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Political Campaigning 101 – Dealing with Tough Questions

April 2, 2008

This week, once again, Chelsea Clinton was asked a Lewinsky-related question. Once again, she gave the college student the “none of your business” approach.

If you’re going to be one of the top surrogates for a presidential candidate you should expect to get such questions. And you should have a polite, not arrogant, answer for such questions. I won’t give the proper answer, because I’d never help that campaign.

Now the dilemma: Chelsea’s dealing with college students. When you’re in college, all of you probably had a little provocateur in you that made us ask ‘that question’ to get a rise out of the presenter. When I was at Morehouse, I remember I did that to Terry McMillan since she was really hot at the time. Everybody went “oooooh” and I got a rise out of her. Great..something we can laugh about later in the college cafeteria.

That is the situation Chelsea is in right now. These college students are going to keep goading her and pushing her buttons.

No, she doesn’t have to answer. But her lack of political savvy is showing as well as coaching by Clinton’s campaign strategists. Y’all weren’t ready for this…TWICE?!

And she won’t catch a break for it in the press since she doesn’t talk to them; which doesn’t allow you to defend yourself. I’m an appointed city official, and I always answer to the press because you give yourself a chance to speak about the issue (in your own words).

At worse, they have to use a quote from you to make the story look even. YOU WIN.

She could’ve used it to her advantage, and blew it.


My Squad’s Experiences with the Texas Caucuses

March 10, 2008

In what will likely be my last presidential post for some time, I wanted to give people a view other than my own.

There is a group of people in my generation in DFW that are really starting to assert themselves in the political process. We’ve had these types of conversations for years. They are not part of any political establishment, they aren’t card-carrying members of any prominent groups. As I’ve already read, the “machines” are assuming that they will fall into the ranks of the establishment; such thinking will likely prove to be incorrect.

I wanted to post a few of their experiences good or bad. Unedited, after the jump.

K- from Balch Springs
So you will have to excuse an improper language run-on sentences and what have you but I have to tell you what went down in BALCH SPRINGS. I’m hearing there was chaos everywhere but BALCH SPRINGS was off the chain.

My family gets to the rec. center and we wait until about 7:45 to enter the room for the caucus. Mind you I’ve never participated in a caucus before so I had no clue what I was supposed to go on. So all these people pile into this room and there is this elderly white poll judge sitting in his chair not giving any direction. It became clear he was overwhelmed by the turn-out of people. 10 minutes and no directions were given. Finally a woman from the city council of Balch Springs asked if he needed help. I went up to her and said I don’t know what I’m doing but I can help with whatever you need. CHAOS Total chaos. People that came just to vote were now in charge of the Caucus. I heard the precinct judge say several times “I don’t know”. I stayed there from 7 – 11 until the sheriff came to pick up the ballets. I am so upset that this guy had a lack of knowledge of what was going on. I swear and this is not an exaggeration, by the end of the night I knew just about as much as he did. I have to really say I was impressed with the number of BLACK people that stepped up in a professional manner to help out with this process. Some people left because it was not organized.

Sorry this is so long but this has to be GOD working. I was supposed to be in volleyball practice at 8. I didn’t leave the polling site until 11p.m. I have been saying I don’t know what I want to do but in some way I want to be involved in politics. Well, I was nominated as a delegate and some of the City Council members of Balch Springs gave me their cards. Ya girl is about to get into politics. Now I have to speak up about the issues we had tonight. The sheriff’s deputy as well as some others are going to report this guy and his staff. I could write a novel about the chick that was helping him out!

T from Grand Prairie

This was for Precinct 4520 in North Grand Prairie, Dallas County.

well i got there around 6:30 and it was at an elementary school. There was no place to park and I had to park way down the street and walk.

Walk up to the school and the line is longer than the one when I went to fort worth to see obama. Lots of the people had early voted and were there for the caucus so we were trying to figure out if we had to wait in that line.

We found out that we did not, and were told to go wait in the cafeteria. so we went in there but it didn’t seem like anyone was in charge. We were trying to find the precinct captain for obama, and we finally found him and while he was nice, he was very passive and soft spoken and wasn’t sure what he was to be doing.

This hillary supporter was there i guess trying to take charge, but me and this other girl heard her telling people that you could not caucus if you did not have your voter card which is a bold face LIE. And me and other sista tell her so. So she wanted to act all indignant like “how dare you question ME?!” We tell her that we know the rules and we just want to make sure that no one gets false information and everyone gets to vote. She tells me that if I know the rules then pull them out and I told her I would be happy to pull them up b/c I have internet on my phone. Then the other sista was like “I’m an attorney and ma’am I’m sure you don’t want any problems.”

By this time, a group of people had gathered around and wanted to make me their leader and the precinct captain asked for my help too.

