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One of the Outcomes of Tonight’s Results

April 23, 2008

Here’s an interesting video from MSNBC’s Chuck Todd showing why, despite Hillary Clinton’s victory tonight, it is now nearly impossible for Clinton to win the pledged delegate race.

Her only argument now is that she is able to win the “big states.” However, she really can not suggest that Barack can not win these states in the general election.

Only a few of these big states are considered “swing” states that will not go to the nominated Democrat. Her main advantage is coming from traditional Democrats.

Now obviously these traditional Democrats are more dependable votes for the Democratic nominee than a lot of the independent and young voters attracted to Barack Obama. So I think there is a probability of a greater net loss of votes for the Democratic nominee if Obama is not the candidate.

The Pennsylvania supporters of Obama did a great job in narrowing Hillary’s lead and making this a close race.


Barack Obama in Pittsburgh last night

April 22, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama gave another great talk in Pittsburgh last night. He was joined by Michelle, Sen. Bob Casey and Teresa Heinz-Kerry.

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Al-Qaeda in the House

April 22, 2008

With Pennsylvanians voting now for their Democratic nominee, I was struck by al-Qaeda no. 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri’s second taped message this month, and this one just the day before the primary. In fact, it was Tuesday in Pakistan and Afghanistan when this was posted.

I was reminded of the theory that Osama bin-Ladin’s release of a message just before the last presidential election was a calculated al-Qaeda effort to help George W. Bush get elected. The logic is that al-Qaeda’s recruiting, fundraising and propaganda efforts are strengthened by a belligerent U.S. policy in the Muslim world. Now this was just a theory and no solid evidence that I know of backs it up.

However, the timing of these two recent tapes is uncanny.

Again, the logic here would be that al-Qaeda would support ‘100-year war’ John McCain for the presidency. So we can then ask, why would they release two tapes just weeks apart, one of them the day before the Democratic primary? It may be that they see Barack Obama as more likely to beat McCain than Hillary Clinton.

Hillary would probably benefit more from fear tactics than Barack Obama. In fact, her most recent television ad is a fear ad that actually flashes an image of Osama bin-Ladin.

Now again, there is no solid evidence for these musings, but you certainly have to wonder.

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Saleem on volunteering for Barack Obama

April 21, 2008

Listen to Saleem speak of the satisfaction he has experienced volunteering for Barack Obama.

‘Slow Roll’ Stumping

April 20, 2008

Now this is a good example of campaigning on the move. Of course, it’s not possible to stop in every community in the state. Barack speaks to folks while the campaign train slowly moves through towns in Pennsylvania. One person is apparently even mowing the lawn as Barack speaks to him.

On Track for Change in Pennsylvania

April 20, 2008

Nice speech by Barack Obama in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, one of the “whistle stops,” on his train tour of the state.

Whistle Stops in Pennsylvania

Saturday, April 19 On Track for Change Tour
in Wynnewood, Paoli, Downingtown, Lancaster, & Harrisburg

Sunday, April 20 On Track for Change Town Hall
in Reading

Sunday, April 20 On Track for Change Rally with Sen. Bob Casey and Caroline Kennedy
in Scranton

Monday, April 21 On Track for Change Rally
in Pittsburgh

Young Pennsylvania Voters attracted to Obama

April 20, 2008

Young Pennsylvania voters take a shine to Obama

Sun Apr 20, 2008 9:17am EDT

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By Paul Eckert

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is attracting record numbers of young voters — but will a demographic known for low turnout vote in enough numbers to defeat Hillary Clinton in the graying state of Pennsylvania?

Attracted by opposition to the Iraq war, antipathy to President George W. Bush or Clinton — and Obama’s aura of “hope” — Pennsylvanians in the 18-29 age bracket are rallying, registering and switching parties like never before.

At the University of Pittsburgh, a “power rally” by Pitt Students for Obama got 2,000 students to register as Democrats in order to vote for the senator. The state does not allow independents to vote in primary contests.

“There were a lot of independents and Republicans who support Senator Obama who had to switch their registration for Tuesday’s primary,” said Sarah Posner, 21, the group’s leader.

Pennsylvania is the next battleground for Clinton and Obama in their contest for the right to face Republican John McCain in the November election.

The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, or CIRCLE, which has tracked youth voting since the U.S. voting age was lowered to 18 in 1972, says this year has seen the highest national registration rate in history among those under 30.

Youth turnout in some state primaries this year tripled or even quadrupled over the previous presidential election, said CIRCLE Director Peter Levine.


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Michelle Obama: Reach out to Pennsylvania

April 19, 2008

Michelle Obama sent out this email today.

Dear Paul,

Call PennsylvaniaBarack is a community organizer at heart, and he is running this race the way he worked on the South Side of Chicago — bringing folks to the table to work together, make their voices heard and create a better life for themselves.

