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Breaking Rumor: Texas GOP Voters Voting for Obama to Keep Clinton Off Ticket

LatinaLista — In a clear example of just how much Texas Republicans loathe the Clintons, stories are surfacing across the state of GOP voters switching parties, for at least a day, to cast votes for Obama.

Even though polls show that Clinton would be a weaker candidate against McCain than would Obama, experts say Republicans, who have long expressed a visceral distaste for Bill and Hillary Clinton, want to prevent her from being on the ballot in November.
“The argument I’ve seen is, ‘Let’s get rid of Clinton once and for all,’ ” said Ralph Bordie, who conducts the IVR Poll in Texas.
Bordie’s latest statewide poll released last week found that 15 percent of Texas Republicans who said they will support the GOP nominee in November plan nonetheless on voting for Obama next week.

This political maneuver is but one sign that the Clinton campaign is suffering. In a painfully obvious difference, the rallies between the two candidates have been as different as well, a woman and a man.
While Obama has been filling up entertainment arenas and gymnasiums, Clinton and her party have drawn much smaller crowds to parking lots and parks. Somehow, seeing Bill campaign for his wife from the back of a truck isn’t what would be expected of a former president.
It’s even gotten to the point that those who are for Hillary can’t even proclaim their support publicly without being harassed by Obama supporters.
Earlier this week, Latina Lista reported on the story of Dulce Maria Gonzalez, a young professional singer in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley who after composing “We Need a Woman” and performing it at a Hillary rally has been besieged by negative and nasty comments.
Latina Lista asked Dulce Maria how this experience has affected her views on politics. She tells Latina Lista:

The negative reaction only makes me stronger and motivates me to get more involved in politics. I would love to continue performing in rallies and all that comes my way! 



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  • adriana
    February 28, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    I don’t doubt that some people will vote Republican just to defeat Hillary Clinton. However, I don’t think that most voters will go through the trouble of re-registering and requesting a Dem ballot. I don’t know enough about how it works in Texas, but there was a lot of confusion for Independents who wanted to vote in the Dem primary here in California.
    I really would love to see you explore the relationship between Hillary Clinton and Tyson Chicken, since so many Latin@s work in the chicken processing plants. I haven’t seen many Latino bloggers address the issue during this election cycle. I started on a recent blog post on my own blog.

  • Texano78704
    February 28, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    For Republicans “crossing over,” this would be a Pyrrhic victory.

  • annevilla
    February 28, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    I am so proud of Obama, so thrilled that I’m alive to experience this point in our history. I can’t wait until he is President; I look forward to the fresh, healing breath of air he will be for our country and the rest of the world. Hard as the media etc keeps trying (on Morning Joe, Pat Buchanan advised Hillary she should ‘drop a bomb on him’!) they can’t stop him – because they cannot stop the hopes and ambitions of the American people; those hopes and ambitions are what Barack is going to empower. Finally, we the COMMON people will also have someone in our corner – all across America we are COMING TOGETHER despite all the fake bomb scares Barack’s adversaries can contrive.
    As the composer, Bjarne O., writes:
    “I combined Latino Rhythms, Chinese Erhu, African- and Native-American Voices with the Contemporary Symphonic Orchestra – in the great spirit of Unity – for this Song in support of Obama’s great and true message: “Our Time Has Come; We the People are the Change we’ve all been waiting for. We are the Hope for the Future – YES WE CAN.”

    February 29, 2008 at 8:01 am

    Hillary is toast unless she can work some of the underhanded Clinton magic to squeeze out a victory. Hopefully that will not happen so the election comes down to McCain vs Hussein Obama. This will bring out Republican voters that will break all records in the November vote. Though McCain is old he does have a better background and experience that Hussein Obama lacks. Many will end up voting for McCain just because they will never accept Hussein Obama as President.
    Funny how Bill slipped up the other night when in a speech for his wifes campaign he said “if you elect me as President”. He did not correct himself, but continued on with his speech like he never realized his slip up. The Clinton-Bush reign of power must be stopped once and for all.
    I fully believe Hussein Obama will be brought to his knees once he is exposed as the empty suit that has good intentions, but no actual answers to any of his pipe dream ideas. He will promise the world for votes, but it will not be enough to defeat the Republican voters at election time.

