Thursday, January 31, 2008


And oft, my jealousy shapes faults that are not. ~William Shakespeare
Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savor, but too much can spoil the pleasure and, under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening. ~Maya Angelou

After reading several news blogs, CBS, FOX, MSNBC news this morning, I wonder whether the problem with Hillary seems to be “JEALOUSY”, she doesn’t hear that people love her as they love Obama or Edwards, so would that cause her to use Rovian-smear tactics to draw attention to herself? The latest is the court decision on whether or not the Democratic preapproved, ten-month agreement to have voter registration set up in nine casinos in Nevada would give casino employees an opportunity to vote because they often can’t afford to take off of work to go to the polls where they live. The bigger purpose was to court the union into increasing registration and voters. The other purpose was to give voice to the often voiceless hotel, motel workers and access to the political process. Unbeknowst to anyone at the time, the union decided to endorse Obama, not Clinton, which appears to have caused “bad mouthing” again from the Clinton staff because the person who filed the suit happens to be on the Clinton team. Consequently, the Nevada legal system has a new cliffhanger this morning, now that O.J. Simpson’s case has been delayed for a couple more weeks, and we wait and see.

May I suggest a better solution that George, a friend of mine, discussed at the last election cycle, not new however, to have everyone in the United States have Friday & Saturday off to go to the polls or caucuses and make it a two day national holiday. Take all day Sunday and Monday to accumulate the results. Then Tuesday, since we have a thing for Tuesday’s, have the final results announced. No one area could have undue influence over the other. We could even do better than that and give everyone an election number, feed it into the ATM machine and come up with a popular number. This would get rid of the partial electorate system and you know definitively, no computer glitches or “special imbedded chip programming”. Whaa-lah. It is done. But I guess that would take the fun out of crisscrossing the nation, chasing after your opponents, huge advertising and promotional campaigns for Iowans, Nevada, and New Hampshire voters (to name a few).

Obama-ites! You pick the quote that best sizes up the situation. The sad part is that Bill is jealous of the attention Hillary is receiving at this time. Is this what makes him so vocal that it seems hard to believe at times that he was “presidential”. I mean at one time, I really liked this guy. I thought the BIG GUYS utilize push pollsters (i.e. McCain in 2000 with the black child attack and Handy’s comments on “universal truth”), random plants (i.e. Coleman Young in Jesse Jackson’s camp with the “Jaime statement toward Jews”, and or well paid saboteurs (i.e. Bush II in Kerry’s swift boat situation) to vent the campaign’s deeper anger when they are not winning or at a loss as to how to find that “special quality” that makes them authentic, believable and trusting.

I hear other politicos tell me that the problem is there are strategic elements that the Obama camp has put into place that some camps didn’t think to observe: the ignored young people voting “for real” in huge numbers, married couples taking time out of their busy days to become activated, registered and vote and single women wanting their voices heard in the concept of “hope”. We always heard how the older person would vote because their “patriotic” concept of who they are and wanting to see a woman president before they die. We heard how the high income person will vote because they have the most to lose if they don’t. But the lower and middle income Americans expressed disenfranchisement and saw politics as a game of sport where their hopes, dreams and future weren’t being included or even actualized as part of the political equation. In comes Edwards and Obama.

The occupation in Iraq isn’t imagined, it affects many of us. We have relatives overseas, friends in a quandary and patriot friends, who won’t forget 9/11 and the lives that were lost, but don’t know how to channel that anger which is seldom addressed. We are hurting economically, we are hurting politically, and we are hurting spiritually as a country. Change isn’t that difficult to understand because it is a constant. OK you hard nosed philosophers, give me hell on that one, but maybe the more experienced, under dog, comeback kids have been after us for years, paranoid, media hounds (I've spent most of my life walking under that hovering cloud, jealousy, whose acid raindrops blurred my vision and burned holes in my heart. ~Astrid Alauda). The Clinton campaign should call their efforts what they are “jealous” of the apparent authentic message of change, inclusion and readiness that Obama speaks, which is being acknowledged for so many who have been disenfranchised by the efforts of the Bush Administration’s seven years. Just capitalize on that in your own words and again, “stop using I”, there is no team in the word “I”. Basic isn’t it? Check out these pearls and tell me if you can’t see the parallels.

