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Pennsylvania Democrats – It’s Time to Save Your Party!

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A record-setting four million Pennsylvania Democratic voters are poised to make their voices heard in the April 22 primary. They have an unprecedented opportunity to save their party from defeat in November by voting for Barack Obama.

Most political observers have concluded that, mathematically, Hillary Clinton has virtually no chance of winning the nomination. Yet she insists on dragging out the fight, apparently more concerned for herself than for the party she represents. While the two Democrats are engaged in a steel cage death match, John McCain is using the time to organize and get his act together, merrily recording all the negative things beings said on the Democratic side for use in future campaign commercials. Every day that passes with Obama and Clinton going at each other is another gift-wrapped present for McCain.

I entered this campaign torn between support for Obama or Clinton. I thought they were both strong candidates. But Hillary has shown time and again that the Republicans were right about her. She really will do anything to win. She will use any deception, twist the truth beyond all recognition, if it will further her apparently preordained God-given right to be president. If she needs to impugn Obama's patriotism or play the race card, she doesn't give it a second thought. And now we learn that she "misspoke" about her 1996 trip to Bosnia. Just made a little mistake when she said she was under sniper fire. And let's go to the video

Obama, on the other hand, has tried to keep his campaign on the high road, while not allowing Clinton to get away with her low-road attacks. With the Rev. Wright matter, he has shown he can take a punch and bounce right back up. Instead of hemming and hawing, he faced the cameras and spoke honestly and compassionately about his relationship, appealed to "the better angels of our nature," and asked Americans to engage in a constructive dialogue about race.

My point is this - Barack Obama has proven himself to be a charismatic, forward-thinking, incredibly appealing and inspirational candidate, the sort of candidate who just doesn't come along very often. He is bringing in millions of new voters (especially young voters), and appeals both to independents and even many Republicans. Clinton. on the other hand, has proven that although she may be capable, she is too divisive and polarizing to represent the party in November. It appears that she has concluded that the only way she can win is by "kneecapping" Obama (aka the "Tonya Harding" option); if that is her strategy, things are going to get really ugly and we can all look forward to a third Bush term.

So here's where you come in, Pennsylvania voters. The conventional wisdom says that Hillary will win the primary on April 22. If, however, Obama were to win, it would almost certainly be considered a death blow to the Clinton campaign. Pressure would rapidly build for her to drop out of the race. Superdelegates would throw their support to Obama, and she would finally be forced (probably kicking and screaming) off the stage. If, on the other hand, she wins the primary, the race will go on…and on…and on, while McCain starts to measure the curtains for the Oval Office.

Come on, Pennsylvania, save your party and save the nation! Stop the madness now! Tell Obama that he's our guy and let's start the real campaign against John McCain. If you want a Democrat to move into the White House on January 20, vote for Obama. If you want to have a progressive Supreme Court, vote for Obama. If you want to get our soldiers out of Iraq before 2108, vote for Obama. It's up to you, the great state of Pennsylvania! (Do Obama this one little favor and I bet he'll become a Phillies fan!)

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  • jacksmith

    DON’T BE DUPED !!!

    Large numbers of Republicans have been voting for Barack Obama in the DEMOCRATIC primaries, and caucuses from early on. Because they feel he would be a weaker opponent against John McCain. And because they feel that a Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama ticket would be unbeatable. And also because with a Clinton and Obama ticket you are almost 100% certain to get quality, affordable universal health care very soon.

    But first, all of you have to make certain that Hillary Clinton takes the democratic nomination and then the Whitehouse. NOW! is the time. THIS! is the moment you have all been working, and waiting for. You can do this America. “Carpe diem” (harvest the day).

    I think Hillary Clinton see’s a beautiful world of plenty for all. She is a woman, and a mother. And it’s time America. Do this for your-self, and your children’s future. You will have to work together on this and be aggressive, relentless, and creative. Americans face an even worse catastrophe ahead than the one you are living through now.

