I Am So Proud Of The Democratic Field


50 Days For Iowa

The debate actually started at nine. But the DFNYC website said six. I showed up a little late, a little after six. And the guy at the door asked for my ID.

How old do I look to you, I asked.

"25, maybe," he said.

The sign said eight, so I walked out. I made a few phone calls walking around the little park out there. I have been bugging everyone I can think of raising money for my startup.

I came back. The crowd was pretty big by then. But it was not upstairs as advertised. It was down.

Stephanie approched me. "Hey, you are my Facebook friend." So we had our first ever conversation. She is the national secretary of the Young Democrats of America.

Costa was sitting at a table. Costa goes by one name, like Cher, like Madonna. He is a major Obama guy in Queens. I have seen him at many, many events.

I could never bring myself to stand in the same room as Matt Romney, like never. F____ that guy. That guy thinks if he can talk racist that will make him less Mormon and more white.

Matt Al American Goebbels Romney Al Zawahari

Other than that, it was a great debate. Looks like Mike Gravel has been booted out. Joe Biden did pretty good. He went after Rudy Giuliani and that was good.

The three biggies gave quite a show. Edwards, Clinton and Barack. Edwards and Barack drew distinctions with Clinton without making it sound like they are making personal attacks. John Edwards was in spirit. No sweat. I am going to speak my mind kind of thing.

Barack did very well. He did what he was supposed to do. He drew distinctions.

Clinton stood her ground. She retained composure. At one point Bill Richardson defended her. Richardson thought Edwards and Barack were being too hard on her. I am not going to be president, so what the heck, at least her husband gave me a major lift.

It was a great debate.

I hope many of them end up in the eventual Democratic cabinet. They are going to make the progressive cause look strong.

There were a few different times when Clinton refused to take a clear stand. And Barack quickly did. The contrast was sharp and clear.

Like, so Spitzer is going to give drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants. Do you support the idea or what? Hillary could not bring herself to say yes, I am for it. Barack was very clear. He said he agrees with Spitzer totally.

I did not feel like Hillary was wrong in any of her answers. But she came across as cautious, not wanting to venture on to new ground. After the hell she went through in the 1990s, she might have learned a few wrong lessons.

Edwards pointed out Hillary has been getting more lobbyist money from every industry than any Democrat or Republican. He kept honing the point home. I can see why Justin Krebs might like John Edwards.

I have met Justin Krebs a few times. I have a feeling he might be a Liberal.

You could go to any city in America, like 300 of them, and there is a Drinking Liberally chapter in there, and you show up, and if you can say you are friends with Justin, you got it made. You are going to get VIP treatment.

Most everybody I have ever seen with Justin, they act like it is a status symbol to be knowing him.

Towards the end of the debate, I saw Heather Woodfield for like two seconds out of the corner of my eye. I shot an email to her after I got back home. Give me a conversation.

Hillary gave a good performance. She speaks good English.

The debate was two hours, with three breaks.

Good White People Living In The Asian Century

The good white people running the show at the political organizations in Manhattan.

