Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Democratic Contest Turns Ugly as Racist Incidents Hit Obama's Campaign

Obama Offices in Indiana Are Vandalized on Eve of May 6 Primary While Volunteers and Campaign Aides Get an Earful of Raw Racist Insults; Clinton's Big Win in West Virginia Fails to Stop Obama's Momentum Among Superdelegates

The Farmers for Obama headquarters in Vincennes, Ind., was vandalized on the eve of that state's May 6 primary.

A volunteer for the Barack Obama campaign scrapes graffiti from the entrance of an Obama campaign office in Vincennes, Indiana on the morning of the state's May 6 primary. The offices were hit by vandals the night before, who smashed windows and painted racist graffiti. Meanwhile, Obama campaign volunteers in other parts of the state reported being subjected to racist insults -- a "horrible" level of anti-black attitudes the volunteers said caught them completely off-guard. (Photo: Ray McCormick/Special to The Washington Post)

By Kevin Merida
The Washington Post

Danielle Ross was alone in an empty room at the Obama campaign headquarters in Kokomo, Indiana, a cellphone in one hand, a voter call list in the other. She was stretched out on the carpeted floor wearing laceless sky-blue Converses, stories from the trail on her mind.

It was the day before Indiana's May 6 primary, and she had just been chased by dogs while canvassing in a Kokomo suburb. But that was not the worst thing to occur since she postponed her sophomore year at Middle Tennessee State University, in part to hopscotch America stumping for Barack Obama.

Here's the worst: In Muncie, a factory town in the east-central part of Indiana, Ross and her cohorts were soliciting support for Obama at shopping malls, on street corners and in a Wal-Mart parking lot, and they ran into "a horrible response," as Ross put it: A level of anti-black sentiment that none of them had anticipated.

"The first person I encountered was like, 'I'll never vote for a black person,' " recalled Ross, who is white and just turned 20. "People just weren't receptive."

For all the hope and excitement Obama's candidacy is generating, some of his field workers, phone-bank volunteers and campaign surrogates are encountering a raw racism and hostility that have gone largely unnoticed -- and unreported -- this election season.

Doors have been slammed in their faces. They've been called the N-word and other racially derogatory names. And they've endured malicious rants and ugly stereotyping from people who cannot fathom the thought of the senator from Illinois could become the first African American president.

Even white volunteers for Obama have endured racist insults and catcalls.

The contrast between the large, adoring crowds Obama draws at public events and the gritty street-level work to win votes is stark. The candidate is largely insulated from the mean-spiritedness that some of his foot soldiers deal with away from the media spotlight.

Clinton's West Virginia Win Fails to Narrow Obama's Delegate Lead

[Meanwhile, Clinton's huge victory in Tuesday's West Virginia primary did nothing to narrow Obama's overall delegate lead, nor his momentum among the party's superdelegates. Just hours after being routed by Clinton in the Mountaineer State, Obama picked up two more superdelegates early Wednesday, offering fresh recognition from Democratic leaders that his nomination is virtually inevitable.

[An embattled Clinton urged party leaders to take a hard look at West Virginia, which she won with 67 percent of the vote and 20 of the state's 28 delegates up for grabs. But Obama picked up 24 more superdelegates hours before the polls closed, leaving his advantage over the former first lady basically unchanged and moving him inexorably closer to clinching the nomination.

[Obama still leads Clinton by 168 delegates, 1,885 to 1,717 , according to The Associated Press. Obama is now 141 delegates away from the magic number of 2,026 needed to become the Democratic standard-bearer at the party's August convention in Denver. A Democratic victory on Tuesday in a Mississippi special election that took another congressional seat from the Republicans increased by one the number of Democratic delegates required to win.

[Democrat Travis Childers won Tuesday’s Mississippi special election runoff for Republican Senator Roger Wicker’s former House seat. Childers led GOP candidate Greg Davis 53-47 with more than 90 percent of precincts reporting.

[Obama also scored a symbolic victory over Clinton in Nebraska's nonbinding primary Tuesday, narrowly defeating the former first lady by a 49-47 percent margin. Nebraska already held caucuses in February and Obama locked up most of the delegates in that contest.

[The West Virginia results did, however, expose in stark terms Obama's disadvantage with blue-collar white voters, fueling Clinton's last-gasp argument to party VIPs that she's the Democrat with broad appeal against Republican John McCain.

