Clinton replaces campaign manager


Maggie Williams (Clinton Cam Mngr 2-10-08)

The Clinton political machine is running scared! There has been a campaign staff shake-up.

 

JRH 2/10/08

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Clinton replaces campaign manager

 

By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News

February 10, 2008 7:00 PM CT

 

WASHINGTON – Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton replaced campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle with longtime aide Maggie Williams on Sunday, engineering a shake-up in a presidential campaign struggling to overcome rival Sen. Barack Obama’s financial and political strengths.

 

The surprise announcement came hours after Obama’s sweep of three contests Saturday and shortly before the Illinois senator won caucuses in Maine on Sunday.

 

Determined to stem the tide, Clinton turned to a longtime confidante to manage her operations while the campaign acknowledged that she made a private visit to North Carolina this week to seek the endorsement of former rival John Edwards. Her rival Barack Obama was planning his own meeting Monday with Edwards, who confidants said was torn over which candidate to back.

 

Campaign aides said Solis Doyle made the decision to leave on her own and was not urged to do so by the former first lady or any other senior member of the team. But it comes as Clinton struggles to catch Obama in fundraising and momentum and faces the prospect of losing every voting contest yet to come in February.

 

Solis Doyle announced the shift in an e-mail to the staff on Sunday.

"I have been proud to manage this campaign and prouder still to call Hillary my friend for more than 16 years," Solis Doyle wrote. "Maggie is a remarkable person and I am confident that she will do a fabulous job."

 

Solis Doyle said she will serve as a senior adviser to Clinton and the campaign, and travel with Clinton from time to time.

 

Williams, who served as Clinton’s White House chief of staff, joined the campaign after the New York senator narrowly won the New Hampshire primary Jan. 8. She will begin assuming the duties of campaign manager this week.

 

"I think this is one of the most important things I could be doing," Williams told The Associated Press. "I don’t think you can accept one of these jobs unless you care about the future."

 

After Clinton’s third-place finish in Iowa, Williams and other top strategists were brought aboard to help hone the political operation and sharpen Clinton’s message. According to campaign aides, Solis Doyle, who has two young children, made the decision to step down as campaign manager at the time and agreed to stay on until Super Tuesday, Feb. 5.

 

The staff shake-up caps a week in which Clinton grabbed the bigger prizes on Super Tuesday, winning New York, California and New Jersey, but Obama prevailed in more contests. Obama won the popular vote in 13 states, while Clinton won in eight states and American Samoa.

 

Both Clinton and Obama have been competitive in fundraising for most of the campaign; each raised more than $100 million last year. In the last few weeks, however, Clinton lagged behind Obama as he raised $32 million in January to her $13.5 million, forcing her to lend her campaign $5 million before Super Tuesday. The campaign said Saturday that it had raised $10 million since the beginning of February.

 

Obama enjoyed a three-state sweep Saturday night, winning the Louisiana primary and caucuses in Washington state and Nebraska. He has the potential to pad his victories in contests Tuesday in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, as well as next week in Wisconsin and his native Hawaii.

 

Clinton is hoping to prevail on March 4 when Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont vote.

 

In a statement, Clinton praised Solis Doyle and said she looked forward to her continued advice in the coming months.

 

"Patti Solis Doyle has done an extraordinary job in getting us to this point — within reach of the nomination — and I am enormously grateful for her friendship and her outstanding work," Clinton said. "And, as Patti has said, this already has been the longest presidential campaign in history and one that has required enormous sacrifices of everyone and our families.

 

"I look forward to her continued advice in the months ahead," Clinton added.

 

"Patti and I have worked with Maggie Williams for more than a decade," Clinton said in the statement. "I am lucky to have Maggie on board and I know she will lead our campaign with great skill towards the nomination."

 

The daughter of Mexican immigrants who cut her political teeth in Chicago, Solis Doyle served as Clinton’s scheduler for eight years in the White House and began overseeing her political operation during her first run for Senate in 2000.

