Hillary Cried, Women Responded, She Won
Trail Of Tears
I thought that was a masterstroke on her part. She got all these women around a table and then spilled her heart out. Her eyes went wet. That is what got her the New Hampshire victory.
Iron My Shirt
Two white guys yelled that at Hillary. That was one day before the vote. The story must have spread fast. I am thinking those two guys were planted by Terry McAuliffe. I want all inquiries made. Wait a minute, that was Marlon Brando in Godfather.
Now We Have A Race
I admit, I got lull after the Iowa victory. Now you are looking at a real contest. In Iowa Barack cancelled out Hillary's lead for most of 2007. In New Hampshire Hillary has managed to check Barack's momentum from Iowa. Fair enough. Now we are on level ground.
Barack Need Not Cry
But he must play the race card as skillfully in South Carolina as Hillary played the gender card in New Hampshire. Use the word unshackle.
Now I am thinking this race might go past February 5. It does not have to. But we have to have a Plan B.
This Was Never Going To Be Easy
Imagine how much worse we would have been if Hillary had managed to win Iowa. We would have been finished. So look at the silver lining.
Both have raised similar sums of money. That should tell you this race was going to be neck and neck.
Edwards Is Out
Edwards as anyone's running mate, that idea is out after New Hampshire.
Stuck With Each Other
Barack and Hillary are now stuck with each other. The winner will not be able to ignore the other.
You can be Vice President.
White Moms Of The World
An elderly white lady was "manning" the Edwards booth at this event: Iowa: One And A Half Victory Parties. I think that is a reflection of the fact a lot of white males are cross that neither Barack nor Hillary are white males.
Well, imagine how my mother has been feeling this entire time. Now you know.
The Weather Was So Good
When I walked out of the bar where I watched the returns, I was struck by the great weather. It felt almost like spring. That made the loss so much easier to take. This was near West 4th street. I liked the weather so much, I decided to walk over to Times Square. I went over to the 99 cent pizza place on 41st and 9th.
The loss was so narrow we could practically claim it for a victory.
In The News
From a Big Boost for Obama to a Sharp Blow New York Times startled Mr. Obama and ensured that the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination remained fully engaged. ...... particularly women who broke with Mr. Obama in significant numbers in the closing hours of an accelerated campaign here. ........ a glorious springlike day where a record number of Democrats turned out. ..... narrow loss ..... women rallied behind Mrs. Clinton in the final hours of the race, when news coverage was dominated by accounts of her nearly breaking into tears as she answered a voter’s question. ....... Since Mr. Obama’s victory in Iowa, the volume of calls and inquiries into his campaign had more than doubled, with financial contributors, policy supporters and volunteers eager to join the campaign.
Why Clinton Won
How Clinton won and what it means
Obama leads in New Hampshire polls Aljazeera.net for the first time shattered Hillary Clinton's advantage among Democratic voters nationally ..... a national poll by USA Today/Gallup said that Obama and Clinton each drew 33 per cent support from DemocratsGOP Hit Squads Load Up For Obama AlterNet, USA The squad consists of the Fox News Network, talk shock jocks, New York Times neo-liberal, Wall St. Journal neo-con columnists, and Christian Evangelical politicos. ...... Talk show gasser Rush Limbaugh took the first real swipe when he derisively sneered at Obama as the Magic Negro. ..... pokes at his wife, Michelle as outspoken, bossy and domineering.
