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Do Texas Republicans plan a surprise for Clinton and Obama?

Actually, we heard rumors about this a few days ago. But now the Dallas Morning News has found some.

Senator Hillary Clinton Democratic candidate for president on the Texas primary ballot They are tricky Texas Republicans. They have a choice in Tuesday's presidential primary election between Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who seems to have pretty much wrapped up his party's nomination with about a 700-delegate lead over former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas.

So if there's no real point in confirming McCain or throwing it away on Huckabee, is there anything else to do besides stay home? Yup. Go vote in the Democratic primary.

It's no big deal paperwise to switch over for a year or two. And this way -- wait for it -- these Republicans could vote for Sen. Hillary Clinton. Yes, that one.

Now, why would Republicans cast a ballot for a woman they've loved to hate for oh so long? The point would be to give her ...

... a Lone Star victory over Sen. Barack Obama and prolong the increasingly bitter Democratic struggle until, say, at least late April's primary in Pennsylvania. Or potentially even until the August convention in Denver.

That not only gives McCain more essentially uncontested pre-convention time to unify a GOP with a doubting wing of conservatives. It also reduces that low-key run-up time for a Democratic nominee by some six weeks and maybe boosts the lingering hard feelings among Democrats on the eventual losing side. Polls also indicate McCain doing better against Clinton come fall than against Obama.

It's not that easy to get sufficient hard-core partisans of either party to break their usual habit and switch over to join, say, the Democrats for a day in sufficient numbers to affect the outcome of the election.

But there's been some publicity about it now. "Don't do it!" pleads a news release from Chris Peden, a city councilman challenging Rep. Ron Paul in the 14th District's GOP primary. Peden needs all the Republican votes he can get to unseat Paul, who's simultaneously still running for the Republican presidential nomination as well.

But advance voting has been under way awhile in Texas. You won't likely hear Clinton make any overt appeals to Republicans, although she didn't need to in order to already get the early vote of loyal Republican Ryan Murphy.

"The optimal outcome," said the college student, would be "to create more tension on the Democrat side and hopefully push it to the convention."

On the other hand, given Clinton's slide in the polls and the precariousness of her political position if she loses both Texas and Ohio on the same day, you probably won't see her getting all picky and turning away any votes that come her way.

In a political season that has produced more than its share of surprises, wouldn't that be something to have loyal Republicans help push Hillary Clinton to her party's nomination? What an amazing campaign!

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Republicans are already affecting the Democratic Primaries. They have been voting for Barack Obama, even though they plan on voting for McCain. That is well known mischief.

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What a surprise. Republicans are acting like immature high school drama queens.

I am a New Orleans native that believes that Barack Obama is not the best choice for President.Obama hasn't voted for issues that matter to us in Congress, so he doesn't deserve my black vote, or any other vote for President. I am voting based solely on their effectiveness in Congress and the community.Hilliary has him beat. The media caused this monster, but as usual the taxpayers will foot the bill. If Hilliary was not Bill Clinton's wife, or female she would have won already. Don't allow Barack to do what Bush did 7 years ago- made in dream into our nightmare.

I'm sorry but there is no way any Republican is going to win in November 2008. Especially not "Bomb bomb Iran " McCain.

A vote for Hillary Clinton brings her a vote closer to the White House.

Any Republican willing to turn Democrat for a strategy that has been tried many times and always fails - is no Republican, But then again any of them that would have otherwise voted for McCain is no Republican in my book anyway, so I guess let the Democrats have the RINOS. The Democratic Party is where they belong.
Besides true Conservatives will be casting there votes for Ron Paul in this Tuesdays Primary/Caucus. By the way, because of the complicated Primary/Caucus system the grassroots has the greatest odds of becoming delegates, so we are likely to see most of the delegates supporting Ron Paul, even though they may be bound to another candidate.
Hopefully Huckabee wont go the way of Romney and give up for "the good of the party," if the Huckster has the fortitude to stay in it we have a chance for a second ballot come convention time and that is where having Paul supporters as delegates will count, and Paul can pull the major upset.

