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May 29, 2008 9:21 AM

Washington superdelegate backs Clinton

Posted by David Postman

Eileen Macoll, superdelegate and vice chair of the Washington State Democratic Party, announced today that she is backing Hillary Clinton for the presidential nominee. A statement from the Clinton campaign says:

“I’m taking this step today because I have been inspired by Hillary’s bold commitment to solving our nation’s toughest challenges,” Macoll said. “On the issues that matter most—from establishing universal health care to improving our schools to ending the war in Iraq—she has never backed down and never wavered. Hillary has what it takes to beat John McCain this Fall and win back the White House.

“Hillary has a plan to bring an honorable end to the war in Iraq, and I know that Senator she and Senator Murray will ensure that our troops receive the care we should be proud to provide as they return home.”

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Posted by B

10:29 AM, May 29, 2008

The voters in Washington overwhelmingly chose OBAMA at both the primary and the caucuses and as a representive of her state she should have also!

Posted by Mike

10:31 AM, May 29, 2008

"ending the war in Iraq—she has never backed down"...let's take a closer look at this - Hillary voted FOR the war! Come on Eileen!

Posted by Rogue1613

10:34 AM, May 29, 2008

Hillary will perpetuate Red state / Blue state "politics as usual"... her divisiveness is ubiquitous to the point of splitting the democratic party... the People of Washington chose Obama... any "superdelegate" (including Senators Murray and Cantwell) who doesn't vote with the people should be voted out of office. Hillary should be ashamed of herself, but the Clintons have no sense of shame.

Posted by Melisa

10:39 AM, May 29, 2008

Do people not remember the fact that in the vote election Hilary won! I believe many Washington voters were confused by the whole caucus counts voting doesn't thing. Thank you Eieen for backing the best possible candidate for President of the United States!

Posted by Laurie Lapellegrina

10:43 AM, May 29, 2008

Rock on Hilary!! I have never wavered in my support. You're the one the country needs, now more than ever.

Posted by boyerbl

10:48 AM, May 29, 2008

By standing up and voting Eileen will now be branded a racist and a traitor by her own party. I have never seen so many mudslingers and hate mongers as the Obama supporters.

Posted by Sean

10:51 AM, May 29, 2008

Well it's good to see that she is just ignoring the mandate of the caucus results.
Arguing that she may or may not have won the primary is not an argument. The primary meant nothing and many people (like me) who participated in the caucus chose not to vote in the primary because it did not matter.
What a joke this is.
As was said in the Simpson "Go ahead, throw your vote away..."

Posted by M

10:52 AM, May 29, 2008

Melisa,

I'm sorry, but your candidate's distorted view of reality has afflicted you as well:

Obama had 51% of the vote 353,563 votes
Clinton had 46% of the vote 315,222 votes.

How, exactly is this winning the vote?

Posted by Kaci

11:00 AM, May 29, 2008

Thank you Eileen for having the intestinal fortitude to back not only the most qualified person to lead our country, but the only candidate that can be McCain.

Thank you!

Posted by PA

11:04 AM, May 29, 2008

This simply points out the stupidity of our Democratic party leadership when it implemented this most un-democratic super delegate process. There is absolutely no valid reason for appointing “super” delegates. They simply skew a selection process that should be based solely on delegates selected by the rank and file caucus and primary participants. The personal choices of super delegates should not contravene the will of our party members.

Posted by Daryl Kaiser

11:05 AM, May 29, 2008

Feminazi! Yes, let's all vote for Monica's boyfriend's wife for President in 2008.

Posted by Fool!

11:08 AM, May 29, 2008

"she has never backed down and never wavered."

Yea, right! Those were just tears of joy we all saw. Do us all a favor Eileen, put those tennis shoes on, walk south hand-and-hand with Patty, out of this state. You're misrepresenting the citizens of Washington Sate

Posted by Teddy

11:11 AM, May 29, 2008

Who cares?
Remember the cureent famous saying
"Real men don't vote Clinton!"

Posted by jon

11:13 AM, May 29, 2008

Notice it's all women jumping up and down about this NON-ELECTED SUPERDELEGATE... I hate the superdelegate system... her one vote means 200 times more my vote...

She backs her now, when there is mathematically NO WAY IN HELL that Hilary can win... what a dumbass... but then again, it's politics as usual in the wonderful state of Washington.

Posted by steve

11:18 AM, May 29, 2008

Can you say bye bye to your political career in the state of Washington?

Here...I'll do it for you.

BYE BYE

Posted by Oh_For_Pete's_Sake

11:28 AM, May 29, 2008

This was a wasted vote and will only serve to dilute the party and perturbate this seemingly endless primary race.

Hillary is a superb politician as a Senator, but I have grave doubts about her being able to draw in the swing independents. If she runs there is a very real chance that she'll polarize that block making them swing to McCain.

It's about winning the White House, and she's unfortunately carrying too much baggage in her vote for the Iraq debacle and the poisonous view of her husband's presidency (right or wrong).

Posted by M

11:40 AM, May 29, 2008

What a dumb move, Eileen. Hillary is going down and as a result of your foolish choice, we'll see that you are removed from your chair at the Wa. state DP.

Please tell us Eileen why? just why would you back a profound LIAR? Are you one as well?

Posted by me

11:42 AM, May 29, 2008

WOW, what about her character and values? She's not anything like who I want to lead our country. It is clear to me that any superdelegate who backs Sen. Clinton holds values and practices that are outdated and is not prepared to bring our state forward.

Posted by Dan

11:48 AM, May 29, 2008

What a disgraceful decision.

Not only did Obama win the state she is supposing to represent by 40 points, but she waits until after he secures a majority of the nations pledged delegates to make her decision.

