Bill Clinton Holds 2 Colorado Events Today for Obama

Former President Bill Clinton is in town, campaigning for President Obama. At 5:30 pm, he held a campaign rally in Adams County, near Denver. At 7:30 pm, he will be at Denver's Manual High School.

On Thursday, President Obama will campaign in Boulder.

Sounds like a "Get Out the Vote" effort, since Denver, Boulder and Adams County are largely Democratic.

In Mitt Romney news, I just muted the TV. The same ad has come on twice in 15 minutes: an elderly woman talking about how Mitt gave the eulogy at her 14 year old son's funeral -- more than 30 years ago. That qualifies him to be President? It's sickening to see those making his campaign ads (in this case Crossroads) use this elderly woman and exploit her son's death. Is there anything Mitt Romney won't try and capitalize on? Mitt Romney: Capitalize and Privatize.

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    Not only a GOTV visit... (none / 0) (#1)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 08:58:13 PM EST
    but he also endorsed Joe Miklosi in his bid to unseat Mike Coffman.  

    The first campaign Democratic state Rep. Joe Miklosi worked on was then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton's bid for the presidency in 1992.

    Fast-forward 20 years to Tuesday, when Miklosi met briefly with Clinton in a hallway at Adams City High School, accepting the former president's endorsement of his candidacy for Colorado's 6th Congressional District.

    I hope it makes a difference in the race.  

    Romney shenanigans in Wisconsin. (none / 0) (#3)
    by Angel on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 09:53:35 PM EST
    They're training 'incognito poll watchers' and some of what they're doing is legally questionable, to say the least.


    Here's a local report -- and a great read (none / 0) (#4)
    by Towanda on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 11:03:39 PM EST
    The local report is here, and it links to an account not to be missed by a liberal blogger who went incognito to one of the training sessions.

    This corruption could matter (as I've been warning -- and I'm worried more about other voter-suppression tactics put in place by Walker), as Wisconsin must be up for grabs in the candidates' internals.  Ann Romney and Ryan were in Wisconsin again today, and some pol or other is coming every day -- Bill Clinton, Biden back again, too, both for several stops, and Mitt Romney is back again on Monday for a last-minute rally.  



    Well, the GOP loves its pageant queens (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by shoephone on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 11:18:10 PM EST
    And she's a lawyer too! Or, maybe I should say, she's a "lawyer" too. But isn't that blogpost something that should be forwarded posthaste to one or more of the Wisconsin news organizations?

    That blog post is linked from the story (none / 0) (#7)
    by Towanda on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 11:34:21 PM EST
    in THE major Wisconsin news organization, the first link.

    Ah, yes, I only read the second link (none / 0) (#9)
    by shoephone on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 11:41:22 PM EST
    What are the chances the very Republican Wisconsin AG will investigate it in time to make a difference before next Tues? or at all? Typical GOP shenanigans all over the country...I sure hope the DNC lawyers are ready to file suits galore if these shenanigans have their intended effect.

    The chances are none to zero (none / 0) (#12)
    by Towanda on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 12:26:41 AM EST
    and the guy is not just an empty suit; he's an empty apron!  (He's a Masonic poobah of some title and elevated order or 'tother.)

    As for what is ahead, I just read this article in the New Yorker, and do see the prediction (the plan?) in the last paragraph.


    This election is going to be so ugly in so (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by caseyOR on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 11:28:23 PM EST
    many places. I sure do love vote-by-mail. Too bad the destruction of the U.S. Postal Service may make it unworkable in the future.

    Surely the Obama campaign is prepared to fight this stuff. They will have poll watchers who actually know the law, right? Poll watchers with Democratic party lawyers on speed dial, right?


    In Wisconsin, they'll be dialing (none / 0) (#8)
    by Towanda on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 11:40:27 PM EST
    Walker's election commission (aka the GAB).

    They'll be on hold until after the polls close.

    Walker won the recall, remember, and this will be recall redux.  Major efforts were made to get major media (including major lib blog sites) to look at the problems that surfaced then, but . . . crickets.  After all, the thinking that I read in replies was that Wisconsin went big for Obama in 2008, so why worry?

    Fyi, the polling averages show that Obama has lost more support in Wisconsin than anywhere.  Now, I think that he's still got the state -- but if so, then why the onslaught of candidates, calls, and more in this crucial week, and even Romney on the crucial last day?


    Towanda, apologies if you (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by The Addams Family on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 12:22:16 AM EST
    have answered this question before - but are Democratic voters remembering that Obama did not show up in support of the Walker recall? & if so, will it matter?

    Oh, yes, that comes up commonly (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Towanda on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 12:34:15 AM EST
    in conversations and in blogs.

    It won't have changed Obama voters into Romney voters.  

    But the disillusionment could keep Obama voters home, I suppose -- more likely younger voters, more easily disillusioned than us older voters who know better than to believe pols' promises.  

    Then again, I was surprised by how many older and generally wiser sorts in 2008 bought a lot of blather.  More of them with whom I talk were sure that Obama was antiwar, would close Gitmo, etc., and more likely those myths and/or unfulfilled promises would have an effect than Obama's dire need for closet organizers to be able find his comfy shoes.

