Between Barack and a Hard Place

It was only a matter of time before I used that corny line.

This Saturday Barack Obama swept the states of Louisiana (57-36%), Nebraska (68-32%), and Washington (68-31%), as well as the Virgin Islands (90-8%). He increased his delegate count to pull within striking range of Hillary’s lead; they now stand at 1123 Clinton, 1120 Obama.

The Democratic battle continues today with Maine’s primary, where 34 delegates will be awarded.  Then Tuesday are the contests in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, awarding 38, 99, and 101 delegates respectively.  Current polls show Obama with double-digit leads in the delegate-rich states of Maryland and Virginia.

In the Republican contest, Mike Huckabee surprised by winning the states of Louisiana (43-42%) and Kansas (60-24%) while making a strong showing in Washington (McCain 26%, Huckabee 24%, Paul 21%, Romney 16%, Undecided 13%).  He captured all 36 delegates from Kansas, while the Louisiana and Washington delegates have yet to be distributed.

John McCain still holds a commanding lead in delegate totals with 724 to Huckabee’s 234.  The Republicans duel on Tuesday in the same locations as Democrats.  They will fight for the 19 delegates in D.C., 37 delegates in Maryland, and 63 delegates in Virginia; both Virginia and D.C. are winner-take-all contests. Look for John McCain to extend his lead on Tuesday, as he is currently leading Maryland and Virginia polls by double-digit margins.

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16 Responses

  1. To all of you OBAMITES read this…..if you are so caught up on his church speaches then dig into his religious beliefs….this is FACTUAL it is amazing he has not be challenged on this issue and you are not aware of it or choose to ignore it.

    No one should vote for Obama because he belongs to a racist church with politic focus on Africa.

    Here is the church web site: Link witht he following quote “A congregation with a non-negotiable COMMITMENT TO AFRICA. ”

    We as AMERICANS deserve a President who has a non-negotiable commitment to AMERICA, if your religious beliefs conflict with this then you should step a aside and not vote.

    Obama continues to talk about UNITY yet he has beliefs that will cause more friction in this country.

    It is time to choice ….Barack Hussein Obama Pro AFRICAN Candidate…….Hillary Rodham Clinton – Pro AMERICAN Candidate.

  2. It is so sad that saying Obama is pro Africa is
    all you can come up with. When has being
    pro africa mean not being for america. Sad Sad
    Sad.

  3. John, on February 10th, 2008 at 2:28 pm Said:

    “Hillary Rodham Clinton – Pro CORPORATE Candidate.”

    Fixed for you.

  4. We are so fortunate to be Americans, but that fortune has caused many of us to forget that we are the sum of our parts, and we each have an obligation to help make this country great. While we can’t expect one president to change everything that might be wrong with our nation, electing a president who inspires us to join the process is a good start. The choice is clear, with other candidates it will be rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic for another 4 or 8+ years. With Obama, perhaps, just perhaps, he’ll keep us inspired through his policies and leadership to make changes from the ground up. I once heard a saying that “the ocean is made up of drops of water.” With Obama’s leadership and belief that we can be bigger than we have been recently in the world, just think of what we can achieve! I’m looking forward to doing my drop’s worth! Go Obama!

  5. John,

    Get a life you racist troll.

  6. I just heard Senator Obama’s speech in Virginia. As a Florida Democrat I am extremely shocked and offended that he used this forum to joke about Florida voting. While he was attempting to make a statement about Hillary Clinton being institutionalized in past political divisions, he stated that 47% is on one side, 47% is on the other and the rest seem to be in Florida and Ohio. While it is clear that he was trying to be funny about the past voting issues. I think it was extremely insensitive.

    Florida democrats were first disinfranchised in 2000 by Bush’s attorneys and now by their party. The rest of the country shuld understand that the Republican controlled state legislature was responsible for changing Florida’s primary date. We had NO CHOICE. Florida demorcats are very upset with the DNC for punishing us for something we could not control. As such, we went to the polls in record numbers, hoping that we would not be disinfranchised yet again. IT is important to point out that Clinton and Obama were on essentially the same playing field – NEITHER campaigned directly here and BOTH were on the ballot. As such – what is the complaint about counting our vote? It should also be noted that Senator Obama had the only CNN ad and thus, was the only canidate to actually indirectly campaign in Florida.

    Given the fact that it was Senator Obama that continues to demand that Florida voters be left out of the process, his statements regarding Florida voting are very disturbing. Senator Obama will have a very hard time winning the general election without Florida.

  7. Hahahaha. John, you must be joking.

    Obama’s church, the Trinity United Church of Christ, is a primarily African-American church on the south-side of Chicago. They preach the teachings of Jesus Christ to provide strength and courage to the black community, who have experienced injustice through slavery, exploitation, segregation, and racism. Their ‘commitment to Africa’ is a pledge never to forget their roots, their struggles, and the history of their journey to this country.