A little ego? So, your decision is to spit on the face of the 70% of your state that voted for Senator Obama, and to lend your endorsement to a bitter primary fight through August and onto the convention floor!

Can we please get these morons out of office?

Posted by ToddJ

11:49 AM, May 29, 2008

Unfortunately Eileen Macoll made a self-serving error, as Washington voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama. She doesn't represent We, The People - she represents Eileen. I for one call for a vote of no confidence and ask her to resign her position post haste. NO MORE SPECIAL INTERESTS! Our government hasn't represented Us for years and years, this is another shining example of Washington NOT looking out for the interest of The People.

Posted by Kelly Odell

11:49 AM, May 29, 2008

Excellent news!! I hope many other follow your insightful lead.

Posted by Perecorp

11:50 AM, May 29, 2008

Um B, is it. This Dem does not, will not and did not support Obama so please do not make blanket statements that are not true.

Posted by 2008 Joke

12:07 PM, May 29, 2008

What a County! Only in America, the popular vote doesn't count. They say you need to vote to change things. But is that really true, when you have superdelegates? No!!!

Eileen what is in this for you? Did Hillary promise you a job? Yours is more than likely over in Washington State. As most other people are posting, BYE!!! BYE!!!

Posted by Sean from Tukwila

12:08 PM, May 29, 2008

No more money for the Washington State Democratic Party from me. We voted for Obama. Whats up with Macoll, Murray and Cantwell?

Posted by Ronald F. Moore

12:10 PM, May 29, 2008

“Hillary has a plan to bring an honorable end to the war in Iraq, and I know that Senator (huh?) she and Senator Murray will ensure that our troops receive the care we should be proud to provide as they return home.”

That's crap....she doesn't have a plan! She wouldn't do anything to get the TROOPS HOME!! OBAMA '08!!

Posted by Heather

12:10 PM, May 29, 2008

Ahhh Democracy. Of course she is backing Hillary. According to both of them our votes don't count. Who says that politicians creating their own version of reality based on what they want, not on what the people want and what is really out there, is only a Bush value...

Posted by RIP RNC

12:12 PM, May 29, 2008

Eileen Macoll - Of course it has nothing to do with the fact that she is a woman... thats the only redeeming quality that Clinton has, but even that is up for debate. You are a disgrace. Way to fan the flames of division.

Posted by RIP RNC

12:15 PM, May 29, 2008

BTW - I am embarrased that you call our beautiful state home.

Posted by Ronald Moore

12:15 PM, May 29, 2008

"Excellent news!! I hope many other follow your insightful (insignificant) lead."


"By standing up and voting Eileen will now be branded a racist and a traitor by her own party. I have never seen so many mudslingers and hate mongers as the Obama supporters." Oh is that how it works, because you don't vote for Obama you are a racist??? Grow up!! So as a man if I don't vote for Hillary....am I a homosexual?
OBAMA 08!!

Posted by Tim

12:18 PM, May 29, 2008

We need to make sure this woman does not win any more elections she may run for. She speaks for herself and not for the people. Washington overwhelmingly supports Obama. This is why American people believe politics to be a sham...it's truly sad.

Posted by Erika

12:20 PM, May 29, 2008

I find it funny that everyone is saying every superdelegate from WA should endorse Obama because he won. If that is the menatility that the Obama camapaign and his supportrs think then I welcome the endorsements from Gov. Devon Patrick, Senator Kerry, Senator Kennedy from MA, Gov. Richardson of NM along with many others states that went for Hillary. Also congressional leaders lead districts so I guess Hillary will be getting a lot of endorsements since she won many counties in states all around our country. I thank Ms. Macoll for picking the candidate that is best suited to win in Nov. and turn this country around.

Posted by None of the above

12:24 PM, May 29, 2008

Stupid, Hillarybob is done.

Posted by Roger

12:24 PM, May 29, 2008

One doesn't have to be a racist and a mudslinger to note that Hillary is a liar (I fought off the bullets in Bosnia) and one willing to engage in any kind of inflammatory speech (she's got the white people, you know, the hard-workin' folks) in order to gain what she thinks she's somehow entitled to. It's the Clinton supporters who need to think seriously about their behavior and their astonishing belief that if you don't engage in total adulation of Ms. Clinton you are evil.

Posted by A-Will

12:24 PM, May 29, 2008

Thank you for your support and for taking your role as a superdelegate seriously, Eileen. I apologize for all the vitriol being slung by Obama's supporters. Unfortunately, this is the only way they know how to support their candidate. I am thankful you are not listening to them or to the media. You know that the majority of Americans have voted for Hillary Clinton as the Party's nominee. You are also clearly aware of her advantage over McCain in the November. The vote between Hillary and Obama was much closer here in Washington than Mr. Obama's supporters want to admit, and it scares them. Rise Hillary Rise!!!

Posted by GT

12:24 PM, May 29, 2008

screw the voters?

Posted by jackie hovland

12:33 PM, May 29, 2008

I'm glad somebody is focusing on issues, not strategies, tactics, poll numbers, flag pins, laughs, if the candidates adequately distanced themselves from their former mentors, ad nauseum. The electorate can't learn the candidates' stands on the war, economy, rising numbers of homeless and jobless, education, health care, housing, etc. from the corporate media that dwells so much on the inconsequential, trivia has become paramount.

Senator Clinton voted for the war in a highly charged time and place representing a state devastated by suicidal terrorists. She didn't have 20-20 hindsight. Not many did.

Posted by S

12:39 PM, May 29, 2008

Eileen! if your reading the comments I am dissapointed your unable to choose the candidate u feel will be the strogest to beat McCain...

