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Top New Hampshire Paper Endorses Clinton

Via MyDD‘s Todd Beeton:

In an impressive editorial, New Hampshire’s Concord Monitor has endorsed Hillary Clinton in the January 8th primary.

“The opening grafs stand out,” Beeton continues, quoting from the endorsement of Sen. Clinton:

Immediately after taking office, President Hillary Clinton would begin preparations to withdraw American troops from Iraq.

She would send a message to world leaders that the United States intends to rejoin the community of nations.

She would make clear to federal employees that they must heed the Constitution.

She would reverse Bush-era policies that have harmed the environment.

Todd Beeton quotes more from the Concord Monitor‘s endorsement of Clinton:

She would quickly sign legislation supporting stem-cell research and expanding children’s health insurance.

She would lift the gag rule prohibiting international family planning programs from counseling poor women about abortion.

Many White House administrations start off slowly, as green presidents fumble through their early months, unsure how to bend Washington to their will. Come 2009, America will be unable to afford such squandered time.

Clinton’s ambitious to-do list for her first few weeks in office gives us confidence that her priorities are right and that she would act swiftly to make a positive difference. She is the Monitor’s choice in the Jan. 8 Democratic primary. …

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About Todd Beeton: “Todd Beeton is based in Los Angeles CA and has been blogging since 2004. He was a netroots activist on Calitics and The Courage Campaign before MyDD, and writes about political elections and strategy from a non-policy based perspective.”

About MyDD: “MyDD is a group blog designed to discuss campaigns, the progressive movement, and political power. We do polling, research, commentary, analysis, and activism. Here are the three front-page writers [of which Beeton is one].”

(Personal note: I’ve been spending more and more time at MyDD because, while there are supporters of all the Democratic candidates, the dialogue is respectful and substantive, as opposed to another “liberal” orange blog. For one thing, one can find recommended diaries about Edwards, Obama, Clinton, Dodd, and other candidates, and not have to wade through lots of attacks. MyDD is a blog for grown-ups.)

  • Cindy Barjak

    THE DES MOINES REGISTER REVISED THE “PHILIPPI-LOCAL CONTROL” ARTICLE ONLINE FOR HILLARY BECAUSE IT WAS SO RUINOUS AND THEY GOT COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE WRITER. IN THE INTEREST OF SEEING HOW THE NEWS IS BEING MANIPULATED, HERE IS THE ARTICLE AND THEN I WILL GIVE YOU THE SCRUBBED QUOTES. THIS IS TRULY OUTRAGEOUS. HILLARY’S PROBLEM IS THAT THE BAD VERSION WAS PRINTED AND ALREADY READ BY THE STATE. THIS AFTER HILLARY HOLDING HER “RURAL CONFERENCE” IN THE OFFICES OF MONSANTO’S LOBBYIST!

    Here’s the rewritten article:

    Farmer Garry Klicker and some other family-farm advocates say Democrat Hillary Clinton’s choice of a leader of her rural campaign committee casts doubt on her credibility on small-farm issues.

    Clinton picked the owner of a large-scale livestock operation who has promoted national corporate agriculture interests to be co-chairwoman of “Rural Americans for Hillary.”

    That’s Joy Philippi, who owns a fourth-generation Nebraska family farm with 2,000 hogs. Philippi is a recent past president of the National Pork Producers Council.

    “That’s the poster organization for corporate agriculture,” said Klicker, who owns about 120 acres in rural Bloomfield and raises about 130 cows and calves.

    Klicker said that because Clinton picked Philippi, he doesn’t believe the candidate when she says she will champion small farms if she is elected president.

    “I’m just very disappointed that Hillary would turn her back on us like this,” said Klicker, who said he is unsure whom he will caucus for but is leaning toward Democrat Joe Biden. “She says she’ll do one thing, yet when you surround yourself with people who are against the rest of us, we can’t expect anything good to happen on family farm issues.”

    The pork producers council has lobbied against some environmental standards for the hog industry. Its members have fought efforts to give local authorities control over where livestock facilities are built, how owners must control odor, and where or how they dispose of byproducts.

    Clinton, however, has called for tightening control over confined-animal feeding operations, known as CAFOs, and says she supports “local control over CAFO-siting decisions.” She has said she would seek more federal control over air and water pollution from corporate factory farms.

    Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, which advocates for small farmers, also questioned Clinton’s choice to pick Philippi.