Never waste jealousy on a real man: it is the imaginary man that supplants us all in the long run. ~George Bernard ShawJealousy is simply and clearly the fear that you do not have value. Jealousy scans for evidence to prove the point - that others will be preferred and rewarded more than you. There is only one alternative - self-value. If you cannot love yourself, you will not believe that you are loved. You will always think it's a mistake or luck. Take your eyes off others and turn the scanner within. Find the seeds of your jealousy, clear the old voices and experiences. Put all the energy into building your personal and emotional security. Then you will be the one others envy, and you can remember the pain and reach out to them. ~Jennifer JamesWe don’t need to eat our young Democrats, the Republicans will serve us up in due time. We don’t get our act together and though they may not have the political lockstep as usual, don’t believe they aren’t paying attention. But others of us are FIRED UP AND READY TO GO, and see without blinders, that it is all of America that will be heard. The change we speak of is inclusion and is not out of convenience, but because it is time.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Two-Headed Billary Has No Shame

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Clintons, now known in the media and some blogs as “Billary”, will say anything to get elected. By referring to Bill Clinton as the “first black president”, Toni Morrison’s is strategically low balling and tarnishing Obama’s integrity. During the past week there have been Implications, discussions, dissections, justifications and questions about whether or not Obama “is good enough” to run for office. Is he experienced enough to know change? Not allowing the Obama camp time to concentrate on building voters, which is the life blood of any campaign, is an obvious outcry of “building on fear” and “the notion that Obama isn’t as good as Hillary. She “deserves” the presidency because she is the wife of Bill, a woman and is hated by the Republicans. At the rate she is going many Democrats are going to start feeling the same about her divisiveness, tackiness, street fighting tactics and arrogance.

Today, the New York Times, endorsed Hillary and urged her to take the lead and to change the “ugly” tone in the election campaign. The editorial board expressed that Hillary’s comments and bickering aren’t good for the country. The American people don’t need this. The Democratic Party doesn’t need this. They suggest that any more of this just might cause a huge black backlash.

Hillary counters that “the stokes” are reflective of the difference between the two candidates. There is no mention of Edwards. Finally, I heard this was a three way race whereby Edwards carried South Carolina and Bill lost when he campaigned there. She isn’t taking responsibility for the comments exploding on black talk radio and blogs. It is just a cheap shot at giving her media access and sound bites, talk about saving on advertising. Instead she blows the statements off with an endearing, “her husband just got carried away” and vows to bring the debate back to the issues. She adds the party is proud of the fact that an African American and woman are running for office. There was no mention of the Hispanic governor that has recently dropped out of the race. Bill admitted yesterday that he has so much passion about Hillary’s candidacy that he has difficulty restraining himself. Yes, Bill we know about your personal restraints, but we are concerned about your recent heart surgery, so calm down, we certainly wouldn’t want to loose you to an aneurism.

When questioned by the media at a fundraiser with Jesse Jackson in the background, Michelle Obama takes the high road and a civil response to the bashing of Obama. “We didn’t expect the Clintons to use “win it at all costs tactics” that willfully distract and distort Obama’s record. Wasn’t Jesse Jackson Bill’s spiritual advisor when the Monica gate exploded? At another media questioning, she says, “If you can’t run your own house, you can’t run the White House”, although Michelle says it was focusing on “her relationship with Obama”. The media is constantly repeating the later segment implying that Michelle was referring to the Billary household.

Hillary doesn’t believe that the “questions” she brought up about Obama’s record need more scrutiny. This 35 year public servant shamelessly gives her headlines and sound bites. With the attention coming back on “Billary”, she claims that what she said is the past, and “ let’s move forward”.

