Wednesday, December 19, 2007
We have a lot of good people in this movement and most of you are good honest hardworking people. But we have been misled. Hillary is not the candidate to turn back America, she will keep us moving in the wrong direction that will most certainly turn to disaster.
We are not going to endorse a different candidate at this time, but we are calling off all support for Hillary Clinton. This was a very difficult decision and we hope you understand.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Today I received an e-mail from Bill Clinton practically begging for money. I really hope this e-mail didn't go out to very many people, because it just reeks of desperation.
It's one thing to have good intentions, another thing altogether to change the reality of people's lives. Hillary has been changing people's lives for as long as I've known her.
She did it in when she made major improvements to our schools. She did it in the aftermath of September 11, when she helped first responders get the medical care they needed. She's done it in the , where she has worked to make sure we fulfill our promises to our troops, veterans, and their families.
She has never let setbacks stop her. When our health care reforms didn't pass in the 90's, she rolled up her sleeves and got right back to work on the Children's Health Insurance Program, which insures six million kids in America today.
That's Hillary, the best combination of heart and mind, of leadership ability and feel for the problems of other people I've ever known. She's also our best candidate to beat the Republicans for one reason: because she would make the best president. She's got great plans for universal health care, good jobs, access to college, ending the war in Iraq, and restoring America's position in the world; and she's been tested in the kind of campaign they always run.
Now Hillary needs your help as 2007 comes to a close. We're just $212,374 from reaching our fundraising goal this week, and Hillary needs her online supporters to make it over the top. Will you make a contribution for Hillary today?
Make a contribution and help Hillary today.
You know, even if I weren't married to Hillary, I would still be enthusiastically supporting her. Her experience, her compassion, and her great ideas for the future make her the right candidate.
America is ready for change. After seven years of failed policies, it's time for a new beginning, led by someone who has spent her life making a difference for others.
If you want to know the kind of changes she'll make for you, you only have to look at what she's already accomplished for others for 35 years.
Let's help Hillary show her strength at this critical moment. We're just $212,374 from our weekly goal; help put our campaign over the top.
Contribute today to help Hillary show her strength.
Thank you so much for all you do to help Hillary, so she can do what she does best: get to work and help others.
Why do we have Bill Clinton in charge of sending e-mails? Again, he is the most important part of Hillary's campaign and should be out front and center. The campaign is dropping the ball and I'll be damned if I'm just going to sit by the sidelines and watch what chance we had crumble away. Please contact the campaign and let them know how you feel. I've been trying to get on the phone with them all day but apparently their staff is too busy sending out desperate e-mails begging for money. What happened to the hope, the passion, the message of peace and prosperity? I hate to be negative here folks but the fire that was once lit inside my soul is slowly being put out by the incompetency I have been witnessing day after day. I do have a glimmer of hope left though because it is not too late, if the campaign makes some changes and they make them right now. But the primaries are right around the corner and we need to get our act together.
For now, we need you all to keep up with the mission: restroom grassroots campaign. Apparently we can't count on the campaign to promote Hillary so we'll have to do all the work ourselves. I think now would be a good time to refer back to the Grassroots Hillary Oath - feel free to print that off if you haven't already.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Today's joke comes from Bob Rinske in Ohio:
Q: Why don’t oysters give to charity?
A: Because they’re shellfish.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The deputy campaign manager is Bob Nash, who served as White House personnel director in the Clinton administration. In March, Mr. Nash left his position as vice chairman of Chicago ShoreBank to join Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.
Here is the text of his e-mail, with the addresses redacted:
From: Bob Nash
Sent: Sun Dec 09
HOW ARE YOU ?? I AM FIGHTING HARD >
SECOND ARE YOU PEERSONALLYAWARE OF TH EWORK BARACK DID ON THE SOUTH
SIDE WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION S , ETC ./. BOB
WHAT DI DHE DO AFORE HOW LONG AND WITH WHO ??
PLS TELL BOB HELLO BOB
Bob J Nash
Deputy Campaign Manager
Hillary Clinton for President Exploratory Committee
4420 N. Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
Mr. Nash, 59, did not respond to an e-mail request seeking comment. A campaign official said he was unaware of the matter, but would look into it.
It's time to Smash the Nash, folks. This guy is about as dumb as a box of rocks and is the last guy you'd want to have anything to do with your campaign. Now that I think back to all the incompetence I've been seeing lately with Hillary's campaign, I'm willing to bet that it all stemmed from this worthless piece of s**** Bob Nash. I'm sorry folks, I hate to be rude. But Hillary is our only chance to take back America and I'll be damned if some clueless jackass like Bob Nash is going to ruin our chances - everything we've worked so hard for. We better get some talent in the ranks and we better get it right now. We've got the grassroots supporters donating, putting bumper stickers in bathrooms all across the country, reading the oath 10 times a day - we're doing our part. The official campaign needs to do theirs. I have absolutely had it with the shenanigans. It is the position of Vote for Hillary Online that if Bob Nash is not fired within 24 hours, we will withdraw ALL support for Hillary and give it to someone that is more deserving.
Click here to contact the campaign and let your voice be heard. Bob Nash is all that is wrong with the Hillary campaign and if he is not fired immediately, expect more disasters like this in the future.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
While Barack Obama was seeking the spotlight yesterday by bringing Oprah Winfrey to the campaign trail, Hillary Rodham Clinton was making her campaign a family business: Her 88-year-old mother Dorothy Rodham and - for the first time - daughter Chelsea joined her in Iowa, while her former-president husband campaigned for her in South Carolina.
If you have been holding off going to campaign rallies, I highly suggest you get out there and show your support. The primaries are just around the corner and it's up to us to make Hillary's election a reality. Also, keep up the good work on Mission: restroom. We've gotten a lot of positive feedback about that and a few of you have even sent us pics! Note: if you're going to take pictures of the bumper stickers you put in public restrooms, make sure you're the only one in there.