    “Independent, sustainable hog farmers know NPPC does not stand up for their interests,” said Lisa Whelan of the community improvement organization.

    Reached by telephone Thursday night after her farm chores, Philippi said: “I think people may be blending the policy of a national organization with my personal opinions.”

    The Clinton campaign asked state Rep. Mark Kuhn, a Charles City Democrat who has pushed for local control, to respond on its behalf. Kuhn said he trusts Clinton to be true to her word in bringing prosperity to rural America.

    This was scrubbed from the rewrite of this article (in bold):

    Klicker said that because Clinton picked Philippi, he doesn’t believe the candidate when she says she will champion small farms if she is elected president.

    “I’m just very disappointed that Hillary would turn her back on us like this,” said Klicker, who said he is unsure whom he will caucus for but is leaning toward Democrat Joe Biden. “She says she’ll do one thing, yet when you surround yourself with people who are against the rest of us, we can’t expect anything good to happen on family farm issues.”

    The pork producers council has lobbied against some environmental standards for the hog industry. Its members have fought what’s known as local control, which would give local authorities control over where livestock facility construction, how owners must control odor, or where or how they dispose of bi-products.

    That”s the opposite of Clinton’s stance. Clinton has called for tightening control over confined-animal feeding operations, known as CAFOs, and says she supports local local control over CAFO siting decisions. She has said she would seek more federal government control over air and water pollution from corporate factory farms.

    Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, which advocates for small farmers, also questions Clinton’s choice to pick Philippi, who was the mouthpiece for the hog factory industry during her time as National Pork Producers Council president.

    “Independent, sustainable hog farmers know NPPC does not stand up for their interests”, said Lisa Whelan of the community improvement organization.

    When Philippi was asked Thursday if she is personally opposed to local control efforts and government regulations of CAFOs, she said: “That’s the opinion of some. I think that”s probably one of the misconceptions I don’t mean to avoid your answer, but I don’t want something that’s going to be adversarial for the campaign. ”

    As council president, Philippi testified against requiring fruit, vegetables and meat producers to label the food’s untry of origin so that consumers could make better decisions about what to buy. Clinton often hails this as a much-needed idea.

    In October, Philippi publicly criticized the federal farm bill, saying the legislation would make the U.S. pork industry less competitive globally.

    And she has been vocal in her opposition of ethanol subsidies, records show. She explained Thursday that her personal opinion is that the subsidies are not necessary, partly because they raise the price of feed corn for her animals.

    Klicker remains unconvinced. “It’ inconsistent for a pro-small farm politician to choose a confined-animal feeding operation owner like Philippi to be the face on her rural campaign, and to possibly influence policy in the future,” he said.

    Confined-animal feeding operation owners well-run facilities are a safe, efficient way to raise livestock and compete in the world market. But some Iowans like Klicker believe the facilities foul the air and the water, reduce neighbors’ property values, and drive small farmers out of business.

    “It’ a terrible example for Hillary to set. It’ politics at its worst,” he said. “You pick someone to get a few more votes, someone who is actually the enemy of those who have been supporting you all along.”

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?…

    I especially loved this scrubbed quote from the Agribusiness exec Philippi:

    I don’t mean to avoid your answer, but I don’t want something that’s going to be adversarial for the campaign.

    How stupid does Hillary’s new co-Chair think farmers are??

    Please recommend if you think it is wrong for the Des Moines Register to revise history by cleaning up this campaign report of a huge Clinton betrayal/blunder in this way.

    This really could hurt Hillary in second choices and might even peel some first choices off. Please email to media, thanks. We bloggers don’t like scrubbing and stealing elections like this!

  • bob h

    My sense is that the primaries will all be over much sooner than anyone expects. Hill wins Iowa and the Dems are done. Romney wins Iowa, too, and after NH he is unstoppable. Romney will be torn to shreds by Hillary.

  • Michael Lafferty

    I search for something positive in the Concord Monitor’s endorsement, but I utterly fail to see what substantially differentiates the first few days and weeks of a new Clinton administration than that of ANY other candidate running in the primary, save Representative Gravel.

    And, clearly not highlighted in the ringing endorsement is my sense of foreboding: the shadow a failed healthcare initiative, and a rapid ‘back-pedal’ into the ‘Don’t ask: don’t tell’ policy. Not shining policy moments. And, I think that I do reasonably fear that even should she deliver the most resounding general election defeat to a Republican than was handed to Senator Goldwater, and sweeps into office—on her coattails—a gaggle of new Senators and Representatives wearing the D moniker, that she will face the resounding, redoubled obstructionist tactics employed by the House under Speaker Gingrich, on a scale not yet seen. Think: squared, or cubed.

