January 8th, 2008
05:35 PM ET

Obama’s message to incumbents?


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Of all the words he could have chosen to hang his campaign on, Barack Obama picked "change." Good choice.

While the rest of the candidates scurry around saying, "Elect me… I have experience," Obama's message has remained simple: Washington's not getting it done, we're in some serious trouble here, and we have to figure out a different approach.

The thing that's stunning is the voters seem to believe him. Stunning because they're so used to being lied to and jerked around you might have trouble convincing some of them the sky is blue. The public seems to be saying, "We've had it. Take us anywhere but here."

Look at the turnout in Iowa, double what it was four years ago. He has young people and independents lining up to support him. His appearances are standing room only and people get hysterical when they see him. We haven't seen anything quite like it in a very long time. Maybe since Bobby Kennedy.

Whether he can go all the way we don't know yet, but he's sure getting everyone's attention. My guess is those incumbent senators and congressmen who have to stand for re-election in November are noticing, too. Because if Obama is right, they are in big, big trouble. As well they should be. Most of them are a disgrace.

Here’s my question to you: What message, if any, does Barack Obama's candidacy send to incumbent office holders?

To see the Cafferty File video click here 

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Karl writes:
Their days are numbered. It has taken 7 years of rubbing our noses in incompetent non-leadership to wake Americans up to the fact that if we don't make some drastic changes fast, we are all down the toilet.

Barb writes:
I have not been so excited about a presidential campaign since we used to watch the conventions on black and white television waiting for some state delegates to put some candidate over that magic number. To see such an energized campaign makes me feel as young as some of the new voters Obama's campaign is bringing to the voting booth. It gives me hope that someone, if not Obama, will be able to finally give the people of this country what they want and need–a president who cares about the average American. All you incumbents, watch out!

Matt writes:
The message Barack Obama is sending them is simple: they haven't done their job, and the American people won’t stand by and watch them throw this country to the dirt. He is telling them that the American people are ready for change and they won’t stop until they get it. And you know what? I'm telling them, too.

Kevin from Florida writes:
Jack, I have been a die-hard Republican my entire life, but Obama is offering a chance for change in so many ways. Not just because Washington cannot get it done, but he is offering the American people the opportunity to believe we can be heard and that in itself can make the difference. For me, I respect someone who can transcend race, color, creed, who can make a point to listen and make me feel for the first time in 8 years my vote will count.

Ewen writes:
Barack Obama's message means that the alarm clock has gone off. If the incumbents keep pressing the snooze button, they'll probably sleep past the election train, and will be voted out.

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soundoff (451 Responses)
  1. Dari


    Senator Obama's message of inclusiveness AND the public's response to his message, sends a clear signal to all of the elected members of the US Congress that the polarizing & paralyzing politics of these past years will not be accepted as "business as usual" anymore.

    It is more of a 5 alarm fire bell than a warning buzzer that is NOW time to get to work on what they were elected to do – the business of the people and this great country, and NOT the business of their respective parties and the special interest groups which underwrite them.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  2. Tom Bulger

    The message is if you align yourself with George Bush, when the change comes you'll go with him. Pelossi has a much stronger stomach than America.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  3. Tammie Holland

    It sends a message that Americans are "TIRED". We all hear the word "EXPERIENCE" being used as a selling point on the campaing trail, but if memory serves me correctly , We have an "EXPERIENCED" former Texas Governor in office now. Doesn't say much for the "EXPERIENCE" . Americans want to send a message that we are tired of the way our country is being ran. We want a president who honestly cares about the struggles our the American people. No one should feel "ENTITLED" regardless their years of service. "EXPERIENCE "and fake tears do not "ENTITLE" you to a seat in the oval office, the vote of the everyday American does. The message of "CHANGE" should be coupled with the message of "TIRED".

    January 8, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  4. David T., Toronto

    The gig is up... America is now wide awake and paying attention!

    January 8, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  5. Terry

    Change is on the way and they had better get ready for it. You know the old saying " lead , follow or get out of the way. "

    January 8, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  6. Karl

    I think it's telling the Do-nothing-courageous Democrats that won't buck Bush's Veto Pen and the Bill Blocker Republicans that think Bush is God Almighty and we Americans are just an inconvenience, that their days are numbered. It has taken seven years of rubbing our noses in incompetent non-leadership to wake Americans up to the fact that if we don't make some drastic changes fast, we are all down the toilet.Hitting the ground running is fine, only if you are running in the right direction.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  7. Ann

    Pack your bags!


    January 8, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  8. Chas

    1.Do not tell which of these changes you will make
    1.1Constitution. Take away veto power or make President a dictator,
    1.2raise taxes to eliminate deficits. No borrowing from China and OPEC.,
    1.3switch from an all-volunteer to an all-draft military,
    1.4go from a ho-hum economy to a recession with 1 of every 3 out of work.

    2.Do not have a record. There will always be oponents to whatever you did. (I do not know of any change he led in the U.S. Senate. Sorry if I am wrong.)

    3.Let the press massacre the front runners while ignoring those who stay behind.

    4.The press will always get it Wrong. Remember their support for Iraq!

    January 8, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  9. Amnesty is Treason

    we all know for sure it isn't about how to deport all 20+ million illegal immigrants thru various way's!
    To bad his stance on "change" isn't how to be sovereign again!

    January 8, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  10. David,San Bernardino,CA.


    January 8, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  11. Gino

    Hey, it could be, and I hope this will be true, that incumbents for positions they presently hold in Congress and Senate will realize that they too better change and work for the people who voted them in and especially for the good of United States citizens, not for themselves, not for the special interests that give them perks and monies. If these incumbents do not realize that changes are in the offing, well they better give up and go to get a job somewhere... hopefully not from a firm that is in a relation with them for one reason or another... as I said before, voters should make all present incumbents and future incumbents realize that they either work for the good of the whole U.S.A. or they will be kicked out of their cushy jobs. Had I the power to do so, I would also change some laws regarding the retirement and pensions the members of Congress and the Senators, as well as the people in the Administration who are supposed to serve the country, i.e., all of us citizens of the U.S.A.... all of them should get the same as all citizens receive when they “retire,” i.e., whatever Social Security allows us to get, and the same medical coverage as retirees get, i.e., Medicare benefits! I have no problems with what people who were in the military get upon retirement and the medical care they get... but those blokes who are supposed to serve our country see to it that they get the best of everything... you know what? I actually would think about voting for any presidential candidate who will assure that this would be done if he/she would be voted in!
    I am a dreamer, hey?

    January 8, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  12. Burt in AZ

    You forgot who you work for and your days in office are numbered.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  13. Ryan Farrar

    It's telling them to watch out because people might just show up to vote this time whom they have no control over. We know young people and blacks normally don't vote... but that's largely because they never have someone to vote for. Obama changes that, and yes, the affect would ripple through the Congress and local offices as well. I just hope the secret service is on their toes enough to allow it to happen!

    January 8, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  14. Jenny from New York

    You better keep your word or else. Obama's more than a candidate. He IS change and hope and optimism.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  15. j t in pensacola

    hey Jack;
    Could it be that his message is the days of pissing and moaning about the other side of the isle is to blame for unacceptable, inexcusable inaction and disguisting resistance to any progress on urgently needed legislation and policy ARE OVER........
    PLUS OVER. is the funding of a war based upon past, present, and future LIES!!! (to protect their/our oil for $4/gal profits for bushies)....all in the name of supporting our troops in the *war on the tactics of terrorists* by doing exactly what the terorists want......keep fighting a war on islamic religous finatics and everyone who they can recruit to their cause because their comrads died fighting a war for the islamic cause .....to be muslims free to live free of the influence of western money, free of western proped up dictators, and free from westerners lack of 1800's morals.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  16. Richard Sternagel

    Jack,the message is that when the electorate finds a candidate who gives them real Hope they can do anything! Senator Obama appeal transcends party lines and incumbents should be wary as the independent voter,democrat,and some republican voters want the gridlock in Congress to end!

    January 8, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  17. Patricia

    Message, "You had better pass some legislation that benifits the Middle Class & be able to over-ride President Bush's Veto, or you're out of a job & that goes for you Republicans as well".

    January 8, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  18. Richard, Mckinney Texas

    Obama is just like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, ( Not Harlem) who In 1284, while the town of Hamelin was suffering from a rat infestation. Dressed in colorful garments this piper appeared, claiming to be a rat catcher. He promised the townsmen a solution for their problem with the rats. The townsmen in turn promised to pay him for the removal of the rats. The man accepted, and thus played a musical pipe to lure the rats with a song into the Weser river, where all of them drowned. Despite his success, the people reneged on their promise and refused to pay the rat-catcher. The man left the town angrily, but returned later only to play his pipe again while the adults were in church. This time all the children followed the Piper into the river and drowned. The moral of this story is this. YOU will end up paying the Piper. One way or the other. Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  19. Karen

    Are they watching the media and the bloggers? They are reassured the country is as shallow and as uneducated on the issues as ever. Even if they do get voted out, only the party annointeds will be put in to take their places. The reality is the public is probably paying very little attention to what is going on in their states and has put all of it's focus on the Big House on the hill. The media will have a much more difficult time leading the people around by the nose if their are too many runs going on at the same time.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  20. Myra

    Unfortuneately the saying that all politics is local haven't changed. One man's pork is another man's job. But what I hope it will do is to remove the veil of greed, nastiness and incompetence that so abounds in our government and start turning the tide towards responsibility and unity to pull this country out of the mire it has sunk into. One can only HOPE

    January 8, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  21. Kevin Riehle

    We want our United states back. I don't live in a red state or a blue state, I live in a red, white and blue state. It is time to rid this great nation of the wedges which divide it.

    Don't tread on me,

    Kevin from Indiana

    January 8, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  22. Greg Smith

    Jack, I have often heard that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. So, it must be time to stop the insanity!!! Let's clean house and vote for real change. Obama/Biden '08

    January 8, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  23. Bill

    I would hope it would send a message that people are tired of the direction this country has been led. That we are tired of seeing our soldiers dying in battle and falling behind other nations in Health Care and education. That we are tired of seeing billionaires paying less taxes than their secretaries. I hope it sends the message that we're tired of losing benefits and working for less money while other nations like China benefit from our losses. Bill, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    January 8, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  24. Greg from PA

    The message Obama's candidacy sends is this. Voters are energized and will no longer tolerate politicians who seek self-glorification or who put the welfare of big business and special interests above the needs of the American people. And Americans believe that the way in which we achieve our goals of peace and prosperity in the world are just as important as the goals themselves.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  25. Jordan - Cedar Rapids, IA

    Obama throws "Change" around like Rudy throws around "9/11".

    America wants change, that's for sure, but Obama needs more than just flashy packaging and the coronation of the media though to bring about real change. We need someone with the backbone, determination, and willingness to fight for US over corporations and lobbyists to bring real change in Washington.

    Jack, that man–and the real Architect of Change this election cycle–is John Edwards.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  26. nora flowers

    The entire CNN reporting has been thoroughly sensational. The bad reporting on Hillary Clinton is nothing short of disgusting. So, now we address her behavior once again.

    You have not done this to other candidates to the extent you have done this to her.

    You have not, nor are you now reporting professionally, nor has Wolf Blitzer. I am horrified by what CNN is doing to control and steer the election.

    You need to listen and reevaluate. Many of us are sickened by your cheap coverage of a terribly important time in the U.S.

    And, please stop saying, "the best news team on TV." It simply is not true anymore.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  27. Chris


    What Sen. Obama's campaign is showing is that the American people what change. We what to believe that we are a country " for the people, by the people, of the people" and he gives me and many others the hope that it can happen once again. I'm 30 I was not around in the 1960's but from what I have been told and have read and seen, there was great hope for our nation. That changed June 8,1968. Today we have a candidate who brings that hope back. He inspires me. He's changed me(from republican to democrat), and he will change this great nation.

    Garden City,MI

    January 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  28. Bonnie Nipple


    I am sick of hearing Obama and the other candidates say they are an "Agent of Change", You aren't an agent of change until you change something, you are merely an agent – of what is yet to be determined, Unfortunately, we won't know what until they occupy the White House. By the way, I am an "Agent of Change". I changed my name when I married my husband – that doesn't make me Presidential material!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  29. Brian Nancoo - Trinidad

    Incumbents should feel insecure because voters now feel they have nothing to lose and they will be more inclined to punish incumbents.How much worse can things get?Realistically,people know that there is no mystical power to change anything.The price of gas will climb,the troops will be in Iraq,the dollar will continue to fall,the economy is slowly going into the tank,lawbreakers will continue to prosper,and the people will cope.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  30. Len Albuq New Mexico

    Yeah Jack, It's really not a message, more like a song. It's goes like this (Movin on up , Movin on up, to that mansion in the sky, movin on up, we finally gettin a piece of the pie). This guy is the true essence of a smooth talking politician with no substance. What credentials does he have? I would really like to hear him give an explanation of the CHANGE he is talking about.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  31. bnthdntht

    I asked my friend,who is very liberal who would he perfer Obama or McCain well he said I would like to vote for Obama,but I am a vet so I owe McCain my vote. The first time I heard because I am vet I have to go with McCain. I think we will hear a lot of first time excuses why I couldn't vote for Obama, or didn' t vote at all. Let's see lack of experience,too young,his turn will come,McCain deserves a chance, and the list goes on I think the incumbents are sleeping very well.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  32. Georgia

    Ah, let's see now, last time I checked, both Obama and Hillary were a part of what needs to be changed – she voted to give Bush the power to war against Iran ; neither of them have the guts to impeach Bush and Chaney; they both voted to give a free college education to children of illegal immigrants; and Obama supports driver's licenses for illegals.

    Right, we certainly do need a change and that includes them.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  33. Georgia

    Oops! Cheney.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  34. Marta K

    Barak's message to incumbents is that they're all a lot longer in the tooth and out of touch with real life than they thought they were! Welcome to the new "over-the-hill" (pun intended)

    January 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  35. Sean

    The message is to feed the people inspirational speeches and barrels of hope instead of substance. Unfortunately, it seems any candidate who talks about actual policy or experience drops in the polls and in the minds of the people.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  36. Jeff K.

    "Ever feel like an endangered species?"

    January 8, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  37. Wilma Thompson

    What is happening to our electorate? Have we continued going absolutely loco? Our no.1 problem is in foreign relations – whether it be the wars in Iraq and Afganistan or the lack of respect abroad. Obama, Edwards, Huckabee, Paul and Guiliani know absolutely nothing about foreign relations. Think about it! Would a large corporate giant like G.E., Gen. Dynamics, Boeing or Exxon bring in as President of its a company a person who has absolutely no experieance in their market-place? Not a chance. People of America, I urge you not to get caught up in more "irrational exuberance" over a Presidential candidate. A good speaker like Obama or Huckabee does not qualify them for President of the United States. Our last choice for President, Bush, had no experience ( and has seemeingly failed to learn) in foreign relations and look where it has gotten us – war on two fronts, loads of American bodies killed in battle, the worst report card ever in foreign allies' respect and continuous threats from enemies like Iran. Let's not repeat the errors of the past. Elect a qualified candidate this time. . . please.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  38. Jim

    If he is being honest when he speaks, and I find myself believing him, then incumbants should be worried if he gets elected. If he is the candidate for change, as he says, Americans will see that and want more just like him. Either way, everyone in office right now should take a long hard look at Obama because Americans are fed up with the status quo. Now if you'll excuse me I have to go file for unemployment.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  39. Shannon

    Obama has, undoubtedly, tapped into an important theme of our times; out with the old and in with the new. People tend to forget that eight years ago, at the dawn of the most unpredictable election in modern history, we lived in peaceful, prosperous times. Despite a huge, regrettable distraction, Bill Clinton had managed to slide into home plate with a healthy economy, relatively warm relations among the United States and its foreign counterparts, and while many people were divided on the subject of America's morale after Lewenski-gate, we now see that the national sentiment was much more upbeat than we realized. The state of the nation was,indeed, in good shape.

    The change we are seeking is a response to the nightmare we have endured at the hands of an administration that subscribes to no philosophy besides "serve self". I have no doubt that Obama would govern in a substantially different way than what we have seen in the recent past, but my wager is so would any of the other candidates, perhaps from either side of the fence. America has a very short term memory. It was not that long ago we enjoyed a very different atmosphere in this country, and a Clinton was at the helm.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  40. Roosevelt

    It sends a very clear message that the "winds of change"are blowning in, to sweep away the old foundations of "politics as usual" so we can lay the grounds for ushering in a new era of politics.Also,don't be mislead into thinking that Mr.Obama is the agent that has started this wave called "change",rather it is the people both democrat,republican and independent who have collectively taken the "body of the old parties works" and set them out for the trash.They see Obama as the right candidate-in the right place-at the right time."What time is it" is the question asked in an old song by Morris Day and this young generation is speaking loud and clear,"to him who has an ear let him hear" 'it's our time'.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  41. Edward Miller

    Well Jack!! What comes to mind is France 1789-1799. we need a clean sweep in DC. Ed

    January 8, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  42. Dorothy

    Obama might be ready to lead to change, but I want to know where we're going first and what changes he has in mind. Don't forget – we heard this message from George Bush just a few years ago and look where it led us. Don't be taken in by smooth talking politicians like Obama and Huckabee.
    Experience does count. Where a leader has been gives us a good indication of where they will be taking us.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  43. Dale Hill

    If Hillary had jumped in, head over heal, onto the impeachment train, she wouldn't be having this problem. I'm not a fan of a human being who caused the deaths of over a million people, including soldiers, non-soldiers, babies, children, old codgers like you, and bearded people like Jack and me. Bush should have been jailed for Katrina, alone.

    We need a fresh face, a fresh brain-trust, and a defumication crew for our presidential headquarters. Vote for Edwards, Obama, Clinton, ... anyone without ties to our present criminals.

    – Oklahoma

    January 8, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  44. Pat Holling

    Change is what we all would like to see...... however..... not one of the candidates are telling us just how the intend to accomplish such changes..... The President still has to work with the Congress and the Senate.... this is not a dictatorship..... so I would like to know just HOW these canadates propose to accomplish what they are promising...... words are nice .... ..... we have all heard promises before that turned out to be mearly words spoken because that is what we all wanted to hear. I would like more substance on HOW these changes can be accomplished.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  45. Cody Weber

    Perhaps it says you should have stopped the war machine like you were elected to do and don't get comfortable because you are getting the boot in a few years when we get another shot at filling your job.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  46. Tone

    I honestly don't think Obama is ready to be President. For some reason he seems to be a bit reckless with his decisions. And his run seems to be some what mechanical, I have seen many people of the press approach him and he walks away without being able to answer questions honestly and truthful without a script being written for him.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  47. Ardelia

    Get on board or find some other kind of work. Take a page from the Republican candidates they already jumped on board

    January 8, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  48. Paul

    The politics of dividing the electorate, destroying and demonizing adversaries, is over. Constructive dialogue trumps destructive diatribes. Unlike the current do-nothing political class, we, the people, can do something here and now to enact a much needed change.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  49. Valerie

    What i find funny is that everyone is swallowing Obama's line hook line and sinker. He is saying the same thing that Bush said in 00' & 04', "look at me I am an outsider, i am just like all of you, gee shucks".

    Every Governor says he is different /better because they are not part of DC, every Senator say they are different/better because they have experience.

    For better or worse DC runs a certain way. It probably will never change, but the players can. Just like in business, if you do someone a favor they will do you a favor. That doesn't mean you have to sell your soul or be unscrupulous to get things done.

    Obama does not have the clout or experience to get things done. The real power lays in Congress. Whomever has the majority wins, and it sure isn't always us, the taxpayers. I look at things a couple of different ways. Hillary has the smarts, clout, experience and ego to get things done. She doesn't want to make history as a first lady or even the first female President, she wants to change the world and leave a legacy,

    Though i appreciate Obama and feel that in a few years he might make a good president, i think now he is 100% novelty. He talks orates like King, he is handsome, rich and young. People!!!! we are talking about our futures. We are talking about possibly the fate of our country, let alone the world. Look what Bush has done. This isn't a game.

    Take away all of the wrapping, think about 2,10 or 20 years from now. You may not like Hillary, you might think she is slick, but i can guarantee she is not as slick as Obama. He is a salesman, a scripted actor. FOr this he should win the Oscar.

    So that you do not think that i am a leftist Dem, i am a registered Republican, who never voted for Bill CLinton and only voted for Bush the first time. I am embarrassed to say that i too was dupes as many are being duped now. I have learned a little bit in my 40 years, and still learning everyday.


    Remember that all of the 18-24 crowd is now voting in the Primary, but come election day the Obama candle will have burned out and none of them will show up come November. With that we will likely end up with another nut-job religious zealot worse than we have now in the White House, or we will have any of a number of others who combined do not have the intelligence of Hillary Clinton.

    Never say never, I am voting for a Clinton.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  50. Don Trader

    Message is: shape up or ship out.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  51. DAK

    The message is CHANGE!
    "Throw the bums out".

    January 8, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  52. Vel Holman, Colorado Springs, CO.