There is NO ONE who needs to be ashamed of voting or backing the candidate of choice..

However the ones with anger need to take a close look at themselves! maybe these are in great need of "PERSONAL CHANGE"

Posted by Lifetime Dem

12:42 PM, May 29, 2008

Bravo Eileen! Fact of the matter is that this country has suffered 8 years at the hands of an inexperienced "president" - the president of the most influential nation in the world is not a "learn on the job" position. The Obama disciples are blinded to reality by the cult of personality. The President of the United States of America is serious business and we need experienced, serious leadership. Eileen Macoll recognizes this and has cast her support wisely.

Posted by Amy

12:50 PM, May 29, 2008

Yay!
Still for Hill, still for Hill, still for Hill!

Posted by 2008 Joke

12:50 PM, May 29, 2008

Thanks to all the democrates BS. I am listening to what McCain has to say. While Clinton and Obama fight it out, people are listening to what the Republicians have to say. Thanks Democrate party for slitting the party. Life long Democrate listening to the Republicians, what a shame. I want to here want they are going to do, not what each other isn't.

Posted by aileen

12:52 PM, May 29, 2008

I'm ashamed to be a feminist right now because of Hillary. I was for Hilary in the beginning, but she ran an awful/decietful campaign. I can't believe that a lot of the women are mainly voting for Hillary because just because she is a woman . . . Are you all really that blinded to the horrible campaign she has run? When we do have a woman president in the future, I hope it is not Hillary Clinton.

Posted by myopinion

12:53 PM, May 29, 2008

Eileen Macoll is correct.
Hillary Clinton is the only possiblilty the democrats have of beating John McCain. It's not about who Washington State Democrats like better--It's about who can win the national election.
The fact that the DNC seems to not be able to see the forest from the trees every 4 years with the exceptions of Carter and Bill Clinton are troubling.

Great Job Eileen. Way to select a nominee who could actually WIN in November.

Posted by Chelle

12:54 PM, May 29, 2008

Just Pitiful!

Posted by Bill

12:54 PM, May 29, 2008

Eileen, you are going against the will of the people of Washington State, and you represent not a democratic process but "incumbent" politics where favors, deals, and connections prevail. I brought my 17 year-old son to the caucus to learn about the democratic process and he witnessed the sharing of ideas and the persuation of others. You are letting down my children. Shame on you.

Posted by Common Sense

12:57 PM, May 29, 2008

You Dems crack me up. You can't even get along with yourselves how are you going to run the US?

And for all you talking about how qualified your candidates are, can any of you tell me off the top of your heads two things either one of your inexperienced candidates have done for their home states?

Posted by Steve in Kent

12:57 PM, May 29, 2008

Well it is glad one more superdelagate has answered the big question.

But for the record, our caucus seemed to be pretty undemocratic. There was no where near the number of people doing the caucus as would have done an actual vote had the vote actually counted. I went to the caucus for my voting precinct and it was unorganized, confusing and pretty much a waste of time. Unless I submitted my vote for Obama, the rest of the group was pretty hostile. I saw that in the other precincts that were voting as well.

At least we got back our top-two primary system. Let the political parties be warned: the people are tired of the parties trying to tell us who we should vote for. Maybe the parties could concentrate on getting back to uniting the people instead of dividing us???

Posted by Yude

1:02 PM, May 29, 2008

Thank you Eileen Macoll, it is great you are backing the only candidate who is able to put our country back on track. And for the ones who are saying that Washington voted for BO, Massachussetts voted for Clinton and Ted Kennedy, Kerry backed Obama, what is the point you want to make?

RISE HILLARY, RISE... YOU WILL BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT.

Posted by boyerbl

1:03 PM, May 29, 2008

I see all the Hillary Haters slinging the hate. Keep on being a hater and if Obama wins the nomination all of the attacks on the Hillary camp will ensure they will be voting for McCain!! And you thought Nader was the spoiler... HA!

Posted by Kevin

1:04 PM, May 29, 2008

Mental note: Eileem Macoll is out of touch with the people who live in her state and no idea what the rest of the country feels as well.

Take her off my future voting list due to incompetancy.

Posted by Walker

1:06 PM, May 29, 2008

One more reason the state Dem committe needs to be changed. They find it soooo easy to ignore the voters

Posted by Chuck Hastings

1:06 PM, May 29, 2008

Swimming TOWARDS a sinking ship?

Posted by SeaTown08

1:08 PM, May 29, 2008

By looking at these comments one thing is clear, you can not have a differing opinion about anything. I'm not voting for Hilary, but I don't feel the need to say she is the worst person in the world.

The only way people can overcome "divisive politics" is to acknowledge that just because someone does not agree with you does not mean they are completely evil.

Saying that Eileen, who I'm guessing not many people have an accurate refelction of her resume, should be removed from her post at the Democratic Party seems undemocratic.

Posted by chris

1:09 PM, May 29, 2008

I congratulate Eileen for making a smart and conscientious decision. She knows Hillary is the better candidate for our state and our country. We do not need another charming but inexperience candidate in the Oval office.

Posted by lupulin

1:20 PM, May 29, 2008

Completely out of touch with the Washington State electorate. Eileen clearly did not pay attention to the caucuses here.

Posted by rcarlson323

1:25 PM, May 29, 2008

Bravo !!! thank you for taking a stand for what is right for this country.

If this was the G.E., Hillary would have already won based on electoral college votes. This proves that she is the one to be nominated for the G.E.

And, some of these posts here? Yikes!!

If the superdelegates all voted for the states that the candidates won, Hillary would have won the nomination a long time ago.

