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Big Happenings for Obama

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South Carolina is over, and what a tremendous win for Barack Obama.

Obama not only beat Clinton he absolutely and completely defeated her South Carolina strategy.

So what’s next for Obama & CO?

Big Happenings. It has been leaked that the de facto leader of the Democratic Party Edward Kennedy will endorse Sen. Obama on Monday outside American University. This comes on the tail of the phenomenal op-ed written by his niece and fmr. President John Kennedy’s daughter Caroline. In one of the best pieces of political writing in the New York Times in a long while (and certainly better than their shoddy endorsement of Clinton) Caroline Kennedy wrote:

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.

It’s wonderful to see the Kennedy family taking up their leadership mantle for the Obama campaign.

What’s next for the Democrats then? Everyone is still waiting for the endorsement of Nobel Laureate/Vice President/Academy Award winner/Author/Everything else Al Gore. If Obama can nab both Kennedy and Gore, he has a blank check and the full support of the elders of the Democratic Party.

It would also be the end of the Clinton campaign. The Clinton campaign who has falsely sold themselves as the campaign of experience would be shut down by the two most experienced Democratic minds. The Clinton campaign would be castrated from the image that they are trying to sell that people should consider them experienced. If Ted Kennedy and Al Gore have no consideration for Hillary’s experience then why should the electorate?

As for the other Democrat, he is remaining in the race. Edwards campaign folk are alledging that Edwards will remain in the race until the convention. I suspect Edwards sees a VP spot for himself, but this would be the wrong move for the Obama campaign, and I hope they realize that.

Edwards really has nothing to offer the Obama campaign, and wouldn’t be able to win the Presidency in 8 years. Hopefully he will realize this, but it’s doubtful.

As for the Republicans, John McCain keeps on keeping on. Mitt Romney recently acquired the services of a Cheney, but who really cares? She worked for Fred Thompson first. The country is sick of the Bush family and is certainly sick of the Cheney family.

Rudy Giuliani still remains in the race, but I’m hoping that he drops out soon so the country doesn’t have to continue watching one of the most painful ego trips in political history.

On to Super Tuesday!

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Thoughts on South Carolina and the Democrat’s identity crisis

The moment the Democrats have been waiting for is almost here. It’s the moment where they get to prove themselves in the South and see if they appeal to Southern voters. That’s right, South Carolina primary is here.

This evening the Democrats had an opportunity to debate and that debate was telling in that it revealed what the Democrats see as being the important issues for Southerners: Health Care, Immigration, and the War.

What else is new, it’s whats on everybody’s mind everywhere.

The character I was most surprised about was John Edwards. Whose side is he on? John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain? I don’t even know if he knows.

He just seems to be pandering to everyone these days. During a good portion of the debate he seemed to align to Sen. Clinton in attack Sen Obama and earlier in the week he seemed to endorse McCain as the heir apparent to the Republican nomination. Granted, Edwards endorsement would hurt McCain in the Republican race, but who does Edwards think he is anyways?

Obama gave some interesting answers during the debate. Especially in the area of Health Care in a time when the entire Democratic party is jumping on the Universal Health Care band wagon, Obama is acknowledging the limited resources of our economy, although Mrs. Clinton doesn’t seem to realize this. Clinton said during the debate tonight, “”If you don’t start out trying to get universal health care, we know — and our members of Congress know — you’ll never get there.”

It’s about time someone running says something about the limited resources in our economy, and thank you for Barack Obama for putting the focus on the children.

I am worried that Mrs. Clinton’s with us or against us attitude is what sunk the Children’s Health Care issues in the 90’s and is her problem now.

What seemed to be the most telling aspect of the debate, and the race this evening, is the Democratic party’s crisis of identity. Who exactly do they represent? Is the goal of the Democratic party to be the champion of everybody? Is that a noble goal? Is the endorsement of universal health care for undocumented/illegal immigrants going to take away health care money from legal citizens? Do the Democrats care?

I see Obama caring, but I see Edwards and Clinton getting so caught up in the party line they aren’t able to separate it from reality. The Democrats also seem to be confused over how to represent the working man/woman. I don’t see the Democrats as caring about the working man anymore, instead working on pandering to what they see the working man wanting.

The Democrats have lost touch with the reality of the middle class, especially in regards to the values voters. The race so far has shown clearly how completely the Democrats have sold out the base of their party for the minority interests in the party on values issues and tax issues.

It will be interesting to see who the conservative middle class Southern voters of South Carolina align with in the Democratic party. My bet is the non-confrontational message of Barack Obama. There is something about the observance of Barack Obama to traditional values while working for a change in Washington’s approach to it’s citizenry that I see appealing to South Carolina.

What will this mean for the Democrats?

Well I see it being a hit for John Edwards, who has billed himself as the champion of the middle class and Health care while suing the Health Care workers out of their jobs. I don’t see Edwards lasting for much longer, although I suppose that has been said for a while. Edwards said during the debate, “I also want to know on behalf of voters in South Carolina, how many children are going to get health care because of this? We have got to understand that this is not about us personally.”