After much scrutiny of my own, I remember a discussion in poli sci classes on the “Bradley effect”. Is this what we are observing? Is this a reflection of what Whites (or any other group of people) say, one thing in public and behind closed doors, when the opportunity arises, something completely different. We called this process a matter of “should, could, would, and what I aught to do”.

I believe that Clinton going negative pushes and muddies up the civility of an election. To other pundits I watched this week, in the news segment “Keeping them Honest”, there is no surprise that ½ the voting population is black. To me the Clinton’s should know better. They understand the strife and injection of “racism” when they imply and state such lies about Obama. Billary has made the point of saying: “I didn’t inhale (marijuana caper)”, “I didn’t make love to that woman (Monica)”, “That property deal just went wrong (White Water)” , “We didn’t have anything to do with his death”, “We didn’t know that we couldn’t accept foreign contributions (Hsu)”, “Immigrants should have temporary identification”, ‘Immigrants should not have temporary identification”. The list just goes on and on and on with their kissing their finger to determine the direction of the politically correct.

The under current of race in this election is a lasting and reflective problem of the US’s real feelings about diversity. We as a party talk a mean rap but do we practice what we preach? Now we hear all kinds of stories regarding Rizco. The spotlight has moved to Rizco, a “slum land lord” who gave many Democratic politicians in Illinois considerable contributions while his tenants suffered with “no heat” in their apartments and their buildings being boarded up.
The $86,000 given to the Obama campaign was moved to other charities prior to this story ever coming out, but Clinton doesn’t mention this in her snipes. There wasn’t anything illegal, but Obama recalls the circumstances surrounding the purchase of the home. He was “boneheaded” in buying a piece of property $300,000 below the asking price the same day Rizco’s wife bought the house next door to Obama. This won’t be just a YouTube response; once it is turned off the situation is over, because the news media will now jump on the bandwagon and raise the speculations that there was some “impropriety” in Obama’s five-hour work relationship.

However I find that after weeks of attacking him publically, saying that if he can’t handle our comments, what is he going to do when he is running against the republicans who have “hounded the Clintons for 15 years” and Hillary and Bill having received front page coverage that voters have had the opportunity to read. The fact that their attacks are nothing more than “outright lies” and scrupulous distortions only gives one the true character of “Billary” and Obama. I don’t see “diplomacy” in the White House. Obama states that it is strongly needed. With Hillary in power, I question the style and approach that would be used that is required in negotiations. I could see the headlines in the NY times “the taming of the shrew” and visualize her cutting down heads of state and foreign ministers when they disagree with her, using her shrill voice, with her explosive wide eyed expressions and eventual sniffles when they tell her “no”. I can see Bill rushing into the room “defending her honor” because of his years of guilt and nothing else to do.

Robert Rice says Bill Clinton is being disingenuous when he apologizes and needs to stop taking the attention away from his wife.

Yes, Obama is up to being beat up because he is running for the highest position in land: President of the United States. Do the Clintons need to remember their own beating downs in Arkansas, the White House and when Hillary ran for Senate (“carpetbagger accusations”). Beating on Obama from his own party leader is a reminder of why many individuals register Independent, Undecided, or respond with “don’t get involved in politics”, “won’t vote’, ‘don’t believe politicians”, “my vote doesn’t count” and lose respect for the voting process.
“If what we have heard from Billary is what they are willing to say in public, imagine what they are saying behind closed doors?”, said one young voter being interviewed at the Democratic Alliance for Action meeting last night.

What I find interesting in the polling is that after all the puffery, only 59% of South Carolina African Americans are more comfortable with Obama. I would like to see those poll numbers. What led to this final conclusion? What other questions did they ask? Who were they interviewing? What methodology did they use to develop the sample and the final study group? Was the sample random? What are interviewees’ demographics, income, occupation, education, age, years of voting, gender and financial standing? How often do the respondents vote? Are they involved in any other political activities? And if this is true, there is still a lot of work the Obama camp needs to do to change the direction of the 2008 Presidential election.

