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Good morning, everybody! Are you ready to do battle again today? Hokay, gird your loins ‘cos here we go.

  • First, I would like to draw your attention to something that needs your attention. Did you know that March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month? Betcha ya didn’t even have time to shop or anything. It seems to come earlier and earlier each year, doesn’t it? But seriously, folks, colorectal cancer is no laughing matter but it is treatable if detected early. The problem is that frequently the signs of colorectal cancer are no signs at all. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it. You can eat your veggies AND you can get screened. To find out more about how to fight this disease, check out The ColoRectal Cancer Coalition or the Screen For Life page at the CDC. And remember, you won’t always be young and beautiful. Even Clintonistas age gracefully.
  • For those of you who want to see the *whole* segment of Chelsea Clinton gracefully but firmly telling the Obamaphile in the audience to “Mind your own business”, complete with applause, you can find it at Breitbart.TV.
  • Boston Boomer pointed me to this post on Noquarter about Greg Craig, a former lawyer for the Clintons. I don’t know if we could legitimately accuse him of violating attorney-client privilege but who knows if he’s been playing 20 Questions with the Obama strategists? I know that careers in Washington can veer into the incestuous and all that but really, perception is reality in this game and unless he can prove there is a firewall between his work for the Clintons and his current work for Obama, he probably should just stick to mailing envelopes and assembling yard signs.
  • Peeps, I received an email from the DFA last night asking me to take action over James Carville’s provocative remarks about Rill Richardson. It seems to me that Bill Richardson is a big boy and can take care of himself and Carville hasn’t retracted his remarks. In fact, he seems rather insistent about sticking to them and going one step further. I applaud him for that. I don’t want him to break down. It’s time for Carville and other friends of Clinton to stop capitulating to the aggressive intimidation of groups like DFA, Move-on and the Obama campaign itself. But what really frosted my crockies about this email is that it was sent from the DFA itself which is run by Jim Dean, Howard’s brother. And the email was specifically directed against Carville, but not the anonymous DNC official who described Hillary as a Tonya Harding kneecapper. That $#@!’s gotta stop. Yesterday, March 25, 2008, was a turning point for me. If the DNC doesn’t rein these people in and stop tilting the scales for Obama, I don’t know how I will muster up the initiative to vote for him in the fall. I know that Hillary will want me to support the party nominee but this is not about my advocacy for Clinton or my respect for her or her husband. This is about the destructiveness of the Obama campaign and the way the DNC has treated its loyal base of support. We’ve been called everything from stupid old bitches to “typical white people”, which is a code term for racists. Our votes have been deliberately disenfranchised, not only in Florida and Michigan, but by extension, everywhere a state has gone decisively for Clinton. And Senator Obama has allowed this, perhaps even encouraged this, on his behalf. Guys, as bad as John McCain may be, I am seriously concerned that an Obama presidency may be worse. Due to the overt negativity of his campaign and the brutality of his campaign’s tactics in crushing dissent, I have no expectation that he will be a more ethical or Democratic president than George Bush was. I plan to write a letter to the superdelegates expressing my concerns. Had Obama conducted his campaign in a less destructive manner, I might feel differently about him. In fact, as recently as Super Tuesday, I was willing to vote for him had he become my nominee. But I simply can’t at this point and this is as much a reflection on the Democratic party as Obama himself. I feel alienated from the party that I have considered my own since I was old enough to vote. At this point, I do not feel that Obama is a viable candidate in the general election. He is going to have to spend just as much time wooing the Democrats back as the Republicans and Independents. I won’t forget the way I was treated this year. You guys can take your own steps. But as Anglachel describes quite forcefully, this has been an assault on my self-respect and dignity and this is where I have to draw the line. (Note to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi: Expect this to have severe downticket consequences)

Ok, that’s all I have to say for awhile. I need to work for awhile. Later…

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  1. riverdaughter–

    I reached the same point a couple of weeks ago. I know I’m never going be able to fill in the bubble next to Obama’s name if it is on my ballot–I hope it will be Hillary’s name instead.

