The obama sweep

Barack Obama is now leading Hillary Clinton in golden nuggets, sorry I meant delegates ,see (RCP). After Supa Dupa Tuesday with no clear front runner I think it is fair to say that this weekend was an Obama weekend. He literally cleaned Hillary Clinton’s clock, winning every primary and caucus in every state. Clean sweep, landslide, tsunami what ever you want to call it, he won and won by a big margins. To finish it all off he also beat the Bill Clinton to win a Grammy in the category “Best Spoken Word” for his book The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.”

If you are a politics junkie like me this sweep comes as no surprise, but the media tries to frame this victory as if it was not expected. Of course they have to it ramp up and sensationalize everything for maximum effect. All the polls and the demographics of the electorate were in his favor. Large African-American voters in Louisiana, the latte liberals in Washington state and small red states like Nebraska has for the most part supported Obama.

The calendar is looking especially good for the senator from Illinois with polls predicting another sweep this Tuesday as Maryland, DC and the biggest prize Virginia go to the polls. All states have a substantial African American electorate that supports Obama over whelming similar to how Latinos support Hillary Clinton in California. Virginia is said to have highly educated, upper income electorate who is another strong group who tend to vote for Obama.

With all of this said I have sworn off polls after the New Hampshire surprise but the truth is I can not help but read those polls in all its statistical juice details. Clinton is known to make comebacks unforeseen. She still has the white middle age female vote locked and of course as I said earlier Latinos. She has played the gender card hard and it probably is helping her and hurting her at the same time. She is literally painting herself with the “female candidate” brush contrary to Obama who does not campaign on neither gender nor race. Hillary is playing identity politics and catering too much to her female friends. Obama is now winning the white males, a group in my opinion she is not courting.

What does all of this tells me, well there are great divides based on gender, class and race. Hillary Clinton has maxed out her female and Latino supporters and she needs to court other demographics if she want to derail Obama’s momentum. I mean why should I vote for you if you don’t even care about me. I saw a few comments on some blogs where some people are saying men are sexists because they now support a male candidate. Female voters have long voted for Hillary Clinton in large numbers. Why is it when females vote for females it is not an issue, but if it’s the other way around men are sexist. This is just apart of double standards in many society.

The same can be said about race. The Clintons including the shameless Bill Clinton has tried to paint Barack Obama as the “black” candidate hoping to make the election based on race. It didn’t work. Now you see him in black churches on television trying to make nice to the blacks, very unconvincing I might add. Either way Hillary Clinton does win the white vote marginally. It in the media that there are tensions between blacks and Latinos (blacks and browns) which is why they are reluctant to vote for not just for Obama but any black candidate.

There are also the generational fights with older folks supporting Clinton who is in her 60s and what my mother condescendingly refer to as the “American idol crowd” going for Barack Obama.

When I see the electorate split up like this it worries me a little because in no country should an electorate support a candidate based on race, gender or shoes color. The issues are too important.

Both are excellent candidates, although I find in very distasteful how the Clintons treated Obama earlier in the campaign. I once said it was un-forgivable how they played the race card. It will be interesting to see if African Americans support Hillary Clinton if she becomes the nominee for the Democratic party. Hillary is very intelligent and very capable. I think she would be a very good president. So why do I support Barack, I once saw a comment on a blog where someone said:

“Barack Obama is a leader and Hillary Clinton is the administrative help”

The truth is there are real differences between these two candidates leadership style. Barack is a more idealistic and visionary person. He looks at the bigger picture. At the end of this post will be the text from the Jefferson Dinner speech which I think address this issue eloquently. Mrs. Clinton on the other hand seem to be bogged down with administrative details. She has a manager style, Barack is more the chief executive running the company. I think a leader must be cable to envision the future they want to create. You can know every thing about the company and running it smoothly with the existing structure, but as Barack has said there is a need for change. It is the CEO who can innovate, inspire and truly carry the country in a new direction.

Another thing is Hillary Clinton gets a C- for working well with others. Just observing her now and past incidents shows that she is kind of “pushy”. The republicans relish a fight with the Clintons whom they hate. Hillary does not make this any easier as she is seen as a very divisive person.