So then it gets time to have the caucus (not till around 9pm b/c we had to wait till everyone finished voting) and we had to officially elect a leader and they asked me to do it and other girl be my helper. so we are trying to get everyone in a line and organized and this hillary supporter keeps trying to over talk her and everyone was like “sit down and shut up!!” Finally we get everyone in line and I start logging in the votes and everyone when they came up thanked us for taking charge.

As far as the votes when it was like one clinton for every five obamas.

It was by far the most unorganized thing I have ever went to. I don’t understand how they could have not been prepared for this. Have they not been watching the news? Were they not aware of what the turnout would be?

(ps – as a side note, i was talking to one of my coworkers today who was showing me an email that she was sent as a clinton volunteer, to get to the caucus locations early and try and dissuade people from getting in, etc. This confirms to me that I was not imagining what I was seeing. I truly believe the disorganization was the result of a “favor” or something called in by the clinton campaign.)

Z from Ft. Worth –

If you caucus they will come….

Last night, I was floored!!! No, you don’t understand, Precinct 1104 showed out during the Democratic Primary!!! I’d been telling people over the last few weeks that I didn’t expect a huge turnout for the caucus in my area but oh was I wrong!( I vote in my parents community) In fact, I’ve never been happier being wrong in my entire life!!! At 6:45 the line was out of the recreation center doors and midway into the parking lot. At 7:00, the line was about a mile long! By 7:30, it seemed like the entire neighborhood was camped out to caucus. I saw people I hadn’t seen since high school, and for the most part things were uber positive UNTIL…. around 7:30 when the election workers began arguing over the caucus itself. *Note to Tarrant County Elections officials, you need new help that can actually READ, and follow directions!

During my stint (about 3 hours) waiting in line, a nice blue haired lady had been waiting in her car in the parking lot for several hours, before getting out to inquire about the caucus line. She was there to caucus but didn’t realize that the long line that she thought were late voters, were actually the hundreds of people who had shown up to caucus. Now normally I try to respect my elders and I hated the fact that she was going to have to walk a mile down the road and around the corner just to get in line, so I contemplated letting her cut in front of me. That is until I saw her car!! In huge letters on the windshield was written “Hillary Clinton for President”. Um excuse me, no ma’am, you’ve ruined your chances for cutting in my space. LOL I know it was wrong and I commented to the lady in front of me who shared the same sentiment that I hope my actions didn’t just secure me a place in the fiery gates of hell! LOL-But God fixed the situation by having the elections staff announce that people aged 65 and up could move to the front of the line anyway…so problem solved.(’cause she WAS old)

After finally getting in, there was yelling, and cursing, and all of the great things that make Ft. Worth “funky”! The truly great thing was that all of these ‘negatives’ were happening for a positive reason. I heard so many people mention “History in the making”, and I was truly grateful that my little brother was able to make it from class to attend. We both signed on as delegates and will hopefully be heading to the convention later this month! Ft. Worth, you and I have had a love/hate relationship since 1987 or so, but last night you truly made me proud to say that yes, I am a Fort Worthian*….

My Take on the March 2008 Democratic Election

March 5, 2008

This was an interesting election from many angles. To me, the major races on the Dallas County Democratic Ballot were for President and for Sheriff.

Here are the results on those two races:

For President, I am only including the stats on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Barack Obama: 182,369; 61.3%
Hillary Clinton: 113,361; 38.1%

Lupe Valdez 116,064; 50.9%
Roy Williams, Jr. 57,462; 25.2%
Sam Allen 28,459; 12.5%
Pete Schulte 26,238; 11.5%

Since this was a partisan race, we’ll break the results down from a county perspective. These are the numbers from each commissioner’s district. The easiest way to know the district you live in is to find the first number of your voting precinct.

I will look at the entire county, with the customary southern focus. Commissioner District 3 is consider to be the district that most covers southern Dallas.

County Commissioner District 1 (Maureen Dickey-R):
Barack Obama: 36,078; 53.0%
Hillary Clinton: 31,699; 46.5%

Lupe Valdez 25,128; 54.0%
Roy Williams, Jr. 6,728; 14.4%
Sam Allen 5,307; 11.4%
Pete Schulte 9,401; 20.2%%

County Commissioner District 2 (Mike Cantrell-R):
Barack Obama: 34,712; 53.9%
Hillary Clinton: 29,334; 45.6%

Lupe Valdez 24,664; 50.9%
Roy Williams, Jr. 9,780; 20.2%
Sam Allen 6,870; 14.2%
Pete Schulte 7,105; 14.7%

County Commissioner District 3 (John Price-D):
Barack Obama: 75,137; 76.4%
Hillary Clinton: 22,672; 23.1%

Lupe Valdez 37,636; 46.7%
Roy Williams, Jr. 28,811; 35.8%
Sam Allen 9,701; 12.0%
Pete Schulte 4,388; 5.4%

County Commissioner District 4 (Ken Mayfield-R):
Barack Obama: 36,243; 54.7%
Hillary Clinton: 29,581; 44.7%

Lupe Valdez 28,551; 54.3%
Roy Williams, Jr. 12,092; 23.0%
Sam Allen 6,557; 12.5%
Pete Schulte 5,333; 10.2%

A couple of interesting facts here:

Barack Obama dominated in Dallas County. This was due mainly to district 3. While the officeholder of district 3 (Price) was a staunch Clinton supporter, the district voted otherwise and gave Obama a 52,400 vote advantage. Obama also won the remaining districts, but by a combined 16,400 votes.