    It's over!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  53. eric jamieson

    Sure throw it away, shes been talking in circles expecting some great earth shaking statment to come out and frankly I dont think she has it in her. But never the less if she wins the white house I think it will be a hard leaned lesson for us all.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  54. Michelle

    Simply Jack, the jig is up. Young Americans really don't respect the old guard. The old guard is no longer relevant. It reminds me of the co-worker that just refuses to give up the typewriter when using the computer is more efficent, user-friendly, and gets the job done faster. Let's face it.. ....at some point the old guard must pass the torch. Out with the typewriter; in with the PC. Times-up!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  55. Andrew McKnight

    I think the message Obama sends is that their days of sitting on their rear-ends, talking without acting, and promising everything that they have no intentions on delivering are coming to an end. The American people are ready to take in a fresh breath of air. That air is Obama. We were promised everything and were given nothing. We need Senators and Congressmen that actually care about the people of America and not their own pockets. Obama had a genuine concern for people. This is something that seems to have been lost in Washington. They are more concerned about returning favors to the special interests groups that got them elected than tackling real issues like healthcare . I believe Obama posesses something that the majority of the incumbents and everyone else in Washington lack........heart. Obama is undoubtedly the change that America needs.

    Andrew Black McKnight
    Murfreesboro, TN

    January 8, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  56. manja

    Wilma Thompson

    Foreign Relations Experts are made not born.
    George Bush did not know the name of the Pakistani head of state but the same person whose name he did not know rose to become our ally against terrorism in Afghanistan.......think outta the box

    January 8, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  57. Char

    The people of the "Un-united" States of America need someone like Barak to lead us back to being the "United" States of America. It's time for the old guard to step aside. You know things are bad when Bush Sr. spends all his time with Bill and supports Hillary. The Clinton and Bush clans want to (and do) rule the world. They are in it for themselves, for power and control.
    It is time for people to rise above the powers that be and support Barack!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  58. shirley

    Wake up people, wake up.... The is time is now he's the one ... Barack Obama

    January 8, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  59. Dunne (North Carolina)

    First of all Mr. Cafferty, change is a meaningless word in US Political History. There is no change in Government. Only the faces sitting in the chairs. These idiots should replace the word with "Fix" or "Manage better". The climate and seasons change. Not politics, government and human nature. Change is in my jar at home. No politician can effect change. Obama just decided to become Kenyas version of Elmer Gantry. I assure you eight years with him will get you loose change only. I'd like to vote for a black man. I'd vote for James Earl Jones. Is he running?

    January 8, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  60. harry

    President Clinton

    metioning of fairy tales. Did you ever hear the one about " I did not have sex with that woman."

    Harry from TX

    January 8, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  61. Frank

    His message is change and hope. All the people know that. The only thing most people don't know is how he is going to do it. Most of his supporters simply dont have a clue and are voting for him because they think its the "cool" thing to do.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  62. Ruby Coria, CA.

    Jack, like you sais Americans are saying we've had it take us anywhere but here. Since we're only going to live to 2012 what the hell who care's at this point who run's the country, but I feel that in realty China, Mid East, Russia, and so on will run our country, so let's just go for the Change...we need LOU DOBB to run!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:59 pm |


    I think the Democrats made their First mistake in the beginning of the Race.
    Their should have been a compromise between Hillery's Camp and OBama's camp to combine their efforts and work to get the Democrats into the White House with power and integrity.With Hillery as President and OBama as Vise. it would have given the Country Eight Years of Great Leadership.This would give OBama the experience he needs to convenience the people of his abilities.Also it would have given OBama a chance to learn all the pros,cons and Access to Bills list of all the Movers and Shakers.
    That move would have given the Country another Eight years of Democrats in the White House with power.
    It would have been a Win -Win situation for the Democrats.It looks as if Bill is now regretting this.
    Thank You;Elwood Glasper
    Johnson City,Tennessee

    January 8, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  64. Erin

    As a 22 year old, the only presidents I've experienced have been named Bush or Clinton. I've grown up seeing images of wars, impeachment proceedings, and politics of division and defamation. Obama's charisma, his "politics of addition" platform, and his campaign for hope and change put him in the category of great presidents my generation has only read about. I think his success will let incumbent office holders know that it's time to look past red or blue and remember that we're all in this together.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  65. Taylor Hughes

    His message is telling current office holders that he will begin working with both parties and Congress and not be an arrogant president. He is telling them that we will actually start focusing on real domestic issues, like healthcare and social security. People are sick and tired of hearing about all this talk about terrorism and why we should be scared. Obama will tell people we need to be afraid of what we our doing to our own country rather than what other terroist can do to it. A terroist can only destroy our infrastructure; it is only Americans themselves that can destroy what America stands for.

    Plano Texas.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  66. Connor Heep

    That the only constant in successful politics is the promise of "change." Who knows where rhetoric and reality intersect in American politics? Obviously not in Washington DC. As an 18 year old, I am afraid that my first vote might be my only vote, hopefully the rEVOLution continues...

    Connor from Austin, TX

    January 8, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  67. Kirk, Ohio

    There is no message. Why would we think that anything will ever get done in Washington. Here's my prediction, write this down: Obama will be stone-walled by some of his side and most of the right side. Two years forward – election. Republicans win backthe majority because the left got nothing done. We end up with another flacid Presidency with us, the American public no better off than before. And the cycle continues. Am I the only person that sees this. Time to re-write the way we do things.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  68. Susan

    Hear us loud and clear, Washington: Honor, truth, integrity. Obama seems to have all of these. Experience is often an issue bandied about in this election (whether it be good or bad), but what I – and I think many other voters – am responding to is someone who my instinct tells me is smart, "good," trustworthy – all of the things our experience of our Washington "experience" hasn't been.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  69. Alton Browder


    January 8, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  70. Roy

    Obama; talks about change, however you never hear what changes he will
    make or how he is going to make those changes. Way don't he be more
    open on this matter and let the people know the truth about him. He's nothing
    but talk and blowing wind to the people!!!!!!!

    Thanks Roy

    January 8, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  71. J

    Yeah we want change. But there is only one candidate who actually is consistent. He's the one you leave out, the one you won't mention. You did a whole thing on McGovern talking about impeachment. Dennis Kucinich is the only presidential candidate calling for IMPEACHMENT that has written the legislation for it–HR 333. Why don't you and corporate media give Kucinich the proper respect and media coverage? I wonder? Is it MONEY? You should be ashamed. GIVE IT A BREAK, there is a great presidential candidate! Cafferty come on man... not even fair or balanced. You report what you are told to report. There is a strong movement that will never be heard, that want real change, and real results, but journalists aren't pushing the story, they are attached to the OLD story, the conventional story, the re-used over and over again story, what about the good guys? What about holding this administration and all future administrations and all journalists and media outlets responsible? How about that for change? How about growing a back bone and some balls, to come out on that show every day and mention the guy who called for impeachment only to be shot down? How about Ron Paul who actually wants us OUT of IRAQ? How about Kucinich who actually reads what he votes on? Come on Cafferty you are truly disappointing man.


    January 8, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  72. MJ Rogers

    I tnink that this guy would be expecting a full days work for a full days pay. They better clean up and look sharp, they better start dusting off the cobwebs of that Constitution and read it because Obama will want them to always be on the side of "We the people.....".Public servants take notice. You'll have to start to work like someone is watching!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  73. Chris

    It tells incumbents that the sleeping giant that is the American people have begun to awake and will be tromping through Washington like King Kong through a native village, and I say good for Kong!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  74. David

    Obama reminds me of a Jimmy Carter...not a bad guy just the wrong guy at the wrong time

    January 8, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  75. Rick J

    Start packing.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  76. Tim Shropshire

    The message to incumbents? ... Be Afraid ! Be Very, Very Afraid !

    January 8, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  77. Matt

    The message Barack Obama is sending them is simple. They haven't done their job, and the American people wont stand by and watch them throw this country to the dirt. He is telling them that the American people are ready for change and they wont stop until they get it. And you know what? I'm telling them too.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  78. Andrew Leibfried

    We're sick of what we are getting and we need to elect candidates that actually care about and will listen to the people. That is why i support Barack Obama and Ron Paul.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  79. Stephanie

    The message to the incumbents is clear..."you're fired".

    January 8, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  80. George in Boston

    Jack it means that if your opponent can come up with a great slogan(change) and he or she isn't challenged on it by anyone in the press, you're in big trouble. Please, please... someone ask Obama to list the top three changes he brought about in the U.S. senate. Actions speak louder than words. He talks a great game, but I have no idea what he's actually ever done.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  81. DJ

    Hasta La Vista BABY!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  82. Jasper

    The message. The party is over boys, here comes the tar and feathers.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  83. Marcus Storey, TX

    It sends a clear message that experience means absolutely nothing. Americans don't care what you have done and what you can do, all they want to hear is verbal promises of hope and change, even when there is a high probability that your opponent cant deliver it without the experience you have. Sad to say but true!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  84. Barb

    I have not been so excited about a presidential campaign since we used to watch the conventions on black and white television waiting for some state delegates to put some candidate over that magic number. To see such an energized campaign, makes me feel as young as some of the new voters Obama's campaign is bringing to the voting booth. It gives me hope that someone, if not Obama, will be able to finally give the people of this country what they want and need–a president who cares about the average American. All you incumbants, watch out!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  85. Harding Jones

    Barack Obama's message is that out with the old and in with the new. CItizens want something totally fresh and new that will bring about change, not the Bush/Clinton regime that has been in office the past sixteen years. Watching Obama speak gives one the sense that a change will surely come that will unite us as Americans and make us feel as though we're in this together rather than seperated by party lines.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  86. k grimes

    What is happening to our country when we let Obama run for the president of the USA and he does not salute the flag and he won't use the bible to take an oath. WHo is he really ,does he stand for anything our country was founded on.I don't know but it scares me when I read that he comes from two very violent countries . This is one election that I really wonder where is our country headed.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  87. Donald, Butte Montana

    What is means is that 33 Senators and the entire House had better start seeking out real estate agents and prepare to leave Washington.

    The second third of the Senate now needs to be replaced - thow out all the incumbents now running - and get the final third in 2010.

    The House was given a directive by the American people in 2006 and they all have failed!!!!

    As Donald Trump would say, "You're ALL FIRED!!!"

    Now is the time to take our government back from these career politicians.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  88. Sonja Graves

    Clean out your desks.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  89. Ewen

    Barack Obama's message means that the alarm clock has gone off. If the incumbents keep pressing the snooze button, they'll probably sleep past the election train, and will be voted out....

    January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  90. Jerry

    I hope the message that comes through loud and clear is:

    Get a lawyer.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  91. steve terrill from tulsa

    you are right, we have some sorry incumbents and in oklahoma we sometimes say its time to crap or get off the pot.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  92. Kathleen

    The message is "Shape up or ship out!" (as it should be)

    January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  93. rose

    Pack your bags.
    Rose in Connecticut

    January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  94. Seth Studer

    The message Barack Obama’s candidacy sends to incumbent office holders: "ENDORSE ME!"

    January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  95. Brian Pound

    Jack,..The Message is clear to the Incumbents.Shame on the Them ! They deserted the people of our once proud country.Now,they Will face the wrath of the voters,..

    January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  96. Walter Wagner

    Throw the bums out!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  97. Ronald Holst

    Jack What It should tell all of thies Idiots Is get along Or pack your Bags America Is Fed up with all of thr infighting .

    January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  98. jake kirby

    the message is loud and clear, cut spending, reduce government, protect the dollar, get out of policing the world, focus back at home.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  99. Katie Arthur

    Jack–I'm a bit disturbed about Mr. Barak's religious affiliation. He belongs to Trinity Church of Christ and they seem to place "non-negotiable commitment to Africa" as one of their beliefs. No mention of America at all!
    Maybe someone could clarify this for us? The address for this church is
    Thanks. Katie.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  100. Richard King

    It is really about time to look for another job.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  101. Jenny Jayne

    It's time for real change. That's all you can say. We're sick and tired of the hypocritical politics coming out of Washington. Incumbents should be aware that America wants change, and if they can't deliver, they deserve to get kicked out of office.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  102. ginny rew

    I think the incumbents are noticing the positive response to Obama and his cry for change. I live in Iowa and caucused for Obama and think he is our only real hope for any significant change. While I distrust all politicians, I distrust Obama the least.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  103. Glenn from Bedford, NH

    Hey Jack,

    how about "na na na na...hey, hey, hey...good-bye!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  104. Jack

    Does Cafferty work for the Obama campaign? Every other word out of his mouth sends the same message, "Obama for President, 2008" He hasn't won the nomination yet, let's see what happens when February 5th rolls around.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  105. Denny Byrne

    Hope is an amazing thing isn't it? Maybe it (changing the system to actually include the people) is possible after all...pardon me while I click my shoes three times and I can't wait to see where it takes us?

    January 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  106. Tom R.

    The system is broken and corrupt. Obama is the fix!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  107. Sharon

    The message to incumbents is "pack your bags and don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out".

    January 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  108. Michael

    Barack Obama is sending a very clear message to incumbents, keep lying and living in lala land and some Americans will fall for it. I still havent seen where Barack Obama stands on the issues that face America. I want more change than just a new guy in the white house, but I want to see change that I am going to experience and feel in everyday life. Hell with change if I dont know where Barack stand on issues.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  109. John Thorp

    Obama is what a New America needs, CHANGE. The others are the same old thing nothing new. Congress is a sleep at the wheel.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  110. John Frierson

    Obama's Candidacy sent the message to incumbents that we're tired of the same old Bovine Scarpina from the same old BS crowd of do nothing elected public officials. I was born in 1953, vote both Democratic and Republican and Mr. Obama is bringing back memories of both the Kennedy Brothers and Dr. King.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  111. Ed

    To those in the know it says bow to the Pope in religious unity, then "do what thou will"

    January 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  112. jim parker

    Jack, I think the people are saying" it's time to take our country back." jim parker Cape Coral, Fl

    January 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  113. Kevin Thompson


    January 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  114. AJ Valentine

    It's really quite simple Jack. Obama is serving notice to all incumbants that it is time to clean house. All of us need to recognize the same thing and demand that our elected officials listen to us or get out.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  115. Bryan Lonski

    The message to incumbents is that they should start to show some concern for voters pocket books and not just their own. To often we see good people go to Washington and then they are corrupted by money and power with the assistance of the big business lobby.

    2006 showed some change in response to that problem and 2008 should show a lot more.

    Bryan Lonski

    January 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  116. John

    The message that Barack is sending is that the incumbents better watch out because he is coming in to change things. Barack listens to the people and what they want and maybe the rest of them would continue to hold office if they did the same.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  117. Dameon

    I think incumbents are going to find out in November that we as americans are taking our country back. If you notice, Obama does not use "I" when he talks. He always uses "We" or "You". So, what I see for incumbents is this, watch your words and your actions because "we" are watching.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  118. Collin

    The message that Obama sends to incumbents is that you better not have too close a relationship with the current administration cause they're about to be blown out of the water. I am a student from Austin, TX the hometown of junior Senator John Cornyn who is like President Bush's little puppy dog. He votes the way he's told and in return they raise million of dollars for him. He's up for reelection this November and I'm here to tell you that I'll be voting for his opponent.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  119. John Osborne

    Making me feel good about the `Shining Beacon on the Hill America as One' is not reality and the Obama Camp knows it – I can't see the `Holy Grail Vision' but it sells well and Mr. Axelrod knows that (no details, just the fluff) – no doubt about it! If this is your `new version of a leader for 2009' ... then we might as well just let `Dubya' run for a 3rd term. Seriously – if your progressive ... wake up, smell the Java and look at the legislation that has been co-sponsored by Mr. Obama with GOP colleagues – you may be surprised to find he is more Republican-lite than any supporter would like to know or hear or admit. And no ... I do not fit in with Hillary or Huckabee, but I also research the `historical record' instead of running off cliffs w/o knowing what or whom I am voting for!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  120. Judy

    The message is: We Americans want to start over with a clean slate! The fact that Obama has very little Washington experience is a PLUS, not a minus! It gives us hope that things can be different, that maybe there's a chance that politicians will listen to what the people want, and stop ignoring us in favor of the special interests and big business!
    The message is: Bring back Democracy and replace the politics of FEAR with HOPE!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  121. michael

    the message is simple if the incumbents are not effective and hardworking a retirement plan is very very essential,,,,

    January 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  122. Ozair Kazi (15 yrs old)

    I really wish I could vote. right now I know I should be at a movie theater on a date, but I'm glued to cnn. TY for your coverage of the New Hampshire Primary. Obama wins because he promises change. And I'm sick of lobbyists buying congressmen and senators for a bill that allows pharmaceutical companies to change the price of drugs at the time they choose. (up and now.)

    January 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  123. Eric

    It would seem "experience" could actually be a liability if you put the word "Washington" in front of it. The same old deal-making and lobyist influence are exactly the Washington stand-bys the public is rising up against.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  124. Robin

    We now need A a++ on the report card or the People will replace You. Its time to set Things right Here and Abroad

    January 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  125. Stan

    Dear Jack: Those jerks currently holding office better darn well look at Obama, because when he's nominated for President, the word "Change" means that they're going to change too! ! Keep up the good work, Jack.


    January 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  126. Nick

    Barak Obama sends a huge message to incumbants: The only issue that matters is that you be attractive and well spoken. Barak is the product of our TV generation.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  127. Ben

    Barack's message, is the same as anybody else's who's fed up with the mess in Washington: Enough is enough, either get on board with the American people, or get out of the way.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  128. TexasGinger

    Remember when they told 40 and 50 year olds after working in factories and other jobs for most of their lives that the message was simple, they just needed to be retrained for other jobs, as their jobs were being shipped overseas. Well, the message Obama is sending with our help is "It's simple guys, you just need to be retrained to do other jobs."

    January 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  129. Papa Devoe

    The message to the Senators is nothing but CHANGE!! CHANGE!! CHANGE! IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN DOING THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  130. Sheila

    Bush, Bush, Bush . . . can't stand him or what he stands for or what he has done. So any incumbent that has been his yes-man or rubber stamp had better watch out because the Obama stomp is on!!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  131. James Holmes

    Obama has definately attracted his fair share of attention. He appears to be all show and no substance. If you are an incumbent, look good and blow alot of hot air. That seems to be what Americans are finding we need in a leader not experience and forethought like Hillary posses.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  132. Frank

    The message is that we are mad as hell and we're not going to take it any more. The politics of greed, self-interest and corporate pandering are in danger of an awakened and enraged constituency. I truly believe that Barack is inspiring a new generation of young people to ENGAGE. Above all we have to ENGAGE.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  133. Lee

    Obama has incited a fever amongst politicians and his journey to change the political landscape, but ask any of his acolytes and they become hard pressed to say exactly what change he is advocating besides his own candidacy. Haven't they last seven years proved that now is the time to elect someone who can reign in the damage caused to this great nation, perhaps, change is needed, but now may be too great a risk without knowing exactly what changes he has in store. We need a President who can speak but also act decisively and that is why I will vote for Hillary until Obama can prove he isn't just the hype the media is portraying.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  134. Darryl


    We know why the Republicans like Obama – because they know their "scorched earth" group can beat him with any candidate the Republicans put forward. Any candidate! Without their help, Obama will not carry any of the western states, and he will not carry states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee or Texas.

    And in the general election, I am sure he is seen by the Republicans as the newest Dukakis – a one state wonder. And so we Democrats should get ready for a Republican landslide in the general election if anyone but Sen. Clinton becomes the Democratic candidate. If Obama becomes the candidate, we will see control of the Senate go back to the Republicans and a Supreme Court that will go conservative for the next 30 years. If Edwards is the candidate, we will see a Republican president but the Senate will probably stay in control of the Democrats.

    It is so frustrating to be a member of the self-destruct party.


    January 8, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  135. Charles

    The Obama message is quite simple: "WHEN I am elected, those of you up for reelection have a choice: jump on the bandwagon, advocate change, and DO something to help America grow and change as a country, or get left behind and enjoy retirement."

    January 8, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  136. Benny Kenendy

    The message is they will have to read and obey the constitution...

    January 8, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  137. Great Grandma

    I sent this by email. It was suggested I put it here. Sorry., I didn't know.

    All of these political strategists, former statesmen, African American big wigs, are out jumping on Obama's band wagon, singing his praises. I would like to pose this question to them: Would you be giving Obama all this support and praise if he were the EXACT SAME PERSON only of the FEMALE gender?

    Jack, Do you honestly think they would back a 45 year old biracial woman for president of the United States? I highly doubt it.

    66 year old Ohio great grandma

    January 8, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  138. suzie from atlanta, GA

    The message is clear:
    No matter what you have done over the course of your career, no matter the risks you have taken and lost, or the risks you have taken a won, it is all for nothing. All you need to win is a soaring speech, a thin record, and promises of change. You must not be specific, in case you say something someone doesn't like, just stand there, repeat the same things over and over, take no questions from the people in case they ask you to explain your self, and attack first, and blame it on the opponent. And be sure to have a hook, something to get the press all excited, so they can hammer the other guy and guard your flank.

    And Jack: I worked for Bobby Kennedy, I traveled all over the country, worked the Primary elections, and trust me: Obama is no Bobby Kennedy. Not even close. Bobby was specific, he was fearless, and he was tough. He was loved for all of that, not in spite of it, and I can't believe he would support Obama over Clinton, or Richardson. And another thing he didn't do: he spoke about HIS platform, never attacking Gene McCarthy, never slandering him, and we were not permitted to do that either. He never even attacked LBJ. He stuck to the issues. So please never mention Bobby and Obama in the same sentence again, because they are not in the same league.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  139. michael Dean

    If any democrat has an interest in becomming a candidate now is your time to get your name out. be part of the change

    January 8, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  140. patrick neill

    I have been watching CNN for an hour and Edwards has not been mentioned at all. Romney, Guiliani, McCain, Obama, Clinton, Ron Paul and Huckabee have all been mentioned. It is puzzling to me that the candidate who was runner up to Obama in Iowa is hardly mentioned by the news media. For months the democratic race has been characterized as a two person race when actuality it has always been a between three serious and nearly equal candidates in terms of support. If there is momentum for the Obama campaign it appears that the News Media has given it a big push to get it started. Voters deserve to hear about all of the candidates, not just the candidates that the "media" chooses to mention. The voters are ill served by the sort of coverage which has been dished out by all of the major sources of news including PBS.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  141. George Dominick

    The message is we have VETO power – we will Vote Everyone of Them Out (VETO). We will replace them all with our vote (Vote Out The Elite).
    It is the only way to let them know they must serve us and the U.S. and not themselves.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  142. Adam

    Obama can inspire. Understandably so, our country hasn't been truly inspired for quite some time. And you're right Jack, not since Bobby Kennedy has there been someone to inspire our nation. Mr. Obama brings truth, hope, passion and change to the forefront. Most us are hungry for it.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  143. annie


    I am hoping the message is: "y'all best be thinking about updating that resume and getting those moving boys on order."

