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  •  Now them's some 'new unity politics'! (1+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for adding video to the diary.  Appreciate the effort.

    •  not to mention (5+ / 0-)

      hijacking. but "community" "standards" have decreed that you're only allowed to write diaries criticizing hillary.

    •  Unity? I'm just pointing out the un-unified (2+ / 0-)
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      comment that Hillary Clinton made.

      "I think you’ll be able to imagine many things Senator McCain will be able to say — he’s never been the president, but he will put forth his lifetime of experience," Mrs. Clinton said aboard her campaign plane as she flew to Dallas. "I will put forth my lifetime of experience. Senator Obama will put forth a speech he made in 2002."

      In other words, Hillary Clinton thinks that Republican Senator McCain is more qualified to be President than Barack Obama. Please explain. How that comment helps to unify the Democratic party? She's doing more to divide the party and give McCain more talking points against the Democrats.

      What I don't understand is, if Hillary Clinton and John McCain are so qualified to run anything, why are their campaigns such a mess? Why have they had to borrow money? Why are their ground games such a shambles? Why aren't thousands of people showing up at one time to hear them speak?

      Meanwhile, Obama has not had to borrow money. His ground game is awe-inspiring and he fills stadiums when he speaks. The organization and success of his campaign just demonstrates how prepared he is to be President.

      •  Can she campaign? What's wrong (4+ / 0-)
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        with her saying she's the better candidate?  

        There is absolutely nothing wrong with that quote--he and Axelrod have spent days touting the one speech.  It's been a mainstay.  It's his argument.  She's making her usual argument and it's hardly offensive.

         

        •  you're absolutely right. (3+ / 0-)
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          It seems that any statement made by HRC or her supporters that supports her case for her nomination over Obama's is somehow a smear.  Yet, Obama supporters have no problem spending every waking breath slamming HRC for one thing or another, and that's somehow ok.  I call that hypocrisy.

          Evolution: Fact everywhere else, but only a theory in the Republican gene pool. (-8.00/-7.23)

          by slynch on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 07:28:24 PM PST

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        •  No problem with her campaigning ... (0+ / 0-)

          and no problem with her saying, "I am the better candidate. I have more experience."

          But when she included McCain in her statement by implying he would make a better president than Obama, she crossed a line.

          I was not an "Obama" supporter until Hillary Clinton started showing her arrogance. She wants to be President of this country, and yet she can't even run her campaign efficiently. She was so sure that she would have the nomination wrapped up after Super Tuesday, she didn't have a Plan B. If you thinking spending her campaign funds on luxury hotels is a good way to secure the nomination, then support her.

          Nearly $100,000 went for party platters and groceries before the Iowa caucuses, even though the partying mood evaporated quickly. Rooms at the Bellagio luxury hotel in Las Vegas consumed more than $25,000; the Four Seasons, another $5,000. And top consultants collected about $5 million in January, a month of crucial expenses and tough fund-raising.

          Donors Worried by Clinton Campaign Spending

          But if she can't even manage her campaign budget, had to loan her campaign $5 Million, and had to ask workers to go without a paycheck, do you really think she's the best choice to manage the country?

          How come we don't ever hear any stories about the Obama campaign running short funds, having to borrow or lend the campaign money, or spending the funds on luxury accommodations? Sure seems to me that he has a lot more respect for the hard-earned money his supporters have sent him in small donations of $5 and $10, then Hillary shows for her donors who maxed out at $2,300.

          •  And another thing ... (0+ / 0-)

            don't you think it would be nice if Hillary Clinton paid her bills, especially the ones to small businesses who can't afford to carry her in their  Accounts Receivable for months? Do you think that somebody who is supposed to be for the little people should be putting them in a position to take her to small claims court to collect?

            It was just $2,492.63, a pittance, really, alongside million-dollar television buys and direct mail drops.

            But with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination enduring a rough patch, Peter Semetis, the owner of a deli and catering business in Lower Manhattan, had been following the news and growing increasingly worried that he was not going to be paid for the assorted breakfast trays, coffee, tea and orange juice he had provided the campaign for an event in mid-December.

            "I’m afraid of her dropping out of the campaign and me becoming a casualty," Mr. Semetis said.

            So on Thursday, he went to small claims court and filed suit.

            Small Vendors Feel Pinch of Clinton’s Money Troubles

            •  Thanks for coming, hungry. Know who got the (0+ / 0-)

              platters?  The were for the older people who were being taken by the caucus sites in the dark and cold Iowa primary night.  

              Volunteers had arranged the early deposti of voters so that they could manage more transport.  Also people who had to work and go without supper were told to expect some deli sandwiches and coffee or cocoa before the caucus so they would be there in time to vote.

              It was an attempt to aid two groups of voters, older for whom the cold night travel was difficult and workers who would have to do without supper.  There was also some daycare provided for single parents and such.

              Hillary was imagining what it would be like for people who would want to vote for her and tryint to make it easy.  

              That money stretched all over Iowa that night.

               The voters were grately disadvantaged by the 'single, must be there at the moment and declare yourvote in public' caucus.  

              People who had to work at inflexible jobs or had to take care of families or didn't want to be out at night, could not pick a time they liked better to vote.

              Without absentee ballots, even members of the military who wanted to vote were disenfranchised by the caucus process.  

              It will be changed to something more democratic and more in keeping wiht our values.  But for this election, them's the rules.

              •  You know not what you speak ... (0+ / 0-)

                The platters were not used to feed people in Iowa. They were for a December event in NEW YORK ... "Peter Semetis, the owner of a deli and catering business in Lower Manhattan."

                You know ... New York, the state that Hillary Clinton represents as a Senator.

                Mr. Semetis catered a Clinton event, a rally she did not attend, at the offices of District Council 37, the public employees’ union, on Dec. 15, charging the campaign $2,300, plus $192.63 in tax. Officials promised him that his business, Sale & Pepe Fine Foods, would be paid by check or credit card in a couple of weeks. After a few weeks passed, he started calling to see about the holdup.

                Guess it was too much trouble for you to actually read the article. You'd rather make general assumptions with no supporting links.

      •  On why he can be commander in chief he says (3+ / 0-)
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        'that speech'

        In the last few days five more generals and admirals have publically endorsed Hillary for Commander in Chief.

        She now has 30 generals and flag officers who have publically endorsed her, including 2 fromer heads of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the military services, and  several generals and admirals with four or more stars.

        She had been selected by the military a while back to help the pentagon to modernize the entire military, serves on the Armed services committee and has passed legislation for protection and caring for service members.  The generals and admirals say publically that she is ready to serve.

        Obama says his judgment prepares him to run the military and protect the nation.  How is her statement unfair.  He actually runs on his lack of experience.  If Obama himself says it, why can't Hillary or anybody say it?

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