Heart of a Champion

We had a rough day yesterday to be sure.  I finally called it a day around 1am and as I was clearing out the dishes hubby left in the sink (sigh, again) I paused for a minute - leaned on the sink and thought... how in the HELL does Hillary keep on going in the face of the hate, the anger, the unfair media coverage, the sexism, and - tonight especially - this latest disappointment?

What drives this sister with the heart of a lioness?

Getting back into the White House?
Nooooo.  She's been there before.

Receiving more adulation and love from the MSM & the press (Tweety & Russert)?
Hardly!

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that she is the very definition of a public servant.  She sees how much work there is to be done and she knows she's the one person who'll actually get results.  She's got a long history of public service and sticking up for those without a voice.  

Make the jump - you know you want to...

Over the summer I attended a state-wide meeting of volunteers, and a woman from Hillary's staff mentioned something that really stuck with me.  She said they were getting Hillary ready for a debate and there was this briefing book full of the things she'd accomplished in her career.  That book was 312 pages long (single spaced)!.  

No I won't list everything here, but take a look at a few little known facts about her record...

As a law student Hillary worked to identify children who were victims of abuse and neglect and volunteered at the New Haven Legal Services offices. Her first job out of law school was going door-to-door with the Children's Defense Fund to find out why children weren't enrolled in public schools.  Her findings prompted Congress to pass laws ensuring that kids with disabilities were accommodated and taught in our public schools (setting up programs in which my son and countless others have benefited enormously).

When Reagan was President, Hillary was Chairman of the Legal Services corporation- -legal services for the poor. In a head-to-head battle with the President, she successfully fought Reagan off when he tried to shift $300 million legal services to defense spending.

In Arkansas Hillary ran the University of Arkansas's legal aid and prison projects; reformed Arkansas' education system; instituted a model parent education program; created new scholarships for single parents; and expanded medical facilities in Arkansas' poorest areas.

As First Lady Hillary helped create the State Children's Health Insurance Program; spearheaded efforts to double child care spending, dramatically expand Head Start, and create Early Head Start; and expanded the federal after school program to a $1 billion formula grant program that reaches every state.

She could have gone back into private life when she and Bill left the White House.  It would have been easy and she could have gotten a job that paid a boatload of money with her mind, intellect and background.  Any law firm, foundation or University would have jumped at the chance to put her name on their letterhead.

But she didn't.  She wanted to keep doing what she does best - helping folks as a public servant.

But instead she thought "I still have work to do on behalf of the people of this world" and she realized she could continue her work as a Senator from NY.  So she put together a campaign staff, rolled up her sleeves, put on her boots and took her message to the people of NY.  She even headed up state when the "experts" told her not to bother.  

Six years later she ran for and won re-election with 67% of the vote.  She could have won re-election without the margin of victory in the City - that's how much the folks upstate (the people she was told to write off) loved, respected and trusted her.  And they still do.

She's done a great job for her state and for the people of this nation from that post...

Hillary created a teacher recruitment program to bring outstanding teachers into low-income communities.
She sponsored legislation to grow childcare funding to $11.2 billion.
She fought off dramatic cuts to Medicaid and SCHIP.
She passed legislation with Lindsay Graham for expanded health services for military families.
She made sure that six million children have health insurance through the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
She fought for and won health benefits for our troops in the National Guard and Reserves.
She fought to preserve combat pay for injured National Guard and Reserve soldiers and passed a law establishing health tracking for returning soldiers.
She passed the Kids Car and Safety Act.
She successfully stopped efforts by the FDA to keep Plan B off the market.
She led the effort to get rid of the head of the FDA.
She held the Senate's first committee ever on environmental justice.
She fought to extend unemployment benefits, and won.
She successfully advocated for education reform.
She fought to make abortion safe, legal and rare.
She wrote and secured passage of legislation to assist family caregivers in accessing affordable and high quality respite care.
She fought to make sure the medicines we give our children are safe.
She was the first US Senator to label what was happening in Darfur genocide.
Her work on behalf of the environment and the health of first responders after 9/11 is nothing short of heroic.
She fought for and got enhanced body armor for our troops.
She got the Pentagon to respond to the Congress in terms of planning for Iraq withdrawal. The list goes on.

