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Hillary Clinton Compares Jeremiah Wright To Don Imus

Hillary Clinton Compares Jeremiah Wright To Don Imus

Commented Mar 27, 2008 at 12:19:36 in Media

“So, she questions why he didn't leave the church. It's personal. I question why she didn't leave the marriage, but it's personal. Marriage and relationship to the church is a personal parallel. Both offer the good and the bad and you either stay with it or get out. However, those are personal issues which shouldn't even be brought up. I listened to three complete sermons by Jerimiah Wright and if I lived in Chicago, I would probably go to that church. Why, why is this a political issue?

As a former Hillary supporter, I have recently come to the following conclusion: Obama is in it for the country and Hillary is in it for the power. I changed to Obama after voting in the primary. I'll give him my vote in November.”
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"Obama's Test" or Ours?

Commented Mar 25, 2008 at 12:32:47 in Politics

“Senator Hart is on the mark, and as Obama spoke to us last week like we are all adults, I felt very respected. I am a 72 year old white female who has spent my life waiting for the "future/past candidate. Obama is the harbinger who will make our country great again.”

SonofLiberty1 on Mar 26, 2008 at 17:04:46

“So, where were you and what were you doing in 1984?”
McCain Benefits From Protracted Democratic Race

McCain Benefits From Protracted Democratic Race

Commented Mar 24, 2008 at 20:00:32 in Politics

“Hillary and Obama both have a problem. The economy is in such bad shape that like Jimmy Carter, they can't fix it. In fact, it could probably be worse in 4 years. So Bill and Hillary are campaigning for John McCain, assuming he will win and serve only one term and then she will try again and probably win. She will stay in and concede to Barack Obama, after dirtying him up so much, he may still win but serve only one term. The economic situation will not be fixed in one term by either McCain or Obama, so she is working right now for 2012. She will accept either McCain or Obama this time, although she is staying in under the pretense she will win. She knows she will probably lose to McCain and remember, Hillary doesn't lose. Knowing that Obama will be a one-termer, she is a sure winner for 2012. If he is the nominee, neither she nor Bill will campaign for him.”

Seattlelite on Mar 24, 2008 at 23:14:20

“I kinda of believe that, because frankly it's smart. But the Clinton's don't know how to lose so I remain suspect of this strategy but again the mistake would be to ever underestimate the dark side of the Clinton's.”
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Is Hillary Positioning for 2012?

Commented Mar 22, 2008 at 22:30:19 in Politics

“Clinton would rather have the party lose if she loses the nomination. People who know the Clintons know that.”

Hilleluiah on Mar 22, 2008 at 23:17:13

“Do you know them?”
Cenk Uygur: Al Sharpton Is Replacing Me Because He's Friendlier To Obama (VIDEO)

Cenk Uygur: Al Sharpton Is Replacing Me Because He's Friendlier To Obama (VIDEO)

Commented Jul 25, 2011 at 13:19:47 in Media

“His story is very similar to Phil Donohue's, you have to admit.”

brothers3 on Jul 25, 2011 at 13:26:53

“One major difference is that Phil Donahue had talent as an on-air host.”
Geithner Has Tough Task In Marketing US Debt

Geithner Has Tough Task In Marketing US Debt

Commented Jul 19, 2009 at 22:25:44 in Business

“Why don't they sell bonds to the American people like they did during World War II? It looks like they don't want us to own our country.”

northstar11 on Jul 19, 2009 at 22:55:05

“you already own that toxic stuff --do you want to buy it again?”
Rick Warren Cancels ABC Appearance

Rick Warren Cancels ABC Appearance "Moments Before," Claims "Exhaustion"

Commented Apr 12, 2009 at 22:47:46 in Media

“How many years have I watched pastors get large congregations and then display imperfections. Never forgiving, respectful, they dictate the way we are to conduct our lives. A slip up or a lie whatever you want to call it maybe will bring him back to reality.