Posted by Rod

1:26 PM, May 29, 2008

IF THE VOTERS IN OUR STATE BACKED OBAMA HOW CAN A SUPER DELEGATE WHO IS SUPPOSE TO REPRESENT US, THE CITIZENS, GIVE HER SUPPORT FOR HILLARY CLINTON. EILEEN MACOLL OBIVIOUSLY HAS NO COMMON SENSE !!

Posted by Dean

1:28 PM, May 29, 2008

Hillary is the best option to lead our country? do Hillary's supporters remember Whitewater?

Ultimately the Clintons were never charged, but 14 other friends and associates were convicted of more than 40 crimes, including a sitting Governor who was removed from office.

Jim Guy Tucker: Governor of Arkansas at the time, removed from office (fraud, 3 counts)
John Haley: attorney for Jim Guy Tucker (tax fraud)
William J. Marks Sr.: Jim Guy Tucker business partner (conspiracy)
Stephen Smith (Whitewater): former Governor Clinton aide (conspiracy to misapply funds). Bill Clinton pardoned.
Webster Hubbell: Clinton political supporter; Rose Law Firm partner (embezzlement, fraud)
Jim McDougal: banker, Clinton political supporter: (18 felonies, varied)
Susan McDougal: Clinton political supporter (multiple fraud) Bill Clinton pardoned.
David Hale: banker, self proclaimed Clinton political supporter: (conspiracy, fraud)
Neal Ainley: Perry County Bank president (embezzled bank funds for Clinton campaign)
Chris Wade: Whitewater real estate broker (multiple loan fraud) Bill Clinton pardoned.
Larry Kuca: Madison real estate agent (multiple loan fraud)
Robert W. Palmer: Madison appraiser (conspiracy). Bill Clinton pardoned.
John Latham: Madison Bank CEO (bank fraud)
Eugene Fitzhugh: Whitewater defendant (multiple bribery)
Charles Matthews (Whitewater): Whitewater defendant (bribery)

Yeah this is who I want to lead or country....NOT!

Posted by Bob in Kent

1:34 PM, May 29, 2008

Thank you SeaTown08!!
It is amazing to see how many Obama supprters will make all these horrible statements about Clinton in order to "argue" against a decision made by Macoll. The differeces between the two really are minor and to use comments like calling her a "Feminazi" or " carrying too much baggage in her vote for the Iraq debacle and the poisonous view of her husband's presidency" only hurts the party and our chances of winning.

By the way, poisonous view of Bill's presidency? It is amazing how early on Bush was being compared to Clinton (Bill) and how great things were in the 90's, but now Obama supporters want to change history to support thier candidate? But at the same time say that Hillary being the president's wife does not have an affect on her ability to lead. Which is it?

All this while the Obama campaign itself has prided itself on "trying" to not lead a negative campaign?
Way to support your candidate.

Posted by LJB

1:48 PM, May 29, 2008

I thought Eileen was supposed to represent what the people of Washington want...She should not be a superdelegate! She should know better!

Posted by P

1:53 PM, May 29, 2008

I love seeing you Obamanics tear down one of your own. Sen. Obama DOES NOT have a clue about solving any problems, just more empty rhetoric. Change is not necessarily a good thing if you cannot verbalize the type of change you want.

As for the war, you dolts don't understand a very simple fact of life, WE CANNOT LOSE THIS WAR! Regardless of who wins the presidency in November, the United States will continue to prosecute this war to victory. There is no other alternative and that’s why you don’t hear Sen. Obama express any.

Democrats are their own worst enemy. Because you morons support an unknown, unqualified and completely unprepared candidate, we Republicans will retain the White House.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Posted by j. garcia

1:56 PM, May 29, 2008

Oust this woman from her position!

Posted by Seattle girl

1:57 PM, May 29, 2008

Since when does a superdelegate have to go with what their state did? Superdelegates are supposed to use their sound judgement to pick the person they think will be the best candidate to beat the Republicans. Are you saying that Senator Kerry and Kennedy should change their support from Obama to Hillary because the state of MA went to Hillary by double digits? If we go by what you are suggesting I will gladly welcome many superdelegates to change their support from Obama to Hillary since the bigger state have more superdelegates and Hillary won the big states. Do you still want to go with your theory of what superdelegates should do?

Posted by RANjr

1:58 PM, May 29, 2008

Another knee-jerk, old school, old politics female ...... can we just get over it and elect the most capable AND the most electable ?!?!?!!

Posted by Miller

2:00 PM, May 29, 2008

This is really sad that its just a case of a Democratic women voting for the women candidate despite who won the state during the caucus. The vote election that Hillary claims as a win in the state didnt have nearly as much participants amoung the people because most people were aware that it didnt count for anything. This lady needs to reflect the will of the people.

Posted by Bob in Kent

2:00 PM, May 29, 2008

Come on Dean!
Whitewater was a sham to try and take down the Clintons. I am sure you saw it then but now that you support someone besides Clinton you do not.
The Clintons invested in some land to develop and when interest rates rose they just held onto it while McDougal took care of the interest payments and such,but because he had his own financial issues he moved money around illegaly and used the property to help hide it.
Ken Starrs star witness David Hale, claimed the Clintons were involved when questioned by Starr, but earlier (before Starr or any of this started) Hale told FBI agents exactly the same thing, except he NEVER mentioned the Clintons.

Dean - We know what many Republicans will stoop to, don't be like them!

Posted by P

2:01 PM, May 29, 2008

j. garcia, you are perfect case in point when I described you Democrats as dolts. You're so ignorant that you don't understand why the Democrats chose to have Super-Delegates in the first place. It wasn't to fellow popular trends within their party, it was to do just the exact opposite.

