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Elizabeth Edwards Smacks Down Hillary & Obama

Posted by nytexan on August 14, 2007

You really have to love the openness and straight talk from Elizabeth Edwards. In a recent interview she smacked down Hillary and Obama on a variety of issues but one important one for me was their lack of blocking the Iraq Funding Bill.

  • NEW YORK (AP)Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Democratic candidate John Edwards, lambastes his rival Barack Obama as “holier than thou” on the Iraq war and accuses Hillary Clinton of failing to show leadership on health care and Iraq.
  • As her husband trails Clinton and Obama in national polls, Elizabeth Edwards has been an outspoken critic of his opponents. Last month, she said her husband would be a better champion for women as president than Clinton and more recently said, “We can’t make John black, we can’t make him a woman. Those things get you a lot of press, worth a certain amount of fundraising dollars.”
  • In an interview published in the August issue of The Progressive magazine, Elizabeth Edwards complained about Obama, who opposed the war when he was a state legislator in Illinois but has voted for funds for the military.
  • John Edwards, then a North Carolina senator, voted in 2002 to authorize the military invasion of Iraq. Since then, he has said his vote was a mistake. He also voted against several funding requests while in the Senate — but not all, as Elizabeth Edwards claimed in the interview.
  • “And honestly, the other candidates?” Elizabeth Edwards asked. “Obama gives a speech that’s likely to be extraordinarily popular in his home district, and then comes to the Senate and votes for funding … So you are going to get people behaving in a holier-than-thou way. But John stood up when he was in the Senate for exactly the thing he’s asking these people to stand up for now.”
  • Edwards also criticized both Obama and Clinton for not using their influence to line up additional votes to block an Iraq funding bill in May. The two senators were among just 13 Democrats to vote against the bill.
  • “We’re electing the leader of the free world,” Elizabeth Edwards said. “They should have been making speeches about why it was they were doing this, and standing up and trying to rally. And they didn’t. They weren’t leaders.”
  • On health care, Edwards said Obama’s plan for universal coverage was inadequate because it left 15 million uninsured. She also criticized Clinton for not producing a health care plan and for questioning whether there was sufficient “political will” to enact universal care.
  • “Hillary is saying we need to develop a political will. She hasn’t been talking to people if she thinks we need to develop it. We do not. There is consensus on this issue,” Edwards said.
  • Edwards even suggested Obama’s signature theme — a plea for hope and political unity — had been lifted from her husband’s 2004 presidential campaign.
  • “You listen to the language of what people say, particularly Obama, who seems to be using a lot of John’s 2004 language,” Edwards said, noting that Obama’s media adviser, David Axelrod, worked for Edwards that year.
  • Spokesmen for both Clinton and Obama declined to comment on the Elizabeth Edwards interview.

Posted in Clinton, Democrat, Edwards, Election, Elizabeth Edwards, Obama, Politics | 2 Comments »

My Opinion Of The Democrats LGBT Forum

Posted by nytexan on August 10, 2007

First let me say that for some reason BossKitty’s post on HRC Democratic Candidate Forum is not showing the comment number, however, there are several good comments posted.

Now my thoughts; I liked the intimate forum but the time for each candidate seemed very short. Wrong move for Dodd and Binden as no shows……hmmmm trying to keep those conservative happy. If you’re going to talk about being an inclusive president then show up and prove it.

Obama: He used the word semantics for “marriage” and “civil unions”; however he was in full support for all legal rights to gay couples. That translated to me has all 1100+ federal marriage rights into law. He seemed to connect and understand the fight. I personally got a different view of him last night.

Edwards: Well he just seemed flat uncomfortable to be around gays. I think Elizabeth made him attend. The huge revelation to him about the gay youth facility in L.A., well John you need to get out in the community more. His religion seems to weight to heavy on his view of gay marriage. That’s a big issue since we’ve had a religious zealot in office for the past 7 years. Edwards needs to finish his journey and come back in a future campaign.

Kucinich: What can I say, he had all the right answers and he has been fighting the fight for a long time. He’s all about his belief in our founding documents and the true meaning of the words equal rights. He has the right ideas; he’s on the right track but is our country ready for a forward evolved thinker that we saw last night. It would be refreshing.