Clinton's dog house The Australian FACING the prospect of another defeat in New Hampshire today, former Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton no doubt wishes she had followed the lead of her Republican rival Rudolph Giuliani. The former New York mayor has been criticised for ignoring the early polls where he was always expected to do poorly because of his liberal views, to concentrate on the big city votes such as Florida and New York, where both he and Senator Clinton are popular. ........ History suggests a loss in New Hampshire today would make it improbable that Senator Clinton would be able to win the Democrat nomination. ...... "Obamania" ..... In the final hours before the New Hampshire poll, the exasperation in the Clinton campaign had become palpable. There were wild rumours that Senator Clinton was preparing to pull out of the race. It was the final instalment in a bizarre series of events that started with Senator Clinton becoming teary for the cameras about her passion to become president and the personal difficulty of campaigning. Later, she was confronted by two male protesters chanting "iron my shirt", allowing Senator Clinton to remind voters she was trying to crack the toughest glass ceiling of them all. It ended with Bill Clinton lamenting he could not make his wife taller or male. ...... Senator Clinton has firmly seized the unfamiliar role of underdog. But after getting caught out stacking a campaign rally with out-of-town supporters to appear as popular as Senator Obama had been in the same venue the previous day, many observers concluded yesterday's tears and talk of sexism were merely another instalment of Clinton spin. The tear-jerking question about how hard it was to keep looking good on the road was asked by a freelance photographer. Senator Clinton's response that "This is very personal for me - it's not just political" was judged by many analysts to be contrived. ........ Her predicament is summed up by Bill Clinton's comment: "We can't be a new story. There's nothing we can do." ....... she did not get any votes in the first New Hampshire town to vote. Of the 10 Democrats casting ballots in Dixiville Notch, near the Canadian border, Senator Obama got seven.
New Hampshire Polls Show McCain, Obama Poised To Win U.S. News & World Report
Clinton sinking in Obama's wake
Even Conservative Media Chorus Sings Obama's Praises
Obama's rise stuns observers of US race relations
Clinton must stay up late to overcome Obama Bangkok Post Mrs Clinton is at her best when she's dead tired. Mrs Clinton, worn down to a nub, too beat to raise her eyebrows like Lucille Ball while pointing at someone in the crowd as if she has just spotted a long-lost friend from grade school. Mrs Clinton when her voice _ which so easily grates she didn't speak in her last 30-second ad _ was weary so that even her laundry lists of programmes sounded gentler and kinder. ...... Where voters were as Clinton joked after the State Fair ''opening up your mouth, check out your teeth as if you're a horse'' ...... She tried bolting ''change'' on to her slogan ''strength and experience'' ....... One of her biggest ad buys showed Hillary saying how proud she was to pass along to her daughter the lessons her mother taught about standing up for those who can't do it on their own. She doesn't say how Chelsea stands up for others at the hedge fund where she works, but never mind. ...... A poll early in the Clinton administration showed that many folks didn't even know Hillary was a mother. ....... Bone-tired, knowing she was slipping, she became more like her husband, who never performed as well when he was ahead as when he was down. In one of her last events in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she blabbed about many of the same old things but did so from some place deep inside her sleep-deprived self. ....... how for the first couple of years of George W Bush's administration she ''yelled at the television set''. She went on: ''You couldn't make this stuff up! The vice president shoots someone?'' ...... We knew she had a brain. Fatigue forced her guard down so that we could see she has a heart. ..... Every once in a while when listening to Sen Obama, I got a lump in my throat. ..... the jolt of pure electric energy at the end of an Obama speech: ''Tears stain some cheeks'' and ''people look a little thunderstruck''. .... John Edwards, who never congratulated the winner at all. ....... Bob Dole joked when the Clintons hung around on Inauguration Day, long after tradition would have Elvis leave the building, that it was going to ''take a SWAT team to get them out of town''. Mrs Elvis is in the race to stay. But she'll have to be really exhausted to beat Sen Obama.