Being Senator's a great job and yet she thought "I can accomplish even more from the Oval Office".  So she tossed her hat in the ring after a lot of thought and preparation and she's been on the road nearly 24/7 taking her message to the voters for over a year now, working for the chance to take on the republicans in the general election.

And you KNOW that's not going to be a fun contest.  Most people would say, "screw this, I'm outta here" after the way they treated her and her family over the past 15 years (I know I would have and - admit it - you would too).  She knows better than anyone what awaits her if she makes it into the general and yet she's still determined to work her ass off for the right to be sent into that cesspool of a contest against the right wing attack machine - the RNC & the multitude of 527s that are waiting in the wings.

This woman has the heart of champion and she's fighting for the chance to fight for us. We need to let her know we have her back.  We've got to keep our chin up - stay strong - and keep fighting for her the way she's been fighting for us.  

Because at the end of the day, we need her more than she needs us.

Ya know I doubt many besides her family, closest friends or aides ever think to ask Hillary how she manages to keep going like this.  In fact, that moment when she let her guard down at that event in New Hampshire a few weeks back gave us a brief glimpse of just how unusual it is for voters, the press, the media or anyone really to ask her questions like that.  She listens - her main focus is always on other people and she always seems to be looking for ways to help others.  She was actually caught off guard there and I think it moved her deeply to know that someone - a stranger - actually cared enough to ask.  She's answered tens of thousands of questions about her record, her proposals, and all that other stuff.  But this had nothing to do with policy.  It had nothing to do with her record.  It was just one simple question - "how do you manage?"

And that's when we saw this...

She's fighting for us because in her heart of hearts, she knows she's the one person who can tackle the problems that await our next leader in the most effective way possible.  She knows she can get the job done like no one else can when it comes to ...

Making UNIVERSAL healthcare a reality, knowing she's the only candidate with a truly UNIVERSAL health care plan - one that will cover everybody and leave no one behind.
Rebuilding our middle class.
Stopping the foreclosures.
Locking in loan rates to help steady the housing market.
Bringing our combat troops home asap and safely (starting in 60 days - no later).
Developing Green Collar jobs & breaking our dependence on fossil fuels.
Making college more accessible and affordable.
Ensuring that all four year olds have access to Pre-K programs.
Ending no child left behind.
Creating a new $3,500 college tax credit.
Increasing the maximum Pell Grant.
Protecting our public schools from those who would push for their privatization via vouchers.
Protecting our reproductive rights and making birth control readily available.
Providing our troops with what they need to do what she asks of them
Dealing with our skyrocketing budget deficits.
Providing our nation with a functioning government that abides by the laws of our land (ie the Constitution).
Restoring our government to one that can respond to natural disasters (or goddess forbid - unnatural disasters).
Forming a government that relies on & is guided by science again instead of a neocon agenda.
Restoring our good name around the globe through her contacts with leaders.
Dealing with whatever the bad guys might throw at us
Leading our military as Commander in Chief

And most importantly...

Kicking some serious GOP @ss in the general election!

After all that she's been through she still wants to be of service to the nation she loves - and continue fighting for the causes that we Democrats have been fighting for over the years.

She sees the work that still needs to be done.
She sees the battles that still need fighting.
She sees people who are hurting and who still need her help.

She's fighting for the chance to do the work.
She's fighting for the chance to win those battles.
She's fighting for the chance to help the millions of people who are counting on her.

I plan to stand by her every step of the way - and I know I won't be standing alone.  

Tags: 2008 elections, Hillary Clinton, president (all tags)

Comments

68 Comments

I'll ask you the same question I posed to Seymour:

Do you think the candidate and her campaign deserve any of the blame for her recent failures and the predicament she now finds herself in?

by Bob Johnson 2008-02-20 04:39PM | 0 recs
Re: I'll ask you the same question I posed to Seym

as far as the candidate goes i'm unsure, but the campaign has been unbearably incompetent since the 5th.

oh and writing off caucuses just doesnt work that well.

by omar little 2008-02-20 04:43PM | 0 recs
Re: I'll ask you the same question I posed to Seym

I actually fault the media and the press for their incredibly unbalanced and sexist reporting.  Sure the campaign could have done a few things differently but you should HEAR me screaming at my teevee during the news each night.

Grrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!

by alegre 2008-02-20 05:20PM | 0 recs
How About trying this

Add some links to Hillary Clintons site?

