Hillary's Message to the Troops


via Time

Our next Commander in Chief sent a nice Christmas and Holiday message to the Troops.

I would like to send safe wishes to all our Troops around the Globe.

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3 Lobbyists on Obama's 08' Payroll

A Chicago Politician to the core. Don't forget about "hope" and the like.

Apparently, 3 of BO's aides were registered lobbyists for dozens of corporations (Wal-Mart, British Petroleum and Lockheed Martin, while they recieved paychecks for the campaign. You heard me correctly, registered lobbyists.

According to The Hill the presence of operatives with long clients lists on BO's campaign stands against his campaigning on the influence of special interests.

Jen Psaki, an Obama campaign spokeswoman, said no member of Obama's staff has lobbied since taking a full-time role with his campaign

Oh really?

Leaving a job temporarily to join a presidential campaign can enhance careers in the influence industry, said veteran lobbyists.

Yep, Politics as usual.

Teal Baker, who received her first payment from Obama's campaign on June 13, represented 18 corporations between Jan. 1 and June 30 of this year while working as a lobbyist for Podesta Group, a K Street powerhouse. Clients paid Podesta Group over $2 million during those six months for Baker and her colleagues to represent them, according to documents filed with the Senate Office of Public Records.

Clients such as Oshkosh Truck and Pinkerton Consulting paid more than $700,000 for Emmett Beliveau and his colleagues at Patton Boggs to represent them during the first half of 2007. Beliveau received a $3,050 payment from Obama's campaign for advance work on Feb. 21, a campaign finance report shows.

BO's campaign spokeswoman said that his lobbying and ethics reform plan would limit the influence of lobbyists on his administration if he were elected president.

Please read the entire article on this hypocrite.

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Ed Schulz's HRC Rant: "I'm done with the Clintons!"

I stopped listening to Ed Schulz about 2 months ago. I felt his comments regarding HRC were very biased and his comments regarding JRE and BO extremely accommodating.  I sent several emails expressing my displeasure about the show. I vowed that I would never listen again. However, today I decided to listen. Today was one of the most disgusting rants that I've heard to date.  

Here is the transcript of Schultz talking to a Phoenix caller, Carl. Carl said he was an undecided voter and hadn't made a decision on whom to vote.  Except with the caller here.

Schulz:

You hit the nail on the head my friend when you said that I'm not real happy with Hillary Clinton for not coming on this program. You are not embarrassing me. You are exactly right. And if you will notice a couple of things, I do not put surrogates on this program. I want the candidates. Barack Obama was on yesterday and John Edwards will be on tomorrow. Chris Dodd has been on repeatedly, I bet John Edwards has been on this program 15 times this year. We've had Richardson on, Kucinich in studio and on repeatedly, who benefits?

Let me point out that HRC has been on Ed's show 3 times this year, most recently in September. If this sounds disingenuous, you haven't read anything yet.

Schulz goes on to say:

We all have our issues, and something is really strange here. Does Hillary Clinton think that I am going to nail her? Does she think that this is some kind of torpedo thing or something? Every time the Bush white house gets in trouble they don't run, they sprint with a stopwatch to fox news.

"Every time the Bush white house gets in trouble they don't run..."? I've heard many say that Ed is a Right-wing plant. I've never thought that, but this comment is telling.

This is part of the fight of the culture of media access. And I am down on Biden and I am down on Hillary Clinton and I am not going to hide it. They are not helping Hartman out, they are not helping Rhodes out, they are not helping Stephanie Miller. I called Woody the other day and I asked `woody when was the last time that Hillary Clinton was on Bill Press show' `oh about 2 years ago.' That tells me that number one you don't give a dam, or you are afraid to talk to the base or you are afraid of the questions. You know what Hillary if you are afraid of the questions, if you are afraid of it Biden, I don't want you to be president of the United States.

Now Hillary has been called many things, but "afraid" isn't one of them.  

Schulz:

I carried more water for John Kerry than anybody on the radio in this country, day after day after day. I wanted Kerry to be the president of the United States. The listeners of this show wanted Kerry to be the president of the United States. Here I am fighting this battle. I'll give any of these candidates; don't give me your surrogates.

I listened to Ed many times during the 2004 Presidential cycle. I clearly remember Ed bad mouthing Kerry.

Carl:

Ok then why do you keep all these people that call your show Ed keep saying the same thing, it's not against the law to take money from these people that you guys don't want her to take money from. None of the candidates anybody can take the money from those people. I don't care if it is special interests or whatever, but you guys keep whining about her taking money from...

Schulz:

We give them a microphone and they don't even freaking use it. I am done with the Clintons. I'm done with the cheap shots. I'm done with the innuendos. I'm done with the blaming it on the Des Moines Register. Hillary I do not want you to be the nominee. Biden I do not want you to be the nominee. I'm taking a stand here and I am being self serving. Just like there are Americans out there being self serving about health care. Just like there are Americans out there being self serving about tax cuts or faith and politics. I can't believe that Barack Obama can call me yesterday from his bus just on a whim after we asked about it maybe an hour beforehand `hey we'd like to get you on talking about what the former president said about your experience.' `yea we'll make it happen.' Boom.