  • cristinas
    February 29, 2008 at 10:24 am

    You are so correct!!
    Check his hometown newspaper the Chicago Tribune!
    Obama stories from July 1, 2007 – Oct. 31, 2007
    3 Democrats court undecided union coalition in Chicago
    Obama’s mother in new ad
    Jackson softens criticism of Obama in Jena 6 case
    Obama stories from Feb. 11, 2007 – July 1, 2007
    Obama team can play rough
    Casting himself as reformer, Obama treads well-worn path
    Carefully crafting the Obama ‘brand’

  • cristinas
    February 29, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Obama thinks we can be Bamboozled!

  • adriana
    February 29, 2008 at 10:47 am

    I cannot believe that some people would call Barack Obama by his middle name to make some strange point or implication that he’s Muslim. I could care less if his middle name is Hussein, Bush, Jesus Christ or Genesis.
    From here on out, Eyes of Texas should call John McCain “Sidney McCain” since Sidney is his middle name. It would only be fair.

  • Jax
    February 29, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Just a little more not so subtle hate-mongering.

  • Texas Proud
    February 29, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Wow, Eyes of Texas, that’s very good … you can read. And it’s great that you can use Senator Obama’s middle name. I know you’re not racist how do I know because you said so and I know you using the Senator’s middle name is not showing that you are, it was just an observation. Now go out and play with the rest of the kids and let the adults continue this conversation and discuss THE ISSUES.
    Go on, it’s okay we can take it from here. 🙂

  • Texano78704
    February 29, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Former Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Merrill A. (Tony) McPeak cites Barack Obama’s “judgment,” “insight” and “courage” and calls him “our best hope to restore our security and standing in today’s world”
    “He’s going to be a great Commander-in-Chief. Among this group of potential candidates, he’s head and shoulders above the rest in this regard.”

  • laura
    February 29, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Dear Annevilla,
    I am worried you will be sadly disappointed, along with several million other Obama-lovers.
    I voted for him too and even donated to his campaign (now I’m thinking that was a bad idea). But he is out for himself and his own power first, just like the other candidates. Apparently he said recently he might keep the mercenary murderers from Blackwater in Iraq. Just as one example.
    He is big friends with Deval Patrick, governor of Massachusetts, who ran a very similar campaign to Obama’s a year and a half ago. Do you know what happened ? As soon as Patrick was sworn in, he dropped the issue of drivers’ licenses for undocumented people, which he had campaigned on. Two months after he was sworn in, he cooperated with ICE in one of the most horrific workplace raids, in New Bedford, Massachusetts. (And afterwards he went there to commiserate with the crying children whose parents had been flown to jails in Texas). Do you know what one of his first expenditures of taxpayer dollars was for ? $40,000 for new drapes in his office. Seriously.
    Do not hope for anything good from Obama that he is not pushed to do for us. Nor from Clinton either.

  • Frank
    March 3, 2008 at 8:58 am

    laura, I have to agree with you here. All politicians pander for votes. They will tell whatever ethnic group they are pandering to lies to get their votes. A new sucker is born everyday.
    Hillary was for driver’s licenses for illegals at first and now she has backed off probably to pander to Americans who got really riled over that issue. Who knows what she will actually do if she becomes president. Same goes for Obama and McCain all they are doing right now is pandering for votes. Latinos who think that any of the above is going to be a savior to their views on illegal immigration needs a reality check.

    March 4, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    A rose by any other name is still a rose. BHO has a middle name just like Hillary Rodham Clinton which is used in ever form of the media. So, referring to Barak Hussein Obama should be no different. He did get that name at birth from his parents and should not be deprived of using it. The media does not use his middle name for obvious reasons and that is devisive on their part.
    As for discussing and solving issues on this blog, you can forget the solving part. I’ve been here for a while and have seen nothing solved, only more issues generated by those that represent their own agendas as truth and are unable to accept the fact that not all of us are so easily swayed by slick words with no substance.

  • Evelyn
    March 9, 2008 at 2:18 am

    You may not be aware you are being used or maby you are ashamed to admit it, but you Horace and liquid are parroting EACH AND EVERY SLICK WORD WITH NO SUBSTANCE including all the lies the minuteKLAN and in your case stormfront use.