 

But Solis Doyle’s appointment as Clinton’s presidential campaign manager last year surprised many Democratic operative including some in Clinton’s inner circle, who believed she did not have sufficient political experience to run the operation.

 

Clinton aides loyal to Solis Doyle say she proved the naysayers wrong, smoothly managing a staff of several hundred and a budget that swelled to well over $100 million while leaving most of the campaign’s major strategic decisions to others — particularly Clinton pollster Mark Penn and media adviser Mandy Grunwald. But she was also criticized by others for, among other things, failing to anticipate and plan for Obama’s fundraising prowess.

 

Money will be crucial for a drawn-out fight for the party’s nomination, an historic struggle between Clinton, who is seeking to become the first female commander in chief, and Obama, who would be the first black president.

 

The Democratic Party’s system of awarding pledged delegates proportionally and the oversized role of superdelegates, the 796 lawmakers, governors and party officials who are not bound by state votes, meant that no candidate had a commanding lead.

 

According to The Associated Press’ latest survey, Clinton had 243 superdelegates and Obama had 156. That edge was responsible for Clinton’s overall edge in the pursuit of delegates to secure the party’s nomination for president. According to the AP’s latest tally, Clinton has 1,125 total delegates and Obama has 1,087. A candidate must get 2,205 delegates to capture the nomination.

 

The delegate numbers increased the possibility of a protracted fight for the Democratic nomination, perhaps lasting through this summer’s national convention in Denver.

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Super Tuesday is Yesterday


American Flag Ballot Box

Super Tuesday has come and gone. The waters are a little less muddy but they are still muddy.

 

For the Democrats Hillary asserted herself as a front runner however by no means eliminated Obama from nipping at her feet.

 

For the Republicans the once down for the count McCain has beat the ten-count to be ahead in points. Romney had a surprisingly disappointing showing and Huckabee had a surprisingly strong showing; however that combination seems to have cancelled each other out giving the old man McCain new vigor toward a nomination win.

 

In politics things can change but it appears Huck’s strong show may embolden him to go all the way through the primary process even if it is a loosing effort in the hope that miracles will continue to boost him toward an unlikely nomination.

 

Romney was seriously hurt by Super Tuesday. He has the money to stay in the race; however at this point the businessman needs to calculate the profit and loss and decide on a strategy that could make him a king maker or part of the winning nominee’s team in some influential manner. Of course as I have said, politics change. Any unforeseen occurrence could rearrange the fortunes of the Republicans top three candidates at any moment.

 

Which Republican do I support? I just cannot come up with a clear choice; however I do not suffer from a McCain Derangement Syndrome that might lead to a certain Democratic Party victory. A Dem victory although expected is not a shoe-in and is abhorrent to me.

 

I cannot vote for a Mormon to win the nomination because of my religious beliefs; however I will vote for a Mormon over a Democrat any day of the week especially in November 2008.

 

I like Huck’s self-proclaimed Social Conservatism and his stand of not being ashamed to be a Christian; however there are elements of taxation and immigration that bother me about Huck. Still I will vote Huckabee in November above any Democrat nominated. The Democrats are simply to fringe to the Left and although I know they think they are helping Americans by denigrating military confrontation with Islamofascists they are really emboldening the Islamofascists with greater confidence to continue acts of terrorism that could once again reach the land of Purple Mountain’s Majesty.

 

I’ll see at the Republican Convention who I will ultimately vote for in November. And may all Republicans set aside their differences and stand united behind whoever that winner is. The Democratic Party platform of “Change” is a change to the Left and that will not be good for America.

Coulter Plugs Romney and Disses the Other GOP


Mitt Romney-Ann Romney-Ann Coulter-CPAC

I love Ann Coulter’s stinging wit and prose that are most often reserved for moonbats on the Left. Coulter is caught up in the GOP race for President which is understandable since she is obviously a Conservative.

