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How Is Obama the Underdog?

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Posted on Feb 6, 2008
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Somehow Barack Obama has managed a political hat trick. He appears to have won the most delegates on Super Tuesday, he certainly has the most money (Clinton loaned herself $5 million while Obama is on track to set more records), and yet somehow he’s also winning the expectations game.

When the race is this tight, it’s good to be the candidate who isn’t expected to win, especially if you’re flush with cash and momentum.

Part of Clinton’s fundraising problem is that half of her donors have already maxed out. Obama has raised massive amounts from very small donations. In fact, 10,000 of his donors gave between $5 and $10.


Politico:

Barack Obama’s campaign is on track to raise another $30 million in February, sources close to the Illinois senator say, while Hillary Rodham Clinton’s spokesman revealed Wednesday that she had loaned her campaign $5 million.

Insiders in both campaigns say the growing financial disparity virtually ensures that Obama will be able to significantly outspend Clinton in the critical primaries to come.

Even before all the Super Tuesday votes were counted, Obama began airing advertisements in Nebraska, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Maine—the next round of primary and caucus states—before Clinton did.

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By brewerstroupe, February 7, 2008 at 5:55 pm Link to this comment

Obama’s South Carolina victory speech:

“We’re up against the belief that it’s all right for lobbyists to dominate our government, that they are just part of the system in Washington. But we know that the undue influence of lobbyists is part of the problem, and this election is our chance to say that we are not going to let them stand in our way anymore.”

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By brewerstroupe, February 7, 2008 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment

But in the autumn of 2006, there was a chance to take a step in the right direction: Senate Amendment No. 4882, an amendment to a Pentagon appropriations bill that would have banned the use of cluster bombs in civilian areas.

Senator Obama of Illinois voted IN FAVOR of the ban.

Senator Clinton of New York voted AGAINST the ban.

http://mediabloodhound.typepad.com/weblog/2008/02/hillary-vs-obam.html

12/09/2006
IDF commander: We fired more than a million cluster bombs in Lebanon

“What we did was insane and monstrous, we covered entire towns in cluster bombs,” the head of an IDF rocket unit in Lebanon said regarding the use of cluster bombs and phosphorous shells during the war.”

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/761781.html

The Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, David A. Harris, puts to the lie the nasty bit of propaganda by US “Left” Zionists who downplay the role of the Jewish Lobby in securing whole-hearted US White House and Congressional support for Israel’s destruction of Lebanon. . . . “In the recent conflict with Hezbollah, once again the United States demonstrated its willingness to stand by Israel, provide vital support and withstand the pressure of many US allies who would have wished for an earlier end to the fighting even if it meant keeping Hezbollah largely intact and in place . . . Whatever the primary factor, there can be no doubt that American Jewry is an essential element of the equation (yoking the US to Israel). This is all the more reason why American Jewry need to work day in and day out to ensure that the mutually beneficial link [sic] goes from strength to strength.” (Jerusalem Post, August 25, 2006)

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Aug06/Petras29.htm

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By KNSat, February 7, 2008 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment
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Gee, someone sure has a lot of time on his/her hands…

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By ender, February 7, 2008 at 11:25 am Link to this comment

LD quote:  “MR. Obama spends more time working his gums,telling us how he would have voted on the war, had he been a senator, then doing the work he was elected to do. We don’t need the next president trying to out do Bush on ‘most time spent vacationing away from the White House.”

Half of the presidential candidates were senators.

Obama opposed the war from the beginning, even though voting for it initially despite verbally opposing it.  He is one of the few with the guts to have voted against further funding of the war.

My problem with Obama is the same as with all of the other candidates except Ron Paul,who is more evangelical than Shrub, is that all of them have been bought or blackmailed by AIPAC, and continue to show support for Israels terrorist and apartheid policies and actions.

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By GrammaConcept, February 7, 2008 at 10:54 am Link to this comment

“Be the change you wish to see in the world..”
-Gandhi

“We are the ones we have been waiting for..”
-Hopi Prophecy

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By dammit, February 7, 2008 at 8:24 am Link to this comment

Nothing’s been said in the last 30 years that hasn’t been said before.  An interesting thing about Obama’s messages is that they hit home and are copied by all the other candidates. He’s already leading the leaders.

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By Michele Hemenway, February 7, 2008 at 7:11 am Link to this comment
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The bad news for the west wing watcher is that those ideas actually originate from the great examples in our world, such as Gandhi, not a television show.

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By Aegrus, February 7, 2008 at 6:18 am Link to this comment

The fact is when the media constantly diminishes your campaign as a fight for minority votes, when you’re running against a huge establishment candidate and no one expected you to be anything but an Uncle Tom candidate…. you’re always the underdog.

He’s just the Rocky Balboa underdog. Hillary is totally Apallo Creed.

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By Debra Istvanik-Strotman, February 6, 2008 at 10:48 pm Link to this comment

Oprah is responsible for the money Obama is collecting.

I have watched Obama flit from one talk show to another. Watched him run around the country from the beging as though he were some famous actor. How does a Jr. Senator accomplish the people’s work when he’s never at a desk.

MR. Obama spends more time working his gums,telling us how he would have voted on the war, had he been a senator, then doing the work he was elected to do. We don’t need the next president trying to out do Bush on ‘most time spent vacationing away from the White House.’

Yes, Oprah will see that the ‘very green, junior senator’ has all the money he needs.
After all Oprah’s new mantra is “Our time has come.”

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By westwingjunkie, February 6, 2008 at 10:18 pm Link to this comment
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Obama tweaking West Wing transcripts for his speeches

These are great episodes from the West Wing. And when I heard his speech from Tuesday night, thought it sounded familiar. Now we know where his inspiration comes from. Still gonna support for him though

 

West Wing Season 2 Ep.2 (In the shadow of two Gunmen) 38 mins 50 sec
Bartlet
what began on the commons in Concord, Massachusetts, as an alliance
of farmers and workers, of cobbles man and tinsmiths, of statesmen and students,…

Obama (Feb5)
What began as a whisper in Springfield soon carried across the cornfields of Iowa, where farmers and factory workers, students and seniors stood up in numbers we have never seen before.

 

 

 

West Wing Season 4 Ep.22 (Commencement) 25 mins 40sec
BARTLET
“You must be the change” - is that it? “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Obama (Feb5)
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

 


Going to read some of the transcripts from Obama stump speeches. There are bound to be some other ideas that come from hit Tv shows

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By DennisD, February 6, 2008 at 5:52 pm Link to this comment
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“Obama has raised massive amounts from very small donations. In fact, 10,000 of his donors gave between $5 and $10.”

“Barack Obama’s campaign is on track to raise another $30 million in February.” - after $32 million in January.

I’d say very little of his campaign IOU’s are coming from small donors. The fact that Hillbilly has already maxed out half of her IOU holders is just as scary.

No matter who wins, we’re once again assured of having the best corporately owned government that money can buy.

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