Yea I hope all the Republicans who are McCain fans think he is going to do well enough and help Clinton or Obama out for all I care. That way the true Conservatives who are loyal to Huck will overpower the election and get over 60% of the voters. This would ensure Huck stays in!! He will then get a huge boost in the following primaries/caucuses to keep McChicken from getting 1191. It will the go to the convention and Huck will get the nomination easily when the GOP realizes he's the real deal and the only one who can out-shine and out-debate either Shrillary and Osama Hussein.
Plus, his Fair Tax appeals to everyone!

This article just goes to show that democracy is a complete failure. Like mega-corporations that co-opt sincere youth trends the moment they hit the street, the political machine will do anything to undermine the very things that are supposed to give it credibility. I give up. I'm moving to Norway.

I'd like to see the number of people who switched parties for this year's election and who they voted for. No actual names, just numbers so that privacy is preserved. We are in the information age, so why is it so hard to get this information?

I agree - I was actually thinking about it.


hopefully Obama pulls some more victories and lets Hillary move on to other important things. she could, for example, help combat AIDS in Africa or something.

An Obama campaign organizer in Nevada was supposedly distributing tracts to get Republicans to vote for Obama during that primary. If you look at total numbers of voters on the Democratic and the Republican sides of the fence in the various primaries, it certainly looks lke this has been happening in more than one state. The Republicans probably overdid it on the Obama side and now want to balance things out

At the risk of repeating myself, I'm rewriting this comment because I'm not sure it got posted. An Obama campaign prganizer supposedly distribiuted tracts to get Republican voters to vote for Obama in the Nevada primary. When you look at the discrepancy between the number of people voting on the democratic side compared to the Republican side, it certainly seems like Republicans may have been doing this in more than one state. Guess they overdid it with Obama.

So much for the Obamatons' argument that the superdelegates (Democratic Party Elders) should follow the caucus/primary votes because those votes demonstrate the grass-roots will of the Democratic electorate. 10% of Democratic primary/caucus voters this election cycle have been Republicans!

Some are voting in the Democratic Primaries to play mischief, to protest their own candidate, and some are crossing over to support a black man or oppose a Clinton dynasty. But the fact is that 10% is a big number of infiltration of Democratic primaries by Republican voters. What are the superdelegates going to do? Follow the choices of the Republicans?

State Democrats really should put some work into eliminating caucuses and closing their primaries to non-Democrat voters, so that they have more coherent primaries.

What's wrong with Republicans seeing the light and changing parties? I did, I'm now a registered Democrat, ready to pull the Donkey's tail in the upcoming PA primary. And I'll be voting for Obama.

The republicans have been heavily voting for Obama and swaying the election his way since the start of this race.

Rush wants to keep Hillary's campaign alive!!

Such tactics will feed the ego of Rush Limbaugh, who has recommended that his listeners play this game. Aren't people getting sick of entertainment talk radio trying to drive up its ratings at the expense of voters' voices HONESTLY being heard? This egging on of a food fight for one's personal amusement is not good for our democracy. Vote for who you want to be president--not for who you do NOT want to be president. This is just a back door version of voter suppression. Shame on you!

Obama is not sincere. He has skeletons in his closet but yet he judges others. Look at Rezko and Obama's dealings with 1960's terrorist but yet he says its about "hope and change." Please dont vote for him. I have changed my own vote, I will be voting for Nader if he gets the democrats nomination. Forget experience, he is just power hungry because where did he come from. Obama could have put in more time in the senate and then run for president but he decided to run for president after just 1 year in the senate. Obama is breaking and spliting the democrat party and not hillary. Please check Obama's record before you make a decision. You should know who are electing!

Vote for hillary and change the country.