Here are the lyrics so you can see for yourself:
High above the mountains, far across the sea
I can hear your voice calling out to me
Brighter than the sun and darker than the night
I can see your love shining like a light
And on and on this earth spins like a carousel
If I could travel across the world
The secrets I would tell
You and I
Were meant to fly
Higher than the clouds
We'll sail across the sky
So come with me
And you will feel
That we're soaring
That we're floating up so high
Cause you and I were meant to fly
Sailing like a bird high on the wings of love
Take me higher than all the stars above
I'm burning, yearning
Gently turning round and round
I'm always rising up I never
Want to come back down
You and I were meant to fly
When we first heard that this was going to be Hillary's campaign song, we were ecstatic because Celine has a way with words like no one else, and this song drives chills up and down my spine every time I hear it. The music is absolutely beautiful, and arouses emotions inside that I didn't even know I had. Imagine my disgust and absolute bewilderment when I read that the campaign has decided to drop the song, going against what Hillary supporters had voted for. Maybe they need to go back and learn what a democracy is. Hillary is our only hope to take back America and I'm not going to stand by and watch her campaign manager ruin all of our chances for hope.
We are calling on every single one of you to make your voice heard to the Clinton campaign. Maybe they didn't think we'd notice, maybe they thought the votes for Celine's song were fraudulent - who knows. But what they have done has completely alienated Hillary's core supporters. The ones who are putting their blood sweat and tears into promoting the message and ensuring Hillary's election. Click here to contact the campaign. We will not let them get away with this.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Two hats were hanging on a hat rack. The first one said to the other," You stay here and I'll go on ahead. "
Q: What does the ocean say to the boat?
A: Nothing. It just waves.
Q: What did the right shoe say to the left shoe?
A: I think we must be sole mates.
Obama running on his own merits: not electable.
Obama running on his own merits and the help of Oprah: still not electable.
Obama is simply not presidential material; he could have all the endorsements in the world, but it would not change the fact that he is simply unqualified. What makes me mad though is that this is a huge distraction for the people. It gets the American people thinking maybe there is a better alternative to Hillary. They get lured in, they waste their time going to a stadium to hear him speak. And then they come home confused, demoralized, and betrayed. The candidate with the most experience, integrity, and real ideas for America's future is Hillary Clinton. No endorsements or lack thereof will have any effect on this fact. If anything good can come out of this, it will be that after hearing this catastrophe of a speech by Obama and Oprah, the people will realized that they have been conned into believing that Obama offered any real solutions. When reality sets in, the only answer will be to vote for Hillary.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Newsflash: Gennifer Flowers has just endorsed Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. Yes, THE Gennifer Flowers that Bill Clinton had an affair with many years ago in Arkansas. This is big news because for quite some time there had been growing animosity between Hillary Clinton and Gennifer Flowers over their love for the same man. The fact that Flowers can put all those petty disputes behind her and still realize that Hillary is our only hope for America simply shows how strong of a candidate Hillary is. If your past enemies come out to support you, you must be doing something right.
"I can't help but want to support my own gender, and she's as experienced as any of the others -- except maybe Joe Biden," the lounge singer told The Associated Press Thursday in an interview at her Las Vegas home.
Flowers, 57, claims to be undecided, but like Clinton she's a feminist and an impassioned believer in abortion rights. "I would love to see a woman president; I just didn't think it would be her," Flowers added.
Honestly, we don't really know where Hillary stands on women's rights issues, but if the simple fact that she's a woman brings in a lot more voters, we're not going to complain. Chalk this up as yet another victory for the Clinton Campaign.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
They couldn't debate her on the issues. They couldn't question her on experience. Her whole life has been out in the public for everyone to scrutinize and they were unable to find any dirt. So what have they resorted to?
I was doing some research this morning and came across this website selling Hillary Clinton Nutcrackers. Apparently the most important presidential election in history is something to make a mockery of. Maybe the American people really are that stupid that choosing a candidate based upon their principles is too difficult and smears like this are more easily digested. I sincerely hope not - I am optimistic, but it's things like this that make me seriously doubt the sanity of some of my fellow Americans. This wouldn't be such a big deal if it was just one guy and a silly website, but I have seen this Hillary Nutcracker reported on from numerous sources, and not one has taken the time to condemn these childish acts.
We are in the process right now of getting this product taken off the market. I urge all of you to contact the makers of this despicable smear attempt and let them know how you feel.
Hillary Clinton was on CNBC yesterday talking to Maria Bartiromo about her plans for the sub prime mortgage crises that aggressive lenders have gotten us into. The interview was going along fine but about 1:50 into it, the camera cuts away to anchor Dylan Ratigan who appears to be falling asleep and unaware that he is on camera. About about 5 seconds of this obviously unscripted moment, the shot goes back to Hillary talking to Maria. Alright, just a simple mistake, happens all the time, right? Think again. About 10 seconds later, the camera again goes back to Dylan Ratigan who is now smirking childishly at the camera - well aware that he is live on television. I cannot believe a well respected business network like CNBC would disrespect Hillary so blatantly on television. Did they not expect anyone to catch this? I honestly cannot see the thought process behind this one. Dylan needs to issue an apology and somebody should be fired immediately.
Watch the clip here from CNBC.com. It occurs around 1:50 and then again at 2:00.
Kenneth Li from Reuters.com has picked up on this smear attempt as well.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
First of all, thanks for all that you're doing to help ensure Hillary Clinton's election in 2008. I've never been involved in politics my whole life and it's a good feeling to be involved in something I can be proud of. It's unfortunate that you all had to call off the bumper sticker campaign but I thought of an idea last night that I thought I'd run across you guys. What if we took all the bumper stickers we have left over and put them on the walls and stalls of public restrooms? We could also leave a few pamphlets of information outlying Hillary's proposals next to the sink. It's not too often I see advertising in a restroom, so I really think it would stick out. What do you think?