    I believe that I am being a realist here. And, should she prevail in the early primaries and take an uncontested nomination at the convention, I truly hope that I am wrong. But, I don’t think so, and haven’t seen much evidence to date that I am.

  • jcricket

    Graf is short for paragraph.

    • Marjorie

      He knows that. He also knows that he is attacking the person who contributed the piece.
      I love the blogs, except when they remind me of what it was like teaching high school.

      • TeakWoodKite

        How did that work out for you? :)

      • Michael Lafferty

        No, actually, I did not know that. I have never before encountered the terminology. And, while I spent no time in a newsroom, I was a public affairs officer for a time. You would think that I might have encountered what must be ‘news-speak’ slang at some point…

        And, I was NOT attacking Susan, Senator Clinton or Todd Beason, the MyDD contributor. Good grief: if you honestly can call a clever slight—the gaffe reference to Senator Clinton, and a play on words—an attack, I think you need to grow a slightly tougher political hide.

        I dare say that if you have read much of the material Senator Clinton has offered publicly, particularly her current semi-extemporaneous* stump speech, it does not seem to me to be either an inaccurate, unfair nor unwarranted criticism.

        *And yes, I get that semi-extemporaneous is a slight too, but a well deserved one for such a highly rehearsed and badly fumbled presentation as she has lately offered.

    • Michael Lafferty

      Thank you. I did not know that.

  • Linda

    In order to make the federal bureaucracy obey the cotnstitution, she would have to conduct a full scale purge and step on precious republican toes. Is there anything in her or Bill’s past that indicates a willingness to do that? Anyone remember gays in the military?

    As for installing judges that recognize the Constitution (as opposed to the unitary executive), ditto. She and the democrats would have to be willing to conduct grueling confirmation battles. We’ve all seen how up to that task they are.

    • http://www.food4humanity.org HoosierHoops

      Linda: Howdy girl.. you said..
      step on precious republican toes. Is there anything in her or Bill’s past that indicates a willingness to do that?

      yup..They shut down the entire United States Government one time..you remember that?
      Name another President that has done that..
      Gays in the military..Tough call, It’s hard to go against a 100 years of tradition.. One step at a time..
      Have a happy holiday linda..

  • Michael Lafferty

    Really, this is not intended as an attack upon Senator Clinton. But, the “…opening grafs…” comment?

    I understand opening gaffes—as there have been plenty of those—although she has also gotten some things right. Opening grafs? I thought that I was pretty well versed in political terminology. But, maybe not so much.

    Can someone explain what a ‘graf’ or ‘opening graf’ is?

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  • Centrocitta

    Joe Biden. The best man for the job. Good luck, Senator.

    • Shirin

      Joe Biden, the man who thinks that the United States has the right to divide Iraq along ethno-sectarian lines against the will of the vast majority of Iraqis, and even worse the “great foreign policy expert” who knows so little about Iraq that he things that makes sense.

      • Cee

        He’s only listening to Leslie Gelb.

        OT…

        NEW YORK — Benazir Bhutto was so fearful for her life that she tried to hire British and American security firms, including Blackwater, to protect her, but Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf refused to allow the foreign contractors to operate in Pakistan, her aides said.

        http://washingtontimes.com/article/20071230/FOREIGN/542639205/1003

        The man that Bhutto sent the Musharraf is going to kill me letter to is part of the Hillary campaign according to Sourcewatch.

      • Centrocitta

        Shirin, it’s entirely likely that if Biden is not president, he WILL be Secretary of State — with a lot of say on what goes on in Iraq. You should get used to it.

        • Shirin

          Centrocita, I hope I never get used to the United States government thinking it has the right to force its will and its lousy, ignorance-based judgment on other countries.

    • http://noquarterusa.net/ SusanUnPC

      He’d be a good president, Centrocitta. I’m still mystified that he and Dodd haven’t gotten traction. Well, at least the Democrats have an embarrassment of riches, whereas the Republicans … lordy.

      • Why do you think they call it the White House

        Good lord Susan, do you ever get outside your gated community? Bankruptcy Bill Joe Biden (D-MBNA)would make a good President?