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Hillary has the nomination in her hand...if she wants it

Original post made by Gary, Downtown North, on Apr 28, 2008

The Dem super delegates would be crazy to go with Obama, after all this hatred from Rev. Wright. I think Hillary will get the nod.

I support McCain, on balance, so I suppose I would prefer Obama, at this point. However, Barack threw his own grandmother under the bus, instead of his scumbag minsiter. Too late, now. All Hillary needs to do is let Barack be Obama.


I predict it will be Clinton vs. McCain.

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Posted by pam
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 28, 2008 at 9:17 pm

gary is right, obama is so over.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2008 at 9:42 pm

Yes, Obama should be over, but do the superdelegates know?


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Posted by pam
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 28, 2008 at 10:41 pm

the supers are sweating this out, because so many of them jumped on obama's bandwagon when he looked like the winner. so now they have to back out - or they have to risk alienating youth and blacks. it's a big problem because obama is essentially finished. he's not a bad guy but there is nothing of substance there besides fancy words. no way he would win key states. lastest ap polls show hillary up by 9 points over mccain. here's a fun interactive map Web Link


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Posted by Mark
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Apr 29, 2008 at 3:25 pm

I'd be willing to bet on McCain crushing Hillary in the fall. Obama says he is a uniter, and he seems to be right inasmuch as he does have some universal appeal. On the other hand Hillary has shown an uncanny ability to polarize the population and inspire feelings of intense ire among her detractors.


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Posted by Kerry
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 29, 2008 at 3:31 pm

Barack is now trying to recover, but he only gets in deeper. He spent 20 years with this guy, Wright. It is much more than a "distraction", as some pundits describe it. He is now claiming that he has just discovered that Wright contradicts what he (Obama) believes. Simply not believable.

Barack should apologize to his own grandma, and then take on each and every disgusting comment from Wright, examine each in detail, and refute them. Nothing else will suffice.

Obama is a bright guy, and very articulate. However, he lacks the wisdom and integrity that comes with age and experience. This is not his time.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2008 at 4:03 pm

What is more concerning, is that this guy is only Barack's "former" pastor because of the publicity. If none of this had come out, Barack would still be there in the pew every Sunday. Barack left this congregation because of his political aspirations. I suspect that once he is back in the land of not being noticed, he will return to his former spiritual home from wherever he may be pc in attending now.


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Posted by so
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2008 at 4:25 pm

but who gave Wright the forum to speak..... Hillary.
Pretty dirty politics to get Wright to go to the National Press Club.

I think McCain could leverage this, but I dont think he will.


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Posted by pam
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 29, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Web Link
the media is finally starting to get it, Obama cannot beat mccain. i said that from the start; he just doesn't 'work' for the lunch bucket crowd. it's no surprise that he's liked in pa though, there aren't many lunch buckets here. hillary will be the nominee and beat mccain


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Posted by Jane
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 29, 2008 at 7:48 pm



I never had sexual relations with that pastor.

I am outraged by the comments that Wright made.

The person that I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago.

He was not the person I heard every Sunday for the last 20 years.

His comments yesterday were not only divisive and destructive...

but they give comfort to those who prey on hate.

I never heard any of these inflammatory statements before.

I discovered yesterday that I really didn't know my spiritual advisor of the last two decades.

In other words...

...I never inhaled his wisdom.

What??!? Hell, it worked for Bubba!!


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Posted by some other guy
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 30, 2008 at 1:43 pm

If you can't play the race card, play the guilt-by-association card. It worked against Mike Dukakis, that "card-carrying member of the ACLU".

Both democratic candidates are starting to look unseemly -- Barack as the victim of this smear campaign, and Hillary and her pet pit bull Bill for piling on. They're fairly handing the presidency over to that old geezer McCain, who would just as soon make Iraq the 51st state. Americans are so gullible. They got duped in 2000 and 2004, and they're going to get duped again in 2008.


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 30, 2008 at 1:43 pm

I guess if you can't beat them, join them ... Hillary joins McCain in supporting summertime repeal of the federal gas tax. What a joke! The futures market will see this raising demand and the resultant price increase will eat up any meager gas savings people might have seen from this pandering move. Well, we can always tax the oil and gas windfall profits to make up the lost revenue ... that will surely encourage lower gas prices too. At least Obama has (so far) had the spine to avoid this particular populist posturing => bad energy policy.
Even if Hillary mangles her way into the nomination and somehow avoids certain defeat by McCain, her presidency would be largely ineffectual. This country has big problems that will require a different level of bi-partisan cooperation to even begin addressing. If you think Hillary can in any way unite the country to work together through difficult times, I've got a bridge to sell to you in Palo Alto... or perhaps you think Hillary can just force her proposed policies through because she is "tough". I believe that is what she attempted to do the last time health-care reform was on the table...

lets be realistic ... both Dem candidates have electability issues. If this were not the case, given the current state of the union under a Republican administration, McCain would be writing his concession speech already

Hillary ... woman, polarizing/unpopular, not very good at ducking sniper fire!
Obama ... black, relatively limited/unknown track record, doesn't wear a flag lapel pin!

I don't know if either of them could overcome these issues in the general election (especially the lack of the flag lapel pin!). There are certainly groups out there that will be eager to exploit both candidates perceived weaknesses and detract from rational discussion of issues. While I agree that Hillary's campaign would be more willing and able to engage with the mud-slinging in the general election, I don't think that helps the country much. Its clear to me that Obama has more potential as an effective leader than Hillary. Hillary would probably do more in the nuts-and-bolts senate proceedures and policy arena than she could do in the leadership role of the presidency.



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Posted by Elk
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 1, 2008 at 2:05 am

Dan writes,
lets be realistic ... both Dem candidates have electability issues. <snip>

Hillary ... woman, polarizing/unpopular, not very good at ducking sniper fire!

Obama ... black, relatively limited/unknown track record, doesn't wear a flag lapel pin!

Dan, you're working off the assumption that only closed-minded white guys vote.


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Midtown
on May 1, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Elk wrote:

Dan, you're working off the assumption that only closed-minded white guys vote.

Not at all. You must live a very sheltered life to believe only "white guys" can be swayed by "close-minded" opinions, especially when the press goes out of its way to emphasize irrelevant "stories" about the candidates over substantive questions of leadership quality and policy direction. I often wonder how much of the news coverage for the campaign is realistic and how much is determined solely by the stories the press decides to beat to death. Which candidate has momentum? Depends on how the story is covered, the questions are worded and how they decide to break down polling along gender, racial, religious or socio-economic lines. One thing I do know is that in any close election, with the electoral system that we have, its best not to have any sizeable group dead set against you from the start.


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Posted by ol' lady
a resident of Midtown
on May 1, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Dan, looks like you are saying that the media has far too much power to shape elections. They pick their favorite, and then cover, cover, cover.

Their favorite is ALWAYS the furthest left candidate. Always amazes me since the first thing to go as a country moves left is freedom of speech, and more government control of the press.

Welcome to the world we Republicans have known for over 40 years.


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