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Slim Pickings for Christian Right

The Rev. Jerry Falwell held a hush-hush summit earlier this month with other conservative Republicans from the Council for National Policy to discuss the 2008 presidential race.  The exclusive group is facing a status downgrade when the Bush years end and can’t find anyone in the lineup of candidates who clearly fits the council’s bill.

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: David Geffen

Truthdig tips its hat this week to David Geffen, the powerhouse producer who decided on principle to break ties with Hillary Clinton and support Barack Obama’s bid for the White House instead. 

Posted on Feb 24, 2007 READ MORE


The Turning Point

The co-editor of the American Empire Project book series and author of “Every Man a Speculator” brings a historical perspective to the 2006 election, and the coming battle for the presidency.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
AP Photo / Evan Vucci

Grow Up or Get Out

The childish feud between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama this week trampled over the real issues while giving Republicans a pass. The two Democratic front-runners had better move beyond self-obsessed pettiness—and fast—or they risk handing the election to the GOP.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


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Fox News Targets Obama

Documentarian Robert Greenwald has collected some of Fox News’ worst smears against Barack Obama, who sensibly responded to the attacks by freezing out Fox reporters. At the end of the video, Greenwald urges the Nevada Democratic Party, which plans to allow the “fair and balanced” network to host a debate, to do the same.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Clinton to Antiwar Voters: Bring It On

The senator’s attitude toward critics is reminiscent of Bush’s famous invitation to terrorists, and may prove to be just as big a blunder.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


Let’s Get Out of the 2002 Trap

Primary voters and pundits should stop browbeating Clinton over her Iraq war vote and instead take a hard look at her and the other candidates’ plans for Iraq.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


The Perils of Cyberbaggage

Politicians know all too well the impact the blogosphere can have on their careers, but bloggers themselves are discovering their words can come back to haunt them.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
msnbc.com

Clinton and Obama Feud

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have finally dropped the smiles and gone after one another, albeit over a non-issue. The spat started after David Geffen, a former Clinton backer turned Obama fundraiser, called Hillary “polarizing” and overly ambitious. Update: More quotes from the feud.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Obama
nytimes.com

Obama Cashes In at Hollywood Fundraiser

Barack Obama took in $1.3 million Tuesday from an L.A. fundraiser organized by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. Hollywood is a crucial pit stop on the road to the White House for Democratic candidates as they build their war chests, especially with so many contenders in the field.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
AP Photo / Dennis Cook

Hillary’s Calculations Add Up to War

In light of her hawkish posturing and consistent support of the war for all the wrong reasons, the best advice on Hillary’s campaign comes from the candidate herself: If you’re against the war, vote for someone else.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


Danny Goldberg
Truthdig / Zuade Kaufman

Danny Goldberg on Antiwar Artistry

The former Air America CEO and music mogul discusses the significance of the Dixie Chicks’ Grammy win; Al Gore’s prospects for 2008; and the liberals’ responsibility to “blow the wind” of change.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
globeweeklynews.com

Hillary Refuses to Apologize for Iraq War Vote

Hillary Clinton is apparently so concerned with the specter of flip-flopping she will never apologize for her vote to authorize military action against Iraq. Speaking at a recent campaign event, the candidate herself said, “If the most important thing to any of you is choosing someone who did not cast that vote or has said his vote was a mistake, then there are others to choose from.” Indeed, there are.

Posted on Feb 18, 2007 READ MORE


Ralph Nader
aljazeera.com

Nader Threatens to Run

Perennial spoiler Ralph Nader says he’s considering yet another run for president, depending on what the Democrats “come up with.” The former consumer advocate said front-runners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama lack “political fortitude,” and criticized John Edwards’ foreign policy stances.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Tying up the Netroots Nomination

Barack Obama probably won’t best Hillary Clinton unless he trumps her efforts on the Internet.

Posted on Feb 15, 2007 READ MORE


Time for Hillary to Admit Error—and Act

Sen. Clinton can best recover from her vacillation on Iraq by demanding that Bush use diplomacy with Iran.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Inside Man

“If running against Washington is going to be the winning appeal in the 2008 election ... then Obama should be careful what he wishes for.”