    Obama has never been challenged on belonging to a ‘racist church’ simply because it is a baseless claim.

    I have several problems with Obama. He can do better with health-care (single payer!), “free-trade” agreements (he recently approved Peru’s), and aligning his actions with his anti-war rhetoric (he has continually voted to fund the war).

    However, in a country where every few years the general population (well, half) selects who they want to lead… choosing between a couple candidates that have been approved by the media and the big-money establishment… in my opinion, Barack Obama remains the best choice to lead our country to a more promising future. He is already inspiring youth to get involved with the process and pay attention to politics; apathy must be overcome if we’re to accomplish anything in this country!

    Hillary Clinton’s presidency would be similar to her husband’s, as she is surrounded by his advisers and policy-makers. Just a few of Bill’s wonderful efforts:
    -bombing Sudan’s largest pharmaceutical factory
    -looking the other way on the Rwandan genocide
    -continual support, arming, and funding of Israel’s illegal military occupation
    -defending Russia’s brutal attack of Chechnya
    -Iraq sanctions that killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children and strengthened Saddam
    -approving the attack on the Waco compound, killing 86 American civilians
    -signing the ‘Crime Bill’ of 1996 to build more prisons and execute more people, emphasizing punishment rather than prevention
    -refused international ban on land-mines
    -support of Suharto’s military regime
    -refusal to authorize a strong world court, as the US would be left in jeopardy
    -reappointing Alan Greenspan to head the Federal Reserve
    -maintaining military expenditures at cold war levels
    -cutting benefits to poor families and single mothers as well as limiting food stamp supplies
    If we want to see any sort of change in Washington, do you think we will get it from the dynasty of Bush-Clinton families that have been in control the last twenty years?

    I would prefer a leader that can inspire new minds to get involved, not one that has already alienated so many of them. Obama has shown better judgment in his initial opposition to the Iraq war. Hillary has repeatedly changed views on a number of issues and refuses to admit her mistakes. Obama’s openness to talk to leaders of rouge nations, his pledge towards scaling down nuclear proliferation, and his promise of ethics reform and detatchment from lobbyists would all be good for this country.

    John, if you care to be critical in the future, please base your criticism on the candidate’s position on the issues, not on something written on his church’s website.

  8. John, CNN is pro Hillary Clinton!
    Oh BTW, John, you are short of ideas. So what do you do? Turn up your xenophobic dial. How sad! It is OK for American Jews to be pro Israel and that is fine. It is OK for Latino Americans to be pro Mexico etc. But it is not OK for African Americans to be pro Africa? What has that got to do with the White House? Were you that concerned when Joe Lieberman, a Jew, was running with Al Gore? John, fear not for America is too strong, and our institutions too established for any President to do anything but pursue American interests. So, John, IF that is your only concern about Obama, please be at peace and join Obama to win the WH and bring REAL change to our dear country, America. Obama is THE KEY to change in America.

  9. Subject:Fwd: Be careful, be very careful.

    Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama Sr. (black muslim) of Nyangoma-Kogelo, Siaya District, Kenya, and Ann Dunham of Wichita, Kansas. (white atheist ).

    When Obama was two years old, his parents divorced and his father returned to Kenya. His mother married Lolo Soetoro — a Muslim — moving to Jakarta with Obama when he was six years old. Within six months he had learned to speak the Indonesian language. Obama spent “two years in a Muslim school, then two more in a Catholic school” in Jakarta. Obama takes great care to conceal the fact that he is a Muslim while admitting that he was once a Muslim, mitigating that damning information by saying that, for two years, he also attended a Catholic school.

    Obama’s father, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. was a radical Muslim who migrated from Kenya to Jakarta, Indonesia. He met Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham-a white atheist from Wichita, Kansas-at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Obama, Sr. and Dunham divorced when Barack, Jr. was two.

    Obama’s spinmeisters are now attempting to make it appear that Obama’s introduction to Islam came from his father and that influence was temporary at best.

    In reality, the senior Obama returned to Kenya immediately following the divorce and never again had any direct influence over his son’s education.

    Dunham married another Muslim, Lolo Soetoro who educated his stepson as a good Muslim by enrolling him in one of Jakarta’s Wahabbi schools. Wahabbism is the radical teaching that created the Muslim terrorists who are now waging Jihad on the industrialized world.

    Since it is politically expedient to be a Christian when you are seeking political office in the United States, Obama joined the United Church of Christ to help purge any notion that he is still a Muslim.

    Handsome . . . Charming . . . Winsome . . . Dangerous . . . Deceptive . . . Determined

  10. Hahahahaha. Thanks FOX News.

  11. Alicia,
    I watched the same clip on CNN. I do not think Obama meant to sideline Florida. He is taking ALL States very seriously. I also don’t think that your statement “Given the fact that it was Senator Obama that continues to demand that Florida voters be left out of the process” is true either. He is running an all-inclusive campaign. How could he leave Florida out?