Such as...

Home Page
http://hillaryclinton.com

Action Center:
http://hillaryclinton.com/actioncenter/

Donate:
https://contribute.hillaryclinton.com/fo rm.html?sc=1

Issues:
http://hillaryclinton.com/issues/

About Hillary:
http://hillaryclinton.com/about/

and so on...

by kevin22262 2008-02-20 06:04PM | 0 recs
Thanks for the thoughts, turd face

by lombard 2008-02-20 09:17PM | 0 recs
Do a favor for us all, Bob...

Take your bad attitude back to Kos if all you intend to do is piss all over Alegre's beautiful diary. There's no reason to attack Alegre when she hasn't done anything to you.

by atdleft 2008-02-20 04:48PM | 0 recs
I asked a simple question.

Is there a problem with that now?

I find it amusing that some folks are so defensive that asking a simple question is cause for troll rating.

How lame.

by Bob Johnson 2008-02-20 05:07PM | 0 recs
Re: I asked a simple question.

What's lame is your pathetic attempt to continually highjack threads with your drivel.

by KnowVox 2008-02-20 05:10PM | 0 recs
I am not "hijacking a thread."

I am wondering if the diarist thinks the campaign and/or the candidate bears any responsibility for her/the campaign's current plight.

It's called "having a discussion."

That's what one does at political blogs.

by Bob Johnson 2008-02-20 05:16PM | 0 recs
Re: You ARE "hijacking a thread."

Forget it, Bob. It's impossible to rationally "discuss" anything with you.

by KnowVox 2008-02-20 05:20PM | 0 recs
Re: You ARE "hijacking a thread."

What do you think? Let's discuss it. Or don;t you like to discuss things like that?

by Bob Johnson 2008-02-20 05:23PM | 0 recs
I don't mind discussing things

BUT NOT WITH YOU!!!!!!!

You're a loser.

by lombard 2008-02-20 09:18PM | 0 recs
Re: I am not "hijacking a thread."

I find this saddening... You ask a simple question, which is in no way attacking the poster, and you get labeled a troll and to "go back to kos" and "stop hijacking threads"...

Somebody asks me if I think Obama screwed up in NH and I don't go flying off the handle.

sigh...

by leshrac55 2008-02-20 05:23PM | 0 recs
Lame?

Bob, you are the epitome of a troll.

LOL

by Coldblue 2008-02-20 05:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Lame?

Asking a simple, direct question makes one a troll here? What is this? HillaryIs44.com?

by Bob Johnson 2008-02-20 05:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Lame?

Hey Bob: This domain name is open for just $7.99:

Bob-Johnson-Hates-Hillary-24-7.com

by KnowVox 2008-02-20 05:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Lame?

How do you think her campaign operation has done n the last few weeks, KnowVox?

by Bob Johnson 2008-02-20 05:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Lame?

So now all of the sudden, you're a political novice? You don't know that campaigns have ups and downs? She's going to win this election, Bob. Get used to the term "Madame President."

by KnowVox 2008-02-20 05:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Lame?

What do you think the campaign should have done differently, if anything?

by Bob Johnson 2008-02-20 05:26PM | 0 recs
No

but a troll is a troll wherever it posts, even on MyDD.

Your stuff works on some sites, I guess.

by Coldblue 2008-02-20 05:22PM | 0 recs
You have an odd definition of "troll."

This is not HillaryIs44.com. This is a political website. I asked a simple, direct question. The response to it has been humorous. Comical, even.

How do you think the Clinton campaign has done the last few weeks, ColdBlue?

by Bob Johnson 2008-02-20 05:25PM | 0 recs
Your "simple question"

was not pertinent to the diary.

Show me otherwise.

by Coldblue 2008-02-20 05:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Your "simple question"

It is a simple question about Clinton's campaign. I have noted a tendency among a few folks here to blame just about all her troubles on outside influences while giving her campaign a pass.

So I'm curious as to what extent her backers think her campaign is responsible for her current predicament. The diary is about the current state of her campaign, as is my question.

by Bob Johnson 2008-02-20 05:47PM | 0 recs
Hey BOB...

Thanks for hijacking this diary by continuing to ask the same shit over and over and over again.

Your question had no connection to this diary in anyway... except it was about Hillary Clinton.