[On the other hand, Clinton's equally stunning lack of support among black voters is sending alarm bells among those same party leaders that African-Americans -- without whom no Democratic nominee can win in November -- could stay home in the fall election if Clinton wrests the nomination away from Obama.]

Obama Phone Canvasser Told: 'Hang That Darky!'

Victoria Switzer, a retired social studies teacher, was on phone-bank duty one night during the Pennsylvania primary campaign. One night was all she could take: "It wasn't pretty." She made 60 calls to prospective voters in Susquehanna County, her home county, which is 98 percent white.

The responses were dispiriting. One caller, Switzer remembers, said he couldn't possibly vote for Obama and concluded: "Hang that darky from a tree!"

Documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy, the daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, said she, too, came across "a lot of racism" when campaigning for Obama in Pennsylvania. One Pittsburgh union organizer told her he would not vote for Obama because he is black, and a white voter, she said, offered this frank reason for not backing Obama: "White people look out for white people, and black people look out for black people."

Obama campaign officials say such incidents are isolated; that the experience of most volunteers and staffers has been overwhelmingly positive.

The campaign released this statement in response to questions about encounters with racism: "After campaigning for 15 months in nearly all 50 states, Barack Obama and our entire campaign have been nothing but impressed and encouraged by the core decency, kindness, and generosity of Americans from all walks of life. The last year has only reinforced Senator Obama's view that this country is not as divided as our politics suggest."

Volunteers Get Taste of What Civil Rights Campaigners Endured a Half-Century Ago

Campaign field work can be an exercise in confronting the fears, anxieties and prejudices of voters. Veterans of the civil rights movement know what this feels like, as do those who have been involved in battles over busing, immigration or abortion. But through the Obama campaign, some young people are having their first experience joining a cause and meeting cruel reaction.

On Primary Day in Kokomo, a group of black high school students were holding up Obama signs along U.S. 31, a major thoroughfare. As drivers cruised by, a number of them rolled down their windows and yelled out, "Nigger!," according to Obama campaign staffers.

Frederick Murrell, a black Kokomo High School senior, was not there but heard what happened. He was more disappointed than surprised. During his own canvassing for Obama, Murrell said, he had "a lot of doors slammed" in his face. But taunting teenagers on a busy commercial strip in broad daylight? "I was very shocked at first," Murrell said. "Then again, I wasn't, because we have a lot of racism here."

The bigotry has gone beyond words. In Vincennes, the Obama campaign office was vandalized at 2 a.m. on the eve of the primary, according to police. A large plate-glass window was smashed, an American flag stolen. Other windows were spray-painted with references to Obama's controversial former pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and other political messages: "Hamas votes BHO" and "We don't cling to guns or religion. Goddamn Wright."

Ray McCormick was notified of the incident at about 2:45 a.m. A farmer and conservationist, McCormick had erected a giant billboard on a major highway on behalf of Farmers for Obama. He also was housing the Obama campaign worker manning the office.

When McCormick arrived at the office, about two hours before he was due out of bed to plant corn, he grabbed his camera and wanted to alert the media. "I thought, this is a big deal." But he was told Obama campaign officials didn't want to make a big deal of the incident. McCormick took photos anyway and distributed some.

"The pictures represent what we are breaking through and overcoming," he said. As McCormick, who is white, sees it, Obama is succeeding despite these incidents. Later, there would be bomb threats to three Obama campaign offices in Indiana, including the one in Vincennes, according to campaign sources.

Obama Downplays Racist Attacks, Cites His Multiracial Coalition

Obama has not spoken much about racism during this campaign. He has sought to emphasize connections among Americans rather than divisions. He shrugged off safety concerns that led to early Secret Service protection and has told black senior citizens who worry that racists will do him harm: Don't fret. Earlier in the campaign, a 68-year-old woman in Carson City, Nevada, voiced concern that the country was not ready to elect an African American president.

"Will there be some folks who probably won't vote for me because I'm black? Of course," Obama said, "just like there may be somebody who won't vote for Hillary because she's a woman or wouldn't vote for John Edwards because they don't like his accent. But the question is, 'Can we get a majority of the American people to give us a fair hearing?' "

Obama has won 30 of 50 Democratic contests so far, the kind of nationwide electoral triumph no black candidate has ever before realized. That he is on the brink of capturing the Democratic nomination, some say, is a testament to how far the country has progressed in overcoming racism and evidence of Obama's skill at bridging divides.

