Rove Memo to Obama: Provides Republican Talking Points on How to Beat HRC

I just read a very, shall I say "interesting" article on the Financial Times online service cite.

Karl provides Barry with a memo-like correspondence, advising Barry how to beat HRC and that he must win Iowa or lose the race.

Why is Karl Rove giving Barry Repug talking points on how to BEAT HRC?

Read the entire article here:
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/dee0a6e8-a109- 11dc-9f34-0000779fd2ac.html

Karl says, "First, stop acting like a vitamin-deficient Adlai Stevenson. Striking a pose of being high-minded and too pure will not work. Americans want to see you scrapping and fighting for the job, not in a mean or ugly way but in a forceful and straightforward way." 

Karls goes on to say, "Hillary may come over as calculating and shifty but she looks in control." Barry has already used this one Karl.

Gee, thanks Karl for the advice!

Karl further says, "...focus on the fact that many Democrats have real doubts about Hillary. They worry she cannot win, will be a drag on the ticket and that if she got to the White House it would be a disaster."

"Many DEMS have real doubts about Hillary." Is he talking about the far left wing of our part?  Not stable minded DEMS, such as myself.

Karl goes on to say, "Hillary comes across as cold, distant and conspiracy-minded, more like Richard Nixon than her sunny, charming husband."

Is this guy for real? More like Richard Nixon. I can't want for the Barry campaign to use this one. Although, Barry's already used the cold, distant and conspriacy-minded thing.

This is just another way that the Repugs have choosen to interject themselves into a DEM primary and eventual choice for nominee. I don't find Karl very credible, but obviously Barry does. Look at Barry's record. Hasn't he already used most of Karl's advice and talking points. Please read the entire article, and you will see exactly what I am taking about.

Barry is ruthless. Barry and his campaign have shown its true colors over the past few months when it comes to mudslinging. The MSM just isn't covering it and has failed us once again.

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HRC Booed For Not Pandering

I just read an article from the Desmoines Register's online site and am extremely flabbergasted.

HRC was booed for not pandering.

Read the entire article here:
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pb cs.dll/article?AID=/20071201/NEWS/71201024/1001/RSS01

Also read Todd Beeton's live thread of the forum on the front page.

HRC was asked if she would make a pledge to give undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship in the first 100 days in office.

HRC replied, "...I have been favoring a plan to citizenship for years. I voted for it in the Senate, I have spoke out about it around Iowa and the country and in my campaign. And as president comprehensive immigration reform will be a high priority for me."

The questioner pressed HRC asking the question again. HRC stated that it was up to Congress to pass such reform, but as president she would do as much as possible.

Are we being realistic here?  100 days? Immigration in one the hottest issues for the upcoming election year. Why would this gentleman who asked the questions expect HRC to make such a pledge now, only to be scoffed at and destoryed by the right wing spin machine if she doesn't keep the pledge if she becomes our nominee.

I want comprehensive Immigration reform. I live in Houston, Texas,  where I am all too familiar with the effects of the open borders now.  Do you think any Republican would make such a pledge?  Not! They know what is at stake here. Frankly, I am surprised Dodd made the pledge. Is JRE in agreement with Dodd?  

This is a SURE loser for us in the GE. And we better make damn sure we put the right candidate up to take on the Republican nominee and the right wing spin that will surely occur on this issue.

I commend HRC for sticking to her guns and not pandering to the crowd. If you remember she didn't pander at the Kos forum when it came to lobbyists and question of contributions. She was bood there to.  

We need our next President to be truthful and to sometimes tell us things we do not want to hear. Immigration is to much of an important issue to be swift boated on in 2008.

Update [2007-12-2 10:31:58 by lonnette33]:There's another good article on Politico: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1207/7127.html

MSNBC and Chris Matthews Working Hard Against HRC

This really made my skin crawl last night. I wanted to jump through the television screen.  MSNBC and Chris Matthews "insinuated" that the Hostage situation was something like Hillary Clinton's "spin" thing.

MSNBC had on Cliff Van Zandt jabbering on about whether it was a "true" hostage situation. I get that he was trying to make a distinction regarding what the hostage taker's objectives were,  but the bottom line is that he TOOK hostages and they were in danger.

Then Chris Matthews had a segment "insinuating" that the Hostage situation was somehow not real and that Hillary was somehow spinning the situation.

Then Chris had a segment about Giuliani and his "sex on the city" issues. The segment was supposed to be about Giuliani; however, at the end of the segment he made a nasty comment about Bill having an affair on "campus" and "not on the city".

I am so tried of MSNBC and Chris Matthews.  Why do they continue their daily jabs at HRC and the Big Dog and let Chris Matthews, a slimy male chauvinist pig so-called journalist disparage the Clintons everyday?

I am not the best writer, but I wrote an email to MSNBC and Chris Matthews expressing my thoughts on this crap and their continual Clinton attacks. I hope others with follow and send them an email to.

MSNBC and Chris Matthews have gone too far and I have LOST all respect, what little I had for them.

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Icon Douglas Wilder cools on Obama

With all the talk around here that HRC is in free fall and Barry is on the surge. I was shocked to read and found it interesting that former Governor Wilder is backing off plans for a quickie endorsement of Barry and is going to stay neutral at this point.

I've read diary after diary for the past 2 weeks on MyDD, DailyKos, and OpenLeft and have read many comments from the Barry supporters pushing the "Barry surge".

Question: If Barry is surging then why did Wilder back off?

Wilder is an icon and was the first African American to be elected as governor of a U.S. state, and the second of three to serve as governor.