I strongly recommend that the Obama campaign start a loud clear, concise and firm dialogue regarding immigration questions: What are we going to do about the borders (Mexico and Canada)? Are more border patrols needed? If you are controlling your borders, what about the foreign countries owning our ports? Do you recommend “temporary identification”? Why or Why not? Will you continue to provide healthcare privileges to farm workers (who are endorsing Hillary) to woe the Latino votes? Are you going to hire Hispanic speaking staff and campaign volunteers who speak Spanish? Are you running any ads in La Opinion, the Arabic, Sentinel, and other California, Arizona and New Mexico publications and other state’s “minority” base media? Will you assign a team that responds specifically to the lies raised by the Clinton campaign by visiting local democratic and college crowds?

Hillary left Bill and Chelsea in SC while she visited California. If SC African Americans fall for this “Bill Repenting Show”, I’ll have to reconsider my party affiliation, because the statesmen and women of this party really need to remind Clinton even though he is a spouse, he is still the public “head” of the Democratic Party. Though 24 states will be checking in on February 5th, let’s not limp to the finish line. The race certainly not over, we haven’t even begun see the Republicans all new level of fighting.

So today Hillary announced that she will be introducing her economic stimulus package to counter Bush’s questionable efforts. Stay tuned.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Change of subject: Well the television news isn’t covering it, but HE IS BACK! According to the Associated Press, Paul Wolfowitz was hired as Chairman of the International Security Advisory Board which runs “a high level advisory panel on arms control and disarmament, nonproliferation and related subjects. . . ” approved by Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State. As President of the World Bank, when he blew off bank regulations by allowing his girlfriend a $150K loan, he caused an international uproar by not stepping down after the infractions were discovered. As Deputy of Defense Secretary and one of the architects of the Iraqi occupation, the US is in a militarily quagmire with 3500 and dead soldiers and counting. So what is next, more White House insider meddling called “hide the ammunition” ?

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

OBAMA-ITES January 22, 2008

Remember if they were being paid to say the negatives on the phone it would be called "push polling". The goal is to put doubt in the minds of those that hear the misinformation and negative lies or conversation regarding the negative.

It is our role to make sure this doesn't happen. As soon as you hear someone saying the contrary explain this concept to others.
Carl Rove was great at it, they called it "planting a seed of doubt", they killed McCain in 2000 and destroyed his chances for the presidency by advertising it (prior to Swift-boat style but without the collaborators). They also call this Rovian Tactics, but the methodology is as old as politics. With the inception of radio, TV and computers, the information can simply be passed on faster giving the impression that it is truth not some found rumor. But the opponents are counting on people believing them so others will see Obama in "their eyes" to diminish, destroy and lessen his chances of others voting for him. This works with people who are thin skinned, undecided, frighten of politics and believe anything anyone tells them.

Here's an example, McCain saw a child in deep need of medical assistance in Mother Teresa's Orphanage, he told his wife, (they accused him of being unfaithful to her and having had intercourse with the child's mother and was masking bringing her to the US because she needed medical assistance and to salve his guilt). His attractive well-dressed and serene blonde wife went to see the child (when she went to the orphanage to arrange to have the child taken out of Mother Teresa's Orphanage in Bangladesh, India and brought her Arizona to one of the top medical facilities for months of medical assistance). I amplify his wife's appearance because they tried to make it sound as though "his wife is so beautiful why would he cheat on her". Because they didn't have the child on the family Christmas card, people's tongues started wagging (he is ashamed of her and this is why she isn't in the family picture) truth was she was still in the hospital having suffered from malnutrition. The election was in South Carolina, where pockets of racism still run rampant and people want to wave the Confederate flag and don't necessarily believe that racism is wrong. Operatives placed an ad in SC’s newspapers and tv saying that McCain had intercourse with this African American and hence this was an attack on "white womanhood", etc. Well, the child, Bridget, happens to have very dark skin and thick silky black hair. She is Indian not African-American, but to operatives it reads better.

