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Hillary’s Baggage

When you Google the phrase “unconstitutional third term,” you get references to a rogue’s gallery of strongman leaders—Vladimir Putin, Alberto Fujimori, Olusegun Obasanjo, Islam Karimov, Hugo Chavez—who in recent years at least have flirted with the idea of holding on to power beyond statutory limits. Now the name Bill Clinton pops up, too.

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The Lesser of Two Elvises

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Scarlett

ScarJo 4 Obama!

Hey there, independent voters—would a (prerecorded) phone call from sultry starlet Scarlett Johansson persuade you to head to the polls on Tuesday and cast a vote for her fave candidate, Barack Obama? Johansson certainly hopes so, so don’t ignore those numbers you don’t recognize on your caller ID—it could be robo-ScarJo!

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Hillary on Coulter

Clinton Cracks Wise About Coulter

It’s endorsement mania in these final hours before Super Tuesday, and here’s Hillary Clinton taking news of Ann Coulter’s offhanded endorsement in stride, shooting a quick joke back at the “Inside Edition” reporter who apparently hoped to freak her out by cornering her with his Coulter question and his cameraman’s assertive use of his zoom function.

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It’s an Air War

There’s a reason campaigns are more expensive than ever: commercials. Although they try, the candidates can’t be in every Super Tuesday state at the same time, and the most effective way of reaching millions of people in one state is the same for politicians as it is for Tylenol. Even Barack Obama, who has bet big on his grass-roots organization, spent around $4 million on ads in the last week of January.

Posted on Feb 4, 2008 READ MORE


Obama, Clinton and California

Down to the Wire

Super Tuesday, when 22 states and American Samoa could decide the Democratic nominee, is one day away and no one knows what is going to happen. A new CBS News/New York Times poll shows Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton dead even nationally. Clinton led by as many as 15 points a month ago. But it’s the biggest prize of the contest, California, where only a week ago Clinton led by 17 points, that has everyone guessing.

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Stars Sing for Obama

Pop star and producer will.i.am and director Jesse Dylan (son of Bob) put together this independent, star-filled tribute to Barack Obama’s New Hampshire concession speech. Whether it’s inspirational or just cheesy is up to you, but we’ve got nothing bad to say about Herbie Hancock on the piano.

Posted on Feb 3, 2008 READ MORE


Middle East Tunes In to the Campaign

The Mosaic Intelligence Report follows the Middle Eastern media as they report on the U.S. presidential campaign with rapt attention. After all, this is the future head of the world’s only superpower (one that has taken a keen interest in the neighborhood) we’re talking about here.

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 READ MORE


Obama supporters
Original: AP photo / M. Spencer Green

MoveOn, L.A. Times Endorse Obama

Barack Obama had cause for celebration Friday. Though he still trails Hillary Clinton in most big states, he picked up two endorsements that will undoubtedly have an impact. MoveOn says it is already mobilizing its 3.2 million members—more than half of whom live in super Tuesday states—on behalf of Obama. The Los Angeles Times was flattering of Clinton, but, as the editorial board put it: “Clinton would be a valuable and competent executive, but Obama matches her in substance and adds something that the nation has been missing far too long—a sense of aspiration.”

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 READ MORE


Oprah and the Obamas
AP photo / Elise Amendola

Oprah Zeroes In on California Women

This weekend, Sen. Barack Obama is unleashing a secret weapon in the final push to win Tuesday’s California primary: Oprah Winfrey. Team Obama partly attributes his successes in Iowa and South Carolina to her influence, which he’s hoping will help convince California women to choose him over Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 READ MORE


California debate

Down to the Fundamentals

With mere days left before Super Tuesday and down to just two candidates, Thursday’s Democratic debate in Los Angeles gave voters a crucial eleventh-hour look at Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, who kept things friendly enough while staking out their differences on several key issues—health care, the economy and, most importantly, the Iraq war. 

Posted on Jan 31, 2008 READ MORE


The Ups and Downs of Electability

Now that the presidential field has been winnowed to four—barring a miraculous return by one of the contestants recently voted off the island—the new national pastime is gaming the electability factor.

Posted on Jan 31, 2008 READ MORE


Between a Veteran and a Visionary

The Kennedy clan, like many families across the country, is divided. It’s a struggle between the appeal of experience and idealism, and will ultimately decide the Democratic race.

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Step Back, Mr. Clinton

The most likely motive for Bill Clinton’s reckless political performance in recent weeks, ironically and sadly, is to redress the terrible humiliations he inflicted on his wife in years past.

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Obama
AP photo / Charles Rex Arbogast

N.Y. Post Gives Obama the Nod

The idea of any news organization associated with conservative Australian media baron Rupert Murdoch backing a liberal Democrat (egad!) such as Barack Obama may seem strange, but upon closer inspection the New York Post’s endorsement for the Democratic nomination reads less like a bid for Obama than an effort to avoid four more years of “Team Clinton” in the White House.

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NOW on Kennedy

Endorsing Obama =  Betraying Women?

