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Ear to the Ground

Road Burn Sets In for Obama and Clinton

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Posted on Apr 24, 2008
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After yet another big push—and facing more of the same—Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are, unsurprisingly, feeling the strain of the long campaign trail. Meanwhile, top Dems Harry Reid, Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi may make their own push—to urge superdelegates to make their presidential preferences known by July 1.

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As the Democrats continue their long days of tussling, Republican nominee-in-waiting McCain has pared back his schedule considerably from the before-sunup to after-sundown days of the GOP primary fight. Energetic at 71, he would be the oldest person ever elected president.

Since the Arizona senator wrapped up the nomination last month, he has kept to just one or two public events a day. To be sure, he’s at work behind the scenes raising money and preparing for the general election. But most weekends he opts for down time in Phoenix or at his cabin in Sedona, Ariz., resting up for the fall fight.

It’s a luxury Obama and Clinton don’t have.

The next Democratic primaries—Indiana and North Carolina—are May 6, just two weeks away, and the stakes are extraordinary.

So, the excruciatingly long days will continue.

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By Aegrus, April 25, 2008 at 6:20 am Link to this comment

Well, I think you’re wrong because I know Obama will be our next president. Little flimsy, maybe. Little faithful, sure. Little overconfident, absolutely.

You will be very surprised during the Barack Obama Presidency. I think we’ll all be a lot happier.

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By vonwegen, April 24, 2008 at 11:08 pm Link to this comment
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Nonsense, jack—it’s Hillary who cannot win: all you need to do is look at the way she has run her campaign so far. In the months leading up to January, she massively overspent, and she had no Plan B in the event that the contest did not end on Super Tuesday.

No one is to blame for this predicament other than Hillary herself, and what a predicament it is! Even if she won all the remaining state and U.S. territory primaries, she would have to carry them by an 80-20 margin to make up the delegate deficit. Sounds impossible, because it is.

Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign was run by James Carville—just go back and compare that with the shambolic campaign run by Mark Penn up until last month, and it becomes clear that the current Clinton campaign team is seriously out of its depth.

And here is the big thing to remember: In November, we are not only voting for President, but also the Supreme Court. If you want more Supreme Court justices like Samuel Alito and John Roberts, vote McCain.

If you don’t, you know what you have to do, otherwise you will richly deserve the consequences you get.

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By jacksmith, April 24, 2008 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment
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It’s time for everyone to face the truth. Barack Obama has no real chance of winning the national election in November at this time. His crushing defeat in Pennsylvania makes that fact crystal clear. His best, and only real chance of winning in November is on a ticket with Hillary Clinton as her VP.

Hillary Clinton seemed almost somber at her victory speech. As if part of her was hoping Obama could have defeated her. And proved he had some chance of winning against the republican attack machine, and their unlimited money, and resources. In all honesty. I felt some of that too.

But it is absolutely essential that the democrats take back the Whitehouse in November. America, and the American people are in a very desperate condition now. And the whole World has been doing all that they can to help keep us propped up.

Hillary Clinton say’s that the heat, and decisions in the Whitehouse are much tougher than the ones on the campaign trail. But I think Mr. Obama faces a test of whether he has what it takes to be a commander and chief by facing the difficult facts, and the truth before him. And by doing what is best for the American people by dropping out of the race, and offering his whole hearted assistance to Hillary Clinton to help her take back the Whitehouse for the American people, and the World.

Mr. Obama is a great speaker. And I am confident he can explain to the American people the need, and wisdom of such a personal sacrifice for them. It should be clear to everyone by now that Hillary Clinton is fighting her heart out for the American people. She has known for a long time that Mr. Obama can not win this November. You have to remember that the Clinton’s have won the Whitehouse twice before. They know what it takes.

If Mr. Obama fails his test of commander and chief we can only hope that Hillary Clinton can continue her heroic fight for the American people. And that she prevails. She will need all the continual support and help we can give her. She may fight like a superhuman. But she is only human.


Jacksmith… Working Class grin

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