I am white, female and 71, not wealthy, have most of my wits about me, and am not part of a cult. I am proud to have voted for Barack Obama. He is such a welcome change, and has an air of competence about him. He will end payback nominations and other accepted political practices that do not benefit us, the people they are supposed to represent. He will, as I am sure you are aware, be under the most intense scrutiny ever faced by a candidate before he takes the oath of office as President. We don't need a dual presidency, yet Bill appears to have "implied in campaigning for Hillary and using the pronoun "we" intentionally that it's "them" you would get. No more Corporate Clintons, no more disastrous plans like NAFTA to help big business reap more profits. How would Hillary get anyone to agree with her on her mandatory health care plan, or any other hidden agenda she is entertaining. Do you think I don’t trust her? You bet I don’t. America is broken, and the Clintons helped get us there with NAFTA, free trade , China, outsourcing. How often do you see “made in USA” on anything you purchase. We are the losers in this trade deal. We borrow money from China to fight in Iraq. How long before China uses some of their military might against us or other nations. Right now we are helpless to defend ourselves or any other country in need. The Clintons had a chance to stop Osama bin Laden, but were too busy with their hidden agendas actively and persistently pursue osama bin Laden. This “war on terrorism” may have been conceived of by Bush, but Bush wouldn’t have had an excuse if the attacks on 9/11 had been averted. The plan for the attacks had already begun to take shape during the Clinton years. Unfortunately, the warning signs were ignored, and the invasion of Iraq has become a horrific shame to this country. The cost in lives will never be fully verified, and the horrors of this war will continue to haunt us for years to come. We have saddled our grandchildren with a never-ending debt. Hillary voted for this war, possibly because she did not want to risk being regarded as weak, and that concept would not be good for her goal of becoming POTUS. Barack Obama cautioned against this war, said it was a bad idea. Barack Obama is highly intelligent, has integrity and the ability to listen to others and solve their problems. Hillary hides behind a mask, and she has one goal she is determined to attain at any cost. She trades on the Clinton name but won’t accept any of the Clinton blame. She has a powerful political machine behind her. I hope Hillary’s supporters pay more attention to her “experience”, and reconsider. This is not the right woman to elect as First Woman President. This "First Lady" had her chance, and blew it. Vote for Barack Obama, let's bring back the pride we once could boast about...simply put, I am an American! YES WE CAN.

Actually, I have read another report today about two elderly Republican gentlemen who wanted to vote for Obama but were dissuaded by another Republican friend who is running for office and needed their vote. The reason the gentlemen gave for trying to vote for Obama was that they did not want to risk Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic nomination and somehow beating McCain in November. They could not deal with the thought of a third Clinton White House, no matter how accidental. I have also read of Republicans voting for Obama because they believe he would make an easier target than Clinton. Yet a third report in a major daily quoted a young Democrat who said her fiance, a Republican, voted Obama with her because they're both enamored of his message of change. So, it breaks both ways. The fact is that Republicans have been voting Democrat and their reasons differ. There is no coordinated, vast right wing conspiracy behind this. There's only one problem with Republicans voting Democrat in Texas, and this is something many of them may come to regret: in Texas, if you change your affiliation, it must be at least a full year before you can change it again. In effect, Republicans who switch to vote Democrats now cannot vote Republican in November. And, given the numbers, Republicans will need every vote they can get to win in November. They may find many such votes unavailable because some switched for March 4.

Please, Gary. Both Bill Clinton and top Hillary cheerleader Antonio Villaraigosa have ties to Rezko also. Your excuses for not voting for Obama are weak. If experience is so important to you then why not support McCain, who has far more experience than Hillary?

Bill didn't have much experience when he ran in 1992. Also even yesterday Bill was trying to portray Hillary as an outsider who had little elected experience. So apparently her campaign now wants to be about "hope and change." Will you still support her?

And you think Hillary is sincere?! Like she is sincerely willing to release her tax returns promptly?

The inanity of HRC support and supporters paints a sad picture of the Democratic Party.

Anyone who would vote falsely or advocate that others place a false vote are undermining the very essence of our country and our political system. We are a country ruled by the will of the people, a collective voice that values the wishes of the many over the few. A beautiful thing no tto be taken lighty. When you cheat that system you are cheating this country and cheating democracy itself. This is the most un-american thing I've ever heard of. It's shameful; It's unamerican; It's a disgrace.

Why is it that you assume that Clinton is the one that the republican votes for? Obama has been going around tooting his own horn about his ability to capture republicans.

The scenario as you painted may be true for either candidates. Please maintain your objectivity!

