Sunday, June 15, 2008

It's Time to Support Barack Obama

I was, of course, a Hillary Clinton supporter and would still be in the Hillary camp, but...

Hillary herself has looked at the delegate numbers and has decided to support Barack Obama. However, I have no less regard for Hillary Clinton than I did back in March when I decided to vote and support her. In fact, my respect and regard has actually increased.

But in June 2008, Hillary did the right thing because we need change, and we need it fast.

Now it's time for you, Hillary supporters, to back the Democratic nominee. If you are still sitting on the fence or even against the notion of supporting Barack Obama, please read on:

We need to elect a Democrat for the White House because Bush war policies and economics are not working! And John McCain, although an admirable man and great war hero, promises more of the same.

I admire Obama tremendously; he has run a hard and fair campaign, and as the new kid on the block, he has defied conventional wisdom. Back in 1992, I remember another new kid who rose through the political ranks to beat George H.W. Bush in November 1992: William Jefferson Clinton.

For those of you who feel that Barack Obama is too inexperienced to hold the highest office of the land, just remember that President Bill Clinton was also a bit green, so that argument doesn't hold much water.

Throughout the primary (even while rooting for Clinton), I observed Obama and his poise under fire. I kept thinking, "Doesn't this man ever stumble?" Yes, there were a few bumps, and the media were hard on both candidates, but even I could see that they seemed even harder on Obama.

While it might be easy to dismiss Obama as just another fine orator, he also offers the substance that our country sorely needs. Quite frankly, he and Hillary weren't/aren't all that apart. Both support:

  • The end of this ghastly Iraqi war.

  • A universal health care system.

  • Fewer entitlements to big business, and more for the deserving poor and beleaguered middle class.

So won't you join me and other Hillary Clinton supporters now to support Barack Obama?

I have set up a new website: Also, don't forget to check out Obama's official site:

In closing, I have one political regret in my life. Back in 1976, as a young Democrat, I campaigned hard for Henry "Scoop Jackson; I was in charge of his campaign headquarters in my city, and I stumped hard for him. When he lost the Pennsylvania primary, I was so angry that my candidate lost that I refused to support Jimmy Carter. Fortunately, despite my lack of support, Jimmy Carter became President Carter.

Still, if I could go back in the wayback machine to November 1976, I would change my vote from Gerald Ford to James Earl Carter, Jr.

Thanks for listening.


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Send Your Hillary Message to Friends and Family

I am sending the following message to friends and family:

Hello, friends and family.

After much thought and consideration, I have decided to support Hillary Clinton in the Pennsylvania primary.

As many of you know by now, Pennsylvania's primary may prove to be pivotal in selecting the next Democratic president of the United States.

While I like and admire Senator Barack Obama, I feel that, at this time, Senator Clinton is best suited for the job.

In addition, Senator Clinton may have a better shot at defeating Republican nominee John McCain, who has committed to continuing the war in Iraq.

I have set up a grassroots blog and am calling for team bloggers:

100 Bloggers for Hillary: see for more details (left panel).

Also, if you are able, consider a financial contribution to Hillary Clinton's campaign: [not affiliated with this blog]

If you agree that Hillary is our best shot in November, please consider signing up for the blogger team.

Pennsylvanians: no matter who you decide to support, be sure to vote for your candidate of choice on April 22; your vote will make a difference.

Feel free to forward this email.

Best wishes.

Please consider sending a similar message to your friends and family.

Monday, March 17, 2008

100 Bloggers for Hillary

I have posted the following message on Hillary's official blog:

As a Pennsylvania resident and new Democrat (formerly an Independent), I have started a Hillary grassroots blog, in which I would like to call on Hillary supporters to join my '100 Bloggers for Hillary' team.

I'm seeking 100 bloggers who might not otherwise have a voice. I'm not asking for donations--this is a volunteer effort.

Who needs money? We don't need any fancy bells and whistles--just a basic blog and a $7.15 domain name.

What we do need:


By the way, it does not matter if you're not a Pennsylvania resident; you are still invited to join the blogger team.

On Saturday, I received my new voter's registration card in the mail; I'm now officially a Democrat and ready to vote for Hillary in Pennsylvania's April 22nd primary.

For Pennsylvanians: we CAN make a difference!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

An Important Decision...

As I have stated in my disclaimer, I am a registered Independent and have been for years.

I have decided to re-register as a Democrat; for me this is a momentous decision because I have prided myself on my lack of party affiliation, my free-wheeling political independence.

However, Pennsylvania may very well decide the Presidential Democratic primary, and, ultimately, the presidency. I would be very upset with myself if Hillary lost a delegate by one vote, so I'm doing something about it now.

If you live in Pennsylvania (or any other closed-election state that hasn't yet held its primary or caucus), please think about the difference you could make by changing your party affiliation.

I have downloaded the proper forms and printed them out; I will be filling them out TODAY.



Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Senator Hillary Clinton: A Path to the Presidency

By Harold Ickes, Senior Advisor & Mark Penn, Chief Strategist

(3/5/2008 11:20:40 AM)

With last night’s victories in Ohio and Texas, one thing is clear: the momentum has swung back to Hillary Clinton. Voters in both states agreed that Hillary Clinton would be the best Commander-in-Chief and the strongest steward of our economy. In fact, according to last night’s polls, those who decided who to vote for in the last three days overwhelmingly favored Hillary [CNN exit polls, 3/4/08]. It’s time for a second look.

Ohio is the barometer: Hillary was successful in Ohio, the state that for the last quarter century has picked our president. As everyone knows: As Ohio goes, so goes our country. Historically, it’s one of the bellwether states and it decided the last election. And the demographics of the upcoming contests in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana and Kentucky closely mirror those in Ohio. Hillary looks strong in all four states.

In recent years, every President has won two of the three following states: Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. Hillary has already won two of those and, according to all polls, is leading in the third – Pennsylvania.

More on BlogHillary

Hillary may be leading in Pennsylvania, but now isn't the time to get complacent. Five weeks to the Pennsylvania primary is a long time, and we need to keep the momentum going.

Join the "Bloggers for Hillary" team. Up to 100 team members will be accepted on the team. As a team member you will enjoy full blogging privileges on this blog (but without administrative capabilities).

Criteria for team status: you must be a competent writer and a Hillary Clinton supporter.

For an invitation to join the Blogging team, email me. In the subject line, type "Bloggers for Hillary," and write a short paragraph specifying why you have decided to support Senator Clinton and why you would like to be a part of this team.

Anyone is welcome to post comments, but the webmaster reserves the right to delete posts deemed to be offensive and/or harmful to Senator Clinton's campaign.