According to the Politico, "Wilder enjoys political gamesmanship and has a history of withholding favor, so his future intentions remain unclear."

Please read the entire article here:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/110 7/7093.html

Wilder said this, "As you know, I have not formally endorsed Mr. Obama, at this point, but as I have said to you people and you now, I'm leaning so strongly. I've been so impressed with his campaign of unity, of bringing people together, of freshness, of recognizing he is electable."

"...leaning so strongly" ?

Oh but that "bringing people together" mantra.

I think this is an interesting development considering this endorsement was played as Barry's biggest get AND with the much PUSHED and advertised Barry surge.

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Obama's campaign recommended controversial PAC Donations

The Washington Post is reporting that the "Hope" candidate Senator Barack Obama's campaign aka Barry helped recommend several of the donations his PAC made in recent months to politicians in key primary states.

Please read the entire article here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con tent/article/2007/11/29/AR2007112902229. html

The Obama campaign said is it confident it complied with law. Obama's Hopefund Inc. distributed more than $180,000.00 in donations to polictical groups and candidates in IA, NH and SC and more than $150,000.00 to federal candidates in many other states with primary dates through mid-Feb.

Obama stopped raising money for Hopefund when he announced his bid for President, but he continues to make donations from Hopefund Inc. as the primaries approach.

I think the FEC should look into this. These donations could be considerated in-kind contributions. An in-kind contribution is a non-cash input which can be given a cash value. The money is clearly being coordinated to be used to help the campaign in the early primary states.

I don't know about you all. But this stinks to high heaven. I find Barry's and Hopefund's actions quite shady considering Barry has made it a point to hit Clinton hard on lobbyists and the like.  I don't see how Obama should get a pass on his use of his PAC while attacking Hillary and others for engaging in politics as usual.

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Obama: "I would invite Bill Clinton to Join my Administration in a second."

Time magazine sat down with Barry in NH for a little conversation.

Please read the entire article here:
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/ 0,8599,1688930,00.html?xid=rss-nation

When asked if Gore would be a catalyst for concern about climate change? Barry said, "He has been working on this for decades. The country and the world caught up to him.

When asked if he would offer him (Gore) a job in an Obama Administratiion. Barry replied, "In a minute."

When asked about Bill Clinton, Barry, replied, "in a second."

Did Barry just acknowledge something here?

Barry, Barry, Barry!

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Obama Camp Spreads False Claim About HRC's Heathcare Plan

Yes, it is getting dirty.

Whatever happened to the politics of "hope"?  Barry has taken this campaign to another level. Oh yes, mudslinging is Barry's middle and last name.

Did HRC Oppose A Mandate In The 90s?

According to the Atlantic Umpire: "What Clinton opposed was an a la carte mandate proposed by John Chafee, one that would have scrapped the entire employer based system in favor of a government mandate that everyone purchase insurance -- without a government guarantee of help to those who couldn't afford it."

Please read the entire article here:
http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/arch ives/2007/11/atlantic_umpire_did_hrc_opp ose_1.php

This is what Barry wrote in his book "The Audacity of Hope", "...for that is how most of my colleagues, Republican and Democrat, enter the Senate...their words distorted, and their motives questioned..." 

Barry needs to actually read his book.

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Newt G. campaigning for Obama?

ABC news is reporting that Newt Gingrich predicts Obama will win the hotly contested vote in Iowa, saying the Obama will motivate more energized support than the former First Lady.

I love Newt campaigning for Obama. I believe this will hurt Obama with the most liberal members of our party. Read the article:
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/ 2007/11/gingrich-predic.html

Watch the full interview on Good Morning with Diane Sawyer here:
http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex? id=3918636

Also, ABC is still pushing the Zogby Poll as credence to Obama 'upsetting' Hillary's 'inevitability' and winning Iowa and Newt's assertion.

"In the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, shows a tight race in the Hawkeye State with Obama at 30 percent over Clinton at 26 percent, and both former Senator John Edwards, D-N.C., and Governor Bill Richardson, D-N.M., trailing with 22 and 11 percent respectively."

Will Newt's support hurt or help Obama?  

This is not a great diary, but yall get my point!

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The Chelsea Factor

Now that her mother is running for POTUS, the question is how much Chelsea Clinton will campaign?




The New York Times writes:

Asked which parent Chelsea Clinton most resembles, friends tick through the mother-daughter similarities. There is the habit of pre-empting questions by asking lots of them. The passionate interest in health care. The tendency to sound a bit scripted when talking about policy, even in private. The way both borrowed on family contacts to establish post-White House careers, but won over skeptical colleagues with their diligence and enthusiasm.

When Mrs. Clinton first ran for the Senate, her 20-year-old daughter crisscrossed New York State by her side. Now, at 27, Ms. Clinton is still clapping and beaming on her parents' behalf, accompanying them on trips (recently, to Aspen, Colo., Germany and Israel), fund-raising ( she helped bring in more than $20 million for her father's foundation this fall) and playing a more glamorous version of her lifelong role: model daughter.

Watch the video.

http://video.on.nytimes.com/?fr_story=8e 7d0f70f97bc1bd4da3e70cda2bb756e547eb3b

Read the article in the New York Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/31/us/pol itics/31chelsea.html?n=Top%2fReference%2 fTimes%20Topics%2fPeople%2fC%2fClinton%2 c%20Chelsea

I am expecting a Chelsea debut sooner rather then later. She campaigned for Kerry/Edwards and did extremely well.  She seemed to be very comfortable campaigning for Kerry/Edwards. She definitely humanizes both Hillary and Bill.  

What you think? How will Chelsea be utilized and when?

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