Thus the Candidates that Ann does not endorse on the GOP side have been the recipients of the usually magnificent vitriol reserved for Leftists. Ann has been railing on McCain for some time; here is her latest post on Senator McCain. Here is a piece critical of Huckabee. And way back in October 2007 she tag teamed on my man Fred (since folded) and Huckabee together.

As of mid January it appears that Ann has settled to write favorably about Mitt Romney as a true Conservative.

In some of her articles attacking other Republicans Ann (and remember I think she is a sharp double edged sword for Dems) harangues Republican voters for not doing their home work when Romney lost or came in a close second.

If you have read my posts about Romney, the biggest negative I have against him is his Mormon faith which I consider a cultic knock-off of Christianity. Incidentally I do support Romney’s choice of practicing Mormonism for there is Freedom of Religion in America; however as a Christian I have to point out the attributes of Mormonism do not run true to Christian Faith (Catholic, Protestant or Eastern Orthodox). Secularists would say religion should not be a factor in voting. I say if a Candidate contradicts your values and faith, then religion is a factor.

Here is the irony about Mitt Romney. As Governor of Massachusetts he often voted on the side of social Liberalism and not social Conservatism as a good Mormon should. Mormon’s may be a cult; however they endorse good Christian morality such as pro-life and anti-abortion as one example. As a Governor, Romney voted pro-abortion. Romney has claimed to have a moral transformation in his beliefs in 2004; however it sounds like a political transformation to hook the Christian Right.

Do I think Romney would be a good Administrative President? I would have to say yes. AND if he was the nominee for the GOP I would vote for him; however in the GOP selection stage Romney is not the guy.

I don’t know who the GOP guy is either. McCain would also be a good Administrator but he leans toward too many Leftist causes. I think McCain would be excellent to steer America toward victory on the War on Terror. Huckabee has become the darling of the Christian Right because of his open support of for social Conservatism; however like McCain and Giuliani he has a past of aiding illegal aliens. Huck has sounded profoundly ignorant on foreign affairs and he has a reputation for raising taxes (even if the taxes were mandated by the Courts). Giuliani is also a social Liberal and soft on illegal immigration; however he is tough on crime and would at least be a leader to win the War on Terror.

When the primary hits my neck of the woods, I won’t vote for Romney and I am extremely uncertain about whom else to vote for. I do no I will not vote for Ron Paul because he has not been forthcoming about Newsletters written in his name that were racist in his past. Paul has only taken responsibility for an error he was unaware of and that is not a believable defense. I would be more impressed if he disavowed the Newsletters as an aberration of a Southern cultural past and he has moved into the 21st century as many Southerners have indeed transformed from bigotry of the past to a more equality minded bent in the present. This has not happened.

Back to Coulter’s support of Romney: in this case I do not think she has done her homework or if she has, Coulter is less a social Conservative and more a fiscal and political/secular Conservative. This would disappointingly mean Coulter does not place a premium on Biblical morality and values.

The President of the American Right to Life Action has criticized Coulter for supporting a pro-abortionist in Mitt Romney. I would add Mormonism.

JRH

Fred Heads Do Not Give Up


Fred Thompson - Speak Softly - Big Stick

My Man Fred came in a disappointing third place in South Carolina. Apparently Huck believes Fred was a spoiler for his campaign in South Carolina and would have won over McCain if Fred was not there.

 

For me it boggles my mind that my fellow Christian Right voters are falling for Huckabee instead of Thompson. Thompson has the proven record of the most consistent Conservative fiscally and socially of the Candidates that have a real shot in the competition for the nomination.

 

Apparently Huckabees ministerial ordination credentials and home spun ability to connect with voters is of more value than a consistent Conservative track record.

 

Officially Fred has not thrown in the towel after counting so much on South Carolina; however a rather dour speech that sounded like Thanks for the Memories provides the appearance Fred is thinking of withdrawing.

