This week’s editorial:
Many years ago there was a fight for the world’s heavyweight championship between the great fighter Muhammad Ali and his equally talented opponent, Joe Frazier. Frazier battled gallantly for fourteen rounds and took a beating that left him battered as round fifteen was ready to begin. His trainer, Eddie Futch, came to Frazier and said: “Joe, it’s over. Sit down, I’m throwing in the towel.” Senator Clinton, you have waged a tough campaign and shown the world that you are a campaigner in your own light, but the battle is over and it is time to sit down and acknowledge someone else will be the champion in America. There is never dishonor in losing a battle that one has fought with all weapons at one’s command, but continuing a losing struggle at some point moves from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Clinton comments increasingly have entered the domain of Bushism as the senator insults all African Americans and white people by claiming whites will not vote for Obama. As the past months have gone on with vicious comments and nastiness, Senator Clinton has portrayed herself as being capable of out “roving Karl Rove” when it comes to smearing the name of her opponent. We believe the real Senator Hillary Clinton is better than the presidential Hillary Clinton. At the core of her beliefs is respect for all people, and the ongoing insults towards Obama merely reflect emotional fatigue and anger.
Sit down, it’s over. Sit down, and accept the needs of the American people and the world that require a new president who will dramatically alter the disastous Bush policies. Hillary Clinton can go down in history as the political leader who graciously stepped down and placed nation before ego or she can go down in history as the ego driven individual who placed her own emotional desires before the needs of her nation. The choice remains in the hands of Hillary Clinton.
Don’t ever forget Senator Clinton that a John McCain presidency ensures complete control of the Supreme Court by those who are against women’s rights. Can you risk that?
Posted in Barack Obama, Conservatives, Democrats, George Bush, Hilary Clinton, Human Rights, Liberals, Politics, Republicans
Tagged Clinton, McCain, Obama, Supreme court
At some point, just about every presidential race in America comes down to the issue of which candidate is most able to wrap him or herself in the flag of patriotism. In the Obama-Clinton debate, Hillary Clinton, whose husband dodged serving in the Vietnam War, attacked Obama for his failure to wear a flag pin. He has also been charged with the horrible crime of not placing his hand over his heart while listening to the Star Spangled Banner. A major issue in the debate concerned Obama’s comments at a meeting in San Francisco where he used the word “bitter” to describe the mood of working people and claimed their bitterness led to supporting guns and religion.
If Clinton or Obama is the candidate they face the reality that John McCain is a war hero. Neither one is going to surpass the senator from New Mexico in closeness to the flag. The real issues of Iraq, an economy that is suffering, needs of the elderly, or medical care have somehow been pushed off the agenda so we can debate flag pins and a few words.
It is time for both Clinton and Obama to return to issues of this campaign and quit getting sidetracked about nothing. Sometimes, listening to these inane discussions about nothing one can only wonder if by accident he has wandered onto a TV set for the next Seinfeld show about nothing.
P.S. I do not wear a flag pin. How many people actually do wear one? And, I never place my hand over my heart, I listen to the words and music and reflect about my friends who died in Korea.
Posted in 2008 Elections, Barack Obama, Democrats, Hilary Clinton, Human Rights, Iraq War, Military, Republicans, United States, US Foreign Policy, War, World News
Tagged Clinton, flag pin, Obama
Even as these words are being read, voters are in polling booths all over the states of Ohio and Texas helping to decide the future Democratic candidate for president. Senator Hillary Clinton has been blasting away at Senator Barack Obama for several weeks insisting he lacks experience and is a double dealing politician. She has picked up on reports that an Obama aide let Canadian officials know campaign rhetoric was one thing, but, in the end, Obama would support basic principles of free trade. Both candidates have been scrapping over NAFTA which for many people in Ohio has been a source of losing jobs. To complicate the situation today in Ohio, a major snow storm will hamper efforts to vote.
On one hand, Senator Hillary Clinton insists she has experience since she worked closely with her husband when he was president. On the other hand, President Clinton helped push NAFTA through Congress. Senator Clinton insists she is on the side of those opposing NAFTA. There apparently is also a belief gap on this issue stemming as much from Clinton as for Obama.
The central issue to be decided today is whether Senator Clinton continues her campaign untl the bitter end of the convention. Many leaders of the Democratic party will be furious if she pursues this quest, particularly if the votes simply are not there for her. Governor Richardson spoke for many in saying whoever emerges today with the most delegates should be supported for the nomination. Unfortunately, for Clinton, a narrow victory margin will not suffice to overcome the delegate lead of Obama.
The Ides of March are upon us and Senator Clinton should avoid murdering chances for a Democratic victory in November. Her husband did enough to aid Republicans in 2000 by his pursuit of females and hopefully the future will not be casting blame on Hillary Clinton for not knowning when to stop.
P.S. Vermont will probably go for Obama and Rhode Island for Clinton.
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Tagged Canada, Clinton, NAFTA, Obama
Latest figure from Reuters indicate the primary race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has tightened in the key states of Texas an Ohio. In Texas, Obama leads 45 percent to 43 percent for Clinton and in Ohio both candidates are even. Republican front-runner John McCain will score impressive victories in both states over his one remaining rival, Mike Huckabee. In the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton made overnight gains in Texas due to her continued popularity among Hispanic voters in southern and western areas of the state. In Ohio, about six percent of voters are not certain regarding their vote and in Texas the figure is seven percent.
These figures, although encouraging for Clinton since she had fallen further behind a few days ago, are not sufficient for the New York senator in the race for the nomination. Most experts believe she has to hit a 60% figure in votes in order to catch up in the delegate count. If Clinton wins by a few percentage points, it still indicates she has failed to come across as a dominant figure in the race. Both Texas and Ohio were supposed to be her “firewall” states and coming out ahead by a point or so will not necessarily give her momentum.
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Tagged Clinton, Obama, Ohio, Texas