Maybe we should read more of John Shelby Spong and get a grip on life.”
Why We Need the <i>New York Times</i>

Why We Need the New York Times

Commented Apr 8, 2009 at 13:10:29 in Media

“Baldwin has a point. I know that I'm an old lady, but the weekly reader starting in second grade got my generation into the newspaper. I did some substitute teaching for a few weeks and gave each of the third graders a weekly reader and we had a little test on Friday. They loved it. Why don't they use those any more to get them started? So, I'm old-fashioned by my memories are vivid and pleasant. I still read newspapers.

Rachel is good at explaining thing that ordinarily a lay person would not understand. Keith: I watch him because I have a passion for baseball. I even read George Will and disagree with about everything he writes, but anyone who loves baseball has a base to start a conversation with me. Maybe I can turn them into a liberal - I hope so.”
Obama: U.S.

Obama: U.S. "Not A Christian Nation Or A Jewish Nation Or A Muslim Nation" (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 6, 2009 at 21:00:18 in Politics

“In a letter to a Jewish congregation in Newport, R>I, George Washington affirmed that Jews too, have freedom of worship in America: "All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities oif citizenship," Washington's administration even negotiated a treaty with Muslim leaders of North frica, which was unanimously approved by the Senate and signed by the next president, John Adams, a Unitarian (not Christian).

The Treaty of Tripoli makes clear that the United States is not a Christian nation: "As the government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion, it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, and tranquility of Muslims." Why are we having this discussion? I am an American who happens to be a Christian”

DontJustFollow on Apr 6, 2009 at 21:16:22

“In the late 1700's John Adams (what would be considered a tro// and religous zealot today) signed a document that assured another country that unlike England did with the Church of England, America had no wish to enforce religious beliefs on anyone.

He did not say that the United States were not formed on Judea-Christian principles and values, he just said that it was not founded on the Christian "religion"

That is a big difference. I too am a Christian and I have no interest in our government being involved in the religion of Christianity. That would be madness!

Let all men worship or not worship as they see fit - but please don't try to rewrite our history in order to get applause in a muslim country. Americans do not have to appologize for our founding fathers and our form of government just so Obama can be popular in Turkey . . .”
Osama Bin Laden Resurfaces In Congressional Race (VIDEO)

Osama Bin Laden Resurfaces In Congressional Race (VIDEO)

Commented Mar 27, 2009 at 15:13:19 in Politics

“Aren't all of those faces in the ad already dead?”
Oregon Looks At Taxing Mileage Instead Of Gasoline

Oregon Looks At Taxing Mileage Instead Of Gasoline

Commented Jan 2, 2009 at 20:58:45 in Green

“I think one of two ways would work. We must reregister our cars here in Washington, DC every year. The registration fee is based on vehicle type (size and weight and age) I think the authorities could figure out a tax per catagory and add to registration fee. Although, Washington, DC is not a state and we probably do not have the ability the charge a gas tax in the first place.

The other possibility is at the inspection station. Mileage will be recorded and when the next inspection takes place, mileage is recorded again and owner of the vehicle will be billed for the difference. There would have to be some adjustments for buses and taxis but that is why we elect city officials. Agreed, something will have to be worked out to maintain the highways and I don't believe tolls will cover the costs.”
Might Obama's Success Undercut Affirmative Action?

Might Obama's Success Undercut Affirmative Action?

Commented Jun 29, 2008 at 17:41:09 in Politics

“Affirmative action should be based on zip codes. Too many needy people are being excluded and affirmative action is going to some who don't need it. That is one of the problems in Appalachia where there are so many down-and-out whites who are very resentful that their opportunities are limited. My daughter went to a college where the minorities seemed to have as much money as we did. Some of their parents had been educated under affirmative action and were doing very well. The program should stay in play but zip codes are a better guide.”
Media Jump Ship From Obama To Clinton

