Obama in Southern Indiana Today/Tomorrow

Mark Hebert reports that Barack Obama is in Southern Indiana today and tomorrow.

Obama will be in Evansville Tuesday night for a rally featuring Rock n Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp, who grew up in Southern Indiana. That rally will be at Roberts Stadium on the campus of the University of Evansville. Michelle Obama will be there with her husband.
The democratic candidate for President will travel upriver to New Albany for a town hall meeting at 12:45 p.m. That town hall meeting will be on the campus of Indiana University Southeast in the Activities Building. Tickets to that event are free to the public but will be dished out on a first come-first serve basis.

Gallup Poll: Obama Has Largest Lead Yet

Barack Obama has the largest lead yet over Hillary Clinton, just days after Clinton attempted to marginalize him with rural voters.

From USAToday’s On Politics:

Three days’ worth of polling after the news broke that Sen. Barack Obama said some small-town voters are “bitter,” he has edged out to his largest lead yet in Gallup’s daily national tracking survey.

Gallup says Obama leads Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton 51%-40% according to its Saturday-Monday poll of 1,312 Democrats and voters who “lean” Democratic. Yesterday, Obama lead 50%-40% (matching what had been his largest lead until today). The margin of error: +/- 3 percentage points.

Hillary’s numbers are only going to continue sinking around the country. Especially if her husband continues to marginalize young voters by telling them they’re too easily fooled.

Lundergan, Stumbo Must Hate Rural America

In a comment on Pat Crowley’s blog, Bill Adkins makes the perfect argument for why it’s effing ridiculous for Jerry Lundergan and Greg Stumbo to attack Barack Obama over telling the truth about rural America.

Sadly, Greg Stumbo seems to be forgetting that he’s a product of rural America and has abandoned his usual solid position on Appalachian/rural issues in order to push the tired candidacy of Hillary Clinton. We like Greg, don’t get me wrong, but this is just embarrassing and out-of-touch.

Like Bill Adkins says, Americans need to figure out if they want someone who will speak the truth or someone who’ll blow smoke up their ass.

Take a look at Obama’s remarks and see if you disagree, Kentuckians:

“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them,” Mr. Obama responded, according to a transcript of the fund-raiser published on Friday on The Huffington Post. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not…”

Obama also said:

“And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

To echo Bill, please tell us where/how Obama is incorrect. We’re borne of the mountains of eastern Kentucky and think it would be difficult to find anyone from rural America who would disagree with Obama’s remarks.

The reality is that rural America has been forgotten, cast aside and crapped on.

Read the rest of this rant after the jump…

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Obama Opening in Louisville

What was that Heather French Smith said about Obama Fever being a myth?

Haha. Boy, was she wrong.


Easily 1,000 people (I stopped counting at 900) showed up for the opening of Barack Obama’s campaign office in Louisville this cold, windy morning. A thousand people who had never shown their face at a political function before today. And Obama himself wasn’t even there to greet them. So I think we can safely say that Louisville is suffering from a severe case of Obama Fever.

Among those spotted in the huge crowd: Jennifer Moore, Kentucky Democratic Party chair; Tim Longmeyer, Louisville-Jefferson County Democratic Party chair; Jim Cauley, Governor Steve Beshear’s Chief of Staff; Congressman Ron Mazzoli; Congressman John Yarmuth; people from all walks of life. The only senatorial candidate who bothered to show up was Michael Cassaro.

Stay tuned. Tons more photos from the rally to come.

UPDATED – PHOTOS @ 3:59 P.M.: See everything after the jump. It’s graphics-intensive, so don’t click the link if you’re on dial-up.

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