She criticized Obama in the debates for saying he is willing to sit down and talk to the Irans and North Koreas of the world. I like Barack’s response. He quoted JFK who said it well

“We should not negotiate out of fear, but never fear to negotiate”.

I think to make progress with the so called axis of evil, dialogue is important especially after the cowboy diplomacy of Bush/Cheney. Besides it was her husband’s administration that sent Madeline Albright to North Korea many times not just to talk but gave them oil and aide. At the same times they were enriching uranium behind the curtains.

The Clinton name is easily associated with the economic boom of the nineties; on the other hand Barack Obama name is closer to a terrorist. I have read and heard many discussions that people expect the US economy to pick up if Hillary becomes president. I am no econ guru but this notion is grossly misguided. First even if Bill Clinton plays a major role in her presidency it is hard to re-create the wonders of days gone by and I am not being cynical. For the most part I think government policy can drive an economy but for the most part all economies go through the inevitable business cycle of inflation-deflation, up-down, expansion-recession. Bill Clinton was lucky to take office just as the economy was turning around and the internet revolution was starting. The so called dot-com bubble has come and gone and the Clintons can not take credit for it. Besides much of the record profits that many of the fortunes 500 companies where making was later found out to be a colossal fraud. Bush inherited the corporate scandals of Arthur Anderson, MCI and who can for get Enron.

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Remarks of Senator Barack ObamaVirginia Jefferson-Jackson Dinner
Saturday, February 9th, 2008
Richmond, Virginia

It has now been one year since we began this campaign for the presidency on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois – just me and 15,000 of my closest friends.

At the time, there weren’t too many who imagined we’d be standing where we are today. I knew I wouldn’t be Washington’s favorite candidate. I knew we wouldn’t get all the big donors or endorsements right off the bat. I knew I’d be the underdog in every contest from January to June. I knew it wouldn’t be easy.

But then something started happening. As we met people in their living rooms and on their farms; in churches and town hall meetings, they all started telling a similar story about the state of our politics today. Whether they’re young or old; black or white; Latino or Asian; Democrat, Independent or even Republican, the message is the same:

We are tired of being disappointed by our politics. We are tired of being let down. We’re tired of hearing promises made and ten-point plans proposed in the heat of a campaign only to have nothing change when everyone goes back to Washington. Because the lobbyists just write another check. Or because politicians start worrying about how they’ll win the next election instead of why they should. Or because they focus on who’s up and who’s down instead of who matters.

And while Washington is consumed with the same drama and division and distraction, another family puts up a For Sale sign in the front yard. Another factory shuts its doors forever. Another mother declares bankruptcy because she cannot pay her child’s medical bills.

And another soldier waves goodbye as he leaves on another tour of duty in a war that should’ve never been authorized and never been waged. It goes on and on and on, year after year after year.

But in this election – at this moment – Americans are standing up all across the country to say, not this time. Not this year. The stakes are too high and the challenges too great to play the same Washington game with the same Washington players and expect a different result. And today, voters from the West Coast to the Gulf Coast to the heart of America stood up to say that it is time to turn the page. We won Louisiana, and Nebraska, and the state of Washington, and I believe that we can win in Virginia on Tuesday if you’re ready to stand for change.

Each of us running for the Democratic nomination agrees on one thing that the other party does not – the next President must end the disastrous policies of George W. Bush. And both Senator Clinton and I have put forth detailed plans and good ideas that would do just that.

But I am running for President because I believe that to actually make change happen – to make this time different than all the rest – we need a leader who can finally move beyond the divisive politics of Washington and bring Democrats, Independents, and Republicans together to get things done. That’s how we’ll win this election, and that’s how we’ll change this country when I am President of the United States.

This week we found out that the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party is Senator John McCain. Now, John McCain is a good man, an American hero, and we honor his half century of service to this nation. But in this campaign, he has made the decision to embrace the failed policies George Bush’s Washington.

