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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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Posted on Jan 15, 2008 READ MORE


Playing the Race Card Against Obama

It turns out that Toni Morrison’s famous line about Bill Clinton as “our first black president” was just a bon mot. If the Clintons took it as a sign of African-Americans’ unconditional fealty, they were mistaken.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008 READ MORE


Kucinich
msnbc.msn.com

Kucinich Uninvited to MSNBC Debate

Talk about bad manners—MSNBC had just broken the mold of recent Democratic debates by inviting Rep. Dennis Kucinich to Tuesday’s debate in Las Vegas when, less than 48 hours later, network brass decided to change their qualification criteria and informed Kucinich he wasn’t welcome after all. Updated

Posted on Jan 14, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
kennyonfarrow.com

Clinton, Obama Trade Barbs

In case you missed this weekend’s fireworks, Hillary Clinton went on “Meet the Press” and accused the Obama campaign of, among other things, distorting her Martin Luther King Jr. comments and agitating racial tension. Barack Obama dismissed the accusation as “ludicrous,” because, he said, he hadn’t even commented on Clinton’s remarks.

Posted on Jan 14, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
nytimes.com

Polls Put McCain on Top

Two new polls, one from The New York Times and CBS News and the other by The Washington Post and ABC News, show John McCain at the head of the Republican race nationally. The same polls also show Barack Obama closing the gap with rival Hillary Clinton, who still maintains a lead, though by a much smaller margin than previously.

Posted on Jan 13, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary
observer.com

Hillary’s Dirty Tricks

While mulling Hillary Clinton’s surprise win, the pundits might want to consider her turn to negative campaigning. Arianna Huffington has collected some of the more distasteful examples, including a direct mailer to New Hampshire women that falsely portrayed Barack Obama as soft on choice (he has a glowing rating from both NARAL and Planned Parenthood).

Posted on Jan 12, 2008 READ MORE


Change Sells Itself

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Posted on Jan 11, 2008 READ MORE


Colbert on Obama

‘Colbert Report’:  Un-American News

After an uncharacteristic moment of empathy for the left, Stephen Colbert reminds us that there are other newsworthy events besides the primaries: The world is full of other countries—which, it turns out, are also obsessing about the U.S. primaries.

Posted on Jan 11, 2008 READ MORE


A Vagueness in Obama’s Message

Hopefully, the results of the New Hampshire primary will eliminate the words hope and change from his presidential campaign.  Maybe I am too cynical or too old or too disillusioned from being burned by past failed crusades.  But words and elevated oratory are not enough for me.

Posted on Jan 11, 2008 READ MORE


Revisiting the ‘Bradley Effect’

Pollsters and pundits were quick to discount race and the so-called Bradley effect as factors in Barack Obama’s narrow loss to Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary. Given that the same pollsters and pundits (OK, me too) were so wrong about the outcome, I think we ought to take a closer look.

Posted on Jan 10, 2008 READ MORE


Stay Classy, Mike Huckabee

This real-life regular guy is forthrightly emphasizing the issue of class in America—which makes the Establishment mighty uncomfortable but invigorates the presidential campaign.

Posted on Jan 10, 2008 READ MORE


Chauvinists Fly Under the Radar

If there’s a reason women came out to support Hillary in New Hampshire, it might be the unabashed sexism she has had to endure.

Posted on Jan 10, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton’s ‘Diebold Bump’

An unfortunate coincidence has emerged from the New Hampshire primary results that is at least worth noting, if only for the sake of trivia (or democracy): Hillary Clinton performed better, and Barack Obama worse, in counties where votes were counted using Diebold machines. Whether you call it sour grapes or citizen journalism, the Brad Blog has the details.

Posted on Jan 10, 2008 READ MORE


How Hillary Got Her Women Back

Within the voting booths, many female voters in New Hampshire could not deny that the senator was a survivor of the societal battles that had scarred them over the decades.

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


The Coming Attack on Barack

Conspirators with a “Swift boat” style are looking at the Illinois senator and sharpening their knives. One of their delicious subjects of attention is the candidate’s provocative spiritual adviser.

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


Shadows Trump Hope

The humorist explains Clinton’s New Hampshire win without polling data or political science but with candid insight into the dark recesses of American prejudice.

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Fox Presses Its Attack on Obama

When Barack Obama first started running for the White House, Fox News tried to paint him with the terrorism brush. Rather than play games with the network, the Obama campaign simply blackballed Fox. Robert Greenwald’s “Fox Attacks” brings us up to date after Bill O’Reilly’s manhandling of an Obama staffer last weekend.

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


Back to the Drawing Board

Maybe the signs pointing to Hillary Clinton’s victory in the New Hampshire primary were there all along, hidden in plain sight by the blur of Obamamania and a stack of flawed polls.

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


The Broadcasters’ Big Payday

Hillary Clinton’s surprise victory in New Hampshire guarantees a longer, more competitive Democratic primary season. It’s like money in the bank for those who control the airwaves.

