A few quick reasons...<br><br>1. Small donors<br>2. Open ears to grassroots and experts in every field<br>3. Speaks in the plural, rhetoric centers around what "we" do, not what "I" or "she" does.<br>4. Speaks and listens in all fifty states<br>5. Very Midwest view of politics... extremely pragmatic and non-ideological<br>6. ... and for some reason, not boring like Paul Simon (as lovable as he was)<br><br>-- Cee Bee Double-U<br><br>edit: Just noticed that I am giving the impression that I can speak volumes about what is wrong with Clinton while giving my preferred candidate only a few bullet points... I'm writing this on break though and I have a ton of work to do. ...and I think Obama's praises have been sung every which way here while Clinton's critiques haven't really been too specific outside of personality traits and such.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by newkojak on 02/06/08 01:43 PM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
he is raising money faster and better than Hillary (32 million to 13 million in January alone). Hillary is getting a lot of money from a MUCH smaller number of people who are reaching the maximum they can give so they can't give her more. she is taking money from lobbyist as well. yet, he raised 32 million to her 13 million. most of his donors can keep on giving since we aren't close to the maximum. he'll raise more money and have more money to compete against McCain yet she might just win the nomination anyway. fortunately, McCain is not doing well raising money either. <br><br>
I don't think that anyone can stress the importance of a small-dollar campaign enough though.<br><br>Our biggest problem with politicians today is that they are too often beholden to the same industries that they collect their money from. If Sen. Barack Obama can walk up with the backing of people whose only wish is that he just be a good president and be competitive with another candidate that is backed mainly by insiders and entrenched industry donors with specific expectations of what they want in return and be competitive, why wouldn't anyone vote for him?<br><br>This is the candidate we want every time we complain about how there is too much dirty money in politics. Every time we wring our hands because candidate X or Y listens to industry lobbyists instead of the people he or she works for, we are wishing for this very person to come wipe the electoral floor with the big money shill.<br><br>Small donations aren't just nice... they take away the need/temptation to be corrupt. They make a candidate better.<br><br>This is why McCain is so frustrated by Obama. Sen. Obama is what Sen. McCain wishes people thought he was.<br><br>-- Cee Bee Double-U
yeah I like the fact no matter how hard or heated the debate he takes a "cool" logical approach, just lays out the answer ...kinda like Will Rogers speaks.<br><br>IF Hillary had that style - she'd be much more effective.<br><br>David (OFI)
as rational as we can make it sound, it does appear this is coming down to black, women, men, and hispanics (and also elderly and youth). mostly gender and race and very, very little of what we mention. each person who is picking based on gender or race would tell you they think this person would be a better leader or that person would be a better president, but i think that's just an excuse to avoid saying they are just proud of their candidate because of race or gender (in the case of blacks and women) or that they strongly dislike the other candidate because of race or gender (in the case of hispanics and men -- at least not a women when it's Hillary). what a sad commentary, but i don't think it's off target.<br><br>
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