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May 6, 2008 7:09 AM

Live-blog and chat this afternoon at 4

Posted by David Postman

When the polls close tonight I'll be live-blogging about Indiana and North Carolina. We had a great turnout last time and there should be plenty to talk about.

I also hope that some of the UW bloggers in Indiana will be able to join us for part of the evening. They've been doing a great job there. After the jump is the latest post from Laura J. Mansfield.

INDIANAPOLIS - This one was a rock concert.


The legendary musician Stevie Wonder took the stage prior to Barack Obama addressing a crowd of roughly 20,000 at the American Legion Mall in downtown Indianapolis.

The rock and roll hall of fame musician got the crowd fired up for Obama. He even had some in the press area tapping their feet, and nodding their head to the beat. That’s something I usually don’t see.

It’s no secret that Obama draws big crowds, and gets people excited, but this one had people dancing and singing in the rain. Yes, it rained, and many didn’t mind, they danced under their umbrellas.

Obama took the stage at roughly 9:45 p.m. to a welcoming crowd after an introduction by Congressman Andre Carson, and the performance by Stevie Wonder.

When he took the stage, the rain stopped.

It’s funny how a crowd can be so lively and jazzed up, and then so attentive only moments later. When Obama delivered his stump speech, people listened. At times you could almost hear a pin drop. And the only thing out of the ordinary was at the beginning of his speech, his mic briefly went out, ‘”I’m still here,” he joked.

The crowd in attendance was very diverse. Old, young, middle-aged, babies, kids and teens. It was a mix of all kinds of people that represented the unity he talked about in his speech.

“…black and white and Hispanic and Asian and Native American, if young and old and rich and poor and gay and straight if all of us remember that we are Americans first, then nothing can stop us. There’s no challenge we can’t solve, there’s no destiny we cannot fulfill…”

Obama addressed the economy, war, healthcare and education. He also said, “I wouldn’t hesitate to strike against those who would do us harm.” This was a statement that I haven’t heard him say repeatedly on the campaign trail. He said it, and then moved on.

With all the gas tax “holiday” back and forth between Clinton and Obama, it seemed like the night wouldn’t be complete without Obama addressing it. So, he took a couple hits at Clinton.

When you hear Senator Clinton and John McCain, both offering the same solutions, a gas tax holiday that will offer you pennies for 90 days, but probably won’t deliver those pennies because every time we’ve have tried this what ends up happening is the oil companies end up just jacking up their prices, by the same amount the tax is lowered, and you know that its a gimmick. And you know you are being tricked, and that politicians are saying something just to get through the next election, instead of actually solving the problem, and we’ve had enough of that.

And he didn’t stop there.

Today senator Clinton said I’m going to take it right to OPEC, and I thought to myself you say you’ve been in the White House for eight years and you’ve had two terms as a United States Senator, and haven’t said a word about OPEC. And now suddenly your going to take it right to OPEC, when you have opposed fuel efficiency standards that would actually reduce demand for oil and put OPEC in a bind, that’s not being straight with the American people.

He spoke with confidence tonight, the evening before Indiana voters head to the polls. And reminded them about tomorrow.

I’m telling you Indiana its within our grasp but we’ve got to go and seize this moment, there’s a moment in the life of every generation where that spirit of hopefulness has to come through, this is our moment, this is our time.

When he left the stage, and after shaking hands with the crowd, the rain started again.

“I feel that Barack Obama has a plan that will implement it and carry it through,” said Willa Dorrough, an Indy local.

Mrs. Vera Robinson agreed, “he’s got a vision, and with that vision, with that following, we can make a change,” she said. Jarrett Robinson put it his own way, he said “Obama’s my man, that’s all I got to say.”

“I’ve never been inspired to see a politician before,” said an excited Karen DeForrest, who is from Indianapolis. She has been helping the Obama campaign by canvassing, and said she plans to do so in the Fall too.

DeForrest said, “he’s got to be the next president.”

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Posted by Democrat options

4:30 PM, May 06, 2008

I'm really more disappointed the more I learn about Obama. I'm no fan of Hillary, but at least I feel like all of the dirty laundry is out there. It just seems like the more I learn about Obama, the less I like him. I plan to vote for the president who is:
1) The least negative about America (actually wants this country's people to succeed and have good lives.)
2) Supports the smallest government possible at all levels -- federal, state and local. Our gov't is WAY too big and far reaching. We need to close departments, cut spending, cut taxes, and get government back to its original intended role. Over the years, government has quietly expanded into this massive beast that wields too much power and eats up too much of OUR money in taxes being stolen from us!!!
3) Believes in the Constitution.
4) Seems honest and honorable. (This and #1 are where I fall off of Obama's wagon now. I believe Obama hates the U.S. and it's traditions. And I believe that he is also dishonest and dishonorable now.)
5) Will be open minded -- not partisan. I like McCain because he has worked across the aisle. It pisses off a lot of conservatives, but he actually has worked across the aisle a lot in his time.
I guess that's a big enough list.
In short, I went from hoping like heck that Hillary would not get the nomination to now praying that Obama loses. It's a shame that I find myself just hoping for the lesser of two evils at this point!

Posted by mseattle

9:53 AM, May 07, 2008

What are you talking about, "Democrat options"? More than any other candidate in a long time time, Obama "wants this country's people to succeed and have good lives." After graduating from Harvard he went to work as a community organizer to help regular people improve their lives and that cause led him into politics. "Believes in the Constitution"--are you aware that Obama was a college lecturer on Constitutional law? "Obama hates the U.S. and its traditions"--where ever did you get that crazy idea?? He's worked his whole adult life for this country. And who would subject themselves to the horrors of partisan politics by running for president if they didn't love this country?
If you're for McCian you must be really happy with the way this boondoggle of a war in Iraq is going, our country's huge deficit and economic problems and all the rest from 8 years of Bush/Cheney.

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