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Hillary Clinton's anti-Obama zinger of the day

It's a theme she's been driving home for days now, a variant on the "experience" argument she's flogged with mixed success. (And 42 words we're likely to hear again come fall, regardless of who the Democratic nominee is.)

Sen. Hillary Clinton was up very early this morning --  before dawn, in fact -- to shake hands at a factory gate in economically-troubled Toledo before heading off for Texas, as some last-minute polls sensed a whiff of a shift in her direction for tomorrow's voting in both places.

But before leaving, to insert herself into the day's news coverage, she held a quick media availability at the Hilton and provided this unusually concise capsule comment for reporters, including The Times' Louise Roug:

"I think that I have a lifetime of experience that I will bring to the White House. Sen. John McCain has a lifetime of experience that he'd bring to the White House. And Sen. Obama has a speech he gave in 2002."

-- Andrew Malcolm

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TIC for TAC. With the media getting so much criticism of being pro-Obama, this is ploy seems to be just a calculating manuever to equalize the playing field. However, for Hillary its "too little, too late"

I like that response. Obama has used all the life Hillary's Iraq Vote has during this campaign. Great comeback!!!!

Atta Girl Hllary. Thats why the people who loves you really loves you, not just because they went to a concert for that Obama-BUM.

Hillary, Monica Lewinsky had a life-time of experience she brought into the OVAL OFFICE herself...doesn't mean America's gonna vote for her, except Bill. And "vote" for her he did !

I hate Hillary Clinton. It is my solemn prayer that after tomorrow this primary will be over.

So, what's the problem?

It's pretty much true.


Facts are probably bothersome for you and many other Hillary supporters but here are some:

(copied from and other websites)
Senator Clinton, who has served just one full term of 6 years and another year campaigning, managed to author and pass into law only 20 twenty pieces of legislation in all of her six years.

(These bills can be found on the website of the Library of Congress
1 . Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site.
2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month.
3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
4. Name a courthouse after Thurgood Marshall.
5. Name a courthouse after James L. Watson.
6. Name a post office after Jonn A. O’Shea.
7. Designate Aug. 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
9. Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death.
10. Congratulate the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men’s Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men’s Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
12. Establish the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Commemorative Program.
13. Name a post office after Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda.
14. Honor Shirley Chisholm for her service to the nation and express condolences on her death.
15. Honor John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, firefighters who lost their lives on duty.
16. Extend period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11.
17. Pay for city projects in response to 9/11
18. Assist landmine victims in other countries.
19. Assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care.
20. Designate part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as protected in the wilderness
preservation system.

Sounds like a real agent of change to me!

Senator Obama, in his 3 years in the Senate, has written 890 bills and co-sponsored another 1096.
In fact, in just his first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427. These include **the Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 - became law, **The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, - became law, **The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the Senate, **The 2007 Government Ethics Bill, - became law, **The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill
Among his many bills are:

233 regarding healthcare reform,
125 on poverty and public assistance,
112 crime fighting bills,
97 economic bills,
60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills,
21 ethics reform bills,
6 veterans affairs

What is Obama about? He has no track record and no public exposure until recently. No experience and a total unknown. I would feel better if someone like Hillary or J. McCain were elected. At least I know they have been close enough to the seat of power to handle what comes.

Obama has too many big corporations funding him. What would they expect from his time in office.

Obama supporters sure get in a lather whenever Sen. Clinton says anything whatsoever about Obama. Is he some sort of sacred being? This is a campaign people, get over it. Obama has said some not so flattering things about Clinton.

Is she trying to destroy the Democratic party single handedly? It’s either the Clintons or nobody else? Wow! Praise the Republicans and attack the Democrats, the new strategy until they open their mouths again.

Why did she vote yes in 02 when 23 Senators voted no including one Republican? Because she thought that if she voted no she would not get elected president.

I pray to our all mighty God you get pummeled tomorrow so that we don’t end up with four more years of Republicanism.

