She Proves Herself: Matthews Praises Hillary Clinton [UPDATE X2]

I was at the gym today running on the treadmill watching Hardball. I do admit my loyalty to the show because of the political coverage, analysis, and theories. I still throw up in my mouth sometimes on some comments but overall, I still remain loyal to the show.

Anyways, I was running at my usual pace of 6.6 miles per hour when Matthews presented his weekly Hardball Award. This week's winner was no other Hillary Clinton. The first woman ever awarded. I starting thinking to myself "Oh gawd, now what did she do that he sees as wrong or intent to undermine Obama's Presidency."

But when he started talking, and I am not joking here, I laughed out loud so loudly, I counted four people who turned around to look. I literally choked on my water because I could not believe what he was saying. Yes Chris Matthews, on Hardball, saying this about Hillary Clinton. I stopped running, scratched may head, and just began to laugh. I even walked over to my cell phone and called a close friend who follows the show. She was simply amazed.(In her defense, she told me early on to get over the Hillary loss in the Primary and support Obama...which eventually I did because of her...Thanks Ms. Davis).

Please just watch below:

I can't believe this:

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Separate and Unequal

A Woman Was Beheaded in New York by her Husband!

Shine a light on this story which is being overlooked by the media, but is being circulated as a press release by New York's NOW Chapter:

http://www.fifty-one-percent.org/index.p hp/founders-blog/111-an-important-press- release-from-now-ny-about-a-woman-behead ed-by-her-husband

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Bring Back the Permanent Campaign!

During the Clinton and Bush years, people frequently bemoaned the 'permanent campaign', the notion of continuing a full blown campaign even after you've won office, and the coarse atmosphere they claimed it inflicted on Washington. But as we've witnessed the failure of Team Obama and congressional democrats to beat the GOP in the media wars and ultimately to win bi-partisan support and ownership of Obama's stimulus plan shows, its necessary. Maybe because he campaigned on changing the hostile culture in Washington, Obama has neglected to bring his vaunted campaign style to the White House. Whatever the reason, its clearly becoming an issue.

Many of us recall that throughout the 2008 campaign, the Obama campaign was continuously lauded for its preternatural campaign discipline, polished management style and coherent campaign message. But these qualities are glaringly absent from the Obama administration and democratic leadership's strategy in support of the stimulus plan. At times it appears that they don't even have one.  

To be fair the stimulus bill's passing through the house of representatives last week was a success but the democrats large majority in congress pretty much guaranteed it passage. The part that should concern everyone is its failure to get bi-partisan support after Team Obama publicly promised to do just that.  Why make the promise if you obviously didn't have the votes? And why set such an ambitious goal if you're not going to mount a cogent media campaign. It seemed direction less. Not at all like the 2008 campaign.

The failure to continue a full force and well messaged campaign in support of the bill came across as painfully amateur and allowed the GOP and the media to go on a tear--giving them both an ample amount of mud to sling. It also helped the GOP carve out a reason to oppose the bill.

Did Obama's team think his dinners and parties would sufficient to win bi-partisan support? Or did they think the publics support of the bill would be enough to smack down nay sayers and
convince congressional republicans get on board? Or is this apart of Obama trying naively to 'change' Washington through the shear force of his personality?

Most congressional republicans team Obama tried to win over were from overwhelmingly conservative districts and didn't give a hoot if the bill passed and the few moderates obviously felt that the GOP sufficiently damaged the bill that they could withhold their support.

There was clearly a failure to prepare, organize and execute a campaign on the part of the Obama administration and the congressional democrats and its led to embarrassment and an emboldened opposition.

So maybe its times Obama quit trying to reject the old ways of Washington or charm an institution into supporting him. Maybe Obama should take a page from Clinton and Bush and bring back the permanent campaign.

Thoughts?

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New Info - Blogs & Websites on Hillary

For those of you that like news and updates just on Hillary - here's a great new blog that I found:

http://hillary.foreignpolicy.com/

It's from a website called Foreign Policy.

The blog is titled "Madame Secretary" - "an obsessive blog about Hillary Clinton".

It's fun, informative with daily updates, pictures, video.

It's not a "Puma" blog that bashes Obama - it's just all about Hillary.

Also - this is probably connected to the change.gov website  that Obama/transition team put together, but here's another site:

http://www.state.gov/

It is the new U.S. Department of State website, it also has alot of info on Hillary's new role, as well as outlining the goals and role of the State Department.

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Richardson: Then and Now

Per his words: "It was tough to make the call, but I did. It got a little heated. It got a little tense. But it was understood, and I'm proud of my decision."

Richardson said this, but when. It was during his call to Hillary letting her know that he is backing Obama. Now, after accepting a demotion as Commerce Secretary, he is withdrawing.

Per the President Elect: "I can tell you that there are very few people in American public life that have the breadth and depth of experience that Bill Richardson has," In what? In dealing with corruption and trading monies for favors?

This what Richardson had to say..."There's something special about this guy," Mr. Richardson said of Mr. Obama. "I've been trying to figure it out, but it's very good." Well keep figuring, because now you have absolutely no part in any administration and your term as Governor is about to expire.

Maybe you should call Hillary or Bill and see if they can get you a job?

Good Luck and Good Riddance.

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