Richardson: Well let’s just say he should stay in New Mexico. He looked uncomfortable and out of place. He probably did more damage to himself showing up. Richardson would have been a good bathroom break.

Gravel: He was himself. He is for full marriage and thinks this will be a non issue in 5 years. I think he was a bit out there on that. We all know he won’t make it but the nice having about Gravel showing up is he gets in the face of the other candidates.

Hillary: Too smug, too self confident that she has the election in the bag. Her statement “I strongly support states rights determining gay marriage,” is she kidding me. Many states tried to change their constitutions against gays. What freaking country does she live in? She uses the line “I’m your girl” funny she said the same thing at the AFL-CIO debate. I wonder if she said that at the NAACP forum. Personally I’m not going for the Bush/Clinton dynasty. A vote for change is not a vote for Hillary.

Here are poll results from LOGO:

39% Barack Obama

25% Dennis Kucinich

18% Hillary Clinton

9% Mike Gravel

7% John Edwards

3% Bill Richardson

Posted in candidates, Clinton, Democrat, Dodd, Edwards, Election, gay, Gravel, Headlines, Hillary, Kucinich, LGBT, National, Obama, Politics, Richardson | 8 Comments »

Olbermann To Moderate AFL-CIO Forum

Posted by nytexan on August 7, 2007

Edwards should take this one. He has been consistent on workers rights and the unions like what they hearing from Edwards. Hillary on the other hand may be bruised with Bill’s NAFTA and her business ties of a top campaign aide who has angered the labor movement.

  • Today, seven Democratic hopefuls will make their case before the largest audience of this early campaign season—the 15,000 union family members expected at the AFL-CIO Presidential Candidates Forum at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

  • Moderated by MSNBC’s “Countdown” host Keith Olbermann, the forum will feature questions to the candidates from among 2,200 questions submitted by union members at the AFL-CIO’s Working Families Vote 2008 website. The questions from union members touch on health care, trade and jobs, freedom to form unions, the war in Iraq, retirement security and other key working family concerns.

  • The 90-minute forum will be carried live on MSNBC television and XM Radio channel 130 beginning at 7 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. CDT). “Countdown” will continue broadcasting from the forum until 8 p.m. EDT. If you miss it, XM channel 130 will rebroadcast the debate for 24 hours following its conclusion.

  • The forum comes as the AFL-CIO Executive Council is meeting in Chicago. AFL-CIO President John Sweeney told hundreds of union activists at Sunday’s Battleground States 2007 conference the candidate event is “the biggest job interview in history.”

  • Tomorrow, the Executive Council will discuss the presidential endorsement process, but the AFL-CIO will not issue an endorsement until affiliated unions reach consensus on a candidate. The Federation’s General Board makes the actual endorsement. The General Board is made up of members of the council, the principle officers of each affiliated union, trade and industrial departments plus representatives from constituency groups, retiree organizations and local central and state bodies. An endorsement by the General Board will require a two-thirds per capita membership vote.

  • The forum is part of an unprecedented outreach to union families to give them an opportunity to hear the candidates and make their voices and opinions heard. Earlier this year, the AFL-CIO spearheaded a series of town hall forums where the candidates met local union members and leaders. In addition, our Working Families Vote 2008 website provides current news on the election, issue guides, candidate profiles, a forum for union members to speak out about their concerns and links to other political blogs and sites.

Posted in AFL-CIO, Clinton, debate, Democrat, Edwards, Keith Olbermann, Obama | 2 Comments »

Democrats Embrace Bloggers

Posted by bosskitty on August 5, 2007

Democrats spar at blog gathering

Seven of the Democratic candidates for US president have fielded questions from more than 1,000 political bloggers at an annual convention in Chicago. Correspondents say the candidates’ presence reflects the growing influence of such bloggers, seen as a key resource by candidates. The candidates’ appearance at the YearlyKos Convention follows a presidential debate on YouTube in late July, when they answered questions posed solely via online videos. Senator Joe Biden was the only candidate not to attend.

