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Newsweek Interviews Will Bower

21 Jan

Since Obama won the election, I have often wondered about Will Bower- a founder of Just Say No Deal and a highly visible PUMA who lives in Washington. I can’t imagine what it must be like for him as a diehard Hillary supporter to be living at the epicenter of hopey/changey Obamaland.

I don’t have to wonder any longer because Newsweek has posted an interview with Will.

So what is Will doing now? Has he given up the fight? No way. Not Will. Will has chosen to focus his efforts on the need to reform the primary system.  Rigging the caucus system should no longer be an option to leapfrog into a party nomination. The process as it exists is full of loop holes and can easily be manipulated. It does not produce the best candidate but rather the best person at tipping the system.

I applaud the effort of Will and all PUMAs who continue to advocate for a better process/party.

Hillary did not become President this time around. I hate it, you hate it, but there is still much to be done beyond the election of Hillary Clinton. PUMAs  we need to keep working because frankly, no one else will sound the alarm or put out the fire if we don’t rise up to do it.

We need to reform the primary system (as Will is advocating) and we needed to combat the sexism uncovered during Hillary’s historic campaign. PUMAs there is still so much to be done. I’m inspired by Will’s continued efforts. Maybe you will be too.

Here are a few bits from the interview. The whole thing is worth a read. You can read the entire piece at Newsweek.

Will Bower, 36, walked around the Mall with millions of other Americans this morning. But unlike nearly everyone else in the crowd, Bower wasn’t cheering. He wore a Hillary Clinton T shirt (adorned with a HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT sticker) to show his support for the woman he feels the Democratic Party and a sexist media stole the election from. Bower recently left his job as an intellectual-property researcher at Thomson Reuters in order to work full time for the pro-Clinton group he cofounded, PUMA (Party Unity My Ass) ‘08. Bower, who is now living off of savings to work full time on what he calls his “labor of love,” has focused his efforts on reforming the primary system, which he says is undemocratic. NEWSWEEK’s Suzanne Smalley spoke with Bower by phone today.

NEWSWEEK: Is PUMA still active?

Bower: Yes. People feel like we don’t have a clear objective. The problem is we have many clear objectives. During the 2008 primaries, so many things went wrong and we were inspired by so many of them–primary reform, misogyny in media, media reform … There are many different PUMAs [dedicated to different issues].

Do you plan on working for PUMA indefinitely?

I intend on being critical of Barack Obama for the next four years. I do recognize him as president. I think he’s the rightful president, but I don’t think he’s the rightful leader of the Democratic Party. That sounds ironic, but I believe that Hillary Clinton … was the winner and represented the will of the people. She is my political leader … I wanted her to stay in the Senate, be the lion of the Senate, the next Ted Kennedy. I wanted her to be her own boss … and represent the 18 million who voted for her. Now that she’s in the executive branch I’m looking at her as our shadow president … A lot of us are taking comfort in the fact that she’ll be our shadow president and someone to look out for our interests abroad.

Did you go to the inauguration?

I wasn’t going to go out to the festivities, but I went out in my Hillary gear [a T shirt depicting Clinton as Rosie the Riveter] … There were two thumbs ups, a couple of scoffs, and a lot of stares.

Why did you go?

I was going to lock myself in and not watch TV and I got a few calls from friends saying, “Aren’t you going to participate?” … And then I said I might as well go outside and watch and then I thought I might as well be supportive of Hillary while I do it.

How does it make you feel seeing all of the exuberance over Obama and his inauguration?

I feel that this is supposed to be Hillary’s day, to be honest. I feel he’s unqualified … A lot of what scares me is Obama mania and all. I feel like I’m living in “American Idol,” a four-year episode of “American Idol” … It feels like mass hysteria–the pictures, the jargon … If this were all going on for Hillary I’d like to think I’d take a step back and say, “This is crazy.” It is a little unsettling, the fanaticism.

What is your reaction to what Jill Biden said on the Oprah Winfrey show yesterday [that her husband, Vice President Joe Biden, was given his choice of jobs–secretary of state or vice president]?