Cheap shots like this one from Hillary are exactly why I voted for Obama. I'd be more inclined to want to vote for her if she actually talked about what she's done, rather than lobbing school-yard one-liners that the Repubs will, no doubt, parrot back if Obama wins the nomination. And I still don't think she can legitimately claim a lifetime of experience just because she's been married to someone with lifetime of political experience (I don't see Chelsea claiming to have such experience by osmosis). Her first elected office (i.e., an office that she earned on her own) was the Senate in 2000. Obama won his first IL state office in 1997 and then US Senate in 2004. I'd say it's a draw.

Am I alone in wondering why Hillary's supporters (such as DWight above) are so delusional they can't be bothered to get their facts straight? Do they even know what facts are? They just make things up and casually rewirte history.

Thanks, but I prefer reality-based politics and government.

You know it's time to vote when:

There have been so many campaign commercials, the candidates have to use the same film in their attack and response ads.

Even Jack Nicholson is recycling his old movies.

No one thinks of the Texas Two Step as a dance anymore.

You volunteer to call a hundred people in Ohio for the Obama campaign. Half the numbers have either been disconnected, or have new owners.

Those voters you do reach think the "kitchen sink strategy" means that they get to throw their kitchen sink at YOU.

More for those with election fatigue at

This should make everyone think, be you Democrat, Republican or Independent
From a California school teacher ---
'As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration, there are some things that you should be aware of:
I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large southern California high school which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its students average lower socioeconomic and income levels.
Most of the schools you are hearing about, South Gate High, Bell Gardens, etc., where these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools.
Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program. When I say free breakfast, I'm not talking a glass of milk and roll, but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten.( OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)
I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have cell phones .
The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids.(OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)
I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; my budget was already substantial. I ended up buying new computers for the computer learning center, half of which, one month later, have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America .
I have had to intervene several times for young and substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students here in the country less then 3 months who raised so much hell with the female teachers, calling them 'Putas'( whores ) and throwing things, that the teachers were in tears.
Free medical, free education, free food, day care etc., etc., etc. Is it any wonder they feel entitled to not only be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and entitlements?
To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs.
Higher insurance, medical facilities closing, higher medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, new diseases etc., etc., etc. For me, I'll pay more for tomatoes.
We need to wake up.
The guest worker program will be a disaster because we won't have the guts to enforce it
Does anyone in their right mind really think they will voluntarily leave and return?
It does, however, have everything to do with culture: A third-world culture that does not value education, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and that refuses to assimilate, and an American culture that has become so weak and worried about ' political correctness ' that we don't have the will to do anything about it.
If this makes your blood boil , as it did mine, forward this to everyone you know.

Where is it documented that B HUSSEIN Obama was against the invasion of Iraq from the start. It seem to be a part of his made up life story or a vivid imigination like the rest of his life story. Somehow the Lame Stream Media doesn't seem interested in the truth about Obama. It's good that they finally woke up about the slimey Clintons but doesn't help when they sink themselves into their own slime.

Dennis , so far he has one bill passed, but then the entire democrat leadership has been in a slump, or is it that they have became the joke of the nation/world since taking charge of congress. Leadership without ability is more dangerous than no leadership.

Don't worry about the major corporations funding Obama other than the big oil Arabs that are spending billions to get him into office. He has web sites all over the middle east bumming money and has bragged they don't have to identify the donors. Criminal connected in Chicago and Arab connected in his home country, some family types he's denied until now. Ashamed of his family, what a leader, but full of BS.

To "Dennis"

Good work!

Hmm, let's see here.
It took Hillary 6 years to author 20 bills, and Obama half the time to author...oh, say 2000 bills! Wow, Hillary. You're amazing.

Obama brings to the table such hope and zeal for Americans. Hillary, on the other hand, will bring to the White House that obnoxious cackle of hers, and two of the best bills America has seen!

"10. Congratulate the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men’s Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.

"11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men’s Lacrosse Team on winning the championship."

Truly outstanding, Hillary. Maybe policies such as those will solve the economic crisis that the Midwest is experiencing.

What's odd about this is that most of Clinton's experience seems pretty flimsy and a bit of an illusion. Once she starts running against McCain, all he has to do is start running her own ads and quotes about how Americans need to elect the most experienced person, point out that HRC's greatest foreign policy experience was (according to her advisors) ... giving a speech on women's rights (but it was in a foreign country!)

