Bill Clinton In Top 10, Barack Obama In Top 5
Obama Shows Confidence in Iowa Sprint New York Times an assertion by former President Bill Clinton that electing Mr. Obama would be “rolling the dice” for AmericaI marvel Bill Clinton's political skills with the knowledge of someone who knows what he is talking about. I have a feel for politics. I have watched this guy in action. He is good. He is skillful.
Bill Clinton Says Obama Isn’t Ready
New York TimesFormer President Bill Clinton made an unusually direct attack Friday night on Senator Barack Obama, one of his wife’s leading rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, suggesting that voters who would support someone with Mr. Obama’s experience were willing to “roll the dice” on the presidency. ........ Appearing on “The Charlie Rose Show” on PBS, Mr. Clinton repeatedly questioned Mr. Obama’s preparedness for the White House ...... “When is the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the Senate before he started running?” Mr. Clinton said. At another point, he appeared to compare Mr. Obama to a “gifted television commentator” running for president. “They’d have only one year less experience in national politics” than Mr. Obama, he said. ...... When asked about Mr. Clinton’s comments Saturday in Waterloo, Iowa, Mr. Obama smiled and read words Mr. Clinton used in 1992 — “the same old experience is irrelevant” — to answer questions about his own presidential candidacy. It is the second time recently Mr. Obama has used that remark to push back against the former president. ....... “I’ve been involved in government for over a decade,” Mr. Obama said. “The notion that there is a particular kind of experience that he has had or his wife has had that is more relevant, I would dispute. I believe that I have the experience that the country needs right now.” ...... During the Charlie Rose interview, Mr. Clinton looked agitated at times as he talked about recent campaign problems faced by his wife ....... At one point, Mr. Rose said that, in his control room, aides to Mr. Clinton were trying to persuade the show’s producers to end the interview. ........ In Iowa on Monday, Mr. Clinton praised the Democratic candidates as a great field. But on Charlie Rose, he criticized Mr. Obama for making “derisive” comments about Mrs. Clinton, including saying that she had long planned to run for president.
But not even Bill Clinton can undo the term limit of two imposed on US presidents. This guy thinks he is running for a third term. The beginning of the end of Hillary 2008 was when Bill Clinton asserted to an Iowa audience that he opposed the Iraq War from the very beginning, despite all evidence to the contrary. That is a point Hillary herself has never dared to make. Until 2006 Hillary was trying to kick out Rumsfeld. As in, the decision to go to war was right, but the guy who did the execution part got it wrong.
Bill Clinton gave eight fine years. He is not exactly your stereotypical racist white guy from the South, someone unapologetic like Trent Lott, for example. His economic management was marvelous.
But there was always something fundamental lacking in Bill Clinton that deprived him of true greatness. He did a good job, but he did not become a great president.
And the sexism the Clinton '92 boys have shown in Hillary often being the last to know of the mosquito bites attempted by some of those boys on Obama 2008. Those boys keep wanting to go back to the slash and burn ways of the 1990s. What Ken Starr and the Republicans did to the Clintons, they want to do to Obama. Fat chance. If Hillary can't even run her own campaign, how could she run the White House? Why do these boys keep surprising her with their mosquito bite attempts on Obama 2008?
Barack Obama has not won the nomination yet, and I am not going to count a single caucus or primary victory before it actually happens. He is not president yet. He is not reelected yet. He has not finished with his eight years yet. He has not yet delivered on Iraq, on health care, on global warming. Not yet.
But I am betting my farm on this guy. (On November 7: In Harlem: For Obama) I am saying he is destined for a greatness Bill Clinton never was. America has had more than 40 presidents. I will put Bill Clinton among the top 10. Barack is gunning for Mount Rushmore. He is destined to be among the top 5.
If you ask me, I think Barack stands a chance of becoming the greatest president America ever had. It is because Einstein always happens after Newton. Time is on his side. Great guys like Lincoln and Roosevelt, they already happened. They are dead and gone.
Bill Clinton gave eight years of good economic growth.
Barack will have the opportunity to liberate America from racism like Lincoln liberated America from slavery. If he can do that, he will have scored. Many people think of racism as something mushy mushy, something about matters of the heart, feelings. Like W says, if there were a law that will make people love each other, I would sign it. He was talking about race. Well, guess what, it is not mushy mushy. It is something as concrete as slavery and segregation. There is concrete data on disparity.
Barack could give a new birth to Social Security like FDR gave birth to that program. Barack could deliver on health care.
Barack could do the JFK thing on charisma, youthfulness, vigor, beautiful (brainy) wife, cute kids, and a reach into the far corners of the world. His reach into the far corners of the world could be much more concrete than that of JFK. JFK gave the Peace Corps, Barack could give total debt relief to Africa to bring that continent back in the game. Barack could turn Africa into Latin America, politically and economically. And if he were to do that one thing, I'd feel all my time into Obama 2008 has been worth it. African has been shortchanged like no other continent. (America Is A Senator Country)
A Lincoln, FDR, JFK combo: now that is the greatest president America ever had. I am also going to say he will also be America's first president. America's original promise was it should not be a big deal that someone like Barack becomes president. All human beings are created equal.
