After Arnold picks McCain, Shriver endorses Obama

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Offering women a permission slip to desert the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton in favor of Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey said today they should not feel guilty if they preferred him over her.
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Reality Check

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Feb 3, 2008
 
Oprah tells the audience that "Being free means you get to think for yourself," aiming that at women. I think most women feel very free to think for themselves and have for some time -- but the recent exhortation of the President of NOW, for women to vote for Hillary, has had a backlash with comments like this one. NOW doesn't speak for most women these days, and there are certainly no more women who feel obliged to vote for a woman, than -- I hope -- blacks who feel compelled to vote for Obama.

The old guard from the feminist/ early civil rights era, like the NOWs, the Al Sharptons, Jesse Jacksons all urge their followers to vote for a like gender or color. But it's kind of insulting for Oprah to tell women it's "OK to feel free to think for themselves.": Being free means not caring what Oprah, Caroline Kennedy or Shriver do or urge us to do.

Mostly, I'm sick or all the vague romantic gibberish used to promote Obama: "Innovative," a "Dreamer," "visionary," or as the LA Times said, a "poem" vs. HIllary being a "well-reasoned essay." There's nothing against well-reasoned essays/ researched papers when it comes to politics and leading the country, so if the more level-headed Hillary supporters' arguments are an indication, she'll be better than Obama.(And across the board, while their basic take on issues isn't that similar, hers are more thought out.) And she has the guts to take views that may be unpopular in some areas, like telling Hispanics in California and Florida that she doesn't believe in driver's licenses for illegals until the broader immigration issue is resolved. She's the one who's who's been more consistent and refusing to pander, his camp's accusations to the contrary.(By the way, as for Iraq: although he didn't vote to authorize the President's right to declare war, since he wasn't in the Senate at the time, he has continuously voted to keep authorizing funding for the war -- what's the difference?)
Jammer

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#2
Feb 3, 2008
 
maria? Oprah? Hillary? Nope; American Electoral Collegians do not listen to, vote for, nor takes ANY woMAN serious. I will not vote for that black man!(I am a Republican)!
Gladys Gonzalez

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Feb 3, 2008
 
I really strongly will vote for Hillary R. Clinton because she has a lot of experience and we need Change and Barack Obama what has he done for his state nothing really, how does he want to run this country if he hasnt done anything for Illinois
Gladys Gonzalez

Canyon Country, CA

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#4
Feb 3, 2008
 
I'am so sick of this Oprah,Kennedys,Obama, and everybody who thinks Obama is great. Obama's father is a radical Muslim I will never ever vote for anyone who has any kind of muslim in their family. Anyways Hillary Clinton will Win On Tuesday. Who in the hell is Obama anyway.
Philip

Mercer Island, WA

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#5
Feb 3, 2008
 
I cannot wait to vote in my states primary later this month. As a black man, I cannot wait to vote for......Hillary Clinton. Im voting for experience. Not on race or hope. I also believe in loyalty which is something many democrats are apparently not interested in these days. It will probably not make a difference in who wins with the Dems as this party is split.
Maung Maung Nyo

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#6
Feb 3, 2008
 
Dear Editor,
Who is Maria Shriver? Can she deliver votes to Obama? How is she living with a Republican husband?
Stefan Nilsson

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#7
Feb 4, 2008
 
As a European following American politics closely I am very disappointed of the way Hillary and Bill Clinton has waged this campaign - too much negativity and untruth accusations. I was for many years a big admirer of them (Bill was a good president). But it is now more evident that another Clinton administration will not be a clean break with the past. Barrack Obama has all the important qualities a president should have and most of all a strong inner core and integrity. He would be an excellent president.
EJAY364

Hartland, MI

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#8
Feb 4, 2008
 
We need a change Senator Obama will make a great president, he is for all americans, he is the only one I trust, these other candiates talk talk they have their own agenda it is only for them and their ego, GO OBAMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAA.
Ann

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#9
Feb 4, 2008
 
TO REALITY CHECK: YOU NEED A REAL REALITY CHECK DO YOU THINK ANYONE CARES ABOUT THAT HALF OF BOOK YOU WROTE, YOU EITHER NEED A LIFE,( GET ONE ) OR YOU ON HILLARY OR SLICK WILLIE CAMPAIGN
Troy

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#10
Feb 4, 2008
 
Gladys Gonzalez I hope you have your shopping bag packed, you will be leaving good ole u.s.a when Hillary get in you are a goner I know you are here illegal
Flim Flam

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Feb 4, 2008
 
2 words: "Electoral College."
Lawrence Wolf

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#12
Feb 4, 2008
 
An amazing amount of bigotry in some of the above comments. What a way to waste your life! I wish you Hillary fans would stop babbling about her "experience." If being first lady gives you the experience to be president, let's form an exploratory committee for Laura Bush.

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