    We're never that surprised, after all, when Chicagoans don't show up in Wisconsin.  (See: the Bears.)  


    thanks (none / 0) (#14)
    by The Addams Family on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 12:39:29 AM EST
    it's the stay-at-homers that i'm concerned about - them, & the fact that Paul Ryan is a native son

    I also worry about turnout (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by Towanda on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 12:57:06 AM EST
    and suppression of turnout (see my link above to the New Yorker article; that guy, ALEC, et al., already had their practice run in the recall in Wisconsin, and see the result) as a factor, too.  Keep in mind that Wisconsin is second in the country for young voters' turnout, a sizeable factor for Dems -- and they were targeted and many not able to vote in the recall, under new rules.

    As for Ryan, I worry less about the native-son effect.  He was not elected statewide in Wisconsin, after all, and not from the most populous district.  He never has gotten out and about, out of his district and around the state.  He never got that much media attention from the major media in the state.  I would find it interesting to survey Wisconsinites and see how many non-political junkies know much about him, even now.

    That said, if it's close, he could matter.  But not as much as the suppression tactics in Milwaukee and Madison, the illegal (by state law) Diebold machines in the north, and the inactions of the state election commission (aka GAB) and the AG.  

    Also, there are a couple of other new factors:  A new election head in Milwaukee, after the longtimer was fired recently by the mayor, which is good -- that election head was incompetent -- but the new guy is making mistakes.  Another factor is Kathy Nicklaus in Waukesha, of course, who promised to step down and stay out of elections but has continued to corrupt elections there, after the GAB gave her only a slap on the hand, and after her boss in the county backed down.  She has got serious goods on somebody.


    And now, Obama is coming back (none / 0) (#16)
    by Towanda on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 01:00:13 AM EST
    to Wisconsin, too, this week.

    Is Wisconsin a worry again, after all?  Or is it needed because Ohio is a worry again?  Or . . . ?


    maybe both of the above? (none / 0) (#17)
    by The Addams Family on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 01:18:30 AM EST
    i doubt that Obama & his surrogates are spending time & money in either place, particularly WI, as a head fake - is the firewall burning?

    That's my worry (none / 0) (#20)
    by Towanda on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 11:16:10 AM EST
    plus that it's really too late to turn around anything that they're seeing in the internals.

    There are no undecideds.  They're just being (1) Midwestern Nice in being aghast about being asked about their politics, or (2) Midwesterners messin' with the pollsters calling nonstop and with accents from all over the country except the Midwest.  

    (I cannot understand some of the callers.  That is not the English language that I know, ain'a hey.)


    I'd like to thank Romney (none / 0) (#10)
    by nycstray on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 12:13:37 AM EST
    I think he was the nail in the coffin (along with all those pro rape Republicans) that turned my 76yo Mod R Mom into a solid D voter :D With the redistricting here, even George Miller got her vote :) (I end up with a blue dog, he used to be my Rep :-/) She's been asking me about the props etc here and today we went over the ballot and she asked me more than once "How are we voting on this?". On the ones she didn't ask, oh yeah, she was there (prop 37 being one!).

    Little victories . . .  :)

    Elections with family... (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by lilburro on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 01:30:23 AM EST
    CAN be fun.  I am fortunate to have grown up with relatively politically indifferent parents who nonetheless at crunch time were always voting D.  

    Last election in the fall I started canvassing for Obama in NC.  And I love canvassing, you generally pull out at least one good conversation. Especially considering I doubt many of these people had been canvassed before and were intrigued.  Someone living in a beach trailer without much better to do on a Sunday afternoon in October (other than clean local oysters, which is precisely what one should be doing in a non-election year) finding a canvasser at their door is usually ready to jaw.  

    Anyway I'm not sure what came over my mom but she was willing to come with me to an Obama rally in her small town.  First time in her life.  Politics had never previously motivated her to organize at all.  It didn't turn her into a party operative but I think she got something out of it.  She is pretty shy and I think was impressed by us pumped-up nutbags.  

    I'm in TX now so the ground game isn't alive, but the NC ground game in 2008 was so fun and in the end quite rewarding.  For better or worse we sometimes do better than the candidates in communicating what's at stake.  I know I flipped some votes in 08 just by showing I cared and being willing to argue in favor of Dem positions.  And these voters were Dems (that's how we targeted) but somewhat disaffected.

    Long story short, I love bringing people around when it comes to politics...and that effort really  does work.  The story now is the Obama GOTV vs. Romney's GOTV and churches, but GOTV can flip non-likely voters to likely voters.  If you get one a weekend, and you have X number of canvassers, that's a lot.

    Family, friends or strangers, it's no small victory.  Hope your mother and the rest of us are pleased as the results roll in next Tuesday.


    Haha (none / 0) (#19)
    by lilburro on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 01:41:54 AM EST
    and I guess I should mention, for sh*ts and giggles, that yes I reached out to some PUMAs (ooooo scary!  :P) and gained some votes.  Listening in person and responding to their concerns was quite helpful, far more than the browbeating that progressed for a while on the blogs.  Of course I wasn't in the voting booth with them but I think listening and responding are two qualities that do better at getting out the vote than anything else.  Obama and his team, now safely regarded as GOTV geniuses, were perhaps aware of that all along.