Ms. Macoll is correct in supporting Sen. Clinton over Sen. Obama. Sen. Clinton could actually win in November and Sen. Obama doesn't stand a chance. If you think a bunch of ignorant youth are going to overwhelm the masses of people, both Democrat and Republican, who are going to vote against Sen. Obama's childish worldview, then you truly are ignorant of the facts.

Posted by D

2:04 PM, May 29, 2008

Hilary Clinton voted for the war. She should have never waivered and fought before it started. Eileen should have listened to the majority of democratic voters in Washington and gone with Obama.

Posted by S

2:20 PM, May 29, 2008

I have mixed feelings about both democratic nominees. I will vote democrat no matter who wins the race. But some of you other democrats getting upset because a superdelegate from our state didn't back Obama is ridiculous. There are other superdelegates that have not followed their peoples vote either. Let's not forgot that Ted Kennedy's state of Massachusetts voted for Hilary and he voted for Obama.

Posted by lml

2:22 PM, May 29, 2008

You disappoint this 67 year old, Caucasian female, Democratic Party caucus voter for Senator Obama. Hillary is not bold she is "same old-same old" politics. You must be “same old-same-old” yourself or you would have honored the majority of the Washington Democratic Party caucus voters. The last thing this country needs is the Clinton duo returning to Pennsylvania Ave. Inspirational Obama already has me, 67, Caucasian and female, wondering what to do in our community to be a part of the many changes the United States needs to begin now.

Posted by Here we go again

2:30 PM, May 29, 2008

Talk about out of touch. Glad I took part in the caucus. Thanks for COMPLETELY ignoring the will of the people.

This is not about individual preference. This is not about whatever perceived mudslinging. The more I hear from the Clinton crowd the more I know they have really lost touch with reality.

The people chose Obama. In the next 4 years, we have to actively get it together to remove people like Eileen Macoll from party power. This is as bad as the Republicans!

Posted by J

2:36 PM, May 29, 2008

Thank you, Eileen! As someone who was disenfranchised by the caucus system because I needed to work, I appreciate your choice to support the more experienced and qualified candidate.

Posted by Patty

2:37 PM, May 29, 2008

Thank you, Eileen!

Posted by k

2:38 PM, May 29, 2008

The caucus voted for Obama. You are traitor to the party you say you represent. Boo.

Posted by sams

2:38 PM, May 29, 2008

just goes to show that politicians dont care what their people want them to do...

Posted by sams

2:40 PM, May 29, 2008

a quote from her 2004 campaign:

First priority if elected: "Do more listening and less talking."

obviously she is holding true to her message

Posted by Sherrie Anne Skaggs-Barrett

2:44 PM, May 29, 2008

Thank you so much for your support in Hillary Clinton! She is by far the best choice for all Americans. She is a proven fighter that deeply cares for all people especially those that Bush ignored. I thank you for having the courage to endorse the stronger candidate that can beat John Mccain in a general election! I remind the Obama supporters that Bill Richardson, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, among many others endorsed Obama when there states primaries picked Hillary Clinton as the winner of there states. Sherrie Ohio

Posted by Linda

2:49 PM, May 29, 2008

Interesting choice, Eileen, to support a tone-deaf politician who will say or do anything to make her case. This blue-collar woman has lost respect for Sen. Clinton because of her poor decisions (Iraq vote, campaign strategy) and stubborn refusal to acknowledge her second-place finish. I don't want another leader who surrounds him/herself with a close circle of friends and fails to listen to other viewpoints. Sen. Obama has proved more strategic, more eloquent (a big plus for a world leader), and more versatile than Sen. Clinton, and he has earned my respect and my vote.

Posted by jfr1979

3:01 PM, May 29, 2008

Just a tip. Do not run for office in Washington state. The fact that this primary is still going on due to Clinton's arrogance is sad. Its going to push another Bush (McCain) into office once again. Seriously? What the hell is our party doing?.

Posted by Carter

3:04 PM, May 29, 2008

Thanks Eileen,

Obama wins the state of Washington and you want to go against the voters. Get real Billary is done!

Posted by Hewey

3:07 PM, May 29, 2008

Too funny - Democrats think they are smarter than the electorate. Every vote counts, unless of course they don't add up your way. Then you can either make some votes 'special', or keep counting, and counting, and counting, and counting....

Posted by mark

3:17 PM, May 29, 2008

Obviously Eileen cares enough about the country to know that a marginally qualified candidate is far better than an empty suit.

I look forward to a great race between John and Hillary.

Posted by c

3:18 PM, May 29, 2008

OBAMA O8!!!! Bye Bye Eileen!!!

Posted by Ursula

3:20 PM, May 29, 2008

Thank you so much, Eileen
We don't need vague change, we need solid commitments, and that is what we have gotten from Hillary. She is the one to beat McCain in November.

Posted by Daryl Kaiser

3:29 PM, May 29, 2008

"As for the war, you dolts don't understand a very simple fact of life, WE CANNOT LOSE THIS WAR! Regardless of who wins the presidency in November, the United States will continue to prosecute this war to victory. There is no other alternative and that’s why you don’t hear Sen. Obama express any."

We have already lost this war, and I'm sick of paying for it. If the Wicked Witch of the West Wing wins, be prepared for four years of menopause.

Posted by Reality Check

3:37 PM, May 29, 2008

The voters in Washington overwhelmingly chose OBAMA at both the primary and the caucuses and as a representive of her state she should have also!.....................ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Many states where Hillary won, super delegets backs Obama....reality check..

