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illinoisprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-24-07 09:28 AM
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Obama Goes Where Other Democrats Won't
Barack Obama showed a whole lot of savvy and political courage when he took his Democratic presidential campaign into the Republican heartland of South Carolina.

It was a huge success.

Democrats were ecstatic.

We have complained bitterly over the years about the treatment weve received at the hands of the Democrats, said Ron Romine, a Spartanburg party activist and long-time political science professor at the University of South Carolina. Finally, were getting some attention.

Barack, a U.S. senator from Illinois, drew large crowds at stops in Greenwood, Greenville and Spartanburg a region heavily populated by Republicans.

Upstate voters havent seen a Democratic presidential candidate in years. The last time they voted for a Democrat was in 1976, when Jimmy Carter ran for president.

A Republican has won the congressional seat in the Greenville-Spartanburg area with at least 65 percent of the votes in five of the past seven elections.

But Obamas campaign looked at the sheer numbers in the Upstate and decided it would be foolhardy to ignore the vote-rich region, even though it was clearly dominated by Republicans.

Obama made his first visit to the Upstate on June 15. And boy was he surprised when he arrived at McAlister Square in Greenville. Over 3,500 people a good mix of blacks and whites were there to greet him.

State Sen. Ralph Anderson, a black legislator from Greenville, said the Obama folks could have doubled the turnout if they had started organizing earlier.

Not lost on the Obama campaign is the fact that the S.C. primary is open, meaning any registered voter Democrat, Republican or independent can vote in the Democratic primary on Jan. 29.

Obamas June 15 foray into the Upstate was hailed by political observers as gutsy and smart.

In the past, Democratic candidates have stayed away from the Upstate, conceding it to the Republicans.

A mistake, said Furman University professor Danielle Vinson. You cant ignore any group of voters. In the Upstate, we do have Democrats. Not many. But we do have a very vocal group of African-Americans. A candidate ignores them at his own peril.

Also, an interesting phenomenon has arisen over the last few months. A growing number of moderate Republicans and independents, increasingly upset with President Bush, say they want to vote for Obama.

They particularly are drawn to his message about ridding Washington of partisan politics. Theyre tired of the in-fighting, the back-stabbing.

They also find something appealing about the man. Hes new. Hes authentic.

A recent Mason-Dixon poll of South Carolina voters showed Obama favored over U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York in the S.C. primary.

Furman University analyst Don Aiesi said that finding should boost Obamas standing and give him added strength heading into the 2008 primary.

Aiesi said it would be a mistake for Obama to ignore the Upstate support. He has the potential to fire people up.

Hillary is not liked, Aiesi said, citing polls to support his charge.

He predicts that if Obama plays his cards right, he easily will dispose of the U.S. senator from New York.

He has got 50 percent of the primary vote nailed down, Aiesi said of Obama. To me its over and done.

Thanks to Obama, Southern Democrats finally have someone who doesnt treat or see them as a lost cause.
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-24-07 09:36 AM
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I really appreciate the fact that Obama is going to the red areas of red states -- I live in Indiana and I understand the frustration of being ignored. They want our donations but otherwise we are ignored. I think Obama is doing exactly what Howard Dean is advocating in his 50-State Plan -- we have to ask for everyone's votes.

Still, what I distrust is politics of personality. Exactly what does "appealing" and "new" and "authentic" mean for our foreign policy? For our policy re: global warming?

I don't trust the people's judgments about personality because there is so much public relations mumbo-jumbo-shmumbo used when presenting candidates...

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illinoisprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-24-07 09:49 AM
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3. Agreed but, for someone with personal experience in different cultures as well as
someone who has written a bestseller on issues like these and the intellectual curosity to talk to many different voices on a subject, shows a person who is not just intellectual but, drinks in information.
You can have the foreign policy of being in committees and study but, no open mind or personal experience with it you end up with having the kind of thinking that gave us neocons.
Granted he is appealing but, there is the intellect that is much more appealing. The curiosity and ability to be open to various ideas before forming your own thought on a subject that makes him more capable. And have the judgement to make wise decisions.
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-24-07 10:19 AM
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4. So if the people of America said, "He's stale, and inauthentic--
I find nothing appealing about him at all"--you would like him better? There's this strange reflex against Obama on this forum I can't understand: the more people in general that seem to gravitate towards him (for whatever reason), the more some folks seem determined not to be "sucked in" to his charms. Not saying that's you, but it's something I've noticed. Like they're more afraid of being caught jumping on a bandwagon or joining a fan club than seriously assessing why he might hold so much appeal to such a broad segment of voters.
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maximusveritas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-25-07 09:29 PM
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8. You nailed it
I've encountered this attitude quite a bit in regards to Obama. They say Obama has no substance, but haven't spent any time at all actually researching the man, his voting record, his positions on the issues, or legislation he's proposed. Personally, I think it's just a bogus argument designed to hide their real reasons for not liking Obama. Either they have another preferred candidate or they don't like Obama for superficial reasons.
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StudentsMustUniteNow Donating Member (859 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-24-07 11:17 AM
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5. Exactly. Big Dog was authentic as hell
Then he gave us NAFTA.
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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-24-07 09:40 AM
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2. From DU rules: "Do not post entire copyrighted articles.
If you wish to reference an article, provide a brief excerpt and include a link to the original source. Generally, excerpts should not exceed three or four paragraphs."

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Ethelk2044 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-24-07 05:19 PM
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6. This is a Great Post.
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jessicazi Donating Member (458 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-25-07 09:05 PM
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7. send obama
to southeastern Idaho (Idaho Falls/Rexburg area). Or the Provo, Utah area. Now that would be impressive.
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calteacherguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-25-07 09:33 PM
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9. Thanks for sharing!
GoBama! :thumbsup:
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Grandrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-25-07 09:45 PM
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10. No guts, no glory!
Way to go Obama and thanks for posting, I just love these kind of articles!
Keep them coming and the naysayers can just suck it up! :evilgrin: :kick:
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-25-07 10:15 PM
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11. Bravo!
He isn't screwing around. He isn't running for VP.
He is out to win it and is excavating votes from all over the place.
He's raising the big bucks.

Obama is most definitely a contender. :applause:
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-25-07 10:49 PM
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12. Before you go and crown the man king....
Remember that South Carolina is having a primary, right at the beginning of the process...

He would be a fool not to go there at least a couple of times...

Especially since Edwards is near or at the top in the Iowa polls...

And Clinton is leading in New Hampshire....

South Carolina comes next, the same day as Florida....

And Obama is winning in South Carolina, which doesn't bode well for John Edwards...,2933,284022,00.html

You have to look at what and where they are campaigning up against the primary calender...

If he does win the nomination and then decides to campaign in South Carolina, well, that's a different story...

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