Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A Good Morning

It's nice to wake up this morning after Hillary Clinton has won the primaries in Texas and Ohio. Ohio, where I was raised, educated, and where I left because of a lost job and a bad economy. I knew last night would be a big night for her... and after last night, I'm still so proud to be from that state.

This is a big deal for Clinton. Back on Sunday and Monday, the news was covering her differently - using words like momentum and comeback. And now this morning, there's a new energy. MSNBC's Morning Joe anchors are almost giddy. Clinton has been re-energized, and people are once again considering her to be a viable candidate. I love how her ad is being referred to as "the red phone effect," and how John Stewart helped to clarify the hope and experience are not mutually exclusive ideas. She's back, folks - so watch out. The Hillary Clinton who I voted for is back with flying fists.

What a fabulous new turn of events... Go Hillary. :)


Blogger jwer said...


March 05, 2008 10:11 AM  
Anonymous JJT said...

I have an issue with her win in OH, especially since it was really based on her pandering to displaced workers in said state. Her comments about reviewing NAFTA and potentially leaving it are, quite frankly, an incredibly dangerous position to take. Obama--for my distaste for his campaign--took a more nuanced position, but Clinton appealed to the displaced factory workers.

The days of the US being an industrial powerhouse are long gone, and I would really like some of our politicians to actually be aware of that small fact.

Free trade is not bad, and it is actually beneficial for all of us. Stop treating it like it is the "red-headed stepchild."

March 05, 2008 12:37 PM  
Blogger Charissa said...

JJT - I see your point, but I think you'd feel differently if you were from Ohio. It's been too many years of a continuously declining economy, and some of those people are destitute. I don't know what my feelings are about NAFTA, but I don't believe she was pandering. States like Ohio are the places that ACTUALLY need something to be hopeful for, and if that means we talk about some ideas that are unpopular or out in "left field," I think that's fair to ask.

March 05, 2008 2:51 PM  
Blogger Summer said...

She may be appealing to segments of the country, but she doesn't have much hope of winning a general election running merely on "experience" if she's up against McCain, who has MUCH more experience and international presence, and that's what concerns me. She's flouting her figurehead role as a first lady, which is largely a ceremonial position, as proof that she already knows how to be President. That's like saying "well, I watched my husband fix the dishwasher so I KNOW I could fix it too! And you should all let me try!" Bah. It's total crap.

She's not running on anything real. She's promising a health care plan she couldn't deliver when she was put in charge of it last time (her one real duty), a plan that I actually wrote a 4 credit hr. paper on that brought all businesses against her and worsened the health insurance industry we have now.

There is a segment that will vote for her, yes, but there is a much LARGER segment of the country that finds her shrill, inexperienced and uncaring, unable to really know what she's getting into and thus leaving no real choice for change in America. Her momentum is terrifying, but she's still behind.

March 05, 2008 3:50 PM  
Blogger Epiphany in Baltimore said...

Michigan is similar to Ohio, but has an even worse economy - the nation, in fact - and I can't imagine voting for Hillary Clinton at this point. And it's sad, because I used to like her before her unethical campaign.

March 05, 2008 8:23 PM  
Blogger Charissa said...

Well, we'll just have to agree to disagree on this one. I'm proud of what the Ohio voters have done. And I have to say that I believe "unethical" is a bit of an overreaction. She's pretty fierce in my book.

March 05, 2008 8:47 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

All I will say is I was hoping that someone would be the nominee by now- the comments to your post tend to signify that bringing the party together after six more months of this back and forth is going to be an enormously difficult task for any candidate.

March 05, 2008 9:29 PM  
Anonymous JJT said...

I actually don't feel differently, as the large factory jobs left Baltimore in the early 1980s. My issue is largely with the (still) lingering power of unions, which I believe has had a deleterious effect on the economies of Ohio, Michigan, and other states.

As for epiph's comments as to the general state of the economy, I will not disagree that the economy is in fairly dire straits at the moment. Nonetheless, I think it has less to do with employment issues and more with poor credit management compounded by poor support for the dollar abroad and increases in a variety of goods not tallied in the CPI--energy costs being chief among them.

Nonetheless, the writing has been on the wall for some time as to the future of the heavy industrial sector both MI and OH have relied upon. I blame political leaders in both places for failing to emphasize the need for worker retraining and student education to combat this effect.

March 06, 2008 9:12 AM  
Blogger jwer said...

I think the "unethical" that Epiph is referring to is the visibly and obviously darkened picture of Obama used in ads before the recent primaries. Leaving aside my personal feelings about the candidates, that sort of crap is totally unacceptable (shades of Willie Horton race-baiting) and whether she knew about it/approved it or not, she is responsible for it, and needs to publicly apologize for it. Particularly if she's going to spend time accusing Obama of Rovian tactics.

March 06, 2008 1:19 PM  

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