As for Bill Clinton, Barack Obama comparisons, I will start at the beginning. Compare Bill Clinton's 1988 convention speech to Barack's same speech in 2004. Now roll the dice.
In The News
Obama is hitting his stride in Iowa Los Angeles Times, USA The candidate once criticized for lacking specifics now peppers his speeches with policy proposals -- and more confidence. ...... Obama burst onto the national political scene with a supernova brilliance ..... pedantic side ..... his delivery is crisper, his footing more assured. ...... The candidate of hope and high ground strikes at Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton with unspoken allusions -- no negative campaigner he -- and an occasional sarcastic aside. And the candidate who once seemed alternately bemused and put off by some of the silliness of running for president now takes the occasional left-field question in his long stride. ........... a pledge to reform the healthcare system by holding a nationally televised round table with doctors, patient advocates, hospital administrators and representatives of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. ............ He calls for public financing of elections and raising the minimum wage to keep pace with inflation. He favors closing the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and a phased withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq over 16 months. He proposes giving college students a $4,000-a-year tax credit in exchange for community service, and boosting federal education funding by $18 billion a year to pay for higher teacher salaries, better early childhood programs and more aid for disabled students. ....... became a convert last weekend when he saw Obama appear in Cedar Rapids alongside Oprah Winfrey. ...... "There's real clarity in what he intends to do," Dirks said. "It's not like some candidates who just ramble it off." ........... Obama is spending several days bumping along on a bus through rural Iowa, from the Mississippi River to the Missouri River. His campaign exudes the confidence that comes when the winds blow favorably. His traveling party of strategists and spokesmen are accessible and exuberant. The campaign-in-disarray stories that battered Obama and his team when the candidate seemed to plateau through the summer and early fall -- "our 60 days in the press penalty box," said campaign manager David Plouffe -- are now being directed at Clinton. .......... "Let me tell you, when I was in kindergarten I didn't write essays," Obama said, drawing laughs from the crowd of about 350 people. "I was smart. I could write my name, 'Barack.' I could write 'mom.' I wasn't writing essays." ....... Clinton's intention to skitter across Iowa today by helicopter. He paused. Smiled broadly. "Magic carpet," he replied.
Poll: Obama Leads Clinton 2-To-1 in Ill. The Associated PressBoston Globe Endorses McCain, Obama The Associated Press The endorsements followed in-depth interviews with the presidential contenders. ..... The board says Obama's diverse and international life experience helped the Illinois Democrat develop a unique perspective of the world. ...... The newspaper's editorial board praised McCain as a straight talker whose honesty, despite the political cost, might help a polarized nation. The board described the Arizona Republican as a possible antidote to the "toxic political approach" of the last two presidential elections.
For the Democrats: Barack Obama Boston Globe
Obama Shows Confidence in Iowa Sprint New York Times 22-city tour of the state. ...... he finds himself at the center of a fusillade of criticism from his rivals ...... an assertion by former President Bill Clinton that electing Mr. Obama would be “rolling the dice” for America ..... “A month ago, I was an idiot,” he said. “This month, I’m a genius.” ...... The campaign of Mr. Obama, which slogged uncertainly through a period in the late summer and fall, alarming contributors who feared that he might have missed his moment, is now brimming with confidence as he delivers a closing argument to Iowa voters. His speeches are noticeably crisper, his poise is more consistent and many supporters say they no longer must rely upon a leap of faith to envision him winning the nomination. ............ one week remaining before the campaign pauses for Christmas, Mr. Obama is dashing through a 22-city tour from the Mississippi River in the east to the Missouri River in the west ....... His organization faces its greatest test yet: turning enthusiasm among many grass-roots Democrats into widespread support at the caucuses on Jan. 3 in precincts that will decide the outcome, particularly rural areas where his support still remains uneven after 10 months of campaigning. ...... the race in Iowa remains remarkably unsettled ....... strongly gaining on her in New Hampshire ....... a point underscored by their travel itineraries practically mirroring each other. ........ his judgment, temperament and unifying approach ....... a moment of vulnerability for Mrs. Clinton ...... he has narrowed his focus to a micro-level in Iowa, calling sheriffs, local officials and prospective precinct captains when he passes through town. ....... Her campaign repudiated the remarks, Mrs. Clinton apologized and the adviser resigned. But she and her aides have kept the issue alive by referring to it publicly in what appeared to be an effort to drive up negative views of his character and to raise doubts about his ability to weather a general election. ........ Obama responded that voters would ultimately be turned off by such attacks on him, particularly about his admission more than a decade ago that he used marijuana and cocaine in his youth. ........ “My past and my character seemed to be fine when I was 20 points down” ....... In the final 18 days of the race here, Mr. Obama intends to devote nearly all of his time to Iowa, with the exception of a two-day trip to New Hampshire. He completed his final fund-raiser of the year on Tuesday in Seattle, which freed his schedule for 15-hour days of back-to-back rallies and town meetings, a pace far more hectic than much of the year. ........ “The political climate on the night of the caucuses is as important to turnout as anything,” said Mr. Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe. “Right now, we have a good climate, but the next 20 days will seem like 20 years.” ......... 10,000 phone calls every night ..... If you are going away for the holidays, will you be back by Jan. 3? ...... In such a tight race, Mr. Plouffe said, a margin of 2,000 or 3,000 could tip the balance. ....... the older voters who are being gently asked to stick around Iowa until the caucuses before moving to a warmer climate for the winter. ....... “Whoever wins this caucus is likely to win the nomination and is likely to win the presidency.”