Obama has won five of 12 primaries in which black voters made up less than 10 percent of the electorate, and caucuses in states such as Idaho and Wyoming that are overwhelmingly white. But exit polls show he has struggled to attract white voters who didn't attend college and earn less than $50,000 a year.

For the most part, Obama campaign workers say, the 2008 election cycle has been exhilarating. On the ground, the Obama campaign is being driven by youngsters, many of whom are imbued with an optimism undeterred by racial intolerance. "We've grown up in a different world," says Ross. Field offices are staffed mostly by twentysomethings who hold positions -- state director, regional field director, field organizer -- that are typically off limits to newcomers to presidential politics.

Gillian Bergeron, 23, was in charge of a five-county regional operation in northeastern Pennsylvania. The oldest member of her team was 27. At Scranton's annual Saint Patrick's Day parade, some of the green Obama signs distributed by staffers were burned along the parade route. That was the first signal that this wasn't exactly Obama country. There would be others.

Clinton Backer Cites Obama's Youth in Muslim World as Reason to Oppose Him

In a letter to the editor published in a local newspaper, Tunkhannock Borough Mayor Norm Ball explained his support of Hillary Clinton this way: "Barack Hussein Obama and all of his talk will do nothing for our country. There is so much that people don't know about his upbringing in the Muslim world. His stepfather was a radical Muslim and the ranting of his minister against the white America, you can't convince me that some of that didn't rub off on him.

"No, I want a president that will salute our flag, and put their hand on the Bible when they take the oath of office," Ball wrote.

Obama's campaign workers have grown wearily accustomed to Internet rumors -- long ago proven false -- about the candidate's supposed radical Muslim ties and his alleged lack of patriotism. But they are sometimes astonished when public officials such as Ball or others representing the campaign of their opponent traffic in these falsehoods.

Karen Seifert, a volunteer from New York, was outside of the largest polling location in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, on primary day when she was pressed by a Clinton volunteer to explain her backing of Obama. "I trust him," Seifert replied. According to Seifert, the woman pointed to Obama's face on Seifert's T-shirt and said: "He's a half-breed and he's a Muslim. How can you trust that?"

Pollsters Finding It Hard to Accurately Measure Racial Attitudes

Pollsters have found it difficult to accurately measure racial attitudes, as some voters are unwilling to acknowledge the role that race plays in their thinking. But some are not. Susan Dzimian, a Clinton supporter who owns residential properties, said outside a polling location in Kokomo, Indiana that race was a factor in how she viewed Obama.

"I think if it was somebody other than him, I'd accept it," she said of a black candidate. "If Colin Powell had run, I would be willing to accept him."

The previous evening, Dondra Ewing was driving the neighborhoods of Kokomo, looking to turn around voters like Dzimian. Ewing, 47, is a chain-smoking middle school guidance counselor, a black single mother of two and one of the most fiercely vigilant Obama volunteers in Kokomo, which was once a Ku Klux Klan stronghold. On July 4, 1923, Kokomo hosted the largest Klan gathering in history -- an estimated 200,000 followers flocked to a local park.

But these are not the 1920s, and Ewing believes she can persuade anybody to back Obama. Her mother, after all, was the first African American elected at-large to the school board in a community that is 10 percent black.

Kokomo, with a population 46,000, is another hard-hit Midwestern industrial town stung by layoffs. Longtime residents wistfully remember the glory years of Continental Steel and speak mournfully about the jobs shipped overseas. Kokomo Sanitary Pottery, which made bathroom sinks and toilets, shut down a couple of months ago and took with it 150 jobs.

Aaron Roe, 23, was mowing lawns at a local cemetery recently, lamenting his $8-an-hour job with no benefits. He had earned a community college degree as an industrial electrician, but learned there was no electrical work to be found for someone with his experience, which is to say none. Politics wasn't on his mind; frustration was. If he were to vote, it would not be for Obama, he said.

"I just got a funny feeling about him," Roe said, a feeling he couldn't specify, except to say race wasn't a part of it. "Race ain't nothing," said Roe, who is white. "It's how they're going to help the country."

The Aaron Roes are exactly who Dondra Ewing was after: people with funny feelings.

