Fighting for Dreams

The Charleston Gazette has an OP/ED by Hillary Clinton today describing why she is running for president and what her goals are as our next president. It’s well worth a read… Here’s a few quips:

I was raised to believe in the promise of America. My grandfather was a factory worker, and my father served in the Navy and started a small business. My mother had a difficult childhood, but provided a loving home for our family and while she never got to attend college, she was determined that her children would. I have had every opportunity in life because of their hard work and sacrifice.

I carry with me not just their dreams, but the dreams of people like them all across our country: people who embrace hard work and opportunity, who never waver in the face of adversity, and who work day and night to make a better life for your children.

For the past seven years, I know so many of you have felt invisible to our president – holding your breath at the gas pump and the grocery checkout line; wondering what you’ll do when health insurance disappears when a job does; seeing your loved ones who served our country in war ill-served when they return home.

I am running for president to stand for you and fight for your dreams and your future. I am running to give every child and every family the same opportunities and blessings that I had.

 I believe Hillary Clinton is our best choice. I believe Hillary Clinton “knows how to make this economy work for middle-class families again and who is ready on day one to be commander in chief and keep our families safe.”

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46 Responses to Fighting for Dreams

  1. Peace Out For Unity says:

    Why are we seeing all the pop-ups,should Hillary quit ? Are they paid for by the Obama campaign ? Should Obama quit ? I’d love to see every Clinton supportor across America make a sign that said,”should Obama quit?” The right choice is Clinton and America’s dreams will remain safe if she’s our next president ! In it to win and Clinton’s the one to believe in !

  2. Lucinda says:

    Despite the fact that the news media is trying to discourage us and make us think it’s all over, I still believe in Hillary. I still believe that she’s our best hope for a Democrat in the White House next year. I hope she keeps fighting.

  3. andersen says:

    Hillary speaks for me and millions across this country and around the world.
    It has been a disgrace how the media, pundits and the other camp have
    tried to paint Senator Clinton as the opposite of who and what she really is.
    I do not need to repeat all the lies, the filth and sexist comments. We have all
    heard them. Shame on you!
    Senator Clinton is an American Woman who is running for the Presidency of
    the United States with Strength,Grace, Vision, Real Solutions and the Heart
    of a Lion. This country is in crisis. We need a President with the character of
    Senator Clinton.
    She is “In it to Win it”. We are “in it to Win it” with her, all the way to the
    Convention. There is no justifiable reason for Senator Clinton to “drop out”.
    This election process belongs to the People of the United States of America.
    It does not belong to the pundits, the media, or the smooth talking money
    machines with self-serving interests. It does not belong to those who believe
    they can manipulate the primary process, disenfranchise the voters, and
    brain-wash naive people. God help our Democracy.
    We will fight to have Florida and Michigan votes counted. We will not accept
    splitting of delegates. No one can declare “victory” unless and until Florida
    Michigan are included. It is ridiculous to think a democratic nominee could
    win in the GE while disenfranchising two states. It is ridiculous to think we
    have a true Democracy if we do not include these two states.
    So, yes we will fight for the “Dream of the Democracy”. We will fight for our freedom
    again. We will fight for the American People. We will prevail.

  4. molly says:

    i myself will cry and cry if hillary clinton wont be the nominee and if ever i will rally and lead to campaign for john maccain.

  5. Abby says:

    Hillary should not be bullied out. If, for some God forbidden reason Obama wins the nomination, Hillary should run as an independent. She can beat McCain and Obama hands down. If the MSM would ever report on all of Obama’s skeletons, voters would know the truth.

    If Hillary is not running in the general, I will help support McCain. I will not support a nominee who is involved in corruption and states that everyone is racist.

  6. To the commenters here saying they will support John McCain:

    The Democratic Daily will rally around the nominee — whoever the nominee is, because that is what Hillary Clinton wants her supporters to do. I hope you will consider her wishes when the time comes.

  7. julie says:

    I am so proud of Hillary. She is so brave and courageous. She has done more in bringing equality to the US than was done in the last 50 years. Through all the garbage that has been thrown her way, she didn’t give up. She is absolutely the best candidate to be President and I will stick with her all the way.

    Sometimes I wonder if the Democratic Party is the most undemocratic party ever. How can we have an election and not honor the votes of Florida and Michigan. It seems so UnAmerican. How can Obama not do what is right and go for a revote? Whey are they punishing the people who went out of there way to vote? It seems like a 3rd world mentality.

