I don’t want to call Hillary Clinton a bitch, but…

by twit by twit

sometimes it’s the little things that say so much. For example, if you promise to stay away from Florida because the state was naughty and moved its primary ahead without the blessing of the DNC…

From The New York Times on Jan 27 2008:

“Although Senator Obama did not remove his name from the Florida primary ballot because Florida law did not allow him to do so, Senator Obama is firm in his commitment to neither participate nor campaign in the Florida primary and its outcome has no bearing on the nomination contest,” Mr. Obama’s campaign said in a memorandum sent to “interested parties.”

yes, yes, of course…

Mrs. Clinton is scheduled to fly here on Sunday for two fund-raisers. Although the events are not open to the press or public — her aides said she would attend no public event that would result in her breaking her word — her arrival here the day after the South Carolina vote seems likely to produce coverage on Florida television stations and newspapers on the day before the vote. On Friday, her campaign issued a statement saying that she would urge her delegates at the Democratic convention this summer to seat the Florida delegation.

yes, yes, of course…

From The Associated Press on Jan 27 2008:

Though the Democratic presidential candidates largely have heeded the national party’s request that they not campaign publicly in Florida, Clinton said it’s time to pay attention to voters there who are showing heavy interest in Tuesday’s primary.

Change the rules at the last minute, parse the meaning of a clear statement until it is meaningless and be ready to justify the appearance of impropriety with a vague populist appeal. What a lovely combination for someone campaigning to lead the free world. I continue to search for exactly what it is about Hillary Clinton’s campaign that makes so many people recoil with a visceral and near-instinctive negative reaction. Maybe it is the little stories like these that have added up over time and feed the inexplicably amorphous sense of misgiving and distrust. Read more of this post

what she said

by twit by twit

Via The New York Times:

Most of us would prefer to base our voting decision on policy differences. However, the candidates’ goals are similar. They have all laid out detailed plans on everything from strengthening our middle class to investing in early childhood education. So qualities of leadership, character and judgment play a larger role than usual.

Senator Obama has demonstrated these qualities throughout his more than two decades of public service, not just in the United States Senate but in Illinois, where he helped turn around struggling communities, taught constitutional law and was an elected state official for eight years. And Senator Obama is showing the same qualities today. He has built a movement that is changing the face of politics in this country, and he has demonstrated a special gift for inspiring young people — known for a willingness to volunteer, but an aversion to politics — to become engaged in the political process.

I have spent the past five years working in the New York City public schools and have three teenage children of my own. There is a generation coming of age that is hopeful, hard-working, innovative and imaginative. But too many of them are also hopeless, defeated and disengaged. As parents, we have a responsibility to help our children to believe in themselves and in their power to shape their future. Senator Obama is inspiring my children, my parents’ grandchildren, with that sense of possibility.

“A President Like My Father”

Published: January 27, 2008

Obama’s South Carolina victory speech on January 26, 2008:

A thirty-second clip of a speech by JFK about sending Americans to the moon:

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