At the Bradford Run Apartments, she found Robert Cox, a retiree who spent 30 years working for an electronics manufacturer making computer chips. He was in his suspenders, grilling shish kebab, which he had never eaten. "Something new," Cox said, recommended by his son who was visiting from Colorado.

Ewing was selling him hard on Obama. "There are more than two families that can run the United States of America," she said, "and their names aren't Bush and Clinton."

"Yeah, I know, I know," Cox said, remaining noncommittal.

He opened the grill and peeked at the kebabs. "It's not his race, because I got real good friends and all that," Cox continued. "If anything would keep him from getting elected, it would be his name. It might turn off some older people."

Like him?

"No, older than me," said Cox, 66.

Ewing kept talking, until finally Cox said, "Probably Obama," when asked directly how he would vote.

As she walked away, Ewing said: "I think we got him."

But truthfully, she wasn't feeling so sure.

Additional reporting by Skeeter Sanders and The Associated Press.)

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Clinton Campaign Appears Doomed as Obama Takes Over Superdelegate Lead

Clinton's Argument That She's More Electable Is Eclipsed by a Growing Conviction Among Superdelegates That Obama Is the Clear Choice of the Voters to be the Democratic Party's Nominee -- and That Their Choice Should Not be Overturned

In this Feb. 26, 2008, file photo, Democratic presidential hopefuls, ...

"No hard feelings, eh?" is what Barack Obama might soon say to Hillary Rodham Clinton, as the Illinois senator surpassed the former first lady among the Democratic Party's "superdelegates" over the weekend, a giant step toward securing the party's presidential nomination. With Obama holding an almost-insurmountable lead among the party's pledged delegates and a nationwide 800,000-vote advantage going into Tuesday's West Virginia primary, the party's 200-plus remaining uncommitted superdelegates appear unwilling to go against the voters, rejecting Clinton's claim that she's more electable against Republican John McCain in November. (Photo: Rick Bowman/AP)

By Skeeter Sanders

It's all over -- almost.

The outcome of the 2008 battle for the Democratic presidential nomination is no longer in doubt: Barack Obama will emerge from the August convention in Denver as the party's standard-bearer for the presidency of the United States.

And there's precious little that Hillary Rodham Clinton -- her campaign all but bankrupt, with a crushing $20 million debt -- can do about it.

Even if the former first lady sweeps the six remaining primaries starting with Tuesday's contest in West Virginia, her rival's overall lead in delegates to the convention is now virtually insurmountable -- even if disputed delegates from Florida and Michigan were included.

Obama all but secured the nomination over the weekend when the Illinois senator erased his New York rival's months-long lead among the party's "superdelegates" by picking up the support of five superdelegates from Utah, Ohio and Arizona -- as well as two from the U.S. Virgin Islands -- who had previously backed Clinton.

The last-minute switches on Saturday -- combined with Clinton's apparent failure to convince the party's 200-plus remaining uncommitted superdelegates that she's more electable than Obama in the November contest against Republican John McCain -- enabled Obama to surpass Clinton's superdelegate total for the first time in the campaign.

They come on top of nine other superdelgates who announced their support for Obama on Friday.

West Virginia, Kentucky to be Clinton's Last Hurrah

Nearly 800 superdelegates will attend the convention. Obama now has commitments from 276, according to the latest tally by The Associated Press. Clinton has 271. That gives Obama an overall delegate lead of 1,864 delegates to Clinton's 1,697 going into Tuesday's West Virginia primary, which Obama already has conceded to Clinton.

The New York senator and former first lady is also expected to win Kentucky's primary on May 20. But West Virginia and Kentucky are all but certain to be Clinton's last hurrah, as whatever delegates she picks up in those two states won't be enough for Clinton to catch up to Obama.

Because of the Democratic Party's system of assigning delegates based upon a candidate's proportion of a state's popular vote, Clinton would have to sweep each of the six remaining contests by landslides of 65 percent of the popular vote or greater in order to capture the nomination, a feat that even the Clinton campaign now admits is impossible, given that she has never won any state -- not even her home state of New York -- by that wide a margin.

Obama, who's expected to win Oregon's May 20 primary and has a better-than-even chance to capture Montana and South Dakota on June 3, is just 160 delegates shy of the 2,025 needed to secure the Democratic nomination.