    Have you seen Larry Johnson’s latest piece at No Quarter? It sounds kind of serious, but I’m not a legal expert. Apparently Greg Craig, who is an Obama advisor and surrogate has been feeding Obama lots of info to attack Hillary with, yet he was an attorney to the Clintons for years and even during the impeachment mess. I don’t know what to think about it. I wish Litigatormom would weigh in.

    http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/03/26/new-obama-scandal-top-obama-adviser-could-face-legal-disbarment/#more-1934

    Also–do you want me to delete my post below? I thought you might be sleeping late this am and was trying to help out. I’ll gladly delete it or you can.

  2. “Had Obama conducted his campaign in a less destructive manner, I might feel differently about him. In fact, as recently as Super Tuesday, I was willing to vote for him had he become my nominee. But I simply can’t at this point and this is as much a reflection on the Democratic party as Obama himself. ”

    I had that same moment about 2 weeks ago – I just cannot bring myself to vote Democratic if Hillary is not the nominee. I will not vote for McCain either. It’s a depressing situation to ponder and very difficult to watch unfold.

    Thanks for a great site!

  3. BB: Why should I want to delete your post? *I* don’t own this site. *WE* own this site.

  4. Thanks rd. I still feel kind of nervous about putting anything up.

  5. BB: You’re stuff has been very well received as has Katiebird’s. People like the positive reasons for voting for Hillary and you and Kbird are doing splendidly in that regard.

  6. Obama stood silent when Hillary, Chelsea and women were degraded and offended by members of the media. He did not speak out because it was to his benefit to belittle Hillary. That’s when my family and i decided we would stay home if Obama is the nominee.And i wrote to Carville thanking him for his honesty and truth. I suggest others do the same.

  7. Oh these stoopid stoopid voters, and let alone those goddamm Democrats! Ergh!

    If they were only as smart as the brilliant scholars that are Obama supporters:

    Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

    Obama’s reviews are 46% favorable and 52% unfavorable. For Clinton, those numbers are 45% favorable, 52% unfavorable. A Rasmussen Reports video examines which candidates voters trust more on issues such as privacy, the environment, abortion, Social Security, and the War on Terror.

    In the Democratic Presidential Nomination, it’s Clinton 46%, Obama 43%. For the past week-and-a-half, Obama’s support has been between 43% and 47% every day. Clinton’s support has ranged from 42% to 46% (see recent daily results). New polling data from Pennsylvania shows Clinton with a ten-point late in the Keystone State’s April 22 Primary. In discussing that Primary, Governor Ed Rendell indicates that the Clinton campaign is ready to keep fighting to the end of the primaries and beyond.

    The division in the Democratic Party is highlighted by the fact that just 71% of Democratic Primary voters now say they will vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election campaign. If Barack Obama is nominated, 64% of Democratic Primary voters are ready to vote for him. The way in which the Democratic Nomination is resolved will ultimately determine whether the nominee will enjoy stronger support from the party’s base.
    Clinton is currently viewed favorably by 74% of Democrats nationwide, Obama by 67%
    . By way of comparison, McCain is viewed favorably by 83% of Republicans.

    But hey, it’s all Hillary Clinton’s fault!!!

  8. Obama stood silent when Hillary, Chelsea and women were degraded and offended by members of the media. He did not speak out because it was to his benefit to belittle Hillary. That’s when my family and i decided we would stay home if Obama is the nominee.And i wrote to Carville thanking him for his honesty and truth. I suggest others do the same.

  9. I pretty much made up my mind a while ago that I would not vote for Obama. However I was quite surprised when I heard my wife (who has been less adamant about it) tell me that there is not way she will vote for Obama.

    I am not happy about it as I would have liked seeing a Democrat in the WH. It may still happen, but it seems less and less likely.

  10. Riverdaughter –

    I got that same email from DFA and I sent them an email back saying that I agreed with what Carville said and that I wasn’t sending ANY money to them or the DNC until they did something about the disenfranchisement of FL and MI. What a bunch of jerks.