Groundswell for Obama leaves Clinton campaign on the rack Guardian Unlimited In a matter of days, Obama has been transformed from a promising Democratic candidate into a phenomenon. ..... his rousing televised victory speech. ..... The crowds have played havoc with Obama's campaign schedule, delaying the start of his meetings by an hour or more and leaving him stranded in traffic jams. ...... Reflecting Obama's new-found eminence, security round him has been stepped up. ..... Obama leading Clinton by 2 to 1 among independents, who make up an estimated 40% ........ For most of last year, Clinton concentrated on portraying Obama as inexperienced, but that failed to resonate in Iowa. Yesterday, she changed the message, acknowledging he was a good stump performer but questioning his ability to deliver: "There's a big difference between talking and acting, between promising and performing. Over the next three days, I'm going to be making that case." ..... Obama is attracting large numbers of young people, many of them seeing in him a rejection of the values of the "baby-boom" generation of Bush and Clinton. ...... said he became excited about Obama's candidacy after seeing his victory speech
Sarah Sands: To win, Hillary Clinton needs to kill Bill Belfast Telegraph Strategists for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign have come to dread the rustle of conversation among the back rows of audiences during the final lap of her speeches. I feared that her husband, standing behind her as she took to the podium in Iowa, might be stifling a yawn as he thrust out his jaw. Hillary's voice has been so decontaminated of tell-tale feeling that it flatlines. ...... Obama's victory speech had the lyricism and potency (although not the radicalism) of Martin Luther King. ...... The line-up behind her - General Wesley Clark, Madeleine Albright, Bill Clinton - was impressive but dog-tired. Her husband suddenly resembled the sort of Hollywood star who hobbles on to the stage at the Oscars to receive the lifetime achievement award. ..... White suburban women were the most hostile. They described her as " threatening and unwomanly", "ruthless and greedy for power". ...... Penn concluded that Hillary's personality was "just too big a mountain to move" and that her campaign therefore should concentrate on issues and competence. ...... Hillary's stately progress, bolstered by a polished election machine and establishment funds, seems invincible, so long as she is kept away from voters. This is what appears to have gone wrong for her in Iowa. Suddenly political pedigree and clout counted for less than an outstretched hand. ..... To see Hillary lose on emotional intelligence ...... Didn't the sly old entertainer long to push her aside and win back the audience with his bashful charm? Yet he is as constrained as she. They are each other's political soulmates or two drowning swimmers who can't cut themselves free. ...... He thanked his wife, Michelle, " the rock of the Obama family", knowing that Hillary could not mention her husband by name without raising all the dust of their marriage. The name Clinton is so potent with conflict that it has been banned from the campaign. ..... Al Gore joked: "When people ask me what it's like being number two at the White House, I tell them she seems to enjoy it." ...... Should she, as Gore tried to do, now distance herself from her husband? ....... Recently the bumper stickers have grown more confident: "Vote Hill, Get Bill". ..... my favourite quote from Iowa was the voter who said of Bill's praise of Hillary: "It's like my mom saying how great I am." ..... Bill Clinton reportedly said to his friend the journalist Sidney Blumenthal that "trashing me is fine, if it helps Hillary". ..... She must show herself as more than a political construct or a marriage. Hillary Clinton needs to be bigger than the sum of her history.
Obama feels ‘urgency of now’ in US poll lead Financial Times In the wake of his Iowa victory, Mr Obama is also rapidly closing in on Mrs Clinton’s national lead. ...... a candidate even seasoned pundits are now comparing with Bobby Kennedy. ...... Mrs Clinton’s appearances, where there are often fewer people in the hall at the end than at the beginning, has gone from noticeable to striking in the space of a few days. ..... Obama gently deflates Mrs Clinton’s contention that he is peddling “false hopes” to the voters, who should take a “reality check” before endorsing him in today’s primary contest. “Hope”, says Mr Obama, is what led America to end slavery, pull themselves out of the Great Depression and champion civil rights. ...... Did you hear JFK [President Kennedy] saying: ‘You know this moon thing, it looks too far’?” ..... Looking visibly tired, Mr Clinton is for the first time in 20 years no longer obviously the most popular Democrat in America. ........ it will be an uphill struggle for the Clintons to halt Mr Obama’s momentum in South Carolina – or anywhere else. ..... “I am not running for president because I believe it is somehow owed to me or because I think it’s my turn,” Mr Obama says. “[I am running because] I believe we are on the cusp of building a new majority in America.” The applause spills over into whoops of enthusiasm.
Clinton Talks About Strains of Campaign New York Times On the Republican side, Mr. McCain added a new line to his usual remarks, saying: “What I will do will not be driven by any poll. It will be driven by principle. ..... Written off for dead as recently as a month ago, the McCain campaign realized this summer they would have no money to hire pollsters and does none of its own internal tracking. ...... Obama was nursing a strained voice. ..... “I was a little concerned about it, so I asked a doctor yesterday what they would prescribe and they said, ‘Shut up’ ” ...... “I have the experience, the knowledge and the judgment” to lead in a dangerous world. ..... telling voters that his conversations with them were the reason he was able to claw his way back.