Even if the disputed delegates from Michigan and Florida are included in the total delegate count -- extremely unlikely given the fact that Obama's name wasn't on the ballot in Michigan and the Clinton campaign already has rejected a compromise plan to split that state's delegates 50-50 -- the former first lady can at most expect to end up with 1,885 total delegates, not enough for the nomination.

Obama, meanwhile, can go over the magic number with 2,144 delegates with wins in Oregon, Montana and South Dakota -- and a two-thirds majority of the remaining uncommitted superdelegates.

Obama's Superdelegate Support Is Growing While Clinton's Is Crumbling

What's really damaging Clinton's campaign -- perhaps fatally -- is the dramatic reversal of support for the two rivals by the party's superdelegates. Clinton's support, in fact, has remained static since Super Tuesday while Obama's has steadily grown stronger. Obama has added 21 superdelegates in the past week and Clinton has had a net increase of only two.

Now Clinton's superdelegate support is crumbling.

An increasing number of superdelegates who previously were committed to Clinton are switching to Obama, while the Illinois senator has yet to lose a single superdelegate to Clinton. Even the controversy over Obama's former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, has failed to dislodge any of Obama's superdelegates.

Many of the superdelegates who endorsed Obama in the past week said it is time for the party to unite behind him.

Kevin Rodriquez, a superdelegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands said in a statement that he switched from Clinton to Obama because he thinks Obama has brought energy and excitement to the party. "He has shown he can connect with Democrats, Republicans and independents across this country, whether we live on the mainland or an island," he told The Associated Press.

Superdelegates: We Have No Right to Repeat 2000 and Overturn Voters' Choice

Obama's milestone is important because Clinton would need to win over the remaining uncommitted superdelegates by a wide margin to claim the nomination -- and that's increasingly becoming impossible, as the trickle of superdelgates switching their allegiance from Clinton to Obama has grown into a torrent.

Even though neither Obama nor Clinton have won enough pledged delegates in the primaries and caucuses to win the nomination outright, there is a deepening conviction among the superdelegates that, although they're free to vote for whomever they please, the voters have spoken and the superdelegates have no right to overturn the voters' decision.

It's a fundamental principle of democracy: The voters have the last word. It's a principle that many Democrats will forever feel was violated in 2000 when George W. Bush won the presidency on the basis of the constitutionally-mandated Electoral College, despite losing the popular vote to Al Gore by 500,000 votes.

That bitter memory of the 2000 election clearly hasn't been lost on the superdelegates.

"I always felt that if anybody establishes himself or herself as the clear leader, the superdelegates would fall in line," said Don Fowler, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. "It is [now] perceived that he [Obama] is the leader. The trickle is going to become an avalanche."

Indeed, it's already happening.

Not Honoring the Voters' Choice Would Tear the Party Apart

There's also an unspoken fear among superdelegates that if they awarded the Democratic nomination to the candidate who lost the popular vote, the party would be torn asunder, as supporters of the candidate who won the popular vote would walk out of the convention and would punish the party in November by either staying home or voting for McCain.

That's a scenario that is giving party leaders nightmares -- especially with race becoming a major factor in the deepening ill feelings between the Clinton and Obama camps.

While the media have made much about Obama's problems with drawing working-class white voters, a far more serious racial problem for the Democrats has been ignored: Clinton's utter failure to attract black voters -- especially in the South, where black voter support is absolutely vital for any Democrat to win.

It's no accident that except for her former home state of Arkansas, Clinton has failed to win a single Southern state -- where African-Americans make up a substantial percentage of the Democratic electorate -- since Super Tuesday.

Even in Texas -- which considers itself more Western than Southern -- Clinton's narrow win in Texas' Democratic primary was more than offset by Obama's landslide victory in the state's Democratic caucuses, handing Obama a slim majority of the state's 185 pledged delegates.

Clinton's standing among African-American voters has been in free fall ever since her husband, former President Bill Clinton, made disparaging remarks about Obama during and after the South Carolina primary in January that drew blistering criticism as being racially insensitive -- including a strongly-worded blast by this blogger in a January 28 column.

Clinton's Support Among Blacks Is Worst of Any Democrat Since Wallace in '72

Exit polls taken in last week's Indiana and North Carolina primaries found the former first lady's support among black voters to have fallen to the single digits -- the worst such showing by a Democratic presidential candidate in any primary since former Alabama Governor George Wallace in 1972.

