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January 11th, 2007
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Chris Dodd declares candidacy for president
Washington Post article

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I personally hope the democratic party will not select Hilary Clinton as its candidate, because so much of the country doesn't trust or like her and it seems a shame to act as if there are not other strong (even female) candidates in the country, and to further alienate younger democrats who already seem to oppose the idea and are wondering why they can't influence their party. I don't know about Barak Obama's chances of winning, either. He seems like a sharp guy but also relatively young and unproven compared to some.

The Iraq war is clearly going to be a big issue in the next presidential election, as is the general question of how to reduce terrorism. If you could set those two issues aside, what would you want in an American president for 2008?

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From:eviljohn
Date:January 11th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
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I suspect that it'll be some dark horse candidate, like it was in 2004.

It's sad that there's just so much anti-Hilary sentiment out there. I don't understand it.

And Obama has a few (minor IMO, but they're there) skeletons in his closet.
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From:netmouse
Date:January 11th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
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hmm.. I remember feeling particularly disappointed when she voted for the amendment to make flag-burning illegal.

Vote-Smart notes that "SENATOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON REPEATEDLY REFUSED TO PROVIDE ANY RESPONSES TO CITIZENS ON ISSUES THROUGH THE 2006 NATIONAL POLITICAL AWARENESS TEST WHEN ASKED TO DO SO BY Key national leaders of both major parties"


She's a former board member of Wal-Mart.

The majority of financial contributions to her latest state political campaign came from out-of-state supporters. (see open secrets and contrast with Nancy Pelosi, Patty Murray, and Rosa Delauro), supporting the idea that she's just using the senate position as a stepping-stone to higher office rather than being a true representative. (how long had she lived in New York before running for office there?)

She chairs the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, which is responsible for communicating with the public about key issues before Congress. How well do you think that's going?

I respect Senator Clinton's work on health care and her support of reproductive freedom and education. She is strongly in support of minorities, which is also good by me. But I'm not surprised a lot of people don't trust her. I think (among other things) it's something in her smile, frankly. I just look at her and feel that she's insincere.





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From:omnifarious' OpenID account [omnifarious.org]
Date:January 12th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
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She was also willing to play ball with Jack Thompson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Thompson_%28attorney%29) in order to gain political capital. I don't think that's OK at all. My problem with Hilary is that I don't think she really cares about any issues in particular. All of her decisions are based on what will gain her the most power.

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From:sraun
Date:January 11th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
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My number one issue is going to be restoring our eroded civil rights. And doing something about DHS and TSA - ideally they should both be dissolved, failing that they need accountability and external oversight with teeth in everything they do. I'd like to get real security instead of security theater - but that's wishing for an awful lot from Washington, D.C.
From:nicegeek
Date:January 12th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
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Aside from third parties, I'd like to see Russ Feingold as President, with a small Republican majority in both houses of Congress. Not because I really like him but because Feingold hates the anti-terror laws with a passion pretty much unmatched on the hill, so he'd clean out the executive branch of all the pro-snooping people, and hopefully get rid of most of the incompetent appointees that Cheney and Rove installed as political favors. He's also likely to push campaign finance reform. The Republican Congress would hopefully keep him from raising taxes too high, or ripping up too many trade treaties, and insure that he'd have to put moderate judges on the courts.

Of course, the odds of the above are slim to nil; he may not even run.

Another dream that would be fun is a bipartisan ticket...something like McCain-Obama, with a split Congress.

Yeah, I don't get what I want very often, on the political scene.
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From:pnh
Date:January 12th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
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"he may not even run"

Seems like a safe prediction, since he announced two months ago that he won't be running.
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From:omnifarious
Date:January 12th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
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  • Take the constitution seriously. Including the 10th and 2nd amendments.
  • Be committed to making the federal bureaucracy at least 5% smaller by the end of h(is/er) term. Some of this should come from simplifying and/or eliminating regulatory bodies. Those eliminated bodies would be replaced with a set of rules and balances that were designed to avoid creating centralized places in government for interested parties to exercise their influence. The best place to start would likely be the FCC's regulation of telecom companies, since those regulations mostly serve the telecom company's interests now due to the strong influence they have within the FCC and the blatant conflicts of interest of most high FCC officials.
  • Be committed to real government accountability. Must be willing to send government officials who fail in their duties to jail if warranted. Must be willing to assign blame to those actually causing the problem instead of a politically convenient fall-guy.
  • Be committed to an honest and above-board foreign policy. Must be willing to reveal what private interests are pressuring us to do at even a micro-level in foreign countries. I'm tired of us doing things for publicly stated reasons that are clearly false and covers for actual reasons that nobody's willing to admit.
  • Committed to declassifying as much information as possible so the citizens of the US can make informed decisions regarding their government.

Those are the things I most want. The war on terror and the war in Iraq and all that other stuff are secondary to those fundamental issues that have been plaguing us for many many years. I think many of the evils we're experiencing today can be directly traced to not following those policies.

From:tshaile
Date:January 12th, 2007 04:53 am (UTC)
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I would want someone who would make it a priority for the US to become more a part of the world community. Instead of making choices that alienate and are probably not in our best interest in the long term, make choices that show some vision, that don't leave us looking like an arrogant bully whose going to get his way one way or the other.
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From:dionysus1999
Date:January 12th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
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My father freaked me out last time I saw him. He's my weather vane for "average person". I'm the bleeding heart liberal, he's a weird mix of conservative and worker's rights (UAW family). He said he'd vote for Hillary. He never went into any detail about why, but I gathered it was more that he, like many Americans, are totally disgusted with the Republicans for not reigning in their mad dog president.

It's odd that I have more reservations about Hillary than my father. Like many people, though, I'd pinch my nose and vote for her if she becomes the Dems candidate.
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From:omnifarious
Date:January 12th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
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I have a friend who'd vote for the former mayor of NYC if he ran. He's a Republican. I would vote for a Republican i I really felt he or she was a good candidate. I voted straight Democrat at a national level this last election because it needed to be done. But I really hate voting party lines. :-(

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