    January 8, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  144. Mitchell Livingston

    The message Obama's surge canidacy is sending is that experience may equal a political insider and a political insider equals politics as usual. Ans politics as usual will no longer be tolerated by the American people.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  145. Mark

    Barack's message is simple, the word expert comes from experience and our incumbents are expert screw-ups. You don't need experience for that. The Clintons' need to realise that Americans dont owe them the White House. We need to get King George the 2nd out of office and their experience is why he is in the White House in the first place.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  146. Ann Keating

    Hi Jack,
    Even though Obama is my State's Senator, I have yet to decide which Democrat (yes, I did say Democrat) I intend to support, but one question comes to mind in response to your questiion. How does that old tome go? Oh yes, "...be afraid, be very, very afraid..."
    Ann Keating
    Chicago, IL

    January 8, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  147. Samson Kiware

    Change, change, change and more change untill there is more change to be made.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  148. j

    This is a good sign that the American people might actually take back the Government that we long have lost, and finally again have Government by the people and for the people. People in this Country are desperately looking for a return to having a leader like JFK and Bobby!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  149. Arlin Troutt

    The Party is Over
    Turn out the Light
    Obama's sweet as Clover
    But Ron Paul is Right

    January 8, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  150. casey lewis

    His message says one simple thing, "I haven't been bought out yet! Get in on the bidding so i can clear a path for your business NOW!". There is absolutely NOTHING about Obama that makes him invulnerable to corruption and certainly nothing that will stop him from falling into the same big business trap that all the other politicians fall in.

    The truth is jack, until the system we have now is cleaned up it won't matter who is put in. You wouldn't put clean water in a dirty bottle would you?

    January 8, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  151. Will-Pittsburgh,PA

    I suppose Senator Obama's candidacy tells current incumbents that as long as you say you want "change",and never go about explaining how you intend to bring about that "change", the American people will eat it up.What a sham!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  152. Adrian

    Nothing at all Jack, Only that we continue to be as Stupid as before. Obama and Hillary have recieved more special interest money then any others and these fools keep voting for them, then expect change. It is the same package, just a different wrapper.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  153. Werner Wolf

    Jack, I hope all the candidates, especially Democrats, keep harping about Obamas lack of experience. It simply means that Barak hasn't been around long enough to be totally contaminated by the Washington feeding trough. Look at what 'experience' has done for your country. For a Canadian watching with great interest, Obama can't become president soon enough.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  154. Kevin from Florida

    Jack –
    I have been a Die Hard Republican my entire life, Obama is offering a chance for change in so many ways. Not just because Washington cannot get it done, but he is offering the us, the American people, the opportunity to beleive we can be heard and that in itself can make the difference. For me I respect somone who can transcend race, color, creed, and make a point to listen, and make me feel for the first time in 8 years my vote will count.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  155. ConnieInCleveland

    I hope he say's "We (Americans) are taking our country back, there's gonna be a new sheriff in town. I hope he chooses to talk about the Oath of Office and his desire to honor the Oath of Office and uphold the Constitution. As President he will not use signing statements negating the other branches of government. America is three equal branches of government and he will work to bring back accountability in government.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  156. ruke

    any possible change would be invited over a very uncomfortable/bad condition, which is America's state now. this should warn stubborn incumbents of how easily change would be accepted if their stubborn ways is unaccepted

    January 8, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  157. Melvin

    Very simply and without a lot of fanfare or big words.
    I suspect that this time next year quite a few folks will be looking for a new job with a lobbyist firm.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  158. Barbara

    Experience + Obscene = Expire Scene

    January 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  159. Frank

    By the way, for those of you who are somehow still puzzled over HOW Senator Obama plans to enact change, just READ his plans for god's sake. Health care, check. Foreign policy, check. Education, check. Quit holding your hands over your ears and yelling la la la!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  160. Dee Willoughby-Newbury Park Ca

    To quote a favorite song of mine-"A New Day Has (Is) Come (ing)". Pack up, take commercial home, it's time for new thoughts and new agendas. I know it will be hard, consider the lobbyists, hey Jack, why don't they get jobs, but I think he can do it with our help.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  161. Rob

    This tells Senators and Representatives to be ready to come to work less partisan for the next four years or the Obama Administration will deal with other members of the U.S. Senate and House who are willing to cross the aisle to work things together on behalf of the American people.

    -Rob M.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  162. Jim

    The message Obama's success is sending to incumbents is: "Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid."

    January 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  163. Torvin Pristell

    jack it means that all those red states that were lied to by the bush led republican party are slowly turning purple. people realize that obamas party needs power in congress to get things done. in 08 purple is in!!! they all know there's a new day in washington coming.... they should leave quiet and with some pride.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  164. Dan

    Jack, Your query is a valid one and I am wondering and concerned about how the electorate is thinking through this whirlwind of "change" ideas. I am sure the incumbents are somewhat worried. However, what worries me is that Senator Obama will be elected with incumbents returning to Washington with him in 2009. So, if the electorate wants change, then they must, and I stress "must" , give him a Congress he can work with. Otherwise you will see more of the same that we just saw in Washington in 2007. And if that occurs, the electorate has no one to blame but themselves. So, to my fellow citizens, you want change....start fresh from the Congree to the White House.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  165. Bill Callahan

    Obama is emerging as the true Candidate of Choice in the last week-and-a-half due to many reasons. Yes, for sure, Oprah helped put some 'pop' in his campaign but, unwittingly, Hillary Clinton gave him real status by not engaging the issues head on.

    Sure, she's a tough, respected, and a very bright woman. But America has figured out something in the last month. It has figured out that Barak Obama is a man who is, for all intents and purposes, is a man who is willing to do the obvious, He is showing he can withstand the criticism for his stand on Iraq, he can be a front-runner ( and Americans love that don't we) and, more importantly, he can look any candidate in the eye and without flubbing anything he say the right thing with a conviction that this country hasn't seen since Jack Kennedy ran for office in 1960.

    I was a Hillary fan until she panicked last week. Americans don't like panic. They like action. Obama appears to be a man of action. Thank God...finally!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  166. Laura

    How many times have we heard "experience" from a campaigning politician? We've probably heard "change" even more. It hardly sinks in any more. The difference is that Obama is believable. His words of change are consistent and he supports them. His argument is complete and stable, and he doesn't swing based on what's happening in the campaign.

    His message says: get it together and stand for something. And stick to it. People happen to believe in what HE stands for.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  167. Steve

    As a true independent thinker and Obama as my third choice ( although most electable choice) I like a candidate that has logical solutions and has credibility when it comes to the war. What profit margins should be acceptable when it comes to defense and healthcare spending? Also during the cuban missle what if the neocons where in charge instead of Bobby kennedy 's ability to negotiate and therefore prevent a likely nuclear war.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  168. Samuel Lebreault

    One might think that any of the democratic candidates could say what Obama is saying: It's time for change. But, the fact is that all too many of them are true and tried bureaucrats who are more concerned about getting themselves and their special interests taken care of first and last. Obama might not deliver, but we don't know that he won't. What we all know is what all of those "old" politicians are capable of: More of the same. Obama provides the possibility of change for the better. I am sure that if elected president he will get pressured by special interests. We are all hopefull that he can resist what the rest of the horses in the race have not been able to resist: Big money special interest.

    That's what the message is to the incumbents. The age of special interest money is over and if you don't give up those special interest groups, you will also be history.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  169. Ann Fischer

    Obama's candidacy clearly sends the message to incumbents that the status quo is not accetable and will not be tolerated. The goal is to make change not just change for the sake of change. But to refrom based on deliberate and careful study.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  170. Tito, Georgia

    Jack, the message is simple, ......enough is enough, we are tired, do not destroy our nation any further, and finally GO home.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  171. John Rubens

    Dear Caffertyfile:

    Obama is an "office holder" so your question is tricky. If anything, office holders will be sent a message to be apprised, accessible and spirited, like Obama.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  172. Cynthia


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  173. Manny Wittmann

    Is it so bad not having too much experience ?? Yes, if it is accompanied by the gift to be able to chose good, knowledgeable and experience collaborators !! A glaring example was Ronald Reagan. As Obama, he was extremely likable, unlike him had experience as governor, but his knowledge of issues, especially
    regarding economy and foreign relations, was quite poor, but he had this selection gift both as governor and president, and togther with his honesty, which in the case of OBAMA is also perceived, was a great president.

    But he was able to be such only because he was largely immune to the party's
    manipulators, which in case of Obama would be the likes of Reid, Pelosi and Kennedy. The question is therefore: has Obama the gift too ??

    And, as many bloggers already stated: where Hillary's experience comes from?
    by political osmosis (=filtration) from Bill ??

    And Jack's observation regarding disgraceful senators does certainly do not apply
    to McCain, who has asserted his levelheaded independence (certainly from Bush) many times.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  174. bil hammaker

    as a elder male ,, it"sthe first time since President Kennedy, ,, that i feel we may be seeing someone who has or stronly desires to make changes in washington,, and be hoenst with the american public, I campagined for jack kennedy y and bobby kennedye no one since then but i would for obama .

    being a california residnet i think you will see e a major out pouring of supportin this state for him

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  175. rick elderbaum


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  176. Bismarck

    We have had it, Do not run for re-election period!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  177. Ian, Lafayette, Louisiana

    Jack, the message seems pretty clear. This isn't the time for sob stories or pathetic attempts at one upping the competition. It's time for a new direction in the country, one that hopefully takes us away from the disastrous one that left the rest of the world shaking its collective head in pity. I'm going to be able to vote in this election, and I'm going to help change the way the U.S. is going.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  178. Robert

    Being a young voter I wonder what the future holds, i wonder if there will ever be an office holder that i can trust. will there ever be someone that can help me live in that land where my grandparents grew up. Obama brings change... He brings my future!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  179. Connie Orto

    His message is clear, Do as I have in the Senate, Nothing- just learn a new slogan, and all is okay. You even can have the press backing you. I got away with doing nothing in Illinois and even less in the U.S, Senate and with a new slogan. I'm on my way of fooling all the people.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  180. Cathy


    This Obama surge worrys me he has the same gift of gettin voters to think that he is the answer to Americans after 8 years of Bush.

    Voters should investigate an unknown quantity. If you recall Hitler, unknown quantity , Was also an orator who led the German voters into the mess by promosing job and a change.

    Voters investigate do not take any thing for face value

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  181. claudette ashley

    Obama's message to incumbents is pretty clear "Start Packing"

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  182. Naipaul

    All elected officials should be fired, there is no reason to keep electing these people for more than two term. More than two terms is a breading ground for corruption. They have no responsibility for the people that elected them.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  183. Pamela Capper


    I hope in New Hampshire it means John Sununu and Judd Gregg, you two are done – they have not represented the interests of the people of New Hampshire, just those of the NRA, Big Corporations and D.C. Republican Lobbyists.

    The look on Judd's face, standing at the polls with Mitt Romney this morning said it all, "I'm tired and bored " So are we.

    Pamela Capper
    Kensington, NH

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  184. Stan

    Dear Jack: Those jerks who are currently holding office in Washington, better look at Obama, because if he is nominated for President, the word "Change" that he is using, means that they are going to change too! Keep up the good work Jack.


    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  185. Bob in Seattle


    This past weekend I found myself watching old Bobby Kennedy videos on youtube, (one, Bobby's ride through Watts is uplifting), and the one thing that they indeed both have and have the ability to profess is Hope ..... And because of the way this country has been ignored, Hope is badly needed for a new and enlightening way forward that the world can once again respect us for.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  186. Toyin Isijola

    The message would be that incubents should stand for something. We as a nation has given a sense of entitlement to these incubents for such a long time. It is time we hold them accountable for their judgements. I think in order to do that, we should start with Bush and Cheney.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  187. David

    Time to start finding a new job in fast food or perhaps janitorial service? Plus, I assume they would be doing more for the country than they ever have, and that is making at least 2 or 3 regular american citizens lives a little more enjoyable.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  188. Boubacar Djibo

    What message does it send to them? Quoting a recent new paper's article addressing a different but similar issue: "they are so yesterday"! In the sense that there is a sweeping change coming their way and they may as well start making their bags.

    Boubacar Djibo

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  189. Michael Beals

    Barrack Obama can continue to tell America he is going to provide change to our country, but eventually issues are going to matter, and his support will begin to fade. The Democratic Party needs to be very careful on whom they select to go up against the Republicans or they are going to miss out on their chance again.
    Obama will most definitely provide change to our country if elected. Change for the worse. How can America elect someone who participated in the worst congress in our history. Obama, Clinton, and McCain are all members of our current congress which has the worst approval rating in our history.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  190. Caitlin

    I have to say this about Obama– I am a 21 year old college student with the same unfortunately low interest in politics that plagues many of my generation. From what I can tell, Obama's message of CHANGE has already made a huge difference– I have never seen so many young people work so hard to inform themselves about the political world, and Obama is at the forefront of our hearts and minds. People of all ages need to realize that America's youth is the present and the future. For years, we have been fighting to get young people involved and voting, but there has never yet been a candidate that is inspiring enough to get us to want to turn CNN on, register for a party, or pay the slightest bit of attention to a primary election. Times are changing fast for this country and Obama is both leading and encouraging this change. I'll be voting for him with what I am proud to say is educated enthusiasm (thanks CNN)

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  191. Carl Grant

    We want our Constitution and rights back. We want a working government back. We want those who will protect our environment and who'll lead the world in that effort. We want unity, not division. Therefore, we want you, and your kind, gone. Finally, we want someone who gives us hope that it's not too late to repair the damage.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  192. Tim

    The message is simple...the past has passed! Change is not a "do-over", it's a "make-over". Washington is in for an "extreme make-over". There's a new voice that's promoting new values (change) and it's generating new votes. Where we've been is NOT where we're going!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  193. Tricia-Florida

    His message tells those who thought they would be able to continue in that "good ole boy" network where loose liberals have climbed into bed with convservatives and produce an evil child named status quo. The longer Obama sends his message of change, the less time this dead congress will have to live in sin. We the people have had it up to here with their unacommplished, lackluster leadership.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  194. Barbara Galecki

    Start packing. Let me tell you, I want my elected officials to start working for the people. That means they must work together and stop furthering their own interests. If you can't help straighten out the mess we're in on all fronts - start packing! Experience vs. optimism. I find it a tough choice. I hope the American people make the right choice this time. We've been paying dearly for the wrong choice made twice.

    Me? I'm keeping my ears open and listening to what the candidates say and how they say it. Maybe Congress should do the same.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  195. M.S. Sam, San Francisco CA

    As Bette Davis once said, "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."

    January 8, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  196. Randy Kravitz / California

    Obama's message reminds all those incumbent office holders of what a republic really is. A government in which the people have the power, not the politicians.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  197. Roger

    He may be the candidate for change, but it seems to me that for as long as I can remember every candidate has run on the premise of change or new direction. I feel like a target in a shooting gallery – everytime I get hit, I have to reverse direction.... End result, I and this government go nowhere!!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  198. Keith P

    Jack I keep hearing that Obama wants change but he still expresses a desire for a big government that will take care of you. The only change that will cure our problems is a smaller government that is called for in our Constitution and there is only one candidate that expouses that and he gets ignored.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  199. Ryland Elms

    This is a leader like no other. He has a simple plan. He is going to get this beautiful country of ours back on track and a little more respect from the world that has been lost with the awesome Bush Administration we've had these past eight years. Obama's candidacy is a clear sign and message to the current administration that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and we need some CHANGE NOW! OBAMA IN '08!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  200. debbie

    i think cafferty and all of the news stations has made obama the winner . my thing is that i want to hear about all of the candidates . and about change , edwards says he will get rid of lobbyests , to me this is huge . talk about that and not just what is going on between clinton and obama .

    January 8, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  201. johnny mallory

    i think and i hope Obam;s message is to tell washington enough of the obtuse mishandling of this country. We the people want our country back in the hands of our people. to tell them the old sorry ways of doing things will no longer cut it. we need a dramatic change . perhaps Oama is that person.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  202. Adrian 16

    I'm a young man interested in politics and hopes of one day possibly running for President of this great country. I agree with many that Barack Obama is scaring incumbents. I beleive the incumbants should be scared, because America is tired of Washington Politics and is ready for that six letter word... change. I am ready, and only hope that this nation is still fixable when my generation is running this nation.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  203. Larry in Leesburg

    The message to the incumbents is loud and clear, "pack your bags, and don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out."

    And those incumbents who have been on the lobbists payroll might want to start getting their resume ready so they can get a 40 hour work week low paying job like the majority of "we the people" have been doing while they (you fill in the blank).

    January 8, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  204. JD


    Seems to me incumbents should be feeling pretty good right about now. The Democratic front runners, Obama and Clinton, are both of the Democratic Congress who did not listen to the voters by continuing war funding.

    In fact I was driving home from work tonight wondering just what change we the people and our elected leaders are talking about. Help me out Jack.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  205. Brad Linzy, Evansville, IN

    His message is this: if you suck up to the Council on Foreign Relations, either abstain from voting or vote FOR Iraq War funding any time it comes up, and call for strikes against 'terrorists' inside sovereign nations like Pakistan you can pretend to be the harbinger of "change" and the mewling morons that are the "Progressives" will lap it up every time.

    Ron Paul 2008. The only solution.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  206. Hannah


    This isn't a message to all incumbents, this is a message to incumbents who hang their hats on the principles that are turning away independents and young voters, the same voters who Obama attracts.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  207. Timothy Miller

    I believe Obama brings to politics a profound sense of intelligence, and genuine caring. The nature of politics is to improve the livelihood, and wellbeing of its citizens. Unfortunately our current incumbent officials have only robbed the citizens of their money, sense of wellbeing, and hope for a brighter future. I believe the message Obama sends to them a zero tolerance message.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  208. Dan

    none Jack Its much to early in the race,your way a head of yourself.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  209. Ulysses

    Jack, Obama isn't sending any messages to the incumbents; the American people are sending a message to the incumbents. And it's the same message that Elizabeth delivered to Jacob in movie film "Paint Your Wagaon."

    Jacob: "But Elizabeth: you don't know what you'll get."
    Elizabeth: "But I know what I've had."


    January 8, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  210. joe m

    message jack? simple. Your days are numbered you rotten, lying, and useless bums. we're tired of the entire lot and any politician, dem or rep, who chooses to hang on this this bussiness as usual policy will find themselves out in the cold. i say clean out the entire place and bring in people who actually have ideas.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  211. randy

    Incumbents beware....americans are no longer the comatose sheep being lead to slaughter....if you turn around you may just be heard to say "my grandmother what big teeth you have."

    January 8, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  212. Dory

    The message that Obama is sending to everyone is that you don't have to say anything of substance. All you have to do is get people to believe in hope and they will vote for you regardless of whether or not you can deliver. This whole campaign is frightening. As a woman over 40, I am alarmed by the sheer lack of logic being used by voters in this election; and the press seems to be getting on the same band wagon. The star quality may actually be enough now to get you elected President of the United States and for me, that is a very scarry possiblity.

    I am not happy about the direction this country has taken in the last eight years, but I am even more alarmed at the direction we are heading in now. I don't want the most popular guy to be president, we need a president that can actually fix the problems facing this country. We are in a very dangerous place in this world right now and words will not fix it.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  213. Roy Curry

    You're NEXT!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  214. kwabena

    nothing actually appeals to me in his speech. What I see is that, young women /men are only following the trend as his a young politician and charismatic. This is unfortunate because politics is about the party and not the individual. Most reporters are only hailing Obama for the republican party to win the general election because they know he cannot win the general elections. His credentials do not match any of the reepublican contestant.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  215. Eric Edwards


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  216. Susan S

    Voters would rather take a risk with a relative unknown, unproven – anyone other than the current elected. And please, for the love of god and country, no Bush or Clinton in the White House – 28 years is enough.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  217. beerptrol

    America is tired of the status quo. Time to get some new blood in Washington, the good ole boys had their chance and blew it. We are tired of the partisian BS and want people who will work together to better America despite their party affiliation. Your days of pork barreling and catering to the interests of the lobbyist instead of the American people are numbered.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  218. William Amend

    I am a currently a registered Republican listening to the message of change. The current Republicans in office have accomplished absolutely nothing. I have one new representative which I will support for reelection, and a democratic governor who is doing a fine job. That is the plus side. I will not vote for the incumbent in the US Senate, regardless of his seniority. The House of Representatives and the Congress seem to have totally lost touch with the American people and the goals of this wonderful nation.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  219. Carol, Mckinney Texas

    Absolutely nothing. You can not teach an old dog new tricks. Too many have been in office for far to long and anything any candidate does that will alter, change, or stop the luxurious life of taking and taking from the American people will be met with huge resistance. That is what the problem is today with this new congress. The only way to change that is to limit terms of Congress members to 2 terms. Out with the old and in with the new. If any of the old remain there will never be change only more of the same.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  220. Martin Rueter

    Incumbant office holders are either going to be inspired to heal, hope and be loosed of the lunatic manipulations and fear of the Bush admin. and the scatterbrained chaos that follows poor leadership; or they'll find early retirement and a private sector less willing to welcome the last entries on their resume.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  221. John Pizzadili

    What I would really like to see is a bunch of incumbants quaking in their fancy footwear. I am skeptical that will happen. It seems that people see the problem members of Congress a those from somewhere else. MY representative/senator is just fine, thank you. By the way, I like that word "reform," as opposed to "change," I heard from Lou Dobbs, last night. Outlaw lobbyists!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  222. Trust

    I believe that Obama is telling the Truth. We need new ideas, and thoughts, new goals....and New American...United.....Those Incumbents have old ideas....and are stuck in the Past......we need to go towards the Future. I believe that Obama would bring this country together and take us to being the world's leader again...