It seems like it’s a never-ending stream of minor insults. Every step of the way the Obama administration finds a way to insult Hillary. They’re finding a way to take another jab at Hillary–that she got sloppy seconds … The fact that Dr. Biden was so casual about something like that means a lot.

When you say it means a lot what do you mean?

I don’t think these are naive people. She’s a politician’s wife … It’s hard to believe someone would be that careless on Oprah.

Given all the problems facing us, are you rooting for Obama to succeed?

Yes. I don’t want him to fail; that would be bad for the country. I plan on being critical of him though. He’s already dropped the ball. He campaigned on the fact that he would lift the Bush ban [on stem cells and] now is saying, “Leave it to Congress” … The pledges [he made] were political in nature. There was very little conviction behind them and it surprises me how few Democrats see that. I’m going to do my best to get Democrats and liberals to hold him accountable.

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NH Senate First in Nation With A Female Majority

12 Nov

68810_dbl_bble_champA new milestone for women in power has been reached: The New Hampshire Senate became the first state legislative body in the country with a majority-female membership. Way to go NH!

I believe that if women accounted for 30% of all elected officials, it would change this country profoundly, and for the better. It’s a theory called the ‘30% solution’ and blogger Madamab wrote a post “The 30 Percent Solution: Why Democratic Women Are Voting for McCain/Palin (before the election win of Obama), that outlines why a balance of 30% women in politics can tip things.

Lynn Forester de Rothschild on Fox and Friends

8 Nov

One of our favorite PUMA’s, Lynn Forester de Rothschild, recently appeared on Fox and Friends to share her thoughts on the outcome of the election, the attacks on Sarah Palin, sexism in politics, and what she thinks Hillary will do next.

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PUMA Lynn Forester de Rothschild on Neil Cavuto

8 Nov

Here is video of former HillRaiser and super PUMA Lady Lynn de Rothschild, appearing with Neil Cavuto before the election.

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Obama is Democrats’ Bush

4 Nov

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(CNN) — When Will Bower, an ardent Hillary Clinton supporter and lifelong Democrat, founded PUMA, Party Unity My A**, his mission was to express frustration in the Democratic Party. Fast forward six months to Election Day, and he is proud to say he’s cast his ballot for the candidate he “trusts” most: John McCain.

“I see Barack Obama as essentially being the Democratic George Bush,” Bower said. “It’s a reactionary movement. People like John McCain and Hillary Clinton represent mores stability and sensibility to me.”

Bower started the PUMA movement in the days leading up to the suspension of Clinton’s presidential campaign in early June.

The initiative was not to rally support for McCain but to unite those who don’t want Obama as president.

The group is predominantly composed of female Clinton supporters, Bower told CNN in early June, but he has also helped launch the Just Say No Deal, a nationwide coalition that he estimated has 2 million voters who are also vowing to “say no” to the Illinois senator.

The 36-year-old Washington resident has never voted for a Republican in his 18 years of qualifying to vote but said he feels that Obama does not represent the voice of the Democratic Party but the “leadership” of the Democratic National Committee.

“I didn’t want to validate corruption or reward the campaign for what I thought was a fraudulent victory,” Bower said. “What I am left with is a matter of trust. I have very little trust for Barack Obama. Even though John McCain and I might have differences on various issues, I trust him.

“[McCain is] a bipartisan leader, and I think that’s the kind of leadership we need right now,” Bower added.

Only during Clinton’s convention speech in Denver, Colorado, did Bower consider not voting for McCain, but at no point was he swayed toward Obama.

He credits the Arizona senator’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate in helping to decide his vote.

“I think [Sarah Palin] is essentially as qualified as Barack Obama,” Bower said. “The benefit of Palin is that she is only second on the ticket, as opposed to first. I feel that Barack Obama is no more qualified than Sarah Palin.”

As for the other members of PUMA, Bower says the majority will be casting votes for McCain, just as he did.

“There are plenty of PUMAs who are still not ready to go the extra step [and vote McCain], but they are not ready to vote for Obama, either.”

