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WASHINGTON--A new Des Moines Register poll out Saturday will drive a lot of the storyline going in the next week as Democrat Barack Obama grabs the lead in Iowa getting more female support at this point than chief rival Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Meanwhile, at a debate Saturday in Des Moines, the Clinton camp gave former Illinois state Sen. Alice Palmer a seat next to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Why Palmer? Palmer--who is running as a Clinton delegate in Chicago--was knocked off the ballot by Obama when he first ran for state senator, his first elected position. Obama challenged Palmers' petition signatures. If the thought was to rattle Obama, his camp said it did not work.

The Des Moines Register top line

It's Obama 28
Clinton 25
Edwards 23
all others below 20 percent

excerpt....from THOMAS BEAUMONT • REGISTER STAFF WRITER • Copyright 2007, Des Moines Register and Tribune Company • December 1, 2007

"Despite the movement, the race for 2008's opening nominating contest remains very competitive about a month before the Jan. 3 caucuses, just over half of likely caucusgoers who favor a candidate saying they could change their minds."


Why would Hillary bring a disgraced former state senator to the debate? I'd think she'd try to distance herself from someone who tried to game the system with phantom signatures. Palmer too thought that Obama was too naive and inexperienced to call her bluff on her petition signatures, yet tried it anyway. But he called her (to the carpet) and it was revealed that more than enough of her signatures were phony and she couldn't run. Do you really think Palmer didn't know that her signatures were phony? Come on. How is Obama supposed to be scared of someone crooked as Palmer? And I love how Hillary continues to surround herself with men who have REAL problems with marriage fidelity. First it's her husband, then Villaraigosa cheats and then endorses her, then S.F. mayor Gavin Newsom cheats then endorses and then Magic Johnson, who caught AIDS by being a philanderer, endorses and holds a fund raiser for her. I guess you really can judge a person by the company they keep. What is Hillary going to do next? Pull a Corleone and bring the Sicilian uncle over from the Old Country to sit in the front row at the next debate? She is getting really, really desperate. But then again, I would be too if I was her...the "inevitable one" was supposed to be picking out her pants suit for the inaugural ball by now.

Did you think they would say it did work?????????

Senator Alice Palmer
As I recall Alice Palmer was the woman who discovered Obama and encouraged him to run for higher office. In Illinois she is a well respected and honored woman. To call her disgraced is an offensive personal attack.

Obama didn't just challenge the woman who had got him into the race -- he got ALL the other candidates taken off, making himself THE ONLY NAME ON THE BALLOT.

According to the Chicago Tribune, a new list of qualified voters had been put out, which he used to challenge the names.,1,7336556.story?page=2&coll=chi_news_politics_util
[Alice Palmer] risked her safe seat to run for Congress and touted Obama as a suitable successor, according to news accounts and interviews.
But when Palmer got clobbered in that November 1995 special congressional race, her supporters asked Obama to fold his campaign so she could easily retain her state Senate seat.
Obama not only refused to step aside, he filed challenges that nullified Palmer's hastily gathered nominating petitions, forcing her to withdraw.
And he defended his use of ballot maneuvers: "If you can win, you should win and get to work doing the people's business."

[I hope he wasn't including Alice Palmer when he said the following:]
"My conclusion was that if you couldn't run a successful petition drive, then that raised questions in terms of how effective a representative you were going to be."

This would have been insult to injury to Palmer, who already had a very good record in that office and was referred to elsewhere in the article as an "elder stateswoman."

As for 'disgraced' -- is that the kind of name-calling to be expected from Obama?

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