Three words Frank, we love it! I have to admit, when I first read your e-mail I thought it sounded a little tacky. It didn't sound very presidential to be campaigning in public restrooms. But after sleeping on this for a few nights, I've come to the conclusion that this is one of the most genius ideas ever proposed. The key to this tactic is that it's a grassroots effort. We're not paid to promote Hillary on her behalf, we do this because we strongly believe in her candidacy. And by God we're going to do whatever it takes to spread the word about Hillary Clinton.
We are officially starting the Mission: Restroom campaign. Most of you probably have plenty of bumper stickers leftover from the previous campaign, and those of you that don't can simply log on to the official Hillary Clinton campaign website to order more. What we are going to do is plaster Hillary Clinton bumper stickers in restrooms all across the United States. If we all do our part, it will be almost impossible for someone to go to the bathroom without thinking about Hillary Clinton. We want them on the main walls, the inside of the stalls, and on the sink counters. No opportunity should be missed to get the word out.
A few things to go over for this mission:
- Any public restroom is fair game. If anyone of the public has access to a particular restroom, by all means sticker it up.
- Private locations with limited access to the outside public should be skipped over, unless you happen to work there. We don't need anyone getting arrested for trespassing.
- Do not place stickers in the restroom in the presence of other people. You're going to get a lot of weird stares, and people will probably just remove the stickers as soon as they see you leave. If you enter a crowded bathroom, simply wait in a stall until the coast is clear.
- Do not, under any circumstances, place a bumper sticker anywhere on a toilet. The reason a restroom is a good place to campaign is because it is frequented so often, but we don't need to be associating a toilet with Hillary Clinton.
- If you can, leave a few Hillary pamphlets by the sink so that people who become curious by the stickers have a chance to take a closer look into what she stands for.
- Last but not least: have fun. If we're not having fun out there, our efforts will start to get tiring pretty quickly. We recommend doing this with a friend.
Let's try to make it so there is no possible way a person could NOT run into a Hillary Clinton sticker within a week's time span. The primaries are approaching very quickly and time is of the essence. The best part about all this? It's absolutely free advertising, besides the mere cost of the stickers. This is 100 times more effective than any million dollar ad campaign. Let's make Hillary proud. I guarantee you that if we all do our part, Hillary Clinton will win this election by an absolute landslide and the opposition won't know what hit 'em.
Click here to get a free bumper sticker from the official campaign. They don't sell these in bulk so we recommend filling out your information and reloading the page as many times as you need stickers.
The last president to fully understand this concept was Bill Clinton. He understood that sticking to the principles of the democratic base locks you in a corner with no wiggle room to work out deals that could work in your favor. Everyone loves to criticize politicians for flip flopping or endorsing policies that seem to conflict with what they stand for, but people have got to understand that politics is all a big game. And if you refuse to play the game correctly and you instead stand by a list of ideals that don't resonate with middle America, then you aren't going to be very successful. This is the reality, and this is the way it's always been and always will be.
Bush was able to market himself on this ability of meeting both sides in the middle, and that's how he got elected. But once he was elected, he betrayed the people by refusing to work with those of opposing views. Above all else, this is precisely the reason why Bush's poll numbers are so low. He tried to be everything-republican. His way or the highway. Believe me, history will not remember him in a good light.
That's why at this time more than ever, we need someone that isn't so stuck and stubborn in their narrow ideologies. We need someone who is flexible and understands that a good President has to work with both parties and consider all ideas. The American people's needs and wants are constantly changing, and a good leader needs to be flexible to adapt to that change. This is why we need someone like Hillary Clinton in the White house. A good representative of any group is someone who doesn't let their own personal views get in the way of carrying out what the people want. From what I can tell, Hillary Clinton doesn't really have deep personal views, so this conflict between leader and the people won't even be a factor.
MSNBC touched on this a little bit in an article entitled "Bill Touts Hillary's Work With GOP":
Today in New Hampshire, her husband noted the ways she’s worked with the opposite party, including a would-be rival. And he argued that more attention needs to be paid to candidates’ records and not to "pure politics."
“I argue to you based on a lifetime of experience that if you have spent as my wife has 35 years ... being a positive change maker, that indicates that you would be more likely to successfully execute change as president. If you have proved in the U.S. Senate that you could get things done with Republicans as well as Democrats, that indicates you’d be more likely to succeed as president.”
Bill hit the head right on the nail. In order to be an effective leader, it is essential that you learn to work with all sides and not be so isolated in your own ideals that you fail to see the real needs of every day Americans. I'm willing to bet that no other candidate realizes this fact, a fact that is only realized with a great deal of experience - something both Bill and Hillary have an enormous amount of.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Folks, we here at Vote for Hillary Online received a tip today around 7:25pm - and it's not the good kind of tip. An anonymous member of the opposition contacted us to let us know that some very devastating dirt is about to come out on Hillary Clinton. Now, we don't know the details of the scandal, we don't know if it has to do with campaign finance, fraud, murder, flip flopping on the issues..etc, it could be any number of things. But whatever it turns out to be, we must stand by our candidate in hard times - that's when true loyalty is demonstrated. We were debating whether to give everyone a heads up on this or not, but I do believe that by issuing a preemptive release, it shows the opposition that their smear tactics will not sway our principles. We will stand by Hillary in times of triumph, and in times where she needs our support the most. And folks, this is most definitely one of those times.
Let us keep our morale high and continue with the grassroots tactics. If you run out of bumper stickers, don't hesitate to send us an e-mail for help. The most important thing you all can be doing right now is promoting Hillary's message of prosperity, hope, and freedom. It's quite interesting to see where this race has taken us all, but it does sadden me that the opposition would get desperate enough to release some old information in order to get ahead. It's times like this where I refer back to the Grassroots Hillary Oath. If you haven't by now, I suggest you print this off and put it in your wallet. We can win this thing, and we will - if we stay strong, motivated, and focused. I want to be proud to be an American again, I think we all do. Let's make it happen - let's make history, and let us all be apart of something we can all tell our grandchildren about.
