The Polls Going Into Tuesday’s Primaries in OR and KY

May 19, 2008

New polls show Sen. Hillary Clinton with a commanding lead going into the Kentucky primary, while Sen. Barack Obama holds a comfortable one in Oregon.

Those two states, which hold contests Tuesday, are expected to do little more than illustrate the divide between Democratic voters in selecting a presidential candidate.

Clinton leads the latest CNN “poll of polls” — an average of multiple polls — in Kentucky, 58 percent to 28 percent. Kentucky is dominated by working-class voters, which has been a source of support for Clinton throughout the prolonged primary season.

Obama’s base of support — young and higher-educated voters — are better represented in Oregon, and a poll of polls there reflects that demographic: The senator from Illinois holds a 50 percent to 40 percent advantage over Clinton.

The former first lady is campaigning Monday in Kentucky, while former President Clinton and daughter Chelsea are on the trail in Oregon.

Obama spoke Sunday in front of what his campaign called his biggest audience to date — 75,000 people on the banks of the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon.

Obama will campaign Monday in Montana, which, along with South Dakota, will hold the last contests of the primary season on June 3. Democratic voters in Puerto Rico will cast their ballots June 1.
Clinton on Sunday told voters in Kentucky that she’s “running for the toughest job in the world.”

Speaking in Bowling Green, the senator from New York said it was a “treat” to have the whole state to herself since Obama would not be returning there.

Clinton has faced calls to drop out of the race since she trails Obama across all fronts — in pledged delegates, superdelegates and the popular vote.

Clinton recently has argued she has a lead over Obama in the popular vote, counting the Florida and Michigan primaries. Video Watch why Clinton says she’s ahead »

But the Democratic National Committee stripped Florida and Michigan of their delegates for scheduling their primaries too early, and Clinton was the only top-tier candidate whose name was on the ballot in Michigan.

Clinton’s campaign also excludes caucus states in its popular vote count.

Obama leads Clinton in total delegates, 1,904 to 1,717, according to a CNN survey. A candidate needs 2,026 to clinch the Democratic nomination.

Clinton on Sunday encouraged her Kentucky supporters to vote, saying, “If we get everybody turned out, it’s going to send a great message to our country that you don’t stop democracy in its tracks.”

She said, “You don’t tell some states that they can’t vote and other states that have already had the opportunity that they’re somehow more important.”

In considering which candidate to vote for, she told the crowd to “think about this as a hiring decision.”

“Come out and vote for me on Tuesday. I’ll work my heart out for you,” she said.

Meanwhile Obama, who’s been campaigning in Oregon, focused his attacks on Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee.

Obama on Sunday suggested that McCain hasn’t received the kind of scrutiny that he’s received throughout the campaign.

“It is very understandable that the press focus has been on myself and Sen. Clinton because this has been a pretty exciting race on the Democratic side. I would expect that the press will submit him to the same scrutiny that they are submitting me,” he said at a senior center in Gresham. 

Obama also detailed his plans to strengthen Social Security. Part of his proposal includes eliminating income taxes for seniors making less than $50,000 a year.

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Obama made low-key campaign stops this weekend, hitting a street festival in Keizer and stopping for ice cream in Eugene.The last time Oregon carried much weight in the primary season was in 1968, when Sen. Robert Kennedy campaigned for the Democratic nomination.

This story found @ CNN.com

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After Pennsylvania The Polls Say…

April 23, 2008

The Gallup Daily

National
Obama 50, Clinton 42
McCain 46, Obama 45… McCain 47, Clinton 46

Rasmussen Reports

National
Obama 48, Clinton 43
McCain 47, Obama 44… McCain 47, Clinton 44

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What The Hell Is A Democrat?

April 15, 2008

Let me start off by saying that the principles and concepts that make each what they are has completely flip-flopped at least once in the history of the United States.  In the time of Lincoln, the Democrats might have been mistaken for their Republican counterparts of current day.  Republicans in Lincoln’s time might even be called liberal.  They supported ending slavery.  Republicans of today have been associated with Southern, Conservative ideals, and people like David Duke and Strom Thurmond exemplify what may finally be changing.

Liberal Democrats might assume the origin of the statement, “Government does not belong in my wallet or my bedroom” is firmly locked in the history of the Democratic movement.  They could not be more wrong.  Barry Goldwater, the pinnacle of conservatism and an icon in the modern-day Republican party, coined that term, a principle that is now held close by the Libertarians.  Since before the era of Carter, there has been a slow and steady move towards one, moderate political consolidation of the two-party system.  About the time Ross Perot reaered his ugly head, whispers among analysts and academicians introduced the concept 3 parties.  Not necessarily the origin of the concept, but it seemed as though Ross Perot was the loudest of any current examples.

**It is interesting to note that during the GW Bush’s first campaign, McCain was running as an independent.  At one point in that electon cycle, McCain was being considered as a potential running mate for John Kerry, the Democratic nominee.  Now, he claims to have always been a conservative.  A very close friend of his, Hillary Clinton, was a Republican before she ever even considered being a Democrat.  The lines are not blurry, they were bleached away and wiped off with our political system’s integrity…. or what’s left of it.

What the hell is a Democrat?  What is a Republican?  The Republican Party, also known as The Good Old Party,  is slowly becoming the only party.  The far left is now what was once called the moderate middle.  From this point forward in this blog, I will speak about “Billary” because they are two parts of a whole. They floated through two terms together, and they will sink together and likely each other.  Since before the time of Clinton’s first term, I have asked why there is not a third choice, if not a fourth, fifth, or sixth choices?

Please, stop listening to speeches often written by speech-writers or whether or not they perform well on Saturday Night Live.  Look at their records.  See how they voted.  Look at the long-term effects.  I would now suggest that the massive surplus that happened during the pendulum swing towards Billary was merely done to have enough money for the GW Bush’s terms to spend on his own personal friends’ private contracts with the government and GW’s continuation of a family vendetta and quest for oil.  Recalling now infamous cries of “I didn’t inhale”, one might think there might have been progress on a failing drug policy in the United States during the Clinton Administration.  Quite the opposite.  3 Strikes, increasing mandatory minimums, and the largest number of non-violent drug users were locked up instead being given treatment all suggest that the social liberal was not truly liberal at all.

What the hell is a Democrat?  This year, I am voting Republicrat Arlen Specter!


“Mayor Charged, Bodies Found, Meat Plant Explodes, and Prior knowledge of Bridge Issues”

March 24, 2008

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March 9, 2008

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March 5, 2008

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