You are acting like a troll.

by kevin22262 2008-02-20 06:01PM | 0 recs
You know what you're doing, loser

You're taunting.  And don't play innocent, dick head!  Stay away if you can't control your vile, juvenile impulses.  Try to restrain yourself (possibly for the first time in your Web existence).  You don't have to be an asshole all the time.  Really, you can pass once in awhile.

by lombard 2008-02-20 09:15PM | 0 recs
Show boat?

What's showy about his behavior?  I don't think anyone would give him award for anything unless there was an asshole award.

by lombard 2008-02-20 09:16PM | 0 recs
How about

Adding some links to Hillary Clintons site?

Such as...

Home Page
http://hillaryclinton.com

Action Center:
http://hillaryclinton.com/actioncenter/

Donate:
https://contribute.hillaryclinton.com/fo rm.html?sc=1

Issues:
http://hillaryclinton.com/issues/

About Hillary:
http://hillaryclinton.com/about/

and so on...

by kevin22262 2008-02-20 05:06PM | 0 recs
Re: I'll ask you the same question....

Is Barack Obama responsible for hiring the DLC's chief economist--an advocate for market-based health care policy--to advise him? Will Barack Obama be responsible for an end to the hope and audacity of UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE?

Yes. He Will.

http://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2008/ 02/20/audiology-of-hope-360-special-topi cs-in-health-care-finance/

by Tennessean 2008-02-21 05:08AM | 0 recs
Mark Penn sabateour or incompetent

If I were Hillary I would have ask Donna Brazille to run the campaign instead of the most expensive whore-lobbyist Mark Penn with poor judgement and out of touch of voters just out to milk Hillary of millions of dollars.  

When it was early and time to do negative attacks against Obama or drive up negatives of Hillary, he said no.

Now when it looks like Obama is the eventual winner--he now wants to go negative---this is wrong as you will decrease the chance of the Democrats to win the WH.

Hillary was a good product to sell -- but he bomboozled it which was hard to do.

And Hillary is also to blame for not recognizing incompetence and doing something about it before it hurts you.

by jasmine 2008-02-21 06:09AM | 0 recs
Don't Tip Me - Tip Hillary

Let her know you're with her too...

CONTRIBUTE NOW!

Thanks.

by alegre 2008-02-20 04:40PM | 0 recs
I am! I am!

My dad and I intend to contribute more this month! And starting tomorrow, I'll call Texas! I'll do whatever I can to help Hill win! :-)

by atdleft 2008-02-20 04:49PM | 0 recs
Re: I am! I am!

Call Call Call!

Contribute Contribute Contribute!

IT's all good and you're the best - keep up the great work!

by alegre 2008-02-20 05:21PM | 0 recs
WONDERFUL DIARY. Wonderful woman!

Wonderful picture.

Thank you!

by Shazone 2008-02-20 04:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Don't Tip Me - Tip Hillary

I had been home ill for quite a while, but now I'm back at work and once I get paid I will be making another donation!  

by newhorizon 2008-02-20 04:54PM | 0 recs
Feel better!!

by Shazone 2008-02-20 05:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

You won't be standing alone and neither will Hillary.

I donated today and will be phone banking tomorrow.

by americanincanada 2008-02-20 04:48PM | 0 recs
Thanks for the diary

It's nice to see a diary that's simply positive about a candidate.  After snotty Obamabots gloating in thread after thread, it's actually very peaceful to read your comments.  Too bad people who disagree with her position on certain issues cannot see that she has been a dedicated public servant for many many years.

by newhorizon 2008-02-20 04:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Thanks for the diary

Yeah, Barack's had it easy, I mean sure he was raised in a broken home, earned his way to school, choose to forgoe the millions that would have awaited him in corporate law (unlike say HRC) and instead worked on the mean streets of Chicago, and sure he had to defeat one of the most infamous machines in American Politics (the Daley machine) to even get a chance to run for the senate, but he's had it easy.

by Socraticsilence 2008-02-20 05:59PM | 0 recs
Yeah,excluding people from the ballot is hard work

I understand that getting hacks to open up sealed divorce records can sometimes be pricey, too.

by lombard 2008-02-20 09:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Thanks for the diary

The Daley machine opposed Obama? Nonsense. Michelle Obama worked for Daley as Assistant to the Mayor and Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development.