(No objectivity here. This is a blog. Re-read the item. They would vote for Clinton because recent polls show she would do worse against McCain than Obama would. So why would Republicans want to help get Obama into the general election? They wouldn't.)

Let us not forget the crime statistics associated with the last Clinton administration:

Crime Stats:

- Number of individuals and businesses associated with the Clinton machine who have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes: 47
- Number of these convictions during Clinton's presidency: 33
- Number of indictments/misdemeanor charges: 61
- Number of congressional witnesses who have pleaded the Fifth Amendment, fled the country to avoid testifying, or (in the case of foreign witnesses) refused to be interviewed: 122

Forgetful Clinton "friends":

Number of times that Clinton figures who testified in court or before Congress said that they didn't remember, didn't know, or something similar.

Hillary Clinton 250.
Bill Kennedy 116
Harold Ickes 148
Ricki Seidman 160
Bruce Lindsey 161
Bill Burton 191
Mark Gearan 221
Mack McLarty 233
Neil Egglseston 250
John Podesta 264
Jennifer O'Connor 343
Dwight Holton
348 Patsy Thomasson 420
Jeff Eller 697

Folks, this is a the prefect example of the old adage, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and looks like a duck, chances are, it is, indeed, a duck.

Will Americans vote for a person that has such close associations with fraud and crime and fugitives?

Hillary can claim all she wants that there is some vast right wing conspiracy against her, but if her actions didn't warrant such close scrutiny then what would this vast conspiracy have to use against her?

She believes the statement alone, the words "vast right wing conspiracy" is a get out of jail free card for her to accept questionable donations, be associated with fugitives and criminals, have a fugitive host her campaign fund raisers and to claim under oath 250 times that she couldn't remember, didn't know or something along those lines.

If the Democrats are foolish enough to make Hillary the nominated candidate for presidency, that is the best news the GOP could ever get.

Brucey, You are out of your mind. I'm a Texan. There is NO WAY you can't vote Republican in Texas. The general election is secret--remember?

That is the most ridiculous statement I've ever seen.

And in the sixties and seventies, the Democrats routinely voted in the Republican primaries to try to get the weakest candidate elected to oppose.

I love that it's coming back to bite them.

see Obama and NATFA, HE is saying one thing and doing another thing. how can you trust him?

if you track his vote record in senator, you will know him, the truth Obama.

you cannot judge somebody just by his words. more important you should track his action.

It is mostly conservative Republicans who have been voting for Mr. Obama. Why? They cannot stand McCain and they definitely cannot stand Clinton. It is that simple.

I have voted Republican but this year I switched to Democrat. Why? Mr. Obama is extremely intelligent; he wants to UNITE our country. He wants "A GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE AND OF THE PEOPLE". He has had more LEGISLATIVE experience than Hillary and has accomplished much, much more of substance in his two (2) years as a U.S. Senator than she has in six (6) years. He exemplifies INTEGRITY, HONESTY, WISDOM, STABILITY, outstanding judgement, and UNITY. He has superior leadership and managerial skills and a keen knowledge of economics; all you need is to do look at at the superb campaign he has run and compare it to Hillary's.

Hillary has run a chaotic campaign, full of lies, distortions, and smear tactics. She overspent funds and did not plan accordingly. She failed to pay her bills to small businesses for expenses she and her campaign incurred in Iowa and New Hampshire. She didn't pay them for at least a month, and, then, only because one of those businesses went to the media and the others stepped forward to say they had NOT been paid either. Indeed, Hillary DOES NOT care about the regular working class!

Hillary talks about her 35 years of experience, but as Bill Clinton, himself, pointed out yesterday, Hillary has not had any elected or appointed positions until she was elected as a New York Senator, 7 YEARS! Her other "experience" began when she was 25. Hillary is 60 years old and much older than Mr. Obama, so of course, she has more life experience than Mr. Obama, she is 14 years older than him! Mr. Obama began working with the poor in the south side of Chicago when he was 23. He has a total of 11 years as a Senator of Illinois and about 3 years as a U.S. Senator. There again, I would say Hillary's life experience has been chaotic and unstable, perhaps that is why she is so bitter and hateful and thinks we owe her the Presidency. Ironically, it is the very man whose coattails she clings to that is responsible for her deep pain of rejection and disrespect with all his extracuriclar dalliances during decades of their marriage.