He speaks of a hundred year war in Iraq and sees another on the horizon with Iran. He once opposed George Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthiest few who don’t need them and didn’t ask for them. He said they were too expensive and unwise. And he was absolutely right.

But somewhere along the line, the wheels came off the Straight Talk Express because he now he supports the very same tax cuts he voted against. This is what happens when you spend too long in Washington. Politicians don’t say what they mean and they don’t mean what they say. And that is why in this election, our party cannot stand for business-as-usual in Washington. The Democratic Party must stand for change.

This fall, we owe the American people a real choice.

It’s a choice between debating John McCain about who has the most experience in Washington, or debating him about who’s most likely to change Washington. Because that’s a debate we can win.

It’s a choice between debating John McCain about lobbying reform with a nominee who’s taken more money from lobbyists than he has, or doing it with a campaign that hasn’t taken a dime of their money because we’ve been funded by you – the American people.

And it’s a choice between taking on John McCain with Republicans and Independents already united against us, or running against him with a campaign that’s united Americans of all parties around a common purpose.

There is a reason why the last six polls in a row have shown that I’m the strongest candidate against John McCain. It’s because we’ve done better with Independents in almost every single contest we’ve had. It’s because we’ve won in more Red States and swing states that the next Democratic nominee needs to win in November.

Virginia Democrats know how important this is. That’s how Mark Warner won in this state. That’s how Tim Kaine won in this state. That’s how Jim Webb won in this state. And if I am your nominee, this is one Democrat who plans to campaign in Virginia and win in Virginia this fall.

We are here to make clear that this election is not between regions or religions or genders. It’s not about rich versus poor; young versus old; and it is not about black versus white.

It is about the past versus the future. The Republicans in Washington are already running on the politics of yesterday, which is why our party must be the party of tomorrow. And that is the party I will lead as President of the United States.

I know what it takes to pass health care reform because I’ve done it — not by demonizing anyone who disagrees with me, but by bringing Democrats and Republicans together to provide health insurance to 150,000 children and parents in Illinois.

And when I am President, we’ll pass universal health care not in twenty years, not in ten years, but by the end of my first term in office. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Senator Ted Kennedy recently said that he wouldn’t have endorsed me if he didn’t believe passionately that I will fight for universal health care as President. And if there’s someone who knows something about health care, it’s Ted Kennedy.

My plan would bring down premiums for the typical family by $2500 a year. We’d ban insurance companies from denying you coverage because of a pre-existing condition. We’d allow every American to get the same kind of health care that members of Congress get for themselves. And the one difference between my plan and Senator Clinton’s plan is that she said she’d ‘go after’ your wages if you don’t buy health care. Well I believe the reason people don’t have health care isn’t because no one’s forced them to buy it, it’s because no one’s made it affordable – and that’s why we bring down the cost of health care more than any other plan in this race.

It’s also time to bring the cost of living down for working families who are struggling in this economy like never before. They’re facing rising costs and falling wages, and we owe it to them to end the Bush-McCain tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% and put a tax cut into the pockets of the families who need it.

That’s what I did in Illinois when I brought Democrats and Republicans together to provide $100 million in tax relief to working families and the working poor, and that’s the kind of tax relief I’ll provide as President.

I will end the tax breaks for companies who ship our jobs overseas and give a middle-class tax break to 95% of working Americans. And homeowners who are struggling. And seniors who deserve to retire with dignity and respect. And I won’t wait another ten years to raise the minimum wage in this country – I will raise it to keep pace with inflation every single year.

It’s also time to give every child, everywhere, a world-class education, from the day they’re born to the day they graduate college. I am only here today because somebody, somewhere, gave my father a ticket to come study in America. Because my mother got the opportunity to put herself through graduate school. Because even though we didn’t have much growing up, I got scholarships to go to some of the best schools in the country. That’s the chance I believe every child should have.

When I am President, we will give our children the best possible start by investing in early childhood education. We’ll stop talking about how great our teachers are, and start rewarding them for their greatness, with better pay and more support. And we will provide every American with a $4,000 a year tax credit that will finally help make a college education affordable and available for all.