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Clinton girds for Obama, Edwards attacks AFP Clinton, who has barely put a foot wrong in the 2008 Democratic race for president, has performed strongly in all previous encounters ....... Obama may be in danger of seeing his White House dream dissolve. ....... "John Edwards is trying to run from the left, Clinton has been resolutely been running from the center and Barack Obama is running from above -- against politics as usual" ...... her "road to the middle class takes a major detour right through the deep canyon of corporate lobbyists." ...... victory in Iowa would give Obama a boost which could allow him to challenge Clinton in other key states, while his defeat may effectively crown her as presumptive nominee. .......... A bad loss for Edwards in a state where he has invested heavily, and which leads a long list of primary and caucus nominating contests, would likely effectively end his campaign. ...... "This race in Iowa is more fluid than people give it credit for" ...... "The problem for Barack Obama is whether these younger people will go to caucus," said Redlawsk. "Should that happen, Obama has the potential to overtake Clinton."
Obama, Edwards get their chance with Clinton in person Baltimore Sun it's not hard to guess how the Clinton camp plans to respond.
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Gerald Ford labelled 'sex addict' Clinton 'sick' Telegraph.co.uk The former US president Gerald Ford was so concerned about Bill Clinton's womanising that he thought he should seek help at a sex addiction clinic, according to a new book just published. ......... In a case of the dead speaking ill of the living, Ford thought that Hillary Clinton, now seeking to become president herself, "wore the pants [trousers]" in their relationship. ....... "He's sick – he's got an addiction. He needs treatment" ........ "You know, there's treatment for that kind of addiction" .... "He thought Bill Clinton had a serious addiction here and he needed help," DeFrank told CNN. "And Gerry Ford didn't have a vengeful bone in his body." ........ The Fords recalled entertaining the Clintons after Mr Clinton's inauguration in 1993, when his womanising was well known within political circles ....... "He didn't miss one good-looking skirt at any of the social occasions," Ford said later. Ford, said DeFrank, believed Mr Clinton was charismatic and the best politician he had ever seen – even better than John F Kennedy – but unable to learn from mistakes in his personal life. ....... of Mrs Clinton: "She's very bright. She's strong, and I think he defers to her. When she gets her dander up, she ain't gonna roll over."
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Paulson in India With a Wish List for Economic Changes New York Times a long list of advice, requests, predictions and recommendations for India, which has the world’s second-fastest-growing major economy after China. ....... to urge a successful conclusion of the deadlocked world trade talks, to push for expansion of India’s capital markets and to urge regulators to open the financial sector to foreigners. ........ Foreigners are prohibited from majority ownership in many sectors of the Indian economy, including finance, power and railroads, and are not allowed to participate in markets like commodities exchanges. There are limits on the money that Indian individuals and companies can invest overseas. ....... Indian banks, for example, avoided problems from the United States subprime mortgage market in part because of restrictions on investing in complicated financial instruments that hold risky loans. .......... Mr. Paulson, a former chairman of the investment bank Goldman Sachs ........ The country needs to spend an estimated building $500 billionroads, power grids and ports, or risk stifling growth, which has averaged nearly 9 percent annually in the last three years. American banks and financial companies have been studying the market closely, hoping to finance the investment by expanding India’s nascent bond market.
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Lalu launches his political dynasty Times Now.tv, India At a massive rally, Lalu Prasad launched his two sons Tejasvi and Tej Pratap by formally introducing them to the people of Bihar. ........ Tejasvi is Lalu's elder son and plays for Delhi's Under-19 cricket team. Though Tejasvi is trying to pursue a career in sport, Tej Pratap has shown an inclination towards politics, even accompanying his father to various rallies around the state.

Junta: U.S. a 'loudmouthed bully' CNN Myanmar's military government stepped up its propaganda campaign against the United States, accusing Washington of inciting last month's pro-democracy demonstrations in hopes of installing a puppet government. ...... "Recent protests in the country were created by the loudmouthed bully, using the exiled dissidents and traitors together with communists, internal and external anti-government destructionists," said a commentary Sunday in the Myanmar-language Myanma Ahlin daily.

Comments

Genitalherpes69 said…
Someone needs to teach you how to be a critic. That was the most boring fucking debate ever. They all repeated the same things they always say.

"They are going to make the progressive cause look strong." LOL What Presidential campaign are you watching? The only real progressives in the race are Kucinich and Gravel, and they are both going to lose.

"I have met Justin Krebs a few times. I have a feeling he might be a Liberal." Do you mean Liberal in the context of contemporary American politics, or in the context of the rest of the world where it means a totally different thing than it does here, because America is special?

"Most everybody I have ever seen with Justin, they act like it is a status symbol to be knowing him." We'll you are talking about him, it looks like you WUV him yourself. Why don't you marry him? Oh wait, all the progressive democrats you say are running for President don't support marriage equality (except Kucinich and Gravel).

"Towards the end of the debate, I saw Heather Woodfield for like two seconds out of the corner of my eye. I shot an email to her after I got back home. Give me a conversation." Somebody is stalking somebody ;-)

"Hillary gave a good performance. She speaks good English." WTF are you talking about, you could hardly tell what she is saying half the time.

BTW: Obama and Edwards are even worse. Edwards tries to portray himself as original but its all shit everyone has heard before, and Obama wants to cater to religious people. The last thing we need is a Democrat who has explicitly stated he wants to reach out to the fictional character worshippers in this country.

This is the shittiest blog I have ever read. Please stop posting, nobody gives a fuck what you think about the shitty debate, or anything else for that matter. Posting little things that are in the news also does not help, because nobody plans to use your shitty blog as a source for news.

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