Friday, February 8, 2008

Nebraska Will Vote For Whoever Shows Up

As the Democratic candidates gear up for the five states that will be either caucasing or voting in a primary this Saturday, the state of Nebraska has taken on an unusual importance due to the closeness of the Democratic race.
With Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton virtually tied in the delegate count, Nebraska's 24 delegates and 7 super delegates took on an urgent importance to both campaigns, but the voters here say they'll go with the candidate who actually shows up to talk to them.
While Obama spoke before a crowd of ten thousand in Omaha, and his wife Michelle was due to speak to a crowd at the Memorial Auditorium in Lincoln today, the best the Clinton campaign could muster was to send daughter Chelsea to this state where voters are as fickle as the wind.
Adding in the fact that the mayor of Lincoln, Chris Beutler, Omaha mayor Mike Fahey, and Sen. Ben Nelson have all endorsed Obama, and one can see the Obama campaign taking most, if not all of the delegates from the Cornhusker state.
Chelsea Clinton spoke to a group of students here and was asked by one of them to explain why they should trust her mother. "She does what she says she will do," Chelsea Clinton said. And went on to say that her mother never gave up when her 1993 Health Care Initiative fell through.
On the flip side, many people skipped seeing Chelsea Clinton in Lincoln, opting instead to drive to Omaha to see Obama. Many were upset that candidate Clinton didn't consider Nebraska to be important enough to come and personally speak with them. "I'm going to see Obama because at least he'll come and tell us what he has to say." said Amy Goodwright of Lincoln. Chris Slaughter, who attends the University of Nebraska added ""He speaks to us, He's a once-in-a-generation candidate. I've never felt this close to a candidate before."
Those sentiments seem to be the prevailing thinking going into Saturday. Nebraskans want the candidates to come here and sit down in the coffee shops with them, just as they did in new Hampshire and Iowa. Many call it a case of Iowa envy. Feeling ignored in the last few Presidential races, and being in the position they find themselves in, voters here are screaming for attention and their votes can be had by the candidate who gives them the attention they rightly deserve.
At the Omaha event, Obama told the crowd "You're here because you don't want to just be against something, you want to be for something." Meanwhile Chelsea Clinton didn't do her mother any favors with answers like "It's not how people react when they succeed but how they react when they fail."
Nebraskans are seeking a new face, a new start, and someone who can deliver on the message of hope. The voters here overwhelmingly support Universal Health Care, but are stridently opposed to any mandate such as Mrs. Clinton speaks of, where she held up the possibilty of wage garnishment to enforce her plan. Bob Michaelson of Lincoln states " I'll move to Canada if she wins and tries to take the food from my family's table to give to the insurance companies."
A look at the other side of the Saturday event does show support for Clinton though. Former Senator Bob Kerrey has endorsed Clinton, as well as Nebraska Public Service head Ann Boyle.
But if you balance this out with the endorsements of the so called super delegates such as National Committeeman Vince Powers who said he would endorse whichever candidate that showed up, and Andra Austerguard, a Democratic party official and super delegate, as well as the endorsement of Iowa Governor Chet Culver, who was at the Omaha rally and is also a super delgate endorsing Obama, and a Nebraska landslide could be in the making for the only candidate with the brains enough to know that even the little people need to feel important sometimes. And as it stands right now, that candidate is Barak Obama. Batmanchester


Gunter said...

i am in complete agreement, and i wish i could have seen barack in omaha.

Anonymous said...

Bat: How do you figure all of this stuff out?
Are you a CIA agent or something?

jacsmith said...

Bottom Line:

Like all of you. I know that health care is the most critical, and important issue facing the American people. Now, and in the coming elections. And like the vast majority of the American people, I want HR 676 (Medicare For All) passed into law NOW! "Single payer, Tax Supported, Not For Profit, True Universal Health Care" free for all as a right. Like every other developed country in the world has. See:

“HR 676:
For church goers: less money to insur. companies and more to the church- lots more.
Srs on Medicare: save way over $100/wk. Because no more medigap, long term care & dental insur. needed. No more drug bills.”

But if we the American people fail to bring enough pressure on our current politicians to get HR 676 passed into law before the elections. We will have to identify, and replace all the politicians standing in the way of passage of HR 676. And, I think the best first place to start is with the politicians that blocked the bipartisan SCHIP bills for the kids. Passed by congress four times.

But what about the President. It was Bush after all that blocked the bipartisan SCHIP bill passed by congress to assure more health coverage for Americas kids. So which of the presidential hopefuls do I think will be most supportive of implementing the demand of the majority of the American people to have HR 676 (Medicare For All) passed into law immediately!

We have some very fine presidential candidates who would make good presidents. But none of the top Presidential candidates directly support HR 676, the only true Universal Health Care plan. So I am supporting Hillary Clinton. She is the only top candidate that has ever actually fought for universal health care before.

I have enormous admiration, and respect for Hillary Clinton. She fought a pitched battle against overwhelming odds back in 1993. To prevent this disastrous health care crisis that is now devastating the American people, and America. She fought so hard for the American people that she risk almost completely destroying her husbands presidency. I haven't forgotten her heroic effort. If any Presidential hopeful for universal health care deserves my support, it's her.

Also, if we the American people fail to bring enough pressure on our government to give us HR 676 which we all so desperately need NOW! Then we will need the most skilled politician we can get on our side to broker the best health care plan for the American people that we can get. Though it will be less than we need, and less than we deserve. The politician I think to best do this is Hillary Clinton. The Clinton's are probably the most skilled politicians in American history.

The insurance industry, and medical industry that has been ripping you off, and killing you has given Hillary Clinton so much money because they fear her. They have also given Barack Obama so much money because they fear Hillary Clinton. They think they can manipulate Barack Obama against the best interest of the American people better than they can manipulate Hillary Clinton. There is no race issue with Hillary Clinton. The Clinton's are the poster family for how African Americans want white people to be towards African Americans.

As always, African Americans are suffering, and dieing in this health care crisis at a much higher rate than any other group in America. The last time there was any significant drop in the African American death rate was when Bill Clinton was president.

My fellow Americans, you are dieing needlessly at an astounding rate. In higher numbers than any other people in the developed world. Rich, and poor a like. Insured, and uninsured. Young, and old. Men, women, children, and babies. And we the American people must stop it. And fix it NOW! Keep Fighting!!! Never! give up hope. There are millions of lives at stake. Bless you all... You are doing great!