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Poll: Obama Leads Clinton 2-To-1 in Ill. The Associated Press Barack Obama, 50 percent Hillary Rodham Clinton, 25 percent
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Barack Obama Straddles Different Worlds
The GOP Race: None of the Above Time Polls point to the political equivalent of a total solar eclipse, with three different Republicans leading in three of the initial primary and caucus states: Mike Huckabee in Iowa, Mitt Romney in New Hampshire and Rudy Giuliani in Michigan. None of these men, at present, would beat Hillary Clinton in a general-election matchup, and each would fare little better against Barack Obama. "If somebody could run as None of the Above," says former McCain campaign chief John Weaver, "he would be the front-runner." ...... Huckabee, a former Baptist preacher from, of all places, Hope, Ark. ...... Republicans have no experience with chaos like this, except in history books. "It is without a doubt," says G.O.P. strategist Ralph Reed, "the most unpredictable roller-coaster ride we've seen in a Republican primary since the rise of the primary in the 1960s." ...... Newt Gingrich went further: he called the G.O.P. contest the most wide-open race the party has held since 1940 — the year Wendell Willkie needed six ballots to capture the nomination before losing to F.D.R. in a third-term landslide. ....... he did not want a Vice President whose loyalties were divided between the Oval Office and the Des Moines Register ........ the revolution that brought the party to power in Congress in 1994 was pretty much a spent force by 2000. Under this theory, Republicans should have lost that election but survived thanks to Bush's qualities, the butterfly ballot and five Supreme Court Justices. Then 9/11 happened, which enabled Bush to win reelection, despite the fact that the G.O.P.'s sell-by date had long since passed. The past seven years, in this view, were an anomaly that postponed the reckoning and made the G.O.P. crash even more severe. ........... the moral and intellectual power outage that now darkens the G.O.P. ....... the party has squandered its bragging rights on running a more efficient government. ..... almost 6 out of every 10 Hispanic voters now call themselves Democrats or lean that way, according to a new Pew Center study — a shift of 13 points in party ID in the past year alone. ...... "Some have lifted a script from the past," he says, "without realizing the setting on the stage has changed." ........ repeatedly naming Hillary Clinton in debates as the real threat facing the nation ......... Republican self-doubt is so marked that if Jesus came back as a candidate, "people would say, 'You know, I don't like his beard.'" ....... A Republican governor put it this way: "If you took any one of these guys and held them up against the light and said, 'Could this guy be President?' you'd say, 'I don't think so.'" ........ his alienated children ..... Romney has been elected to office exactly once, has a record of changing his positions on an unusually wide range of issues, and just announced that he's a Mormon to a nation that might not otherwise have known or even cared. ......... Huckabee is low on cash, light on organization ....... Staffers have fled his campaign in horror throughout the fall, complaining that the candidate listens only to his wife. .......... responded to a picture of the TV actor by saying, "Is he still running?" ........ Romney could be speaking for the entire field when he says, as he has done, "I'm not perfect." ....... why the party's normally ferocious enthusiasm is so far absent in every poll. ....... The falcons heard the falconers — and then flew off in a different direction. ..... another sign of a party whose power structure has uncoupled from the people who put it in power in the first place. ....... Normally the G.O.P. comes to a decision quickly, and the Democrats stretch the process into the baseball season, bickering over delegates, platform planks, rules and speaking rights before everyone swears loyalty to the long-settled nominee. All that, and possibly more, could happen on the other side this time. ....... So uncomfortable is the party with anything that resembles an unsettled race after New Hampshire that its armies typically loose upon one another every nasty charge and attack ad they can afford, desperate to slice the field down to one or at the most two remaining contenders. This stage of the race is under way. It will be up to the lucky survivor to put the pieces of the party back together. ........ McCain's team thinks the party will come to its senses and rally around the veteran. Romney hopes to emerge as the least objectionable choice everywhere. Giuliani's entire campaign is predicated on chaos lasting until late January, when he thinks he can clobber his rivals in Florida. And Huckabee is hoping for a miracle. ...... watching the demolition derby, calls the race "a record setter." But he notes that someone will win it. "All politics is about," says Sears, "is being a little better than the other guy."