There was no mention that she was a benevolence adoption because Mrs. McCain loved her and wanted to keep her in the family. Trust me gang, we haven't seen anything yet, we can only brace ourselves for more of Clinton's and republican attacks, because they are obviously scared that Obama is getting more traction and SC is a huge state win. Stay tuned Saturday and keep on keeping on. OR as Obama says, "Fired UP and Ready to GO", Repeat that mantra every morning “Fired up and Ready to Go” when you get up. It works for me. If you don’t believe any of this, check with the New York Times and Washington Post. Just sharing....

Nervie, Santa Clarita Valley

Monday, January 14, 2008

Monday, January 14, 2008

OK, yesterday I didn’t write, I needed to rest. The day before I went to a Ventura County central committee training session. Todd and I learned we have a lot of reading, learning and comprehending to do if we are going to be fully capable of leading a couple precincts and being able to intelligently speak on the voting issues on this years’ ballot. People shared talking points and books to read. Where is my yellow highlighter pen, six-inch ruler, cup of java, 3X5 cards, Barnes and Noble’s Namaste bookmark and ahhh my Tocasta strawberry Viennese wafers (at Costco’s ladies)?

I’m back from listening to the FOX, MSNBC, CBS and
Today most of the news is pretty grim. Crude is floating between $95-100 per barrel; hence, gasoline will hit $4.00/gallon by spring time. We are being advised to get the car tuned up, drive at a continual speed, instead of fast stops and fast starts, keep tire pressure up, and tires balanced. As for travel, book early for any flights, hotel rooms, rental car services and anticipate higher costs overall. Go to AAA or other motor club, MapQuest™ or internet map search for directions instead of driving 10-20 miles out of the way (calling it sight seeing) to keep costs down. That’s enough to make you stay home and enjoy the local park.

The recalls for toys are going to be continuous however Congress is looking at improving and increasing toy standards. I still can’t believe that Mattel didn’t care enough to be on top of this one don’t they consider whom they are passing out contracts to? Couldn’t they find a small town in the USA to paint their toys and bring the manufacturing back home?

No surprise to most people, ID theft is on the rise and legislation will be introduced by Congress on the reduction of requiring social security number usage. And to think that Hillary was even thinking about giving New York immigrant’s identification cards. Think about it, all the immigrants needed to do is find out where the cards were being issued and move to the next state and get another one which wasn’t “temporary” and become a legitimate US citizen with our poor tracking system. And then after the media badgered her for a response, she changed her mind? Who forgot to help her think that one through fruition? Bill must have been on speaking tour. Yeah, I said it.

There is discussion on CBS that social security number theft is becoming a problem. I remember my first reaction to learning that the university’s in Florida was using student’s social security numbers as their student identification number, “because it was much easier to process financial aide and to keep track of the student’s income, paper work, etc”, as the admissions clerk explained. In fine print in the back of the admission’s catalog you could have requested a ‘special number’ but they required you to get a request by an attorney stating your reasons, which costs money and only draws more attention to your admission status. I didn’t have anything to hide. However, I don’t remember any thefts there either. The next university I attended the computer geek stole the privacy files before anyone in administration knew it. You’d hope the university would value admission privacy but this guy programmed the system. Rumor among the geeks was that he wanted an increase in pay, they turned him down and he stole 10,000 gems on the way out. Sweet revenge you’d say. Eventually they did send out notices to students and staffs that we needed to check our credit periodically because there is no telling where those numbers were being harvested. Maybe he went to work at FaceBook…

Speaking of thefts, last night on “60 Minutes” Diane Sawyer did a piece on FaceBook. The owner’s expansion was conducted by “acquiring” the names and “entering” the system at the university he was attending. I guess he got a light suspension or maybe that is why he left Harvard? With deadpan expression, he seemed unmoved by Sawyer asking “this is stealing, right?” Was it any surprise that he also has colleagues suing him for using their collective computer concept now worth, industry specialists say, $15 billion, rivaling Goggle? He was offered $1 billion in cash for the business but said he had an obligation to the 400 employees, some moving on skates, skateboards, and unicycles and sleeping on thin cots adjacent to their desks. How is that for work dedication? The place looked like a huge unkempt fraternity or dorm room without walls. He said, even at 23 years of age, he lives in a modest 1-bedroom apartment. I wondered about the tax incentives in buying several huge mansions in an isolated cul-de-sac and offering the employees an option to create Facebook Home Village.