    What Obama meant was that it is a known fact that there are about equal proportions of Americans who vote for either party NO MATTER who is running, with the exception of a small minority. The proportions given differ -35% to 45%. These are known as Blue States and Red States. The only States that are ‘free thinkers’ are Florida and Ohio. That was what he meant. I thought it was rather a compliment that Florida is neither classified as a Blue State nor a Red State. For example, Massachusetts is a Blue State because it is hard for a Republican Pres Candidate to win in that State. Also, Kansas is a Red State and it is difficult for a Dem to win that State. That is what Obama was referring to. Indeed, he stands a good chance to win Kansas by bringing together Dems, Independents and even some Repubs. Hillary CANNOT win Kansas. Please Obama needs you to bring America back together again.

  12. Dusty,
    Hmmm! So Obama’s father migrated from Kenya to Jakarta, Indonesia ?

    I remember! Then he proceeded from Jakarta to Afghanistan with little Obama and enrolled him in a Muslim school there, right?

    Folks, just learn to tell the TRUTH!!! Be straight with Americans, please!!! Obama is a Christian and has been for about 20 years.

  13. OK ! Forget for a moment what Obama is as far as religion and whtever else could be considered negative….. Forget for a moment what is negative about Hillary. The question is do you want another republocan in office after 7 years of Bush and his cronies.
    The reason that Obama is getting all these wins is because 90% of blacks are voting for him. 90% of blacks are democrats. In ageneral election blacks will be outnumbered. thus if Obama is going against McCain he will lose. And we will have an other continuation of the Bush-ings. So the question is will it be McCain or Clinton…. It cannot be Obama.

  14. Joseph,

    Sorry, but Barack is the best chance Dems have to win the White House. In current hypothetical polls between McCain and either Clinton or Obama, percentages (http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/national.html) favor McCain over Clinton by 1.6%, while Obama leads McCain by 3.3%.

    Also, look at how well Barack is doing in red states like Kansas and Idaho. Masses of people already have a negative opinion of Hillary. Obama has more appeal to independents and Republicans…I have talked to several Republicans that wouldn’t mind Obama taking office. Just his charisma and personality are enough to ensure he will defeat John McCain quite easily. The more new people come to learn about Barack Obama, the more people are going to like him.

  15. Obama is the fresh face of the Democratic Party. Sen. Clinton has toooo much baggage. Bill Clinton uranium deal that netted them millions, deals with Ron Burke, the deals with Dubai and the list donors of the Clinton foundation. Keep in mind the Clintons won’t release any of this information. And not to mention their taxes returns. As much a I dislike Bush/Chenney even they release their tax information!! So, what are the Clintons hiding this is a cloud hanging over their heads. Sen. Clinton said, she won”t release her tax information until she”s the nominee.

    Here a tip Sen. Clinton I won”t vote for you, until you come clean!!!

  16. Dusty,

    Speaking as a Christian, it does not matter how long a person has been a Christian to determine how strong their faith is. This is not giving any validation to your accusations that Obama claimed to be Christian to help him politically. Nor does his paternal background reflect who he is as a person.

    If you are pointing out flaws in the Muslim teachings, keep in mind that the crusades excused the mass murder of many innocent people. (Of course, I do feel that Christ’s name was abused by many people claiming to follow Him even though they were following their own desires and NOT His teachings. Many people do that even today.) Every religion has their flaws in both the teachings and in the people who follow them. Even if he was taught Wahabbism, it does not make HIM a bad person. An individual’s CHOICE does not reflect on a group as a whole.

    John:

    I sincerely hope that you are not as ignorant as you come off.

    “We as AMERICANS deserve a President who has a non-negotiable commitment to AMERICA, if your religious beliefs conflict with this then you should step a aside and not vote.”

    First – don’t tell people not to vote. People SHOULD be encouraged to vote intelligently. Do you believe that President Bush is putting America first? How, exactly, do you put America first? Shouldn’t it be looking inside and helping the poor and the sick instead of creating a huge debt to fund a war OUTSIDE our country?

    Now although I am all for change, I feel like Hilary is too emotional to lead our country. She has caused a journalist to be suspended because he made a comment about her daughter. Yes, perhaps it was uncalled for… but by demanding his suspension she is forcing journalists to take a step back. Where is the freedom of speech? Perhaps she’s so defensive because there is some truth behind the comment? Why can she demand that this guy can not say anything about her daughter while her husband is making remarks that are equally uncalled for, if not worse, about her opponent? We, as a country, need a person who is strong and can handle criticism, as well as loss, without crying and acting like a spoiled brat. How does that reflect on our country? I’m not saying that she isn’t a good candidate nor that she doesn’t have good qualities… I just don’t think she’s the best.

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