Wallace, a one-time arch-segregationist whose campaign came to a sudden end with his near-assassination by a gunman while on a swing through Maryland, barely registered a blip with black voters in the Democratic primaries.

Bill and Hillary Clinton had enjoyed tremendous popularity with African Americans over the years -- with writer Toni Morrison even affectionately dubbing Bill Clinton "America's first black president" -- until Bill Clinton played the "race card" against Obama last January.

The former president tried to belittle the Illinois senator's overwhelming victory in South Carolina -- where African Americans make up more than 50 percent of the Democratic vote -- by comparing it to the Reverend Jesse Jackson's South Carolina wins in 1984 and 1988 in a naked attempt to paint Obama in a corner as "the black candidate" unable to attract white voter support.

In my January 28 column, this blogger wrote a stern warning -- aimed directly at the former president -- that has since proven to be prophetic:

"What you've done, Bill, was disgraceful. Totally disgraceful. And your gratuitous slap at Obama in his moment of victory could end up costing your wife the Democratic nomination. This blogger has four words for you, Bill: Shut the [expletive deleted] up!"

But, as it turned out, he didn't -- and now Bill Clinton will face the inevitable second-guessing; already, some pundits have likened the former president to a submarine that fired a torpedo and sank his own battleship.

The claim that Obama can't draw working-class whites is a theme that the Clinton campaign has used again and again -- most recently in Pennsylvania and now in West Virginia and Kentucky, with their high concentrations of working-class white voters.

But in claiming that only she can draw the support of working-class white voters, Clinton succeeded in alienating black voters of all classes -- and they've punished her by voting in greater and greater margins for Obama in every primary and caucus since South Carolina.

In the process, the Clinton name, once lionized, is now mud among African-Americans. And while women in general have formed the backbone of Clinton's voter support, black women have turned solidly against her, with the exit polls showing black women voting for Obama by ratios as high as 8 to 1.

Democrats Can Ill-Afford Clinton's Negative Baggage

Democratic Party leaders are now fearful that if Clinton became the nominee -- especially if, as expected, Obama wins the majority of the primaries -- African-Americans, the party's most loyal constituency since the 1960s, would punish the party by either staying home or worse, voting for McCain in the November general election.

Likewise would the millions of young people under 30 that Obama has succeeded in drawing to the polls in unprecedented numbers on his platform of change -- a feat that George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic nominee who ran on an anti-Vietnam War platform, failed to achieve in 1972.

McGovern, who previously supported Clinton, now supports Obama.

The fact is, Obama's campaign of change has resulted in record-breaking increases in Democratic voter registration -- and turnout in Democratic primaries. Indeed, total votes cast in the Democratic contests to date have outnumbered votes cast in the Republican primaries by such an overwhelming margin that despite having secured the GOP nomination weeks ago, there remains deep dissatisfaction among Republicans with their nominee-elect -- especially among hard-line social conservatives linked to the Religious Right.

The Democratic Party, therefore, really cannot afford to have Clinton as its standard-bearer; she has too much negative baggage -- much of it from her husband (Remember the Monica Lewinsky scandal?) -- to win in November.

It's no secret that Clinton has the highest negative ratings among the three major presidential candidates still in the race, with polls consistently showing up to half of general-election voters vowing that they won't vote for Clinton under any circumstances.

It's also no secret that the Republicans have been gearing up -- indeed, salivating -- for a fall campaign against Clinton for more than four years. Not to mention those independent right-wing "527" groups, whose attack ads against the Democratic nominee are beyond the control of the McCain campaign.

On the other hand, because Obama is a relative newcomer to the national political stage, there isn't much for the GOP and its allies to use against him, a task made all the more harder by being saddled with a deeply unpopular lame-duck president, a deeply unpopular war in Iraq and a tanking economy -- the latter being as deadly to the party controlling the White House politically as kryptonite is to Superman physically.

In this blogger's opinion, discomfort with the thought of Bill Clinton once again roaming the halls of the White House has a lot to do with Hillary Clinton's high negative ratings -- not to mention a continuation of the Bush-Clinton "dynasty" 20 years after George Bush, the elder, won the White House in 1988.

It's time for someone other than a Bush or a Clinton to be given the keys to the White House.

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