 

I doubt Fred will gain any traction in the touted Florida Primary coming up; however I pray Fred stays in through Super Tuesday. If Fred can lose the dourness and show the fire he had in the last few debates, Super Tuesday may prove good for Fred even if he is not the majority winner. If the Republican Convention has no clear winner of delegates, then the bargaining begins in extra ballots at the Convention. Something I have never seen in my life time, but it has happened.

 

So my man Fred, stiffen that back and get tough and stick it out. A Convention that decides on multiple ballots does not mean the candidate with the most delegates after the first ballot is the automatic winner. A Candidate must win a minimum of 1191 delegates to be declared the winner of the Presidential nomination. If that doesnt happen on the first ballot, the back room deals and political wrangling to come up with magic number occurs.

 

Thus even a third or fourth place finish for Fred may be seen as the logical compromise choice with his consistent Conservatism.

 

JRH

The Ron Paul Illusion


 

I had the impression Ron Paul was a Libertarian Republican with disastrous a Foreign Policy platform. I had heard the rumors that Paul was receiving big chunks of money from White Supremacist hate groups but I merely chalked that up to something yet awkwardly the racist hate groups liked about Paul.

 

I did think it was odd that Paul did not give the money back so as not to be publicly associated with racist hate groups. I naively chalked that up to a budget need to compete with the tier one big boys of the GOP.

 

I am finding out just how naïve I really was. From an odd named blog (FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog) that bill’s itself as “FullosseousFlap’s Comments on the Dental World and More.” The “and More” seems to reign over comments on the Dental World for FullosseousFlap spends a great deal more time blogging on Conservative issues.

 

Anyway the blog has found credible dirt on Ron Paul that has him printing newsletters that are of a White Supremacist anti-Semitic nature. That places Ron Paul in the category of hypocrite trying to fool mainstream Republicans with a Libertarian bent. It is heinous! It is embarrassing! It is like when KKK David Duke ran for office in Louisiana as a Republican.

 

Do not be fooled by Ron Paul’s overtly Libertarian ways when he is quietly and inwardly a White Supremacist.

 

JRH

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RON PAUL WATCH: THE BIGOT REVOLUTION

 

Flap

January 8, 2008 1:39 PM

FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog

 

Why is THIS news? It was a matter of time before someone found the historical Ron Paul written record.

 

Flap has pounded Ron Paul for weeks over his Donald Black, David Duke and Stormfront.org (White Supremacist/Neo-Nazi) ties – his Jew problem.

 

But, here are some key graphs:

 

·      Such views on race also inflected the newsletters’ commentary on foreign affairs. South Africa’s transition to multiracial democracy was portrayed as a “destruction of civilization” that was “the most tragic [to] ever occur on that continent, at least below the Sahara”; and, in March 1994, a month before Nelson Mandela was elected president, one item warned of an impending “South African Holocaust.”

 

·      Martin Luther King Jr. earned special ire from Paul’s newsletters, which attacked the civil rights leader frequently, often to justify opposition to the federal holiday named after him. (”What an infamy Ronald Reagan approved it!” one newsletter complained in 1990. “We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day.”) In the early 1990s, a newsletter attacked the “X-Rated Martin Luther King” as a “world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours,” “seduced underage girls and boys,” and “made a pass at” fellow civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy. One newsletter ridiculed black activists who wanted to rename New York City after King, suggesting that “Welfaria,” “Zooville,” “Rapetown,” “Dirtburg,” and “Lazyopolis” were better alternatives. The same year, King was described as “a comsymp, if not an actual party member, and the man who replaced the evil of forced segregation with the evil of forced integration.”

 

On the Jews and Israel:

 

·      The newsletters display an obsession with Israel; no other country is mentioned more often in the editions I saw, or with more vitriol. A 1987 issue of Paul’s Investment Letter called Israel “an aggressive, national socialist state,” and a 1990 newsletter discussed the “tens of thousands of well-placed friends of Israel in all countries who are willing to wok [sic] for the Mossad in their area of expertise.” Of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, a newsletter said, “Whether it was a setup by the Israeli Mossad, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little.”