Now, he needs you. He needs ordinary people investing in this campaign — not just with their dollars, but also with their energy. Because as Barack always says, when ordinary people come together they can do extraordinary things.

When you get used to getting on the phone with fellow supporters, reaching beyond your comfort zone, and being engaged in the political process, you won’t just help win an election — you’ll be prepared to help bring about the kind of change we need.

With just three days left before the Pennsylvania primary, staff and local volunteers are hard at work in the Keystone State, but they need the support of the movement that has already spread across the country.

In the next three days, Pennsylvania needs you.

And the best part is, you can make an impact in Pennsylvania by making calls from your home. Use our online calling system to get started now:

Thanks to you, after more than forty contests in this race, we’re fortunate to have won the most votes, delegates, and states.

By every measure, this isn’t supposed to have happened — yet it’s happening all over the country, and that’s something to be proud of.

But we can’t take anything for granted. Every vote and delegate at stake is crucial, and Barack will be the underdog every day until he’s sitting in the Oval Office.

Making calls is one of the best things you can do to help Barack in Pennsylvania, and it’s easy:

  • When you log in, you’ll get a list of 20 names that only you will receive.
  • Click on a name and you’ll be led through a simple script, question by question.
  • If you want, you can now print your numbers and the script and enter your results back into the system later.

Pick up the phone right away to start making a difference in Pennsylvania. Make five calls now, and I’m sure you’ll want to make five more:

If we can all chip in to make the push in Pennsylvania in these next three days, we’ll be more than ready to reach for the change this country needs when Barack is in the White House.

Thank you for all that you’re doing,



35,000 in Philadelphia

April 19, 2008

Wow, a huge crowd in Philadelphia this late in the campaign. A very good sign for Barack Obama and supporters.

35,000 in Philadelphia

by Caitlin Harvey, Friday, April 18, 2008 at 06:56 PM

Over 35,000 people came out to hear Barack speak at the largest rally in the campaign’s history in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia tonight.

In his remarks, he challenged America to join him in declaring independence from the Washington game-playing and special interest-dominated politics that have blocked so much progress in recent years.

Barack said:

It was over two hundred years ago that a group of patriots gathered in this city to do something that no one in the world believed they could do. After years of a government that didn�t listen to them, or speak for them, or represent their hopes and their dreams, a few humble colonists came to Philadelphia to declare their independence from the tyranny of the British throne.

The union they created has endured for two centuries not because we�re perfect, but because we�ve always been perfectible � because each generation of Americans has been willing to stand up and sacrifice and do what�s necessary to inch us closer to the ideals at the core of our founding promise � equality, and liberty, and opportunity for all who seek it. That�s how we survived a civil war and two world wars; a Great Depression and great struggles for civil rights and women�s rights and worker�s rights, and now Philadelphia it’s our turn.

The challenges we face are not just the fault of one man or one party. How many years � how many decades � have we been talking about solving our health care crisis? How many Presidents have promised to end our dependence on foreign oil? How many jobs have gone overseas in the 70s, and the 80s, and the 90s? And we still don�t have a strategy for American workers to succeed in a global economy. We�re still talking about it in 2008. And everyone here knows why.

Because in every election, politicians come to your cities and your towns, and they tell you what you want to hear, and they make big promises, and they lay out all these plans and policies. But then they go back to Washington when the campaign�s over, and nothing changes. Lobbyists spend millions of dollars to get their way. Folks would rather score political points than solve real problems. Instead of fighting for health care or jobs, Washington ends up fighting over the latest distraction of the week. It happens year after year after year.

But not this year. Not this time. This year we can�t afford the same old politics. This year we can declare our independence from this kind of politics. That�s change we need right now. And that�s the choice you�ll face on Tuesday.

In four days, you get the chance to help bring about the change that we need right now. Here in the city and the state that gave birth to our democracy, we can declare our independence from the politics that has shut us out, and let us down, and told us to settle.

We can declare our independence from the politics that�s put the oil companies, and the drug companies, and the insurance companies in charge of the decisions that impact our lives and our children�s lives.

We can declare independence from the say-anything, do-anything politics that�s all about how to win and not why we should; that politics that exploits our differences instead of speaking to our common concerns and our common destinies as Americans.

We can do all these things, but only if we declare our independence from the cynicism and the doubt that tells us that change can�t happen.

Declare your independence from cynicism and doubt by volunteering to get out the vote in your community!

Barack Obama speaks about John McCain

April 18, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama talks about John McCain during an appearance in Erie, Pennsylvania.

He also made a surprise appearance on the Colbert Report last night.

Remember that polls are very bad at predicting voter turnout. Click on the button below to make calls to Pennsylvania voters.