    Then this business about the caucases… again UnAmerican. Not letting everyone vote is undemocratic. Let’s talk about the Superdelegates… and how they have the option to forget the voters and do what they think is right? Where is “We the People” in the democratic party? It’s like there are only a few who are smart enough to make “the right decision” for we the people. We pay our taxes and have a right for our voice to be heard and that is by the ballot box.

    So my next question is… Do we live in America? I’m have strong doubts.

  8. deborah says:

    This Dem primary is the ugliest primary is the American history. All the party has done is to kick Hillary out of the race by a incredible careful planning or plotting!!! All those Dem people kow that Hillary is the best eqipped and qualified and can bring peace and prosperity for this country for sure!!!! However, all those factors are nothing for them to plant or maufacted the party’s nomnee. Even thoug Bill and Hillary have done absolute good for the country, what they care about is their personal interests and power. In Bill’s years, someone was offended and they hate the couple. The benefits of people and the country are not couted in their minds. They have planned this game for long and long time. Obama is not even qualified as a candidate. Certaily Obama has zero record for any accomplishment for American people and the country. On top of that, Obama has serious issue whehter he will connect with Ati-American forces and sell this country to the terros. In American history, Obama is the only one so far has such problem. Based on that Obama should resign long time ago. But the cursed party, Dem party makes him as a hero. What are you going to do— Dem party, you want the representative of terrors to take the country?!!! Obama and the party will be destructed, there is no doubt about it!!!

  9. Peace Out For Unity says:

    We are tied in super delegates and FL. and MI. have yet to be counted . Feeling positive the people’s votes will be counted and when all is said and done, it will be Clinton vs McCain ! Stay positive ! Go West Viginia !

  10. DaddysDarlin says:

    I believe too Hillary, I believe in you. Hillary Clinton has what America needs, experience and the know how to get things done.
    Her promises are not just campaign speeches, she truly believes that she can get things done, and the proof is in the puddin my friends. Hillary has worked tirelessly for all Americans for the past 36 years, now I don’t know about you but, I would much rather have an experienced woman in office, over and inexperienced man. Any day of the week.
    BO is calling on Hillary to quit because he knows full well that she is going to, not only make a strong showing in the next month, but she will win the popular vote too.
    Hillary is who America whats for their next President. The super delegates who have not declared their support are simply waiting for Hillary to make that great showing, and she will.
    The super delegates who have already committed to Obama will turn back to Hillary in droves.
    Change is gonna come, and its gonna come in the form of a woman! Hillary Clinton not only has my support she has my vote, and if by some terrible turn of fate she does not win our party’s nomination, millions of Americans are going to be writing in Hillary Clinton’s name in November and she will still be the next President of the United States!!!
    The power of the vote, the power to write in any candidates name. We do not have to vote for our parties nominee if we disagree with that nominee. So Obama you can call on Hillary to quit, she wont, you can make up lies and call them the truth, you can have friends like Rev. Wright and Resko and the party wont even questions you about it, but the American people will. We are not stupid, we question your relationships even if the papers don’t. We want to know why you lied when when you said in twenty years you never heard a racist statement from Rev. Wright, we watched him for twenty minutes and heard racist remarks one after another.
    The American people question your integrity, honesty and ability to run this country. They have no doubt about Hillary’s integrity, honesty or ability to run our country.
    With Florida and Michigan Hillary will win hands down. Without them she will still win, because they can still vote in the November elections. You can try to take away our right as Americans to vote, but we will remember who tried to do that and I guarantee you will not be re-elected.
    Listen carefully, those who support Hillary, will not support Obama if he wins the nomination. We will write-in Hillary’s name, or not vote at all. Many of us are going to the Independent party. We are ashamed of the way the DNC has handled Florida and Michigan, all Americans have a right to be counted regardless of who tried to take that right away. Whomever made the call to vote early in those states should suffer, not those who voted.
    We are tired of those delegates who support Obama, we will remember each one and will not vote for them come re-election time.
    You want to go for a winner, then Hillary is your girl. She is the change we need in Washington. She is the experience we need in Washington. The American people need Hillary Clinton and she needs us. Please go to hillaryclinton.com and pledge your support, make phone calls, anything you can do to help our next President would be great!
    I also thought that if we each gave just a portion of our incentive checks to Hillary and her campaign it would make a world of difference to her.
    Thank you all for supporting Hillary and God Bless America.

