Check out this video It is about 3:45.
Here is what this video is about:
From New York Daily News reporter Michael McAuliffe’s pool report. He was with Sen. Clinton today for a round of satellite interviews.
She was asked by KTVT in Dallas about a Latina backer who said that black politicians never do anything for Hispanics. Her name is Adelfa Callejo. Apparently she’s 84.
[The question: “She recently told us that African-Americans never help Hispanics when they gain power and influence and that she would never vote for Sen. Obama, and now quoting here she said ‘Obama’s problem is that he happens to be black.’ How do you react to those comments?”]
Will she reject, or denounce? Wait for it…
“People have every reason to express their opinions. I just don’t agree with that. I think that we should be looking at the individuals who are running.”
Q – Do you still want her support, though?
Clinton laughed and said, “You know This is a free country. People get to express their opinions. A lot of folks have said really unpleasant things about me over the course of this campaign. You can’ take any of that as anything other than an individual opinion.”
This Latina is Adelfa Callejo, evidently someone so wrapped up in her self importance she can tell me that I don’t know the history if I vote for someone else.
I’m sorry; this moron doesn’t represent me.
I wonder if Clinton will “reject” her. She sure didn’t in that quote, did she?
Workout notes 3 mile walk on the treadmill in 38 minutes. Nothing special; staying low key. Coughing is way down; usually this is the time I try to train too hard and relapse for two more weeks.
General Election 2008: First shot returned?
Obama and Jewish Support: Ari and The Edge of the American West has a great article.
Tim Russert spent a portion of tonight’s debate bringing to life the hateful spam I occasionally get that might as well be titled, “Muslim Obama Will Kill Jews.” And while I agree with all of the prominent (and, as it happens, Jewish) bloggers (here, here, here, and elsewhere for all I know) who are saying that Russert really plumbed the depths with this line of so-called inquiry, the bigger shame was that there were actual issues of interest to American Jews left undiscussed with Obama tonight.
In fact, on Sunday Obama talked about some of those issues with machers in the Cleveland Jewish community. Which, if you don’t know, is a surprisingly large and very active community (check the previous link for some details), notable for giving enormous amounts of money to various causes, both Jewish and not. It’s also an important part of the Democratic machine in Northeast Ohio. Which is the bedrock of the Democratic machine in Ohio more broadly. Which, if you look at recent elections — up to the 2006 midterms and governor’s race — is a machine that’s been in very bad repair. Regardless, Jews matter in Ohio Democratic politics. So Obama went to talk to them last Sunday. And he had some interesting things to say. […]
Follow the link; it is interesting. The main point here is that it appears that Russert (one of the debate moderators) completely underestimated Obama; he seemed to think he could rattle him with a shallow “gotcha” or two.
Many of Obama’s political opponents seem to think of him as an empty suit with soaring rhetoric and little else. Remember: this guy was on the Law Review at Harvard and taught law (part time) at the University of Chicago Law School.
Well, keep underestimating him! 🙂
Do you think that I am too hard on Hillary Clinton, at least in terms of her campaign? Well, read a critique of her debate performance:
[…] with her national poll numbers now slipping into a double digit lag behind Obama, with her last-ditch firewalls in Ohio and Texas rapidly crumbling, her political future quickly eroding, it was the Bad Hillary who dominated in what could very well be the final presidential debate of the season.
Thirty-five years of selfless public service, if we are to believe her campaign rhetoric, deserved more than this tin-pan finale. Clinton, in her best moments, is certainly capable of something more than a torrent of peevish, petty, picayune, and intellectually dishonest bickering and parsing.
Instead, Senator Clinton chose to remind us why she is losing the nomination that she was once so very sure would inevitably be hers. The smell of a loser permeated the entire low-energy event as Clinton tried to pick apart this or that phrase uttered one time or another by her rival. […]
I guess this comes with the territory, though I admit that I’ve received a scathing review or two from academic referees. 🙂
Ok, that was the debate. What about the campaign itself? From Texas:
there’s this blog post from TV reporter Elise Hu in Austin.
Since the arrival of the competing presidential campaigns, I have had a difficult time getting a hold of the Clinton campaign’s Texas press contact, Adrienne. It’s rather difficult to include the Clinton campaign in stories when we cannot connect. For example…
— A February 8th email to establish first contact went unreturned.