  11. riverdaughter…check out Anglachel’s Journal today…it’s a wowzer!!

    And I think she has hit on something!

  12. I don’t like or trust Obama. I hope Hillary gets the nomination. But I think we all need to think very long and hard before we say we won’t vote for Obama if he gets the nomination. There is still the lesser evil, and McCain is much more likely to add to the bloody toll of the last 5 years than Obama is. So I’ll hold my nose and vote for Obama if I have to, and I hope most Dems will do the same.

  13. tdraicer, on March 26th, 2008 at 11:15 am Said:

    So I’ll hold my nose and vote for Obama if I have to, and I hope most Dems will do the same.

    ______

    I feel the same. I’ll hate selecting him but I don’t want to be like those Nadarites. There is a difference between McCain and Obama, even though I like neither of them.

  14. tdraicer: Obama has to *earn* my vote. He doesn’t get it simply because I’m a Democrat. And until he attempts to do it, I will not take any more abuse at the hands of my own party. They ought to think long and hard about what they are doing because at this point, I am not convinced that Obama would be the lesser of two evils. That doesn’t mean I will vote for McCain. But Obama has not made his case for why I should give him my vote and he’d be well advised to not take it for granted. It is time we stood up for ourselves.

  15. lisadawn82: I know how you feel but your attitude is just going to make the problem worse. Now is the time, before the convention, when the nomination is still up in the air to warn the DNC that they cannot take our votes for granted.

  16. riverdaughter says:
    ‘ I won’t forget the way I was treated this year.
    You guys can take your own steps’

    So…big giant step for tucsonlynn!
    I just did something that I have been thinking of for a couple of weeks. I went online and changed my party registration. I feel kind of sick about it, but don’t think I am comfortable with the Democratic Party anymore. So now I am officially listed as No Party Preference.
    Perhaps it is just a symbolic gesture, but if a lot of people do this, the Democratic ‘leadership ‘ will have to notice.
    I will send a copy of the verification to my local Dem HQ and explain myself.

  17. tucsonlynn: “So now I am officially listed as No Party Preference.”

    I did that in August. My wife remains a Dem. You say “I feel kind of sick about it”… I did not like it at first at it, but now I am OK with it, plus I lean and will always lean left.

    You can always change back to D when you feel otherwise.

  18. Wow, tusconlynn. I applaud you. I wonder if I will have the guts to do that. Right now I just think like I might schedule a root canal on election day and bypass the whole thing.

    And riverdaughter. Bravo! I feel exactly the same way. The Democratic party and the Obama campaign have done worse than take my vote for granted. They have spat upon it and I just might not feel like cleaning up their spittle off of it and casting it in November.

  19. UpstateNY,

    Oh yes, I know I can, and certainly hope to be able to do so. Our primaries are closed due to a ruling by our Gov. who used the closed primary for her own advantage in the past and only after she was enticed by the dangling carrot that Obama offered her, stated that she now thinks the primary should be open.
    So it will probably change before her time in office is up.
    Glad to hear you feel better about it now. I wonder about doing a mass re-registration drive effort here.
    Hmmm. next new project?

  20. They have spat upon it and I just might not feel like cleaning up their spittle off of it and casting it in November.

    great line Maria! May I use it in my letter to the superdelagtes ?

  21. Feel free Lynn. I’ve been holding that sentiment in for a couple of weeks now. Feels great to let it out.

  22. I, too, am in the process of becoming a left-leaning independent voter. It’s something of a liberating experience to no longer feel obligated to defend the indefensible in the Democratic Party. I have been unsubscribing to a lot of sites that used to receive my contributions on occasion and have taken advantage of the opportunity to tell them why when asked.