  11. DaddysDarlin says:

    I see we have an Obama supporter in the crowd. The party will not support Obama if he is nominated. We will either go independent or write-in Hillary’s name, we have a right as Americans to do that. We do not have to support the party’s nominee, especially when we feel the party is wrong.

  12. Pat says:

    The pressure for Senator Clinton to quit is to make it easier for the Superdelegates who are gutless to take a stand. That is why they have the job they do and the media made the decision for the democratic party. It is insane that with the race this close, either party would quit. If I was this close to winning anything the last thing I would do is quit! We can’t let the media off the hook nor the superdelegates!

  13. Abby says:

    To the person who said Hillary voters will rally for the party. Sorry, everyone who I’ve spoken to does not trust Obama or his Chricago backers. I cannot rally for the party if the candidate is not one I believe is looking out for all of us.

  14. Carmine says:

    It is the first time in history that a candidate running for President of the US has been asked to quit. Obama has not won the nomination. Stop asking her to quit. Hillary’s supporters are loyal and will stand by her all the way to the White House. The media has been biased against Hillary while protecting Obama. Americans deserve to have their voices heard in this contest. Voting only began in January, and it is premature to tell millions of Americans left to cast ballots that their votes shouldn’t count. Voters in West Virginia, Oregon, Kentucky, Montana, South Dakota, and Puerto Rico will make the right choice when they vote in their primary. The will vote for Hillary Clinton, our 44th President. Undecided? Read on…..

    HILLARY CLINTON: MOST ELECTABLE
    •Winning Key Swing States: The Democratic nominee must be able to win the large swing states in the Fall to beat John McCain, but Sen. Obama has repeatedly struggled to win those key contests. From Ohio to Florida to Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton has shown time and again that she is the strongest Democrat to win these critical states.
    •Stronger Electoral Base: Hillary has a stronger base of voters that will be needed to build a winning coalition in the fall, including: women, Hispanics, older voters, working class voters and Catholics. Hillary is the most likely candidate to hold Democrats’ current advantages and expand the electoral map in the Southwest and in swing states like Arkansas.

    HILLARY CLINTON: TESTED AND PROVEN
    •Blank Slate: Sen. Obama remains a blank slate to many Americans, in danger of being defined by a relentless Republican attack machine that will spare no expense in going after him in a general election. The ABC debate showed that he struggles to answer tough questions that could prove a serious liability in November.
    •No Surprises: Hillary Clinton has taken the best the Republicans could throw at her for the last 16 years and has come out stronger. She is the most vetted candidate in Presidential history, and there will be no October surprises about her candidacy. She is the best equipped to go toe-to-toe with John McCain in the fall and can give as good as she gets.

    TIGHT RACE
    •Indiana was a Tie-Breaker; Obama was Favored to Win IN. Hillary started out behind in both the public and internal polls. For example, our March 13 poll showed Hillary trailing by 8 points, while our latest poll gave Hillary a 5 point lead. We saw Hillary Clinton’s margin flip from -19 points among men in Indiana back in March to +1 among men in our final poll. Among women, Hillary’s margin increased from +1 in March to +8 now. In April, Barack Obama called Indiana a ‘tie-breaker’ for the Democratic nominating process: “You know, Sen. Clinton is more favored in Pennsylvania and I’m right now a little more favored in North Carolina, so Indiana right now may end up being the tiebreaker. So we want to work very hard in Indiana.”
    •Virtual Dead Heat: Out of more than 3,500 delegates committed thus far, Sen. Obama leads by little more than 150. Neither candidate will be able to win without the deciding votes of super delegates, who polls show will make their decisions based on who is most electable.
    •Narrowing Count: With her strength in upcoming elections like West Virginia, Kentucky and Puerto Rico, Hillary will likely narrow the gap in both the popular and delegate count over the remaining contests.

    DON’T SHORTCIRCUIT THE PROCESS
    •Count the Votes: Florida and Michigan Should Be Heard. Florida and Michigan will be critical to our nominee, and we cannot afford to continue to alienate critical voters in those states. Both states votes should be counted and their delegates seated at the Democratic convention this summer. Until the status of Florid and Michigan’s votes are settled, this contest remains incomplete.