Schulz:

Carl you're a plant, you are not a core democrat. You're a plant and you know it, yes you are. Since I took the floor I am going to give you the final comment in fairness but I believe that you are a Clinton plant but go ahead

Carl:

I absolutely am not a Clinton plant and absolutely am not a full fledged Hillary supporter. I still have not made up my mind who I am voting for Ed. That is not a fair statement. You go on for almost 25 minutes, granted it is your show.

Something is fishy here. The thing that is puzzling to me is that Ed has ranted frequently about HRC. I noticed that the same day of the rant, Chris Matthews asks him on his show to "discuss" HRC.  Ed has mentioned many times in the past that he wants his own show.  Is Ed willing to take down HRC in the process? I was a HUGE Ed Schulz, but now I have no respect for him. What's Ed's beef with the Clintons?  If someone knows the answer, please enlighten me.

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Matt Stoller Targets Chelsea Clinton

I just read an extremely disturbing post by Taylor Marsh.

I have always felt that both Chris Bowers and Matt Stoller, even before they left MyDD were very unfair to HRC. However, I am a Clinton supporter and tend to take criticism of HRC and the Big Dog to heart. Both Chris and Matt have criticized HRC extensively on her policies and stances, which I believe to be fair game. But is targeting Chelsea Clinton fair game?

Matt insinuates in Is Clinton a Weaker General Election Candidate that Chelsea is "greedy" because she works for a Hedge Fund.

...the Clinton's have, how to put it, real character issues. I haven't written this before, because I don't believe in going after family members unless they make themselves an issue, but Chelsea Clinton, despite the opportunity to do anything she wants, chose to be a hedge fund manager. What does that say about the Clinton family commitment to public service?

Matt goes on to say:

I write this because Clinton is using her daughter in an ad that says 'My Mom taught me to stand up for myself, and to stand up for those who can't do it on their own', and then express pride at passing those values on to her daughter. What kind of value system is that? And what does it say that Clinton is bringing her daughter into the contest bragging about her daughter's greed? This is one small example (Mark Penn is another), but it's pretty clear that the Clinton's have become in some ways Bourbon-esque aristocrats.

Matt further says:

Clinton made a choice to bring her daughter into the Presidential contest. Why? I don't know. But if she's going to do that, then it makes sense to look at those values. And they don't show a commitment to public service, unless you think hedge fund work is public service.

Am I missing something here? What's the crime in Chelsea supporting her mother? What does her choice in careers have to do with anything? Wouldn't any daughter or son support their parent's choice or decision (unless you're Rudy Giuliani's children)?  Think about it.  Even Mitt Romney's children hold substantial roles in his campaign.

Please read Matt's post and Taylor's post in its entirety.  I agree with Taylor Marsh and find Matt's post to be over the line. Also it's Matt's blog, Open Left that proved the meme "Clinton's a Weaker General Candidate" is wrong when it did an Electoral College analysis using state-by-state, head-to-head candidate match-ups.  

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HRC's Getting Her MOJO Back

Beginning at 7:00 am on tomorrow HRC will appear on ABC's Good Morning America, NBC's Today, CBS' Early Show, Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends, MSNBC's Morning Joe and CNN's American Morning

http://thepage.time.com/2007/12/16/roadb locker/

With the DMR endorsement today and her appearance on all 6 morning shows tomorrow, it almost feels like Christmas, as this is a great gift. Clinton all day tomorrow! Ha!

Might I add that only HRC can command and get appearances on all 6 morning shows. This is very exciting indeed. I can't wait until tomorrow.

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HRC's NH Campaign Chair Resigns

UnionLeader.com has learned that HRC's NH Campaign Chair, Bill Shaheen has resigned.

Please read the entire article here:
http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx? headline=Bill+Shaheen+quits+Clinton+camp aign&articleId=dc2d70bc-80d7-4f6b-91 b9-96d299b34e33

In a statement given to UnionLeader.com, Shaheen said, "I would like to reiterate that I deeply regret my comments yesterday and say again that they were in no way authorized by Senator Clinton or the Clinton campaign. Senator Clinton has been running a positive campaign focused on the issues that matter to America's families. She is the best qualified to be the next President of the United States because she can lead starting on day one. I made a mistake and in light of what happened, I have made the personal decision that I will step down as the Co-Chair of the Hillary for President campaign. This election is too important and we must all get back to electing the best qualified candidate who has the record of making change happen in this country. That candidate is Hillary Clinton."

Hopefully, now we will be able to move on beyond this campaign gaffe and get back to politicking.

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New NY Times CBS Poll: HRC Runs Most Positive Campaign

According to the NY Times/CBS Poll out today, voters view HRC as running the most positive campaign. Seven in 10 DEM primary voters said HRC spent more time explaining, 4 times the number than attacking.

Interesting poll considering what has been said around here and other blogs all year long regarding HRC's divisiveness and negativity. You have been proven wrong once again. HRC is the most Positive Candidate.

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Targeting HRC's Pantsuits

I'm as fashion conscience as the rest, but there's some sick obsession with HRC choice of fashion. Using HRC's style meter for target jihad is nothing new for the MSM. Honestly, I think it is 'the thing to do' for journalists and the like to make sport of HRC on any chance and opportunity they get.