Media Jump Ship From Obama To Clinton

Commented Apr 25, 2008 at 02:10:39 in Politics

“I am a product of the working class. So what have they seen for five years on the boob tube? Ben Laden and up pops an ad with his picture. You have to understand that my family and community are evengelical in their beliefs when it comes to culture as much as religion. There is no curiosity or doubt about what they are told by higher authority and they don't question anything. More than likely, they are registered democrats but would vote Republican in November anyway. In southeastern Pa where I come from, they are predominantly anti-choice and as Mrs. Clinton had the pastor, the elite thing and a few other negatives against Obama, she, fortunately, didn't touch on "choice" at all in Pennsylvania. Nor, did she speak of Gay rights. Those people are anti-gay too and those issues will be brought up in the fall, so she will lose the election anyway. She will not get the Independents because most of them are Hillary haters. So, the Democrats lose either way, Obama, because she intentionally "nailed him to the cross," and she because she is so divisive. Also, there are those Republican crossovers who voted to get her on the ticket. In my community, many do not go to college and nor aspire to. Pennsylvania is an old population not looking for change as long as they have their social security. I am a Democrat and it will soon be "was" as Mrs. Clinton is an embarassment.”

malibumadman on Apr 25, 2008 at 02:29:55

“You are my hero. I read all of your pieces. You should be writing for Huff....”

Countdown09 on Apr 25, 2008 at 02:23:57

“Pbitondo - As you are from PA perhaps you can enlighten us on a burning question or at least it burns with me. Chris Mathews said the other day that Sen. Obama's problem in PA was he didn't try and emulating them play the role of the PA native. Hillary did a good job in that regard, drinking shots talking about her gun shooting abilities etc. My question is this, do people in PA not see through her "false" I'm a PA girl routine? and if so why are they not insulted by it? Hillary is about as close to being a working class person as Donal Trump!”

Lazycrockett on Apr 25, 2008 at 02:15:24

“Don't blame her, He brought the nails and the wood with him.”
Hillary's New Inevitability

Hillary's New Inevitability

Commented Apr 23, 2008 at 12:20:32 in Politics

“First, everyone on this blog should write a "thank you note" to Ms. Mayhill Fowler who claims to be an Obama supporter and knew what her story would do to Obama decided to go with it. It was brought up that she is a political activist from way back in Tennessee where several of her family members were involved in politics. So, she had a motive and it worked.

I am a 70 year old female from Pennsylvania and I knew exactly what would happen. The region that supported Mrs. Clinton is where I come from. One of my family members told me that Obama was an elitist so he couldn't vote for him. When I questioned him about what an elitist is, he had no idea. The same guy also voted against Gore in 2000 because "Gore was an abortionist."

From the female standpoint, Obama can't fight her because then the Hill Raisers will say she is getting beaten on because she is a woman. The press won't take off on his rebuttals because they will be beating on her.

Many people have it right when they say she would rather see the Democrats lose if she is not the candidate even though she knows she would lose if she were. It's most unfortunate.”
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Where Is the League of Women Voters When We Need Them?

Commented Apr 17, 2008 at 17:00:48 in Politics

“I long for the likes of Pauline Frederick and Elizabeth Drew, Eric Severied and all of those other who knew how to conduct a fruitful debate. Where are the real journalists who give us the news and ask questions of the candidates to help us get some of the views on policy? This was absolutely a disgraceful event.”

Garvagh on Apr 17, 2008 at 19:32:30

“Hear hear!”
Obama: No Surprise That Hard-Pressed Pennsylvanians Turn Bitter

Obama: No Surprise That Hard-Pressed Pennsylvanians Turn Bitter

Commented Apr 14, 2008 at 21:23:55 in Home

“I believe Ms. Fowler paid her $2,300 to have access to Obama to find something with which she could do him in for Mrs. Clinton. I'm from Pennsylvania and I lived exactly what Obama was talking about. By some act of God, and with a scholarship, I got out. Any supporter of Obama with the writing ability that Ms. Fowler has would never have posted that. She clearly was looking for fodder for Mrs. Clinton and she got it and we will get McCain. Mrs. Clinton was really campaigning for Senator McCane because she feared she wouldn't get the nomination. Now, she may get it and lose anyway, so she won't be the nominee the next time. Thank you, thank you Ms. Fowler for getting McCane in office. You've had your moment. I will also tell you the jobless are bitter and rely on each Sunday for enough hope to get them through the week. They hunt and don't eat the kill. This is first hand information as it is my family to a T. The blame is on the government, immigrants, blacks and gays and prochoice people. They have to vent on someone and even they don't understand why they are angry. They are also proud because all they have left is the gun and church which they fear of losing. I lived it for 18 years and it was a struggle. I really liked your previous columns but am currently taking a break from them.”
Clinton Becomes A Gun Lover