Wild Wild Web: Dems Court Online Mavens
Democrats Court Liberal Bloggers
Bloggers Give Clinton a Mixed Reception
Candidates Forum Highlights Importance of Net Roots to Democratic Party

Democratic presidential candidate pay homage to liberal bloggers

Blogger Event Draws Democrats

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton refused Saturday to forsake campaign donations from lobbyists, turning aside challenges from her two main rivals with a rare defense of the special interest industry.

Notice that Democrats are at least giving the appearance of communicating with ‘the people’ who they want to lead. Notice the Republicans are less enthusiastic about hearing the thoughts of the people they want to subject to Theocratic suppression. I give Ron Paul the ‘brass orbs’ to stand against the neocon line and be the last great hope for what used to be the party of Lincoln.

Posted in Biden, blog, Blog Stats, candidates, Clinton, contributions, debate, Democracy In Action, Democrat, Dodd, Edwards, Election, Gravel, Kucinich, Obama, Richardson, Ron Paul, Vote, World Blogs, YearlyKos | 4 Comments »

Red Mosque Redux, Taliban or Al Qaeda – Pakistan At Risk

Posted by bosskitty on August 2, 2007

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Fresh paint on the shrine’s outer wall reads Lal Masjid, meaning Red Mosque

Pro-Taliban fighters have seized control of a mosque and shrine in the Mohmand area of Pakistan’s North West Frontier province and renamed it the Red Mosque. The tribesmen have expressed support for Abdul Rashid Ghazi, the leader of Islamabad’s Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, killed in a government assault last month.

Before he was killed in the raid on Lal Masjid, Ghazi warned that after his death there would be many more Red Mosques.

Obama willing to invade Pakistan in al-Qaeda hunt

Standing in front of a Stars and Stripes flag, Mr Obama said: “There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again . . . If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will.”

“Because of a war in Iraq that should never have been authorised and should never have been waged, we are now less safe than we were before 9/11. It is time to turn the page. It is time to write a new chapter in our response to 9/11,” he said.

Whether or not the US gets to resume it’s original mission to hunt down the operatives of 9/11, the game has changed. Obama’s attempt to bring attention to our failing to pursue Osama may be out of sync with our current situation. If he had only addressed relocating troops to home or to Afghanistan first, I would be much more impressed. His statements were too transparent as a response to Hillary’s war agenda. If we allow Musharraf to be dethroned, we had better have someone in the wings to replace him. As much as I want Osama and gang caught, this will doom Musharraf and the safety of his nukes.

Saber rattling does not become you Mr. Obama. Please resume your role to be above it all and find common ground to become the uniter we so desperately need. Accountability is what is missing from our world. Arrogance is no longer fashionable. Abuse of privilege must be outlawed. The GOP cannot be defeated if Democrats take their eyes off the ball.

Clinton Demurs On Obama’s Nuclear Stance

She Says It Is Unwise to Rule Out Using the Arms Against Terrorists

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton drew another distinction between herself and Sen. Barack Obama yesterday, refusing to rule out the use of nuclear weapons against Osama bin Laden or other terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Clinton’s comments came in response to Obama’s remarks earlier in the day that nuclear weapons are “not on the table” in dealing with ungoverned territories in the two countries, and they continued a steady tug of war among the Democratic presidential candidates over foreign policy.

Where are we going with this?

 

 

Posted in candidates, Clinton, debate, Democrat, escalation, GOP, Hillary, Holy War, Iran, Iraq, Islamabad, Lal Masjid, Musharraf, Nuclear, Obama, Osama, Pakistan, Politics, Red Mosque, resonsibility, Taliban, Theocracy, War, Weapons of Mass Destruction, WMD | 2 Comments »

Election Videos Get Attention

Posted by nytexan on July 24, 2007

Below are some campaign videos that have been getting a lot of attention. None of these videos are endorsed by any of the candidates, they are all independent productions. Enjoy.

