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Author: BobR    Date: 05/07/2008 12:28:54

By now, you've seen the results of yesterdays primary. Obama scored a resounding win in NC, and it was essentially a tie in IN. Obama is now within 200 delegates of securing the nomination. Based on the math, even if Clinton somehow manages to pull in her votes from FL and MI (without Obama getting any of the "undecideds"), she still cannot surpass his lead. He can now be declared the "presumptive nominee".

It seems even the candidates knew it last night. Obama's speech had the tinge of an acceptance speech and any comments about "his opponent" were directed at McCain. Clinton's speech was a bit schyzophrenic, with "we're going all the way" comments framing a center core that seemed to be a "thanks for all the hard work" good-bye speech. Edwards' last speeches and comments were laden with "we're going all the way" comments too, right up until he dropped out.

It didn't have to end up like this. It could have been Clinton. It could have gone all the way to the convention.

A funny thing happened on the way to the polling place, however. The voters decided they'd had enough of smear politics. They wanted respect.

Two years ago, the Republicans were swept out of the House in resounding numbers. At the time, the general consensus was that voters were hoping Democrats would bring an end to the war in Iraq. That may have been at least partially true. However, it's also true that the Republicans were awash in scandal and sleaze. Many Republican campaigns were repeating the disgusting character assassination techniques perfected by Karl Rove, with none of his velvet sledgehammer "subtlety". In a hint of things to come, the techniques did not work.

This year, it seems that Democratic and Republican voters alike are rejecting that type of campaigning, and selecting candidates that appeal to the populace to vote for them, rather than against their opponents. This - I believe - is where Clinton went wrong. Where Obama touted his record and spoke of his plans for the future, Clinton reverberated echos of campaigns past, including:
  • Trying to keep the Rev. Wright story alive, saying who you associate with matters

  • Harping on Obama's "bitter" comment

  • Touting McCain as a better choice than Obama, who only "had a speech in 2002".

  • Using robocalls to disenfranchise black voters

  • Lying about her trip to Bosnia

  • Lying about her position on NAFTA

  • Trying to portray herself as "working class" by drinking a shot of Crown Royal in a badly staged photo op, while trying to paint Obama as "elitist".

  • Pandering to voters in PA with tales of guns. :rolleyes:

I'm sure everyone could add more items to the list. This was her election to lose, and lose it she did. In general, we're more intelligent than some campaigns give us credit for. We will do the research and decide - based on the evidence - if the candidate is lying. We can see through the cheap campaign photo ops (forever known as "Dukakis moments"), and are insulted by these tactics.

We want a candidate that respects us, respects the office, respects the Constitution, and - most of all - commands our respect. We now have that in our presumptive candidate.

Onward to November.


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Comment by Raine on 05/07/2008 12:46:10
:clap:





RESPECT! YES! You hear that republicans? We americans want to be respected! We don't want you to have a beer with us, we just want to be respected!



It is sad becuase despiite what many people believe, I DID want her to do better than this. Everyone falls in love during the primary season, so yes, there is going to be a certain amount of sides taken... I wanted to see Hillary do better. She ran a terrible campaign after Super Tuesday. That was when it seemed like everything changed.



Thank you BobR for a wonderful blog post.

Comment by velveeta jones on 05/07/2008 12:49:09
ONWARD!



Bob! Great and inspiring blog this AM. Perhaps I'm as delusional as Hillary this morning, but I am giddy and, dare I say it? ............ FIRED UP!!!



First point of order: Baracks campaign said that Hillary would win by around 15K votes. And.......... she did. The fact that not only is his campaign honest, they seem to be right on with the facts. Two important qualities I want in my President.



Now, Velveeta's challenge today. Two things:

1. We all call Obama the Democratic nominee on our posts in blogs, MB's, letters, etc.



2. You all know Velveeta is terminally broke. But I will be sending $10 to his campaign, and I am asking all my friends, online and "real" , to join me. Put on the letter to him that you're a SMS listener and maybe we can get him to join the show one day!!!





Comment by jd_in_ny on 05/07/2008 12:49:40
great post - and I agree with you, too, Raine

I'm still hopeful she can do great things in the future

Comment by AuntAzalea on 05/07/2008 12:52:28
Good Morning! I found this interesting tidbit!Nuns turned away in Indiana

Comment by Raine on 05/07/2008 12:54:51
Quote by AuntAzalea:

Good Morning! I found this interesting tidbit!Nuns turned away in Indiana
That story is just everything that is wrong with this idiotic Voter ID law in that state.