Obama, McCain at the head of the poll
Huckabee, Obama face new hurdles in New Hampshire Los Angeles Times Unlike Hart, Obama has plenty of money and a strong organization in place to build on his victory. Like Hart, Huckabee does not. ...... a Democrat who was a pied piper to students ...... Clinton has much deeper political roots in the Granite State than in Iowa
Obama and Clinton turn battle to New Hampshire
Clinton Camp Looks to Feb. 5
Candidates Unleash Final Efforts in Iowa New York Times a nonstop 36-hour bus tour ..... “After all the town meetings, the pie and coffee, it comes down to this: Who is ready to be president and ready to start solving the big challenges we face on day one?” Mrs. Clinton said. ........ creating a coalition of Democrats, independents and Republicans looking for a new direction ....... Each of Mr. Obama’s rallies was designed to be a meeting place for his supporters, who picked up packets of materials to set off on a door-to-door canvassing effort to remind voters of Thursday’s caucuses. Virtually every arm of the campaign — from volunteers to fund-raisers to senior strategists — had a list of telephone numbers to call to encourage people to vote. ....... dispatching thousands of volunteers and staff members to go door to door ....... having been up for 24 hours as he campaigned in 12 cities and towns before wrapping up the bus tour with a rally in Des Moines ........ he said he identified with the striking television workers as an author himself ....... raised eyebrows by suggesting that the situation in Pakistan could lead to special scrutiny of Pakistanis at the borders in the interest of national security. ...... who “writes checks for 10s of millions of dollars and doesn’t miss the money?” ......... he said he expected his appearance on the Jay Leno show to reach more Iowa voters than a day of appearances to crowds of a few hundred each ....... Obama was leading the Democrats and that Mr. Huckabee was leading the Republicans. ....... Obama seemed to have a fresh bounce in his step as he set off on his first fly-around tour of Iowa ........ the trajectory matched the momentum that they were seeing in data they are collecting hourly through telephone calls and door-to-door canvassing. ............ we’ve got these great crowds with unbelievable energy ..... I’m putting my money on my organization. It’s as good and as dedicated and as intense as I’ve ever seen
In Iowa, Candidates Make Last-Minute Rally for Votes
Kucinich urges Obama as a second choice
Can Social Search Take Down Google? Sci-Tech Today Wikia Search will launch with 50 to 100 million Web pages indexed, while Google indexes billions of pages....... "Filtering as millions of eyeballs commenting and voting can beat any algorithm of any company"
Google Changes Algorithm?
Will Kenya's Vote Lead to Tribal War? TIME The chaos represents Kenya's biggest domestic political crisis since independence from Britain in 1963. It was also a major disappointment for a country that had been considered a bright spot in the troubled region of East Africa. ...... our institutions have failed us ...... Turnout was 70%. Nairobi's Daily Nation newspaper boasted such a peaceful and energetic political process would be the "envy of Africa." But the mood soured as the counting went on. And when Odinga jumped to a lead of nearly 1 million votes, results were delayed from several of Kibaki's strongholds. Election officials either disappeared with ballot boxes or refused to answer their phones. When the final result was announced, Kibaki had squeaked through with a victory over Odinga. .......... unrealistically high voter turnout rates, close to 100% in some constituencies
Iowa Braces for the Morning After the bittersweet day after — when the many presidential candidates, their thousands of campaign workers and countless journalists stampede out of the state, often even before the sun rises on January 4. ........... the campaign workers' fawning attention ...... the possibility of bumping into Bill Clinton and Magic Johnson at the grocery store. ....... Iowans will be able to answer their telephones again, free from automated robo-calls and solicitous pollsters. ....... They can switch from dissecting the candidates to grousing about the weather. ....... really picks up people's moods — they see themselves being viewed nationally as very important to a very important process ........ the national attention has been a bonanza for the state's hospitality industry, media outlets, politicians and pundits. (Des Moines fairly glowed after it was described recently as "cool" by the New York Times.) ......... "the most politically-knowledgeable and aware voters in the country" ....... don't Iowans deserve some credit for the many town hall meetings attended, the many questions asked, the many speeches endured? Surely the white-haired man who sat beside me in the bleachers at a candidate's event, diligently taking notes ....... volunteers who have canvassed for candidates door to door, rain (snow, sleet, freezing fog,) or shine. ...... "Usually Iowans are apologizing for where they live. That's not the case with caucus season." ..... once the circus moves on, I don't think we expect anyone to continue to pay attention to us.