— A call and voicemail message on February 13th regarding office openings went unreturned.
This morning, I called for a response on the House Democratic Caucus leaders taking issue with Clinton’s comments about Texas not being in her “electoral calculation” in November. Adrienne responded with, “Oh, Lord,” and said she would call back once she found out more about the dust-up, and I never heard from her again.
You can follow that link to a report on what Obama’s campaign is doing on the ground. This is happens when you rush into a situation at the last minute.
It is still dumping snow on us; I’ve cleared a part of our driveway and the sidewalk.
Due to my flu, the snow shoveling was actually an effort; not a hard effort but, an effort for me.
There are times when I get too full of myself (“hey, I can walk 100 miles!” (at least on a good day)) but all it takes is a relatively benign flu to knock me down a peg or two.
I don’t even want to think about those who get real diseases, such as cancer.
Bottom line: if I ever do 100 miles again (or swim 5K, etc.), I’ll have to remember that a big part of it is just good old fashioned “good luck”.
In some sense, atheists and Christians aren’t that different:
I may be rabidly(?) pro Obama, but Clinton has her supporters too:
In the video clip, about midway though it, you can see Sis beating on her drums (white).
I suppose this means I’ll do more phone banking tomorrow night. 🙂
I did have a couple of the Wyoming voters call me back; they seemed surprised that I was making these calls on my own cell phone.
[…]Now let’s look at Hillary Clinton’s rhetoric and what is says about the campaign she’s run. It started with her absurd claim that her vote for the war was really a vote to send inspectors back in. The name of the bill? “The Joint Resolution To Authorize The Use Of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq.” Saying it was about sending inspectors back in doesn’t mean that it is true that it was about sending inspectors back in.
And then how about the endless spinning trying to diminish Obama victory after Obama victory? Here was Penn: “Could we possibly have a nominee who hasn’t won any of the significant states — outside of Illinois? That raises some serious questions about Sen. Obama.” Mark Penn calling Virginia, Georgia, Missouri, and Colorado, among others, not “significant” does not make them insignificant.
Or Clinton’s “35 years of experience.” She has had a distinguished record of public service, but it’s not in any way 35 years of government experience, unless you want to include her time at Yale Law school, or going door to door for George McGovern in Texas, or working at the Rose law firm in Arkansas as government experience. But her campaign seemed convinced that by repeating “35 years of experience” at every stop she would magically acquire that 35 years of experience.
But as the Bush administration has shown, believing your own words and not being able to see things as they are is not a good thing — either for a country or a campaign. The New York Times described some Clinton aides as “baffled that a candidate who had been in the United States Senate for only three years and was a state lawmaker in Illinois before that was now outpacing a seasoned figure like Mrs. Clinton.”
As Matt Yglesias says:
“Whether or not you think the more ‘seasoned’ candidate ought to win presidential elections, it seems to me that any campaign staffer who could be genuinely ‘baffled’ by experience not proving to be a winning issue is demonstrating a scary ignorance of how things work. Is her staff baffled that Joe Biden didn’t win the nomination?”
But we’ll see; the last debate is tonight.
Workout notes slow 3 miles outside; sort of a stroll. Last of the dry road for a while; it is supposed to dump on us again (4-6 inches are forecast; we have a dusting as I write this). As far as my flu, I have a semi-productive cough and I have good and less good periods, though the fever and aches are gone. I still need the daytime cold/flu symptom tablets to function though.
I spent much of the day with one of our job candidates.
Ok, and I learned something about words. In my last post, I mentioned “Hillary’s mood swings” and someone thought I was taking a shot at women getting uncontrollably emotional during their periods; in fact I was trying to say that the recent shows of temper were the calculated outbursts of a political candidate.
So, I decided to see how Barbara would react to the title I had; sure enough she wrinkled her face in disapproval. She knows that I don’t think that women are moodier than anyone else; after all *I* am the moody one in our family, and in my family of origin, my father was the moody one.
Hence I’ve always associated moodiness with males!! 🙂
So, I am glad that I have changed the title; the “moody female” does act as sort of a “silent dog whistle” for some.
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