Today in Iowa, Senator Barack Obama said: "I have not been planning to run for President for however number of years some of the other candidates have been planning for.”
“Senator Obama’s comment today is fundamentally at odds with what his teachers, family, classmates and staff have said about his plans to run for President,” Clinton spokesperson Phil Singer said. “Senator Obama’s campaign rhetoric is getting in the way of his reality.”
Immediately after joining the Senate, Senator Obama started planning run for President. "'The first order of business for Senator Obama's team was charting a course for his first two years in the Senate. The game plan was to send Senator Obama into the 2007-2008 election cycle in the strongest form possible'...The final act of the plan was turning up the talk about a potential Presidential bid, which was greatly aided by his positive press and suggestions by pundits that he run for President." [U.S. News and World Report, 6/19/07 ]
His law school classmates say that Senator Obama has been planning Presidential run for 'more than a decade.' [A]ccording to those who know him, he has been talking about the presidency for more than a decade. "It was clear to me from the day I met him that he was thinking about politics," says Harvard Law School classmate Christine Spurell. [Washington Post, 8/12/07 ]
15 years ago, Senator Obama told his brother-in-law he was planning to run for President. Craig [Robinson] pulled him aside [in 1992] and asked about his plans. "He said, 'I think I'd like to teach at some point in time, and maybe run for public office,' recalls Robinson, who assumed Senator Obama meant he'd like to run for city alderman. "He said no — at some point he'd like to run for the U.S. Senate. And then he said, 'Possibly even run for President at some point.' And I was like, 'Okay, but don't say that to my Aunt Gracie.' I was protecting him from saying something that might embarrass him." [Washington Post, 8/12/07 ]
In third grade, Senator Obama wrote an essay titled 'I Want To Be a President.' His third grade teacher: Fermina Katarina Sinaga "asked her class to write an essay titled 'My dream: What I want to be in the future.' Senator Obama wrote 'I want to be a President,' she said." [The Los Angeles Times, 3/15/07]
Folks, let this be a lesson to any candidate who attempts to gain at the expense of Hillary by appearing to take the high ground. We will go back and look at the history, and you will get caught and made a fool of. Hillary Clinton is the candidate with the most integrity, honesty, and loyalty. Don't you ever think you can beat her at her own game.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton tossed an intriguing teaser into Saturday night's Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum: Bill Richardson as vice president?
When the New Mexico governor referenced Bill Clinton's old job as governor of Arkansas, he said to Clinton, "Don't you think governors make good presidents?" according to the New York Daily News.
Clinton's answer -- "Well, Bill, I think they also make good vice presidents" -- left Richardson briefly speechless.
Speculation about Richardson as VP has been fueled by his refusal to criticize Clinton, and his willingness to defend her.
If you'll recall from our post on possible Vice President selections for Hillary, we noted that Bill Richardson is the only democratic candidate with experience in the executive branch. As much as we'd love to see the possibility of a Hillary & Bill dynamic duo, we also think the White House could use some fresh blood in the office. Richardson also offers a vast amount of experience with foreign relations as the former Secretary of Energy. Plus, it's no secret that Bill Richardson has been the only candidate with enough integrity to not attack Hillary Clinton during the debates and press releases. He has shown that he knows better than to do that, and I don't see him as someone who would get in the way of Hillary's proposals while in office. Let's face it, Hillary and Bill can take care of the White House just fine on their own. Whoever the Vice President happens to be, we shouldn't fool ourselves into thinking that they are anything more than a fill-in for a required position. The real reason Hillary should choose Bill Richardson? The Latino vote. In this day and age, alienating this important demographic is political suicide. The naming of Bill Richardson for VP along with her plans on immigration reform will by the winning combination for capturing the hearts and votes of Latinos across the nation.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Hillary demonstrated courage, leadership, calmness in handling a unique and difficult event, and the ability to show optimism in a time of despair. In a way, this whole event was a good thing for us, because America got a glimpse into the professionalism and presidential demeanor that Hillary is capable of when the public is searching for answers. Whatever doubt people may have had about Hillary's ability to lead has been all but extinguished.
Earlier this past November, there was a scheduled event in Bakersfield, California where Hillary was to give a speech to the Sikh community. From nysun.com:
Traditional food, elaborate costumes, and ritual sword fighting were on display as thousands of Sikhs celebrated a religious festival here yesterday, but the expected guest of honor, Senator Clinton, was a no-show. Mrs. Clinton also scuttled a fund-raising breakfast at a nearby fairgrounds where Sikh leaders had hoped to raise $1 million for her presidential campaign.
Mrs. Clinton's campaign offered no public explanation for the change of plans, though a spokesman seemed to confirm that she had been expected to visit with Sikhs in Bakersfield yesterday.
No big deal, right? Who cares about the Sikh community. Well, I don't know about you all, but it appears that she missed out on a $1 million fund raiser. We're talking free money here - the Sikh community had it all organized, and all Hillary had to do was show up. What makes this worse is that the campaign offered no reason for the cancellation, not even an attempt to justify this mistake. As for that $1 million? They're now planning on giving it to another candidate instead.
"I'll take $1 million from our Sikh people and give it to people who are going to work with us … not somebody who says they're going to work with you and deserts you at the end"
This was a disaster, a lost opportunity, and it filled up the press that day with negative quotes from Sikh community members. I'm really beginning to question just what kind of "leadership" is running this campaign.
More recently, there was a press conference held where Hillary was endorsed by New Hampshire's first lady and pediatrician Susan Lynch. The first line in the press covering this event? The fact that she was an hour late to this important endorsement.