Good MORNING EVERYONE!!!!







Comment by Raine on 05/07/2008 12:56:18
ONCE AGAIN... A very special Thanks to our NC delegation for all the work they did these past few weeks!!!

:party:


Comment by m-hadley on 05/07/2008 12:57:27
Great Post BobR,

And I must also add that last night was loads of fun, blogging along with the returns with the 4Fers just can't be beat I'm home this morning - slightly hanged over Does anybody know if Momma ever made it on the TeeVee? I pooped out around midnight (CST) and although Dan Abrams was on, Momma wasn't on him I'll be around all morning - fair warning - ha!

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by right wing hater on 05/07/2008 13:03:52
Good morning Everyone!



Daily Reading posted to News of Day in the Forum



Highlights: Al Gore



McCain "A nuke in every garage" is the GOP nominee's energy and climate plan.



Moby Dick Cheney - his theater of the absurd 'solution' for oil shortage....



FBI raids Bushevik Special Counsel office for obstruction of justice & witch hunting of federal whistleblowers



Obama wins big in NC, barely loses to Clinton in IN practically seals nomination path



1956 NY Times Headline: "WARMER CLIMATE ON THE EARTH MAY BE DUE TO MORE CARBON DIOXIDE IN THE AIR" causes James "wish I had a brain" Inhofe (R-Exxon) to spontaneously combust...



Tim Russert 'explains' why no Hageegate...



Bush crime family EPA asks the public....Forget a lemon, would like some rocket fuel with your water



Oh...and yes...it is respect that that won last night....the Karl Rove/Republican playbook is dying as fast as con-servatism

Comment by BobR on 05/07/2008 13:07:09
Thanks for the props, everyone... :peace:



I figured a eulogy for her campaign was in order...

Comment by BobR on 05/07/2008 13:09:06
Quote by right wing hater:

Good morning Everyone!



Daily Reading posted to News of Day in the Forum



Highlights: Al Gore



McCain "A nuke in every garage" is the GOP nominee's energy and climate plan.



Moby Dick Cheney - his theater of the absurd 'solution' for oil shortage....



FBI raids Bushevik Special Counsel office for obstruction of justice & witch hunting of federal whistleblowers



Obama wins big in NC, barely loses to Clinton in IN practically seals nomination path



1956 NY Times Headline: "WARMER CLIMATE ON THE EARTH MAY BE DUE TO MORE CARBON DIOXIDE IN THE AIR" causes James "wish I had a brain" Inhofe (R-Exxon) to spontaneously combust...



Tim Russert 'explains' why no Hageegate...



Bush crime family EPA asks the public....Forget a lemon, would like some rocket fuel with your water



Oh...and yes...it is respect that that won last night....the Karl Rove/Republican playbook is dying as fast as con-servatism


Thanks for these, particularly:



"James 'wish I had a brain' Inhofe (R-Exxon)".... :rofl:

Comment by right wing hater on 05/07/2008 13:14:55
Oooh...almost forgot...here's a handy dandy game for those of you that want to make sure your 'friends' that are voting for McSame/McBush know that they are indeed voting for a 3rd term for Bush...



NEW GAME: Play it now! - http://www.bush-mccainchallenge.com/?rc=homepage



BTW: Bob - great post....



Oh and Inhofe is my public enemy #1....I have so much on him, its ridiculous

If anyone ever...ever needs any dirt/info on him don't hesitate to ask...

80% that's no typo of his political contributions for his career come courtesy of Big Oil

"Global Warming the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people" yep...no absolute bias there...huh....

Comment by velveeta jones on 05/07/2008 13:21:39
Donnie.............. idiot! (Aunt said "Asshole")



But, Velveeta digresses with the obvious,...........



According to the Hillary DeathWatch, she's at 4.2%. Here little boat is gone........



Hillary widget

Comment by Raine on 05/07/2008 13:23:30
Quote by right wing hater:

Oooh...almost forgot...here's a handy dandy game for those of you that want to make sure your 'friends' that are voting for McSame/McBush know that they are indeed voting for a 3rd term for Bush...