 

Ron Paul’s spokesman, Jesse Barton denies Ron Paul’s direct involvement in many of the newsletters which carry Ron Paul’s name and where many bigoted quotes are found.

 

Who are they trying to fool?

 

But it is difficult to imagine how Paul could allow material consistently saturated in racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and conspiracy-mongering to be printed under his name for so long if he did not share these views. In that respect, whether or not Paul personally wrote the most offensive passages is almost beside the point. If he disagreed with what was being written under his name, you would think that at some point–over the course of decades–he would have done something about it.

 

The Ron Paul Revolution is a RUSE. It’s origins are not in libertarianism but the FAR RIGHT hate crowd.

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Update for my blog from Flap:

 

Comment by Wiseburn

2008-01-08 16:53:14

 

Flap,

 

Yes, I read the TNR article and scanned Pajamas. I’ve followed Paul’s voting record in Congress for years. He is a polite, honest, straight talking country doctor with utmost integrity and my favorite Congressman.

 

Here is Paul’s statement on this flap.

 

http://www.ronpaul2008.com/press-releases/125/ron-paul-statement-on-the-new-republic-article-regarding-old-newsletters

 

January 8, 2008 5:28 am EST

 

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – In response to an article published by The New Republic, Ron Paul issued the following statement:

 

“The quotations in The New Republic article are not mine and do not represent what I believe or have ever believed. I have never uttered such words and denounce such small-minded thoughts.

 

“In fact, I have always agreed with Martin Luther King, Jr. that we should only be concerned with the content of a person’s character, not the color of their skin. As I stated on the floor of the U.S. House on April 20, 1999: ‘I rise in great respect for the courage and high ideals of Rosa Parks who stood steadfastly for the rights of individuals against unjust laws and oppressive governmental policies.’

 

“This story is old news and has been rehashed for over a decade. It’s once again being resurrected for obvious political reasons on the day of the New Hampshire primary.

 

“When I was out of Congress and practicing medicine full-time, a newsletter was published under my name that I did not edit. Several writers contributed to the product. For over a decade, I have publically taken moral responsibility for not paying closer attention to what went out under my name.”

 

My Response:

 

Come on Paul! You say, “I have publically taken moral responsibility for not paying closer attention to what went out under my name.” That is a lot of Newsletters for you not to pay attention. That makes you a moron not fit to be President or liar not fit to be President.

Ron Paul - White Supremacist 

 

 

Huckabee says Romney owes him apology


Mike Huckabee

Remember to vote for Fred in ’08. That being said and knowing the current polls in Iowa seem to favor Huckabee, Romney and McCain and not my man Fred; I have to talk about the political war between Romney and Huckabee.

Do you recall at the end of one the Republican Debates Huckabee came up to Romney to apologize about an interview that would appear in the NYT Magazine that be construed as publicly criticizing Mormonism yet that was not the intent? And that Romney accepted that apology with a brandishment that one’s religion should not be an issue among legitimate issues in the electoral process.

Now Huckabee is saying that Romney owes him an apology for the negative campaign ads that blatantly are lying about Huckabee and making claims for Romney that are outrageously untrue.

JRH 12/31/07

Nominate Fred Thompson for ‘08


Fred & Jeri Thompson, son, daughter

My man Fred Thompson is the best man to lead America in the next Administration. As a Republican, Fred does have some baggage; however way less than any other candidate that is electable except John McCain. On McCain, I think he would be a great leader in war (that the Democrats are trying to lose); however I believe McCain’s Conservative bona fides is unpredictable. I sense McCain would sacrifice social issues in compromise to push an agenda through to his liking. McCain may line with the Democratic Party Christophobes to move things along in a McCain Administration. I do not like that thought.