NBC's Christina Jamison, Mark Murray and NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli
CONCORD, NH -- Arriving nearly an hour late due to weather conditions, Hillary Clinton accepted the endorsement of New Hampshire's first lady, Susan Lynch.
Think this was just an isolated incident that can be explained away by extreme weather conditions? Think again. From washingtonpost.com on the health care debate in Ankeny, Iowa:
ANKENY, Iowa -- She was two hours late after her campaign plane blew a tire. But when Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton finally arrived here this afternoon, she offered her harshest critique yet of Sen. Barack Obama's approach to health care reform.
This is a growing trend that we're becoming more aware of, and it shows the incompetence of Hillary's campaign management not only to us grassroots supporters, but to the rest of America that is still undecided. These types of errors are unprofessional and must be addressed immediately.
Join us in demanding that Hillary's campaign management either get their act together, or step down and let more experience personnel take over. Hillary Clinton is our only hope to take back America and I'm not about to let a few screw-offs in her campaign ruin this chance for us.
Click here to contact the official campaign. Remember: keep it polite and reasonable, but let them know that we won't tolerate the shenanigans we have been witnessing lately that have the potential to ruin everything we have been working for.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Five Democratic presidential candidates who spoke at the Heartland Presidential Forum Saturday in Des Moines could do little more than nod and listen as person after person – mostly out-of-state residents – shared emotional stories of perceived injustice.
And the audience of 3,600 did not hesitate to express emotion. As they listened to descriptions of loss of health insurance, the stench of a nearby factory farm, or a family split up by immigration officials, the crowd frequently yelled out: “That ain’t right!” and booed.
Hillary Clinton, a U.S. senator from New York, felt the glare of their displeasure after Billy Lawless, a Chicago immigrations rights organizer, asked her if she’d commit to giving undocumented workers a path to citizenship in her first 100 days as president.
Clinton, who spoke via telephone after weather prevented her flight to Iowa, said immigration reform is a top priority.
But Lawless pressed her, asking if she’d do it in the first 100 days.
Clinton said it’s up to Congress to pass such reform, but as president she would do as much as possible.
The crowd booed, apparently upset that she wouldn’t commit to a 100-days promise.
Chris Dodd, a U.S. senator from Connecticut, was the next candidate to get that question, and he quickly answered: “Absolutely, absolutely.”
I'm sorry folks, we try not to be negative here, but the whole audience at the Heartland Presidential Forum was filled with a bunch of clowns. First of all, immigration reform is not a top priority - Hillary was forced to say this to appease the booing animals. Anyone who has been paying attention knows that Hillary's main focus is on the biggest issue of our time: health care. She understands that a socialized health care system is the only fair answer, and to be stuck in the greed motivated free-market times of the 19th century would be absolutely insane. But these clowns want to focus on immigration reform? Hillary actually has a sensible plan for immigration reform - she knows it takes more than 100 days. She also knows it's not something she can do alone and needs the legislature on board. For these questioners to pretend they don't know this fact is illustrating intellectual dishonesty.
And for Chris Dodd to try to come in as the big hero and give the crowd a resounding "absolutely" was just sickening. This was clearly pandering to the audience, and ignoring the real obstacles that are in the way of enacting effective immigration reform. How dare you Chris Dodd for attempting to marginalize Hillary. She was being attacked from all sides, and you had the opportunity to take the high ground and defend her. All you did was add fuel to the fire, and you should be ashamed of yourself. When Hillary becomes president, don't expect any high ranking positions Dodd. When you attack Hillary during the election, you're only hurting yourself for the consequences you'll have to face after she's elected. I would be very careful if I were you.
A duck, a frog, and a skunk all wanted to go to the movies where the admission was $1. Which one of the three couldn't afford to go?
Why? Well, the duck had a bill, the frog had a greenback, but the skunk only had a scent.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Criteria we will be judging the ornaments and their corresponding point values:
- Creativeness (up to 10 points)
- Skill involved (up to 5 points)
- Uniqueness (up to 3 points)
- Beauty (up to 7 points)
As you can see, some characteristics will have more value than others, but the more points you can get from each category, the higher chance you have of winning.
First place winner: $150 cash and a chance to be featured on our site
Second place winner: $80 cash
Third place winner: $25 gift certificate to Best Buy
All winners will receive a pack of 100 Hillary bumper stickers on behalf of Vote for Hillary Online.
We can't wait to see what kind of creative ideas you all come up with.
Note: to be qualified, the ornament must at least A) display a picture of Hillary Clinton, or B) display her name somewhere on the ornament.
From Foxnews.com (sorry guys):
Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle has written a letter to her counterpart at the Obama campaign, asking the Illinois senator to stop running what she calls a "false ad" in New Hampshire that claims his health care plan would cover everyone.
"Your advertisement not only contradicts the judgment of health care experts but public statements by your campaign and your candidate," Solis Doyle wrote, adding, "Senator Obama has pledged to put 'honesty first' in this campaign. In that spirit I respectfully request that you stop running this ad which is misleading voters in New Hampshire."
The letter is the latest dig in an argument that has been percolating for weeks. Clinton's plan includes an individual mandate that would require every American to obtain health insurance, while Obama's plan only mandates coverage for children.
Clinton’s camp often cites experts who say Obama’s plan would leave out 15 million people of the 47 million who are uninsured and notes that even Obama has called the plan "virtually universal." Obama has said he would offer subsidies to the working poor, and that over time the savings through his plan would allow everyone to be covered.
This is excellent political strategy here folks. Not only is this getting Hillary involved in the media-covered health care debate, but she offers the most conclusive and all-encompassing plans of all the candidates. I'm sorry folks, but the whole logic of "if just one person was helped, then it was all worth it" just doesn't cut it in this day and age. There are better solutions. We should not settle for simply having more Americans getting high quality health care. Our job isn't done until every American has high quality health care.
