Clinton Nominates Obama By Acclamation Vote

27 08 2008

I’ll write about this historical meeting a bit later, but it was truly an amazing moment to watch.

Sen. Hillary Clinton asked to cut the roll call short saying, “With eyes firmly fixed on the future, and in the spirit of unity with the goal of victory, with faith in our party and our country, let’s declare together with one voice right here, right now that Barack Obama is our candidate and he will be our president,” she said.

Delegates then affirmed Obama as their choice with cheers.

Clinton and Obama were on the ballot at the party convention on Wednesday.

The states announced their votes in alphabetical order. The voting was to continue until a candidate received 2,210 delegates — the threshold needed to secure the nomination.

While most delegates cast their votes for Obama, some were voting for Clinton.

It was truly a very neat thing to watch as Clinton made the nomination and asked for an acclamation vote.

Pretty nifty, watching history being made.

Photo credit CNN





C-Span Sends Emails On Linkage

27 08 2008

I woke up this morning with an email in my box that was from C-Span. It was saying they were including my post about Hillary Clinton’s speech last night.

It was surprising but what was even better is that they contacted me to let me know it was being used.

I realized they took a few minutes to let me know that my work was being utilized as part of their coverage.

That was smart and good public relations.

There are always new things to learn and this was a good one for me. Being interactive in our blogging efforts is important and I forget that lesson sometimes. If it’s a two way conversation instead of just one way, there is a sense of ownership on both sides.

Observations on a Wednesday morning.





Hillary Clinton Promoted Unity

26 08 2008

I’ve been twittering with some of the Twitter posse about Hillary Clinton’s speech tonight. It was well-orchestrated, impassioned and she appeared extremely gracious and hit several political points that needed addressing.

There are several things she said I liked.

“My mother was born before women had the right to vote. My daughter was able to vote for her mother for President.”

I liked her statement, and I paraphrase, about being in it for the party or just in it for her. It was a strong passage to her supporters.

(Updated: Found the quote.)

I want you to ask yourselves: Were you in this campaign just for me? Or were you in it for that young Marine and others like him? Were you in it for that mom struggling with cancer while raising her kids? Were you in it for that boy and his mom surviving on the minimum wage? Were you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible?

Her speech may not change the PUMA issues but it was about unity and she delivered. By tomorrow morning, it will be back to politics as usual however, Hillary Clinton, tonight deserves kudos for a well structured speech.

She may not be president, but she was a leader tonight. And she created a new catch phrase with this:

“You haven’t worked so hard over the last 18 months, or endured the last eight years, to suffer through more failed leadership,” Clinton said. “No way. No how. No McCain.”

Tonight, Clinton gave a Vince Lombardi speech.





Media-Driven Political Drama

26 08 2008

The Rude Pundit talks about Hillary Clinton.

Look, you know the way this went down. It’s not complicated. We already know that the Obama campaign ran “one of the most rigorous vice-presidential vetting processes that Democrats could recall.” So the Obama people went to Hillary Clinton and said, “We need a complete financial disclosure, including Bill’s foundation,” and Bill said, “You can kiss my hairy ass,” and thus the whole thing was over for Hillary. It’s that simple.

This ludicrous, unending coda to the primary campaign is nearly exclusively media-driven. Sure, yeah, some of the Clintons’ people are acting like an athlete who took steroids trying to prove how often the tests show a false positive. He may have a point, but he still doesn’t get to win. And he’s not really the best spokesperson for testing reform. In other words, to the extent that any convention wrangling and bitter feelings are actually happening, Clinton and her people need to act like they lost.

The key thing RP says is that much of what is going on is media-driven. And it is. No one is going to watch unless there is some drama. If everyone was standing around singing Burt Bacharach, then MSM wouldn’t feel like that had a story. I’m seeing a lot of created foo-foo crap happening which is to drive ratings

I think Hillary Clinton has been very classy at the convention. She’s a leader and she’s good at it. She just didn’t win this one.





Jones Soda Campaign Cola War 2008

26 06 2008

Well, it’s the same drink but with different packaging from Jones Soda.

Whitney has the scoop.

For this election season, Jones has launched a series of “Campaign Colas.” They come in three varieties: Yes We Can Cola, Pure McCain Cola and Capitol Hillary Cola. I’ve tried all three, and they taste exactly the same! The only difference is the labeling.

Apparently this site is keeping tracks of the sale.

For more information, head to Campaign Cola 2008.

Barack Obama is currently kicking everyone’s butt over there.





The Long-Term Affects Of FISA

26 06 2008

I won’t serve as an apologist for the weak backbone of the Democrats in Washington right now. In my personal political views, I am very liberal when it comes to social causes because they impact me personally and actually more fiscally conservative when it comes to this nation’s money because it’s my money.

No, this does not make me a Blue Dog Democrat as the lot of them tend to vote very far to the right on social issues.

Sorry, I’m just not into that whole mindset.