Clinton Becomes A Gun Lover

Commented Apr 13, 2008 at 13:22:42 in Politics

“First of all, if your read her book, you would assume that this is a misspeak. This is truly an accomplishment if you are a little girl hunting ducks with your dad. She mentioned a vision problem which obstructed her success with softball. Why in the world would her father let her handle a gun?
Maybe she walked through the woods with him, but I doubt that she shot a gun. She was very thorough about her childhood activities in her memoir (whether of not they were true). From the standpoint of a mother with a near-sighted child (before contacts), I don't believe the story.”
Obama: No Surprise That Hard-Pressed Pennsylvanians Turn Bitter

Obama: No Surprise That Hard-Pressed Pennsylvanians Turn Bitter

Commented Apr 12, 2008 at 02:00:32 in Home

“I don't know who Mayhill Fowler is, but she doesn't know PA very well. In the western part of the state where I come from, Mr. Obama hit the nail on the head. I have family members who were laid off from the steel mills and have been out of work for 15 years. They have nothing to hold on to but their guns and the few social hours at church. So they are insulted to take a service job for low, low wages and complain when Latinos come to work at Pizza Hut. So now I have brothers-in-law sitting around complaining that Blacks and Latinos get all the jobs while they plan the next hunting trip where they don't even eat what they kill. In three instances, my economically-stressed family members have left the mainstream church we grew up in and have joined the far-right fundamental churches which adds fodder to their scorn. Gay marriage and choice have taken priority over their economics. To try to point out to them the source of the frustration is futile. Yet, you really can't disown them but the problem is no being educationally prepared for the times. Never in their wildest dreams did they think the jobs would disappear. Instead, their manliness is diminished because their wives who traditionally stay at home have taken jobs in nursing homes in order to get the minimum of health insurance.”
Bill Clinton's Ties To Colombia Trade Deal Stronger Than Even Penn's

Bill Clinton's Ties To Colombia Trade Deal Stronger Than Even Penn's

Commented Apr 8, 2008 at 16:17:27 in Politics

“I have one comment. She knew. The plan was to oppose it to get in and then triangulate like her husband did and both get richer. People like that do more harm to our country than Reverend Wright did with words. What's the matter with us? We raise all the rooftops about Reverend Wright preaching a prophetic sermon from the book of Hosea in the Bible (which we all claim to read) and let a scoundral like Clinton and a myriad of others off the hook. Does the Bible say Bilk your government for all it's worth and enter into the kingdom of Heaven. I don't think so.”

NoGoodNamesLeft on Apr 8, 2008 at 16:43:48

“your comment that "she knew", do have some proof of that? Or is it just your opinion?

If my opinion is the Goolsbee REALLY did tell the Candians that Obama didn't care about NAFTA, is it OK if I just going around stating it as fact since I have no proof of that either?”

Independent voter on Apr 8, 2008 at 16:32:39

“Something went wrong with the left hand. I intended to type "You're right" - not You're red”

Independent voter on Apr 8, 2008 at 16:31:32

“You're red.

It's too bad the rednecks in PA don't read because this kind of story never makes the daytime news.”

carex on Apr 8, 2008 at 16:30:58

“They have not bilked our government.

The Clintons and their ilk have bilked US.

This is very personal, or at least should be, to every person in our country.”
Obama: No Need For Foreign Policy Help From V.P.

Obama: No Need For Foreign Policy Help From V.P.

Commented Apr 7, 2008 at 12:37:31 in Home

“Why are the hysteria. His foreign policy expert will be his secretary of state! Also, the Secretary of Defense and Commerce. I feel that the VP should be his choice and one that will help unify the country. I'm sure Hillary would pick some stodgy old man that no one ever heard of in order not to overshadow her husband.”
Elizabeth Edwards: Favors Clinton's Health Plan, Says Obama's 'Not Universal,'  Slams McCain's As Ineffective

Elizabeth Edwards: Favors Clinton's Health Plan, Says Obama's 'Not Universal,' Slams McCain's As Ineffective

