Elephant In The Room: Gender
The number one issue in this election right now is not Iraq, it is not health care. It is gender. Hillary leads among women 2-1. Obama is going to have to compete on gender. How do you do that? You take it head on.
Obama took Hillary head on on Iraq and she has faltered. Hillary voted for the war. Now she is saying Bush and his associates told her they were going to use the vote to send in UN inspectors, not to wage war. Now that is what I call a serious lapse of judgment. Hillary must be faulted for believing Bush and his associates. How do you know Bush is lying? His lips are moving.
Obama took Hillary head on on health care and she faltered. She says she needs eight years. Obama says four. Eight is not going to fly. That is too long of a wait. If you can't do it in four, you can't do it in eight. And if you can do it in eight, you can do it in four. It is not about having more time. It is about having the guts to take on the skewed forces at work in the sector.
Obama took Hillary head on on foreign policy and she faltered.
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Hillary can be taken and had head on also on gender. If she can be engaged in a policy debate on gender, she is going to come across as yet another Indira Gandhi, yet another Benazir Bhutto, strong, smart women who do good work more or less in an executive position, but who don't budge the gender compass much.
Obama 2008's pitch has to be this: if you want symbolic progress on gender, you go with Hillary, if you want substantive progress on gender, you come with me.
And my message is not to the candidate and his professional staff, although that it is. My message is primarily to the grassroots volunteers. This has to be bottom up. This is the only way to bring about positive change on gender as on much everything else.
The Grassroots Power Woman
Gender has to be talked about. Workplace issues and relationship issues have to be talked about. The grassroots power women of Obama 2008 are the ones who will take gender dynamic to a whole new level. It will not be Hillary.
Obama 2008 has to be ready to give everything to women including the vice presidency to Hillary.
In The News
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Obama campaign descends on London for fundraising drive Guardian Unlimited when his campaign arrives London in October hoping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars from wealthy Democrats in the capital. ..... Obama will not be there in person, he will be represented by his wife, Michelle. ..... In six months he has raised more than $58m (£29m), compared with Hillary Clinton's $52m. .... She is beginning to develop a presence of her own on the campaign trail that will help to chip away at the advantage Mrs Clinton has in the form of her spouse, the former president. ...... anyone managing to draw together contributions from a group of 10 or more eligible donors totalling at least $23,000 - a process known as bundling - will be invited to a special VIP pre-reception. ..... With wealthy American bankers increasingly spending time in London - the chief executive of Goldman Sachs, for instance, spends six months of the year in the City ..... The Democrats will be holding a primary election in Porchester Hall, west London, on February 5, the same date as a swath of states. Supporters unable to reach London will be able to vote on the internet.
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Poll: Clinton Leads Democratic Field; GOP Side More Muddied Fox 28, IN
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Democratic Donor Turns Himself In New York Times
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Obama wants another 'boom' event in Atlanta Atlanta Journal Constitution metro Atlanta over the next two weeks. ..... The largest event looks to belong to Barack Obama. ..... another huge rally in downtown Atlanta ... Sept. 20 ... $25. ..... In April, on the Georgia Tech campus, Obama drew 20,000. This September event is less about show and more about serious network-building. .... most of those donations will be accompanied by an e-mail address and phone number. ..... A standard, $1,000-a-head event follows.
Late Show with Hillary Clinton Washington Post One big laugh line: Bill Clinton had looked into the vice presidency ....... 10. Bring stability and long term security to "The View." 9. Each year on my birthday, every American gets a cupcake. 8. You'll have the option of rolling dice against the IRS for double-or-nothing on your taxes. 7. Having trouble getting a flight and Air Force One is available -- it's yours. 6. My vice president will never shoot anybody in the face. 5. Turn Gitmo into a Dairy Queen as soon as possible. 4. For over a century there have been only two Dakotas -- I plan to double that. 3. We will finally have a president who doesn't mind pulling over and asking for directions. 2. I will appoint a committee to find out what the heck is happening on "Lost." 1. Am I right, ladies?One more pantsuit joke and Letterman disappears. ...... January 2000 .... 10. I lost a bet with Tipper. 9. I did think this was a show where you answer a couple of easy questions and you win a million dollars. 8. If Dan Quayle did it, how hard could it be? 7. I was already in town to interview for the Jets' head coach position. 6. Four words: severe lapse of judgment. 5. I needed an excuse to get out of dinner with Donald Trump. 4. When they threw in a "Late Show" tote bag, I said, "Gas up the Taurus, Bill, we're goin' to Dave's." 3. I have not been in the Ed Sullivan Theater since I was dating Ringo. 2. Um, to tell you the truth, Dave, I thought Johnny hosted this show. 1. If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere.
Edwards' Wife Talks of Clinton 'Hatred' Forbes "I don't know where it comes from. I don't begin to understand it. But you can't pretend it doesn't exist, and it will energize the Republican base. Their nominee won't energize them, Bush won't, but Hillary as the nominee will. It's hard for John to talk about, but it's the reality." ...... She has suggested that Obama and his campaign plagiarized material from Edwards' 2004 presidential campaign and criticized Obama for opposing the Iraq war but voting for the funding, saying that he's been "behaving in a holier-than-thou way." ..... Last year, Mrs. Edwards apologized to Clinton after saying her choices in life have made her happier than the New York senator.
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