It is predicted on several channels that oil, bakery goods, vegetables, fruits and any products requiring transportation from the manufacturer will be going up by 3-4% in the grocery stores. So tighten up the belt and engage restraint says Harry. Being fresh out of college this won’t be difficult, but isn’t this the purpose of college to learn delayed gratification so when you graduate you can award yourself with those items coveted on TV, in magazines, on the net, and people sitting across from you in Starbucks while you nursed your $2.10 large cup of medium roast?

But the real discussion to me or is it much to do about nothing? Obama is being pushed to respond to the overt race question. Obama doesn’t want the conversation. The feeling is that the Clinton campaign is bating Obama to talk about this? No focus on race is necessary because we don’t want to focus on gender in regard to Hillary do we?

Tony Martin of CNN called it ‘chippy” but “this is rough and tumble” as the two camps are vying for the undecided African American votes in South Carolina. Unlike New Hampshire and Iowa African Americans, usually staunch Democrats, weren’t in the election equation. In South Carolina, won by Edwards in 2000, Black talk shows and blogs are going back and forth in chats and group discussions on the issue of why isn’t the black candidate discussing race and isn’t this an obvious subject? The “Shuck and Jive” comments by Andrew Como also have ignited discussion. Does Obama believe in government set asides for minorities? Should there be special provisions for people of color? Should there be a continuation of Equal Opportunity guidelines relegating percentages of employment, contracts and monies for the enhancement and equalizing of government funds and projects?

Hillary says though she has all the respect in the world for Dr M. L. King, Jr. his efforts would not have been realized if it hadn’t been for the President L.B. Johnson. What? Does she fail to say that it hasn’t stopped African Americans for having to apply for full citizenship every twenty years? Mrs. (Bill) Cosby thinks it is abominable that this hasn’t been corrected. Has Hillary spoke to this little faux pau? I don’t think so. Does anyone remember Hillary was a “Republican Goldwater Girl” during this time? I don’t think so. If it had been dependent on Hillary at that time, the civil right’s battle may not have been to fruition because she wasn’t even a Democrat at the time.

Obama, a biracial contender, may not want to get involved in this election discussion, but 40% of Black women in South Carolina are the undecided real prize. It was suggested that Howard Dean take a statesmen role and stop their public bickering. To date he hasn’t weighed in on the issue. If this is not bad enough, Associated press has now picked up the comments made by Bob Jones, senior advisor of the Clinton campaign and former creator of BET (Black Entertainment Television), whose reflections imply that Obama was dealing drugs while he was Chicago organizing. These kinds of comments are now being disputed over what was intended when Jones said it, subsequently Hillary has fired him. Yes, she may have fired him, but in her campaign’s Rove-style attacking it has left an impression on the minds of those who were privy to the original conversation. Does Jones really believe that Obama was dealing drugs as part of his Chicago organizing? In Obama’s book, he admits to understanding how easily he could have continued to slide into the drug world’s slippery slope.

Can we go back and ask her does she not remember Bill’s “I didn’t inhale” when he admitted to experimenting with marijuana when he was bidding for the Presidency. Was she not inhaling with him or is she squeaky clean? Can we return to bill’s relationship with Lewinsky which we know is in the back of many of our minds? If the Clinton’s don’t want to address the obvious, can’t we just move on to the real issues at hand.

We are entering a recession, admit it; We’re trillions of dollar in the arrears. More than ½ of our national debt is owned by foreign countries, some we aren’t that friendly with. Immigrants are crossing the borders in the hundreds and there aren’t any safeguards and serious provisions or homeland security efforts saying “Mexico, be responsible and stop it”. Oil prices, travel, and the cost of food that use oil by products are escalating. The writers and producers on strike are causing some entertainment dependent industries to layoffs, to go out of business, or to join the unemployment lines.