Health Care needs to be mandated just like seat belt laws are mandated. We realize not everyone wants to participate, but the government needs to enact policy that is for the benefit of all people, not just the ones that opt in. Having so many Americans uninsured is simply an embarrassment for us and to our image as a nation to the rest of the world. It could be argued that many of those without health care coverage realize this, and they're purposely not getting coverage because it will contribute to the perception that America isn't doing enough to ensure the health of its citizens. Yes, we have been infiltrated. Not every American "citizen" wants to see us do well. If there's a policy set fourth to make us all better off, they'll be against it. And leaving the window open for people to not get coverage is leaving an opportunity for the rest of the world to mock our great nation as incompassionate. Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who recognizes this, which is yet another reason that we need to ensure her election (as if it wasn't clear already).
New Hampshire TV station WMUR is reporting that an armed man has taken people hostage at Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign office in Rochester, N.H. FOX News is reporting that the man claimed to have a bomb and walked into the office demanding to speak with the New York senator.
[UPDATE 6:30] The crisis appears to have ended peacefully, with the suspect surrendering to police.
Folks, this just goes to show just how desperate the opposition has been getting as of late. It used to be that they just smeared Hillary in the media. Now you have guys with bombs storming the campaign office. If it wasn't evident before that we need some serious change in America, it should be downright obvious by now. The fact that lunatics are trying to stop our efforts is proof enough that we are the lone voice of sanity engulfed in a sea of confusion and hysteria. It's time for the American people to see through the clutter and realize that Hillary Clinton is our only hope for taking back America and getting it under control.
It's not quite clear if this is just a sneaky way of the opposition trying to encourage Hillary to keep using the plants so they can then later demonstrate fake outrage and try to make a fool out of her, or if they sincerely welcome the challenging and more intellectually stimulating questions that her supporters put forth. At any rate, this is all just getting more publicity for Hillary, and that's exactly what we need.
Regarding the “plant”, retired Brig. Gen. Keith H. Kerr, that you sent to ask me the question at the CNN-YouTube debate last night in Florida …
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Democrat John Edwards took aim at rival Barack Obama's health care plan Thursday, saying it would leave too many Americans uninsured.
Obama's plan would not require Americans to get health insurance as Edwards' plan would.
Imagine if these two loads of incompetence were the only front runners in the debate and there was no Hillary. I have to say, I feel a bit sick to my stomach just imagining that - then again, maybe that's what they want so we're lured into their flawed health care plans. On the one hand you have Obama, who obviously doesn't think that all Americans should have equal access to healthcare, and then you have John Edwards who apparently wants to force people to get health insurance at gunpoint. Fortunately we all have an alternative with Hillary.
I thought this little quote from Edwards was very telling:
"There are very substantive policy differences between us on this issue. I just want to make sure caucus-goers are aware of that," Edwards said.
Edwards said he has not seen details of how Clinton would enforce her mandate.
Hmm I wonder why John Edwards is so interested in Hillary's health care plan. Could it be that he's not confident in his own that he's trying to get ideas from the lead candidate?
By the way, we're noticing a large amount of new visitors to our site lately. If you're a Hillary supporter, on the fence about a candidate, or even supporting someone else, you're all welcome here. Hillary Clinton wouldn't turn anyone away, nor should we. If you've made it here, you're probably on the right track to discovering why we here at Vote for Hillary Online have dedicated our lives to ensuring her election. For a comprehensive list of her positions on various issue, please refer to this page.
Below is Hillary Clinton's e-mail to Vote for Hillary Online. We hope you all get as fired up about it as we did. It's time to take this great nation back and make it our own - something we can be proud of. It's time to get the good word out about the only candidate with the experience and courage to do what needs to be done. It's time..for Mission: Bumper Sticker.
Dear Vote for Hillary Online,
I want to personally thank you for getting involved in my campaign. It is critical that we stay in touch as fast-moving events shape this important election.
The stakes couldn't be higher, as you well know.
If we want to end the war in Iraq, restore America's reputation in the world, rebuild the middle class, reform our government, and provide affordable health care for all, we need to work together. Not a single Republican candidate can provide America with the clean break and fresh start we so urgently need.
But we can - and that's what this campaign is all about. So let's show everyone what we can accomplish together. Here's one thing you can do: display my special gift to you today - a "Hillary for President" bumper sticker!
Click here to get a bumper sticker you can display with pride.
And I hope you will also take a few minutes to visit HillaryClinton.com. We work hard to make sure it delivers all the information you need -- from speeches on major issues to videos from the campaign trail to a full range of opportunities for you to get even more involved. On our site now, you can learn about the 10 best reasons to support Hillary -- and help spread the word.
Once again, thanks so much for standing with me -- and make sure you sign up for your "Hillary for President" bumper sticker today.
Show your family, friends, and neighbors that you support my campaign for change by displaying a "Hillary for President" bumper sticker.
All the best,
Hillary Clinton needs our help. More importantly, her campaign needs our dollars. Without financial help, no matter how great she is as a candidate, the people simply will not be able to hear her message. We have got to start coming together in this effort, and realize that this cause is much more important than our individual lives. If you need a refresher on the topic of making sacrifices, please refer to this post. If you've been holding out, waiting for someone better to come along - it's not going to happen. The time is now, folks. And the candidate is Hillary Clinton. We need to start being more conservative in our spending so we can save up for Hillary's campaign.
I just got an e-mail from Todd Brenker in St. Louis, and he's been spending the whole week looking under couch cushions for extra change. I won't post his e-mail here, but he has a very moving story to tell about sacrifice, courage, and honor. This is about regular folk coming together with what little means they have, and collectively turning it into a big movement. A movement we can all be proud of. Something we can look back on later on and realize that we were apart of it all.
