Obama Needs Bill not Hill

National polls show Obama and McCain running only a few points apart.  State polls show another story with McCain leading convincingly in 18 states to Obama’s 10.  This leaves 22 states up for grabs including big stakes states like Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virgina and Missouri.  For details see Election Polls

On the Republican side, It looks like the Palin factor is becoming less of one and whatever bump the Republicans got from their convention has now been erased.  No doubt the Republicans are looking for popular and charismatic surrogates to stump for their uninspiring candidate.  And the Obama camp needs some energy and momentum injected into their feeble campaign; some clarity and persuasive stumping.  Who better than a Clinton!  But which Clinton?  No way, no how, no Hill, just Bill.  I do like Hillary Clinton and think she would have made a good president, don’t get me wrong, but that is the point.  She comes off too presidential on the trail.  She is a loyal Democrat, but not terribly effective in inspiring confidence in Obama.  Many see her and wonder what could have been.

What Obama needs is Bill, not Hill.   And where is Bill Clinton?  Wasn’t he supposed to begin campaigning for Obama right after the Democratic convention?  By the way, the former President’s speech provided the most compelling reasons to support Barak Obama of any delivered at the convention.  See my post: Bill Clinton Appeals to Hillary Supporters.  After meeting in NYC on September 11, Bill agreed to campaign in Florida on September 29.   September 29 –  that’s two weeks away!  Every day of the campaign is precious, as David Gergen is fond of saying and frankly I don’t think the Obama camp can afford to wait that long for Clinton, especially with so many key battleground states to be contested.  Florida is a good choice, but they also need Bill stumping in Pennsylvania and Ohio.  Can’t Clinton take two months off from his Foundation work right now and help Barak Obama get elected? Time is a wasting!

Looking at the polls, I am deeply disappointed that Arkansas, my native state, and Tennessee look to be McCain strongholds.  Can’t Clinton and Gore deliver their home states to Obama? Arkansas wake up!  McCain is not the answer…and deep down you know it.  Go Hogs!

Bill Clinton Appeals Directly to Hillary’s 18 Million

We’ve witnessed an historic primary in which a woman and an African American battled for the right to become the Democrat’s nominee for the Presidency of the United States.  Finally, the Democrats nominated Barak Obama, the first African American to win the honor of a major party.  Hillary Clinton, who received the most votes of any woman in a party primary, and whose name was placed in nomination as a symbolic gesture, passed the torch to Obama on the second evening of the Democratic National Convention.  Hours later, her husband, Bill Clinton made a convincing case to her delegates and to undecided voters, to vote for Obama in the general election.  David Gergen, a CNN analyst, called it the best speech Clinton had given since he left the White House.  I found it to be vintage Clinton, spellbinding, with a remarkably clear message.  Text of President Clinton’s Speech

His first sentence left no doubt as to his purpose:  “I am honored to be here tonight to support Barak Obama.” In his second sentence, he reassured America that Obama had made an excellent choice in selecting Joe Biden as his running mate.  For the many who revere Clinton and supported Hillary, those two comforting sentences might have been sufficiently persuasive to secure their votes.

He directly appealed to Hillary Clinton supporters:  “I want all of you who voted for Hillary to vote for Obama.”

He went on to remind us of the damage caused by 8 years of Republican rule, suggesting McCain would bring four more of the same.

And most importantly, he made the case that Obama, despite his youthfulness, has the character, the leadership qualities, the range of experience and intelligence to be President in these complicated times.    In the words of Clinton, “Barak Obama is ready to lead America and restore American leadership in the world.  Ready to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States.  Barak Obama is ready to be President of the United States”.

Barak Obama will give an historic address tonight to 80,000 convention goers tonight and he will make his own case to the American Public.  I am sure it will be convincing, inspiring and leave no doubt that he is the one for our country.

Tonight, I am especially proud to be an American.