Dash Watches Edwards Endorse Obama Watching John Edwards endorse Barack Obama

This is a note that I got from the Obama campaign a moment ago…

Diana —

I have some very exciting news.

My good friend John Edwards is endorsing our campaign and joining our movement for change.

We’re here in Grand Rapids, Michigan — and if you receive this message in time, you can probably turn on your TV and be part of the moment.

I’m deeply honored by John’s support. He is a true leader who dedicated his career to improving the lives of ordinary Americans.

John ran a strong, principled campaign for president, focusing on a number of important issues where we share common ground — universal health care, bringing our troops home from Iraq, and eliminating poverty in America.

The way he ran his campaign was also important. He ran in a way that reflected our shared conviction that we need to fundamentally change politics.

Like our campaign, John’s campaign never accepted donations from Washington lobbyists or special interest PACs.

Let’s welcome John Edwards to the campaign with an outpouring of the kind of grassroots support that is bringing our political process back to the people.

Make a donation of whatever you can afford now, and if you choose, include your own note to Senator Edwards. I’ll make sure he gets them:


Thank you for all that you’re doing,



Paid for by Obama for America

This email was sent to: diana_377@msn.com


Leave it to the tone deaf GOP to find a way of attaching themselves to this election cycle’s “change” mandate that simultaneously reinforces the fact that their failed policies have messed up the world to such an inhuman extent that many Americans now live their daily lives in a state of free-floating panic and paralyzing anxiety.

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 Bush Brings Victory Party BuffetFrom MoveOn.org:

Dear Diana,

If you liked The Bush-McCain Challenge, will you pass it on? Right now? To 5 people?

Here’s why: On The Daily Show this week, John Stewart asked John McCain if he would renounce George Bush (since polls show Bush is a bigger problem for McCain than Reverend Wright is for Obama!). McCain jokingly got up and walked off the set—then pretended his mic didn’t work.

Bush is a major problem for McCain—if people know how similar they are. And this game shows just that. So we’re launching a new push to get 200,000 more voters to take the Challenge in the next few days.

10 of your friends already played the Bush-McCain Challenge. Can you keep spreading the word by getting just 10 more to try it?

You can send your friends the email—with your personalized link—below. You can also post a note on email lists you’re on, blog comments, and the comments section at the end of online news articles. 

Thanks for all you do.

–Noah, Michael, Patrick S., Justin, and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team
  Friday, May 9th, 2008


I took The Bush-McCain Challenge—a fun online quiz to see if you can tell the difference between George W. Bush and John McCain. Check it out, and see if you can do any better than I did!

Start the Bush-McCain Challenge by clicking here:



P.S. After you finish 10 questions, there’s a hilarious “Carrot Round” that you definitely don’t want to miss.

I got this great note from Barinda Sharma, a member of [NationForChangeYesWeStand]. It provides a new spin concerning the ongoing struggle between Senator Clinton and Senator Obama.


From Barinda Sharma: I know it might sound strange, but let’s think about the positives for Obama from the extra-long primary fighting…

1) New Voters in Every State – Democrats are registering new voters in every state as they have these contests. This is truly a 50-state strategy, and will put more red states into the swing state category. Sure, some Hillary supporters might not vote for Obama in November, but the number of new voters registering to support Obama far outnumbers the anti-Obama voters.

2) Spotlight on Obama – The Democrats are getting the spotlight state by state. Since Hillary won’t be around in November, this is good for Obama and bad for McCain. This gives each state a chance to see where Obama stands on issues that are important to them. If we jump ahead to the general election, it would be a national race (which is much more expensive) and will likely focus on distractions and attacks instead of issues. This gives voters a chance to know where Obama stands before Republicans start attacking him.

3) McCain Pandering to Conservatives – While Democrats argue, McCain is still trying to convince his Republican base that he’s “conservative enough” for their support. He’s saying lots of stupid things right now to pander to his base (overturning Roe v Wade, pro-war, pro-gun issues) that will hurt him with independents and moderates later. If the Democrats pick a nominee, McCain will focus more on the general election, and we’ll miss out on all his right wing pandering! Let him put his foot deeper in his mouth while Obama registers more voters!