It is Mr. Obama who is the best person to lead our our country. He is younger, he is past the babyboom era, and is fully capable of being a great leader, President, and Commander-in-Chief. He comes to us with a clean slate and not with a history of corruption and crime; he comes to us fresh, enthusiastic, and full of energy, not as an embittered, angry, worn, tired, and unstable person like Hillary who cannot seem to accomplish anything without fighting and trash-and-burn tactics.

I cast my vote for Mr. Obama; he will deliver with confidence and surity, diplomatically and peacefully!

Why Mrs. Clinton hasn't sewn up the nomination:

It's Michigan and Florida's fault.
It's Bill's fault.
It's the voters' fault. (they are too stupid to know who is best.)
It's the press's fault.
It's Texas' fault.
It's the Republicans' fault (they are voting for Obama.)

Recycled bits from previous Clinton campaigns, Now vs. Then:

Obama News Network vs. CNN = Clinton News Network
"They are just avoiding the issues. (aimed at Clinton)" vs. "They are just avoiding the issues. (aimed at Obama)
Hillary's fearmongering vs. Hillary is the candidate of hope, not fear.

At some point, Mrs. Clinton needs to accept that there are thinking people out there voting against her. She also needs a new staff. I'm actually embarrassed for her.

1) I Served on the Board of UNION HATING Wal-Mart
But I am Pro Union.

2) I voted for the war in Iraq
But I am against Iraq War

3) I Voted for Kyle-Lieberman to extent the war to Iran
But I will bring soldiers back home in 60 days

4) I will provide universal health insurance
But I will force you to buy it to boost insurance company’s profits.

5) I Supported NAFTA
But now I oppose NAFTA

6) I am a strong woman and a fighter
But I cry and complain when I can not win

7) I can stand the republican heat
But I cannot stand the Democratic heat

8) I am the most experienced candidate
But I have no clue how to run a presidential campaign.

9) I hate Bush
But I try to copy his politics of fear and division

10)I am the most vetted candidate in the race
But, no I won't show you my tax returns

12)I support drivers licences for the undocumented people in New York
But I changed my mind after the MSNBC debate when you guys made fun of me

13)I voted for the bankruptcy bill
But I hoped it wouldn't pass

14)I voted for the Credit card interest bill
But I think 30% interest is fair!

15)I am honored to be with you Barack Obama
But Shame on you Barack Obama

Hillary finally has a proven track record of leadership...her campaign! A disaster that can only be compared to the Bush presidency in so many ways. The bulk of her experience remains hidden from public scrutiny as she continues to hide her White House records. And what is in her income tax statements she is so reluctant to reveal? Hillary has become a joke.

For of you knuckleheads that are playing the "trick" by voting for Obama then switching in Nov to McCain. Be careful of the web you weave. In case you haven't noticed, the cancerous lump on John McCain's face is not getting any smaller. Doctors are worrying that his cancer has returned. I think he knows he is ill ( notice how subdued he is; on the campaign trail. I don't will him ill, however, at 71 with several cancer operations, it certainly is a possiblity. If he has to drop out - you little trick could backfire! Just think about that one while you are plotting. Always good to have a Plan B!

I think that many older women supporters of Hilary are showing their colors. They are not voting for Hilary because she is the better organiser, the better speaker, the more inspiring candidate or because they want the Clintons to return to the White House or that they are convinced she can beat McCain.They are voting for her because they see her as the only chance to have a woman in the White House. Bad reason. It won't be long before that happens, but choose the better candidate - Obama. Don't vote for him because he's black, either. Vote for him because he's the best candidate with the best chance of winning and bringing change.

I'm sure Republicans are itching to see Senator Experience run against McCain. I wish Obama had more experience, but Hillary doesn't have any more to justify her bragging. What little she's done (Hillarycare, voting to empower Bush to invade Iraq) have been disasters for the country and the Democratic Party. As we saw with the Kerry Catastrophe, you can't effectively run against a war you supported. The media umpires award an automatic three strikes for flip flopping.