NEW GAME: Play it now! - http://www.bush-mccainchallenge.com/?rc=homepage



BTW: Bob - great post....



Oh and Inhofe is my public enemy #1....I have so much on him, its ridiculous

If anyone ever...ever needs any dirt/info on him don't hesitate to ask...

80% that's no typo of his political contributions for his career come courtesy of Big Oil

"Global Warming the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people" yep...no absolute bias there...huh....
heya RWH... m-faye is an OKIE!!!!







Comment by Raine on 05/07/2008 13:25:06
Shane-o SO rocks!

Momma on Dan last night









:unsure: Did walk off the show after that tirade before donnie the ?

Comment by Raine on 05/07/2008 13:26:34
26% of people in NC did NOT vote for MCCain...



And 23% did not vote for him in Indiana...



THAT is kinda telling, no?!?!?

Comment by Shane-O on 05/07/2008 13:32:44
Huh, , what? Mornin'...

Comment by Scoopster on 05/07/2008 13:37:52
Morning all! We've got high energy here in the office this morning because the alt rock stream's descended into a more of a dance club hits mix from the 90s, from Stereo MC's to The Crystal Method..



:banana: GET BUSY CHILD! :prince:



(Not bad on four hours sleep either..)

Comment by Raine on 05/07/2008 13:39:19
WASHINGTON (AP) — A campaign aide says Hillary Rodham Clinton loaned herself $6.4 million in the past month.

=====================================================

February March and April she has loaned herself money...









Comment by Raine on 05/07/2008 13:39:58
:rofl: Tweey offereing a Keith style comment!

Comment by Raine on 05/07/2008 13:42:43
She is giving a noon time presser.

Comment by wickedpam on 05/07/2008 13:43:08
Morning :hug:





Comment by Raine on 05/07/2008 13:48:10
Morning Ms. Mala... and sir Scoop!

Comment by starling310 on 05/07/2008 13:49:50
Good morning! Good morning! Good morning!

The sun is shining. Barack is our Nominee. It's a beautiful day.



Bobber, fantastic opening. I am aghast at how smart we people have gotten since '04.





Velveeta? Good suggestion. I have made a mental note.



Comment by wickedpam on 05/07/2008 13:50:20
Heyya Raine and all!





Well, it looks like the primary has shoved the important news that Virginia had an earthquake right off the map :p









UCK! Collards

Comment by starling310 on 05/07/2008 13:50:47
There was a "New Orleans Style" brunch place near where I used to live; they served Fried Chicken and Waffles.



:drool:

Comment by starling310 on 05/07/2008 13:51:32
84?!?

Comment by velveeta jones on 05/07/2008 13:52:17
I want Helen to adopt me!! :wub2:

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/07/2008 13:53:38
Morning from the depression bunker. Things are looking as black or grim as they were yesterday or the day before. Man this sucks. Enough about me, I need to slam a right wing loony.



I've been reading Armed Madhouse and here is an interesting comment from Grover Norquist on the redevelopment of Iraq:



The right to trade, property rights, these are not to determined by some democratic election




Oh? I always thought these were exactly the kind of things that elections are about.



I will now add Mr Norquist to the list of third stage Republican syphalitics.

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/07/2008 13:54:46
Quote by wickedpam:

Heyya Raine and all!





Well, it looks like the primary has shoved the important news that Virginia had an earthquake right off the map :p









UCK! Collards




Oh poor Mala, you've not had good collards have you?

Comment by Raine on 05/07/2008 13:55:44
Except there is no concession....



*sigh*



Howard Wolfson on msnbc confirmed this loan and added, "I certainly don't rule out her giving more."

Comment by starling310 on 05/07/2008 13:55:47
When John Kerry conceded I called out sick to work, went down the street to my friend's house and just sat there.....staring...... :blink:.........then, I cried.

Comment by Raine on 05/07/2008 13:57:09
Oh yes, That day was awful for me as well.



I felt like someone kicked me in the stomach...

Comment by velveeta jones on 05/07/2008 13:57:31
Not only "is this how you want to win?" but if this is the best Druggies Operation Chaos can do.......... then Obama will blow away McSame!!!!

Comment by Raine on 05/07/2008 13:57:55
Come on caller... NOT COOL>....