    January 8, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  223. Jay

    The Obama movement is finally sending the message that we are tired of sending bombs to Washington to behave like a bunch of spoiled and selfish children, pouting and teasing each other and then finally kicking up their heels because nothing can be accomplished. Here's an idea: how about send people to Washington who know how to negotiate and comprise and then, I don't know, actually get something done for the American people and not just for their party.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  224. Masoud

    The message that Obama is sending to the incumbent Congress representatives is simply this: "change or pack your bags and get ready to leave".

    Masoud – Tarzana, CA

    January 8, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  225. Meghan

    Obama has been consistent about his opinions and feelings towards change in Washington D.C. since the very beginning of his campaign. His power to excite so many people and give them hope is something you cant categorize by points or any other measure. He is the image of change, hope, and the unity of this nation. I believe in everything that he stands for and at this rate I think his influences will have a domino effect on this nation and cause everyone to really get involved with making this country truly the best in the world. For the first time I see people wanting to be a part of politics and actually truly getting excited. For the first time people have hope for the future and truly believe that they can do something about it. All of these reasons and many more are why Obama is the best candidate for presidency of this country. He may not be the most experienced candidate but he has an extra quality over any other candidate that cannot be learned he inspires and excited. With enthusiastic supporters like I have been seeing these last couple weeks all united behind Obama I truly believe he will do great things.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  226. Marjorie

    When I first saw Barack Obama gain momentum, I thought he would be the next Bobby Kennedy. I'm glad that CNN agrees with me. He inspires hope, optimism, and change for the better in the younger generation, and is not afraid to sound intelligent. He is creating a frenzy among college students everywhere, because he represents, youth, vigor, and capability.

    New York.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  227. mackenzie

    is no one getting this? Obama and Edwards are working together, thats going to be the ticket. Obama sits on the sidelines while Edwards acts like his attack dog! The republicans could beat this ticket, look at there voting record and get a grip people! The right wing media are pumping Obama only to drag him down and get there guys back in! Lets have a good look after tonight and see where things are, enough is enough. Obama is a great dream but he will be eaten alive by the Republicans and the rightwing media!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  228. Kenney

    I believe that the results that Obama has turned in shows that we as a nation are growing tired of the partisan politics that has been the norm in Washington for far too long. It remains to be seen if the message that Obama is spreading will lead to his nomination. It should at least serve as a wake up call to Congress that we as a nation are looking for leaders who are willing to work on a bi-partisan biases and not allow old lobbyist ridden Washington politics to rule the country.

    I believe incumbents in both parties need to wake up and start working together towards a middle ground on issues.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  229. Steve L

    The message is, the free ride is OVER!
    Start looking for another line of work!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  230. gerry

    I think most Republicans and a few Democratic senetors and congresspersons will be very concerned because their records and partisan behaviors would be highlited for Joe & Mary Unhappy-public to actually see. Since CHANGE would be the theme song played by Dems both houses would have veto proof margins and Washington DC would be like a ghost town for Republicans. .......Rightly so.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  231. marti thompson

    It means an admitted drug user can become president of the United States but he can't be a police office, Millitary officer, and many other jobs.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  232. Joe

    The incumbents need to realize THAT WE THE PEOPLE do not want our media scrunched down to 4 or 5 owners, do not want our environment dirtied, do not want unfounded war, do not want crappy infrastructure, do not want uneducated children, do not want people to be cared for (health) based on the money they have in the bank, do not want our animal life decimated. And on and on and on, listen to the people.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  233. renee

    Do something to win over the media. The media bias towards Obama in the last few days has been sickening. No one dares to criticize him. Even when he compared himself to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King with out the slightest of personal achievements to back that up! Bill Clinton was right that the media has given him a free ride. So the question of what incumbents should learn from him is simple... find out what he has done to or for all you journalists in the past few weeks to blind side you all. I am just disappointed that you, Jack and Wolf have gone starry eyed too. I don't care who you want to win this race just please don't make your choice so obvious. I look to CNN to set the standard for balanced reporting and have found nothing but bias in the past few days. I don't want to, but I may have to change the channel.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  234. Ryan Cornwell

    Barack Obama's message to incumbent polititians is that the American People will no longer lie silent, turn a blind eye and accept the mediocrity that Washington has provided us for the last near decade. He sends a warning that America is once again awake, that we are ready to believe in the process that once gave us hope...hope in each other, hope in the future and hope that the government was truly by the people, for the people...and that money, experience or influence will no longer suffice to earn the confidence, and therefore the vote, of the people. He has also reminded us as that a president should not only be a president by title, but a leader of the people, with the ability to inspire, rally and provide a direction and vision for the country. Hope...when did it become a 'fairy tale' to give people hope? Barack Obama, in his own words, has reminded us of why it is so essential and necessary for us to have the audacity to hope.

    Ryan Cornwell, Denver CO

    January 8, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  235. J. in AZ

    It sends the "We're mad as hell" message. We are angry that our friends and family are dying because insurance companies won't pay for needed care. We are angry that student loan debts far exceed starting salaries. We are angry that energy costs are at an all time high while oil companies make record profits. We are angry that our troops are fighting and dying for a false ideal. We are angry that Washington politics are irrelevent to the vast majority of Americans. We are angry that we are being treated like a bunch of ignorant sheep. Most of the candidates and politicans in general cater to the upper 2% of American voters. The other 98% is mad as hell or to busy trying to make ends meet to pay attention.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  236. Frannie

    As disillusioned as we all are with the current administration, as disenfranchised as we all feel with our government, somehow Obama has brought us back to life with hope for this country that we all love. I can hardly believe how excited I am feeling about this process. I never thought that I would feel this way again. All I can say is thank you Obama.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  237. Rosalie Gottlieb

    Proof to the Senators that experience doesn't count.. One can act or say anything in an election and can get away with it. Nobody called Obama on his votes and that is why it was so wonderful that Bill stepped up and told the truth about Obama's record.
    Hillary is the one that can take the mess that the present occupiers of the White House have and will make before they leave it.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  238. Marilyn Coulon

    Barack Obamas' candidacy shows this message to incumbent office holders; he sees the urgency of the government to change,and has capitalized on it,thus riding his crowds on that message,as he mentioned recently.Yes,he has been able to sway some of those young people,although I really do not believe they have done a political analysis of his platform or the programs he is offering. He doesn't even have a solid plan for covering health care for all US citizens;quite a "fairytale" he is telling. It is important that everyone who is voting knows what each candidate is offering. It appears to be some kind of mass hysteria over him,and does not appear to be reflective of a healthy choice.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  239. Carl Douglas


    His message has no impact on the incumbents. His message of change has been his bully pulpit in every race he has been a candidate in. Once elected the only change he has implemented is a run for a new office.

    He has been in the Senate for four years without any significant piece of legislation. He was in the Illinois legislature for eight; nothing significant. How soon you forget this is the same guy who lost to Bobby Rush, the worst congressional representative in the history of of our country.

    The incumbants understand that he preaches change, but changes his mind once elected, and ultimately accomplishes little. If he is elected President, he will have fulled us like Dubya; he ran against Washington insiders also.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  240. gmjandres@sbcglobal.net

    When Barack
    Gets back
    Be ready
    To pack.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  241. J Bekkering

    The message of change to the incumbents should say change is coming vote all the dead wood out and one at a time give'em the bums rush out the front door of the capital building down the steps!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  242. Robert

    Jack, Obama's candidacy says to the incumbents "fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me!" We finally get it and votes for Obama says that the America voters have not completely lost their faith in the political process. Every one's vote counts and makes a difference and more importantly every American has a right to run. Race, creed, religion and sex does not matter as much.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  243. Ashley

    I'd like to know when it became a "bad thing" to have experience? Why is Obama's message of "change" so readily believed? You're so right, it is stunning that the American people will just gobble up whatever is fed to them from the Obama fork! If you tell people he has no experience then they say "well we need an outsider to bring about "change" because those in with the experience just arent getting it done"....and Obama is??? What exactly, has Obama changed?? Look over his voting record, has he voted so differently from any other canidate? Has he made tremendous changes for Illinois?? I just cant get over the fact that all of a sudden some guy with two yrs experience tells us he'll make the USA a better place and people all rushing to vote for him! I wonder how many people would have jumped on the Obama train had Oprah not signed on? I hope and pray that people arent basing their choice for President on Oprah's opinion. This is WAY bigger than the book of the month.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  244. Sharon C

    I think the media has missed "the change" that Barack Obama is talking about. The change is to become inclusive of others' opinions and to stop this ridiculous viciousness and exaggeration of differences between the parties. I am voting for Barack because he is the candidate that appears to have the desire to speak as a representative of our entire country, not just the Democrats.

    The change that will come to incumbents is that they will be listened to and be given respect, as will others with opposing point of view. This man can lead.
    He embodies what is great about our country-the opportunity and ability to succeed for everyone, regardless of race.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  245. Keena

    The message to the incumbents is loud and clear..."It's not working – we all know it, and most importantly, we're ready to do something about it!" Although Barack hasn't laid out details on his agenda for change, he's tapped in to the key to implement change. He acknowledges and accepts the fact that we (American Citizens, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents) NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO BRING ABOUT CHANGE! I believe in my heart that his leadership for this country will be key in getting this economy back on track, as well as other important issues. He's what we need...period! I don't know about a fairy tale but he sure has a dream, and we all know that dreams do come true...
    OBAMA 08!!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  246. Mssprinkles

    I watched a senate supporter of H. Clinton on another news show
    who stated how much experience she herself had as an elected official as well as Senator Clinton and how Clinton was best suited for President because of this fact. People who have been in a position TOO long need to go. The only people they are servicing is themselves so they can stay where they are. Status quo has to go.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  247. William Rudolf

    i think the message is simple. we americans are exhuasted. we are sick and fevierish of this all to fimilar bush the "old guard" keeps beating around. this idea that we the people of the great nation are not capable of decoding this impossible puzzle that is our nations politics. we are embarking on a new age, and new ways must be discovered for this country to adept with this new age. From the media to the everyday. everything around us is evoling. everywhere you look something has become better. the only thing left in this country to come to terms with this evolution is for new and inventive members of congress to be added. that younger men and women are now focusing the attention to the goverment. soon we must add young ideas into the congress. we must prepare for a change, we must embrace this change. we must evolve.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  248. Dana

    Jack, perhaps the greatest message I see is that being elected to lead or represent this great nation is an honor and privilege. America has seen what the good ole southern boys can do and any future politician needs to come prepare to take care of business. Currently, those that hold office are not fighting hard enough for the American people and we are sickened. Democrats and Republicans sit on separate ilse and basically agree to disagee; meanwhile, the laws, justice, and buisness goes unfinished, so nothing gets done. Both parties need to see that since nothing is getting done and something needs to be done, they were elected so they need to come together and get things done. If you ask me, this great nation is doing the same thing the Iraq leaders are doing, which is nothing. I wonder why the Blind is leadng the blind?

    January 8, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  249. Stan

    Incumbents need to take heed. Americans are tired of the status quote US Congress doing nothing, restating the same “no new taxes rhetoric”, and spouting high and mighty conservative values as they demonstrate fiscal irresponsibility and ethical hypocrisy with no regard for the working poor and middle class working families.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  250. Sharon Pietrzak-Suzda

    The message is clear. You better look over your shoulder because your days are numbered if you don't get things done–and NOW.

    If Barack wins New Hamshire tonight, and most of the Super Tuesday states, I think the incumbents may finally get the message that tomorrow, or next session is too late. They better start working together, and start caring about the people they were entrusted to represent.

    As the saying goes: "These times, they are a changin'

    January 8, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  251. Jody

    The message is SIMPLE, LOUD, and CRYSTAL CLEAR..."Get your s*#t together and get busy...or you're gone!
    Champaign, IL

    January 8, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  252. rej

    America is tired of what has been for the last few years and this is the perfect window for change, the white house and our so called "experience candidates" will only take us back to where America has been for theses past years. Obama proposes change. this sends a message that proposed change would be verily accepted, which is why obama is leading the race ......... America wants change.............

    January 8, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  253. Gary (from Calgary, Canada)

    All your incumbents suck! Your country is broken (and you're taking down the rest of the world with you). Stop worrying about the rest of the world and start taking care of your own. You are are self destructing.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  254. Patrick

    Jack, it's clear what his message sends to the deadbeat incumbents – your days are numbered. It's starts with the White House when Obama replaces curious George, our President who bares a striking resemblance to the comic book character; and it will run through the other so-called comic book characters in Washington who have done nothing but run this country into the ground since they've been in office. If nothing else, Obama's message says that America finally has hope again.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  255. Karen Bittleston

    Incumbent office holders should be shaking in their boots right now. I am a registered Republican but, if I could, I would vote for Obama today. I'm 63 years old and all I can say is GIVE EM HELL BAMA!!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  256. Richard

    We do need change and that means Obama. As being a Black American I think he would strive the hardest for the change we need. Obama needs to stand above all of the crowd and show them that 'He' is the man for Washington. I've had enough of Bill and certainly heard the horrid rumours about Hillary. I also feel that our country can only change if we allow the young Senator, Obama, get in there and clean house.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  257. Ted

    Jack we all Know who your voteing for.But what is Obama saying ,smile but don't say how you will do anything.I guess congress will just roll over and let that smile change the world.I hear nothing about how he will change things.We nned more than a smile

    January 8, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  258. diane meyer

    Any chance you media folks could relax a little around the Obamamania and keep your heads about you. I'm an independent "taking it all in" and must ask you, Mr. Cafferty, why are you so taken with a man who, a this point, has only offered bipartianship, change, hope, etc., the same things George W. Bush offered. I have yet to hear in his speeches or the debates any specific policies or solutions to our domestic or international concerns. George Will writes in Newsweek that Obama is an anodyne yet fails to mention exactly how Obama is going to "heal our pain." One hopes you all will become more measured in your responses and analysis – an affirmative action President is the last thing anyone needs, even Obama.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  259. Kenneth

    The message is simple " Be ready to pack and go". There is a need for total change


    January 8, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  260. Ray - Connecticut

    Hope in America and a practical example of how inspiration and honesty fuels our Democratic DNA.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  261. Denise

    The message is: The same dumb idiots who voted for Bush because they wanted to drink a beer with him, have raised children who think a President can say words, wave a magic wand and puff, the country's/world's problems are gone. When did experience, knowledge and real intelligence become dirty words? Compare him to Bobby Kennedy? I don't think so.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  262. Frits in Florida

    To all Incumbents: Shape up or ship out!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  263. Evelyn

    The current incumbents should do what just what they have always done, "disregard the will of the American people". The people should rise us, toss them all out of office. Elect people with no political experience, but with heart and some experience being a regular working/unemployed American.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  264. Mark McShera

    The pockets of Americans have remained empty too long with this economy. We need change.
    Obama is the man to do the job.

    Mark, University of Florida

    January 8, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  265. sally snyder

    Obama has pledged to work for and with us, his proposed constituents. The message incumbants should take from the evident popularity of Obama's message is that we're tired of NOT being represented by our elected representatives. The vast majority of the people in this country are working class and the working poor, and we're tired of being listened to only during an election year–if that. Congress is supposed to work for us, not the President and special interest groups. Have to cut this short as I just got home from teaching Reading in High School and have to leave for my second job.

    Sally in Florida

    January 8, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  266. Patrick

    Jack, it's clear what his message sends to the deadbeat incumbents – your days are numbered. It starts with the White House when Obama replaces curious George, our President who bares a striking resemblance to the comic book character; and it runs through all the other comic book characters in Washington who have done nothing but run this country into the ground since they've been in office. If nothing else, Obama’s message says that America finally has hope again.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  267. Gary Kneeland

    Barack Obamas message to incumbents is simple two choices.We have eight years of mess to clean up,either help or you will find your self on the wrong end of the broom.
    Gary Maine

    January 8, 2008 at 6:31 pm |

    To Republican obstructionists in the Senate and Democratic Bush Dog enablers in the House, the message is simple:

    Tic, tic, tic...YOUR POLITICAL DEATH KNELL AWAITS. It's just a matter of time.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  269. julie

    Hello Jack,
    I think other lawmakers will get this message from obama gang and fan club:

    With just a little experience, a good speaking voice and messages targeted to certain groups, (white moms, single women, young and inexperienced voters, blacks in Harlem...) you too can be a leading presidential candidate.

    Yes, regardless of your time in public office or knowledge of the workings of subcommittees you've never worked on or with, you too can have an "oprah" as your cheerleader and run the country.

    Of course CHANGE is going to happening naturally for the next president: take a look at our leader now, duh!

    Give me a Biden, Dodd or Clinton please.

    Colorado Springs

    January 8, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  270. Fred

    We are the new generation, and we are sick and fedup with the so-call big boys in washington D.C. yes, we are. It is the OBAMA TIME and IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE, which do belived in.

    PHILA, PA.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  271. Ruth Thompson

    Take off your blinders. Listen to and learn from the pulse of America. We are sick and tired of the status quo, the crooked companies, (some of which should be charged with treason, namely Halliburton), the grossly overpaid CEOs, the pork barrels, the loss of jobs due to outsourcing, and most importantly, the present do-nothing Congress.

    You are destroying our country. You have forgotten that you are elected by the people, for the people. All you are interested in is being re-elected. Well, good luck with that!!!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  272. Darryl

    Jack, I have another point I would like to make.

    This support of Obama by the Republicans feels a bit familar. I think it has something to do with a big wooden horse. If the Democrats were Trojans in the City of Troy and the Republicans were the Greeks, they would leave this big wooden donkey outside our city gates and we Democrats would look at the donkey, argue about how to use it, try to figure out how to tax it, and in the end let it sit until we make up our mind whether to use it as shelter for the homeless or make a big storage shed for our egos.

    And the simple minded Republicans would then sneak out during the general election and .... well, swift boat us is you will let me mix my metaphors.

    Yes, I see this support of Obama by the Republicans as a trojan donkey and it is likely we don't need the Republicans help in making asses of ourselves.


    January 8, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  273. Ed

    The message to Incumbants and the rest of Democratic Party is:

    get your head out of your behind and hear the people instead of corporates and lobbyists.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  274. Steve - Iowa

    Get ready for a major paradign shift! Remember ladies and gentlemen of the Congress and the Cabinet – shift happens and when it does don't be in front of the fan!!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  275. Tommy Lynam

    Ever since he has appeared on the national scene at the Democratic Convention,
    Obama has set into motion an unstoppable energy that reflects the hope of millions of Americans. That fresh, new message is simply this...we are tired of "business as usual" in Washington, on both sides of the aisle. Politicans, in general, forget where they came from the minute their hand leaves the air at the swearing in. My guess is that he will make a real clean sweep, once makes history.

    Tommy Lynam
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ

    January 8, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  276. David Novak

    It gives NO message to those in office. Let's face it, we all want a change, but he has not said what and how he would change anything.

    Remember 2 things: (1) anyone can promise you the world (they have in the past and they will in the future); but not saying what and how he will make changes is another empty "promise." (2) the promises that are made by any candidate must pass Congress, so when the promises are defeated by Congress, he/she can walk away and wash his hands saying he tried. So it's business as usual.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  277. S. Ferguson

    I work for a mortgage company. From the initial wave of the mortgage crisis everyone in my office wondered when was the President going to do something. Mid year 2007 there was already 50,000 people employed in the mortgage industry without jobs. For one industry that's a lot of Americans without jobs. The President took to long to act. Now we are all feeling it at the pumps, in the grocery stores, tumbling stocks that only affect our retirement plans, and our ability to afford health care for our families.

    Hillary needs to stop talking about experience. It won't do her any good. You see, what Obama has is a gift from God, that is, the ability to bring people together of all races, nationality, and economic backgrounds. Not only will he unite America, he will unite the world. Not many people can do this. Please tell Hiliary she need to sit down. Her resume looks good but she does not have the unique gift Obama has to bring people together who will act upon his words to make change happen.