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Al Franken for Senate

Franken Announces Senate Run in Minn.

Longtime comedian and “Air America” host Al Franken has made it official: He’s running for the Senate in 2008. In this video he tells Minnesotans they have a right to be skeptical of his candidacy. (AP article here)

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Larry Wilmore

Is Obama Too Black, or Not Black Enough?

“The Daily Show’s” “senior black correspondent,” Larry Wilmore, points out that the last thing the senator needs is to be identified as “the black candidate.” Watch it

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Gore Allies Hold Powwow

A group of Al Gore’s campaign veterans and supporters met in Boston on Thursday to brainstorm a potential 2008 bid for the presidency. The former vice president denied any involvement and still insists he’s not running for anything, but his strong policy stances, unrivaled experience, name recognition and fundraising ability have supporters around the country hoping he’ll change his mind.

Posted on Feb 8, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani
americanrhetoric.com

Giuliani Makes Campaign Official

Rudolph Giuliani decided to take Hillary’s advice and join the conversation, announcing his candidacy for the presidency on Monday. Despite his popularity, the former mayor of New York can expect headaches in the Republican primaries over his very public marital difficulties and a moderate stance on choice and gay rights.

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE


Joe Biden and Jon Stewart

The Dude’s A-Biden

Presidential hopeful Sen. Joe Biden took the hot seat at “The Daily Show” to discuss the explosive comments he made about Hillary, Obama and Edwards in a recent New York Observer interview.

Posted on Feb 1, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Al Franken
realcities.com

Franken Decides to Run for Senate

Al Franken, the comedian, actor, author and radio host, will seek another title to add to his résumé: United States senator. According to multiple sources, Franken has finally decided to challenge conservative Republican Norm Coleman after years of debating the possibility.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Joe Biden
post-gazette.com

Biden Enters the Race with a Gaffe

Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., announced his presidential candidacy Wednesday, but he got more attention for a racially charged comment about competitor Barack Obama, calling him “the first mainstream African American [presidential candidate] who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Mitt Romney’s Hypocritical Turnarounds

In his quest for the White House, the former Mass. governor has flip-flopped on so many positions that he makes John Kerry look good.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Politicos on YouTube

2008 Hopefuls Find New Media a Mixed Blessing

This great N.Y. Times story highlights the ways in which White House contenders are having to contend with game-changing technologies like YouTube. (Videos mentioned: Hillary’s national anthem; John Edwards’ primping, etc.)

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Will the Big States Please Stand Up?

California, Illinois, Florida and New Jersey should be applauded for mobilizing to hold earlier presidential primaries.

Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


John McCain

The Real McCain.com

Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald (“Outfoxed” “Iraq for Sale”) produced this video (and accompanying website) to expose the blatant contradictions John McCain has made on issues like Iraq, gay marriage and the Confederate flag.

Posted on Jan 29, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Mike Huckabee
washingtonpost.com

Another Arkansas Governor Running for President

Mike Huckabee, who’s best known for dropping 100 pounds and urging obese Arkansans to follow his example, added his name to the swelling list of presidential contenders on Sunday.

Posted on Jan 28, 2007 READ MORE


Obama’s ‘Fresh Face’ Could Work Against Him

The baby boomers who were once suspicious of anyone over 30 are now skeptical of Barack Obama because he’s under 50.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary’s Way

She may lack Obama’s charisma and Edwards’ poise, but Sen. Clinton has made fools of her naysayers before.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore
From draftgore.com

Al Gore for President?

After years of speculation about whether Al Gore will seek the presidency in 2008, a number of self-described grass-roots Democrats have given up waiting and launched a campaign to pressure the former vice president into running.

Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


Barack Obama
AP / Seth Wenig

Barack’s Racial Balancing Act

Sen. Obama’s multiracial heritage could help mend the great fissure in American society.

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama
AP / Evan Vucci

E.J. Dionne Jr.: The Upstart Versus the Machine

The Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton 2008 contest highlights the differences between bottom-up and top-down political campaigns.