Obama grew up poor? Nonsense. He grew up middle class. His mother was an academic, his grandmother, with whom he lived while attending Hawaii's most prestigious private school, from 5th grade through high school, was a bank VP. He certainly didn't come from wealth, but just as certainly did't come from poverty.

Hillary Clinton was the first woman hired by the Rose Law firm in Arkansas, and did earn a professional level salary -- she never made "millions" as a corporate lawyer. And, by the way, before Michelle Obama joined the Mayor's office whe worked as a "corporate" lawyer specializing in marketing and intellectual property rights - at the law firm where she met Barack.

Try to get your facts right.

by esmense 2008-02-21 04:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

I contributed again today.  Yes, she can.  If anybody can, she can, despite everything.  And I really think she will.  She won't give up and I won't either.

by FarWest 2008-02-20 05:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

Wow,just wow.

Donate!

Rise Hillary Rise.

The incredible Hillary Clinton.

by India 2008-02-20 05:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

Beautifually written, passionate diary from the heart, Alegre. You've articulated very well what many of us feel -- that Hillary will be a tremendous Commander in Chief.

It's about time the best man for the job was a woman.

by KnowVox 2008-02-20 05:12PM | 0 recs
No she is not alone

and you are not alone as well.

I have been thinking about the same thing.  Why would she bother to go through all this crap, it's not fun.  Why she put herself in the line of fire.  She knew she will be attacked from 360 degree. We all know.  When she announced that she will run, my heart sinked to my stomach.  I thought to myself, OMG she will be hit again.

A selfish person can't do this.  She is doing this for someone else, something else.  It's something larger than life itself.

by JoeySky18 2008-02-20 05:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly."

References: author unknown, stolen from another poster.

by India 2008-02-20 05:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

Former President Teddy Roosevelt
"Citizenship in a Republic,"
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

http://www.theodoreroosevelt.org/life/qu otes.htm

by KnowVox 2008-02-20 05:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

This is just beautiful. I too admire Hillary's strength and humility.  She is a constant inspiration, as are supporters like you!  I gave another $100 today, and will make more calls this weekend.  Keep on keepin' on!

by proudliberaldem 2008-02-20 05:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

I am right there with you. If she ran third party I would volunteer, donate and do everythng within my power to help. I would be right there with her.

by americanincanada 2008-02-20 05:23PM | 0 recs
Wow, that's an interesting idea!

That would almost guarantee that Obama would lose.

But, she would never do it. She is too loyal - even to those who are not loyal to her.

by lombard 2008-02-20 09:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

Thanks Alegre for another important diary about Hillary.  I don't cry often but I'm crying right now.  I sent her more money today; have been calling voters in Ohio and Texas.  I will admire Hillary for the rest of my life.  She's a true American; an accomplished public servant; and she's just "good stuff".  She does not deserve the abuse that she is subjected to on a daily basis.  

As Maxine Waters said "Hope?  We got lots of hope.  We need help!"

Hillary is the help we need.  

What a travesty that so many people have been seduced by Obama.  He would be a Cliff' Notes President at best.  If he even makes it that far.

by samueldem 2008-02-20 05:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

Hill's a fake woman, getting Ivy Schools and riding the coattails of a far more talented politician. -- seriously though, a fake Black man do you have any idea how offensive that is?

by Socraticsilence 2008-02-20 06:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

Thanks for this. It lifted me up and keeps reaffirming why we need to keep fighting. It's not over so please don't let anyone tell you otherwise...with the "she can't make up the delegates" etc. It's not true and we know she is the best and I'm confident, once we get her through, she will be able to make her case that she is the most qualified and ready to leave this country. It will happen. We will roll our sleeves up and get in there.

by jackfkntwist 2008-02-20 06:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

Wait, Obama's a fake Black man? Does that make Hillary a fake Woman? After all the both attended elite Schools.

by Socraticsilence 2008-02-20 06:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

Thank you for this diary. it is a breath of fresh air. I think I could borrow a book title, "Chicken Soup for Hillary's supporters' Soul.

I have been contributing regularly. When I went to the site today, they were requesting contributions of at least $5.00. I gave $10 and I will be giving more.

She is a real heroine.

by LadyEagle 2008-02-20 06:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

Lovely diary Alegre.  