    In the White House we need a President who can make us feel proud again. For so long we have been disgraced by George Bush. The incument in The White House should starting packing. Obama is coming to take back what belongs to the people.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  278. James

    Its a shame that these "young" voters rushing to vote for Obama dont realize that America had a greta eight years with Bill Clinton. Why people dont want that back is beyond me? I think George W. messed things up so badly that people are just ready to believe that the handsome young man with no political experience is going to change the country...its a nice dream, but its not reality. I think it speaks volumes of Obama's character as well. He will let the American public think that HE alone is going to bring about some amazing transformation when we know that just electing him president isnt going to bring about that kind of change. But, yet he'll let you dream about it, let you think about it, just long enough to get him where he wants to be...whats going to happen when he doesnt deliver? NOTHING. He knows it, we know it, everyone SHOULD know it, but right now it looks like America is more interested in a fairy tale than reality. Sad.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  279. dewayne

    The message Obama is sending is straight forward without any confusion: This country needs a change to shift from conventional politics to building the future of America. This country is built from leaders who want to make a change but also embrace the change. Presidential experience is a conventional form of politics that represent the norm in Washington. Just because Obama lacks experience does not constitute him as an inferior leader. If we trace the history of US Presidential powers, most of the presidents lead with experience but fail the nation through corruption, lies, and political influences. With that said….what is best…..a leader with experience that fails or a leader without experience who wants to make a positive change through building a new America.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  280. Victor

    In my opinion, the message that Obama is sending lacks detail. It's easy to make a speech that inspires a nation, but it's hard to sell it. It is no different from selling ice to an Eskimo. Change will only come when the people behind the curtain are exposed. God bless America!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:33 pm |

    Obama is saying for all of us “It’s time, we’ve had enough, it’s our country and we’re taking it back”.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  282. rh

    Jack are certainly right about the point you just made,looking at Obama as president and there is a whole lot of people loosing their grasp on power.And the entire country is looking ahead of the old gaurds because they dont get it,it seems like the old ideas have held the country back so long the carreer polititians cant let go.every other large nation needs to know again America is still the country that can turn the impossible into a reality,if the special interest wasnt behind the wheel can you imagine how prosperous all taxpayers would be right now.thank god for the cafferty file,i remember when you was getting knock around real good.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  283. Joe Miller

    Obama's message – "change" – sends nothing to incumbents except another buzz word like "gravitas." I agree that changing things is a good idea. I would like to know which candidate(s) will change – hopefully withdraw – National Security Presidential Directive 51, which makes our President a "dictator in waiting" and other Presidential Directives issued by Bush which basically make our Constitution nothing more than an example of meaningless 18th Century paper? Which candidates will work to change and eliminate the "federal police force" created by the abrogation of the Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act?. Who will restore habeas corpus for US citizens in all circumstances? Which candidate(s) will tell the change things to get rid of the detention camps that have been constructed by a Halliburton subsidiary. In sum, which candidate will make the changes necessary to give us back our Constitution?!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  284. josephjsalas

    Hilary, misty-eyed @ the thought of CHANGE!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  285. Flo Sthreshley

    Barack Obama is a good candidate for President of Kenya. He could get good experience unifying a nation.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  286. Carl

    It seems to me that all our elected officials have forgotten that they were elected to represent the views of the people that put them in Washington in the first place, most especially King George. They seem to have forgotten the words of our Constitution and the rule of law. I am sick of them all and their petty partisonship. I have been a lifelong Republican and voted twice for Bush, a mistake that my children will have to pay for. I am voting for Obama in this election in the hope that he will do what he says and bring the change in our government that we so desparately need. I hope we will once again have a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Keep the pressure on them all Jack. We need all the help we can get.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  287. Katelyn

    His message would be that the American people are asking much more of our political representation than we have as of late. Incumbents who have skated by in their political careers on cruelty or tricks will have something to seriously worry about with people like Obama who actually hold onto what's good for the American people, despite lobbyists and special interests. It may seem hard to imagine, but what if our politicians actually contained a selfless, moral fiber? With some change *wink wink* I think we can do it.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  288. gil r.

    I can't for the best figure what the hell they see in this guy, possible because Opray nhelped out, but mark my words, for voting for this untested person the GOP will win the white house. i can just see the South voting for him.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:37 pm |
  289. ezekiel

    Jack, I've always admired your relative objectivity. But your recent Obama-worshipping commentary is proving you to be a slanted, biased commentatory. You might as well just go public with your LOVE AFFAIR with Obama. It's starting to become obvious and that is not good journalism, my friend.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:37 pm |
  290. Sledge


    Lay off Hillary and Bill Clinton back. Please and Thank You

    January 8, 2008 at 6:37 pm |
  291. Rose

    Jack it means that the peasants are storming the bastille!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  292. Carl E. Grund

    The message to incumbents should be that they should be prepared to be voted
    out of office. They are a disgrace to their office in that they have not had the
    best interest of the country at heart. All of their comments speak of what's
    of interest to their holding their position. Many of them have been investigated
    for inappropriate behavior and that's just the tip of the iceberg. To reelect many
    of them would be a gross mistake.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  293. Coady

    The citizens of this country are sick and tired of the "status quo"; politicians who routinely put their own interests or the interests of "The Party" ahead of the interests of the country or their constituents. The Founding Fathers gave the power in the government to "We the People" and it is high time we took that power back and used it. We have let Washington and state and local governments kowtow to lobbies and special interest groups because of their money for too long. It is indeed way past "Time for Change".

    January 8, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  294. Ben, Vermont

    Obama's message has been loud and clear for a long time now. He was the first candidate to come out and say that he was the agent of change and that he would bring the change to Washingotn that the American people want. He strike's fear in the minds of incombants because they now see that people want new politicians because they're sick of the curruption that has plagued Washington. We've seen it in New Hampshire. For the 2nd time in the state's history they had a sweep by the Democrats and this is a direct result of the message that Obama has sent.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  295. Gozie

    The message ,its simple do your job well or get kicked out. Nobody can argue with change especially when desperately needed, Americans need change and the time is now. Iowa has said yes to the wind of change and NH is speaking its language of change now and will be heard soon.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  296. Betty


    The incumbents should reserve the moving trucks now for they will be in short supply come November.


    January 8, 2008 at 6:40 pm |
  297. Ed

    pucker up folks........change is coming to an office/neighborhood near you!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  298. Allen

    I hope what Barack Obama’s candidacy is saying is that we are tired of all the politicians. We need representation that will serve a term and get back to their homes and lives. Career politicians got us to where we are and will not get us out – only we can do that, by voting out the incumbants.
    Hartell, GA

    January 8, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  299. Dubey

    The message I see is that voters want to be on the winning side when all is said and done. They see Obama gaining popularity in a state that shouldn't have much sway at all, and they see the overly positive coverage of him and his accelerating popularity in the news, and they want to be a part of it. All this says is that America is voting on an emotional high. I'd like to know how many of these people even know about his stance on the issues, let alone consider his experience.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  300. Susan

    I agree with your comments on Wolf Blitzer's Situation Room regarding the lack of experience Hillary Clinton has.
    She keeps claiming in her stump speeches that she has 35 years experience. Although she doesn't say in what.
    Do Hillary supporters realize that her records as Mrs. Governor of Arkansas and Fist Lady have both been sequestered, (sealed), and won't be released until after the election sometime?
    Even if you do a google search of her accomplishments while Senator of NY, very little comes up.
    I'm a registered Independent so I have no stake in either the Obama election or Clinton's. I'm just a truth seeker.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  301. Ted Summers

    Hi Jack

    Obama's message to incumbents means that Americans will no longer stand for being sold out by their elected officals. Their only job is to serve the interest of American citizens, if they do anything outside of that scope then they are not doing their jobs and should be voted out of office.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  302. L. Moore

    It means it's time for the "old guard" to surrender to youthful candidates with a new vision for this country, new ideas and new attitude. No one is entitled to the office. The Clintons had 8 years - enough is enough.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  303. Timilehin Abiade

    Change is the only constant thing in the universe. It is needed when the orthodox is no more working.It is needed when the incumbent is no more productive.It is not a message per se,it is an advice. Let's call it Obama's advice not message.His advice is clearly spelt out. Americans needs change. The incumbents are no more doing what they promised to do that's if they have ever done it.When one as an office holder,fails to do why he's in the office,he/she should be changed.Obama's advice is that the incumbents should forget about re-election,for the good of America.Yes,his message spells doom for them but if they love America as they claim they do,they should not come for re-election – that's Obama's advice.America needs a change and they can't provide it.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  304. Kimberly/New York

    Wake, Wake-up America! The Democratic Party needs an experience, highly
    intelligent, tenacious politician who will fight tooth and nail to get this
    country back to respectability with the world. We have enough American
    Idols, rock stars and celebrities living in this country! America's
    nightmare is only beginning, if Obama is elected the Democratic nominee for
    President . The Presidency is not a talk show!

    Experience is the best teacher...Hillary has the experience, ambition,
    drive, compassion and intelligence to return America back to respectability.

    I will vote Republican before I vote for a "rock star."

    January 8, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  305. Jeremiah J. Nicolas

    Hey Jack, Im the Vice President of the Tallahassee Community College Democrats, I've been behind Barack Obama since last year and I honestly never thought he would break through because of the establishment of Washington. Young America has been timid in voting because they felt their vote was not important. Well, that has changed. The so-called status quo is pissing in thier diapers and trimbling. America is speaking – "Enough is Enough!" How can a 70 year old male represent us?

    January 8, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  306. Joe Miller

    Obama’s message – “change” – sends nothing to incumbents except another buzz word like “gravitas.” I agree that changing things is a good idea. I would like to know which candidate(s) will change – hopefully withdraw – National Security Presidential Directive 51, which makes our President a “dictator in waiting” and other Presidential Directives issued by Bush which basically make our Constitution nothing more than an example of meaningless 18th Century paper? Which candidates will work to change and eliminate the “federal police force” created by the abrogation of the Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act?. Who will restore habeas corpus for US citizens in all circumstances? Which candidate(s) will change things to get rid of the detention camps that have been constructed by a Halliburton subsidiary. In sum, which candidate will make the changes necessary to give us back our Constitution?!

    Joe Miller
    Atlanta, GA

    January 8, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  307. Peter

    Change, change, change........this is the same promise in ever election. Obama speaks well, he has the young voters SO FAR. He is on a roll. Bash Hillary if you must but Hillary has the best chance of actually making a change. By the way Bill Clinton was one hell of a president. How quick we forget.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  308. Tobie Denney - Az


    It's not so much the obama's message of change because we all know that has been touted before, it's the passion behind the message that have Americans hopeful. There is finally excitement in voters that I haven't seen since the Kennedy years.

    I am in the age group that the Hillary Camp state are in her backyard. Not a chance in hell. How can anyone vote for a woman that to run our country that could not even keep her own husband in line. I think the Clintons have proved they wouldn't know the truth if they tripped over it.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  309. Marie Andrews

    The Clintons call Obama's race a "fairy tale" when in fact Obama is actually showing existing incumbents that America is tired of living in a "nightmare". It would be a "nightmare" with a sequel if the Clintons were back in the White House. Absolute worst will be a sequel to the existing presidency: "The Republicans, America's True Terror."

    January 8, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  310. Bill

    Those "Pink Slip" givers will soon be receiving their own "Pink Slips" in their congressional mail. Here's a tip: Make plans to move back in with your parents, cause there's literally no where left in America for you to go! That's if "the opposite of Heaven" has no vacancy!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  311. Ed Russell

    For a no BS guy i am extremly dissapointed in your coverage of the democratic race. Your compassion for obama rivals fox news and the repbulican party.
    EVERY TIME THE HILLARY OBAMA EXPERIENCE QUESTION comes up you just point it out as negative politics
    I submit to you it is not

    First the word "Change" is being used just like "Flip-flop" in the 2004 election with no message behind it, its just a flasy tagline. From now on when people ask me if i want change ill pull out the coins in my pocket and tell them "Thanks I have some"

    We as Hillary supporters just want to see HOW Obama is going to bring about change. He only passed 1 bill he was lead sponsor (aid to the congo) and in 2 years in the senate voted the democrat party line 96% of the time. As someone who says hes a uniter and we have alot of stuff to accomplish he has a very poor record in doing so. Yet no questions get asked!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hillary on the otherhand has worked for the same change Obama talks about. She has a well documented history of reaching across party lines to accomplish good things for the american people. Furthermore she in a short senate career she has passed meaningful legislation through congress.

    I believe that if you give a inexperienced guy he can succeed. But he has been in politics and failed to champion meaningful issues and get things done to make america stronger in the world

    January 8, 2008 at 6:49 pm |
  312. Steve Codispoti

    Obama's got what Bill Clinton has and had when he ran for President, only it's a different America this time at the polls. As a Canadidn who watches alot of American news, it seems clear that the US has come to recognize it's wrongdoings and problems-IRAQ ,primarily, which probably has not done much for the struggling US ECONOMY. So pick charisma America- who knows it might just work. Please though, continue to ask qustions that will reveal the competencies of your Democratic choices.

    Steve codispoti, Mississauga, Canada

    January 8, 2008 at 6:49 pm |
  313. Noah

    It says the American public is still as easily snowed by a charismatic, smooth talking politician as ever. When is someone going to ask him to specify exactly what "change" he is alluding too? I don't want a message of hope, I want a message of action.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:50 pm |
  314. Kiran - Germantown MD

    The message is clear and straight forward that US is looking for CHANGE and the HOPE is OBAMA not only to the incumbents running for the presidential elections but also for the voters. Can he deliver what he is promising can be seen only after he wins. Thanks, Kiran

    January 8, 2008 at 6:50 pm |
  315. Diane Acosta

    I think the message is getting very loud, especially coming out of Iowa, American's have hope in America, we like to hear a candidate speak about America not left or right or Republican or Democrat. WE THE PEOPLE ARE STILL OUT HERE AND WE STILL LOVE OUR COUNTRY! AND WE WANT SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS THAT IN THE WHITE HOUSE! That's the message all of the Senators and Congressmen should be hearing across the country- when you get up on the Hill stop completely forgetting about your constituants who voted you in!

    Thank you,
    Diane Acosta

    January 8, 2008 at 6:50 pm |
  316. Chris, NY

    I hope that this is the message that get's sent: That the american people still run this country, and that we will have a say in it. People are fed up with the way things have been run for years...here's our chance!

    January 8, 2008 at 6:51 pm |
  317. Adrian Levin

    Obama is showing that the past "experience" has done nothing for us. So why not try something new that gives the country at least enough hope to keep trying. I think things have gotten so gloomy and hopeless that anyone with this new kind of spark can't do anything worse. I don't recall any of these candidates ever being president. So technically they're all starting on the same ground level.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:52 pm |
  318. Dru Dodson

    The message? Take a deep seat and a far away look! A steamroller is coming your way.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:52 pm |
  319. debbie marsh


    Mcain...his wife needs to lighten up on the cake make up, and he looks worn out. He has a "history" but what does it show, he is a hero and for that I am so greatful to him, but his is a cut and paste politician like it or not. And he looks like he is on his last leg. Will his wife take a shot like Hillary some day down the road if he makes it, she looks like she is well processed.

    the businessman, morman (nobody gets the mormon thing) he seems so hardy and strong, his wife and family look real. has he any skills to work with the world around us?


    A Baptist minister...oh my goodness, we will all be glowing in the dark, the world will not deal with a minister for a president, especially a Baptist one. I am from the South.

    The divorced (how many times) mayor from New York who has "guts" but seems to have issues in his personal life that in my opinion say so much about how a person handles their public life. Real or Not? He is a hero for being so great on 9/11 but does that mean he should be president? Look at what their digging up on his choices in the police force in NY and what's next?

    what is the "change" going to pan out to be? I am afraid, I have one daughter 16 and I want her to have a world to live in. If we do not get some security and a handle on these radical muslims they will be back.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:52 pm |
  320. wendy

    Everyone seems to be forgetting that what little political experience Obama has, he got in Washington! Voters seem to be looking for a political Messiah, and they are convinced it has to be someone not tainted by Washington. I don't understand the logic of picking Obama over Hillary or Edwards for that matter.

    We have a political system in this country, and ELECTED politicians. No matter how good Obama's intentions are, he will not be able to simply get rid of all of those "inept" politicians, and re-vamp our political system. It is hubris to think he can. That is not to say progress can't happen, but lets be honest, it is going to take cooperation on all sides. He has been a senator for a few years...how has he fostered good relations with those across the isle? That is what has to happen for real change. I think Hillary has a good record in that department.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:53 pm |
  321. Hank Parslow

    I have voted in presidential elections since JFK.. When GW Bush was elected, that was my low point. This election excites me and brings back (what Obama is running on) hope. I would say too all the politicians that are in hopes of staying on top, to rethink their platforms, because there will be change.
    Hank in NY

    January 8, 2008 at 6:53 pm |
  322. John Groom

    I think Obama's candidacy, message and success thus far speaks volumes to the fact that the people who are in their 40s or under are tired of partisan and ineffective leadership. The war, soaring gas prices, global warming, immigration and all the "-isms" have forced us to speak up and search for new ideas and perspectives. I think he's great.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:54 pm |
  323. Jake

    You are right, Obama is no more qualified then George Bush was 8 years ago when the media anointed him king and look where we are today.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:55 pm |
  324. Ron Bennett

    Jack Change isn't a magic word invented by the Barack Obama’s campaign; everyone acts like he invented it.

    Every four years some politician starts pushing the "change" buttons much like the people do in that commercial with Staples “Easy” button hoping to get some magical push in their campaign. It seems to be working for him right now people are suddenly falling out of the sky, Hillary is pulling her hair out trying to find the person that is pushing the "Easy" button for him.

    The more recent politicians that used that theory was Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and even George Bush did it with his now infamous quote “I am a uniter not a divider" so all Barack Obama is doing is using the same kind of political word game that has been effective since the beginning of time. If Obama wins this election what will he be saying for 2012 – four more years so I can finish the job change. This isn’t the last time someone will be using that ‘Easy” button to win an election – count on it….

    January 8, 2008 at 6:55 pm |
  325. balde

    i hope he wins! if he did, i think we'll see derailement in washington, because obama is willing to make a real, real change. after that, he'll make washington exclusively open to the public, which is important for a democratic country. many of these people are elect to represent the people. rather than doing their job, they take companies' money to reverse what's good for the whole country. that will change after obama gets elected. that's for sure. washington is vulnerably broken, the question is if it will revive?

    January 8, 2008 at 6:57 pm |
  326. David

    What can Obama do as president to get any off what he is talking about done?
    Better yet where is the plan for change?

    January 8, 2008 at 6:57 pm |
  327. Wampler

    I just watched Obama and realized that he is a cross between Oral Roberts and Billy Graham not a political leader. He preaches...just listen to him. He preaches hope and a better future but he wants to talk with foreign powers and terrorists to get there. We need someone who has the ability to lead the USA back to a respected country.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:58 pm |
  328. David

    While I support Mr. Obama I do not think that he is sending chills up incumbents' spines – they have no spines. Jimmy Carter promised a fresh breath of air and failed miserably. The President does not own Washington – lobbyists do. Congress is their whore.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:58 pm |
  329. Ken KS

    I wish I could give Obama the nod, but in his rebutal to Bill Clinton's rebuke, Obama did what all these candidates do when asked a tough question: they dance around it and do not answer the question. Obama is as notorious about doing this as Clinton, Edwards, Romney, McCain, Huckabee and Thompson.

    Obama is using his "I didn't support this war" card, the same as Guilani is using his "9/11" card. If Obama is against this war like he says, why is his record the same as Hillary's at this point? Why did he remove that item from his web site?

    Overall, regarding these candidates, the only "Change" that's going to take place is a different person will take over the White House. Other than that, nothing will change, the war in Iraq will continue, American and Allied troops will continue to spill blood, the economy will not improve until Corporate America gets new demands to put more money in their greedy CEOs and managements pockets, and all will likely grant amnesty and citizenship to illegal aliens. We'll return to Reaganomics, new jobs–flipping burgers, cleaning offices and other low wage jobs, some might even reach as high as minimun wage. What a deal, BUSINESS AS USUAL.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:59 pm |
  330. Doug

    Just look at the Ethics Law Barack helped pass. Thanks to him our elected officials have to stand when Lobbyists throw them lavish parties. I am sure he has them shaking in thier boots with these radical changes.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:00 pm |
  331. John Roberts, Olympia WA

    Hi Jack,

    What message for incumbents?

    How about: "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!". If I could get my hotel window open, I would yell it out the window just like whatshisname in the movie Network.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:01 pm |
  332. Joan

    Doesn't anyone realise that Barack Obama is HIMSELFan INCUMBENT.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:02 pm |
  333. K Johnson

    It drives me crazy that so many Americans believe that no experience makes a good qualified candidate for public office, especially national leadership. Incumbents continue to learn that public service is a thankless job.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:03 pm |
  334. Joy Lewis

    It shows me that millions of people in this country including myself are tired of the status quo. (Bush & Clinton)! Yes, this country needs a radical change and I feel very blessed, excited and privileged to witness this particular page of our nation's political history. I don't care if Obama doesn't have any extensive foreign policy experience, a lot of former presidents didn't. He inspires me, gives me hope and there is nothig better than than that! I believe he sincerely cares about everyone in this country.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:03 pm |
  335. JonDuffey

    Obama is teaching American incumbents and voters the same thing: Time again to believe in the American electoral system (Republic,) and give it one more chance to overcome the fraud and illuminati-like America Inc. machines that controlled our destiny in the past.

    Clintons: One Faux Pas after another in their message. They screwed Al G 8-years ago by refusing to support him... and it's time for Karma pay-back: The ONE guy who could rescue Hillary is a "No show," Gotta love it. Learn this lesson future politicoes!