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Richardson
governor.state.nm.us

Another Potential ‘First’ Joins the Race

Add another potential milestone to the growing list: Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) is running for president. Richardson, who would be the first Hispanic president if elected, also served as energy secretary and a diplomat.

Posted on Jan 21, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton Joins 2008 Race

N.Y. Sen. Hillary Clinton jumped into the Oval Office race Saturday, telling her supporters in an e-mail: “I’m in. And I’m in to win.”

  • Also, GOP Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback announced his candidacy.

  • Posted on Jan 20, 2007 READ MORE


    Do You Heart Huckabee?

    Former Arkansas governor and presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, a Baptist evangelical who is keeping loyal distance from Bush on the war, may just pull off the hat trick of blending religious conservatism with policy pragmatism.

    Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE


    Giuliani
    gothamgazette.com

    Giuliani’s Campaign Strategy in the Wild

    Likely presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani’s campaign has soured before it even began, after a strategic black book went missing. The document outlines the former New York mayor’s fund-raising plans, as well as his weaknesses, offering an edge to prospective opponents.

    Posted on Jan 3, 2007 READ MORE


    Edwards

    Edwards on the Issues

    Democrat John Edwards came out swinging on Friday’s “Hardball,” taking a swipe at the president, the war, the economy and even civic pride. But how will John Kerry’s former running mate fare against principled Dennis Kucinich or the Clinbama juggernaut that’s been gobbling up all the fund-raisers and media coverage it can find?
    Full Disclosure: Edwards is a Truthdig advertiser.

    Posted on Jan 2, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


    Froma Harrop: Obama, Say-Nothing Superstar

    Americans would do well to get over their adolescent crush on the Illinois Democrat and be receptive to less glamorous contenders who carry real messages.

    Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Bayh
    indystar.com

    Bayh Not Running in ‘08

    Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) has announced he won’t run for president. The moderate said facing so-called political celebrities like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama made the odds “longer than I felt I could responsibly pursue.”

    Posted on Dec 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Clinton and Giuliani
    Left: Washington Post / right: themoderatevoice.com

    Clinton and Giuliani Lead the Pack in Poll

    A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Hillary Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani in the lead for their parties’ nominations.  John McCain, who has lost considerable support among independent voters—possibly due to his plan to send more troops to Iraq—polled closely behind Giuliani.

    Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Kucinich to Run for President

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said in a statement Monday that he will run for president in the 2008 election, prompted in part by his own party’s decision to continue funding for the Iraq war.  Kucinich discussed the funding issue at length in an interview with Truthdig.

    Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE


    matthews show

    Matthews Show Takes Lopsided Look at Candidates

    As part of a series on assumed presidential candidates, “The Chris Matthews Show” followed a bout of McCain worship by treating Hillary Clinton like the girl who showed up at the prom wearing a burlap sack, criticizing everything from her public speaking style to the supposed unwillingness of the American people to tolerate Bill loafing around the White House. Watch it

    Posted on Dec 5, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


    Frist
    ahoythere05.blogspot.com

    Frist Won’t Run for President

    Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist upset expectations Thursday by announcing he wouldn’t run for president in 2008.  The field is thinning, but only slightly, with names like McCain, Giuliani, Romney, Brownback, Huckabee and even Gingrich still in the mix on the GOP side.

    Posted on Nov 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Susan Estrich: Taking Temperatures

    A new poll measures Americans’ attitudes toward potential presidential candidates in terms of warmth, with Rudolph Giuliani and Barack Obama leading the pack.  This could be an interesting election after all.

    Posted on Nov 30, 2006 READ MORE


    McCain

    McCain Marches to the Right

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) continued his Jekyll and Hyde routine Sunday on “ABC This Week,” contradicting his once moderate positions with pre-campaign right-wing pandering.  McCain said he would like to see Roe vs. Wade overturned, and noted his plan to send more troops to Iraq would “put a terrible strain on the Army,” but said it would be better than losing the war.

    Posted on Nov 19, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


    Kerry Limps On

    John Kerry told Fox News he’s still considering a run for the presidency, despite the fiasco over his now-infamous botched joke: “The people that I have talked to across the country, my team’s confident and strong.”

    Posted on Nov 19, 2006 READ MORE


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