    Hillary Clinton has actually won by much larger margins than the vote totals showed. And lost by much smaller vote margins than the vote totals showed. Her delegate count is actually much higher than it shows. And higher than Obama’s. She also leads in the electoral college numbers that you must win to become President in the November national election. HILLARY CLINTON IS ALREADY THE TRUE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE!

    As much as 30% of Obama’s primary, and caucus votes are Republicans trying to choose the weakest democratic candidate for McCain to run against. These Republicans have been gaming the caucuses where it is easier to vote cheat. This is why Obama has not been able to win the BIG! states primaries. Even with Republican vote cheating help.

    Hillary Clinton has been out manned, out gunned, and out spent 2 and 3 to 1. Yet Obama has only been able to manage a very tenuous, and questionable tie with Hillary Clinton.

    If Obama is the democratic nominee for the national election in November he will be slaughtered. Because the Republican vote cheating help will suddenly evaporate. All of this vote fraud and republican manipulation has made Obama falsely look like a much stronger candidate than he really is. YOUNG PEOPLE. DON’T BE DUPED! Think about it. You have the most to lose.

    The democratic party needs to fix this outrage. I suggest a Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama ticket. Everyone needs to throw all your support to Hillary Clinton NOW! So you can end this outrage against YOU the voter, and against democracy.

    I think Barack Obama has a once in a life time chance to make the ultimate historic gesture for unity, and change in America by accepting Hillary Clinton’s offer as running mate. Such an act now would for ever seal Barack Obama’s place at the top of the list of Americas all time great leaders, and unifiers for all of history.

    The democratic party, and the super-delegates have a decision to make. Are the democrats, and the democratic party going to choose the DEMOCRATIC party nominee to fight for the American people. Or are the republicans going to choose the DEMOCRATIC party nominee through vote fraud, and gaming the DEMOCRATIC party primaries, and caucuses.

    Fortunately the Clinton’s have been able to hold on against this fraudulent outrage with those repeated dramatic comebacks of Hillary Clinton’s. Only the Clinton’s are that resourceful, and strong. Hillary Clinton is your NOMINEE. They are the best I have ever seen.

    Sincerely

    jacksmith…

  • http://webcentrist.wordpress.com/ Whymrhymer

    Doug,

    You say “Most political observers have concluded that, mathematically, Hillary Clinton has virtually no chance of winning the nomination.” But I’ve heard many comments (from political observers) that indicate that a big win in Pennsylvania (which right now looks like it may happen) could certainly shift the momentum enough so that the two candidates end up going to the convention in a near statistical dead heat.

    Personally, since I support neither of them, that’s OK with me but if I had to pick a president from a field of only Clinton or Obama — I would have to decline to vote for the first time in 40 years. Their health care proposals are disastrous and their views on the war are potentially fatal. That is, of course, just one Independent’s opinion. McCain is not exactly a great choice for president but at least I’d feel safer (and, given the Democrat’s penchant for spending, richer) with him in office.

  • http://planetjapan.org Doug DeLong

    jacksmith: HILLARY CLINTON IS ALREADY THE TRUE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE!

    Whoa, Jack dude, please stop. I’m getting dizzy from watching your frantic spinning. Maybe you should take off your rose-tinted glasses and put on those special glasses that let you read the handwriting on the wall.

  • http://planetjapan.org Doug DeLong

    Whymrhymer: But I’ve heard many comments (from political observers) that indicate that a big win in Pennsylvania (which right now looks like it may happen) could certainly shift the momentum enough so that the two candidates end up going to the convention in a near statistical dead heat.

    Don’t think so. Even if she were to run the table 60-40 in the remaining 10 primaries, she’d still come up short, and the only way she’d be able to win would be if the superdelegates overruled the regular delegates – a move that would severely fracture the party. The best analysis of the situation that I’ve read is this one from Politio.com.

