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When a race is neck and neck

Brian Williams graciously explains the impossibility of Hillary’s campaign. Too bad he leaves out the part about counting every vote. He says she’s behind by every measure without mentioning that all measures leave Florida and Michigan out of the count. Maybe I’m just irritated by his smug self-satisfaction, but his political judgment didn’t impress me:

– Wednesday March 26, 2008

[Update Saturday Morning]

Bill Clinton Agrees with me.  He sent this message in an email this morning:

Here’s the most important thing you need to know about this race: it’s neck-and-neck.

Only 130 delegates separate Hillary from Senator Obama — and that’s not counting Florida and Michigan. The difference in popular vote is less than 1 percent, and millions of voters have yet to make their voices heard. This election should be about their choice.

But now we’re hearing people — elected officials, party members, and Obama campaign surrogates — call for Hillary to pull out.

With the race this close, it sure doesn’t make sense to me that she’d leave now — does it make sense to you?

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  1. I have been trying to tell people that Rev Wright, as we say in the ‘hood “ain’t going nowhere”, no matter how much the Obamabots delude themselves and no matter which delusion the media feed us.

    I know, I know, the story died once the rhetorically gifted Obama gave “the greatest speech since God commanded Moses to demand the release of Israelites from bondage in Egypt”. I know.

    But take a goolok this graph. It’s a chart keeping track of the number of blogposts about Obama that mention Rev Wright. Compare that to the number on blogposts mentioning Obama without Rev. Wright. I think today it’s a 5 to 1 ratio.

  2. Brian Williams works for NBC. Enough said.

    This is so frustrating that I kinda want Obama to take the nomination and as long as 30-40% of Clinton supporters don’t vote for him, he’ll lose. I just want Obama to go away. I’m sick of him, Dean, Pelosi, Brazile. They absolutely disgust me.

  3. March 28, 2008, 5:36 pm
    Clinton Says She’s in It for the Long Haul

    By Jeff Zeleny
    Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigned Friday at a high school in Indiana. (Photo: Richard Perry/The New York Times)

    HAMMOND, Ind. – To answer questions that have been swirling around her candidacy all day, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived here in northwest Indiana – just a few miles from her Democratic rival’s home on Chicago’s South Side – to unequivocally say she has no intention of leaving the presidential race.

    “There are millions of reasons to continue this race: people in Pennsylvania and Indiana and North Carolina and all of the contests yet to come,” Mrs. Clinton said. “This is a very close race and clearly I believe strongly that everyone should have their voices heard and their votes counted and that includes Michigan and Florida.”

    Then, she added: “There is a lot still to be done and I’m looking forward to campaigning hard over the next several months.”

    The late-afternoon press conference came hours after Senator Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, said Mrs. Clinton “has every right, but not a very good reason, to remain a candidate for as long as she wants to.”
    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/28/clinton-says-shes-in-it-for-the-long-haul/index.html

    Go, Hillary!!!!!!!!

  4. Hillary is going to be appearing in my hometown in about an hour!! My mom can’t go, but when she hears from her friend that is going to be there, I’ll give you guys a report. This is the first time since 1968 that the Indiana primary has meant something.

  5. katiebird–

    I can’t stand Brian Williams. He has a room temperature IQ. What a moron. And what happened to his face? It looks like the right side is sagging down. I wonder if he had a stroke or something?

  6. Oh, bostonboomer — that’s so exciting. I wish I could see her. And I can’t stand Brian Williams either. I think he’s a Tom Brokejaw wanna-be.

  7. Blowhards like Williams are just as annoying when they’re on our side as when they’re not. They don’t know any more about politics than we do, but they’re paid millions. So you can consider this another chapter in the continuing class war.

  8. Brian Williams and the rest of the clowns on Msnbc and NBC are an insult to our intelligence. He should go abroad as his daughter did to learn his craft from the foreign press.

  9. Brian Williams and the rest of the clowns on Msnbc and NBC are an insult to our intelligence. He should go abroad as his daughter did to learn his craft from the foreign press.

  10. Well, when I got the DCCC email this morning sign by Nancy Pelosi, about how we can’t let this presidential contest get in the way of important things, I spamblocked DCCC.

