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  •  In terms of what? (3+ / 0-)
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    Feanor, 0wn, Stroszek

    The people who love Wes Clark already are supporting the ticket.  Murphy and Duckworth help expand our reach, and they ought to be introduced to a wider audience.

    •  ??? (2+ / 0-)
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      Wes pulled in a lot of independents. I don't think anyone can just assume that all of his voters have already decided to vote for Obama. And how a Pennsylvania Congressman and Illinois Congressional candidate have more pull than a nationally known presidential candidate is something that you still haven't explained.

      With that said, I think both of them are great and I agree that they need a wider audience for their message.

      "I will fight for my country, but I will not lie for her. " -- Zora Neale Hurston

      by blueintheface on Mon Aug 18, 2008 at 08:08:41 AM PDT

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    •  Have you seen this, Adam? (3+ / 0-)

      Aug. 18 (Bloomberg) -- AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka delivers a slap at former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin in a slide show exhorting union members to back Democrat Barack Obama for president.

      Blaming unfettered global trade and inadequate government regulation for lost manufacturing jobs and a staggering economy, Trumka's presentation cautions that "it will do us little good if, when the next Democrat moves into the White House, Wall Street takes command of our country's economic policy.''

      It's a balancing act and reaching out, of course, is good.  But you also have to reach out to the base at times.  While I think General Clark is not as important as the AFL-CIO, I think he is a useful campaigner for Obama.  Of course, it's Obama's campaign.  

      I also wished he'd been a little more forceful about pro-choice in that forum.  Overall, I thought he was very good, but he is pro-choice.  I wish we had a candidate who didn't seem to apologize for being pro-choice.  Again, it's the balance between reaching out and enthusing the base.

      On each issue, it seems that reach out wins.  Maybe that's the right strategy.  There's no do overs and we can't afford a McCain presdidency.

      "The answer is to end our reliance on carbon-based fuels." Al Gore, 7/17/08

      by TomP on Mon Aug 18, 2008 at 08:10:17 AM PDT

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    •  well, I've been a preecinct captain (3+ / 0-)

      for Senator Obama and I'm a precinct chair as well as an election judge.

      I canm tell you that if Clark is not understood by the Obama campaign to be one of our strongest assets, I will still come out to vote but right now I really don't have the heart to work hard.

      It's not a matter of being disappointed. It's a matter of the depth of the Obama campaign.

      Do they understand the crisis we are facing? It's not clear that they do.

      The country is being run by a small elite group who benefit from our resources at the expense of everyone else.

      We are facing a geopolitical, climate, financial meltdown because policy is being written by and for these multinationals at the expense of average workers and our environment.
      The external costs of doing business are being ignored and born by the taxpayer and average people.

      McCain will be business as usual. We will not win by pussyfotting around the Rovian tactics to put him in power.

      Your expertise is in law. I am surprised that you ignore that Clark has spoken out forcefully against the Constitutional abuse, torture, criminhal actions of those in power.

      People in politics have lacked the guts to stand up to the fascism afoot.
      Courage has come from our retired military. People like Wes Clark and Andrew Bacevich (who himself is a conservative and lost a son in Iraq but voted Democratic in order to stop the war...alas the Democrats failed to have the courage to do it).

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