    2209 Delegates Are Needed To Clinch the Nomination
    Background: 2209 delegates are needed to clinch the Democratic nomination when ALL states and territories are counted in the process. The DNC’s Rules & Bylaws committee meets on May 31 to consider challenges aimed at ensuring that the ENTIRE country decides the Democratic nominee.
    All the states and territories must play a role in the process and the elections from ALL of the states count. A nominee cannot be decided by just 48 states. The idea that we’d exclude 2.5 million voters who cast ballots from deciding the nominee is an affront to our democracy and is inconsistent with the ideals on which our nation was founded.
    •The Democratic Party is the party committed to making sure that every vote counts. Democrats can’t kick off the general election campaign by disenfranchising the nearly 2.5 million people who voted in Florida and Michigan.
    FAQs
    Q: Aren’t you changing the rules?
    A: The Clinton campaign has always believed that all the states and territories should be counted. All the states and territories must play a role in the process and the elections from ALL of the states count. A nominee cannot be decided by just 48 states.
    Q: If Barack Obama gets to the magic number of 2025, will you recognize him?
    A: The nominee needs to be decided by all states and territories, and the DNC process will validate that view when it’s completed.
    Q: Will you take this fight to the credentials committee at the convention?
    A: We don’t think it will come to that. We believe Democrats think all fifty states should play a role in the process.

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  15. Gerry says:

    I wholeheartedly support Hillary Clinton and absolutely want her to continue this extremely close primary despite what the one-sided MSM would have us believe. However, it is a big mistake for the DNC to believe that if Sen. Obama gets the nomination, all of Sen. Clinton’s supporters will honor her call to vote for him. No amount of time or party loyalty could convince me to vote for Sen. Obama. I have never voted for any Republican for any office. As much as I want Sen. Clinton to be elected POTUS, as a Vietnam veteran and proud American, I will work for and vote for Sen. McCain rather than Sen. Obama.

  16. Abby says:

    Please remember that not voting at all (if Hillary is not on the ticket) is essentially a vote for Obama. If you are not voting against him, it will not hurt his numbers.

  17. Marie says:

    Fight on Hillary. I’m sending $$$ to help it happen.

  18. joe says:

    My family friends and I will write in Hillary in November. Obama will never get our votes and if this is true democracy — last I heard a candidate can finish the race and her supporters can vote however they please…although Obama and his cult would like to counter that — it is actually the facts.

  19. avwrobel says:

    I don’t know why I haven’t heard this mentioned but all of these calls for Hillary to drop out are simply a campaign tactic by the Obama people, including their supporters in the media. ts purpose is to suppress Hillary votes in the remaining primaries and to hurt fundraising for her. To Hillary supporters, PUSH BACK STRONG!! The tide did turn with Pennsylania, the media just gets bored too quickly. Fight Fight Fight!!

  20. Abby

    “Please remember that not voting at all (if Hillary is not on the ticket) is essentially a vote for Obama. If you are not voting against him, it will not hurt his numbers.”

    You are so mistaken on this. Not voting at all is equivalent to handing McCain a vote.

  21. Kathy says:

    Just a reminder to everyone. Remember when the Obama campaign, Obama supporters, the media, the DNC, delegates and superdelegates, decided two months ago that the last 10 state’s votes wouldn’t make a difference?

    Sadly, we have to come to the agreement that these people do not take democracy at its word. These people were appointed and elected in their present positions by We the People. Obviously, we must do something in the future to hault their idea of democracy. I’d love to show everyone here the rude emails received from superdelegates, especially Donna Brazile.

    Oh, why not, here’s one:
    From: Donna Brazile @*.com>

    Subject: RE: Switching to Republican Party – I’m a Hillary supporter

    Date: May 7, 2008 7:48 PM

    Honestly, this is the 9th email today, so I believe you’re ready to not only destroy Roe versus Wade, voting rights, civil liberties and civil rights. Perhaps adding trillions more to the deficits through non stop tax cuts to the wealthy and 100 more years in Iraq.

    Yes, please join Rush and McCain asap. The train has left. Catch it.

    Please don’t send these emails to working people like myself. Notice you sent it to my campus address. I am a working class person. Can you find someone who drinks latte?

    Message to the base: stay home.

    This is a fine example of what they think of We the People.

    I support Hillary Clinton 100%, but I cannot abide her one wish that we will all come together to support the nominee. I’m with a group of 17,000+ that are in touch will millions of others across our great nation. We feel 4 more years with a war hero is better than giving the key to the White House to a questionable candidate with known undesireable friends.

    I’m from NW Indiana. Remaining states police your voting polls with trusted watchdogs. Unlike PA, Indiana let our guard down.