I really like Huckabee’s stand to vocally utilize Christianity as a political forum. Way too many Republicans are too concerned about being Politically Correct in addressing Christian Conservative social issues. On the other hand is Huckabee stumping for votes that he may later abandon due to the pressures of Presidential politics? Huckabee’s history makes him a Conservative gamble in trustworthiness; however fighting for Christian Conservative social issues is something I believe could reverse the moral darkness that the moral relativity of Secular Humanism (err … Democratic Party) has infected America’s culture.

Here is the latest update email I have received from the Fred Thompson’s Fred08 Blog:

Great news this morning from the Iowa bus tour.  An important Iowa newspaper endorses Fred for President!

"Thompson is unapologetic on his views and is a straight-shooter," writes the Ottumwa Courier.  Read why this Iowa newspaper say Thompson is the best man to lead America… http://www.ottumwacourier.com/opinion/local_story_360221446.html?keyword=secondarystory

· "…Thompson believes work must continue in Iraq despite growing concerns American troops should return home. We have to ‘finish what we’re doing,’ he said, adding the United States must continue the fight there and in Afghanistan."

· "On economic issues, Thompson is blunt. The time is now to reform the American economy.  He says the country needs ‘market-based approaches to reform that guarantee benefits for those who need them and embrace personal responsibility and cost-effectiveness without raising taxes.’"

· "Thompson said ‘it is a moral imperative that requires action now’ and he wants a full account of the government’s fiscal books for ‘all to see and understand.’"

· "The man from Tennessee is no-nonsense, speaks plainly and believes action is needed now, not later…. Fred Thompson will do just that."

Fred is back in Iowa this week, where he continues the final push to the caucus on January 3rd.  And he has a terrific new TV spot. You can see it now at Fred08.com.

Take a look, and forward this message on to 10 of your friends.

Fred needs your help to put it on the air. We need to put $248,846 in the bank before 6 PM EST on Friday, December 28th to do it.

As of this morning, we’ve raised more than $70,000.  With your help, we can reach our goal for Fred!  You can be part of the momentum by making a contribution today.

In 1996, more than 40% of Republican caucus voters said they made their decision of who to vote for in the final week. Click here to watch video of a couple from Creston, IA.  5 Republican presidential candidates have come through their town, but after hearing Fred last night, they believe he’s the right man to lead America and take the GOP to victory in 2008! Together, we can move votes to Fred if we get his TV ad on the air!

Show your support today by donating or signing up to make phone calls into Iowa to encourage people to vote for Fred on January 3rd.

The part you should notice is the insightful endorsement of Fred Thompson for President by the Ottumwa Courier. If you are convinced Fred is the man as I am you may wish to consider to help in some way with the links for donations or leg work.

JRH

Pollsters Resurrecting McCain and Trying to Bury Fred


Fred Thompson 2008

Ouch! Not to be accused of political illusions of my support for Fred Thompson, I read an American Thinker article that support’s McCain while simultaneously smashing my man Fred down the mud slide as a soon to be irrelevant Candidate.

 

To be honest I do not dislike McCain, I just do not feel the alignment with his independent thinking. McCain could simultaneously support something I find vital for America and something I find deplorable for America. I would rather have a Candidate that comes as closest to the same issues I feel aligned with.

 

I got to tell you for me that is still Fred Thompson.

 

Political pundits that are aligned with other Republican Candidates are trying to disparage my man Fred with an accusation of laziness. You know what? The President that terminated Soviet Communist militarism without firing a shot (and yet voted by the MSM most likely to push THE NUCLEAR BUTTON) was also accused of laziness. Success though tends to render reevaluation of criticism. Reagan buried the Soviet Communists by outspending them in a military buildup. The Great Communicator successfully managed the Executive Branch of Government not by laziness, but by timely delegated authority.

 

According to what I have read at the non-judgmental website OnTheIssues.org Fred Thompson lines up with a majority of issues I support. Of course there are some things that I might scratch my head about; nonetheless on what I consider the majors (Pro-Life, Pro-Victory, Pro-Conservative, allowing States to decide social issues (Federalism), illegal aliens and taxes); Fred is the man for 2008.