The mortgage interest rates are rising for millions of homeowners who are loosing their dwellings. Countrywide the largest mortgage lender in the USA is subject to be bought out by Bank of America because BOA is covering their ownership in the Countrywide stock.

Bush is playing around in the Middle East encouraging other Moslem nations to stand as allies to the US, the Navy is out practicing war maneuvers (cat & mouse games) in the “neutral” waters of the Strait of Hormuz antagonizing the Iranians (into getting into a war) to rationalize his over spending and lying about the Iraq war in the first place. Bush has chosen to not negotiate with Hamas, which has been instrumental in driving Condoleezza to bring the Israel’s and the Palestinian people to the negotiating table. Hamas does the guns and militarily understanding and impatience to keep the Israel’s at bay. The media hasn’t discussed the “peace group on the Palestinian and Israel’s side” that demanded there be a truce. The media doesn’t amplify the various soldiers on the Israel side that have refused to fight because they too questioned the futility of deaths. When will the media finally say, no war ever ended at the end of a barrel, it ended in negotiations with a pen and paper. Maybe the Facebook guy could work on creating that site. Meantime, can Super Tuesday get here fast enough? Before Bush is crowned King of the United States.

Peace Out, but stay tuned.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

My thoughts for the day

“Furiously independent” is the media’s representative phrase to describe the New Hampshire voters today.

ABC, CCN and MSNBC Media pundits agree it hasn’t been since 1952 and 1928 that the media didn’t know who would be the most likely candidate for the Republican or the Democratic Party nomination. So they have to wait like we do, I love it. I heard that Iowan voters and the New Hampshire (NH) voters haven’t chosen the same top candidate for either party in twenty years. One pundit said he wonders if NH deliberately chooses someone different just to keep the “wave of enthusiasm” and “difficulty in speculating” an element in voting. A possible factor?

Looking for the bounce towards Obama is said as nonexistent now because even though he was 2 digits behind Hillary at the beginning of the month, the final numbers didn’t reflect the Obama poll 3-19 point spread predicted 24 hours prior to the election. So did several respondents lie? Or did many voters rethink their choice within the 24 hour period? A possible factor?

Exit polls didn’t agree with the final numbers, I’d like to see those numbers.
I read that the overwhelming support from Iowans was the fact that Iowans are smarter, more educated and have more time to meet the candidates and that more students had registered than in New Hampshire or the fact that New Hampshire students are still home and haven’t returned to school. A possible factor?

A New York reporter states that Clinton’s campaign must be in crisis. After speculations, Carvell announced that he wasn’t working for Hillary nor planning on jumping on her team, he was too busy. However we did hear that if Hillary fired the present campaign manager he might consider. Podesta, another democratic campaign captain wasn’t available for comment. Today we hear no talk about any Hillary campaign changing members, I wonder why.

It’s Funny how Chris Matthews was questioning Hillary’s communication director yesterday who was trying to project Hillary as behind until yesterday. Matthews took her to task raising his voice and strongly questioning what poll was she referring to. Although she never answered the question, she feigned that Matthews was attacking when he kept asking her, “where are you getting your information from”. Maybe she isn’t the main communication’s director or missed a few memos? A possible factor.

Turbin, an Illinois Obama supporter, says that the enormous poll leads seemed off kilter to the Obama campaign inner circle. Senator Dick Turbin says that Hillary was two digits ahead of Obama in New Hampshire before the returns in Iowa. I felt great hearing this, so loosing wasn’t a huge surprise as it was for me hearing all the poll numbers. He credits this to people being questioned enjoying proving the poll experts wrong, but I believe only loosing by 7,000 votes only shows the closeness that this horse race has become to all those speculating.

Turbin says that “the battleground states” is where this campaign is going.
He says the campaign teams weren’t surprised by the returns but do feel they close the margins. I believe that Obama brings people positively together. Hillary alienates. It has nothing to do with her being a woman, I believe women can lead this country. What is interesting however, why doesn’t anyone mention that fact that Shirley Chisholm was the first person to run for President of the USA? A black woman?

There are now 19 Obama state offices running full time in the battleground states. So there are opportunities for those higher up.