Every time I read about your experience working on her campaign, I wish you or someone like you were running it. She deserves better than she's gotten.

Keep on keeping on.  :)

by mijita 2008-02-20 07:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion


Great Diary.

If I were in a fox hole and I want to be with
Hillary. As over the past few months my admiration grew for her more than before.

She is bold,tough and wise.

A lot of men supports Hillary and it pained me
when Obama made those(stressed out- Iowa , periodically ... feeling down .. ) comments.

Obama lost dignity and it doesnt reflect well on
his manhood.

by BlueSea 2008-02-20 08:15PM | 0 recs
Yes, a lot of us do support her

by lombard 2008-02-20 09:26PM | 0 recs
Many, many, many men support her

Including men old enough that they once thought that a woman couldn't be president.  I know a lot of these men and am very impressed and happy that they are so supportive of Hillary for president.

by Montague 2008-02-20 09:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

Thank you for your post. If she loses, I will proudly vote for McCain. I won't ever vote for Obama after his moodswing comment and a non-vote is out of the question. Every vote for McCain will neutalize one cult vote for Obama. (Given his age, I believe McCain will only seek one term.)

I am so sick of his supporters and their hatred. The Obamanuts and the MSM have destroyed the democratic party.

by bJ Chicago 2008-02-20 08:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

here are the facts. In her time in the Senate, Hillary has sponsored 21 bills that have become law including:

a bill that extended the availability of unemployment assistance.

a bill which established a program to assist family caregivers.

a bill that provided benefits to public safety officers who were killed or injured during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

But Hillary's accomplishments in the Senate are not limited to bill sponsorships. Among her many other legislative accomplishments:

Hillary worked with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to expand access to health care for the National Guard and Reserve.

Hillary passed an amendment that created a national program for teacher and principal training and recruitment.

Hillary used Senate rules to force the Bush administration to make emergency contraception, also known as Plan B, available over the counter.

The reality is, since Sen. Obama joined the Senate (applying the same standard the email applies to Hillary) he has sponsored two bills that have become law:

a bill that sought to promote democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

a bill that named a post office.

http://facts.hillaryhub.com/archive/?id= 5960

by freespeechnow 2008-02-20 09:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

Wow, way to hack records.  The link you posted has links to Obama's site that show nothing.  It's pretty simple to head over to www.senate.gov and see their work for you own eyes.  They've both done a lot.

by shalca 2008-02-21 01:04AM | 0 recs
Having FACTS is not everything, NOT having them IS

Instead of falling victim to partisan politics as well as divisive inter-party AND BLOGOSPHERE tactics, how about we just don't listen to Obama, Clinton, or anyone else that is representing them in any way? Why don't we just use a factual, unbiased source like the UNITED STATES LIBRARY OF CONGRESS to get our facts about who has actually done what for our country and it's people such as this responsible American mom did in order to make an intelligent decision and who wrote this diary entitled "I Refuse to Buy into the Obama Hype"? Again, FORGET where this was originally posted and respect the unbiased FACTS provided by a skeptic so that we can move forward TOGETHER!  - http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/2/20/ 201332/807/36/458633#c276

by VT COnQuest 2008-02-21 12:56AM | 0 recs
Re: You just Regurgitated a pro-Obama Diary...

A diary by the way, which was a complete regurgitation of a diary on Huffington Post on 2/20. Yet, you considered it both original and definitive; clearly you just took the diarist's word for it, without actually doing your own research. Apparently, YOU don't have the "facts."

I support Hillary Clinton. My primary reason for this is because of her health care policy. That is key for me, as it should be for all americans. But, I read that diary you have referenced, and when I went to the Library of Congress site and read through both records, I was far less impressed by Obama's record than the diarist. In fact, having worked in a state legislature, I saw far more substantive work from Clinton in that record than from Obama.

So, here's a fact you should know: Barack Obama hired the DLC's chief economist to advise him on health care; this particular advisor is a free-market advocate on health care policy. Under Barack Obama, there will be no universal health care:

http://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2008/ 02/20/audiology-of-hope-360-special-topi cs-in-health-care-finance/

But, there are many "facts" in addition to the "facts" you are regurgitating from a DailyKos diarist, who is clearly not "objective." You must examine facts as a whole, and within the context of all legislation.