    My best guess is that the PA voters aren’t going to come through for Obama, but the NC (where Obama leads by 20 points) and Oregon voters will seal the deal for him. I think Clinton will be out of the race by May 15. You heard it here first.

  • Ike

    Common Penn Staters use a Bosnian corkscrew and shove it you know where!

  • Baronius

    Anyone else thinking that we’re headed for some big reforms in both parties’ primary structures?

  • TN

    Maybe I am biased, but the “lofty rhetoric” comes from Hillary or Hillary’s supporters, rather than Obama or Obama’s supporters.

    If you can criticise Obama, you only really argue that he is inexperienced, and that his great speeches may not translate into true progress for the country.

    Clinton has hammered this a millions times, but alas, Obama has proven not only to be full of evocative speeches, but extremely sharp on his feet and genuinely striving to make progress for the country. Eight years in Illinois senate, 2 years in the US senate but mostly importantly for a lawyer like me, 10 years as a constitutional law lecturer takes the cake (con law is the toughest law subject ever!).

    Yes, he is a politician but only in the sense of someone who wants to serve his country.

    The voters ought to mandate someone who wants to serve his country not because of their own glory (look at McCain doing his “biography tour” when he could be using this time to formulate policy).

    If we Democrats are divided in our vote, the candidate who wins, with a small majority, merely ends up in a fight for survival. If Hillary’s supporters finally see this and vote for Obama, we can finally get together and win big, and the Democrats with Obama’s leadership and inspiration together can move forward. If Hillary manages to win this, there is not going to be much more than a slim margin, and the rest of her term will be spent trying to sugar-coat her existence in office, and nothing is ultimately going to get done.

    My final point, Obama seems to be so representative of the people – half white, half black, indoctrinated as a Christian, part African ancestry, some childhood in Asia, brush with Islam, serving the ghettos of Chicago, yet raised in Kansas and calls Hawaii home. More so, he is a citizen of the world, again with a multi-cultural background and having lived overseas, he has the worldly view on things, as well as being American first.

    Compare this with two old people (Hillary, 60+, McCain, 70+), married into tremendously wealthy families, who have their political machines bank-rolled like they were institutions.

    Hillary talks about visiting 80 countries, but if she was truly so global, why can’t she even speak another language. If she was truly a champion of the Lation community, why cant she even speak a few words in Spanish? She is nothing but a marketing campaign, and she is striving, Mitt Romney-like to be someone who sadly she is not. She has lots of things on her resume, but to me they all seem “bought” (by her ambition or by marrying Bill) or contrived, or both.

  • Wvince

    Who Can Win Over Sen. McCain in the 2008 Election?

    Which Democratic candidate if being chosen as the Party Nominee can win over John McCain in the final election? This is probably the most important question that the Democratic Party, especially the Super Delegates, need to answer when they make the decision for the Party Nominee. This is more primary and important question than other questions such as how the Nominee can fulfill the plans for changing, how the Nominee can bring the country together, etc. Before the Democratic Party Nominee can do anything for the country, the Democratic Party Nominee first needs to win over John McCain in the November Election.

    The following aspects need to be considered well on choosing the Democratic Party Nominee in order to win over Sen. McCain in the Election.

    • Campaign Debate
    There has not been a formal face to face campaign debate between the two parties for the 2008 Election. However, informal debate had been taken between Sen. McCain and Sen. Obama. When Sen. Obama said that if al Caeda is in Iraq, then we’ll send the troop to Iraq, Sen. McCain replied that as a matter of fact al Caeda is in Iraq now; Sen. Obama then replied, if there was not Bush and McCain, al Caeda would not be there in Iraq.