In Districts 1, 2, and 4 only 3/4 of the people who voted for President went down ballot to vote for the Sheriff. In the District 3, that number was slightly higher at 80%.

Lupe Valdez missed being in a runoff by a grand total of 2,284 votes. When you look at the fact that more than 228,000 people voted in Dallas County, that’s a thin margin. Why did she win? Mainly because she won handily in Districts 1,2, and 4. In District 3, the most votes were tallied but Roy Williams, Jr. lost by 8,800 votes. Valdez had the money, and a lot of the democratic establishment in her corner. Roy Williams funds and support was limited, but he still did very well as a grassroots candidate. Ms. Valdez goes on to face the winner of the Jim Bowles/Lowell Cannaday republican runoff.

The take: The new vote may be drowning out the voice of the establishment in District 3. It will be interesting to see what happens in the years to come. I am encouraged by the number of new voters that have come to the voting process.

Is Hillary Camp Trying to Steal the Texas Caucus Delegates?

March 2, 2008
I just got this in an e-mail…It has been said that this is what the Hillary Camp did in Nevada. Read and heed.

Hillary is trying to get HER people into influential places in every precinct to ensure a favorable outcome for her in the Tuesday night caucuses.
Seen on the Dallas Morning News Website:

Hillary Clinton and her campaign is pushing for precinct captains for Texas’ 8,000 Democratic polling places. They need to train folks to lead the caucus sessions that will determine more than 60 delegates after the primary voting is over.

In training materials being handed out by the Clinton campaign, it is clear that they want to control those caucus sessions.

The materials say in part, “DO NOT allow the supporter of another candidate to serve in leadership roles.”

It goes on to say, “If our supporters are outnumbered, ask the Temporary Chair if one of our supporters can serves as the Secretary, in the interest of fairness.

“The control of the sign-in sheets and the announcement of the delegates allotted to each candidate are the critical functions of the Chair and Secretary. This is why it is so important that Hillary supporters hold these positions.

Please, tell everyone you can to be sure to attend their precinct caucus sessions to ensure that Hillary doesn’t hijack this important election.

Obama has more Experience than Clinton, and how to Texas Two-Step

February 26, 2008

For a long time, Hillary Clinton has been running on the false premise of experience.

Think about it. Barack started in the Illinois state legislature in 1997; Hillary started in ELECTED office in 2001. But that’s isn’t what election should be about. It should be about accomplishment. Barack has been responsible for multiple bills in Illinois and in Congress where positive laws were passed. Check out this link that compares the two candidates’ legislative records.

link to Obama legislative record vs. Clinton

Clinton, who has served only one full term and another year campaigning, has managed to author and pass into law 20 bills. In Obama’s first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427.

I don’t really care about who is committed to whom in terms of endorsements because of what was done for someone way back when. There are people like Rev. Joseph Lowery that have known the Clintons for over 30 years, but are still supporting Barack Obama.

The “favor for a favor” mentality is one that has our inner-city communities in the state in which they are in now. No one is indebted to anyone forever, the well-being of our communities and this country should outweigh any favors that someone did for any person or elected official on a personal basis.

To younger voters, like myself, these personal ties are insignificant. We are the ones coming out in droves to vote for Barack. We as a group have finally heeded the call and are voting for Obama. Will you allow yourselves to be misled once again? I didn’t think so.

Also, don’t be fooled by those that won’t tell you that you need to show up for your caucus. This is how you make sure that Hillary’s people don’t steal all of the delegates at the caucus. 67 of the 228 Texas delegates are up for grabs at the caucus so this is super-important.

* On Tuesday March 4th, be at your Democrat voting precinct AT 7PM to participate in the caucus. Go to the Democratic Party polling place listed. To find your voting precinct, use one of the two following links:

*Check on your registration by name (link)

*Check your registration by address (link)

Here’s a flyer that explains the Texas Two-Step (link to flyer).
Then, check out this video by Barack himself explaining the process (link to video).

While you’re at Barack’s website, check out his views and his plan for a better America.

DPD Officer Died this Morning in Motorcade

February 22, 2008

I just found out that a Dallas Police Officer died this morning while on his motorcycle. The officer was escorting the Clinton motorcade for her rally in Dallas.

As is customary, I will not be doing any more posts today other than those surrounding this most unfortunate accident.