    Jack... Please explain the delegate count... and how Sen Clinton can have a lead with those "super delegates." THE big party machine can still stack the deck.. tell us how to overcome this.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:05 pm |
  336. Tim Owens

    Mr. Cafferty,

    This Obama phenomenon is ironically simple to understand. Politicians have insulted the general public all of my 40 years of life with the assumption that we aren't aware of the fact that any president (of anything) going into office has the responsibility to surround himself with the best people to advise and guide him/her, tempered with their own personal instincts and loyalties. A president is NOT the all wise, all powerful Oz who sits over the world and MAKES things happen or not. The question is more about personal motives and loyalties which becomes apparent in the selection of the presidential advisors and cabinet. We are not impressed by "experience" because we have not felt like we are moving in the right direction for some time now. We just want a human being in office who can every now & then say, "I was given bad information and I will do my best to correct the problem" if something goes wrong. Stop feeding it into people's heads that this would be political suicide. It would not, I promise! In fact, it would make them a star. We feel this from Obama. He is the most "un-politician-like" candidate we have seen in a long, long time. He is a man who wants the chance to do the job without all the typical Washington finesse. I’m sure both Senators Clinton and McClain would do a decent job, but do we trust their personal motivations and loyalties? Once in office, would they succumb to the “business-as-usual” ways of their respective parties? I think so. They both seem to be more about winning than making our country better for the AVARAGE person. Obama feels like a guy who is never going to be considered an “insider” in Washington and we/I take comfort in that. I was told that this was meant to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people and that is simply what we want.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:05 pm |
  337. mike

    Obama is change, better pucker up boys or you"ll be kissing something else goodbye!

    January 8, 2008 at 7:10 pm |
  338. Janie

    As much as I am pleased to see that Barack Obama is able to generate positive press, it saddens me that we still have gender bias in this country. During one of Senator Clinton's event, men were chanting "Iron my Shirts" and displayed posters to illustrate their chants. If anyone had chanting racial slurs during an Obama event, it would have been headline news on all the cable shows. Instead it was posted as a brief sentence in the scoll on the bottom of the screen.
    It was wonderful when the black American men was given the right to vote, but remember women had to wait longer.
    The attacks on Hillary have been sexist and as a woman I resent them personally. Yet, when President Bill Clinton attempts to defend her, the media pundits such as Bill Bennett (who once called all public school teachers turkeys, by the way) attack sboth of the Clintons.
    Obama is the "media darling" of the moment.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:12 pm |
  339. Susan/New York

    Obama does not have the experience to run this country,What are Obama supporter's thinking? What's very scary , I hear voters say they really don't know where Obama stands on issues but i am still going to vote for him............. HELLO.........

    January 8, 2008 at 7:13 pm |
  340. nancy Joyce Dunn

    Dear Jack,
    Obama exudes an air of peace and wisdom; an inner center that seems to be uncorrupted by the corporate dictatorship which has run things via the Bush administration, and back to dare I paraphrase it? 'computer chip, potato chip, what's the difference' Reganomics. We have decades of losing our economic individuality combined with everyone's love affair with corporate efficiency and the prospect of making money by being shareholders. Blind to the reality that business is brutally predatory and is not a DEMOCRACY. Obama makes me hope (!) that perhaps once again there will be a chair at the table of policy making that represents AMERICANS. Maybe once again we can receive the benefit of protection by our government from wolves in corporate clothing. Bush's comments that include phrases like 'less government' sound great but really mean for profit privatization (they get to rake it in), unmolested by oversight for and by the PEOPLE.
    By the way, the first thing I wish would be done is to change the status of corporations from being legally defined as a 'person'. Maybe when the white collar sociopaths can't hide behind the corporate shield, they won't be able to scam everyone and run with the loot so easily. Best Regards, N.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:14 pm |
  341. Bruce LeRoy


    What bothers me about all this is when you report that the "Clinton Donors" are getting nervous. Doesn't that just point out that money is actually running this election. It may "just the way it is", but I long for the time when candidates ran on principle rather than just going for the office as a money machine.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:16 pm |
  342. Voter 08

    Change? Change what? It is a good soundbite on the news, but what is Obama's plan? Where does he stand on crime, immigration, the economy, education, jobs for Americans, and outsourcing? If we do not have a media that will pin him down to find out what he really stands for now, we will surely find out what he has fallen for in '09. Bill Clinton was right. He has been given a free ride by a "g-ga eyed" media. This is the same media that pushed McGovern and McCarthy...both of whom lost at the prom. And, if Obama's wife is known as "the Closer" in his campaign, why haven't we heard any soundbites from her?

    January 8, 2008 at 7:17 pm |
  343. John Roberts

    Another suitable message for incumbents:

    "You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go."

    These are the words of Oliver Cromwell to the Long Parliament. They were repeated to Neville Chamberlain in 1940 after the failure of his policy of appeasement.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:17 pm |
  344. Don Carpenter


    I have a consistent record of voting for conservative Republican candidates since I was first able to cast my ballot. However, I have to admit I am intrigued by the hope brought to the 2008 presidential race by Senator Barak Obama. I, like most Americans, am tired of unfulfilled promises by those inside the political establishment. If a vote for Senator Obama means a wake-up call to the establishment in Washington that the American people are intend to retake control of our great nation before they ruin it, then the Senator can count on my vote.

    Don Carpenter
    Lincoln, Nebraska

    January 8, 2008 at 7:19 pm |
  345. dave

    As an Iowan from Des Moines, an independent and a Richardson supporter. I think that all incumbents need to remember that politicians and diapers both need to be changed often for the same reason. So they need to be real not the same old rhetoric. Enough said!

    January 8, 2008 at 7:21 pm |
  346. Jim Davis

    It is really irritating to see how our media is chasing the "sensationalism" rather than the truth.
    Bill Clinton stated some facts regarding Obama's message about his record. But instead of telling us if he was right about Obama not being different after all and his voting records do not show any difference then Hillary, you guys are asking the question if his comment is good or bad for Hillary's campaign.
    Give American public the truth, the facts about the candidates.
    Was Bill Clinton telling the truth or not?
    It's that simple isn't it?

    Plus stop declaring a certain winner after only few minutes of a game.

    We are at the beginning of the first quarter and yes, Obama scored once or twice within the first few minutes of the first quarter. But there is three hard and long quarters to play for people.

    I know it doesn't create as "sensational" as headlines like "Hillary teared up" but it is the reality. Please stop declaring early winners. Remember 2000?

    January 8, 2008 at 7:23 pm |
  347. donna

    hi, is it possible to show more than two positive comments about hillary you wouldt hink that cnn endorses obama. i know that you know that the media shapes america's thinking (unfortunately most in america do not think for themselves) i understand america s thirst for authenticity and "sincerity" but look where that has gotten us the last two terms, and america is kidding themselves to think that barack is completely distinguishable from the next "politician" (he works w/in this system doesnt he)...

    January 8, 2008 at 7:23 pm |
  348. John Osborne

    Jack ... great equal time on your change question for Obama ... let's see I saw ... wait-for-it ... can you believe it ... ALL Pro-Obama comments on your little response board. But the former President is wrong right? What am I missing Jack?

    January 8, 2008 at 7:23 pm |
  349. anita ames

    The message I will send to the incumbents in November is "YOU'RE OUT!" When I write a letter to the congressman or senator in our area they send back a form letter about 6 months later, never addressing the issue I asked about. I am ready for "CHANGE" and am going to give Barack Obama a chance!

    January 8, 2008 at 7:24 pm |
  350. fred

    All my life I have been told (and I'm pretty old) that to give the illusion of progress, make changes. Everytime I hear the word 'change' I am reminded of that. So for me and my house we will go with experience every time instead of promises of 'change'
    thank you

    January 8, 2008 at 7:25 pm |
  351. Keith P

    Jack I'm somewhat confused I keep hearing that Obama is for change but his message still rings clear for big government. It's like he's saying it's ok to be for big government but do it bipartisanly. We are so far in debt because we have government programs that are not allowed for in our Constitution (the law of the land) yet he proposes fixes for these and not getting rid of them. When the politicians aren't beholding to the big corporations ( I'm still not convinced Obama isn't) , the country will finally be able to go back to the tenets that our constitution gave us from our forefathers and America can return to being the protector of private citizens rights and not governments' priveledges.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:27 pm |
  352. Jane - Appleton WI

    Obama is an incumbent.
    Perhaps the message is to speak like a slick lawyer and provide no substance. I want to know what CHANGE means. Change is not always for the better. Mr. Obama has a very liberal record. How exactly will his left wing agenda bring America together? It's amazing how many people are fooled by slick presentation and the ability to deliver a great speech. Let's get some specifics rather the media pretending he is the next coming of the Messiah.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:28 pm |
  353. gene f.

    If our elected officials truly cared about the American people they probably would be truly concerned. However, with full pay for life after one term, why should they care at all. This program needs to be done away with immediately.

    I also like the idea of taking all campaign contributions, placing the total amount in one account, then allowing each candidate an equal share for each of their campaigns. Somehow, I do NOT think that corporate America would agree with me on that!

    I consider myself an independent, and it is refreshing to hear candidates like Mr. Obamma and Mr. Huckabee preaching drastic change. That has been needed for decades, and one can only hope that once elected, they follow through with their campaign promises, unlike so many that have come before them!

    I think that the majority of Americans are just plain fed-up with politicians in general !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 7:29 pm |
  354. Rosa

    You should be ashamed of yourselves for using CNN airtime to poke another punch at the Clintons today after spending the day obviously bashing them with every opportunity you have had. Jack, airing to the world what little innocent, Mr. John King said during the break about Clinton saying, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman", is either just your nastiness coming out again or you may be hoping to replace him by making him look bad. How low can you get? Do you think the rest of us are stupid or something? Obama is NOT even close to being the experienced person that it takes to run a country this size. His popularity is a big set- up to get rid of Mrs. Clinton. He will soon find out that those "friendly" republicans that are all rubbing up to him now, are going to turn on him very soon. The only person up there that they fear is Mrs. Clinton who has more balls than any candidates running or than all of you up there on that panel today. You are obviously helping them in their strategy so don't think the American people are fooled by your reporting!

    January 8, 2008 at 7:30 pm |
  355. Sarah

    I wish that Obama would stop talking about "experience" and I wish that the media would start talking about how much REAL experience Richardson has. Without question, Richardson has more experience than the rest of the "front-runner" candidates combined, has REAL goals for the country that he can back up with his actions in New Mexico – a state which has been significantly bettered by his leadership, and has a REAL chance to be one of America's great Presidents - but the media has been discounting him.

    When the media fails to talk about Richardson they place him at a significant disadvantage to the other candidates. If people don't have the opportunity to hear about Richardson as much as they hear about Obama and Clinton, how can we begin to say that the playing field is level or that voters are knowledgeable?

    January 8, 2008 at 7:31 pm |
  356. JAY

    America I have never been one to judge another person or persons but on the contrary when you consider all the facts and lay it all on the table…as you would any resume, and when you see it I ask you all as a country honestly who would you prefer a text book president or one with some experience?
    You might be asking who am I to give opinions, and I tell you right now, I’m just an ordinary family man with an ordinary life who just feels it makes a whole lot more sense to choose a candidate with experience over a candidate who is educated, influenced and driven by celebrity charismatic charm.
    I’m talking about Obama, ever since Ophra Winfrey came into the picture he’s become a media sensation or media social conditioning factor to all, and I honestly believe this all to be the lure of the media, and who better to work and understand the media other than Ophra Winfrey herself… a media tycoon who has influenced worldwide house hold homes for the last 3 decades..Yes she knows her stuff...Just ask Dr Phil another Ophra overnight media sensation.
    If you don’t believe what I am saying just take a look at your television set, it’s all a media frenzy over ride on Obama, and this causes a network of following and social conditioning, but not for who he really stands for…..he talks about change and using metaphors ( Dr Phil) in my founding’s people are often than not are resistant to change, so why the big hype about supporting him…..it’s not change were all looking for, its changes to what we already have in place, and we need a candidate who can deliver and support the systems already in practice. The media is running the elections, and favoring Obama, he uses positive simple metaphors, and all you see and hear about is Obama. Even all the blog entry’s , emails on today’s Mc Caferty files with CNN everything is about Obama, surely not all emails received could be this one sided? It really is a media scandal, and it has been carefully thought of from the start with the method of controlling and influencing the voters with the backing of ophra, like I said above she knows how to make the media play to her and others, and this is clearly happening right in front of our eyes, whether you believe it or not.
    Like you mentioned everyone else is saying vote for me, elect me ...and Obama is using nothing other than CHANGE...hmmmm is it different or is it people play?

    January 8, 2008 at 7:34 pm |
  357. Carlos

    Maybe, Obama will seal the deal and put action to his unity talk by choosing a Republican for VP. Can Governer Schwarzenegger legally be VP?

    January 8, 2008 at 7:37 pm |
  358. fred

    P.S. If you are going to hire someone to do a job for you, you first look at their resume. Personality is important but do they have the qualifications and experince to do the job. Not promises of 'Change'
    Think about it.
    Because You are about to HIRE someone to run this country for the next 4 years;.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:38 pm |
  359. Dave Miller

    Referring to Senator Obama's Candidacy as "Fairy Tale"

    I'm disappointed in President Bill Clinton. "Fairy Tale?" Such comments are belittling, discrediting, unnecessary and will certainly be regarded by many in the African-American Community as being motivated by racism. The former President, whom I voted for twice, needs to recall a valuable lesson from sports 101, and that is: Real Winners know how to play the game with class and must be able to handle defeat with dignity. This type of malice and attack is precisely the reason we need new and fresh personalities leading us in Washington. My advice to Senator Obama is: stay above the mud! Please, Please, don't get down in the ditch with the Clintons. Let Hillary and Bill continue to run "Against" you, but you keep running "For" the future well-being of our great nation and indeed the world. We've had enough negative and divisive politics already. The Congress has been paralyzed by partisian politics far too long. What America needs NOW is unity at home and an honorable and respected diplomacy around the world.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:38 pm |
  360. Tammy

    The American people our speaking we need change. This should send a clear message to all of the politician that have made a life career and has forgotten the basics and that it is about people and not cooperations. Americans are going to take this nation in a new direction. If exprenice is what it takes to run the nation, How come we are in this mess? We can not contunie in this direction we are failing. So out with the old and in with the new.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:40 pm |
  361. janice

    I known Bill Clinton for a long time and this is the second time I've been disappointed in him. His comments concerning B.Obama today were uncalled and unnecessary .Hillary didn't need any defending when she was ahead in the race but now that she is behind we are coming out with attacks against someone who hasn't engaged in any hostile attacks of any kind. That is why we the people need a change, the same old strike back when we are behind is tired and old.

    Thank you Janice

    January 8, 2008 at 7:40 pm |
  362. Rick Wright

    I happen to agree with Pres. Clinton in regard to the treatment of Hillary vs. Obama. When Obama first appeared on the scene I looked into him as I do anyone running for President. I am a 56 year old white male small business owner & have been interested in politics since high school. I am a registered Republican but am one of the many Republicans who think the religious zealots have taken over the party & am looking to the Democratic Party for a change. In reseaching Obama's record one huge question comes to mind, " What has this guy done ?" He hasn't sponsored any bills of interest while in Congress, all I can see is that he doesn't vote much & the few times he did he seems out of step with the rest on Congress. He also co wrote a couple of books.
    Hillary on the other hand has sponsored countless bills. Being a Republican from the State of New York I wasn't very supportive of Clinton when she moved here & ran for the Senate but while she has been here she has done a remarkable job representing the State of New York. Has Obama done the same for Illinois.
    I feel you, the News Media like Obama & you are not covering all candidates evenly. Its Howard Dean all over again. The media liked Kerry & Dean was made to look foolish while trying to energize his campaign workers & Kerry got the nomination & Dean was out. When you make comparisons to JFK or RFK I get sick. Obama has done nothing in comparison to these Icons in american politics. They accomplished much before running for President, to my mind Obama has done nothing.
    The media should report the news not influence it. Just state the facts not try to make one guy look better than the other. Cover all candidates in the same light. The media should try to educate the citizens not influence them. As far as all your polls, they should be banned. Everyone wants to be a winner & your constant showing of polling results may influence people's vots. In my mind there should be no mention of anything to do with an election till after the polls are closed.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:44 pm |
  363. Karl Geiger

    First we want to say that we are not Hillary Clinton supporters but only because of her stand when it comes to the immigration issue. This issue is a major issue for us because we see this as the second shoe dropping when it comes to losing jobs. She has done a good job in the senate for New York except for this issue.

    I want to say also that I watch the situation room almost daily but it is not the only source that I use for information and news.

    I do believe that the news media including CNN has an influence on many voters and helps them form opinions of the candidates. The thing that disturbs me the most and this is why I am getting fed up with your show and CNN is you claim to be a news show which is only partially true. Most of your show is you and your partners giving us your interpretation on events that have happened. This is especially true of the election cycle. It is not that I oppose someone giving their opinion, but don't do it like it is a fact. State that it is an opinion like Dobbs.

    What I would like to know is why you have such animosity for Hillary Clinton and especially her husband? What specifics are you criticizing her for? How about her husband? I believe he was a good president. The only real problem with Bill Clinton was his helping get NAFTA approved. ( Something that is always credited to him even though all the republicans helped him get it through) When he was in office he was attacked constantly and investigated continually. All at our expense I might add. Nothing found but it made great coverage.
    Can you say that about our current President? No. Free ride? Yes.
    Clinton's sex life and the resulting impeachment were an embarrassment to not only him but to all Americans( because of the way it was handled). You mention it alot. How many people died as a result of his trysts. None.
    Can you say that about our current President? No. Bush has destroyed more lives in more ways than people can count.
    You keep harping about the democrats ending the war. But you know they need 60 votes in the senate to get anything passed. Do you mention this when you criticize them? No. Maybe you should be criticizing the republicans. Not a peep.
    We do not know about other people but the constant drone that emits from the situation room is going to soon be tuned out in our house if this continues.
    Thanks for the sounding board.
    Karl and Carolyn Geiger

    January 8, 2008 at 7:49 pm |
  364. Sheryl

    While all the candidates are throwing the word change around. How about this for change: The Electrol Collge ILLIMINATED ? In light of the last two election results!!! Let's see who is really up for change and is truley for hearing us middle class voters!!! Which candidate is brave enough, watch them climb in the poles. Because then we would know that every vote does count unlike our system now!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 7:55 pm |
  365. Raj

    Jack, what happened to you? You used to make sense up until a few months ago. Now it looks like you work for the Obama campaign! Every time you speak, it's Obama Obama Obama. The guy has absolutely no experience of any significance and all he does is big philosophical talk.
    How naive are you guys at CNN. Haven't you been through this illogical drumbeating before (Iraq). When will you guys learn. When will you guys become responsible in your reporting? And Jack, we are not interested in you airing your personal hatred of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Please keep that for your own vote.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:55 pm |
  366. Dave Miller

    I certainly hope that the message to incumbents is that status quo is unacceptable. The partisian politics that has paralyzed the Congress over the past 12 years is coming to an end. We must come together and deal honestly with the serious issues facing our nation-Health Care, Education and the Economy at home and respectability around the world, which is vital to our efforts against terrorism worldwide. No way Washington Insiders like the Clintons will be able to do that. New Leadership and fresh ideas are badly needed. It is very obvious that Senator Obama is the only candidate with the ability go galvanize and unify our country to face the challenges ahead. We cannot afford to Wait.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:57 pm |
  367. JAY

    First the word “Change” is being used just like “Flip-flop” in the 2004 election with no message behind it, it’s just a flasy tagline… OH NO, it’s not flashy tagline, it’s a very cleaver manipulative campaign, which is using very simple sociological phenomenological processes of inheriting traditions, cultural transmutations (changes) and they are using it to their advantage. This process has worked before through previous generations, and elections alike…..it’s called social conditioning. Manifestations of social conditioning are vast, but they are generally categorized as social patterns, and social studies, including education, popular culture and family life, and the Obama campaign is doing just that using key words like “CHANGE” its equivalent as driving down the road and seeing a car dealership displaying “FREE” and I ask you what would you do..shall I continue?

    January 8, 2008 at 7:58 pm |
  368. Vali

    In keeping with Obama's statesmanship and his message of hope, I would say the incumbants should read Obama's success as an opportunity to take the right action instead of the political action - and thereby ensure their future careers.

    January 8, 2008 at 8:02 pm |
  369. M. E. Watson

    To Richard, from McKinney Texas. You talk about judgment, and imply that you have good judgment and those who support Senator Hillary Clinton do not. I would say it is a safe bet to say that you probably voted for President Bush in the last two presidential elections. As the American people have now seen, this president you voted for is a liar, a deceiver, a warmonger, a Dick Cheney puppet, a big spender with taxpayer money, a budget breaker, etc, etc. I would say your judgment isn't very good and why should anybody listen to it.

    When Bil Clinton lied to the American people, he didn't hurt anybody but himself, his family, the democratic party and those closest to him. When George W. Bush lied to the American people, he got us into a religious war with Iraq, which had nothing to do with 9/11; has been responsible for almost 4,000 young American men and women killed, and many more thousands civilians; has spent and wasted a lot of taxpayer money fighting this war, lies about creating a democracy in Iraq that will never happen, as we have seen with the death of Benazir Bhutto; has created the largest deficit this country has ever seen; thinks he's above the rule of law and cronies like Libby don't need to do jail time, etc, etc., and people like you don't even blink at these atrocities, because you don't dare question your JUDGMENT. You probably voted for this man, who has deteriorated the true meaning of democracy and you think other people should listen to your judgment?

    Wake up, people. You seem to want the person that you decide to elect for President to be absolutely perfect for all people. There is no such animal. There isn't anybody that runs for President that will make everybody happy. Even the most perfect person that ever was, was crucified. We all have our biases and axes to grind. The person most qualified should be elected, and in my book, that person is Hillary Clinton. Stop allowing the media to concentrate on trivial, stupid media moments. Thanks to television, if a handsome face were to run against Abraham Lincoln today, who do you think would win? Not only are the candidates scripted, but so is the media. Are we going to let the media decide for us who the next president is going to be? I certainly am not.