The time is ticking and the primaries are just around the corner. If we don't all come together in support Hillary, not just by our grassroots campaign efforts but also our generous donations, then this could very well slip through our fingers. We're doing all we can, I hope to God you all are too.
If you were out working on the grassroots Hillary campaign like we were, you probably missed the republican debate last night. Fortunately we have Tivo. This was the CNN/Youtube debate where most of the questions to the candidates came from questions posted on Youtube from ordinary citizens all across the country. There were a wide array of questions - some silly, some serious, some downright ridiculous. One of the Youtube questions came from a retired general who happens to be gay. He raised a really important question about the failed "don't ask don't tell" policy. Essentially, his question was "why can't gays in the military be openly gay? Aren't we mature enough to accept different sexuality preferences?"
Retired Brig. Gen. Keith H. Kerr was named a co-chairman of Mrs. Clinton's National Military Veterans group this month, according to a campaign press release. He asked a question last night at the CNN-YouTube debate here, and after answers from candidates, debate host Anderson Cooper asked the general if he was satisfied with the answers.The general then stood up and delivered what amounted to a two-minute speech, stopping only when the audience of 1,500 booed.
"American men and women in the military are professional enough to serve with gays and lesbians. For 42 years, I wore the army uniform on active duty, in the Reserve, and also for the state of California. I revealed I was a gay man after I retired," the general said.
This was a very good question on an issue that has been kept under the radar for a few years, and it is refreshing to bring it back to the forefront. What was great about it though is that this is the one issue republicans are afraid of. They try to shy away from it any chance they get. They want to appeal to the conservative right by showing that they're against gay rights, but they don't want to appear to be homophobic and alienate those who sympathize with the gay movement. What was great about it though is that not only did the gay general submit his Youtube video, he was right there in the audience. It's pretty hard to tell a guy right to his face that he doesn't have the right to be open about his sexuality.
Now, as far as the allegation that he's a Hillary plant? He's the chairman of the National Military Veterans, which happens to be supported by Hillary Clinton. A retired general a member of an organization called "National Military Veterans"? I'm shocked I tell you, shocked.
Apparently we live in an age where we're not even allowed to be members of groups that support our cause. If we're to join any group, apparently we're to check every single member's background to make sure there could never be an argument for conflict of interest. This is an absolute disgrace, and it's pretty obvious that the Republicans are really stretching on this one.
At least somebody in the media actually gets it though, as evident by this headline: Gay YouTube General a Hillary Plant - So What?
I couldn't have said it better myself. Hillary's support is so wide and omnipresent, that it would be almost impossible to find someone that isn't tied to her campaign somehow. I could pick 5 random guys off the street and have them ask questions during a debate, and it's pretty likely that at least one of them would be a Hillary supporter. Face it folks: she's that popular. If you had her massive support, you wouldn't have to spend your time worry about her supporters. It's that simple.
For any of you out there that might be getting discouraged by all these bottom of the barrel tactics, I'd like to refer you back to the Grassroots Hillary Oath. We are going to win this folks, and there's nothing they can do to stop us.
Folks, with the competition getting fierce these days where Hillary is getting smeared from all angles, we're always trying to get dirt on the other candidates and catch them in uncompromising situations. Well it looks like the Democratic Party had the same idea, and they actually followed around Republicans on the campaign trail in disguise as supporters, in order to catch them in their most embarrassing moments. This is the most genius idea yet, and we're a bit jealous that we didn't think of it first.
This morning we received an e-mail from Mike Gehrke, Research Director for the Democratic National Committee:
Dear VFHO,I've got something for you.
For a few months, we've had Democratic Party "trackers" recording hundreds of hours of Republican candidates in the field. From event to event, we've got footage of some pretty revealing moments. Some are regular Americans putting a candidate on the spot with a tough question. Others are blatant contradictions. A lot of it is just the standard candidate stump speech.
The footage isn't high quality, but it's straight from the field -- and there is a lot of it. Since there's more than my team can realistically process, we've decided to throw it up on the web and put the Party's most powerful asset -- you -- to work.
As soon as a tracker leaves an event in , , , or wherever they're taping a Republican candidate, they'll head to a computer and upload it directly to a special section of Democrats.org called FlipperTV. That means you'll have a chance to go through the latest video the same time we do.
Nobody has ever done anything quite like this before, but with the Internet giving ordinary Americans like you access to the tools you need to change an election with the click of a mouse, we need to make sure you have everything you need to do just that. The video is yours -- you can just let us know what you find, or you can take it, re-mix it, add music, and make your very own ad out of it. It's up to you.
Take a look:
Back in March, I told you about our program to hold the accountable for everything they say on the 2008 campaign trail. We launched a website dedicated to the Republican presidential hopefuls, and created a rapid response group in PartyBuilder that people like you could join to get the latest campaign news.
This video is part of that program -- and part of the work that the Democratic Party is able to do because of your help.
Take a look at the video, forward your favorite clips to your friends, and make a contribution of $20 to keep this and other programs going strong through the 2008 election:
What are , , and telling voters in and ?
I'll give you a hint -- it's not what they're going to say in tonight's Republican debate.
As the Democratic Party's Research Director, I spend a lot of time watching what the candidates say when they aren't on CNN or . Believe me, they're like entirely different people when they're speaking to just a few dozen people in or and don't think the cameras are rolling.
But don't just take my word for it -- watch the video yourself, and let us know right away if you find something noteworthy:
People like to say that Democrats have a tactical advantage because we're better at using the Internet. Let's show them just how far ahead we actually are.
Let's get started,
Research Director, DNC
P.S. -- Be sure you join the PartyBuilder group on that page so we can get you the latest clips everyone finds.
This is just the ammo we need in order to expose these con artists for what they are. We haven't had a chance to view all of the videos yet, but if they meet up to Mike Gehrke's description of them, they're sure to be a laugh riot. This is precisely what we needed, and it couldn't have come at a better time.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A televised debate set for next month among the Democratic presidential candidates will be canceled to avoid a potential conflict with striking Hollywood screenwriters, a source close to organizers said on Wednesday.
