superdelegates to reach the 2118 delegate count needed to clinch the Democratic nomination (2118 is the new number of delegates needed after today’s decisions).

Read “Continuous Update” post for details of discussions before the 3pm break.

 

Paulette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuous Update: SPIRITED DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee Debate

Wow, this hearing is facinating!  Great arguments and great background and inside information that I never heard before.  Both Clinton and Obama selected excellent and passionate candidates to argue their cases.  Harold Ickes (former Bill Clinton chief of staff 1994-1997) is a piece of work who doesn’t seem to want to compromise on anything — should be a long day for committee members.

Earlier this week DNC lawyers stated that Florida and Michigan must lose at least 50% of their delegates in accordance with DNC laws.

The Rules and Bylaws committe (“RBC”) has as its members, 13 Clinton superdelegates, 8 Obama superdelegates and 9 uncommitted superdelegates.

Watch at: http://www.cnn.com/video/live/live.html?stream=stream2

Or watch on CSPAN (no commercials), CNN or MSNBC.

 

09:45am

DNC Chair Howard Dean spoke.  He wants the committe members to:

  • Respect the voters of Florida and Michigan – not only those who turned out to vote, but also those who did not
  • Respect our two candidates and their campaigns who followed the rules this body set forward over two years ago, and
  • Respect the 48 states who did not violate the rules

He also wants the RBC members to realize that, “Understandably, the compromise that you discuss here today will not make anyone completely satisfied.”

10:00am

RBC committee co-chairpersons are giving background about various conversations they had with Florida going back to August 25, 2007 as to why Florida should not hold their primaries before February 5, 2008 and the consequences that Florida would incur if Florida decided to go against the rules.

10:30 

Jon Ausman, DNC presents Florida’s case as to why they should get full voting privileges at the DNC convention August 25-28, 2008.  “When we leave the room, I want all of us wearing our blue jerseys, so we can take on the Republicans in their red jerseys in November,” Ausman said.

11:00am

Senator Bill Nelson (FL) presenting.  Unite party.  Florida delegates must count at DNC convention. Senator Clinton supporter.

11:15am

Senator Arthenia Joyner (FL) presenting.  Give Florida full vote.  Unite party.  Standing ovation.  Senator Clinton supporter.

11:45am

Congressman Robert Wexler (FL 19 District).  Approve 50% delegate allocation.  Unite democrats.  Raucous response. Senator Obama supporter.

12:30PM

RBC committee co-chairpersons are giving background about various conversations they had with Michigan going back to June 2007 as to why Michigan should not hold their primaries before February 9, 2008 and the consequences that Michigan would incur if Michigan decided to go against the rules.  Michigan held their primaries on January 15, 2008.

12:31pm

Mark Brewer DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee Member (MI).  Requesting reinstating the entire Michigan delegation. Requesting 69 delegates to Clinton/59 delegates to Obama.  Says that all available primary date (write in votes/exit polls/primary votes) shows that Clinton received 9% of votes that she SHOULD NOT HAVE RECEIVED!  Also claims that write in ballots (30,000) were not counted and but shows that MAJORITY OF WRITE-IN WERE FOR OBAMA AND THEREFORE OBAMA SHOULD GET ‘MORE’ DELEGATES!!! Uncommitted superdelegate.  

01:00PM 

Senator Carl Levin (MI) presenting.  Michigan’s democratic party created a ‘Working group of 4’ that negotiated with Clinton and Obama supporters and Michigan is united!  They support full seating and full voting rights for the entire Michigan delegation. Supports Mark Brewers 69/59 delegate allocation proposal. Michigan had a flawed primary.  DNC Rules and Bylaws committe gave waiver to New Hampshire when they broke the rules and changed their caucus date even after years of privilege.  Michigan is tired of being treated unfairly by DNC Rules committe and DNC should offer Michigan a waiver and seat all their delegates with full voting rights at the DNC convention. No state should be first and second every election (Iowa and New Hampshire).  “Michigan is unified, don’t misunify us!”. Uncommitted superdelegate. 

01:45pm

David Bonior, former House Majority Whip (D-MI).  Former John Edwards campaign manager.  Michigan delegates should be spilt 64/64. Michigan had flawed primary.  Reinstate full voting rights to Michigan delegates.  DNC should focus on party unity and common ground.  Senator Obama supporter.

 02:15pm

Presenter Jim Blanchard, former Governor of Michigan (D).  DNC should honor votes.  Votes are sacred.  Michigan is a pivotal state in November.  Michigan delegates should be spilt 73 Clinton/55 Obama.  Michigan primary was not flawed.  Obama’s strategy was flawed. Iowa and New Hampshire should not have lock on being first states with primaries/caucuses.  Donna Brazile gave him a tongue lashing and told him that changing the rules in the middle of the game is cheating.  Senator Clinton supporter.

 BREAK:  3:00pm – 6:00pm EST

 

Paulette

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