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  •  If you look at my comment on the 2000 election. (1+ / 0-)
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    In 2000, Gore lost West Virginia.  The reason he lost was a speech he gave in 1992 near my hometown.  He promised to enforce trade laws and protect local voters.  When the Clinton administration refused to enforce trade laws to stop steel dumping from China and Brazil, voters in my area took their anger out on Al Gore.  They looked at Al Gore and saw a politician they didn't trust and they looked at George Bush and say a politician who wouldn't be any more helpful, but they agreed with his views on social issues.

    If they don't trust either candidate, they'll go with the one they relate to, the one who makes sense to them.  That candidate is John McCain.

    Obama really needs to work on this.  These voters want someone who will fight for them, that's why they're going with Hillary right now.

    Together, we will turn promises into action, words into solutions and hope into reality. Hillary Clinton for President

    by psychodrew on Mon Mar 10, 2008 at 05:26:55 PM PDT

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    •  People trust Obama MORE than McCain. (1+ / 0-)
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      Hope08

      New polling released today shows that voters trust Clinton more than McCain on the economy and McCain more than Clinton when it comes to reducing government corruption. Those preferences are reversed when McCain was compared to Obama.

      Your comment basically enforces why Obama will beat McCain.

    •  Obama's going to lose Appalachia country... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...for other reasons unrelated to the economy.

      Just imagine a debate - Obama will be talking sensibly about getting us back in shape, while McCain will just throw out crap about cutting taxes and making the Bush tax cuts permanent - and sound like a complete moron in doing so. No one's going to buy it.

      •  You mean racism? (0+ / 0-)

        I don't sense that that is much of an issue, but I could be wrong.  I think the only voters who would vote on that basis wouldn't vote for Hillary because she is a woman.

        Together, we will turn promises into action, words into solutions and hope into reality. Hillary Clinton for President

        by psychodrew on Mon Mar 10, 2008 at 05:33:43 PM PDT

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      •  I hope you're wrong (1+ / 0-)
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        metal prophet

        Obama needs to study John F. Kennedy's campaign in West Virginia.  He can win it.

        •  Yup bring along (0+ / 0-)

          Caroline Kennedy and Ted Kennedy on the stump.  Ohio exits show a reason for concern, but WV is winnable.

          •  Big mistake. (0+ / 0-)

            I don't think the Kennedy's will help.  After Obama got Teddy's endorsement, my mother and I were talking on the phone and she told me that the consensus in her office is that Teddy endorsed Obama because he's an empty suit.  They think Teddy wants to be a puppet-master.

            Now I don't believe that.  But the thing you have to remember is that these blue-collar workers in the rust belt are angry and cynical.  They want solutions.  They want a fighter.  They want an advocate.  They aren't buying the hope and change message.

            Barack Obama knows these people.  I read that he worked with industrial workers in Chicago who lost their jobs.  He knows how to speak to them, but he's not doing it right now.

            Together, we will turn promises into action, words into solutions and hope into reality. Hillary Clinton for President

            by psychodrew on Mon Mar 10, 2008 at 07:10:29 PM PDT

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        •  That's precisely what Obama needs to do... (0+ / 0-)

          ....in the upcoming weeks throughout rural and rust-belt parts of Pennsylvania.

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