    It looks like both were not wrong in what they were saying. But by a deeper analysis, it would find out that Sen. Obama did not win over Sen. McCain on this debate. From the point of view of the present day when the Iraq war has continued for five years, it is very clear that Iraq was not connected with al Caeda before the war was started; but back to five years ago who can be sure on this? There was a former Iraq Officer confirmed in Washington DC before the Iraq war started that al Caeda was connected to Saddam; and he also said there was some document to prove this kind connection, though the document has never been revealed afterward. Did Sen. Obama five year ago had more info resource on Iraq than President Bush and Sen. McCain to know al Caeda was not connected with Saddam? It would be hard to believe so. If it was Colin Powell who had this doubt five years ago that Iraq was not connected to al Caeda, it is more believable; but never heard that Sen. Obama said anything five years ago that al Caeda was not be there in Iraq.

    Based on the info available five years ago, it was probably believed by American that al Caeda was somehow connected with Saddam. According to what Sen. Obama said “if al Qaeda is in Iraq, then we’ll send the troop to Iraq”, then Sen. Obama would also make a decision to send the troop to Iraq based the information available five years ago, unless Sen. Obama had some other info resources better that the one President Bush and Sen. McCain had.

    So Sen. Obama did not win on this debate when he used the info available today to blame the decision made based on info available five years ago. According to Sen. Obama’s words in the debate, he probably would make the same decision to send the troop to Iraq if based on the info available five years ago.

    • Supporting States
    It is true that Sen. Obama is still in lead in term of the Supporting Sates that he won and the supporting delegates, but not many of the States that Sen. Obama won are the big and industrial States. On the other hand, Sen. Clinton has won in many big and important industrial States, such as MA, NY, NJ, FL, OH, MI, TX, and CA. The question is that if Sen. Obama is the Party Nominee, can he win over Sen. McCain in those big industrial States? (Similarly, can Sen. Clinton win other States over Sen. McCain?). It will be hard for a Nominee who cannot win in the big States to win for the President Election.

    • Supporting Voters
    There are some polls indicating that Sen. Clinton has more white women supporting than Sen. Obama, and Sen. Obama has more black people supporting than Sen. Clinton. But in term of the campaign between the two parties, the Head-to-Head Polls from Yahoo News has the results as

    Head-to-Head Polls
    McCain vs. Clinton
    McCain 46.3%; Clinton 45.7%

    McCain vs. Obama
    McCain 46.0%; Obama 44.6%

    So Sen. Clinton has slightly more chance (1%) than Sen. Obama to win the election.

    • Religion and Racial Factors
    The speech of Sen. Obama’s Priest Rev Jeremiah Wright will more or less influences Sen. Obama’s Campaign. Even today there is news related to Sen. Obama’s Priest, “The disclosure of articles published by the Rev Jeremiah Wright’s church newsletter threatened to overshadow his speech outlining his economic plans.” With these kind matters with Sen. Obama’s campaign, it would be questionable whether Sen. Obama can win over Sen. McCain in the point of view of religion and racial aspect.

    • Experience vs. Age
    Experience is usually in reverse proportion to the age. Sen. McCain has a lot experience (except economic experience) but is at 70s age. Sen. Obama has no much experience but is young in 40s. Between Experience and Age, which is more important for the Voters? When President Reagan was elected as the President, he was also at about 70s age, and he won over President Carter who was the current President then. As Reagan at the age of 70s won the President Carter then, it is very possible Sen. McCain wins over Sen. Obama who does not have much experience. So age is probably less important than experience.

    In summary from the above analysis, Sen. Clinton should be chosen as the Democratic Party Nominee and will have more chance than Sen. Obama to win over Sen. McCain for the 2008 election.

  • http://planetjapan.org Doug DeLong

    In summary from the above analysis, Sen. Clinton should be chosen as the Democratic Party Nominee and will have more chance than Sen. Obama to win over Sen. McCain for the 2008 election.

    or not…

  • bliffle

    Whatever Clinton and Obama say about each other will probably not provide much ammo for McCain in the General Election. One expects that McCain will mount his own campaign rather than recycling some Democrat’s primary campaign. I can’t recall the last time someone was hurt by adverse campaigns from their party-mates.