The Republicans know that their best chance this fall is against the polarizing Hillary. Thus the plan to cross lines in Texas.

The premise of this story is deliberately false. In fact, a front called "Repbulicans for Obama" is encouraging Texas republicans to vote for Obama, not Hillary, because the group recognizes her as a much greater threat in the general campaign. Nice try, though, LA Times. Try reporting the truth for once (link to Republicans for Obama story, below):

I think people are sick and tired of what they've been getting for the past 16 years. Bush, Clinton, Bush and NOW another CLINTON? These past years have been a nightmare..we need new blood, not more of the same..
McCain is more of the same. I don't think I could take any more fear mongering. In my book, fear in our society is failure. Washington needs to take care not to assist in the delcine of American priniples and the American way of life..NAFTA has been good for Corporations, but not for the American people, OR Mexicans for that matter, and we can blame Bush, Clinton administrations for that.

I would also think the dynamic works in the other direction. I have heard of Republicans who are crossing over to vote against Hillary, due to their intense dislike of her. Many Republicans believe they may not win in November, and that she must be stopped now for the good of the country.

Also, many Republicans do like Obama and are crossing over to vote for him.

I'd say so far the vast majority of crossover votes have been Republicans who geniunely support Obama.

Sen. Clinton is the best Democratic Nominee for U.S. President in 2008. The Republican Party has been attacking her for the last sixteen years. Obama is a clean slate the Republican machine will not be as soft on him as the media has been, they will eat him alive. BEWARE DEMOCRATES! If you allow Obama to win the Democratic Nomination than John McCain will be the next U.S. President and he will have my vote for sure and I'm not the only one. I think the Republicans want Obama as the nominee because, they can't wait to start the feeding frenzy. Change is not always a good thing, I remember Jimmy Carter we wanted change then too.
By the way, I am an Independent voter who is educated with an income of over $50,000. Put that in your polls next time.
So, you Democrates keep voting for Obama because a vote for Obama is a vote for John McCain for President in 08. If that's what you want keep on giving it to the Republicans.


That is why in many States Republicans do not allow independants to vote in their primaries.

But if all parties primaries had to be open to all voters, we might get more middle of the road politicians elected, and avoid a government of extremes.

Republicans voted in such large number for Obama in Virginia, that precients ran out of ballots. Republicans have been voting since the beginning.

Everyone hear about Obama's lies?

Canadian TV reported that Obama's campaign contacted the Canadian governement and told them to ignore his public criticism about NAFTA, it was merely campaign rhetoric. The Obama goes out and tells the American people he will have a tough renegotiation of NAFTA and even threaten to pull out if need be. Obama has confimed the Canadians were contacted but says the conversation was not as bad as it sounds,.

(Ed. Note: See note below. This is false.)

Really, this whole election is about NAFTA/SPP.

If it continues, we have integration wth Mexico and Canda and lose our language, culture and nation. The free trade "elite" reaps windfall profits.

When he was here a couple of weeks ago, President Calderon made it clear that it is a done deal, integration is coming so American just better get use to it.

McCAin, Clinton and Obama are all free traders, pro integration, good bye America.

That is what amnesty is all about... integratiaon by evolutionary stealth as Bush puts it.

The only way we survive as a country is to elect Congressmen and Senators and Governors and State reps that are pro rule of law.

This is urgent. If you talk to the candidates let them know you are on to their integration plan, that preferntial amensty for illegals, 80% hispanic is racist and violates our constitutions anti discrimination and equal protection clauses. All Americans should have equal rights to bring in the family and race.

And vote for Sentator and Congressemen who will fight to the death for the United States of America and not hand it over to Mexico and the "Amensty Americans".

IOur nation is on the line, and there is not much tame left. Integration by "evolution stealth" is proceeding rapidly and Bush is pushing hard. The latest is Stepping Stone Amnesty where illegals get 5 year renewable visas now. We have to put a stop to this.

If we lose, all there will be left to do is ask the last person in the country we once called America to lower the flag one last time.

(Actually, this Canadian story, which was based on an unnamed source, was immediately shot down by Canadian authorities, who said no one from the Obama or any U.S. campaign had been in touch with them. And rather than confirming such a contact, the Obama campaign has also denied any such contact.)