Commented Apr 2, 2008 at 16:34:02 in Politics

“The only problem is Clinton's won't get passed. In fact, none will get passed in one fell swoop. Obama's seems geared to get massive Republican approval and it can be modified from there. I have read both and unless the president works with the insurance companies to whittle them down, the lobbyists will put on all stops as before. Senator Daschle's plan adopted by Obama seems to be the way unless you can get a Congress with 75% Democrats and I believe Obama knows that.”

jade7243 on Apr 2, 2008 at 16:55:51

“Obama has always said IF we were starting from scratch, single-payer is the way to go. And ultimately he is proposing a plan that will get us there. But we must start somewhere. Like Obama, I don't believe that the problem is not having insurance, I think the problem is rooted in health care and making it accessible and affordable. I do not see how forcing someone who cannot afford insurance in the first place to buy insurance with a monetary penalty -- since they can't afford insurance they won't pay the penalty -- is a solution to the problem. Now if GOVERNMENT is the party that is mandated to PROVIDE health care for persons who cannot aford private care -- gasp "socialized medicine -- now we're talking.

I like John and Elizabeth Edwards, but I must admit I am growing a little tired of their "know-it-all" position on health insurance. Frankly, the only candidate who proposed a truly universal system this election cycle was Dennis Kucinich. (I hope Obama taps him for Health and Human Services Sec'y) That means not Clinton, Edwards, Dodd, Biden, Richardson, Gravel or Obama offered plans that are truly "universal." But in my opinion, Obama offers the best shot at moving much closer to universal care. Contrary to the battering ram approach of Clinton or Edwards, Obama will find concensus and bring progress on this front.”
Hillary Clinton Compares Jeremiah Wright To Don Imus

Hillary Clinton Compares Jeremiah Wright To Don Imus

Commented Mar 27, 2008 at 12:19:36 in Media

“So, she questions why he didn't leave the church. It's personal. I question why she didn't leave the marriage, but it's personal. Marriage and relationship to the church is a personal parallel. Both offer the good and the bad and you either stay with it or get out. However, those are personal issues which shouldn't even be brought up. I listened to three complete sermons by Jerimiah Wright and if I lived in Chicago, I would probably go to that church. Why, why is this a political issue?

As a former Hillary supporter, I have recently come to the following conclusion: Obama is in it for the country and Hillary is in it for the power. I changed to Obama after voting in the primary. I'll give him my vote in November.”
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"Obama's Test" or Ours?

Commented Mar 25, 2008 at 12:32:47 in Politics

“Senator Hart is on the mark, and as Obama spoke to us last week like we are all adults, I felt very respected. I am a 72 year old white female who has spent my life waiting for the "future/past candidate. Obama is the harbinger who will make our country great again.”

SonofLiberty1 on Mar 26, 2008 at 17:04:46

“So, where were you and what were you doing in 1984?”
McCain Benefits From Protracted Democratic Race

McCain Benefits From Protracted Democratic Race

Commented Mar 24, 2008 at 20:00:32 in Politics

“Hillary and Obama both have a problem. The economy is in such bad shape that like Jimmy Carter, they can't fix it. In fact, it could probably be worse in 4 years. So Bill and Hillary are campaigning for John McCain, assuming he will win and serve only one term and then she will try again and probably win. She will stay in and concede to Barack Obama, after dirtying him up so much, he may still win but serve only one term. The economic situation will not be fixed in one term by either McCain or Obama, so she is working right now for 2012. She will accept either McCain or Obama this time, although she is staying in under the pretense she will win. She knows she will probably lose to McCain and remember, Hillary doesn't lose. Knowing that Obama will be a one-termer, she is a sure winner for 2012. If he is the nominee, neither she nor Bill will campaign for him.”

Seattlelite on Mar 24, 2008 at 23:14:20

“I kinda of believe that, because frankly it's smart. But the Clinton's don't know how to lose so I remain suspect of this strategy but again the mistake would be to ever underestimate the dark side of the Clinton's.”
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Is Hillary Positioning for 2012?

Commented Mar 22, 2008 at 22:30:19 in Politics

“Clinton would rather have the party lose if she loses the nomination. People who know the Clintons know that.”

Hilleluiah on Mar 22, 2008 at 23:17:13

“Do you know them?”
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