Tuesday, June 3, 2008


GOOD MORNING FLINT! BY Terry Bankert 6/3/08
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REFLECTIONS; Its now the time for all good Democrats to come to the aid of their Party. What a moment in history, a black man beats a woman to become the Democratic Party nominee...we are a great diverse county. There is plenty of room at the Democratic party table, join us. Politics is a contact sport in the USA and this internet blogging,.. just another form of political activism. We seeded from the chat rooms and boards with a slamming/ attacking style that many of us are trying to gravitat away from. Please all Democrats, Corporate and little “d” if from my little corner if you have taken offense at my small words accept this as a blanket apology. As for the Republicans...stay tuned there is more to come. To the Great Democrats that lead this country , Grandholm, Levin, Stabenow, Dale and Dan Kildee, Pelosi, Conyers, Barrack Obama and most of all to Hillary Rodham Clinton count me in as a private in your army. Within the context of party unity and the doctrine of “My enemies enemy is my friend”, it is my pleasure to introduce my new best friend Mr. Mark Brewer chairperson on the Michigan Democratic Party. It's your move Mr. Brewer.[trb]

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, AN AMERICAN HERO Hillary Rodhamn Clinton gave it the good fight, we are proud of her effort and style and now grace.[trb] Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton heaved toward the finish line in their exhaustive Democratic presidential odyssey with Obama poised to claim victory and Clinton facing the prospects of having to abandon a quest that once seemed a sure shot but became one of long odds.[a]

A FIGHTER UNTIL THE BELL RINGS! A running theme of Clinton's campaign for president in recent weeks has been her vow to keep fighting for the Democratic nomination even as the odds grew longer. On Monday, that theme dominated her travels once again -- this time on the eve of the South Dakota and Montana primaries that will close a five-month marathon of Democratic contests.[l]

HILLARY CLINTON IS PART OF OUR POLITICAL FUTURE "Hillary Clinton, bless her heart," added Leona McElvene of Warren, Mich., an Obama supporter who snapped photos of him from the stands. "They have to work out something where they can cooperate so we can make the country work better."[l]

During the 1992 presidential campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton observed, "Our lives are a mixture of different roles. Most of us are doing the best we can to find whatever the right balance is . . . For me, that balance is family, work, and service."[w]

Hillary Diane Rodham, Dorothy and Hugh Rodham's first child, was born on October 26, 1947. Two brothers, Hugh and Tony, soon followed. Hillary's childhood in Park Ridge, Illinois, was happy and disciplined. She loved sports and her church, and was a member of the National Honor Society, and a student leader. Her parents encouraged her to study hard and to pursue any career that interested her.[w] As an undergraduate at Wellesley College, Hillary mixed academic excellence with school government. Speaking at graduation, she said, "The challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible."[w]

In 1969, Hillary entered Yale Law School, where she served on the Board of Editors of Yale Law Review and Social Action, interned with children's advocate Marian Wright Edelman, and met Bill Clinton. The President often recalls how they met in the library when she strode up to him and said, "If you're going to keep staring at me, I might as well introduce myself." The two were soon inseparable--partners in moot court, political campaigns, and matters of the heart.[w]

After graduation, Hillary advised the Children's Defense Fund in Cambridge and joined the impeachment inquiry staff advising the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives. After completing those responsibilities, she "followed her heart to Arkansas," where Bill had begun his political career.[w] They married in 1975. She joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas Law School in 1975 and the Rose Law Firm in 1976. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the board of the Legal Services Corporation, and Bill Clinton became governor of Arkansas. Their daughter, Chelsea, was born in 1980.[w]

Hillary served as Arkansas's First Lady for 12 years, balancing family, law, and public service. She chaired the Arkansas Educational Standards Committee, co-founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, and served on the boards of the Arkansas Children's Hospital, Legal Services, and the Children's Defense Fund.[w]