Obama or Hillary??? America is not ready for either a black or a female prez. Old Maccain will matter what.. sad.....

Posted by You heart HRR

3:47 PM, May 29, 2008

Hilary's already lost! What are you arguing about - oh yeah, that's what Democrats do best (lucky you, Dino Rossi!)?
Perhaps we can bring back Chris Dodd? maybe he can beat McCain! C'mon superdelgates, be bold. Take the power you have been lavished with and chose whom ever the hell you want to! What about AL Gore? Or maybe as reparation for such cheap behavior by Senator Clinton the Super-D's can nominate RFK!

Only the Democrats could disregard such a great candidate as Barak Obama. At least you are all used to what the crappy end election night feels like!

Strike up yet another loss for the Clinton A-team!

Btw, good point regarding Senator Obama's supporters being "mudslingers and hate-mongers". Senator Clinton is just trying to steal back what she believes is rightfully hers - the nomination. Who cares what race she's stealing from!

Posted by NW Jeff

3:48 PM, May 29, 2008

As a long time republican, it is simple.

If Obama is the dem candidate, I will vote for him.

If it is Clinton, I will vote McCain. I am and always have been turned off my her "say anything, do anything" to win attitude.

This vote is a prime example of what is wrong with politics today; she obviously is not listen to the people's voice.

Posted by AD

3:52 PM, May 29, 2008

The "democratic" party allows party insiders who aren't accountable to regular voters to have MUCH more power than those voters. That's how Eileen Macoll can make her own personal decision like this and completely invalidate the votes of regular people.

If you think this sucks, remember that there's another major political party that doesn't choose its nominees in such a backward, corrupt and undemocratic manner! They give power to real voters.

Posted by Worried

3:53 PM, May 29, 2008

Wake up America and vote someone in as President who can handle the problems of our country at this time. Obama is not that person. Do the research and find out the truth. Don't be fooled by the word "Change"

Posted by CP

4:13 PM, May 29, 2008

Eileen, Eileen what ya thinkin girl. I'm one of the supposed Clinton diehards (female, white, over fifty, pleasingly plump) and find her politics just a little hard to shallow. I'm afraid power has gone to your head. The people of Washington have made their wishes known you have chosen to disregard those wishes.

Posted by cwittel

4:28 PM, May 29, 2008

Thank you Eileen. You represent the Democratic Party and should choose the candidate you believe is most capable of winning the general election in November. One of our faults as Democrats is that we always choose candidates we love and can idolize and who make US feel good. The Republicans choose a candidate to win the white house and they sure know how to do it. I love Obama but Hillary Clinton by far has the swing state support to get elected in November. Ignore the naysayers -- if the superdelegates job was to endorse according to the voting results of their states, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry would have endorsed Hillary. Our caucuses were very flawed and anyone who works in the service industry was eliminated from participation. In the end, middle America will choose our president and Hillary's appeal to middle America is much stronger.

Posted by Susan

4:34 PM, May 29, 2008

Thank you, Eileen Macoll.
I agree -- Hillary Clinton is the most qualified, the most experienced, and the most electable candidate. She's the one most capable of efficiently and effectively transitioning the administration from Republican to Democrat, and we know she'll hit the deck running. She has shown us that she is indeed a noble warrior; we will need that sort of drive in our 44th President. GO HILLARY!

Posted by Leslie

4:46 PM, May 29, 2008

Thank you Eileen for the courage of your own convictions.

For all of the people blabbing on about how superdelegates should support the candidate who won the vote in that state, your boy Obama has greatly benefitted from superdelegates committing to him in states where Hillary has won the popular vote (Senator Robert Byrd from W. Virginia for example). In fact, if that logic was applied, then Hillary would be far ahead in superdelegate votes.

And choosing Hillary is incredibly smart, based on the polling data out from Gallup that shows Hillary is by FAR the better candidate in the fall in the states where it matters - Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia. Obama runs far behind McCain in some of those states, and Hillary runs much better there. If Obama can't win those states, he can't win the White House. There aren't enough electoral college votes in the other states that are winnable to get Obama to the number of electoral college votes he needs. Hillary clearly is the superior candidate.

Posted by paraskeve

5:35 PM, May 29, 2008

Barack did not want a recount of the votes in Florida and Michigan--wonder why? Yet he flagrantly disobeyed rules in Florida by openly advertising his campaign! Hillary chose not to. If he is so allergic to Democracy, why does he want a repeat of Bush's persistence for the rules and regulations to be observed. Gore rightly insisted on democratic principles--the Vote. Obama should not b e afraid of facing Democracy. And he should not try to knock off yet another woman off the race. Does anyone know what he did to African-american Senator ALICE PALMER in the 90s, or how he got his political start? He went behind his mentor's back and had his legal deviants knock her name off the Chicago ballot...Ethical justice should catch up with this arrogantly vacuous misogynist and prevent him from disrespecting yet another strong, principled woman who had actually helped him in the Senate, too!

HILLARY 08 - GO GIVE 'EM HEALTH!!

Posted by mary

5:41 PM, May 29, 2008

THANK YOU EILEEN! Well deserved endorsement of the most competent, capable Presidential candidate: Hillary Diane.

Now, why doesn't Barack apply for the V-P spot on his marxist-islamist cousin Odinga's ticket. I understand he's advocating Sharia Law with special 'chastity provisions' and full cover for all girls and women there. Barack, swetie, the job's cut out for you! Your resume will be grabbed with eagerness by the president. Well-deserved, especially since you campaigned for Odinga so hard last year. Bravo, congrats, and bon voyage Sweetie!