  23. I can only suggest that we remember this is all spin and strategy and that for now we just “don’t believe it.”

    Whatever IT is:

    whether IT’s the math, we just don’t believe it, we call it what it is, strategy, and point out that surprise landslide victories have occurred before and remind folks still voting that every vote counts

    whether IT’s how allegedly unethical Clinton is, no matter WHO levels the charge, we just don’t believe it, and we call it for what it is, strategy; and if we have to, we demand evidence of those allegations or point to discrepancies in Obama’s words and records, we do, and we argue

    whether IT’s what she’s allegedly doing to the democratic party, no matter WHO is leveling the charge, we just don’t believe it; we call it for what it is, strategy; and we remind folks that Clinton and the DNC favored primary revotes in MI and FL and had found ways to pay for them but Obama nixed the ideas; we remind folks that it is not now the Clinton campaign trying to rush things here and silence other states besides those two; we remind folks that, in a race this close, WV’s vote matters as much as VA’s.

    I would call this pyschological warfare on the part of the MSM and Obama campaign, but maybe that’s extreme. However, the PA primary is still a long way off, and this is going to take endurance.

    Whatever IT is, call it for what it is, strategy, and remind yourself that if time and votes weren’t on Clinton’s side, these attacks would not be coming so furiously and wouldn’t smell so much of desperation.

  24. Is this an open thread?

    Vote for your favorite female blogger here:
    http://www.wvwv.org/womens-voices-making-history

    Taylor Marsh, Digby, Melissa McEwan, and Emptywheel are nominated. Vote for your favorite!!

    (Why Anglachel and Digby don’t generally get the recognition they deserve, even though the quality of their writing is miles and miles ahead of Chris Bower?)

  25. The sad reality is that this is not a Nader-like situation, but a last-ditched attempt to salvage the Democratic party–the last refuge many of us have left in American politics–by refusing to reward a scorched earth policy hellbent on destroying it, all for the sake of a petty power play.

    If one votes for Obama after all the casual misogynistic bigotry, what makes anyone think the Democratic party won’t be even more emboldened to hold the woman voter in contempt? If we don’t demand change now, when will we ever have the leverage to do so?

    Some Democratic men have tried extorting a vote from women like my mother and sister by shrieking, “Roe!” but they honestly have no confidence–at all–that Obama would choose legitimately pro-choice judges for fear they’d be too “divisive.” They just don’t trust him, especially considering his strong pattern of appeasing the right and dividing the left when push comes to shove.

    At best, voting for Obama (further) legitimizes misogynistic bigotry and the DNC’s contempt for democracy. I will not vote for McCain, but I will stay home. McCain would be bad as a president, but it’s about time Congress learn to fight back (i.e. do its damn job).

    Besides, I’d be terrified of an Obama presidency during these trying times–not because he’d be worse than McCain–but because he is simply not qualified for the job, would cower to the right, and we’d take the blame for the Bush/Cheney clusterfuck of epic proportions on domestic and foreign policy. An Obama presidency would just set us up for the resurrection of the neo-conservative movement.

  26. Link goodies. Please spread this. Hillary is AMAZING talking about Katrina. Please watch and pass it on.

  27. I keep hearing the argument over and over again that we have to support the democrat, no matter who they are, for a variety of reasons: Roe v. Wade, the Iraq War, the economy, etc. The problem is, he is one of the first democrats I’ve ever seen run who I doubt really supports the democratic side of those issues. He has been less than stellar on women’s issues. In fact, he has yet to even talk about women’s issues. In regard to the Iraq War, we should look a lot more closely at his advisors and their background. I just saw a very scary story this morning at Cannonfire about one of Obama’s foreign policy advisors who supported Pol Pot and directly caused a lot of the damage leading to the current situation in Iran:

    http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2008/03/whats-few-riled-up-muslims.html

    His economic advisors are in favor of privatizing social security, just like the wingnuts. Do we really think this guy is a democrat, just because he is running as one? I don’t have that confidence. I have more confidence in expanding our gains in the House and Senate and then letting them keep McCain in check. I have no confidence they will keep a fellow democrat in check, particularly since they are enabling him now.

  28. DFA makes me vomit. That is all. Over and out. 😉

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