    January 8, 2008 at 8:05 pm |
  370. jose

    My heart goes for Hillary Clinton. We should be grateful for the Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton for the robust economy that they work so hard during Bill Clinton presedency, Now , we are in economic trouble with weak dollars here and abroad. America must not forgot ,Bill Clinton legacy .Vote for Hillary will mean, economic stability.

    January 8, 2008 at 8:07 pm |
  371. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, UT

    There is a lot of talk about experience, and its importance. However, I would rather have a new vision, new ideas, a new approach in my president.

    I am a registered Independent, and have voted for Kerry in 04. We got Bush, a man who had experience, but no brains.

    I too, am excited about Obama, that we in the US would even consider voting for an African-American is progress, that alone gives me, HOPE.

    January 8, 2008 at 8:13 pm |
  372. Owen Lewis

    The only thing that Obama has is charisma, the ability to excite a crowd. His time in Senate does not give him time to learn by experience to lead this country. His change message is baseless due to his lack of experience.

    January 8, 2008 at 8:24 pm |
  373. Evelyn Mills


    I think we need to remember that talk is cheap.Obama is a good salesman but we need to remember there are talkers and those who do the work. I suspect he is more of a snake oil salesman.
    I hope that for those of us who are concerned about the impact that illegal immigration has had on America will remember his marching with the illegals and supporting their demands.
    I cannot even consider voting for him

    January 8, 2008 at 8:34 pm |
  374. mugwump markus shuler

    Dear Mr Cafferty,

    Luv your acerbic intelligence. Please keep up the good work.

    I'm from Canada: we had a 1960's phenomenom called Pierre Trudeau, and TrudeauMania, which yielded Canada one of our finest leaders, with the highest of international respect.

    I predict the same for Obama unless, like his US phenomenal predecessors JFK,RFK,and MLK, he is a victim of American Gun Culture. In Canada, the right to "bear arms" is the right to wear short sleeve shirts.

    We have a much different view of weapons up here, and are a much less violent people than our dear Yankee neighbours. ( We also have 1,000% better health care).

    Cheers & best wishes for a new generation of leadership that is outside the control of the self-proclaimed greatest generation.

    January 8, 2008 at 8:34 pm |
  375. Nick from TN

    Doesn't matter Ron Paul is the person for change. The left and right talk is just a circle to confuse Americans.It is sad to watch the main stream media treat the only person with an honest record of supporting the constitution as a shot in the dark when they should be putting him on a pedestal. By blocking him from the mainstream it will only come back around in the end to benefit the Paul campaign KARMA!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 8:37 pm |
  376. Nick from TN

    Obama/ Paul '08
    change + experience!!

    January 8, 2008 at 8:39 pm |
  377. Joseph

    Long time independent..question for you..are you a paid Barack staffer or an objective journalist? Hard to tell..as of late..you seem like the Barack version of Rush L on the conservative side..your non stop cheerleading for Barack is becoming redundant. Can we expect more objective views moving forward..or are you hoping for a pr job with Obama? Your loyalty to him night after night is obvious to us all.

    Still open minded & undecided for next election

    January 8, 2008 at 8:39 pm |
  378. gregory farino

    I am a long time viewer and reader of CNN. I am shocked and offended that you would have a disreputable and dishonest Ralph Reed as one of your analysts. If you were going to have him on the show, you should ask him about his efforts against McCain in SC, and his participation in the casino lobbiest scandals.

    He demeans the integrity of your show.

    January 8, 2008 at 8:41 pm |
  379. Linda

    The real question is what does Obama's popularity say about America.

    It says we are naive and looking for a knight in shining armour to come in, save us and make this country a better place.

    Get a clue! The world is globally competitive and we don't need a knight, we need a vision. A challenge beyond–"go shopping".

    This election should not be about getting even with the current administration. Move on. They know they've been a disaster, they are not stupid–just greedy.

    This election is about our future, and what direction this country is going to take to set us up for the next 20 to 30 years.

    Experience does count. Vision does count. Global experience does count.

    January 8, 2008 at 8:48 pm |
  380. Scotty

    As I write, Hillary is ahead by five points in New Hampshire. You guys are saying it's "too close to call" and my gut is churning. What would the difference be were she to win? Her weeping? Nope. The fact that she's really good at "having a conversation" with America? Obviously not. Rather, it was the "Fairy Tale" speech given by Bill, a monstrosity which may go down in history as having worsted both the "Checkers" and "You Won't Have Nixon to Kick Around Anymore" speeches by Tricky Dick. A new low in American politics. A series of lies and distortions – which he knew, by the way – followed by the tag line (for those of you familiar with advertising), "A Fairy Tale." So, I hope you'll forgive a former Bill Clinton fan for saying that the aspiring First Husband has committed the gravest of sins, and sunk far below any former president in history. For, as a former president, he must've known that his first priority was the dignity of the office he once held; his second, his own legacy; and his last, any personal, post-presidential goals. Some of us – even those of us (like me) who would've voted for a nominated Hillary in November – will remember this. And we will cast our ballot for anyone other than the Senator from New York.

    January 8, 2008 at 9:03 pm |
  381. Lou Ann

    The first election I was excited about was for Bobby Kennedy – I watched his every move even though I was only 14 years old and couldn't even vote. I was watching the night he was shot and was totally devastated. Then along came 1972 and I got excited again and what followed Watergate. I watched the Watergate Hearings and was totally disheartened about politics in general. The fact that the only choice is the least of the worst evils is a disgrace. When I watched the democrat convention in 2004 and heard Mr. Obama’s speech I was dumbstruck – who is this guy and why in the hell isn’t he the one getting the nomination in lieu of the puppets that were on the ballot. I’m a Deep South transplant to New Hampshire and I’m extremely excited and proud to finally after all these years to have a “person” I feel is worthy of my vote. When did hope become a “dirty word”? I don’t believe any one person can make significant change (other than Bush who seemed to have had the unilateral ability to take this country to near ruin) without the cooperation of the entire political leadership. Mr. Obama is the only candidate I’ve seen that is willing to work with all sides – he doesn’t see party, etc. he is willing to work with all for the greater good of this nation and isn't that what is most important – it won't matter who gets elected if the country is no longer a positive, respected leader in the world.

    January 8, 2008 at 9:08 pm |
  382. Lou Ann

    The first election I was excited about was for Bobby Kennedy – I watched his every move even though I was only 14 years old and couldn't even vote. I was watching the night he was shot and was totally devastated. Then along came 1972 and I got excited again and what followed Watergate. I watched the Watergate Hearings and was totally disheartened about politics in general. The fact that the only choice is the least of the worst evils is a disgrace. When I watched the democratic convention in 2004 and heard Mr. Obama’s speech I was dumbstruck – who is this guy and why in the hell isn’t he the one getting the nomination in lieu of the puppets that were on the ballot. I’m a Deep South transplant to New Hampshire and I’m extremely excited and proud to finally after all these years to have a “person” I feel is worthy of my vote. When did hope become a “dirty word”? I don’t believe any one person can make significant change (other than Bush who seemed to have had the unilateral ability to take this country to near ruin) without the cooperation of the entire political leadership. Mr. Obama is the only candidate I’ve seen that is willing to work with all sides – he doesn’t see party, etc. he is willing to work with all for the greater good of this nation and isn't that what is most important – it won't matter who gets elected if the country is no longer a positive, respected leader in the world. Interesting how many other candidates began to pick up the phrases "hope"/"Change" when they saw it works!

    January 8, 2008 at 9:12 pm |
  383. Hal

    Dear Mr. Caffrey,

    Obama is not talking about a change of SUBSTANCE as much as he is talking about a change of STYLE.

    He is a true statesman, not simply a politician.

    You and MOST other newsmen and politicians are not listening carefully enough to see that Obama is determined to express his ideas without saying that anyone who has other ideas is EVIL?

    THE CHANGE will be that he loves his country more than he loves his party. Maybe he believes, as did Thomas Jefferson, that "a difference of opinion does not necessarily mean a difference of principle."

    Right now there may be lots of good ideas in Washington, but if a Republican suggests a solution, the Democrats refuse to listen or allow anyone else to take credit. If a Democrat has a solution the Republicans refuse to listen or allow anyone else to take credit. Because they do not care about the country; they care about their party and who will "get credit" for an idea.

    Young people I have heard talk about this are sick of the knee-jerk reactions to everything by the old hippies and others of that generation. They are interested in trying to figure things out rationally and logically...and politely.

    For about a generation now, baby boomers have gotten their way in almost everything. And we are so horrified when we don't get our own way, that instead of seeing others as people with different opinons, we see them as EVIL. And if someone sees YOU as evil, you can only see them as stupid – and so the cycle starts.

    Obama, Huckabee and McCain all represent a more polite, civilized style of governing.

    THAT is the CHANGE that is getting Obama elected.

    January 8, 2008 at 9:21 pm |
  384. Suzie

    Excuses me if I'm not enthusiastic about Obama! He keeps harping on the very institution he's working in but what has he done in the past 4 years while he could have tried to do something but he didn't! On difficult votes he hangs back until the vote is decided before casting a safe one – this tells me he's not showing a profile in courage – words are very nice but I'm more swayed by actions and he's shown me that he's all talk no actions. I hate that he's pitting one generation against another. I hate that he voted with the republicans for the bankruptcy bill without any exceptions for our soldiers and for people who fall into debt because of sky high medical bills – he's voted more to the right than Hillary so why do we see him as our savior? I'm fed up that the media is feeding this Obama wave because they hate the Clintons. Thanks to them we ended up with Bush because as Margaret Carlson said it was more fun to be on Bush's plane because they were fed lobster ravioli and foreign beer and were given nicknames but it was boring to be on Gore's plane because they were fed stailed sandwiches and were lectured to unlike playing games on Bush's plane. I will not let myself be influenced by the media – they do not represent my needs and I will definitely vote for the person who will assure me health care, which Obama's plan leaves me out and I'm paying over $20,000 because I get it through my state's health insurance risk pool. I've researched all the candidates previous votes to see if they are remaking their image a la Obama simply to get elected. I refused to be fooled like I was by Kerry who just caved in when attacked by the swiftboaters – I despise Hillary but of all the the candidates I know that she's the most intelligent and would do the better job even though like Bush I will not be able to look at her but we just cannot afford to have another person learning on the job – we tried that with Bush and look at the state our country is in. Ideals are very nice if they are backed up by actions but this time around I want a capable person and Clinton is the only one who could achieve what we have to do – she's been there before and she will know how to get us out of this s....t!

    January 8, 2008 at 9:28 pm |
  385. krista asenso

    I really think that Obama has turned our voting statistics around. These elections are one of the most popular. All i know is that Hilary needs to take her emotions somewhere else. She focuses more on what she can do rather then what obama does, he focuses on what him and america can do

    January 8, 2008 at 9:42 pm |
  386. M.Mitchell

    As I watch your elections I can not believe American's would vote for Mr. Obama. The shape of your country's finances, health care and poverty rate leads me to believe that at the least the American people would vote for some one with years of experience. As far as Mrs. Clinton goes if she is voted in as president you get two for the price of one. The last election cost many lives of young men and woman not only in your country but around the world.

    M. Mitchell

    January 8, 2008 at 9:42 pm |
  387. krista asenso

    has anyone noticed that most old people vote for hilary while the younger people vote for Obama hmmmmm. I wonder why? maybe its because she cried on t.v

    January 8, 2008 at 9:45 pm |
  388. krista asenso

    i honestly ,truelly feel and i know many others believe this too. HILARY IS A FAKE!!!
    i mean come on with the crying and the trying to be compassionate. A lot beliveve that she has no emotions and frankly im one of them

    January 8, 2008 at 9:52 pm |
  389. Alan Gardner


    It's easy for gullible people who cannot think for themselves to be easily influenced by and attracted to a candidate like Obama who talks of "change", yet he has not defined what "change" he's talking about. He says its time for a "change" in foreign policy and he'll withdraw troops from the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan as soon as he takes office. Such a policy proclamation is not change, but appeasement to the enemy. It should remind any person knowledgeable of world history Neville Chamberlain proclaiming he had made a deal with Adolf Hitler, appeasement which England and Europe paid dearly for in WWII deaths and casualties. Obama also talks of unity, yet he divides the baby boomer generation and young generation by saying that the time of the baby boomer generation has come and gone, and now is the time for his generation. Obama is nothing more than pretty boy, but who is, granted, articulate. America doesn't need a President who gives "feel good", cheerleader speeches. The situations in Pakistan, Iraq, North Korea, Iran and other dangerous areas of the world, coupled with serious domestic issues, dictates that America needs a leader, a person of substance and resolve. Obama doesn't meet that criteria. I only hope and pray that voters in the upcoming Feb. 5 primaries corrects Iowa's and perhaps New Hampshire's mistake by nominating someone other than Obama.



    January 8, 2008 at 9:58 pm |
  390. William Fuchs

    Jack it's 9 pm and everyone on CNN seems to be stunned at the close polls between Clinton and Obama. I can tell you why, look at the other's there is at least 4000 votes that all where not viable in Iowa and most of those went Obama and Edwards. It's this viability that gave Iowa to Obama/Edwards now take the votes these non-viables are getting and give them to Obama and Edwards and the votes level off.

    January 8, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  391. lena s

    I thought Hillary breaking down a few days ago really showed that she is a human being and that being a good thing, but with that said, her emotional spectical was what muslim extremeist in other parts of the world would expect from a woman. Most countries that remain ruled by muslim extremists would see her as a week leader , because they have no respect for woman, lets be honest , in these countries they make women cover their face in public and make women subserviant to men. Hillary not week, but just a woman. Do you agree jack?

    January 8, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  392. John Osborne

    Jack ... your a good guy and a true believer, let's hope Mrs. Clinton is up to it, but tell your collegaues that Hanover and Durham are depopulated this time of year ... college kids are home on XMas break ... those 2-3K votes for Obama may not be there. Just got off the phone with a friend of mine in NH and he says that w/o students there ... there is like an extra 500-1000 population in both areas! Not enough maybe??

    January 8, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  393. Cynthia

    Please, he has the same foreign policy advisors as the rest. Has already
    threatened nuclear action. How much of a change is that? Meet the same
    bought off boss, same as the last bought off boss.

    Why has the media failed to inform the public and actually prevented
    Kucinich from presenting his views? Oh yeah, the insurers need to get
    rich, silly me.

    January 8, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  394. Mike

    It sickings me to see how all the media we're wishing a win for Obama and loss for Hillary. The way they talked about Bill defending her,like he had no rights.Saying "he was going to ruined her", Now the're saying "he may have saved her". What a load of manure. And now she won the N.H. primary everyone is saying the opposite. I call that two face,residence in N.H. proved tonight that the media don't control what they think.

    January 8, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  395. Ken W

    Looks like CNN wins the "Foot In Mouth Award" tonight. At 4:00pm today all you guys could talk about was whether or not Hillary would lose by more than 10 points! Maybe this was just a ploy by the Clinton camp to get the word out -through the all to willing news media- that she might lose, and get more of her supporters to go out and vote?
    Maybe CNN and the other national news hounds should be forced to air reruns of "The Andy Griffith Show" until the polls actually close on election nights!

    January 8, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  396. Bruce

    Aw Jack,

    How did you guys blow the numbers so badly. For a day I had some hope, now I'm sitting here listening to the Clintons blather about winning New Hampshire when all the polls said she would loose by 10 points... In the end it's the same... nobody got any message from the process... there was a short glimmer of hope... a short glimmer and in the end we sank back into the same old familiar territory...

    January 8, 2008 at 11:18 pm |
  397. Emanuel

    One of the many questions we hear daily is, if Barrack Obama is ready to become the President of the United States. I have not heard if American is ready for Barrack Obama to become the President of the United States. My response is Barrack is just as ready as any other Presidential hopeful. I know I'm in American but what makes one American more ready to become President of the United States? His or Her skin color? Their bible beliefs? If their ancestor were slaves or slaves owners? How many in each generation finish college and which college? Or some other eliminating factor. We are all proud Americans but we have issues. We will never agree where our issues started, it appears that we don't have any plans on correcting them. We unconsciously assume someone else is ready to become President of the United States just because he or she is.


    January 8, 2008 at 11:24 pm |
  398. Sally Pitman

    Jack, please answer this. Why, in this enlightened age and country, do we not consider someone "half white" as white instead of whatever other color he/she has?

    Fortunately for all of us, Obama is not running as a black man but as an American. I wish we could stop calling him half black. It's insulting.

    January 8, 2008 at 11:40 pm |
  399. Carol A. Hoffman

    Congratulations Hillary! Finally, Women have stood up and shouted and let our voices be heard!!!!

    Hillary will be the next President of the United States. She will finally bring the real issues out in the open that the American people want. We have had enough of corporate and big business interests raiding the American peoples pockets!

    Go Hillary!

    Carol A. Hoffman
    Sylvania, OH 43560

    January 8, 2008 at 11:41 pm |
  400. Marianne

    The extent to which CNN was wrong on New Hampshire is quite breathtaking.

    The reporting by CNN was so slanted against Hillary, that no pretense can be made that CNN was really trying to be fair and impartial.

    What was really going on here was an attempt by CNN to flex its muscles by trying to manipulate citizens to vote against Hillary and favor Obama.

    Sorry CNN. You lost.

    Marianne in New England

    January 9, 2008 at 12:37 am |
  401. maria

    hi jack,
    it just goes to show that women are more slick than men, this woman is very smart, she studied carefully what made obama win in iowa, and followed the same trail, i love the faces of the young people in the back as she gave her speech, she sure ate obama's lunch and dinner! i will support obama, but if she wins i'm ok with it too.

    January 9, 2008 at 12:39 am |
  402. Robert

    I hope all the pundits who looked shell shocked , learn from this mistake. I would hope they all appolgize to us. It is not right that the REPORTERS try to bend and twist an outcome to an election.

    It is obvious that many in the press are out of touch with what is going on in this country. The people are taking our country back !!

    So maybe when the press gets back to REPORTING the news, instead of trying to make it, then you can go back to what to REPORTING, and see the groundswell movement by everyday people, demanding our country back. Maybe it would better suit to report on that.

    This a defining moment in our Nations history, and it is amazing that the press is totally missing the boat.

    Be part of the solution, not part of the problem


    January 9, 2008 at 1:14 am |
  403. Marcus

    Anyone got change for a 10 dollar bill all the candidates do they all have change but forget about the cash register the senate and congress

    January 9, 2008 at 1:19 am |
  404. flo

    Why hillary clinton won? she won because she used her husband at the last minute. because people listen to bill. Hillary is the one running for president not bill Clinton. I think it is only fair that she don’t start getting angry again on national television or getting teary eyes when oprah comes out to campaign for obama.
    please apeal to oprah to comes out and campaign for obama. because the clintons are teaming up on obama

    January 9, 2008 at 1:25 am |
  405. betty

    Put down the koolaide, forget about Oprah's celebrity and get back to the business of making sense. I heard your fellow talking heads suggest that the reason you all got it so wrong was because voters are secret racists. To cover your own behinds you all are now playing the race card. You tried to make news by inventing Obama-mania and the viewers saw through it. Get back to reporting the news or commenting on it and forget about trying to push us into anyone's camp.

    January 9, 2008 at 1:26 am |
  406. H.B. Lee

    This country needs to be very careful. We could end up with 4 more years of scandal & coruption. We don't need another White House \ Whore House situation.. Nor do we need another "White Water".. Funny, and she was there while all of this was going on.

    Love for America always,


    January 9, 2008 at 1:48 am |
  407. June Plessel

    It must be extremely difficult to write news about something that is yet to happen, but don't you ever feel foolish when you all try to influence the voting in a state like New Hampshire by running the person who eventually won into the ground with your negative comments and polls? All I can say is "Go Hillary, and it will be sweet revenge to WIN IT ALL over the rude, crude and distasteful comments of the press and tv reporters. If only they would at least apologize and wish you well, but then they would have to imagine that they are gentlemen and ladies who want to do the right thing, a far stretch in my opinion."

    June Plessel
    Mlford, Nebraska

    January 9, 2008 at 2:33 am |
  408. Dan Hickey

    "Fair and balanced, eh Jack? " Your FOX mentality and political biases makes you a primary candidate for a netwprk change? If you need a reference Jack, please contact me! I see you chose NOT to post my comment of this morning (Tue) to you? As a retired US military person I have such contempt for cowards! Particularly loud mouth right-wingers cowards. Remember what a 'drooling BUSH fanatic 'you were just a few years ago Jack? What a man of intellectual substance you are. Now you 'dump' on your former 'hero' every chance you get. "Fair and balanced" Jack. Fair and balanced! FOX would snap you up if you gave them the slightest hint you are ready to jump ship at CNN. You are my hero Jack. Cross my heart!!! How does the 'Wolf man' feel about you? Well, who cares. He is as unprincipled and slimy as you are!!! Must move on Jack. Inspite of the NATIONAL MEDIA'S orchestrated effort on behalf of Obama, sanity prevailed and Hillary won. Praise the Lord! Jack, have you ever served your country? Jack, there is a God, and Hillary's victory is proof positive of that fact. I will be looking closely at that endearing SCOWL of yours this Wednesday afternoon. Oh happy day! I wonder how long this commentary will survive? Fair and balanced Jack. Fair and balanced ! I admire you so! Can't you tell?

