Monday, June 16, 2008

Obama says "Forget you OHIO"

For Immediate Release Contact: John McClelland Monday, June 16, 2008 614.228.2481

Obama Writes Off Ohio

COLUMBUS - Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett today issued the following statement:

"On the same day that Barack Obama visited Columbus, his campaign manager was meeting with Washington insiders about how they will write off Ohio. With a strategy of telling voters one thing while your campaign does another, it's no wonder so many Ohioans remain skeptical of Barack Obama."

Obama camp sees possible win without Ohio, Fla. <>
By Nedra Pickler and Philip Elliott
Associated Press
June 16, 2008

FLINT, Mich. -- Barack Obama's campaign envisions a path to the presidency that could include Virginia, Georgia and several Rocky Mountain states, but not necessarily the pair of battlegrounds that decided the last two elections_ Florida and Ohio.

In a private pitch late last week to donors and former supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe outlined several alternatives to reaching the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House that runs counter to the conventional wisdom of recent elections.

At a fundraiser held at a Washington brewery Friday, Plouffe told a largely young crowd that the electoral map would be fundamentally different from the one in 2004. Wins in Ohio and Florida would guarantee Obama the presidency if he holds onto the states won by Democrat John Kerry, Plouffe said, but those two battlegrounds aren't required for victory.

Florida, which has 27 electoral votes this year, gave the presidency to George W. Bush in the disputed election of 2000. Ohio, with its 20 electoral votes, ensured Bush of re-election in 2004 in his race against Kerry.

The presumed Democratic nominee's electoral math counts on holding onto the states Kerry won, among them Michigan (17 electoral votes), where Obama campaigns on Monday and Tuesday. Plouffe said most of the Kerry states should be reliable for Obama, but three currently look relatively competitive with Republican rival John McCain_ Pennsylvania, Michigan and particularly New Hampshire.

Asked about his remarks, Plouffe said Ohio and Florida start out very competitive_ but he stressed that they are not tougher than other swing states and said Obama will play "extremely hard" for both. But he said the strategy is not reliant on one or two states.

"You have a lot of ways to get to 270," Plouffe said. "Our goal is not to be reliant on one state on November 4th."

Plouffe has been pitching such a new approach to the electoral map in calls and meetings, according to several people who discussed the conversations on the condition of anonymity because they were meant to be private. Plouffe confirmed the descriptions in the interview.

Plouffe and his aides are weighing where to contest, and where chances are too slim to marshal a large effort. A win in Virginia (13 electoral votes) or Georgia (15 votes) could give Obama a shot if he, like Kerry, loses Ohio or Florida.

Plouffe also has been touting Obama's appeal in once Republican-leaning states where Democrats have made gains in recent gubernatorial and congressional races, such as Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, Alaska and North Dakota.

Obama's campaign has spent heavily on time and money in Virginia, where a Democratic presidential candidate hasn't won since 1964. In recent elections, however, high-profile Republicans have lost there. And in a sign of how serious Obama is taking the state, Plouffe dispatched to Virginia many aides who helped Obama stage his upset win in the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3.

The key, Plouffe told supporters, will be to register new black voters and new young voters in Virginia.

Likewise, Georgia has many unregistered black voters who could turn out in record numbers to support the first major-party nominee who is black, he argued. Plouffe said the campaign also will keep an eye on Mississippi and Louisiana as the race moves into the fall to see if new black voters could put them within reach.

In a telling bit of scheduling, Obama declared himself within reach of the nomination at the statehouse in Iowa, yet another state he hopes to put in play.

Plouffe is warning Democrats that McCain is an appealing candidate who has proved he can take votes from the middle before and could do so again. McCain won New Hampshire as a GOP candidate in 2000 and 2008, thanks in large part to the state's high number of independent voters.

Clinton won Michigan's renegade primary after the national party stripped the state of its delegates for moving its contest to January. Obama's name wasn't even on the ballot. Clinton handily won the Pennsylvania primary in April, gaining strong support from white, working-class voters.

Plouffe argues that McCain squandered his opportunity to reach independent voters in the past three months.

