Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Hillary Beats McCain in Florida

As Keith can tell anyone, this is the point I was making last night as we watched the vote totals come in. I couldn't believe the media wasn't picking up on the fact that Hillary got 100,000 more votes than McCain in the "red" state of Florida, and that almost as many Democratic voters came to the polls as Republicans...the Dem's didn't even campaign there!

From the folks at Daily Kos:

First, let's begin with actual results. With 95% of the vote reported, the current tallies show a total of 1,655,220 Democratic votes and 1,872,684 Republican votes. Every Republican fought as hard as he could for the win in Florida. The Democrats—since the DNC won't seat Florida's delegates because they flouted the schedule—didn't really compete in the state, with only Hillary Clinton making any campaign appearances, and none of our folks spending any significant money. Yet with this possibly the make-or-break contest for the Republicans and a probably meaningless "contest" for the Democrats, 47% of the people who cast ballots in Florida voted for a Democrat. Hillary Clinton received over a 100,000 more votes than John McCain, Barack Obama got almost as many votes as Mitt Romney, and John Edwards wasn't far behind Rudy Giuliani and Mike Huckabee.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Why am I supporting Obama?

Read these two op-eds from today's New York Times for the answer...

Frank Rich, The Billary Road to Republican Victory:

For the Republicans, [having both Clintons in play] means not just a double dose of the one steroid, Clinton hatred, that might yet restore their party’s unity but also two fat targets. Mrs. Clinton repeatedly talks of how she’s been “vetted” and that “there are no surprises” left to be mined by her opponents. On the “Today” show Friday, she joked that the Republican attacks “are just so old.” So far. Now that Mr. Clinton is ubiquitous, not only is his past back on the table but his post-presidency must be vetted as well. To get a taste of what surprises may be in store, you need merely revisit the Bill Clinton questions that Hillary Clinton has avoided to date.

Asked by Tim Russert at a September debate whether the Clinton presidential library and foundation would disclose the identities of its donors during the campaign, Mrs. Clinton said it wasn’t up to her. “What’s your recommendation?” Mr. Russert countered. Mrs. Clinton replied: “Well, I don’t talk about my private conversations with my husband, but I’m sure he’d be happy to consider that.”

Not so happy, as it turns out. The names still have not been made public.

Unlike Mrs. Clinton, [Obama] would unambiguously represent change in a race with any Republican. If he vanquishes Billary, he’ll have an even stronger argument to take into battle against a warrior like Mr. McCain.

If Mr. Obama doesn’t fight, no one else will. Few national Democratic leaders have the courage to stand up to the Clintons. Even in defeat, Mr. Obama may at least help wake up a party slipping into denial. Any Democrat who seriously thinks that Bill will fade away if Hillary wins the nomination — let alone that the Clintons will escape being fully vetted — is a Democrat who, as the man said, believes in fairy tales.

Caroline Kennedy, A President Like My Father:
Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.

We have that kind of opportunity with Senator Obama. It isn’t that the other candidates are not experienced or knowledgeable. But this year, that may not be enough. We need a change in the leadership of this country — just as we did in 1960.

Most of us would prefer to base our voting decision on policy differences. However, the candidates’ goals are similar. They have all laid out detailed plans on everything from strengthening our middle class to investing in early childhood education. So qualities of leadership, character and judgment play a larger role than usual.


I want a president who understands that his responsibility is to articulate a vision and encourage others to achieve it; who holds himself, and those around him, to the highest ethical standards; who appeals to the hopes of those who still believe in the American Dream, and those around the world who still believe in the American ideal; and who can lift our spirits, and make us believe again that our country needs every one of us to get involved.

I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans.

If that inspires you, also read Nicholas Kristof's Age of Ambition. It was a great Week in Review this Sunday!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Too funny

If you need a laugh, check out this Tom Cruise parody starring Jerry O'Connell...

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Post #101

Does Hillary think that being bitchy is going to win her more votes? I thought her campaign thought working up some tears was more strategic...

She thinks Obama is "frustrated" because he's come in second in a couple of the primaries? Is she kidding?

Maybe he's frustrated because she and Bill are lying about him, his record, his words, etc., etc. I'm frustrated with them!

Obama does need to find a surrogate who can keep battling it out with Bill on the sidelines so he can get back on message and above the fray...

P.S. According to blogspot, this is my 101st blog post!

Thursday, January 10, 2008


And, here she is with her eyes open...

Bear @ Work

Bear, our 11-week old Yorkie, hates to be left alone (even for 2 minutes), so she often comes to work with me...and sleeps on my desk...

And, yes, I have a great dog-loving boss.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

New Hampshire Speech

Obama's speech last night was even better than the Iowa speech...check it out...

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Obama Bandwagon

I've jumped on! Honestly, I had a hard time getting interested in any of the candidates, but Obama's victory speech last week in Iowa was inspiring...after a little more thought, I've decided he's my candidate.

If you are thinking about it as well, I encourage you to get on board...check out for more info, or to give the campaign a few dollars as they head into Super Tuesday!

And you can watch his Iowa speech here:

Bobby Kennedy, anyone?

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Chris Matthews

I'll echo some other bloggers...someone needs to stop Chris Matthews! I am usually quite entertained by him on Hardball, but he's not doing anything for his reputation tonight. Wow...and I love that Keith Olbermann won't engage him when he says something crazy...


Well, my predication that Hillary would come in third looks like it'll be right...

Congrats to Obama! (and to young voters!)