I just wanted to say for the democrats here, I see a lot of you are either directly attacking Obama or directly attacking Clinton. The fact of the matter is lots of Republicans are voting Democrat in the primaries. Whether or not it has good intentions or not, it is something to be wary about. I just wanted to say PLEASE if either Clinton or Obama wins PLEASE don't be SORE LOSERS. Continue to vote Democrat and don't give up your vote out of contempt. I really don't want another republican as our president for the next 4 years. No offense to Republicans, but these last 8 years have been crap. Say what you want about Bill Clinton, but America as a whole was doing well with him as president. If Obama wins, those on the Clinton side: would you choose Obama or McCain? If Clinton wins, those on Obama side: would you choose Clinton or McCain? Please don't be sore losers. If Democrats turn out to be sore losers we will lose the general election AGAIN!

I am a Texas Democrat.
Two things
1) Republicans were voting for Obama in past Primaries and not because "he has got them to unite" with him

2) Being a Dem in Texas, I assure you I get plenty of feedback. Basically, many say if they had to choose between the two for President of the United States, they would rather have Hillary Clinton anyday. And believe you me, they say this with conviction. If they actually voted for her, I have no way of knowing. But I have had this comment made to me literally 100's of times. Many are friends and family members so I can trust them at their word, some are strangers so I have no way of knowing. But it seems to me that as much as they may have disliked or despised Hillary Clinton, it is nothing compared to their attitude toward Obama. It is total rants! They literally hate him.. There is no "uniting" going on down here in Texas!

Obama is born as muslim, but his parents converted him to christianaty. This is the fact.

Poor "Texas Democrat", so Texans "literally hate" Obama yet they line up for four hours waiting to hear him speak. I suppose the 1000 faculty and students who marched together last week from Fairview A&M University to vote for him are also among these Texans that you refer to. The Texas Democrats who have endorsed him publicly, those are not Texans, right? What nonsense are you talking about? Why don't you simply say; "where I live in the Rio Grande valley most people I know are like Adelfa Callejo. They literally hate Obama because of his race." Instead of speaking for all Texans.
So many goons on this forum. look at Anwer, for instance. "Obama is born as muslim, but his parents converted him to christianaty." Beside the poor spelling, is that stupid or what? If he was born muslim, why would his parents convert him to Christianity? They were responsible for bearing him muslim, according to you, right? Geez! Where do they find these people?!

Of course Rush wants to keep Hillary alive, as does Karl Rove. Why??? Because they know Hillary will not beat John McCain.

Oh yes, We republicans can stomach voting for Hillary in order to help our candidate. I already did in the early voting. C'mon Obama is a phony. He bragged about being tough from the south side of Chicago in a speech in Mansfield, Texas this weekend. Are you kidding me?
He went to Punahou Prep School in Hawaii. Colombia university and then Harvard. Seriously, because he moved to Chicago after he graduated law school, that makes him "from" the south side of Chicago?
I say keep Hillary fighting until the end, and then when they are all tapped out, let the country see what a risk she would be as well.

Ryan said,
"What a surprise. Republicans are acting like immature high school drama queens"
Yes it is a surprise, this is usually the type of political "strategy" done by the Democrats, such as Harlold Ickes. In Michigan, in the past, the Democrats would run radio ads promoting cross-party voting.

This exchange is just sad.

You want a strong steady record, then there is only one candidate left in the race.

Dr. Ron Paul - Strongly supports the Constitution and the Rule of Law, no Income Tax (what part of that are ya'll having trouble with? You like the IRS?), and getting us out of a non-declared War.

McCain - He changes (evolves) his stance for how the wind is blow'n that meeting/day. Does anyone remember Keating Five? His election laws destroy the First Amendment.

Clinton - She's had her two terms, and should not be allowed to run. When married your a 50/50 partner in debt, land, house, and such it should apply to the 22nd amendment too.

Obama - Is he even 35? *snicker*

Huckabee - Where did he go?

Barack is a great orator but so was Hitler, Stalin and more but trhey collapsed at the end

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