  22. Gloria Cordova, Ph.D. says:

    Hillary must stay in the race until there is a nominee. Voices and votes are out there, yet waiting to be heard and counted! Hillary has millions of supporters who do not count her out and we are really upset that media and pundits — and some superdelegates — think they know what she should do by calling for her to exit the race. As Hillary said today, It’s not over until the lady in the pantsuit says it’s over! GO HILLLARY. We’re on your team!

  23. Kathy

    “I support Hillary Clinton 100%, but I cannot abide her one wish that we will all come together to support the nominee. I’m with a group of 17,000+ that are in touch will millions of others across our great nation. We feel 4 more years with a war hero is better than giving the key to the White House to a questionable candidate with known undesireable friends.”

    I’m sorry to say that you just contradicted yourself. If you support Hillary 100% then you support her in supporting the nominee when the time comes. That’s it in a nutshell. Otherwise, the Democratic Party and it’s principles don’t mean Jack to you.

  24. susiewat says:

    Hillary has no choice but to ask that people vote for the Dem nomineee in November if it is not her. That is not what she really wants – be real people! How could anybody with half a brain possibly believe that somebody as divisive, racist, unelectable and (in his own words) “boneheaded” think that this person would be the best qualified to become POTUS? The man has had more “oops!” than my children did when they were being potty-trained. He said that he had been to all 57 states, he didn’t commit himself to a simple “yea” or “nay” an astounding 130 times while in the Illinois Senate, and when he did vote he “hit the wrong button!” Please don’t let Howard Dean and company let this man run away with the nomination. However, if he does – McCain is the better choice – just do not stay home – staying home is a vote for Obama!

  25. Tyra Marts says:

    The media and Obama’s camp want people in the remaining states to believe its over. This in their minds will discourage people from voting. Think about that, a campaign that wants to discourage people from voting, yet some out there continue to vote for Obama. Hillary stands for Excellence in everyway. She’s what we need in this country and come November, my vote is going to Hillary even if I have to write her name in. My beliefs are NOT shared by Obama’s camp. I do not believe we should ever sit in a church for 20 years that preaches hatred and especially towards Jews who ARE GOD’s CHOSEN People. We should back Israel always, period and back them against any threats from other countries. I also do NOT believe in partial birth abortions, it is murder without a trial. You stay in there until the end Hillary Clinton. We’re counting on you!!!!!

    God Bless America,
    From a Bible clinging, gun totin, small town woman.

  26. Tom Shelton says:

    I am one of those voters who will most certainly vote for John McCain in the General Election if Hillary Clinton is not the democratic candidate. I can’t believe the DNC is rallying around another inexperienced and left wing liberal who appears hypocritical and arrogant. A vote for McCain is better than a vote for Barack Obama who has demonstrated to me over and over as well as many other Americans that he is nothing more than a big bad wolf in sheeps clothes. In addition, I do not view John McCain as four more years of Bush because McCain’s record speaks for itself. Hillary Clinton has a solid record too. So, what is Barack Obama’s record? I think it is clear that his voting record as “present” rather than taking a stand on most issues during the 2-3 years he has been US Senator. In addition, he has NO record what so ever for crossing party lines but Hillary Clinton and John McCain both do. A vote for Obama is a vote for change for the worse and a change our nation and world do not need or want. Keep fighting Hillary!

  27. This is first and foremost a thank you a long line of commenter’s that have have solid arguments for their positions.

    This is a good indicator of her support, the logic of why she is running and the depth of support she has in America.

    In the general election, while we may wind up nominating an ’empty shirt’, we also face the possibility of a person that wants to continue the war in Iraq indefinitely.

    No Democrat can vote for that position. We are losing lives daily that need not to die. The Iraqi people are losing non-combatant , innocent lives nearly daily. They need not die.

    I must vote to end that war and give the Democrats the power of the WH to change much or all of the Bush agenda. I can only do that by voting for the nominee. And I shall.

    All good thoughts and as much money as possible to Hillary Clinton. I’m convinced that she’s the best candidate and would be a wonderful President.

  28. molly says:

    This people who pressurize clinton to quit the race are people has got their vested interest.
    Because the Clintons are not pushover, they know what they want, and how to get it so why tell them what to do. In fact it is only right for her to stay and continue the race, and win as she can until one of them reaches the 2029 delegates. Hillary Clinton has all got the right to campaign and try to win the nomination.
    This only appeared to me that most of the democratic politicians are crap.
    the clintons we all knew has a great concerned for the americans and they know that they can do it. so why give it up when they knew that there is still life left.
    most of the democratic leaders are hypocrite and it gives me a space to vote for mccain if hillary will not get the nomination, and i suppose the whole nation who supported, and believed that hillary is the best candidate will do the same vote for mccain. so the democratic ass….s will shut up.
    oh no!! and if they lost to the republicans they will blame hillary for going so long.
    THE CHILDISH, AND CRAP DEMOCRATS!!!!!