As the nation's First Lady, Hillary continued to balance public service with private life. Her active role began in 1993 when the President asked her to chair the Task Force on National Health Care Reform. She continued to be a leading advocate for expanding health insurance coverage, ensuring children are properly immunized, and raising public awareness of health issues. She wrote a weekly newspaper column entitled "Talking It Over," which focused on her experiences as First Lady and her observations of women, children, and families she has met around the world. Her 1996 book It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us was a best seller, and she received a Grammy Award for her recording of it.[w]

As First Lady, her public involvement with many activities sometimes led to controversy. Undeterred by critics, Hillary won many admirers for her staunch support for women around the world and her commitment to children's issues.[w]

She was elected United States Senator from New York on November 7, 2000. She is the First Lady elected to the United States Senate and the first woman elected statewide in New York.[w]

ALL THAT’S LEFT IS THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF VICTORY AND CONGRATULATIONS Contest between Clinton and Obama goes on -- for now[l] And although Tuesday's primary-season ending contests in South Dakota and Montana won't decide the Democratic nomination, the closing of the polls could open the floodgates to dozens of superdelegates — members of Congress and other party leaders — long anxious to throw their support to Obama.[a] That could decide the nomination in a matter of days.[a]

DEMOCRATIC UNITY WILL AMAZE THE WORLD "Once the last votes are cast, then it's in everybody's interest to resolve this quickly so we can pivot. We're less than three months away from our convention. So we've got a lot of work to do in terms of bringing the party together," the Illinois senator said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday as he campaigned in Michigan, a general-election battleground.[a]

OBAMA CONTINUES TO BE A CLASS ACT... On the precipice of winning the Democratic nomination, Barack Obama today shared a phone conversation he had with rival Hillary Clinton about uniting the party. [b2] "I emphasized to her what an extraordinary race that she's run and said that there aren't too many people who understand exactly how hard she's been working," he told reporters in Waterford, Mich., relating their talk Sunday when he congratulated her on her victory in Puerto Rico. [b2] "I'm one of 'em because she and I have been on this same journey together, and I told her that once the dust settled I was looking forward to meeting with her at a time and place of her choosing. The sooner we can bring the party together, the sooner we can focus on John McCain and taking back the White House."[b2]

THE SUPER DELEGATES NEED TO FALL IN LINE... Obama said there were a lot of superdelegates who have been private supporters of his but wanted to respect the process by not endorsing until the final primaries were done.[a] And while both candidates forged ahead on Monday in full-bore campaigning, neither Obama nor Clinton planned to be in either primary state on election night.[a]

THE GUNS TURN TO THE REPUBLICANS, AND MCCAIN In a defiant shot across the GOP bow, Obama, who returned to hometown Chicago late Monday, planned to hold his wrap-up rally in St. Paul, Minn., at the arena that will be the site of the Republican National Convention in September.[a]

SHE GIVES DIGNITY, RESPECT AND MEANING TO THE TERM “LADY” Clinton returned to New York, the state she represents in the Senate, planning an end-of-primary evening rally in Manhattan after a grueling campaign finale as she pushed through South Dakota on Monday.[a] The former first lady has given no hint of quitting the race, and she has said repeatedly she may continue her candidacy even beyond the end of the primaries.[a] "I'm just very grateful we kept this campaign going until South Dakota would have the last word," she said at a restaurant in Rapid City in one of her final campaign stops. Polls suggested Obama would win both South Dakota and Montana.[a] She still sounded buoyant. Her biggest booster and most tireless campaigner, husband Bill Clinton, didn't. "This may be the last day I'm ever involved in a campaign of this kind," the former president said somberly as he stumped for her in South Dakota.[a]

RECONCILIATION PREDICTED WITHIN THE WEEK. Ahead of Tuesday's concluding primaries, Obama sought to set the stage for reconciliation, praising Clinton's endurance and determination and offering to meet with her — on her terms — "once the dust settles" from their race.[a] "The sooner we can bring the party together, the sooner we can start focusing on John McCain in November," Obama told reporters in Michigan. He said he spoke with Clinton on Sunday when he called to congratulate her on winning the Puerto Rico primary, most likely her last hurrah.[a]

