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Monday, November 12, 2007

1. Hillary Stiffs Iowa Waitress, Leaves No Tip

As one who waitressed my way through college, this really roasts me. Do go to that link and read the wisdom and sense of this lady. The waitress, that is, not Hillary.


2. "Clinton's staff was forced to acknowledge planting audience questions on the campaign trail, and promised not to do it again."

Only because they. got. caught.

Clinton supposedly didn't know about it. If that were even true, what does it say about the kind of tactics and general philosophy of the people with which she surrounds herself?

3. And her 30-point lead over Obama "slips" to a 19-point lead. That's not a slip, that's a trip and fall down a flight of stairs.

Still, it only surveyed "467 Democrats or independent voters likely to pick a Democrat for the White House." What, can't CNN muster more than a few hundred of its viewers/readers? Or maybe this implies their viewership is smaller than they want to believe it is?

4. If you're a Republican-leaning voter, try the online poll linked here from the Rasmussen site.

If you lean Democrat, well, I went to what should have been the corolloary page, but there wasn't any internet poll to click on for the Dems, however,
Rasmussen Reports conducts national telephone surveys on the Presidential race every night and releases updated data from our Presidential Tracking Poll by noon each day, Monday through Friday.
Rasmussen's 2008 Democratic Candidate Key Stats are quite interesting, especially the "47% FAV/ 50% UNFAV RATING" Hillary seems to have, at least as of today.

UPDATE, NOV. 26, 2007:

Astute reader Sam comments:
It shouldn't surprise me but the link to the article about Hillary stiffing her waitress is gone...I mean the article is gone not the link...having spent 10 years working as a waitress to put myself thru school that just angers me! I don't think it's the first time she's done this though...if I remember correctly she did it while running for Senator as well...
Perhaps this is just another proof that the liberal media wants stories like that to die quick, quiet deaths while only 2 weeks on the vine.

We can't have that. Surprisingly not even Townhall seems to have it posted. (sigh) I guess I will just have to excerpt it then:
Server leaves political tip By RON FOURNIER, Associated Press Writer
Mon Nov 12, 5:57 AM ET

WASHINGTON - Anita Esterday has a tip for presidential candidates and the reporters who cover them: Get serious.

The 46-year-old waitress found herself at the center of one of those silly political stories when Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton visited her Toledo, Iowa, restaurant last week. A news organization reported that the presidential candidate left without leaving a tip, and that became a campaign controversy du jour.

"The phone didn't stop ringing for seven hours at work because of you guys in the media. And it was still ringing when I left," Esterday said in a telephone interview Sunday evening. "When I got home, there were 60 messages on my machine."

"Are you guys nuts?"

No, not really.

But we can be lazy and addicted to shallow story lines, such as a rich former first lady stiffing a part-time waitress and grandmother of three.

"I don't get it," Esterday said. "There's a war going on and the price of oil is going crazy. Look at all the toys being recalled right now. Just look at the news! Isn't there something else you can be writing about?"

Answering her own question, Esterday spent the next 30 minutes discussing her life and country — and a litany of topics she considers more important than her gratuities.

• Health care insurance: As one of the 43 million or so Americans without health insurance, Esterday owes $10,000 for surgery performed on her a few years ago. "I don't go to the doctor," she said, "unless I can pay for it out of my pocket."

• The new economy: She often holds two jobs, one at the restaurant and another at a local nursing home. "I grew up believing that you give whatever job you have 100 percent and you'll make a decent living," she said. "But I'm lucky to make $20,000 at the nursing home and the restaurant, combined."

• The Internet: New technologies are both improving people's lives and complicating them. "With the Internet, you can hear and see anything in a matter of seconds. That can be good. It can also be bad ... .," she said, referring to pornography, online predators and other threats posed by a technology that brings the world to our living rooms.

• Personal safety: "When I grew up, I wasn't afraid to walk down the street by myself, even at night. Now, even in a small town, you have to keep an eye out," she said. A local casino brought badly needed jobs to the area, but also draws unwelcome visitors who make her fret about her safety. "You used to know everybody in your neighborhood," she said. "There's no way I'd like my grandkids play on their own."

• Social Security: Born at the tale end of the baby-boom generation, Esterday doesn't expect to get government assistance for retirement. "That's something that's coming sooner than I would like to think," she said with a half-sigh, half-chuckle.

Born and raised in northeast Missouri, Esterday grew up on a small cattle and horse farm. Her father ran a feed and fertilizer business. Her mother owned a restaurant for a few years and, late in life, became a certified nursing home attendant.

Esterday married young and gave birth to her first son before she was 20. Three years later, she had a second son. The young family moved to Iowa, where Esterday got divorced.

Her sons are both grown. They are struggling with college debts, and both of her daughters-in-law must work to make ends meet.

In many ways, Esterday is typical of Americans today.

She's proud of her country, but frustrated with its leaders.

She sees the world getting smaller and the problems getting bigger, and lives in fear that hers is the first generation of Americans who will do better than their children and grandchildren.

"I don't know what the solutions are to any of these problems," she said, "but somebody has to find them."

Is it any wonder she thinks we're nuts for focusing on a tip she did or did not get?

...Esterday said neither she or her colleague who helped serve Clinton could recall seeing any tip. The campaign said a tip was left behind. After the story broke, a local Clinton aide gave the waitresses $20 each.

Esterday said that during Clinton's visit, the candidate didn't seem to grasp the problems of working-class families like hers.

But what ticked Esterday off was the fact that Clinton shared her life's story with crowd members at the next campaign stop.

"I felt used," she said.

She's being used again — right now. The hope is that her story might help politicians and reporters understand how serious the stakes are in this campaign.

"I doubt very much that they'll listen to me," she said, "but you can try."


Ron Fournier has covered politics for The Associated Press for nearly 20 years. On Deadline is an occasional column.

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