Sen. Ted Kennedy’s endorsement of Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton for president spurred Marcia Pappas, head of the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women, to accuse Kennedy of betraying women. 

Posted on Jan 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Amigos de Los Latinos

Latino voters have become a major force in American politics, especially in the Democratic primary. Although these Spanish-language ads from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are similar in theme to the two presidential candidates’ other TV spots, the music adds a little sabor.

Posted on Jan 30, 2008 READ MORE


Edwards
observer.com

Edwards Bows Out

Pledging to soldier on in his quest to fight poverty, Democratic candidate John Edwards dropped out of the presidential race Wednesday. Edwards has not yet endorsed either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. His two former rivals both praised him Wednesday as he made his exit. 

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Democrats
thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com

Dems Upstage the Prez

Because he lacks a legacy—at least the good kind—no one expected much from President Bush’s final State of the Union address, which is probably why Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama managed to steal the spotlight. The Internet is buzzing over Monday’s sideshow.

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Again, a Sudden Shift in the Campaign Winds

Only a week ago, a soaring Hillary Clinton was on a trajectory to close out the nomination. Now her campaign is struggling to refocus on what had drawn voters to her.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


Cards From a Worn-Out Deck

Playing the race card against Barack Obama didn’t work out quite the way Bill Clinton had hoped. Neither did a reported last-minute personal appeal to keep Ted Kennedy, venerable guardian of the Camelot flame, from joining the Obama crusade. The question now is whether the Clintons understand how the country they seek to lead—and, regrettably, I do mean “they”—has changed.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


Obama supporter
Flickr / Joe Crimmings

Looking Beyond Race

Although racial politics apparently still has a place in the national discourse, there are times when an emphasis on unity is necessary. According to Boyarsky, Barack Obama’s win in South Carolina last weekend reflects his appeal among voters across a broad demographic range and among the diverse volunteer squad rallying support for him in California.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


Ted Kennedy

Sen. Kennedy Rallies Behind Obama

You’ve heard the news, now watch the speech: Sen. Ted Kennedy was careful to pay tribute to “friends” Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, but Monday’s pep rally at American University in Washington, D.C., was all about Barack Obama, whom Kennedy calls “the candidate who inspires me” and the one most able to “renew our belief that our country’s best days are still to come.”

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Hangs Tough

Although her chief rival and her husband stole the headlines the last few days, Hillary Clinton is still the favorite heading into the Feb. 5 primaries, mostly because of her leads in key big states. Most polls, however, are out of date at this point and probably won’t catch up until it’s time to vote.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


McAuliffe
AP photo / Mike Wintroath

Angling for Edwards’ Loyal Lawyers

Politics mixed with martinis and swizzle sticks as campaign aides from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s camps infiltrated a Puerto Rican resort in an effort to woo John Edwards’ colleagues and supporters at an annual gathering of top American trial lawyers.  Above, one of the weekend’s political players, Clinton lieutenant Terry McAuliffe.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


Kennedy
wikimedia.org

Two Kennedys Back Obama

It’s been a pretty amazing weekend for Barack Obama. After winning the South Carolina primary by 28 points, he managed to score the endorsements of Caroline Kennedy, who said he has the ability to inspire Americans much as her father did, and Sen. Ted Kennedy, who had been neutral but was so upset with the Clinton campaign’s tactics that he phoned the former president and gave him an earful.

Posted on Jan 27, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

‘Yes, We Can’

The full effect of Barack Obama’s transcendent victory speech in South Carolina has yet to be felt, but his historically stirring and inspirational words have already generated praise from around the country and even across the political aisle. Whether this speech proves to be the turning point in this election, we don’t know. What we do know is that Obama has made Hillary Clinton’s contention that words don’t matter seem so very small and suspect.

Posted on Jan 26, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Sweeps South Carolina Primary

Sen. Barack Obama scored a big win in South Carolina on Saturday, winning the state’s Democratic primary with 55 percent of the votes—an impressive lead over competitors Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, who earned 27 percent and 18 percent of the Palmetto State’s primary tally.

Posted on Jan 26, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton
jfklibrary.org

Did Bill Clinton Hurt Hillary’s S.C. Showing?

Former President Bill Clinton’s strong words in the days leading up to the South Carolina Democratic primary may have affected Saturday’s results in ways that didn’t help Hillary Clinton, according to exit polls. While polling is under (well-deserved) scrutiny lately, statistics aren’t needed to indicate how risky some of Bill Clinton’s choices have been.

Posted on Jan 26, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

Obama Presents Top 10 List on ... Obama

The current crop of presidential candidates are keenly aware of the value of impressing America’s youth with a little ironic self-parody, ideally showcased on the Internet and/or late-night TV shows. Here’s Barack Obama doing his part to make the youngsters laugh by gamely delivering David Letterman’s signature Top 10 list about himself.