    I had threatened to do so when I got emails with “RE: etc” subject lines (which were NOT replies) … and improper (deceptive) header scheme which they used again recently again, but Nancy’s attitude finally pushed me over the edge.

    Apologies to friendly acquaintances on Pelosi’s staff, and Dtrip staff, but I really just had it up to here.

    In other business, I do not think we should fill this space with “FUCK So-and-so”. Choosing up sides and shouting “FUCK” doesn’t advance the cause, it doesn’t make an effective impression, it doesn’t set the stage for effective arguments when we have the opportunities to deliver them, it just brings us down to kos-level.

  11. In other general business, Casey probably still holds a grudge from when his father didn’t get to give his pro-life speech at Bill Clinton’s nominating convention … which he could have done, had he promised to endorse the ticket anyway.

    Casey’s endorsement may help Obama in some corners of PA, but its a BIG tweet on the dogwhistle of judiciary intentions where reproductive issues are concerned. The “pro-life” crowd will here it loud and clear … feminists, pro-science and reproductive choice factions should decode it just as clearly.

  12. what the heck is going on here? it’s like the media and the blogs are trying to create a reality that doesn’t exist. all the people who get their news from the networks are undoubtedly believing this, and wondering why Hillary doesn’t drop out since no one supports her. it’s unreal. hopefully people in the states that still haven’t voted aren’t buying it. the blogs are one thing – really, they can say whatever they want but the networks are supposed to report actual news, or they used to anyway. what happened to that concept?

  13. what the heck is going on here? it’s like the media and the blogs are trying to create a reality that doesn’t exist.

    Chris, that’s what I was trying to say.

    And my fear is that just as the fact of Bush winning the 2000 took hold with the media in the days after the election (and before the Supreme Court decision) this alternate reality could also take root.

    How can we combat it more effectively than we did in November 2000?

  14. Katie……I don’t know if we can combat it. honestly.

    I really think the american people are – dare I say it? – stupid and gullible. these are the people who suddenly thought bush was a great leader after 9-11. what were they thinking? exactly what they were told to think. oy!

    I dunno – I’m totally at a loss here. we need to keep on keeping on but the odds are daunting. the sheeple are being told what to think and they’re pretty compliant as long as they get their fix of britney and american idol. I see it at my job, I see it at my gym, I see it everywhere I go.

    I’m looking hard at the green party. I wish the clintons would look at it too. they’ve done so much for the democratic party and look at the thanks they get. the green party is as close to viable as a third party can get in this two party stranglehold, and their platform is what the democrats ought to be, or used to be, or meant to be.

    I hate to see the clintons loyal to a party that doesn’t return the favor, and I hate to see it for the rest of us too. obviously i have a lot less invested than they do, so it’s less of a big deal for me to switch. I’m just feeling like if there was ever a time to rethink all that I’ve always believed in politically, this is it.

    that said, I’m still supporting Hillary for this race, this time, until whatever happens happens. after that I’m a free woman, unbound by any party loyalty.

  15. Apparently Mr. Williams does not realize that Obama also needs the super delegates to win… but I guess silly old women would deny the first black man the nomination…

  16. Apparently Mr. Williams does not realize that Obama also needs the super delegates to win… but I guess silly old women would deny the first black man the nomination…

  17. I quit moveon.org’s mailing list when they sent me some bs about BO’s “historic speech”. WTF. He didn’t even sever his tie with the demagogue who makes his money off of angry and divisive words. Words matter only if BO says so is the whole speech in a nutshell. That’s not historic; that’s ridiculous. Hillary has all the attributes BO lacks. She’s level-headed, hard-working and motivated. She would make one heck of a president, so I say she should battle on with all her supporters by her side, and BO should move on to his next scandal and political downfall.

  18. I got the DCCC email today and wrote back to their mailbox telling Speaker Pelosi to stop trying to push Hillary out of the race.

  19. Brian Williams provides some of the salivating lickspittle coverage on primary nights. Yeah, he’s a real source of truth and integrity.

    And NBC? The hugest of the huge jokes.

  20. Brian Williams is a huge ego on two legs like most of the other talking heads on NBC.

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