In the end, I think Hillary will bow out peacefully. There will likely be some compromise (offering her a cabinet position?) to please her supporters. If she goes out kicking and screaming, her supporters might prefer McCain to Obama. But if we’ve learned anything about Hillary, we know she’s a smart, calculating politician who will be more concerned with her future in politics, and that means helping the Democratic party. I think she will still support Obama after all this (not to mention all the other endorsements he is getting). Obama has clearly been gaining ground since this race began, and I think if he just keeps doing what’s he’s been doing over the next few months, it will push him over the top against McCain.

While reading the Huffington Post I came across this article. It is an interesting read concerning the proposed holiday on the gas tax. It is as if Hillary is the incumbent and is now asking the American people to repeal a tax that was held as important in her prior administration ( since she was so involved in the Clinton administrations’ policy) . Although it is clearly only a proposal, does it again speak to America’s fears concerning campaign slogans. Are they just a ploy to attract votes or are they sincere??

Greatly Depressing ~ 2008

“Bill Clinton raised the gas tax and no one in the political press seems to remember that, including George Stephanopoulos, who helped him do it.

Most political reporters obviously have no idea that in his first year in office President Bill Clinton raised the gas tax. He did it in a package of tax increases that amounted to the biggest tax increase in history, and after a presidential campaign whose centerpiece was a middle class tax cut that he forgot about once in office. If reporters knew that President Clinton raised gas taxes by 4.3 cents, they would be peppering Hillary and Bill with questions about the Clinton gas tax hike like, if you think gas taxes are too high now, are you in favor of repealing the Clinton nickel? Please click here to continue this interesting story:

Lawrence O’Donnell: Will Hillary Repeal the Clinton Gas Tax? – Politics on The Huffington Post


Subject: IRS Rebate Check

How to use Your IRS Rebate check

  As you may have heard, the Bush Administration said each of us would
get a rebate check to stimulate the economy.
  If we spend that money at Wal-Mart, all the money will go to China.
If we spend it on gasoline it will go to the Arabs, if we purchase a
computer it will go to India, if we purchase fruit and vegetables it will
go to Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala, if we purchase a good car it
will go to Japan, if we purchase useless crap it will go to Taiwan and
none of it will help the American economy.
  We need to keep that money here in America. The only way to keep that
money here at home is to spend it at yard sales, since those are the
only businesses still in the US.

My mind is a garden
My thoughts are the seeds
My harvest will be

Either flowers or weeds


I received this email this evening as I await the outcome of the Indiana and North Carolina primaries.  Interesting reading…

I know you all already realize that the gas tax holiday is not likely to work but here is a letter that was sent out today about it.  If you have any media contacts, or know anyone in NC or IN, please send this to them.

Economists Release Letter Opposing Clinton Gas Tax Plan

By Jonathan Weisman
Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday she’ll have no truck with economists telling her where to put her gas-tax holiday.

Well, now she’s got a truckload of them.

More than 230 economists — Democrats, Republicans, advisers to past presidents and four Nobel laureates — signed a letter today opposing proposals by Clinton and presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain to suspend the 18-cent federal gas tax for the summer driving season.

“First, research shows that waiving the gas tax would generate major profits for oil companies rather than significantly lowering prices for consumers,” they wrote. “Second, it would encourage people to keep buying costly imported oil and do nothing to encourage conservation. Third, a tax holiday would provide very little relief to families feeling squeezed.”

Signatories include four Nobel laureates: Joseph Stiglitz (a Clinton White House adviser), James Heckman, Daniel Kahneman and Roger Myerson. Also signing were: President-elect of the American Economic Association Angus Deaton; former AEA presidents Charles Schultze, Alice Rivlin and Peter Diamond; former Reagan administration economist Clyde Prestowitz and former Clinton economic adviser Jeffrey Frankel. Indeed, former president Bill Clinton’s administration is well-represented on the list, with the signatures of Jeffrey Liebman of Harvard University, Rebecca Blank of the University of Michigan and J. Bradford DeLong of the University of California, Berkeley.

Others are household names within the smaller household of the economics profession: John Shoven and Lawrence Goulder from Stanford, Alan Auerbach from Berkeley, David Cutler from Harvard, James Galbraith from the University of Texas and Frank Levy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Posted at 5:04 PM ET on May 5, 2008
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