DREAM TICKET..OBAMA/CLINTON...!!!! That fueled speculation for a "dream ticket" in which Clinton would become Obama's running mate — but neither camp was suggesting that was much of a possibility.[a] In the AP interview, Obama was asked when he would start looking for a running mate.[a] "The day after I have gotten that last delegate needed to officially claim the nomination, I'll start thinking about vice presidential nominees. I think it's likely to come this week," he said. "It's a very important decision, and it's one where I'm going to have to take some time."[a] Robert Gibbs, a top Obama aide, said late Monday the seemingly endless Democratic contest could be resolved "in the next 24 to 48 hours."[a] "You're going to have a lot of superdelegates come out," he said.[a] Clinton left South Dakota for New York late Monday, the final leg of a whirlwind four days that took her from New York to Puerto Rico, to South Dakota and back. For a campaign pushing against long odds, it was a show of determination.[a]

MOST DO NOT REALIZE THE SACRIFICE A CANDIDATE HAS TO MAKE The former first lady, suffering from a recurrent cough, had to cede the microphone to her daughter twice during the day as she struggled to recover her voice. Chelsea promptly took the opportunity — to discuss health care.[a] Meanwhile, Obama's aides prodded uncommitted lawmakers and other superdelegates to climb aboard quickly — as Clinton struggled to hold back the fast-rising tide.[a] Democratic officials said that if Obama failed to gain the needed 2,118 delegates by Tuesday night, one possibility under discussion was for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi to issue a statement on Wednesday urging superdelegates to state their preferences as soon as possible. [a]

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, OUTSTANDING Barack Obama praised rival Hillary Clinton as “an outstanding public servant” and said he hopes to meet with her sometime after the final Tuesday vote.[r]“I told her that once the dust has settled, I was looking forward to meeting with her at a time and place of her choosing,” he(OBAMA) said.[R]

MICHIGAN LEADERS STAYED LOYAL TO CLINTON AND UNIFIED THE PARTY In the end, the Michigan Democratic Party, and a leading Clinton ally in the state, Governor Jennifer Granholm, as well as Senator Carl Levin, who is uncommitted, all agreed to the controversial 69-59 split of Michigan delegates, Roosevelt said, even as the Clinton presidential campaign continued to dispute the attempt at compromise. Clinton partisans attending the meeting at the Washington hotel booed and heckled frequently during the public, televised morning and evening sessions.[B]

THE USA WILL UNITE BEHIND OBAMA WITH THE NEEDED HELP OF HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON! I wonder how all the “Hillary or McCain, but never Obama” folks will justify their position when Hillary endorses - and actively campaigns for - the Democrat nominee? How will they reconcile their determination against the video of Hillary giving one of the most powerful speeches of the election season (as she is certainly capable of doing) in support of Barack Obama at the convention in prime time in August, with shots of her holding his hand high amid the confetti and balloons? Don’t think it will happen? Just wait and watch, my friends….[ R), POST BY ajboop]

DEMOCRATIC UNITY BY WEDNESDAY, ALL GUNS TO BE AIMED AT MCCAIN. If Obama indeed clinches the nomination after the Montana and South Dakota primaries Tuesday, that meeting could conceivably come as soon as Wednesday in Washington, where both are scheduled to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference.[b2]

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–WHERE DID THIS STUFF COME FROM [a] AP http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i23h4XqvR0Ph96aWYyZ4PgI54YCwD912ESTO0
[W] The White House http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/firstladies/hc42.html
[L] The Los Angles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-campaign3-2008jun03,0,3190762.story
[TRB] Comments of Terry Bankert to include CAP headlines http://attorneybankert.com/
[b] Boston.com http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/06/03/deal_on_mich_fla_delegates_was_emotion_charged_affair/ [R] REUTERS http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/06/02/obama-offers-to-meet-with-clinton-once-the-dust-settles/
[B2] Boston.com http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/06/obama_invites_c.html 59160


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