My question would be, how many children’s parents had trouble receiving adequate obstetric care in North Carolina due to your practicing malpractice law?

Mrs. Clinton still seems to hold to the party line all the while continuing to attract the women all around the country. I suppose it would be safe to say that Sen. Clinton has a while left in the race, although I don’t see her faring well on Super Tuesday.

Just some thoughts…

Primary Predictions….up to Super Tuesday

Congratulations Mitt Romney! You finally got a big one…even if your father was governor in the state.

John McCain, don’t worry. You’re still fine. Losing because of nepotism again must hurt, but fear not. You are going to do well Super Tuesday.

Here are my predictions for the Primary Season up to Super Tuesday

South Carolina- Congrats to Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee, I think you’re going to win it. Although John McCain, you may still have a chance in South Carolina…keep going strong.

Florida- Rudy Giuliani will not win here. I don’t care how much he is trying. It just will not happen. As for who will win. I think John McCain. The Democrats need to work out the legal issues of the Florida primary before I will comment on the primary.

Nevada- Obama wins, and the Clinton campaign takes a big hit in losing their ally, Harry Reid’s, state. Sign of things to come?

Louisiana- A close race between Huckabee and McCain

Maine- McCain wins here, but it’s close. Maybe a second place for Thompson. Not that it matters.

SUPER TUESDAY!

Alabama- Huckabee/Edwards

Alaska- McCain/Clinton

Arizona- McCain/Obama

Arkansas-Huckabee/Obama

California-McCain/Obama

Colorado- McCain/Obama

Connecticut- McCain/Clinton

Delaware- Romney/Clinton

Georgia- Huckabee/Obama

Idaho- Huckabee/Obama

Illinois- McCain/Obama…congrats to Obama on winning your home state

Kansas- Huckabee/Clinton

Massachusetts-Romney/Obama

Minnesota- Romney/Clinton

Missouri- McCain/Obama

New Jersey- Romney/Clinton

New Mexico- McCain/Obama

New York- Romney/Obama…Clinton loses her home state and possible her Senate seat.
Oklahoma- Huckabee/Obama

Tennessee- Huckabee/Obama…sorry Fred. Tennessee knows how worthless you are.

Utah- Romney/Clinton…Romney clenches the Mormon vote, anybody surprised?

My post super Tuesday expectations: Well, I think we are definitley going to have some front runners. I don’t see Edwards being around past Super Tuesday. Either money will dry up or he will get the message. Clinton will take a big hit but will probably stay in the race for a month or two longer. Obama will have a big day on Feb. 5th and will continue towards the nomination. Start thinking of a GREAT VP. A Republican would be an interesting choice.

For the Republicans. It’ll be tight between Huckabee and McCain. Romney won’t be around for too much longer. Maybe he can move to Utah and become a governor there. Fred Thompson will be gone, and not a moment too soon. I think Giuliani will be gone after his Florida intensive strategy blows up in his face and he sees how everybody thinks he is a weird and unlikable guy. A McCain/Huckabee ticket would be a formidable option, with McCain only staying in for one term. 

Recount in New Hampshire

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Rep. Dennis Kucinich has requested a recount for the Democratic Primary in New Hampshire.

One might ask, didn’t he get obliterated in New Hampshire? The answer is of course yes, but he says it’s not for his gain, it’s for everybody.

Kucinich noted, “serious and credible reports, allegations and rumours” about the integrity of Tuesday’s results.”

David Scanlan, the Dept. Secretary of State for New Hampshire has accepted Kucinich’s recount, but due to election law, Kucinich must pay for the recount. The Kucinich campaign has already sent two thousand dollars into the Secretary of Stare for the purpose of a recount. Scanlan did say that he has received multiple calls from people questioning the integrity of the Democratic primary in New Hampshire

Kucinich specifically cited the enormous polling problems that plagued the Democrats race, with Democrat Barack Obama polling 13 points up before the primary and losing by 4 points in the primary. Kucinich also has credible sources that say that there were significant problems in the hand counting of ballots which were rumored to favor Obama significantly, while the machine counted ballots in the suburban areas of New Hampshire favored Clinton.

What this means: Well, I suppose Obama could win. 4 percent is a lot of ground to reclaim, but anything is possible I suppose. Possible election fraud by Clinton? Well don’t get the conspiracy theorists started on this one, they have far worse pinned on Clinton… The credible and actual affect this will have on the election this year is a closer look at the election procedures by all candidates with more election monitors. The nation can’t handle another 2000 and let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

I applaud Rep. Kucinich for his devotion to transparency and Democracy,as the rest of the candidates look to Michigan, South Carolina and Nevada for wins and momentum there.

Edwards and Clinton get slapped in the face

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Former party nominee John Kerry announced today at the College of Charleston that he will throw his support behind Senator Barack Obama.

This is a huge hit for John Edwards, Kerry’s former running mate, and Hillary Clinton who is a colleague of Kerry’s in the Senate.

In his endorsement, Kerry noted the ability of Barack Obama to unify out country after years of party politics.

His endorsements echo many of the statements made by longtime Obama supporter Tom Daschle who said, “Because of his newness on the scene, he has not created the political opposition and enemies that come with extensive service in politics. He is a clean slate.”