Posted on Jan 25, 2008 READ MORE


The Ideas Bill Forgot

It was a remarkable moment: A young, free-thinking presidential hopeful named Bill Clinton sat down with reporters and editors at The Washington Post in October 1991 and started saying things most Democrats wouldn’t allow to pass their lips. Updated

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE


Message From Third Place

Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys took the stage at a rally for John Edwards in South Carolina on Wednesday, and out of a clear sky it started raining metaphors.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE


McCain

Top 10 Election Videos

PoliticsTV has assembled the 10 most noteworthy videos from the campaign so far. So relive the memories as Obama gets inspirational, Hillary gets personal and Tancredo just gets weird.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE


That Dismal Democratic Debate

Supporters of one Democratic candidate or another may insist that their man or woman won last Monday’s debate in South Carolina, but in their hearts most viewers could only have been disappointed by its childish tenor and puerile content.

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On Being ‘Black Enough’

Barack Obama, once dismissed as not “black enough,” seems to have been embraced by South Carolina, but his personal journey, one Americans are increasingly familiar with, cannot best be described by a single hue.

Posted on Jan 23, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Clinton
cnn.com

Clinton Gets Negative About Negativity

On the same day that the Clinton campaign premiered a new attack ad in South Carolina, former President Bill Clinton tried to blame the Obama campaign and the media for heating up the rhetoric. Bill has been dispatched to South Carolina to hold the line against Obama while Hillary shores up support around the country.

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Obama and Clinton
cnn.com

CNN Readers Raise Hell Over ‘Gender or Race’

CNN has posted a mea culpa of sorts on its Web site over a story, reported from a hair salon in South Carolina, that probed the alleged dilemma of African-American women voters. As one of many angry readers put it: “The article itself shows black women have brains and actually choose candidates based on issues and not just gender or race, but CNN doesn’t seem to give them that credit.”

Posted on Jan 22, 2008 READ MORE


Kucinich and Obama

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Clinton, Edwards and Obama

Show Me the Money

The issue of campaign financing was raised once again during Monday’s debate between the Democrats, so we thought we’d check the numbers and see how much the candidates are getting and from whom.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama

Fireworks in South Carolina

Despite all the smiles, the Democratic campaign has been contentious for a while now. With the nomination on the line like never before, the candidates really let it fly in this, the most heated presidential debate yet. Yes, there have been a thousand already, but if there’s one Democratic debate you don’t want to miss, it’s this one.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton

Barack and Hillary Remember MLK

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama honored the late, great Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday with a couple of refreshingly fresh speeches. Be sure to give them a listen. There are some truly wonderful moments of rhetorical homage to one of the great orators of all time.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008 READ MORE


What’s Gotten Into Bill?

Six months ago, Bill Clinton seemed to be settling comfortably into roles befitting a silver-maned former president: statesman, philanthropist, philosopher-king. Now he has put all that high-mindedness on hold—maybe it was never such a great fit, after all—to costar in his wife Hillary’s campaign as a coldblooded political hit man.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Clinton and Barack Obama
abcnews.com

Obama Puts Bill Clinton on Notice

Barack Obama has tried to infuse his campaign with a certain loftiness and positivity, but he has grown frustrated by what he describes as “unbelievable falsehoods” coming from Bill and Hillary Clinton. Expect to see a more aggressive candidate who has already promised to “directly confront Bill Clinton when he’s making statements that are not factually accurate.”

Posted on Jan 21, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
washingtonpost.com

Clinton Wins Nevada Amid Confusion Over Delegates

Hillary Clinton won more support among Nevada caucus-goers on Saturday, but the Obama campaign will likely end up with more actual delegates. Clinton drew significant support from Latino caucusers, despite a controversial lawsuit that was rejected by a court Thursday. Defended by both Hillary and Bill, the suit had tried to make it more difficult for casino workers, many of them Latino, to caucus. Updated

Posted on Jan 19, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

Southern Black Voters Split Between Obama and Clinton

The subject of race has gotten major—some would say excessive—play in recent Democratic debates, but judging from this New York Times report, we can expect more on this matter from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in coming weeks. That’s because, as the paper put it, “If any election can prove that Southern blacks are not a monolithic voting bloc, it is this one.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2008 READ MORE


The Hard Choice Is Now

In the coming general election campaign, voters will be faced with a clear choice on the major issues. It is the ongoing primaries that force us to figure out not just who the candidates are, but who we are as well.

Posted on Jan 17, 2008 READ MORE


A Demographic the Democrats Must Not Forget

Clinton and Obama would court failure by ignoring the white working class, a group that has reasons to be discontented. 

Posted on Jan 17, 2008 READ MORE


The Dream Ticket

Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama on the same ticket?  Nutty? Maybe, but consider: The combination of two of the campaign’s key narratives could be politically potent.

Posted on Jan 16, 2008 READ MORE


The Lose-Lose Race Debate

A truce has been called in the racial feud between Clinton and Obama, but not before it stained both with the residue of their own follies. The resulting peril for the Democratic Party is great.

Posted on Jan 16, 2008 READ MORE


The Race Card

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