The decision by the Democratic National Committee came after several candidates said they would refuse to cross picket lines of the Writers Guild of America, which has been on strike against major film and television studios since November 5.
A debate among eight Democrats running for the White House had been scheduled for December 10 at the CBS Television City studio in Los Angeles, where striking writers have been routinely picketing.
I know this news may be a big disappointment to a lot of you that wanted to see Hillary stand her ground and take on the boys, but this is actually great news. Let's face it, everyone in America knows about Hillary Clinton and her positions. She has absolutely no problem with name recognition, as some of the other candidates do. These debates actually have more potential to harm her campaign than they do to help, simply because it gives exposure to the lesser known candidates. Right now if an election was held, I guarantee you Hillary would win hands down. But if John Edwards and Barack Obama were able to get enough air time to somehow convince the masses that they would be a more effective president, then they might have a real chance of taking away the election from us. Every debate I have seen so far has been nothing more than an obsessive smear campaign against Hillary. I'm really starting to question the importance of these debates in the different times we live in today.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Now it's hard to imagine that a company named Zogby would be able to get very far in terms of getting people to take their polls seriously. You'd think they would have to spend most of their time proving that they're a legitimate organization. But, somehow they have managed to earn the respect of those who track the polls, and lately have managed to stir things up with some of their "findings".
Their latest poll attempted to pit each democratic front runner against each republican front runner in order to find out which candidate has the strongest chance of beating the republican nominee in the general election. They asked folks who they would vote for if given the choice of either Hillary or Giuliani, Hillary or Romney, Hillary or McCain...and so on. The "findings" of this poll were just released and Zogby claims that Hillary Clinton would lose to every one of the top five Republican presidential contenders while Barack Obama and John Edwards would defeat or tie every one of the Republicans. In other words, they're saying: "note to democrats: support either Obama or Edwards because Hillary doesn't have a chance in the general election."
Well, when we here at Vote for Hillary Online first heard about this, we were pretty disappointed with the American people's ability to make sound judgment calls and realize that a lot is at stake here in these bleak times. Then we realized that this was an online poll. You know, the same online polls that would lead you to believe that Dennis Kucinich or Ron Paul actually have a chance? Hillary Clinton strategist Mark Penn was on MSNBC this morning and got straight to the point: "this is a meaningless poll." He's exactly right. As admitted by Zogby International, this was an interactive online poll (by the way, what's interactive mean, you can rig the results in real time?) and this is the first time they have attempted to use this medium for polling. You would think that they would do a few test runs first to ensure that this is in fact an accurate polling method. You can't exactly do a "random" poll online. The only people who respond to polls online are those who seek them out, and obviously the opponent's supporters are so afraid of Hillary's winning potential that they're trying to say she lost before the first vote is even counted.
Now, any respectful polling agency would have just brushed off this criticism, maybe issue an apology, and learn from their mistake. After all, who was watching MSNBC this morning? Nobody would have noticed, and they could fix their mistakes in private. Well it turns out that they got quite defensive over the constructive criticism offered by Mark Penn. Remember folks, always be suspicious of someone who gets defensive before you even have time to point the finger at them. Fritz Wenzel, Director of Communications over at Zogby International, issued this response:
Mark Penn: Buckling Under the Pressure of an Unfavorable Poll
All is fair in love and war, the centuries–old proverb states. Politics is not included, but given the way the game is played in modern–day America, maybe it should be. That’s the sense I had again this morning watching Mark Penn, the chief political strategist for Democrat Hillary Clinton, denigrate our latest Zogby Interactive survey simply because it showed his client in a bad light (Link to Latest Poll Number). Penn made the contention on the MSNBC morning news program hosted by Joe Scarborough (Link to Video)
Penn mischaracterized this latest online Zogby poll as our first interactive survey ever – a bizarre contention, since we have been developing and perfecting our Internet polling methodology for nearly a decade (Zogby Intreractive Methodology), and since Penn’s company has been quietly requesting the results of such polls from Zogby for years. We always comply as part of our pledge to give public Zogby polling results to any and every candidate and campaign that asks for them. What is interesting is that no other campaign has made as many requests for Zogby polling data over the years than Penn has made on behalf of Clinton.
Because Mark Penn is a quality pollster himself, we chalk up his contention that our poll is "meaningless" as a knee–jerk reaction by a campaign under pressure coming down the stretch. Several other polls – Zogby surveys and others – have shown her national lead and her leads in early–voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire have shrunk. This is not unusual. These presidential contests usually tighten as the primaries and caucuses approach.
Director of Communications
Does this sound like someone who is impartial and objective? Does this seem like someone who actually cares about the truth? Or does it seem more like someone who got in the position that he did at Zogby in order to promote his anti-Hillary agenda. I think it's pretty clear what's going on here, and his comments speak for itself.
Vote for Hillary Online is now calling for a massive boycott on Zogby, and we hope that you realize the importance of exposing these smear merchants for what they are. We hate to be negative here, but this is the state of politics we live in and pointing out the corrupt ways of the system is one step towards getting America back on the road to prosperity.
Streisand gave a speech of praise on why she has chosen to endorse Hillary as opposed to the others:
"Hillary is a powerful voice for change as we find our country at an important crossroads. Under her leadership, our country will regain its respect within the global community. She will prioritize issues of global climate change, universal health care and rebuilding a strong economy. After eight long years, the public will once again have faith in their government."
I couldn't have said it better myself. She realizes that America is going through tough times, and we are desperately seeking someone who can give us all hope once again and carry us into 8 years of prosperity. You can either be oblivious to the problems America faces, or you can get involved and make history. Barbara Streisand is the true definition of a patriot.