McCain's aides acknowledge frustration among fellow Republicans for the slow-to-start campaign. Even though McCain clinched his party's nomination in early March, his supporters didn't name operatives to run the must-win states, let alone open offices in key states. While Democrats hammered each other in their marathon contest, McCain left aides from his primary states sitting still, waiting for orders. It took more than two months for McCain's national headquarters to approve budgets for the battleground states.

The task, Plouffe said, is to define McCain as tied to Bush on the economy, the war and abortion rights. He said the campaign will go on offense against McCain, besides playing aggressive defense when criticized.

That promise was also given by Obama, who said Friday night, "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." Critics have questioned why a candidate who promotes a new kind of politics planned such bare-knuckles tactics.

Among independent voters, McCain and Obama are about tied in favorability ratings in recent polls.

Plouffe in recent days has been making his pitch aggressively_ part cheerleading, part sales job. Many of Clinton's supporters remain frustrated with how national Democrats resolved the issue of Michigan's delegates, agreeing to seat all of them at the nominating convention but penalizing them by half for violating the calendar, and Plouffe has tried to quell that frustration.

He wraps up the pitches by asking Democrats to imagine Obama taking the oath of office. On Friday at the Capitol City Brewery, about a block from where that would happen, Plouffe pointed toward the Capitol steps to reinforce the visual.


Saturday, June 7, 2008

Brain Dead Democrat

An elderly man suffered a massive heart attack. The family drove wildly to get him to the emergency room. After what seemed like a very long wait, the E.R. Doctor appeared, wearing his scrubs and a long face.

Sadly, he said, "I'm afraid he is brain-dead, but his heart is still beating."

"Oh, Dear God," cried his wife, her hands clasped against her cheeks with shock !!! "We've never had a Democrat in the family before!"

Friday, June 6, 2008

Father/Daughter Talk

This is a very good analogy...

Father/Daughter Talk
A young woman was about to finish her first year
of college. Like so many others her age, she
considered herself to be a
very liberal Democrat, and among other liberal
ideals, was very much in
favor of higher taxes to support more government
programs, in other
words redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a
rather staunch Republican, a feeling she openly
expressed. Based on the
lectures that she had participated in, and the
occasional chat with a
professor, she felt that her father had for years
harbored an evil,
selfish desire to keep what he thought should be

One day she was challenging her father on his
opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need
for more government
programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed
by her professors
had to be the truth and she indicated so to her
father. He responded by
asking how she was doing in school.

Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that
she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was
tough to maintain,
insisting that she was taking a very difficult
course load and was
constantly studying, which left her no time to go
out and party like
other people she knew. She didn't even have time for
a boyfriend, and
didn't really have many college friends because she
spent all her time

Her father listened and then asked, 'How is your
friend Audrey doing?' She replied, 'Audrey is barely
getting by. All she
takes are easy classes, she never studies, and she
barely has a 2.0 GPA.
She is so popular on campus; college for her is a
blast. She's always
invited to all the parties and lots of times she
doesn't even show up
for classes because she's too hung over.'

Her wise father asked his daughter, 'Why don't
you go to the Dean's office and ask him to deduct
1.0 off your GPA and
give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way
you will both have a
3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal
distribution of

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father's
suggestion, angrily fired back, 'That's a crazy
idea, and how would that
be fair! I've worked really hard for my grades! I've
invested a lot of
time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next
to nothing toward her
degree. She played while I worked my tail off!'

The father slowly smiled, winked and said
gently, 'Welcome to the Republican party.'

If anyone has a better explanation of the
difference between Republican and Democrat I'm all

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Tuesday Reminder

Hello everyone! Just a reminder that the next meeting of the Greene County Young Republicans is Tuesday June 3rd at 7 pm. Please note that the meeting will take place at a NEW location! We will meet at the Greene County Phone bank HQ. It is off of Seajay Blvd. (Near 35 and N. Fairfield) It is the same plaza that the Phone bank HQ was at in '06 however it is a few doors away from the '06 location.

Hope to see you there and as will be Bring a Friend Free Night!

"I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go." -Barrack Obama