Love
UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE

Posted by Huskygirl

6:20 PM, May 29, 2008

"The voters in Washington overwhelmingly chose OBAMA at both the primary and the caucuses and as a representive of her state she should have also!"

Exactly what I was thinking.

Posted by Tracy

6:22 PM, May 29, 2008

How disappointing that an elected official who is supposed to reflect the wishes of her state can only put her own wishes first. Oh wait a minute that's just like the person she just supported. I see she "understands" Hillary's self-centeredness. By the way saying other people are mudslingers and hate mongers is exactly like doing it yourself. If you're a Hillary supporter and saying that, her brain washing is working. She is not bringing the country together but further separating people for HER own political aspirations NOT the country's.

Posted by cabd

6:37 PM, May 29, 2008

Ms. Macoll is certainly entitled to vote how she sees fit. That's how the superdelegate process is supposed to work. But it's curious timing, given that Rep. Pelosi and Sen. Reid said today that Sen. Obama has enough undeclared superdelegates lined up to secure the nomination next Wednesday after the last primaries are over.

I tend to think that the superdelegates who waited until most of the primaries were over to announce their endorsement wanted to make sure that they picked the winner. So what does this announcement do for Ms. Macoll, let alone for Sen. Clinton? If she really wanted to help Sen. Clinton secure the nomination she would have done better announcing her support back when Sen. Obama was running the table with eleven straight victories. Backing Sen. Clinton at this point seems to be largely a symbolic -- but empty -- gesture.

Posted by stephanie prince

6:46 PM, May 29, 2008

I am so happy that Eileen Macoll has stepped forward to support Senator Hillary Clinton, I agree with her statement 100% and think that Senator Clinton should be the nominee for President of the United States. thank you.

Posted by MR

6:53 PM, May 29, 2008

Everyone thinks that their candidate is the best, I still think Edwards is the best. But guess what, he didn’t get enough delegetes and he wasn’t going too, so he bowed out. Hillary would have been a good president, but guess what, she can no longer get the majority of pledged deligetes and she should bow out and back Obama. If she tries to force this thing to committee and overturn the result of all of the primaries and caucuses, then she will only turn the party against itself and McCain will win, no matter who the Dem running is. You only look like a fool and the Republicans are laughing at anyone who wants Hillary to keep going.

Posted by Elle

7:51 PM, May 29, 2008

Thank you Eileen for voting with integrity instead of following the sheep! People should realilze the delegate process is very favorable to a certain group of voters and excludes our older citizens and people who have other things to do on Saturday. Let's get back to the popular vote and get rid of the delegates altogether!!!

Posted by d4obama

7:55 PM, May 29, 2008

Deciding to jump aboard the titanic right as it's sinking.....what a genious. That might be the dumbest move I've ever heard of.

Posted by Marcus

8:06 PM, May 29, 2008

Vote out Murray and Cantwell while we are at it. They vote FOR illegal immigrants and against American workers.

Posted by Maggie

8:13 PM, May 29, 2008

Give us a break Ms. SUPERDELEGATE! As a Latina over 60 and my involvement in the women's movement, Hillary lost my vote when she began to whine and act like a victim. With her baggage McCain and his sidekicks will tear her up. And what about her husband Bill? What's up with him as well? As they say in my barrio "tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are!" In this case just look at good time Bill!

Posted by Audrey

8:48 PM, May 29, 2008

How does someone get "unelected" as a superdelegate? It's interesting that our State overwhelmingly chose Obama in both the caucuses and primaries and Ms. Macoll felt the need to deviate.Talk about out-of-touch!

Posted by tawdy

8:48 PM, May 29, 2008

What does our delegation have to gain by supporting a woman who will be little more than the junior senator from new york in five months? What clout will Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell have with the new administration after voting against Mr. Obama. Why are the Clinton supporters going against the strong will of the state democratic rank and file?
Unlike their predecessors, our senators do not understand power.

Posted by caroux

9:05 PM, May 29, 2008

Nice. Now let's hope the rest of the 4 remaining supers recognize that HRC is the only one who can win because 1) she is a true warrior against the injustices of the deregulated free market, 2) she is a champion of the working class (unions, public school, and health care) and 3) she is a lioness on a personal, professional, and political level.

Thank you Eileen.

Posted by sams

9:21 PM, May 29, 2008

Caroux...

are you kiddin me?

deregulated free market? doesnt she waffle on nafta depending what state she is in?

champion of the working class? what was her upbringing again? how would she know what it is like to be working class?

lioness on several levels? with all of the scandals that she has been involved with wouldn't she be more like a jackal?

Posted by JimD

9:21 PM, May 29, 2008

Eileen,
I think you're making a terrible mistake, but contrary to what's been posted here, you're under no obligation to vote the majority will of the popular vote.
The mess in '68 and '72 that led to the super delegate system INTENDED to give party insiders an opportunity to "correct" the popular vote.
Sounds crazy now, but that is what we wanted back then and until it's changed, it's your priveledge to squander your vote and make it harder for Clinton supporters to eventually join in electing a democrat to POTUS.

Posted by Jon

9:41 PM, May 29, 2008

Whats entertaining is that this is a big deal to anyone here. Whether Obama, Hillary or even McCain get elected the federal government is and always will not represent Washington State. The only thing the Feds are good for for Washington is occasionally sending us grant money, and even then they're not great about it.

You want to fix Washington? Fix it at the state or local government level. Thats where it really matters anyway.

Posted by Andy

9:57 PM, May 29, 2008

It could be because Obama couldn't find Hanford on a map.

Talk about buyer's remorse. This guy is about as empty as the suits come.