  29. Hillary4Prez says:

    Thank you Hillary! We LOVE you! You were born to be the first woman president!!

    I will just fall down and cry if it’s stolen away from you.

    We NEED Hillary! Hillary, please keep fighting! We know the mainstream media is corrupt and so wrong on so many levels. We listen to our hearts, not malicious and inaccurate news reporting. Fight, woman, FIGHT! You mean more than you can know. Hillary 08!

    I will never vote for Obama.

  30. PA Guy says:

    I hate to crash the Obama support group, but if I were to hire someone, I would NOT seek information to which political party they are affiliated with, but information regarding their accomplishments. Obama has next to nothing! I don’t give a damn about the Democratic Party; and I’m a life long Democrat. I will vote for the most qualified, experienced candidate who has the track record that has proven them to be a fighter for ALL Americans. Hillary Clinton has the best credentials next to John McCain. Change will come Day One because experience will dictate what worked in the past and what will work in the future. With experience comes the wisdom of not only recognizing your strengths, but your weakness. With experience comes the integrity of accepting your failures and never repeating mistakes. Hillary has a history of fighting for what is right for all Americans. Her experience will lead America in the right direction. I will vote for Experience before Speculative Change.

    http://hillaryclintonnews.blogspot.com/2008/01/what-is-sen-clintons-experience.html

  31. PA Guy says:

    IF I were to hire someone, I would not seek information to which political party they are affiliated with, but information regarding their accomplishments. Obama has next to nothing! I don’t give a damn about the Democratic Party; and I’m a life long Democrat. I will now vote for the most qualified, experienced candidate who has the track record that has proven them to be a fighter for ALL Americans. Hillary Clinton has the best credentials next to John McCain. Change will begin Day One because experience will dictate what did or did not work in the past and what will work in the future. With experience comes the wisdom of not only recognizing your strengths, but your weakness. With experience comes the integrity of accepting your failures and never repeating mistakes. Hillary has a history of fighting for what is right for ALL Americans. I believe her experience will lead America in a definitive direction. I will vote for Experience before Speculative Change.

  32. PA Guy

    You hate to crush the Obama support group? Did you even bother to read the comments here before posting? There is no Obama support group here.

  33. Kris in PA says:

    Shouldn’t it be WE THE PEOPLE actually doing the electing here? We THE PEOPLE really need to stand up right now and take back our country! We do have the power. They (DNC, Party Elites) need our votes. They (DNC, Party Elites) need us to keep donating. They (DNC, Party Elites) need us much more than we actually need them. Let’s not ever forget these facts people. We hold the POWER, if we are not afraid to step up and use it. We should be making demands that we have fair and just representation for THE PEOPLE and BY THE PEOPLE. For ALL THE PEOPLE, including Florida and Michigan! Let’s make some demands, with our voices, with our wallets, with our votes!

    Clinton 08′

  34. Carmine

    It is NOT “the first time in history that a candidate running for President of the US has been asked to quit.”

    In 2004 there was pressure put on Dean, Clark and Edwards to step out of the race – it is documented in this NY Times story.

  35. Nancy says:

    Why Obama would be bad for America by Barry Rubin

    While America’s secretary of state devotes her time to doomed Israel-Palestinian talks and America goes ga-ga over a candidate whose entire foreign policy strategy is to talk to dictators, yet another crisis is empowering radical Islamists and undercutting Western friends and interests.

    The Lebanese logjam has broken at last as Hizbullah seized Beirut and inflicted a major defeat on the government. Hizbullah is pulling a more limited version of Hamas’s Gaza strategy in Lebanon as the world stands by.

    Iran and Syria back their friends with weapons and help; the West responds with words backed by nothing. Who can blame Hizbullah and Damascus and Teheran for laughing in contempt?

    Why should the Lebanese Sunni, Druze, and Christian majority risk their lives when the West doesn’t help them? Every Israeli speaking nonsense about Syria making peace, every American claiming Damascus might split from Teheran, and every European preaching appeasement is engaging in confidence-breaking measures.