McCain will dominate HRC in the general election by using the arguments she grabbed - with no regard for the party or the general election, which she doesn't care about if she's not in it - to try and win the primary. She doesn't care, because she'd rather be in the general with a tiny chance than someone else in the general with a good chance, but she's vastly damaging her chances with every new 'experience' ad or speech.

Obama can at least fight on other fronts and try to shift away from "experience".

everyone has a lifetime of experience. which is their own. and it is obvious that we can learn from our experience, from our rare wise decisions and our many mistakes. not all lessons learned might be useful, or beneficial to ourselves and others.

Scrapiron, in the real world, we use a little thing called empirical evidence. Try supporting your outlandish accusations with fact, please.

Yes, Hillary Clinton has more experience... she's older than Barack. Obama couldn't possibly have more experience than her. Although, experience is not always the best asset when it comes to leading a country. Maybe experience in doing things traditionally is what the majority in this country wishes to get away from.

What I truly disagree with in this particular statement is the implications she is making about the Democratic Party as a whole. This is a scary statement. Hopefully she isn't implying that she would rather vote for McCain over Obama if it came down to those two gentlemen in the Presidential race. Because that would be truly scary. She is willing to abandon her beliefs and her party's beliefs totally to endorse a man who believes the complete polar opposite on MANY views, and is even altering some of his views to appease the extreme right wing (new support of Bush's tax breaks for the wealthy, immigration, abortion, [see NYTimes article from yesterday] etc.) All I have to say is wow, Hillary. Incredulous.

Hillary Clinton continues to prove time and time again that she's Republican-lite. She started out as a Goldwater Girl and now she's a McCain Girl. Hillary sold her soul to the devil. She's trying to lie about Nafta and now she's supporting McCain and 100 years more of war. Hitler, Stalin, and Mao were all experienced leaders too.

My fellow Identity-Americans: Which technically i am not, nor am i really an African-American.

As your future President I want to thank my supporters, for their ... well, support.

Your mindless support of me, despite my complete lack of any legislative achievement, my pastor's relations with Louis Farrakhan and Libyan dictator Moamar Quadafi, or my blatantly leftist voting record while I present myself as some sort of bi-partisan agent of change.

I also like how my supporters claim my youthful drug use and criminal behavior somehow qualifies me for the Presidency after 8 years of claiming Bush's youthful drinking disqualifies him. Your hypocrisy is a beacon of hope shining over a sea of political posing.

I would also like to thank the Kennedy's for coming out in support of me. There's a lot of glamour behind the Kennedy name, even though JFK started the Vietnam War, had his lover, Marilyn Monroe killed, his brother Robert illegally wiretapped Martin Luther King, Jr. and Teddy killed a female employee he was having an extra marital affair with who was pregnant with his child. And I'm not going anywhere near the cousins, both literally and figuratively.

And I'd like to thank Oprah Winfrey for her support. Her love of meaningless empty platitudes will be the force that propels me to the White House. Her endless donations to Africa and support of my all black church.

Americans should vote for me, not because of my lack of experience or achievement, but because I make people feel good. Voting for me causes some white folk to feel relieved of their imagined, racist guilt, to which us black folks have a good laugh.

I say things that sound meaningful, but don't really mean anything because Americans are tired of things having meaning. If things have meaning, then that means you have to think about them.

Americans are tired of thinking.

It's time to shut down the brain, and open up the heart.

So when you go to vote in the primaries, remember don't think, just do.

And do it for me.
Or i will put a voodoo curse on you!!!!

Thank You.

McCain Hillary is the dream ticket. They should go for it. They would unite the country and make possible progress we haven't had in years. Obama is a speech maker. He's not ready to be a candidate in the general election, let alone president. The very idea is frightening. I'd vote for McCain and Hillary. Their parties have treated them wretchedly. They should unite, and a great realignment would take place, and we'd have the two most capable people in the White House.

Its amazing to watch from up here in Canada. Seems that the moment Senator Clinton gets ahead in numbers, polls or what ever. Senator Obama's team come out swinging and tear her apart. Now thats fine and very well. But the moment Senator Clinton says ANYTHING. BAM! out comes the good old racist card. Gee from here I would swear that Senator Obama's team have never heard of:


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