Debate ’08: Obama Girl vs Giuliani Girl

Hot For Hillary

I Got A Crush On OBama

I put this one in because I thought it was clever of John Edwards

Hair

Posted in candidates, Clinton, Edwards, Election, Giuliani, giuliani girl, hot for hillary, Obama, obama girl | 4 Comments »

CNN Debate Review

Posted by nytexan on July 23, 2007

I loved the format. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but then neither were the candidates. The format was such a refreshing break from the same old journalist prepared questions. It put real citizen in the debate. I felt it made the candidates answer a bit more honestly. I hope this format continues.

What I didn’t like was way too much time spent with Hillary, Obama and Edwards. Sometimes it’s nice to involve the others just to stir things up.

Hillary: Seemed relaxed, to the point. I hate to admit it but I think she came out on top; Still not jazzed about her;

Obama: Convinced me on a few points like the separations of church and state and lobbyist out of the energy and health care discussions. I’m not crazy about his health care bill since it’s not universal;

Edwards: I have to give him credit for being honest about his personal struggle with gay marriage. Hopefully Elizabeth can get him there. I did like his health care plan being universal. I thought his video was the best of all the candidates.

Biden: He didn’t seem as irritating as I expected him to be. He did however; want to bring most of his answers back to Iraq. He seemed a bit dismissive at times but I guess that’s Joe.

Richardson: I was shocked that he didn’t bring up his resume. You know I can’t recall anything remarkable or different that Richardson said.

Kucinich: Loved his immediate pull out from Iraq. Interesting that he wasn’t given enough time on health care since he authored a very good universal plan.

Dodd: Nothing remarkable. I thought he screwed up when he answered that as President he wouldn’t work for minimum wage because he has kids to put through school. I think he missed the point of struggling America; and

Gravel: He seemed to spend most of his time going after the other candidates instead of using his very few opportunities to make his case.

The GOP is next up on this format and that should be interesting since they can’t connect with the public.

Posted in Biden, Clinton, CNN, debate, Dodd, Edwards, Election, Gravel, Kucinich, Politics, Richardson | 12 Comments »

Democratic Debate; My Opinion

Posted by nytexan on July 23, 2007

Tonight CNN & YouTube will host the democratic debate, 7:00 p.m. EST. Personally I’m looking forward to this format; debates have become too scripted for me. The candidates won’t see the questions before hand. They won’t have scripted answers. The candidates will actually have to think off the top of their heads.  I’m sure their spin doctors are already going into shock.

Here’s what I think: 

Hillary: She won’t fare well in this format, she to much of a control freak.  I also think she’ll stray from the original question;

Obama and Edwards: These two love the net and know how to connect they’ll do fine;

Biden: He won’t shut up so what every the question is it will get lost in all his opining and pontificating; 

Dodd: I’m not sure about him, he never seem to get enough attention to even know if he’s still breathing at the podium; 

Gravel:  Well he speaks his mind all the time so this should be fun. Providing Anderson gives him more than one question;

Kucinich: He seems to stay on point so we might see him answers the question actually asked; and

Richardson: He tries to always come across as “Mr. Deep concern compassion”, so I think it will be a love fest for him and the camera as he tries to focus on whomever sent the video. It could be embarrassing.

Posted in Biden, Clinton, debate, Democrat, Dodd, Edwards, Gravel, Kucinich, News, Obama, Op-Ed, Politics, Richardson | 11 Comments »

Obama MIA In Iowa

Posted by nytexan on June 2, 2007

Tonight at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner all of the candidates are pitching their stuff. I find it very interesting that Obama is the only candidate who chose not to show.

This is apparently a big deal event since many of the candidates flew in from New Hampshire to speak and then fly back to New Hampshire. Obama said he had a scheduling conflict. But the Iowa Democratic Party, who is not happy about the no show, said that their schedule was put 2 weeks prior to Obama announcing his run. I guess he’s busted on that excuse.

Where is Obama you ask, he’s on the west coast chasing the $Benjamin’$. Now if you ask me I would think it’s more important to go to Iowa and than get more cash. The cash will do you no good if you don’t have the votes.

OBama’s spokesman also said that he has been to Iowa 9 times already. Hillary picked up on that one and made it clear how many times she has been to Iowa and happy she was to be there tonight. Ouch Obama.

Then I started thinking does Obama not want to be in the same forum as Hillary? Odd with the exception of the debate, I have never seen him in the same place as Hillary. I’m just sayin.