Expectations: This is BIG! Kerry still has a formidable network and an e-mail list of over 3 mil. Expect the Kerry “machine” from 2004 to start to go to work against Clinton. Hopefully this time it can get a win. This, and the Kitchen Workers Union decision to endorse Obama strikes down much of Clinton’s momentum from the surprise win in New Hampshire. Obama is now able to go on the attack again, as Edwards is left crippled by a former ally publicly slapping him in the face. I don’t see Edwards winning South Carolina this time around.

What next: Look for a key endorsement from Al Gore, and see where the rest of the Senate Democrats put their endorsements. Gore will, however, be the big nomination for the Democrats and after how the Gores were treated by the Clintons, I don’t see it going to Hillary…

First Votes Cast in New Hampshire Primary

Dixville Notch and Hart’s Location are infamous for their unusual voting practice. Voting at midnight before everyone else.

While this isn’t like the Hartsfield Landing featured in The West Wing, where the winner of Hartsfield Landing always wins the nomination, the early votes can understandably give some insight into the voting of New Hampshire residents.

Last Presidential election Hart’s Location and Dixville Notch voted for Wesley Clark, who both failed to get the Democratic Nomination and the Presidency.

A little history behind the two town’s tradition of early voting, the small town of Hart’s Location began voting at midnight in 1948 because the whole town had to work all day on the railroad. Although the practice was done away with in 1964, only to be revived in 1996 the practice is a center of media attention.

This year, Dixville Notch may have been accurate with their votes for the Republican and Democratic nominations by voting for John McCain for the Republicans and Barack Obama for the Democrats.

The voters in Dixville Notch were the first to vote this year in a primary.

Announced after Dixville Notch was the town of Hart’s Location. In Hart’s Location Obama and McCain were also the early winners, with Clinton receiving votes in this hamlet. However, for the Republicans Mike Huckabee had an interesting little victory placing second behind John McCain. An omen of events to come later in the day? Another fascinating event was the showing by sometimes Republican Ron Paul who beat Mitt Romney out 4-1.

The Results…

Dixville Notch:

Democrats:

Obama-7

Edwards-2

Richardson-1

Republicans:

McCain-4

Romney-2

Giuliani-1

Hart’s Location:

Democrats:

Obama-9

Clinton-3

Edwards-1

Republicans:

McCain-6

Huckabee-5

Paul-4

Romney-1

Crying? Running? Preaching? What in the world are: Hillary Clinton, Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee thinking?

It would seem that the Clinton campaign is starting to have infighting over the future of the Senator’s campaign, and even more disturbing is Clinton breaking into tears over how hard it is.

Various news sources are beginning to report grumbling within the inner circle of the Clinton campaign who are urging her to drop out of the race after the expected double digit loss in New Hampshire to Senator Barack Obama.

Although, Matt Drudge is also reporting that one spokesman for the Clinton campaign said, “She did not work this hard to get out after one state.” It is rumored that the Ragin’ Cajun, James Carville has urged Clinton to stay in until after Super Tuesday in the hope that she gains momentum there.

Clinton also broke into tears as a campaign stop saying, Some of us put ourselves out there and do this against some pretty difficult odds and we do it, each one of us, because we care about our country.But some of us are right and some of us are wrong.Some of us are ready and some of us are not.

Enough is enough Mrs. Clinton, we understand that you want to be President very much, but crying to get it?

Barack Obama spoke with Diane Sawyer, and responded to Clinton’s tactics for the first time since the Iowa Caucus saying, “I find the manner in which they’ve been running their campaign sort of depressing, lately. It was interesting in the debate, Sen. Clinton saying ‘don’t feed the American people false hopes. Get a reality check, you know?’ I mean, you can picture JFK saying, ‘we can’t go to the moon, it’s a false hope. Let’s get a reality check.’ It’s not, sort of, I think, what our tradition has been.”

All the while third place contender John Edwards seems to be trying to get a position as Barack Obama’s attack dog, or maybe just his Vice President. It was reported that Edwards said that the Clinton campaigns fund of money was going to dry up. After Saturday nights performance attacking Clinton, and his low polling numbers it can easily be surmised what he is going after.

On the Republican side, Mike Huckabee scares America as the Washington Post reports that Huckabee gave a sermon at NH church saying, “When we become believers, it’s as if we have signed up to be part of God’s Army, to be soldiers for Christ.” One really wonders how Huckabee is going to respect the boundary between Church and State and how a non-Christian would ever be able to vote for him.

Expectations for tomorrow’s primary: A 5 point Obama win with Clinton in second and Edwards in third. On the Republican side McCain, Romney, Huckabee, Giuliani, Paul.

I don’t see any of the big three Democrats dropping out right away, but it is possible if Hillary loses by enough. On the Republican side, I could see Mitt Romney dropping out by Friday but everyone else staying in. My question for Ron Paul still is, why are you running as a Republican? I don’t think he has a realistic conception of what he can do for the Republican Party or a realistic conception of who actually likes him and what his chances are.