But there is one thing, ONE THING, that irritates me in politics more than anything. Today, I’m aggravated with the Democrats on FISA and it goes back to something I said a year ago which is coming to fruition at this time. My thoughts, (and I can’t find the post) was that whoever we elected to lead this country, well, would they be willing to strike down some of the directives that BushCo has put in place? My lack of optimism, if I recall correctly, ran pretty deep. Would our elected officials be willing to make decisions that wouldn’t violate a person’s rights and be willing to stand up to corporate greed in a country where the rich get richer and the poor are eating ramen noodles?

The answer is bleak.

In an analysis released Tuesday, Maplight.org, a nonprofit campaign finance watchdog group, found that lawmakers voting Friday in support of the wiretap deal averaged roughly twice the donations from the nation’s leading telecoms — Verizon, Sprint and AT&T — over the last three years as those voting against it.

The figures might not have raised eyebrows except that the proposal contained a gift for the industry, effectively granting retroactive legal immunity to the telecoms that enabled the Bush administration’s warrantless eavesdropping program. The immunity provision — blasted by civil libertarians for putting industry concerns above Fourth Amendment rights against search and seizure — rescues the companies from the roughly 40 lawsuits pending against them. Some money-in-politics watchdogs say the connection between the contributions and votes is no accident.

There is no such thing, in my book at least, as a reluctant vote. And it wasn’t just Barack Obama, who I might remind you didn’t even show up for this vote, it was a whole mess of democrats and republicans.

Only a few stood firm on this including Russ Feingold.

Language that appears likely to let telecommunications companies escape lawsuits over the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance program drew sharp opposition from liberal Democrats such as Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold.

Feingold said the bill would be a “get out of jail free” card for companies that went along with a program critics say was illegal, and would give the government sweeping powers to spy on Americans.

“This legislation is going to be remembered as the legislation in which Congress granted the executive branch the power to sweep up all of our international communications, with very few controls or oversight,” he said.

I may be getting my libertarian on here but this just reeks. It’s like in the movie of the Shawshank Redemption where Andy Dufresne takes that small rock hammer and over years creates a big enough hole to get out of the prison.

That’s how I feel about our government right now. They are creating holes when it comes to civil liberties. And I’m with much of the progressive blogosphere when we see that Barack Obama said he would filibuster this bill last year and he didn’t. I ain’t happy, campers. Obama simply blew it.

Our elected officials are taking small pieces out of our individual rights such as the Fourth Amendment. This is basically being gutted and whittled away and one of these mornings, we are going to wake up and find that all the words we keep hearing about  the constitution have just been that, words. I’d like to see some action please.

I thought, naively, that I might get a Camelot with either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama this year.

I won’t.

It’s just politics as usual.





Unifying A Party

4 06 2008

Last night I missed all the fanfare in a monumental day in history. I was sitting in a local, very emotional board meeting that I’m not going to talk about here. I usually talk around the items that happen in my day job anyway and just write about my reaction to what I do for a living. It’s called a blog where we get to navel gaze about our lives.

So I missed the speeches and probably won’t get to watch them until later today when I have some time.

With that said, I have read the reaction of how folks perceived the last day of the democratic primary. I find that people usually deal with politics from an emotional level. Be it locally or nationally.

I read with great disappointment these posts from Aunt B. Left Wing Cracker and Mack regarding Tennessee Guerilla Women. That blog has won national kudos and has done a great deal for communicating the ongoing battle for women’s rights. I don’t want to take that away from TGW but I must say that as a woman in my 40s there is one thing that I’ve realized as the gray at my hairline becomes a bit whiter and that is not everyone who disagrees with me is out to get me. Sometimes it’s just a different philosophy.

Was there misogyny in this race? Yes.

As a woman, I cringed at moments where Hillary Clinton was asked about her pantsuits and pictures were photoshopped making her into some sort of wicked witch. I hated that.

Was there a covert, and sometimes blatant, thread of racism in this contest? Yes. I felt the nasty sting of Bill Hobbs’ attack on Barack Obama and I have listened to some rather nasty words thrown at the candidate.

And although I don’t always write about feminism here doesn’t mean that I don’t live a life of being a professional woman in a male-dominated world.  During my career in news and social work, I’ve had some rather nasty words thrown at me as well as other women have as well.

I try to let my actions speak louder than my words. People that know me know that I’m more than this blog.

So speeches were given last night and in internalizing the immediate needs of my particular community, I find my concerns about this country are more than just race and sexism which can’t be fixed in a day but should be fixed nonetheless. I don’t want my nieces listening to the nastiness that I have on occasion. With that said, there has to be a unified effort to make sure they are okay. And taking our toys and going home because our candidate of choice didn’t win doesn’t cut it for me. I just want something different from the last eight years.  This country has had a rough run. And I don’t want those same nieces to ever go through something like this ever again.

My concerns, for right now at least, are about the economy and the war (where women and people of color die too), about a recession in my community that has no access to rural public transportation and where gas prices have created such hardships where I’ve seen people reduced to tears choosing between milk and getting to work. Jackson Miller posted this yesterday and that’s what I’m talking about.

Politics are emotional and I don’t care what anyone says, it is. But there has to be unity in fixing some of the things in this country that are impacting regular people. It’s the only way.