And when I am President, this party will be the party that finally makes sure our sons and daughters don’t grow up in a century where our economy is weighed down by our addiction to oil; our foreign policy is held hostage to the whims of dictators; and our planet passes a moment of no return.

When I called for higher fuel efficiency standards, I didn’t do it in front of an environmental group in California – I did it in front of the automakers in Detroit. Now it was pretty quiet – I didn’t get a lot of applause. But we need leadership that tells the American people not just what they want to hear, but what we need to know. That’s why I will set the goal of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, and we will meet it – with higher fuel standards and new investments in renewable fuels that will create millions of new jobs and entire new industries right here in America.

Finally, it is time to turn the page on eight years of a foreign policy that has made us less safe and less respected in the world. If I am the nominee of this party, John McCain will not be able to say that I agreed with him on voting for the war in Iraq; agreed with him on giving George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran; and agree with him in embracing the Bush-Cheney policy of not talking to leaders we don’t like. Because that doesn’t make us look strong, it makes us look arrogant. John F. Kennedy said that you should never negotiate out of fear, but you should never fear to negotiate. And that’s what I will do as President. I don’t just want to end this war in Iraq, I want to end the mindset that got us into war. It is time to turn the page.

This is our moment. This is our time for change. Our party – the Democratic Party – has always been at its best when we’ve led not by polls, but by principle; not by calculation, but by conviction; when we’ve called all Americans to a common purpose – a higher purpose.

We are the party of Jefferson, who wrote the words that we are still trying to heed – that all of us are created equal – that all of us deserve the chance to pursue our happiness.

We’re the party of Jackson, who took back the White House for the people of this country.

We’re the party of a man who overcame his own disability to tell us that the only thing we had to fear was fear itself; who faced down fascism and liberated a continent from tyranny.

And we’re the party of a young President who asked what we could do for our country, and the challenged us to do it.

That is who we are. That is the Party that we need to be, and can be, if we cast off our doubts, and leave behind our fears, and choose the America that we know is possible. Because there is a moment in the life of every generation, if it is to make its mark on history, when its spirit has to come through, when it must choose the future over the past, when it must make its own change from the bottom up.

This is our moment. This is our message – the same message we had when we were up, and when we were down. The same message that we will carry all the way to the convention. And in seven months time we can realize this promise; we can claim this legacy; we can choose new leadership for America. Because there is nothing we cannot do if the American people decide it is time.

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~ by RB on February 11, 2008.

2 Responses to “The obama sweep”

  1. The Clinton campaign didn’t have a healthcare plan befor it felled and they don’t have one now. Well to be honest, if everyone is a goverment employee, then the Clinton healthcare plan will work for everyone. Unfortunately some are self employed, independent contractors or work for private employors or small business. Under the Clinton healthcare plan these people would be penalized if they don’t pay for their healthcare. This means that most of your family members and friends will have their paychecks garnished. We all know that it doesn’t stop their if it is a goverment enforcement. There will be fines and then misdemeanors which is a criminal offense defined as less serious than a felony. Why did Ms. Clinton decide on this approach? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out. Big business, big Corporation call it what you will, they want their money back and in order for Ms. Clinton to get their support in her race to presidency she is giving victory to one side (the healthcare providers) by promising to them that she will have the poeople wages garnished if they continue to give healthcare. Thus allowing her to shout the words “UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE” This is a shady tactic and makes fools out of every american that falls for trick. The Obama healthcare plan is for the people. Poor people, middle class and rich people can rest assured that there is no tricks or penalties in the Obama healthcare plan. VOTE OBAMA!!

  2. Obama made a great point about his healthcare plan which I think is very important and that is bringing down costs. How are people going to pay for healthcare if it is not affordable. I find it very silly to say you are promising universal healthcare if you are going to FORCE people to buy insurance.

    I think you made a good point about the healthcare providers and Hillary’s plan, they sure contributed alot of money to her and this is a nice way to pay them off by forcing everyone to buy health insurance. Obama has made it clear that when he is president the healthcare providers will have a seat at the table but they will not run his white house because they have not funded his campaign something Hillary Clinton can not attest to.

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