    At present, Hizbullah and its sponsors seek not the full conquest of Lebanon but to control the government by violence and intimidation. Unable to gain full victory themselves, they hope to win by the other side’s surrender. They want veto power over the government to ensure it does nothing they dislike: no strong relations with the West, no ability to stop war against Israel, no disarming Hizbullah militias or challenging its control over much of the country, and certainly no investigation of Syrian involvement in internal terrorism there.

    NOW THEY have a new, albeit unwitting, ally: Senator Barack Obama, who does not understand the damage he does. His May 10 statement on Lebanon tried to sound tough, talking of “Hizbullah’s power grab in Beirut… This effort to undermine Lebanon’s elected government needs to stop, and all those who have influence with Hizbullah must press them to stand down immediately.” Obama said he supports the Lebanese government, wants to “strengthen the Lebanese army,” and “insist[s] on disarming Hizbullah.”

    How? By “working with the international community and the private sector to rebuild Lebanon and get its economy back on its feet.”

    According to the Obama world view, it’s a development problem. But he doesn’t understand that bombs trump business. Prime Minister Rafik Hariri followed that economic strategy; the Syrians blew him up. The only way to gain social peace is to appease Hizbullah, Syria and Iran, whose disruption blocks prosperity.

    The statement continues: “We must support the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions that reinforce Lebanon’s sovereignty, especially resolution 1701 banning the provision of arms to Hizbullah, which is violated by Iran and Syria.”

    Great. But 1701 has already failed. Will you fight on this issue? Mobilize the passive “international community” for action? Threaten Iran, Syria, and Hizbullah with credible, tough action? There’s no hint of that.

    As for Lebanon’s army, its commander is Syria’s presidential candidate, its soldiers are mostly pro-Hizbullah, and its US-supplied equipment stood idle as Hizbullah seized more territory.

    BUT HERE’S the worst part that few in America but all in Lebanon understand:

    Obama writes: “It’s time to engage in diplomatic efforts to help build a new Lebanese consensus that focuses on electoral reform, an end to the current corrupt patronage system, and the development of the economy that provides for a fair distribution of services, opportunities and employment.”

    This is Hizbullah program: a new Lebanese consensus based on 51% of power for itself and its pro-Syrian allies. What’s needed isn’t consensus (equivalent to getting Fatah-Hamas cooperation or an Iraq coordinated with Iran and Syria) but winning a conflict. Instead, Obama is – whether he knows it or not – backing a Syrian-Iranian- and Hizbullah-dominated Lebanon. Such talk makes moderate Arabs despair.

    When Obama says he’ll make Syria and Iran partners in setting Iraq’s future, he is signaling every Persian Gulf regime to cut its own deal with Iran. His stances convince Hamas that he’s the guy for them, with Iran and Syria concluding they merely need stand defiant and wait a few months until existing pressure vanishes. This is how the US position in the Middle East is being systematically destroyed.

    This does not mean that Obama is the candidate favored by Arabs in general; he is favored only by the radicals. Egyptians, Jordanians, Gulf Arabs, and the majorities in Lebanon and Iraq are very worried. This is not just an Israel problem. It is one for all non-extremists in the region.

    If the dictators and terrorists are smiling, it means everyone else is crying.

    The Syrian and Iranian regimes know that while they may walk through the valley of the shadow of sanctions they need fear nothing, because there are all too many who comfort them. If Libya runs the UN human rights committee, UNIFIL forces in Lebanon are scared into passivity by Hizbullah. If Westerners tremble and repeal freedom of speech lest some Muslims are offended, why should the “bad guys” worry?

    But the West doesn’t have to play it stupid forever. Now is the time for energetic action on Lebanon to contain Iran and Syria, buck up Lebanon’s government side as well as all those Gulf Arabs and Iraqis who don’t want to live in an Islamist caliphate.

    The battle isn’t over, which is all the more reason for real “not just verbal” struggle. Yet with mere words, compromises and impractical economic projects, the battle will be lost eventually.

    For all those in the West who don’t like Israel, then at least help the people you pretend to like. Back the Lebanese government with real power and aid, covertly or overtly, those battling radical forces in Lebanon.

    Rick: “Sam, if it’s December 1941 in Casablanca, what time is it in New York?”

    Sam: “Um, my watch stopped.”

    Rick: “I bet they’re asleep in New York. I’ll bet they’re asleep all over America.”

    The writer is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center at IDC Herzliya and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs Journal.

  36. Pamela, thanks for trying to be the voice of moderation amongst all these Clinton supporters who are threatening to bolt to the MyFriend camp if Obama wins.