As for Hillary tearing up, maybe the question of “how do you keep this up” hit a soft spot, but as the seasoned Huffington female reporter says “so long feminism” and instead says, hello thirty years of denial. Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

Jessie Jackson, Jr. says there shouldn’t have been a surprise at the polls, because people will usually tell strangers what they think they want to hear, versus how they really vote, because once an individual goes into the booth and pulls the curtain, they will vote their core self.

Voters’ ethics are being challenged.
Approach to change requires real restoration and security for the poor and middle Americans. This election addresses many points:
* racism hasn’t gone away
* gender preference hasn’t gone away
* poverty hasn’t gone away
* solutions to the Iraqi War are still up for grabs
* faith and elitism haven’t gone away
* and seeing ourselves as One Nation, One Constitution, Under God hasn’t gone away either. Possible factors?

I disputed with a politophile friend of mine, “so you wondered if Iowans voting for Obama was more of a “what you aught to do” rather than a “could do” because the voters had to stand for the candidate and verbally rationalize to the other individuals in the room, why you are standing for that candidate? A Possible factor?

Now that doesn’t require a paper ballot, that can be lost of altered; that doesn’t require an electronic vote, that can be programmed to only assign so many counts per push. Maybe the whole voting process should be a caucus, then take the raw count and forget the electoral process completely. This gets rid of the 16 point count spread and you have one final number.

I noticed the plug for Dunkin donuts and their “new retail” coffee aisle advertisements ironically going on in California. Hillary serving me breakfast, that’s a nice touch. Hearing Hillary referring to the election process as not a game but a sincere connection by the service leader, who requires staying grounded and connecting to their base. Yeah, you have to travel a great deal; taking time out to go home and taking a deep breath and resting was a lesson on election common sense.

I am hearing from Amy’s Obama Rally for culinary workers union who consist of hotel, laundry, doormen and maid service workers in Nevada with crowds stretching three to four city blocks. Obama he is still an election Rock Star even with the unions. A Possible Factor?

Hillary’s campaign exclaims that they knocked on 90,000 doors. So in spite of email, phone calls, forums, debates and literature drops the old fashion “reach out and touch” door to door works best. And even though Romney shed a few tears and no one put that on the front page of the newspaper. Hillary’s tearing up just may have worked.

We learn today, the lady that asked the question causing her to tear up voted for Obama. Hillary says that she “has found her own voice”. Interesting in all of the election training I have taken and campaigns I have watched and participated in, the candidate usually knows this before they start campaigning. Now who is gaming whom? I’ll admit working with candidates finding their voices takes weeks to check and recheck, write and rewrite and they encourage you to practice using it when introducing yourself. You are advised to keep it down to 50 words and to be able to articulate it in less than 2 minutes. And Clinton after 35 years didn’t know her voice. After 35 years aren’t you a professional politician? A possible factor?

I wondered if Bill’s “biggest fairytale I’ve ever seen” and distorting Obama’s record got Hillary any brownie points. He didn’t sound like a prior president but a “man whose wife was being scorned”. Maybe Edwards and Obama were too hard on her at the debate Sunday night, but let’s face it, she was the one throwing the rocks. And when the retaliation came, she folded and ran to him for cover? I wondered.

And where is Guiliani? Is Romney over produced, note he has perfect hair like Edwards and they aren’t attacking his stylist or hair costs.

“Signed Sealed Delivered, I’m yours” by Stevie Wonder is still the campaign election song. And eloquently Obama responds, that though he didn’t win in New Hampshire, you want to play Stevie whether you win or loose.

Obama has always known who he was; he didn’t have to invent himself. He unites, inspires and causes people to think, to act, and to vote. I believe he also brings the best out of all of us even making Hillary a better person. I noted today that she is even using the “we” “you” and “us” words in her speeches instead of the “I” word. So stay tuned, we have next Tuesday’s debate in Las Vegas.

I’ll be working the polls in Santa Clarita on Super Tuesday. Yes, I’m still Fired up, Activating and Ready to Go!