The truth is that both Clinton and Obama are JUNIOR SENATORS for their respective states. That means that it's extremely difficult to write, introduce and get passed any legislation that originates with them. That is the way the system works.

So, with that in mind, here are the records of the two JUNIOR Senators with regarding bills they've written, introduced and gotten passed:

110th Congress, Clinton: no bills; Obama: no bills.

Here are the two bills that Barack Obama has written, introduced and gotten passed since he's been in the Senate:

109th Congress, Obama:

S.2125 : A bill to promote relief, security, and democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. . .

S.3757 : A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 950 Missouri Avenue in East St. Louis, Illinois, as the "Katherine Dunham Post Office Building. . .

109th Congress, Clinton:

S.2376 : A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 80 Killian Road in Massapequa, New York, as the "Gerard A. Fiorenza Post Office Building". For further action, see H.R.3934, which became Public Law 109-255 on 8/1/2006.

S.2722 : A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 170 East Main Street in Patchogue, New York, as the "Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy Post Office Building". Note: For further action, see H.R.4101, which became Public Law 109-256 on 8/1/2006.

S.3613 : A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2951 New York Highway 43 in Averill Park, New York, as the "Major George Quamo Post Office Building". Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 109-311

S.3910 : A bill to direct the Joint Committee on the Library to accept the donation of a bust depicting Sojourner Truth and to display the bust in a suitable location in the Capitol. Note: For further action, see H.R.4510, which became Public Law 109-427 on 12/20/2006.

108th Congress, Clinton:

S.1241 : A bill to establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site in the State of New York, and for other purposes. . .

S.1266 : A bill to award a congressional gold medal to Dr. Dorothy Height, in recognition of her many contributions to the Nation. . .

S.1425 : A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to reauthorize the New York City Watershed Protection Program. . .

S.2838 : A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 10 West Prospect Street in Nanuet, New York, as the "Anthony I. Lombardi Memorial Post Office Building. . .

S.2839 : A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 555 West 180th Street in New York, New York, as the "Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda Post Office. . .

http://prorev.com/2008/02/great-achievem ents-of-hillary-clinton.html

What are their voting records?

How did they vote during their Senate careers?

Clinton votes in the senate here:

http://www.votesmart.org/voting_category .php?can_id=55463

Barack Obama votes in the senate here:

http://www.votesmart.org/voting_category .php?can_id=9490

by Tennessean 2008-02-21 05:47AM | 0 recs
Re: You just Regurgitated a pro-Obama Diary...

The point is that the diary was NOT pro-Obama at the onset, despite the fact that that was the resulting opinion of the diarist. It was an unbiased, well researched post that referenced public record provided by our Library of Congress. I certainly didn't post it here for "fun" knowing the animosity  between the dkos & MyDD communities. I simply provided it as a neutral, factual reference. I contemplated just copy/pasting the facts and omitting the diarists personal comments, but I did not want someone to reply with an insinuation that I was trying to hide anything, especially the source who researched the information as well as where the information was posted. I just wanted the facts to be available to the huge amount of people who are screaming for them regardless of who posted them and where. The primary source of the facts is all that matters in my opinion.

by VT COnQuest 2008-02-21 12:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

thank you so much for this posting.

I too support Hillary and I must say that lately, after the tearing down of our Clinton legacy that the Obamabots and MSM have done, I am so uncomfortable with them that I too think McCain will get my vote should Hillary not win the nomination. She has worked so hard for us and I hope the next big states remember that and carry us forward to the nomination.

Hillary 08

by ginaswo 2008-02-21 05:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

My spouse, who is a teamster, supports Hillary Clinton, as do I. He and I both were so sad to see that they abandoned the candidate who has been such a supporter for the Teamsters for so many years, and gave their support to a candidate who absolutely does not support unions. It was  heartbreaking news for us.

by Tennessean 2008-02-21 05:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

Thank you, great diary. Reminded me all over again why I am so devoted to getting her elected.

by bayareavoter 2008-02-21 05:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Heart of a Champion

 I'm an Obama supporter, and find what you've written to be inspiring.

 That's the best pro-Hillary piece I've read.  Well said.  Senator Clinton is fortunate to have such a passionate and articulate advocate.

cheers,

DD

by ddrennon 2008-02-21 07:12AM | 0 recs

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