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RonK to Goldy’s Sister: If that’s not betrayal, what is?

Today at HorsesAss (an estimable local liberal blog that has more than its share of state and national victories to its credit), proprietor David Goldstein’s sister in PA guest-posts:

Seven months ago … I organized all of the women in my family for a photo of “Four generations of women for Hillary Clinton.” … Hillary was to be our first woman president, and my now adolescent daughters and I agreed with their cousins and aunts and grandmothers and great-grandmother that it was finally time.

… [BIG BUT]

… I wish the Clintons well and like many of their friends and allies I hope they don’t think I am betraying them, but I am voting for Barack Obama in the Pennsylvania primary.

I responded at length:

… You are betraying them, and profoundly.

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Hillary on Countdown tonight: What will she say?

I gotta hand it to her, she’s got brass ovaries. Yes, we should watch. The decision to go on was unpredictable, although I was hoping she would take Tweety or KO on at some point. If I were her, I’d be prepared for an ambush. KO will probably slip in something about Bosnia, which for some reason really annoys Obamaphiles. Or something sticky like gun control laws.

But now that she has the bespectacled one’s attention, what will *she* say to HIM?

  1. So, you think Gerry Ferraro and I are racists, eh? Why don’t you say that to my face, punk?
  2. You call me a bitch like it’s a bad thing (hat tip Anglachel)
  3. She calls all of Obama’s supporters tense because their elitist, pretentious, irony laden lives prevent them from getting laid.
  4. She tells him that Wall Street types fear a VERY severe recession or even a depression if Obama is elected. Howz THAT for scary? (This is an unconfirmed rumor from my colleague who know a lot of Democratic Wall Street types who are praying for Hillary.)
  5. She will be her usually professional self, polite, assertive, and positive ‘cos she’s not taking any chances.

Make your own predictions in the comments.

“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?”

SCRANTON, Pa. – As Sen. Hillary Clinton was preparing to campaign here today, Sen. Barack Obama was meeting with voters at a diner and apparently pretty hungry.

“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?” he said, when asked a foreign policy question by a reporter at the Glider Diner.

Uh oh. It looks like Barry is getting a little cranky today. Did the “bitter” gun-toting Archie Bunkers hear him whining like that? I wonder what the question was? Next time, maybe Barry should have a snack before he heads to the diner for a photo op with voters. Continue reading

Obama the Unready

That’s what I heard over and over again from Pennsylvanians as I was phone banking yesterday. It usually went something like this:

“I have nothing against him. It doesn’t matter to me what color he is. I just don’t think he’s ready to be president. Maybe in a couple of years. I just wish he would have waited, you know?”

or

“Why would I want to put a first grader in a classroom full of twelfth graders? He’s not going to understand the material.”

or

“I saw that debate on Wednesday and couldn’t understand the guy. He needs to wait”

What struck me was how defensive these voters sounded, like they had to explain themselves. It seems like lots of Pennsylvanians watched that debate and have been paying very close attention. I was really amazed at how many political junkies this primary season has created in PA. My sister rattled off some color play by plays that made me want to ask what she had done with my sister. Had she been abducted and replaced with a politico pod person? Spooky.

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