Those voters, he says, will either abstain from voting, vote third-party or write in Clinton’s name.

Only a small percentage of members have shifted toward supporting Obama, but if those members pull the lever for the Democratic nominee, they are “no longer a PUMA,” Bower said.

Candidate X and Candidate Y

3 Nov

PUMAs Can Tip This for McCain

3 Nov

Via Hillbuzz:

It looks like all it will take is just 938,161 PUMAs in key states to win this for McCain/Palin and defeat Obama and his particular brand of socialism for good — that’s all it will take to save the American coal industry, to prevent the Orwellian “Department of Peace and Nonviolence” from usurping the Department of Defense, to keep the National Civilian Security Force from ever existing, and to keep America the leader of the Free World (and not a vassal of the United Nations).

Here’s a table MarstonChronicles ran breaking down just how many PUMAs are needed to tip the race in each of these states — out of Clinton’s 18 million votes during the primaries, just this many Democrats putting what’s best for the country above the party will save America from the closest brush with socialism it’s ever had.

Marston Chronicles explains the table here:

Your first thought is that I am drunk on Kool-Aid when you see this title (McCain/Palin Landslide). I am going to show you why I am so sure about this prediction. Your next question is why should anyone pay any attention to me about such a ridiculous prediction. The answer is that in 45 years in politics, I have never been wrong about an election call even when I was called crazy. That includes get elected to office to prove I was right about winning an election. See my biography for details. I have to be very sure to risk a 45 year reputation so remember that you read it here first.The P.U.M.A. Factor. On November 1st, I posted an article entitled How Big is the P.U.M.A. Factor?

The next question is how could I possibly be so sure when the polls are predicting the exact opposite? Because I know the polls are wrong since they are not properly taking into account the P.U.M.A. Factor. I have explained previously that the mere fact that the polls violently disagree with each other is proof of something seriously amiss with the polling models. See my article on

That article pointed out that, at the time I wrote it, it required only a total of 493,636 PUMA voters in North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, and Colorado to produce a tie in the electoral votes. Add a mere 35,935 more in Nevada and McCain-Palin wins. At the time, I was almost ready to bet the ranch that there were 529,571 PUMA voters in those six states, but I waited another 24 hours to make sure. Now the trend is so clear that it is obvious to me that a McCain-Palin landslide is in the works. It is amazing how few people in politics never apply some fairly simple mathematics to see what is going to happen in the next election.

Let us begin by repeating the table showing how few PUMA voters are required for McCain-Palin to win from my previous article. That table listed all battleground states where McCain-Palin was less than 13 points behind in the Real Clear Politics averages in those states.

What leaps out at you is that Iowa has dropped off the table because the RCP average is fighting the trend and has gone from 11.6 to 15 points and is out of reach. On the other hand, Minnesota has gone from above 13 points down to 11.5 and now needs to be added to the table. Seven of the other states have dropped significantly in the RCP averages and three are unchanged. Now instead of McCain-Palin needing 493,636 PUMA votes to tie and 35,935 more to win, they only need 395,617 to tie and 32,065 more to win. I have changed the last two columns to reflect the changes in the RCP averages and the number of PUMA voters no longer required. I know a trend when I see one.

Even more important is how few PUMA voters in these eleven states are required for a McCain-Palin landslide. If you add up the PUMA’s needed column in the second table, you will see that only an extra 510,479 more PUMA’s are needed to sweep the table. That is a mere 938,161 PUMA’s needed spread across eleven states to produce a McCain-Palin landslide. Do you really want to tell me that there are not that many Hillary supporters who cannot vote for Obama-Biden in these eleven states out of 18,000,000 of them? Now who is drinking the Kool-Aid?

Do I really think that that McCain-Palin will carry all of these states? No, because I am worried that there are not enough PUMA’s in the western states, particularly New Mexico and possibly Colorado. What I will bet my 45 year reputation on is that McCain-Palin will win by at least 42 electoral votes. I will recalculate everything tomorrow and will undoubtedly up my estimate to around a 100 vote margin.