Comment by m-hadley on 05/07/2008 13:59:19
Quote by Raine:

Quote by right wing hater:

Oooh...almost forgot...here's a handy dandy game for those of you that want to make sure your 'friends' that are voting for McSame/McBush know that they are indeed voting for a 3rd term for Bush...



NEW GAME: Play it now! - http://www.bush-mccainchallenge.com/?rc=homepage



BTW: Bob - great post....



Oh and Inhofe is my public enemy #1....I have so much on him, its ridiculous

If anyone ever...ever needs any dirt/info on him don't hesitate to ask...

80% that's no typo of his political contributions for his career come courtesy of Big Oil

"Global Warming the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people" yep...no absolute bias there...huh....
heya RWH... m-faye is an OKIE!!!!





Raine,

Why yes I am and I am supporting Andrew Rice who is running against the odious Jim "No Homos in My Klan (ooops, I meant Clan)" Inhofe. See my blog post on Evil Inhofe. I'll take all the dirt you have on this dumb*ss, but I'm sure that Rice's camp has a pretty high pile of stuff on him. Thanks RWH :D

Cheers,

mfaye



Comment by Mondobubba on 05/07/2008 14:02:11
Quote by Raine:

Oh yes, That day was awful for me as well.



I felt like someone kicked me in the stomach...




I was in Gainsville, FL the day after the election, in a car wash. I almost pimp slapped a snot nosed, wet behind the ears, pig ignorant sorority chick gloating to some Buckhead Betty clone friend of hers on the phone about Bush winning. She was waiting for her cute little BMW that daddy bought for her to be dried.

Comment by wickedpam on 05/07/2008 14:03:31
Quote by Mondobubba:

Quote by wickedpam:

Heyya Raine and all!





Well, it looks like the primary has shoved the important news that Virginia had an earthquake right off the map :p









UCK! Collards




Oh poor Mala, you've not had good collards have you?




They are in the same class as okra to me. Can't stand either. Slimey is the word that comes to mind.



Comment by Scoopster on 05/07/2008 14:47:57
Comment by wickedpam on 05/07/2008 14:56:22
and I think were back.

Comment by Raine on 05/07/2008 14:58:14
Whew. That was yougly!



Glad bloggie is back. Nice to know our server provider works fast on getting things fixed!

Comment by Shane-O on 05/07/2008 15:00:20
yay! we're back!

Lost the 4F Binky there for a bit... :(

Comment by Raine on 05/07/2008 15:01:48
Scoop, that was awesome.





I concur. I do. I am sorry if that pisses of some of my friends, but I simply cannot abide by the tactics I have seen these past few months.



Comment by velveeta jones on 05/07/2008 15:01:55
Oy! the blog died!



Oh, the ABC news on my radio is finally reporting that Hills is loaning herself money! Finally!!



Comment by livingonli on 05/07/2008 15:04:34
A belated good morning.



I felt like I was on the outside looking in since I wasn't able to get in when the server freaked out.

Comment by m-hadley on 05/07/2008 15:04:54
Wha happened? Thought my compuuuter was acting up again - was about to blame the doggies and their doggie hair that occasionally clogs up my laptop... :D

Cheers,

mfaye



Comment by livingonli on 05/07/2008 15:06:42
Quote by m-hadley:

Wha happened? Thought my compuuuter was acting up again - was about to blame the doggies and their doggie hair that occasionally clogs up my laptop... :D

Cheers,

mfaye



Do they shed on the keyboard?

Comment by Mondobubba on 05/07/2008 15:07:51
Comment by m-hadley on 05/07/2008 15:08:37
Quote by Raine:

Scoop, that was awesome.





I concur. I do. I am sorry if that pisses of some of my friends, but I simply cannot abide by the tactics I have seen these past few months.





Hope you all don't mind, but I linked to Scoopster's post as well as BobR's excellent post this morning - haven't come up with a photoshop fun for last night yet - ideas accepted and appreciated - don't want to be too gloatie, although I do agree with Scoopster about the hurt inflicted by Hillary's campaign.

Cheers,

mfaye



Comment by Scoopster on 05/07/2008 15:08:38
Meep.. Geroge McGovern just switched his SD vote to Obama.



That's a biggie.

Comment by Shane-O on 05/07/2008 15:08:49
MONDO!!!!!