WaPo's Robin Givhan targets HRC yet again. Only this time she chooses to TARGET HRC's pantsuits and not her cleavage.

Read the entire article here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/08/AR2007120801502.html

The title of this sure to be "best seller" is, `Wearing the Pants: Envisioning a Female Commander-in-Chief'. Robin wants to know how many pantsuits HRC has in her 'closet' and does she wear them in the same combination more than once. Is Robin being serious here?  She goes on to say that HRC's pantsuit is her "uniform". Uniform? Robin speculates as to why HRC's wears the suits.

There are a host of reasons to explain Clinton's attachment to pantsuits. They are comfortable. They can be flattering, although not when the jacket hem aligns with the widest part of the hips (hypothetically speaking, of course). Does she even have hips?

Women have come a long way from the time when wearing a pair of pants was considered "borrowing from the boys." So it would be highly regressive to suggest that the candidate is using trousers to heighten the perception that she can be as tough as a man. And yet . . .

Robin digs a little deeper.  She asks, "Is even considering the senator's clothes a kind of chauvinistic assault?" Oh my Robin, you mean you really took the time to think about this one.

With the male candidates, the nuances of their attire matters: the fit of the suit collar, the color of the tie. But with Clinton, one must first get past distractions such as that pink blazer -- the one John Edwards didn't like so much -- before the details can be considered.

Robin says HRC has made a distinction between Senator Clinton and First Lady Clinton.

As first lady, she played to tradition, dutifully wearing skirts of an unflattering length and jackets shaped like a rectangle. But now it is not so far-fetched to believe that her wardrobe is a way of reminding voters that a woman can have as much peacock bravado as the boys.

Look, I'm tried of the double standard sexism in the MSM when it comes to HRC. Masslib1 formerly bookgrl covered this extensively in her diary  Please read: http://masslib1.mydd.com/story/2007/12/2 /183255/559

Why don't we talk about this stuff and call these chauvinist pigs on it, that includes Robin Givhan? I know Robin is doing her "fashion" job and all, but these sexist attacks on HRC has got to stop. This is no longer a "Man's World" for goodness sake. Let's stand up!

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HRC's Buddies Hit the Campaign Trail: Introduces Long Term Care Plan

HRC's "buddies", as she called them, her mother, Dorothy Rodham, who is is 88 years old and her daughter, Chelsea, who is 27 years old hit the campaign trail on Friday and Saturday.  "We're getting close to the caucuses. I always think it's better to go to the caucuses with a buddy. Today, I've got some buddies with me...", HRC said.

Please read 2 great articles here:
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/C LINTON_WOMEN?SITE=ORROS&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/ 12/08/long-term-care-a-focus-for-mrs-cli nton/

There's nothing like family coming out to support you.

The focus of her speeches on Friday and Saturday were women and long-term care. HRC announced her plan for tax breaks for long-term health care. She is pledging a $3,000 tax credit for care giving and a long-term care insurance tax credit. HRC also vowed to improve the quality of care and require background checks for workers in long-term facilities, and focused on the financial weight of families faced with caring for elderly parents and relatives. Finally she pledged $300 million yearly to support unpaid family caregivers'.

HRC said that her family is able to care for her mother as she ages. HRC feels fortunate the her mother lives with her and the Big Dog.

Hillary couldn't let the day pass without getting a dig in at the Repugs. Hillay said, "I will wage a winning campaign. The Republicans are not going to walk away from the White House without a fight...one thing you know about me is they've been after me for 15 years and I'm still here." Repugs are shaking in the boots and are rooting for Barry to win the DEM nomination. I watched a bit of the Oprah/Barry concert and a couple of Repugs called in and said they were considering supporting Barry. I bet they are!

HRC's mother comes out to support her daughter and media-shy Chelsea comes out to stomp for her mother.  This was a nice story and gave me goose bumps. My mother passed away when I was 5 years old and I haven't been blessed with any children yet. I am sure HRC felt safe and secure with her family standing there by her side.    

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HRC gets Personal

HRC sat down with Charlie Gibson and talked about her life while growing up in middle class IL. She talked about her hard working father, mother, fascination with Phebian, the Beatles, playing with the boys as a kid, being a college Republican, meeting the Big Dog, politics and the campaign.

Please watch a portion of the interview here; it runs about 7 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjkpHNubo os&eurl=http://www.hillaryhub.com/

The MSM has piled on for 1 month now. Last night, while watching Fox's Hannity and Colmes, some woman said, the Big Dog doesn't want HRC to win and that he wants to be the only DEM president this side of the century. Is that not the most ridiculous thing you have heard to date? This is what HRC has to put up with everyday.

HRC said in the interview, "...most days it is humbling and daunting...I am not asking for any special privilege or break; I am out there competing with the men, the way I used to with the boys in the neighborhood and it is challenging."

This was a great interview. You get to see the human side of HRC. Most HRC detractors have attempted to make her into this uncaring and unlikable woman. She is definitely none of that, as you will see from the interview.  

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