Anyway I don’t think this bodes well for him. If this was a call by his handlers they may have some damage control to do. 

On a side note; by the sound of the applause Edwards was hands down over Hillary.  

Posted in Clinton, Democrat, Edwards, Election, Iowa, National, News, Obama, Politics | 3 Comments »

Politics And Religion…Enough Already!

Posted by nytexan on June 1, 2007

Religion and Politics two topics that always have opinions and cause heated arguments. I have always been of the opinion that religion and the church should never be part of the political argument or process. Before I go any further let me say for the record that I was raised a Roman Catholic and went to parochial school. My belief in separation is very strong, with that said, let us move on.

Currently all of the 2008 Presidential candidates are using their faith to get votes. Do you see a problem with that? I do, “using” their faith to gain votes. Are these candidates publicly showing their beliefs for votes or are the truly faithful. I find this odd; I was taught both at home and at school, that your relationship with God was personal. Your public actions towards society showed your teachings.

Personally, I find this public display of faith to voters as pandering. I am truly not interested in a person’s religion. I don’t find ones religion a valid argument for or against a presidential candidate. Look who the candidates are pandering to Roman Catholics, Protestants and Evangelist. Excuse me for pointing this out but not everyone in America is of these faiths.

So, in their attempt to gain votes, the 2008 candidates have left out Jews, Muslims, Buddhist, Hindus, Agnostics and Atheist. Interesting, do their votes not matter? If a candidate espouses the teachings of Christian religion on the campaign stump then how do they connect with the other groups? I guess theses groups have to actually read about the candidates beyond their religious beliefs to make a decision. What a freaking novel idea, reading and education are.

Hillary and Obama have hired strategists to focus on reaching religious voters. Hire strategist!! Are these voters so far out there that one has to hire a strategist to connect with them. Is there thinking so far out there that translators are needed to get them to understand what the heck is going on in his country. Are these votes that important that all the candidates find it that necessary to put religion on the forefront of our culture?

Look at where we are today because of this bizarre pandering to the Christians in this country. Today, because of the religious influence in government, we have a President who says he is a Christian (I highly doubt this claim) and a religious base that has taken over the country. The result of this dangerous mix is; America is divided on every issue, filled with hate and hostility to anyone who is either an immigrant or a foreigner. How Christian, their God must be so proud of them.

We now have a Supreme Court that is fundamentally of Christian belief. These Justices’ will make decisions based on their belief rather than law or at least their beliefs will influence their opinion. I find that appalling and a slap in the face of our very foundation. Why is that a slap you ask, because these justices are suppose to protect the freedom of all American citizens. If their decisions are influenced or based on Christian religious beliefs then they are only representing some Americans. To the GOP Christian base, I’m sure this is just fine. But to me, a member of the American society it’s repulsive.

Every time I watch the House or the Senate and they open their session with a prayer, I cringe. This irritates me because it condones the notion that religion and government are joined at the hip. Some of my friends think I am a pain about this. However, I really don’t believe that religion has a place in pubic tax payer buildings; just as the government does not believe that ministers should promote the government or candidates from the pulpit.

Some may argue that American politics is based on Christianity. That’s the farthest thing from the truth. Religious persecution was why the Puritans came here. The founding fathers revolted for oppressive economic reasons, religion was not part of the Revolutionary War.

The founding fathers were not anti religion but they did believe that the government should not be beholden any one religion, nor should the government endorse any one religion. Most of the founding fathers were of Christian backgrounds, but were not practicing Christians. They lived during the age of enlightenment which moved their beliefs in a different direction and were not guided by religion, but by reason and science.

The pandering of candidates to any one religion to me is an insult to other religions as dismissive of those citizens. That type of politician is not for me. If a politician can not win an election on his or her leadership, passion to build a better future and their public commitment to peace and humanity then I believe they should not be in the race for President. I am not looking for an idealist for President, but I’m surely not looking for religion in public office either. Personally I have had enough of everyone’s God.

cross posted on www.truthhugger.com

Posted in Clinton, Election, National, Obama, Op-Ed, Politics, Religion | 11 Comments »