Posted by elmo fan

10:16 PM, May 29, 2008

Get real. A review of Hillary's campaign ought to give anyone pause on her leadership abilities. They ran out of money, didn't have a winning strategy, never settled on a message. Add to that the incredibly odd things that HRC has said during this campaign regarding: Bosnia & RFK and you have to wonder about her skills on the campaign trail and whether that alone would lead to defeat in Nov.

Posted by LD

10:47 PM, May 29, 2008

Thank you Eileem Macoll, for making the right decision and not jumping on the bandwagon. Nobody in Washington, male or female, has a better understanding of the issues we face as a nation today. And nobody has proposed better, more comprehensive solutions to those problems than Hillary.

Posted by HillYES

11:01 PM, May 29, 2008

Funny how the same people who righteously invoke "The Rules" when it comes to Florida and Michigan want to ignore those same rules when it comes to a Superdelegate's right to choose a candidate.

Hyp-OBAMA-crits.

Let's see them call for every Superdelegate in Hillary's states to support her...then they'll have some credence. Until then then....well...like I said.

Posted by Craig Mason

11:06 PM, May 29, 2008

Hi Eileen,

Good luck with all that. (If you seek my name out in a competing newspaper, you can see that I share your views.)

Further, the superdelegates were instituted to prevent a "suicide-by-McGovern" kind of presidential candidate, which I fear Obama is.

Nonetheless, the Republicans, despite nominating their "maverick" right-winger, have so messed up America that Obama might still win.

BUT, it remains true that had the Democrats united behind Hillary months ago, they could have absolutely taken command of the Federal Government this fall.

Hillary was the Democrats' best chance, but now, she and Obama have behaved in such a way that Democrats need to have a Hiillary/Obama, or Obama/Hillary, ticket to keep the two groups united into the fall.

Good luck with that, too.

Posted by upchuck

11:45 PM, May 29, 2008

mcgovern lost because the corporate dems sat out and didn't help him after the convention...

Posted by D Smith

11:51 PM, May 29, 2008

Eileen is a part of the problem. If Democracy was important to Eileen she would use her super-delegate status to reinforce the statement made by Washington caucus-goers. The "super-delegate" concept suggests - indeed it declares emphatically- that "one person one vote" is dangerous, and our weak-minded citizenry need to be helped along by people who know better. I (and Ben Franklin, among others) whole-heartedly disagree!

Posted by Kelly Stevens

11:55 PM, May 29, 2008

Thank you!

Posted by Jonesy

1:19 AM, May 30, 2008

It is very disturbing that Eileen Macoll would go against the will of the voters of Washington State. Obama carried this state with 70% of the vote. If Ms Macoll was in WV, her endorsement would be undertandable. Since she is from WA to endorse Hillary Clinton at this point at the end of the campaign when it is clear that Obama will be the nominee is mind boglgling. The only thing that can be said is that she at least fell off the fence. Too bad it was on the wrong side.

Posted by goody

8:59 AM, May 30, 2008

Eileen- how much is it at stake for you? you should stop and listen to people not your peers.

Democrats should of nominate Rosalinda Guillen

Posted by Tomas

9:45 AM, May 30, 2008

It's curious that the Dems in this state really don't know who they are voting for in Obama. I'm sure most people blasting this woman here have not read his voting record. Even if they had they couldn't tell who Obama really is. He voted present most of the time. He has no back bone to take a position. Is this the "future" of the Dems? No back bone? At least this woman knows that Obama is going to get completely SLAUGHTERED in the GE. I, as a middle of the road Republican, am going to be laughing so hard at the extreme left Dems of Washington State when they start whining... Its all Hillary's fault! or The Republicans stole the election. They won't admit that the majority of the country isn't as flaming liberal as Washington, Oregon or San Francisco. GO McCaine '08!!!!!!

Posted by JimD

10:09 AM, May 30, 2008

Thomas,
While I agree that Obama is a virtual blank-slate newbie, I think you miss the mark by suggesting his supporters don't realize it.
That is part of his appeal, and will be a good sell against "Bush/McSame".
It isn't a matter of the country being as liberal as SF, etc.
It's whether the republicans can grow the 1/4 of the population that approve of the same policies we've suffered so greatly under.
This is one time when judgement and character will trump experience.
Obama's ultra-liberal orientation is countered by a desire to compromise and reduce partisan dysfunction.
In other words, he'd rather reach centrist resolutions than stand his ground for his most liberal objectives (you call it lack of backbone).
I just don't see how he can lose against a mere 1/4 of the population that approves of the status quo McCain represents.

Posted by JohnQ

10:18 AM, May 30, 2008

I don't think Obama is liberal enough to get my vote. I haven't seen any proof of that. Do you have any proof that Obama is uba liberal?

Posted by JimD

6:08 PM, May 30, 2008

"Everyone deserves a living wage."
"Healthcare is a right, not a priveledge."
"We should softening drug laws."
"Illegal immigrants should have a path to citizenship."
"Taxes should be raised for the high-middle income and above."
"We should conduct dialogues with our adversaries, drop the cowboy diplomacy and re-establish our traditional foreign policy of containment.."
...much more (approximate quotes)
Sadly, these days this IS considered "liberal".
:-(

Posted by Janice Cronkhite

9:20 AM, May 31, 2008

Ms. Macoll, I would like to mention that Ms. Clinton voted in support of this war. I would have liked to support her, but I feel she has lost her vision to ambition. I believe she knew very well, that this war was wrong, but she has become so politcally cynical that she voted for it for political gain. That, to me is indefensible. The polls keep saying the main worry for voters is the economy, but this economy is a direct result of the war. I hope you will consider voting for Mr. Obama, as the one who voted with a moral conscience. Thanks, Jan Cronkhite

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