    January 9, 2008 at 2:52 am |
  409. kennedy

    Hillary appreciates every vote. And I want to say thank you to everyone that voted for Hillary. For the first woman ever in over 200 years of our great nation to win a
    U S Presidental primary. Thanks for giving a woman an opportunity to prove she can lead a great nation.

    January 9, 2008 at 4:25 am |
  410. JIm in Michigan

    In each case, the establishment has come together behind the safe candidate.

    McCain is in a bit of a unique position because he has been a maverick for years, but suddenly is the standard bearer for the Republican establishment, primarily because of his position on the war in Iraq.

    Clinton is the establishment candidate who has the Democratic establishment behind her. That is not only because of her husband, the former President, but also because Obama hasn't paid the establishment the homage they seem to feel they are due.

    But there is a further unique factor at work here, which is that McCain and Obama are the candidates who are attracting the independents who are sick and tired of the extreme do nothing partisanship that has paralyzed this country.

    Clinton is a polarizing figure who may be able to win the primary with the support of the Democratic Establishment, but in a match up with McCain, McCain will get not only the Republican Establishment, but also the votes independents. Clearly this is all good news for McCain.

    January 9, 2008 at 5:47 am |
  411. Winston

    Unlikely, but just maybe, the expert "pundits" will learn to let the voters decide. All of your polls for several days had Obama beating Clinton by 6-8 points. You found the same as we often find here in Canada: the voters will make up their own minds!! As crazy and long-winded as your electoral system is, it makes for good TV!

    January 9, 2008 at 6:02 am |
  412. Sang

    Barack Obama lost by some percent of his opponement Hillary Clinton. I think the road to pick the Democrat's favorite is still undecided. Speaking in general terms when the larger states are getting pick their choice, such as Pennsylvania, New York, California not to forget Texas and Florida, the two stream states of huge potential for Republicans.

    It's seems to be clear when Barack Obana can get both of these states behind him, incase he could there's a strong potential that the Democratic party put him as frontrunner.

    There's still a long and rough way ahead to forsee this, and even by this there could still be a lingering issues on the table where he needs to press on.

    John McCain was the suprise of last evening by getting the Republicans bid in New Hampsire, as what he did in 2000 when he also got their voice. It's to predict that, if the Republicans, get him on their list.

    There's an old saying " someone wins at the end, when he or she ends up in the White House".

    January 9, 2008 at 6:02 am |
  413. Bonnie

    Jack – Hard to believe you and Lou WERE my favorite TV guys until you started joining the Chris Matthews' of the world in Clintoncide. How about going on an extended vacation until the end of the year, thus doing the country a favor. Apparently you forgot that a large part of your audience has been WOMEN. Making ridiculous comparisons with the hopester to JFK, RFK, and MLK and Ms.hopester to Jackie has been nauseating and unbelievable to observe. Please. Go buy the Camelot Cliff Notes and some '60's Bios this weekend and take your phone off the hook. Get it out of your system. Then get your passport. Seeya.

    January 9, 2008 at 6:50 am |
  414. Cheryl

    You Mr. Cafferty are part of the problem, and a coward I might add. You sit on CNN or where ever and blow prairie dust up Baraks butt and talk nasty about Hillary! Got a problem with her being a woman? You are a huge part of the media problem. I noticed you in the back last night on CNN after she won EATING YOUR CROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO HILLARY*********************************************************************************

    January 9, 2008 at 8:07 am |
  415. Ilene

    Yes, Hillary has experience. She was all about health care for everyone when her husband first took office. Then like all good politician she was bought out by the drug and insurance companies and the whole matter was just dropped and swept under the carpet. WAKE UP democrats. She is just another lying politician and I do not believe since she is known for being such a liar she will end this republican horror that this country is under now. Obama is the only honest man that can do that. I am ashamed that N.H. forgets so easily how dishonest the woman is. I don't think Americans want honest in the White House. We have already had experience with Bush. Do they really want experience again??

    January 9, 2008 at 8:26 am |
  416. Dianne Haynes

    The message that Obama sends to incumbents is that the status quo of American politics is in serious jeopardy. It is wonderful to see that Americans are seriously looking at the issues and what is being said by the candidates,. Obama's message of change resounds with a bang because after 8 years of George Bush, Americans are busted and disgusted. Obama sends a message that Americans can and will stand up and take on those in Congress who continue to "go along" to "get along". The Americans who are for Obama are the very ones who will one day march on Washington and demonstrate to boot out all of those in Congress who count on many Americans not to look at how they respond to lobbyists, how they vote and what they actually spend their time doing when they are actually physically in the Capital. When I hear Obama speak, I immediately think of JFK and MLK - how sad that it took well over 30 years to be inspired by a political figure in our country.

    January 9, 2008 at 8:59 am |
  417. robert w smith

    With the vote total in N.H. so high for the dem , Does this show a poor showing for the rep candids for the general election. with the enconmy really being poor in the rust belts north. could the polls be out of touch as well as wall streetits about jobs and jobs

    January 9, 2008 at 9:02 am |
  418. Pam Lynn

    Last nights speeches!!!
    Watching the speeches last night, it was obvious that Obama was looking at Teleprompters. Go back and review the speech. He had two focal points and never made eye contact with anything but those two focal points. After watching Bush read speeches from teleprompters for 7 years or obfuscate the English language freestyle, it's plain to see. Senator McCain read his speech with the expressions of an old school teacher reading a story book to an elementary school class. Senator Clinton gave a speech from her heart and head with notes. It looked like topics she wanted to touch on and then delivered a thoughtful feeling about each topic. Edwards delivered straight up speech from his head and heart without anything. I guess that was his courtroom trail experience coming through. He was awesome, so was Hillary. Obama OUT!! McCain WAY OUT!!

    January 9, 2008 at 9:03 am |
  419. Dianne Haynes

    Obama/Edwards – now there's a viable ticket that could pull the blue and red states together and fill the intellectual vacuum that has existed for 8 years.

    January 9, 2008 at 9:05 am |
  420. Ron from Seattle

    Well, it appears the women in NH want a voice in running the country.

    Who can blame them?! Look at the mess nearly all the male gender presidents have caused; yes, even Bill Clinton. Remember NAFTA, outsourcing American jobs, etc.?
    Let's hope, if Hillary makes it all the way, she doesn't take Bill's advice too seriously.

    January 9, 2008 at 9:06 am |
  421. Tedros

    It sends this message: do not run your campaigns with with a sense of entitlement. I find it ironic that Bill Clinton use to cite the Republican Party's sense of entitlement for rights to the Oval Office. Now, in this campaign he sure sounds like he feels that his wife is entitled to the Democratic Nomination in the least.

    January 9, 2008 at 9:09 am |
  422. Kelly

    Bush, Bush, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush, and now another Clinton? After Hillary who's next Chelsea? I'm sorry I find it Extremely difficult to trust Senator Clinton because back in the 90's I voted for Bill. But any woman who can seemingly overlook the kind of public humiliation that her husband put her through with regards to the the Monica L. , and Jennifer F. scandals, just to name a few..... without as much as a whimper of indignation, to show us she has real emotions– instead has kept Bill on hand and when its convenient pulls Him out to stand on his shoulders of experience and call it her own –35 years of experience– come on - it's way too much ruthless blind ambition for me. If you can't keep your own husband in check , how about these other men, those who can't stand you because of your husband? How are you gonna handle them? Tears can only go so far for men as well as women. And as for the so-called tears, I keep checking my tape and i haven't seen one crocodile tear yet. I think Hillary should change her lifelong dream of coveting the presidency and just settle for that golden globe award.

    January 9, 2008 at 9:16 am |
  423. Joe Tyrrell

    The voting results make a lot of the comments appear rediculous. Hind sight is a great thing. Never trust polls.

    January 9, 2008 at 9:18 am |
  424. Virginia Davis

    This country has wonderful news reporting...the best. I love you guys, especially The Situation Room. BUT, your job is to report. You do not get to pick the candidate. That job is up to the voters. The coverage last night was a revelation. All of you were shocked–SHOCKED–that Mr. Obama did not sweep the field. Perhaps he will, but perhaps someone else will. Because he won in Iowa you seem to feel that the process is over. It isn't. Do what you do so well. REPORT.

    January 9, 2008 at 9:33 am |
  425. Paula

    Well, well Ms. Hillary pulled off another slight of hand trick with her "I am so picked on boo hoo scene" in NH coffee house. shame shame! To me she showed that even the truth coming out from her own party members was just too much for her.. somehow I know Golda Meier , Benizer Bhutto, Indra Ghandi strong world leaders would never have used the weak female card.. if you can't take the heat Hillary and your feelings are hurt, best take your dolly and get out of the way for Barack .No one like s a whiner ..

    January 9, 2008 at 9:57 am |
  426. Susan

    I have a question for Jack Cafferty? What is driving him to be so unfair and openly hostile toward Hillary Clinton? Does he, perhaps, have the syndrome that Gloria Steinmen discussed in her op-ed... a man who was raised by a woman and therefore fears that a powerful woman can force him to regress to childhood? Seriously, Cafferty, you are so obviously biased against a woman in the White House you ought to be removed from the airwaves until you recover (if you ever had) your sense of journalistic balance and objectivity.

    January 9, 2008 at 10:02 am |
  427. Bobbie Campbell

    I am a 51 year old white woman recently transplanted from one "don't matter" state–Nebraska–to another–Indiana. I am a veteran of the Vietnam era having served my country in the USAF from 1974 until 1978. Granted, I wasn't a prisoner in the Hanoi Hilton but I served nonetheless. Having said that I have to admit I have voted in one presidential election–period. I assumed, correctly I fear, that my vote means nothing. For the first time, after seeing Barack Obama win in Iowa, I had hope. NOW, after the New Hampshire primaries I can see how foolish and naive I was. Obama has no chance. No one does, not against Hillary Clinton. When the entire nation can ignore what she so blatantly IS, what point is there in my getting all shook up? Oh, and for the record, McCain has no shot. He was allowed to get to the point he is because he is impotent against the Clinton machine and they just don't sweat him. I'm sorry to sound so jaded but after last night all of the good people, good American people, who actually effected change in the country are dead. Dead at the hands of what I HAD always thought were a collection of nutcases. Now I seriously have to wonder. Please understand that I have always, all of my life, believed in the inherent goodness of this nation and it's people and now I can't. Audacity of hope indeed.

    January 9, 2008 at 10:06 am |
  428. Terry

    Just where does obama stand with the military or veterans? not to well from my view. Any Generals supporting him? It will be a hard place for the Military to support him as president. But as always they do as there directed. You must give respect to get it.

    January 9, 2008 at 10:10 am |
  429. Jan

    Obama should be shaking up all the residents of Washington. I'm a conservative that always voted Republican. I've been talking about Obama since last January.
    I can't see myself voting for anyone besides Obama. I'm 53. On the other end my 18 year old daughter is just as strong for Obama.

    January 9, 2008 at 10:35 am |
  430. Mary Ann Mobley

    Jack, We expect you to be fair and balanced. Stop telling us who you favor and just report the facts. I am disapointed in you for the way you speak of Hillary Clinton. If you don't like her don't vote for her but stop the bad mouthing. You are beginning to sound like Bill O'reilly. American women are tired of the sexist comments leveled against Hillary for her behavoir while the same behavoir in male candidates is seen as impressive. We women who like and listen to your show expect more from you.

    January 9, 2008 at 10:39 am |
  431. Jake

    After last night, the revelation came clear! Obama is all HYPE! Republicans want nothing more than to see him nominated as the Democratic frontrunner. He is a BOOM and BUST candidate, don't get caught up in the OBAMA HYPE! Last night was the Republican's worst nightmare! Hilary as the frontrunner! They know for a fact they can't beat her in a national election, that's why they have been getting everyone caught up in the OBAMA HYPE. Be smart, vote Hilary! It's our only chance to win!

    January 9, 2008 at 10:42 am |
  432. Lissa

    All those polls could not have been wrong. Tell the truth, was this primary honest?

    January 9, 2008 at 11:02 am |
  433. Carl Klein


    Please let be be one of the first to congratulate CNN for being wrong in the New Hampshire primary relative to the Democratic results. Although, I am not necessarily a Hillary fan, I was ecstatic to see the results, if for no other reason, the meat grinder CNN has put her through for the last week. I have been a CNN fan and probably spend too much time watching. Jack, you are especially refreshing and your wit is second to none. I just cannot understand the newsworthiness of cnn giving the appearance of being impartial in the primary when every other sentance describes some issue with or reason Hillary is on a down hill track . I should also say I believe the "Situation Room" speaking about "Pundants" is looking in the mirror. C'mon folks, get with the real program and stop trying to steer results by making one individual the Goat. You at CNN are supposed to be above FOX in really representing "Fair and Balanced" On this issue, I'll take FOX!

    P.S. You should add spell checker to your blogg.

    Carl in N.C.

    January 9, 2008 at 11:13 am |
  434. Joe Tyrrell

    It shows that Democrats are not satisfied with the way that the politicians are handling hings (same goe fot Independents & Republicans. Obama is nic, preentable canidate but really has little claim to being the canidate of change. He voted for Iraqunding after saying he would not. He out of step with majority on illegals. In short, he is taking credit without grounds. It is good that he shaken the others up.

    If you are looking for change, Edwards is a better bet.

    January 9, 2008 at 11:14 am |

    Whatever negatives Hillary Clinton brings with her to this campaign, being a bad mother isn't one of them. I think our country is so gobsmacked by the incompetence and arrogance of the last eight years that we literally want our mommy. Obama is charismatic, McCain is competent and qualified, Guliani has the mob on his side and Romney is just plain creepy, but Hillary is the mom you want with you when you have to go to the principal's office. She won't take any crap from him or from you either. She'll listen to both sides, solve the problem, drive you to soccer practice and have dinner ready when you get home. She's reassuring, calm, capable and you just know that she cares about you and everybody else too. I didn't like John Edwards picking on her in the last debate and I realized that I was feeling protective of her because she made me feel protected. She's more than a role model, an inspiration, a uniter or an example. She's a keeper.

    January 9, 2008 at 11:21 am |
  436. Bro John

    What about the message to the voters, I would like one of the candidates to say they would appoint there opponents as cabinet members, for instance
    Obama should say he would ask Hillary to be his vice pres candidate,
    and if they win, he would ask:
    John McCain: Department of Defense
    Rudy Giuliani: Department of Homeland Security
    John Edwards: Department of Labor
    Mike Huckabee: Department of Agriculture
    Ron Paul: Department of Commerce
    Hillary Clinton: Department of Health (if not VP)
    Dennis Kucinich: Department of Energy:

    You get the idea, tell the people you would appoint competitors that the people showed support for to important governmental positions, that way everyone (most) gets there candidate a voice in the white house.

    bro, John

    January 9, 2008 at 12:01 pm |
  437. Joe

    Obama: "Change" and "Hope". No details...just "change".

    What exactly is he going to change and how?

    Obama has something like two years experience in the Senate, and no other government experience to speak of. He has no management or leadership experience to speak of. He has no network of colleagues to bring to the White house...oh, unless you want Opra to be Secretary of State or Chief of Staff.

    So how is he going to change anything?

    And "hope"....as if the U.S. is in some dire straits, the great depression, or something. Are there that many "hopeless" Americans!? What are "we" hoping for?

    Maybe we are hoping for an experienced person to run the White house. Isn't 7 years of an inexperienced person how had to trust "friends" to give him advise (which turned out bad)...isn't that enough!?

    Obama brings nothing to the table..."hope" and "change" in the contexted presented by Obama, are meaningless.

    (OH....and those of you in the media should stop telling us what we think and stop speculating. Just give us the news.)

    January 9, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  438. Tin

    The experience bilary just sold out AMERICANS JOBS started open border and sold out slave labor China.,mexico east india .......thats why we have big trouble now.....AMERICANS HAVE DWARF MEMORY so scary.....and his wife want to finish the jobs sell anything whos still leave...

    January 9, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  439. Ralph

    Obama's message to Bush and to all incumbents is a hope and a prayer: only in change, listening to the will of the people, will our country remain strong and be respected abroad and at home.

    January 9, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  440. William Soto

    Who is Barack Obama?

    Very interesting and something that should be considered in your choice.

    We checked this out on "snopes.com". It is factual. Check for yourself.

    Who is Barack Obama?

    Probable U. S. presidential candid ate, Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a black MUSLIM from Nyangoma-Kogel, Kenya and Ann Dunham, a white ATHIEST from Wichita, Kansas.

    Obama's parents met at the University of Hawaii. When Obama was two years old, his parents divorced. His father returned to Kenya. His mother then married Lolo Soetoro, a RADICAL Muslim from Indonesia.?

    When Obama was 6 years old, the family relocated to Indonesia. Obama attended a MUSLIM school in Jakarta. He also spent two years in a Catholic school.

    Obama takes great care to conceal the fact that he is a Muslim. He is quick to point out that, "He was once a Muslim, but that he also attended Catholic school."

    Obama's political handlers are attempting to make it appear that that he is not a radical.

    Obama's introduction to Islam came via his father, and that this influence was temporary at best. In reality, the senior Obama returned to Kenya soon after the divorce, and never again had any direct influence over his son's education.

    Lolo Soetoro, the second husband of Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, introduced his stepson to Islam. Obama was enrolled in a Wahabi school in Jakarta.

    Wahabism is the RADICAL teaching that is followed by the Muslim terrorists who are now waging Jihad against the western world. Since it is politically expedient to be a CHRISTIAN when seeking major public office in the United State s, Barack Hussein Obama has joined the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim b a ckground.

    ALSO, keep in mind that when he was sworn into office he DID NOT use the Holy Bible, but instead the Koran.

    Barack Hussein Obama will NOT recite the Pledge of Allegience nor will he show any reverence for our flag. While others place their hands over their hearts, Obama turns his back to the flag and slouches.

    Let us all remain alert concerning Obama's expected presidential candidacy.

    The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the US from the inside out, what better way to start than at the highest level – through the President of the United State s, one of their own!!!!

    Please forward to everyone you know. Would you want this man leading
    our country?...... NOT ME

    January 9, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  441. Mark

    Jack is America so blind that they can't read the websites reagarding Obama nor can they watch news reels where Obama can't even say our Pledge of Allegence or face the American Flag? I am confused as to why Anyone thinks this man will be good for this Country.

    January 9, 2008 at 8:06 pm |
  442. Dave Ruder

    Should Barak Obama have a Hillery moment and make cow eyes at his next speech to win the womans symphathy vote?

    January 9, 2008 at 11:13 pm |
  443. Kat from Canada

    Why would you vote for "Billary"? Obama is change and hope and optimism. He has people standing up and becoming interested in politics. America needs someone positive and animated to change the path America is on. Who are you really going to get if you vote for Hillary- Bill or her? With the soap opera during his administration a reality sitcom could have been made! Oh, wait, talk shows did that for them back then. Bush Sr, Clinton, Bush and then another Clinton? I would think 'change' would be a better choice than to consider staying on the cuirrent parth. Oprah go on the campaign trail with Obama I am sure your words of defence for him wouldn't mirror Bill's anger over 'his' possibility of NOT being back in the Whitehouse.

    January 10, 2008 at 9:25 am |
  444. Leela

    Iam a democrat...for obama...i will have to vote for a republican or independant if hilary is the front runner.

    January 10, 2008 at 10:41 am |
  445. John

    The implied race and religious hatred of William Soto's post should alert the FBI and place this man under surveilance immediately if not under arrest for incitement to Racial and Religious hatred.

    January 10, 2008 at 10:49 am |
  446. Vijay Kotian

    I have watching CNN for years and Jack has not changed a bit. He comes across a cynic and appears to focus mostly on the country's negative issues. Jack, try to smile sometimes. We are not in that depressed state that you project on TV.

    January 10, 2008 at 10:53 am |
  447. lois

    This morning on one of the network early shows there was a piece about Obama buying a house for $1.3M which was about 300K below market value and the lot next door was purchased by a campaign contributor's wife (the husband was some crook). I watched cnn all day expecting to hear something about it, but all is mum. I wonder why Ron Paul's supposed writings about race get full attention but the golden boy (Obama) gets a pass. What's up with that?

    January 10, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  448. blake

    It is clear by the way all the others have rallied around "Change" the Obama is on to something. I think his lack of Washington time actually helps him, as he owes no one anything. From what I understand, he also has been making a change in folks' life since he was a young man. Dedicating himself, selflessly to the plight of those who could not help themselves right here in the USA. Which is what I believe we need, Charity starts at home, and I believe his call for change will change how we distribute our resources and ensure that we take care of each other first, before taking care of the world. As long as there is a single homeless person, or a hungry person, or a person without healthcare, we shouldnt be sending a penny elsewhere to further others causes (not that we dont have empathy for those persons), when our people need our help! This is the type of change I believe he represents. After all, he is the average JOE not some second or third generation politician with a sense of entitlement.

    January 11, 2008 at 1:07 am |
  449. Jim

    War hero versus idealistic politico from Illinois. No, I'm not talking about McCain and Obama. That was the matchup in 1952, the last time we had an election with no president or vice president in the running. The fact that no incumbents are in the 2008 race makes it a whole new ball game.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:11 am |
  450. Wilhemina


    January 11, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  451. betty rosado

    To assume that CHANGE-a political slogan- it will solve the hard reality that USA is facing now:the perishing middle class, the monstrous deficit. ,the unemployment, the critical international relations, health care, the struggle of ower senior citizens, the poor state of the education system and so many other challenges that we have to face is not only naive it is very dangerous . To think that History has taught us so many times the same lesson and we have not learned. To manipulate people by telling what they want to hear and not what they need to know: the art of politics.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:02 pm |