  • Frank
    March 9, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Just like many Hispanics are parroting the NCLR and other even more radical ethnocentric and reconquista groups. No different! Illegal aliens are being used to increase the Hispanic numbers in this country. No different than any KKK group that advocates a
    “white country”. Pot, kettle, black.
    Hispanics are the dominant ethnic group in 22 countries and they are very adamant about retaining their majority, their culture and their language in their countries but I guess whites aren’t allowed to retain their majority in the U.S. or they are called racists for that. Pot, kettle, black.

  • Evelyn
    March 10, 2008 at 3:44 am

    4 Ways that People Rationalize Racism
    1) You make it «their» fault.
    This is the most popular by far as it requires little or no self-examination so the conscience overlooks it. If they weren’t the way they are, then I wouldn’t feel this way about them. I wouldn’t have to move out of the neighborhood, or have a problem one of them becoming president. If «they» are that bad, then your reaction to «them» is only natural right?
    2) You make it «natural».
    It’s only natural that I should want my daughter to marry one of «us», right? It’s only natural that I should want to live among my «own kind», right? It’s called «ethnocentrism». Here is what is wrong: there are no motives for segregation that are without malice. None. Not one. It’s a non-issue without some kind of animosity towards the other race being present on one or both sides. Sure neighborhoods in big cities are often divided and demarcated by the ethnicities of those living in them, as will happen if neighborhoods are allowed to form naturally. That is not what I am writing about, what I mean is segregation of a planned, conscious sort.
    3) You make yourself the victim
    One absolutely foolproof way to spot a bigot is that the person they hate always did something wrong to them. It doesn’t matter that they can count encounters with members of the hated ethnicity on one hand, or if their evidence is entirely apocryphal. The sense of victimization comes with a large serving of vindictiveness.
    4) You Generalize like a Mother(deleated)
    The biggest problem that bigots who are consciously bigoted have are the exceptions. There are lots and lots of exceptions to every racial/ethnic stereotype, there has to be a way to rhetorically do away with all them. How do you do this? The answer is simple: denial. This denial has to be absolute. Not only can you never ever give any kind of credit to the other side, you have to mock, condemn, ridicule, anybody on your side who shows a sign of not being as anti-them as you are. Any hesitation to speak ill of your hated ethnicity is a sign of sympathy, a sign of being on their side.

  • Evelyn
    March 10, 2008 at 4:20 am

    Fox News
    Let’s start out with the fact that this is news for people who could give a (deleated) about objectivity or truth. The audience of Fox News actively wants to be lied to, provided that the lies make them feel better about themselves. Obviously this could be said for pretty much any American news outlet, but none of the others is quite and blatant and crass about it as these people. This is the propaganda network that doesn’t even mask it as something else. The idea is to provide the America’s bigots with ammunition, with fake evidence, and rally them to a cause. If you are stupid, insecure, and looking for scapegoats, Fox News will tell you why you are smart, who to be afraid of, and give you people to blame for your misery
    Watch more FAUX, I’M sure that is where you got your education.

  • nezua
    March 10, 2008 at 11:49 am

    its the other way around.

  • Frank
    March 10, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Talk about a propaganda network the NCLR comes to mind. Propaganda such as legal words used to described someone in this country without papers as being “hate speech”. I could go on about their so-called “hate speech” claims but why bother? Those who scream racism the loudest are the true racists.
    I don’t see any white people advocating for white people from other countries to enter our country illegally by the millions and then demanding that they be given amnesty for doing so and then calling their non-white fellow ciitizens racists for not going along for the ride.

  • Evelyn
    March 11, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Master manipulator, misinformation and spin! LOL!

  • Frank
    March 12, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    One has just described the ethnocentric pro-amnesty crowd.

  • Evelyn
    March 14, 2008 at 3:49 am

    The Constitution of the United States of America states that ALL people within her borders are entitled to Equality and Justice, regardless of their skin color. In other words, they dont have to be white! LOL!
    That is what I fight for!
    Sign The Petition
    End Immigrant Bashing

  • Frank
    March 14, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Every “citizen” in this country no matter what color or race they are, are entitled to be treated with justice and equality. I certainly agree with that.
    Illegal aliens do not have the same rights as a citizen. They are only entitled to basic human rights.

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