    I would only ask those who are threatening to do so to remember this: the next president will get to nominate three, possibly four justices to the Supreme Court in their first term. Do you really want a President McCain in office, putting more conservatives on the court and ending not only Roe but possibly Brown and every other progressive decision of the past 40 years?

    Surely you can’t hate Obama that much. And if you do, you surely don’t believe in the issues Hillary Clinton is fighting for.

  37. Todd

    I’m not sure if anyone really is paying attention, but the conversation certainly did stop after your comment. 😉

    I’m afraid people are thinking more with their supporter brains than their practical “we need a Democrat in the White House” brains. Hopefully once the nomination is set in stone people will start looking at the long term consequences of what a McFriend presidency would really look like.

  38. Folkwolf101 says:

    Hillary Rules! She is brilliant, compassionate, and always emotionally present. Honestly, compared to Barack Obama, Hillary has done everything she can to be the true front runner. She outlined incredible plans for education, universal healthcare, the economy, mortgage easing, improving NAFTA, and foreign policy. She won every single debate, the last beatdown giving BHO such a bloody nose that he wept never again to debate with her. Meanwhile, Barack never involved himself much in his first, current, and only term as senator. He is simply a con man saying whatever it takes to get more sound bytes, and the media adores him for it. Look at their resumes and cover up their names. It shouldn’t difficult to see who is more prepared to be the president of free world.

  39. Michele says:

    YOU BET I will vote for McCain or WRITE HILLARY IN if she isn’t on the ballot in November. Don’t give me any of that “oh well you have to support Obama because that’s what Hillary would want” talk, because it isn’t going to fly with me. I am an independant voter that has backed Hillary from day one because I believe in her. I am sickened by what the media and the DNC have done to this election. I am an AMERICAN and REFUSE to cast *MY* vote for a man with dubious connections to TERRORISTS both here and abroad. Remember on 9/11 when we vowed never again? How we swore we would never forget? I sure do, and you can put money on the fact that a questionable candidate will not lead this great nation on my vote! Cover up his connections with your brainwashed lies all you want, but it won’t work on me!

    HILLARY (OR McCAIN) OR BUST 08!

  40. Michele

    Obama does not have ties to terrorists. That’s ludricrous B.S. that wingnuts want you to believe.

    FYI, I will continue to urge readers to vote for the nominee. That is what Hillary Clinton wants.

    And this is The Democratic Daily, not The Independent Daily. I’m a party loyalist – I only vote Democratic.

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  42. andersen says:

    Todd

    Your scare tactics will not work here.
    I would much rather support a Patriot than an untested,
    arrogant, unqualified person.
    We are not swallowing the lies of the media, the pundits
    and the obama folks.
    This election is about the future of the country.
    This election is about finally having a President who can
    lead us in the right direction.
    Oh, and by the way. Obama will NEVER beat McCain.

  43. andersen

    FYI — Todd Mitchell is not just some “obama folk” he’s a writer here at The Dem Daily and entitled to his opinion here. It is also and opinion I share as owner/editor of The Dem Daily.

    Reiterating again… as a Hillary Clinton supporter… I will support the nominee, The Dem Daily will support the nominee — whether the nominee is Clinton or Obama.

    My preference is Hillary Clinton, but I am not foolish enough to think that John McCain is a better choice than Barack Obama.

  44. Honestly people wake up and smell the coffee. John McCain is tantamount to 4 – 8 more years of Bush. Is that what you all want?

    I’m disgusted by all of this talk here about voting for McCain if Hillary is not the nominee. It is certainly not what she wants from her supporters and it’s self defeatist and smacks of childish motives — “if Hillary is not the nominee I will take my ball and go home.”

    Good grief. Barack Obama’s positions on the issues are solid and not vastly different from Clinton’s except for healthcare and for all you political novices — his or her platform depending on who is the nominee will vastly change at the convention and emerge as the party platform for the election.

    Voting for McCain is more of the same. What part of that don’t you all understand. This is about putting a Democrat in the White House.

  45. Andy Witmyer says:

    With the exception of Pamela and a few others, you guys have proven yourselves to be truly sad, bitter, and pathetic people. You’re letting your emotions blind you – if you really want to have a third term of Bush’s failed policies, then go ahead and vote for McCain in November. I can guarantee that you’ll be the ones who will later be sorry.

    And this is coming from an Obama supporter that is willing to vote for Hillary. We have two brilliant candidates running for President – why must this be so nasty? This is truly sad.

  46. andersen says:

    …….and I am supposed to be impressed??? LOL!