Shana Stull, Clinton's Springfield, OR field organizing director, was the first state field organizer put on the ground in Oregon to GOTV. She and her daughters, 1-year old Doreen (left) and 3-year old Amelie. Clinton volunteers participated in a very special GOTV effort Sunday - they made over 500 phone calls in an hour, to celebrate Amelie's third birthday party. Afterwards, they helped Amelie blow out candles on her cake and celebrated.
"I’m proud that my daughters are involved in the campaign here in Oregon,” Shana said. “We’ve already made history, and I hope to truly make history by electing Hillary as our next President. This campaign has been an amazing joy that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. As a mom, I know Hillary will fight for our families as president."
Sen. Obama won't be in Oregon tomorrow night; and he certainly won't be in Kentucky. And he isn't going to be in Illinois, either. Nope. He's going to be in Iowa, where
he'll declare "victory" in the Democratic presidential nomination process. Oops. He's decided that isn't such a good strategy after all.
"MILWAUKIE, Ore. — Concerned about appearing presumptuous or antagonistic towards Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama will not declare victory in the Democratic nomination fight Tuesday in the event he wins enough pledged delegates to claim a majority."
"Rather, he'll tiptoe right up to the line, without explicitly asserting the race is over."
Perhaps it has occurred to him that a) Florida's and Michigan's delegates and voters haven't been included; b) there are still three remaining contests: Montana, South Dakota, and Puerto Rico; c) he's already pissed-off an awful lot of people; and d) he might just need "us" to win a GE in November.
For what it's worth, completely writing off two big swing states - Florida and Michigan, totalling ignoring voters in two others (West Virginia, where he suffered a humiliating 41-point defeat, and Kentucky, a state Hillary Clinton is going to win by a similar huge margin), and disregarding the will of the voters in three remaining primary contests doesn't constitute a "victory" - unless the Howard Dean-Barack Obama 50-State-Strategy is just a whole lotta B.S.
Yep. I couldn't agree more:
"On March 25, 2008, I officially resigned from the Democratic Party by e-mailing my District Chairperson. At that time, I said I would never rejoin the party unless they fixed the Michigan and Florida problem. Being my optimistic self, and having a certain faith in the Democrats from years of being a Democratic activist, I imagined they would put a priority on solving the problem. Silly, stoooooopid, me."
"The DNC has clearly delayed solving the problem ... solving the problem by the main principle of democracy (one-person, one-vote) would have meant validating the votes as they stand, giving all the uncommitteds to Senator Obama ... That solution done in a timely fashion would have allowed Senator Clinton to benefit from the momentum that such a solution might have generated for her. Clearly, the DNC did not want that to happen."
"At this point, it doesn't matter to me if eventually the DNC fixes the MI/FL problem in some manner, IT IS TOO LATE, BABY DEAN, WAY TOO LATE."
This poll is nothing new to those of us who are looking at GE electoral votes and "battleground states" in the Fall election. It's worth repeating: Clinton does better against John McCain (and wins in electoral-rich battleground states, like OH, PA, FL:
"... Clinton ... does outperform Obama in Ohio. She leads McCain 50% to 43% and is supported by 83% of the state’s Democratic voters (compared to 65% for Obama). Clinton has a significant lead over McCain among Ohio voters who earn less than $60,000 annually."
According to a "written statement," Kennedy is resting and will remain hospitalized until tests are completed:
"'He's doing well and anxious to get back to work. Doctors are still evaluating him and we expect the senator to remain in the hospital for a couple of days while they finish their work," according to a written statement. 'It's likely the senator will take a few days off at home before returning to the Senate.'"
"While Kennedy suffered what first appeared to be stroke-like symptoms, the senator's primary care physician, Dr. Larry Ronan, later said preliminary tests had ruled out a stroke and Kennedy appeared to have been the victim of a seizure, an electrical disturbance in the brain. Ronan and other physicians were conducting a battery of tests, the results of which may not be available until Tuesday."
Our thoughts and best wishes to Sen. Kennedy for a speedy recovery.
Now, here's an oldie but a goodie, in honor of today's theme: "It's Too Late, Baby"
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