I'm a born and raised practicing Catholic in a family of Irish-American Catholic Democrats. For me and my family, the Catholic Church isn't just a religion it's our culture: it's how we were raised, educated, interacted with friends, interacted with extended family, and how we will die.
Now I'll be the first to admit that the church has been a really pain in the ass over the last two decades with all the scandals and political games but I still practiced with the faith that the church of my childhood would return. I was raised under Vatican II and I was taught that this Jesus guy was a real decent guy. So decent that we would really have to work hard to be like him - I call him Hard Jesus because he challenges us. But my issue with the church over the past two decades was that the leaders in my church worshiped the Easy Jesus, the one guy who reinforced their inner bigotries and their love of lots of stuff. So how does a church who worships Easy Jesus change to the worship of Hard Jesus?
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Tomorrow, I am dragging 26 people out of their beds at 7am and shipping them off to beautiful Milwaukee Wisconsin to canvas for Obama. That is me walking across the bridge to change the mind of an avid Clinton supporter. See the woman slugging me? Maybe if I bug her one more time I'll be able to convince her. :)
Super Tuesday is officially 8 days from now and all the campaigns have a huge financial hurdle in order to make it past that date. I'm going to keep this diary short and ask you to empty your pockets, clean out behind your sofa cusions and raid the rainy day fund to help your candidate. My candidate happens to be Senator Barack Obama and he has offices opened in each of the Feb 5th primary states. Those offices cost money to rent, to run, and to man.
Step up for Senator Obama and step up for my young friend Populista!
In an unprecedented act in Presidential politics, today Hillary Clinton announced that she as Senator of New York will be endorsing Senator Obama for the Democratic Primary in New York.
After many months of speculation, Hillary Clinton in a clear statement said, "I understand power and I understand money and the one who donates to my campaign is a friend of mine and that is why I endorse Senator Obama for Democratic nominee in this presidential election."
Obama Receives Prized Endorsement from New York Senator
On the evening of January 3, 2008 I'll be watching with anticipation the results of the Iowa Caucus. Like many of you, I'll be pulling my hair out as the results come trickling in wondering why I drank all of the champagne before all the counties closed. Fortunately for me and my candidate, the statistics are on our side so the earlier than expected hangover is well worth it:
A couple weeks ago I had the chance of canvassing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and saw up close the impressive ground operation that Barack Obama has in place. What I experienced was a confident field staff and a well organized canvassing plan. I was really impressed that the staff had a thorough knowledge of the people on the list and the area as a whole. These were not out of state campaign staffers, these were Iowa lifers who have worked on Kerry, Edwards, and Dean campaigns in Iowa.
Today a much coveted endorsement in New Hampshire politics was won by Senator Barack Obama.
Lenore Patton is the chairwoman of the Rockingham County Democrats and-- like every other party leader in NH -- had been relentlessly
courted by the Clinton campaign. Rockingham is one of the largest and most Democratic of NH's 10 counties -- it has a population of over
200,000, accounting for about 1 in 6 NH residents.
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HOWARD DEAN, DNC CHAIRMAN CANDIDATE: We need a 50 state strategy in this country not an 18 state strategy. I run a little organization called Democracy for America. We had candidates in all kinds of states. We won in Alabama. We won in Georgia. We won in Idaho. We won in South Carolina. We won...
DEAN: We did. We won in a lot of states that are so-called red states. There is no such thing as a red state or a blue state. They're all purple states.
Howard Dean on CNN December 12, 2004
One of the Democracy for America candidates that Dean spoke of was Barack Obama. Of the original Dean dozen, Barack Obama campaigned in the reddest of precincts in his state and had support from 40% of Republicans and 75% of Independents in a state that had a long history of sending Republican to office (outside of Chicago). Below the fold we'll discuss the audacity of running in red states.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to canvas for Barack Obama in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As I walked down a street of an exurban precinct, I was approached by a nice man with a big grin.
He said, "I like Obama. I'm not sure if he has enough experience but I think I might vote for him."
Upon hearing this, his neighbor who was sitting on the next house's front porch yelled, "don't listen to him, he is a Repbublican!" After a good laugh I was able to get both gentlemen's names on my canvas list.
I have to say, Republicans in Iowa aren't the evil spawns of Satan as they are portrayed here at DailyKos. Frankly, they were nicer than some of the Democrats I know in Chicago.
Anyway, I got back to the Obama headquarters and shared my experience with the staff there and one said, "You don't know? Republicans for Obama is really big here and we just had a rally in which a third of the audience was Republican. We signed them all of them up for caucus!" I didn't buy it.
Bullshit! I'm sorry but Republicans wont vote for a Democrat.
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I'm sorry but you really need to come to terms that there is a community that is REALLY pissed at Obama right now. This has nothing to do with big name bloggers wanting to put that final nail in Obama's coffin. This isn't some stupid fight between Obama and Avarosis that Obama just won during the debate, this is about pain caused by bigotry.
Another day, another so called "gaffe" by Senator Obama. Monday, while in New Hamshire, Obama again put his foot in his mouth (Actually, "His" refers to Bush's mouth).
"We've got to get the job done there. And that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there."
Over at Talking Point Memos we see that Mitt Romney has jumped on the "gaffe" and is desperately looking for some Hillary Clinton like glory.
The link and more below.
I gotta say, I was ready to let this whole brush up between Hillary and Obama go but Wolfson had to go and say something stupid like this:
Matthews: How would you describe [Sen. Clinton's] position in voting to authorize the war in Iraq believing we weren't going to war, that Bush really didn't intend to go to war. Was that naive?
Wolfson: Look, she's taken responsibility for the vote. She's been asked about this...
Mathews: Wouldn't you call that naive to believe...
Matthews: ...that we're not going to war when everybody thought we were going to war? I thought we were going to war.
Wolfson: I guess 80 percent of the country was naive then.
Matthews: They didn't think Bush would take us to war?
Wolfson: I think people were, believed George Bush was going to do what he said he was going to do, which was to try diplomacy. And he didn't.
Matthews: Anybody who didn't think we were going to war, in the months leading up to the war in Iraq, wasn't paying attention.
My take below