Bil Browning

Congratulations to our Democratic nominee

Filed By Bil Browning | June 03, 2008 9:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, Democratic candidate, election 2008, presidential nominee

CNN is is reporting that Barack Obama has enough delegates to secure the Democratic Presidential nomination. America has our first African-American candidate for President. This is historic.

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Not only are we going to nominate Barack Obama for President, we're going to elect him too. Slowly, but perceptibly, the times are changing. Dr. King would be proud of us.


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Let me congratulate Senator Obama on his win tinight. I look forward to seeing him debate with Senator McCain.As a McCain supporter I say this let the "Battle of Ideas" begin! May the best candidate win come November.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | June 4, 2008 12:00 AM

I have just finished watching the Obama speech in St Paul following the Hillary non concession speech. However this works out let the healing begin for heaven's sake. He is in a tight spot with her or without her in the number two spot on the ticket and the sooner they have a kiss and make up the better. I only fear a fractured voter turnout in November. She has to mention "more total popular votes" tonight. Not good at all to jockey around at this time. We need unity.

It would have been nice if Hillary had conceded, giving Barack the spotlight for today's victory. But as Robert said, let us get past the animosity of the primary season so we can win in November.

Ethan Pleshe | June 4, 2008 2:49 AM

I am celebrating tonight because I am an Obama supporter. Tomorrow the "real" campaigning starts however. I am just letting myself be excited tonight however. :)

Maybe I live in a bubble of optimism and hope, but I'm more confident than ever that Obama will be our next president. I just don't understand how anyone would prefer McCain once they see these two go up against each other on the campaign trail. But I've been accused of optimism to the point of stupidity before.

tobyhannabill | June 4, 2008 4:44 AM

The Big Picture
As a volunteer for Wilkes-Barre/Luzerne County for Obama I have received hundreds of e-mails after last nights results came through. Although most of them were congratulatory several have been hostile and/or angry.
As I have stated in previous writings, it has always been my intention to back whichever candidate won the nomination. Am I happy, of course I am. It is what I have worked so hard to achieve. Would I have been disappointed if the results were different, of course I would have. But would I let it distort my vision of the big picture. No I would not.
Regardless of last night. History would have been and has been made. Now is a time for us to unite as a Democratic Party and put our support behind the contender that will beat McCain in November. I only hope that as peoples emotions calm down that they remember what this is really about.
It is about unity.
It is about change.
It is about progress.
No longer words, but ideals.
Ideals we need to stand behind and recognize as the big picture.

I put an Obama bumper sticker on my car 15 months ago, brought to me by a friend who saw him announce that he would run in Illinois. Now, the sticker will see me through to the November election. I am thrilled for him and Michelle.

One of the very best ways, the LGBT community can gain recognition and acceptance is to work on political campaigns. When politicians see that we are working for them, they are more inclined to work for us. This has worked in Colorado, and it can work nationally.
I would even go so far as to say if you are one of the Republicans reading this blog, you should get out and work for Senator McCain. I respectfully disagree with you because I can't envision his doing anything for us no matter what we do.
On the other hand, I believe Senator Obama is our ally, and there are many ways that each one of us can work to secure his election as the next President of the United States of America. One good way is to look for a Stonewall Democrat organization in your local community at www.stonewalldemocrats.org. This is an LGBT political organization, and they will have their national convention immediately prior to the National Democratic convention, and it will be here in the beautiful Mile High City of Denver.
This is a time not only for the Democratic party to heal and unify, but it is an opportunity for us to heal and unify to make sure Senator Obama is elected. We need everyone's help to make sure this happens. Everyone's....

Congratulations to Senator Clinton for winning the most votes in this campaign and more votes than any other Democratic candidate in the primary process in history! It is a sad day when party leaders overrule the will of the voters.

I cannot vote for Senator Obama.

I've been a Democrat since I became politically aware, but I cannot support a candidate who so actively opposed making my vote count in the primary. The fact that Democratic Party rules for selecting a nominee allow for the person who won less votes to receive the nomination does not make me any more likely to support second-place Obama.

The blatant media bias towards Obama made a mockery of journalistic integrity. It is sad to see Fox News actually seem "fair and balanced" while MSNBC actively supports a candidate.

Obama has never inspired me, and without that inspiration, there really isn't much there in terms of policy that is original.

I doubt that Obama will win this November. He has never really been that electable, and if you look at the map, John McCain has a major advantage starting out. Obama's supporters have been counting on a win in Kansas or Wyoming... I guess he'll need it because he's not going to win Florida, Michigan, Ohio, or Pennsylvania.

Obama's narrow base might win caucuses, but not a general election.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | June 4, 2008 11:55 AM

Actually it was the stupid Florida and Michigan state legislatures that violated party rules. Neither candidate originally cared because each thought they could wrap it up before Pennsylvania even voted.

I also was a Clinton supporter who will happily vote for Obama because he is going to bring the best and brightest in to government who will do the work and avoid the lobbyists cries to change nothing.

I would remind you that George the dunce also received fewer votes than Gore did in 2000. Who got the electorial votes? The problem is that we are a republic rather than a democracy.

Obama and Clinton are both to be applauded for getting people involved and (believe it or not)he has five months to consolidate the populace around the message they like and want even if they had voted for Hillary.

When Michigan and Florida broke the rules, both Senators Clinton and Obama agreed to abide by the decision of the DNC. It made it unfair to the other 48 states that did abide by the rules to reward them by allowing their delegates to be fully counted. It was Senator Clinton who raised a ruckus about counting them because it gave her the advantage. Do you, Ian, have any quotations from Senator Obama where he weighed in on the decision of the DNC in any way?

He said all along that it was up to the Rules Committee.

Senator Clinton's divisiveness is harming the Democratic party, and if she persists in doing so, it will be she who will be blamed for a Democratic loss in November, and not Senator Obama. I just wish she would pack her bags and go home, the sooner the better.

I didn't invest in either candidate. I was for Edwards. Frankly, Obama and Clinton were #s 5 and 6 out of the initial Democratic candidates, to me. However, Edwards didn't make it. I got over it. Its time for the Hillary supporters to do the same. Your candidate didn't get enough delegates, and that's how the game is played. Electing John McCain is simply unthinkable and unacceptable, and will take this nation straignt back to 1860 or 1929. I do not wish to live another moment longer than necessary under another Republican junta. Time to get over it, we have a nominee, let's get behind him and win back the White House.

It is common knowledge that Obama's campaign had their key supporters in the legislatures of both Michigan and Florida prevent redo elections. Senator Buzz Thomas led this effort on behalf of Obama in Michigan.

Obama received less votes than Clinton. Obama's supporters need to understand, especially for those of us in Florida, it is like 2000 again: our votes aren't counting and the person we supported received more votes but lost the election.

Ok, we get it... Obama is going to be the nominee. But nothing is more irritating than smirking Obama supporters talking about unity and acting as though those of us who supported Clinton have a duty to support Obama.

Obama has to earn our votes. I think his speeches are uninspiring and that his policy proposals are mediocre. I take my vote seriously, and I'm not about to give it to someone who hasn't earned it.