Another Bhutto in Pakistan Bilawal, a 19-year-old student at Christ Church, Oxford, will lead the party with his father Asif Ali Zardari. ...... "I stand committed to the stability of the federation," Bilawal said in an extraordinary and emotional press conference following the meeting. Speaking in English, his voice rising to a youthful shout towards the end of his short initial statement, and fighting back tears, Bilawal told supporters, "My mother always said democracy is the best revenge." ....... would now be known as Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Party supporters immediately began chanting, "Long live Bilawal Bhutto." ....... The ruling PML-Q party said the election would likely be delayed by three months or so, in part because several electoral offices have been ransacked and burned in the chaos that was unleashed by Benazir's assassination. ........ Following Benazir's death, the worst violence was in her home province of Sindh, where talk of separation has been growing. ........ he often made reference to his mother in his profile on Facebook. .... Bilawal posted a statement from his mother the day of her assassination, which read: "You can imprison a man but not an idea. You can exile a man but not an idea. You can kill a man but not an idea. — Benazir Bhutto." The day of the assassination his Facebook status read: "Well behaved women rarely make history." ....... He is a very sociable student and very well liked. ..... Bilawal attended many Oxford Union debates in his first few months at Oxford and says that Bilawal is an engaging and sociable young man.
Missing Evidence from Bhutto's Murder With rumors of government complicity in Benazir Bhutto's assassination rife throughout Pakistan, the country's stability may depend on the absolute transparencey of the investigation into the murder. ....... her husband and her supporters are asking for a United Nations-led inquiry into her death ..... there is very little for international forensics experts to investigate. ....... Within hours of the attack .... authorities had already hosed down the streets. Pools of blood, along with possible evidence such as bullet casings, DNA samples from the bomber and tracks had been washed away ....... Retired Lieutenant General Hamid Gul, the former director general of Pakistani Intelligence, said he was shocked to see people cleaning up the debris so soon after the assassination. "It's a crime scene, and they're washing away all the evidence! We need to be asking why the hell was this thing done." One of the few pieces of evidence from the crime scene that remains is amateur footage showing a clean cut man in a black vest brandishing what appears to be a gun. ...... Doctors who had attended Bhutto immediately after the attack initially said that she died of gunshot wounds, but over the weekend they released new findings in line with the Interior Ministry's claim that the official cause of death was head wounds sustained when Bhutto fell. The reversal has many people suspecting government interference. ....... Khan says he is naturally skeptical of talk that the government could be behind the assassination but says that their inept handling of the investigation only adds to the rumors. ......... "How come, at least in the last three years, there have been scores and scores if not hundreds of bomb blasts and suicide attacks in Pakistan and the only incidents that resulted in people being arrested and sentenced is in the two attacks on Pervez Musharraf?" ........... Islamic traditions hold that the body is sacred, and must not be disturbed in death. ...... a knee-jerk choice of "usual suspects." ...... Speaking through his spokesman to the BBC, Mehsud denied any involvement in the attack, as he did when he was accused in the October 18th suicide bombing at a Bhutto rally in Karachi that killed some 140. Such denials, of course, are meaningless, but they do exacerbate rumors of government complicity, a situation that benefits an anti-government insurgency. "There is a very strong possibility that the intelligence agencies were behind the attack," Mehsud's spokesman told the BBC. .......... The government pirouettes may have less to do with a possible cover-up of an administration-led assassination than a poorly executed attempt at damage control. ....... waving to crowds from the sunroof of her car was clearly a risky undertaking ....... Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, said that Washington needed to answer some "troubling questions" about Pakistan's investigation so far. ...... "We want a [assassinated Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik] Hariri commission-style investigation... we are writing to the United Nations for an international probe into her martyrdom."
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