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


polling booth
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Closing the Polling Gap

How to explain the discrepancy—which was, in the case of New Hampshire this week, essentially on the Democratic side of the ballot—between polling numbers and election results?  In a column, ABC News’ polling poobah, Gary Langer, makes some suggestions and calls for a “serious, critical look at the final pre-election polls in the Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


Edwards
textually.org

The Rest of the Field Soldiers On

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee and John McCain have gotten plenty of ink in the last week, but the other candidates for president want you to know they’re still in it. John Edwards, who staked a lot on Iowa and placed second there, says he will campaign until his party’s convention because, “Up until now, about half of 1 percent of Americans have voted.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
AP photo / Jim Cole

Clinton, McCain Win New Hampshire

“I found my own voice,” Hillary Clinton said in her New Hampshire victory speech, admitting to more than just a bumpy campaign.  Instead, she appeared to be pointing at the stilted rhetoric and focus-grouping that have plagued her run for president. With Iowa and New Hampshire behind her, the senator’s campaign promise, it seems, is to speak from the heart.

Posted on Jan 8, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
AP photo / Elise Amendola

Playing the Class Card

Hillary Clinton, and now Gloria Steinem, have chosen to play the women’s card against the race card.  Let me throw in a third one: Neither of those issues trumps that of economic class in considering the traumas of this nation.

Posted on Jan 8, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton

Hillary to Fox News: Obama Isn’t JFK or MLK

The media may be falling under the sway of Barack Obama, but Hillary Clinton is fed up with the idea that his campaign is somehow historic, and she’s had more than enough of those comparisons to JFK and Martin Luther King Jr. just “because they gave great speeches.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton on Obama’s ‘Fairy Tale’ Campaign

Hillary isn’t the only Clinton to be rattled by Barack Obama. Bill Clinton describes the Obama campaign and, more specifically, Obama’s opposition to the war, as “the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.” It’s getting negative out there.

Posted on Jan 8, 2008 READ MORE


Vencidas en New Hampshire

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The Ghost of Politics Past

Hillary Clinton may have unintentionally written the obituary for the Iowa and New Hampshire phase of her presidential campaign, and perhaps her candidacy, when she told voters on Sunday: “You campaign in poetry, but you govern in prose.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2008 READ MORE


Obama’s Success Makes a Bloomberg Campaign Moot

Barack Obama’s determination to unite Americans and his strong electoral showing in Iowa, fueled in no small part by independents, have taken the wind out of Michael Bloomberg’s sails. The New York mayor has been, by some accounts, considering an independent run for president, but now there just doesn’t seem to be much of a point.

Posted on Jan 7, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton

Hillary Tears Up in New Hampshire

Hillary Clinton became emotional Monday while discussing the campaign in New Hampshire. According to several polls, she now trails Barack Obama, who appears to be gaining momentum. “I just don’t want to see us fall backward as a nation,” she said as her emotions rose.

Posted on Jan 7, 2008 READ MORE


NH debate
AP photo / Steven Senne

The Battleground of New Hampshire

As the candidates press forward in the final hours before the state’s primary, the war and health care stand as prime issues.  But no one is fully facing up to the fact that the latter cannot be properly addressed as long as the U.S. is paying for the former.

Posted on Jan 7, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
nytimes.com

Obama Surges, Clinton Gets Hands On

Two new polls show Barack Obama building on his Iowa win with a double digit lead in New Hampshire. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, has personally seized the reins of her campaign, determined to push the talking point she debuted at Saturday’s debate—that she can deliver on Obama’s promise of change.

Posted on Jan 6, 2008 READ MORE


Barack Obama’s Moment in History

It was one of those moments that give you goose bumps—the cheering crowd, the waving placards, the candidate and his family looking Kennedyesque on the occasion of a stunning victory. Barack Obama took the stage Thursday night in Des Moines and proclaimed his vindication of hope: “They said this day would never come. They said our sights were set too high.”

Posted on Jan 6, 2008 READ MORE


A Sex—and Race—Change for Hillary

The satirist lampoons Sen. Clinton’s eagerness to seize upon Barack Obama’s Iowa success and recast herself as a “change agent.”

Posted on Jan 6, 2008 READ MORE


Cinton
AP photo / Stephan Savoia

Clinton Regroups in New Hampshire

Acknowledging a setback in her campaign following Barack Obama’s victory in Iowa, Sen. Hillary Clinton switched gears in New Hampshire, reasserting her readiness for office and urging voters to take a close look at Obama’s policies before embracing his message of hope.

Posted on Jan 4, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary and Bill

Iowa Victory and Concession Speeches

In case you were wondering how the candidates felt about the results of the Iowa caucuses, here are Barack Obama, John Edwards, Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee, in their own words.

Posted on Jan 4, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / M. Spencer Green

Obama Wins

Barack Obama is the runaway winner of the Iowa caucuses. What began as a virtual tie between the major candidates on election night quickly turned into a decisive victory for Obama. Hillary Clinton, who has frequently touted her electability, came in a close third behind John Edwards.

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Kucinich
AP photo / Charles Rex Arbogast

Kucinich Names Obama the Best of the Rest

Dennis Kucinich is encouraging his supporters to caucus for Barack Obama if he, Kucinich, fails to meet the minimum threshold of support. Iowa Democrats are allowed to re-caucus if their preferred candidate doesn’t perform above a certain level, usually 15 percent. Ralph Nader, meanwhile, disclosed that he prefers John Edwards.

Posted on Jan 1, 2008 READ MORE


Edwards’ Closing Argument

If you had seen the candidate perform Saturday at the public library in Washington, Iowa, you’d understand how he made all that money as a trial lawyer.

Posted on Jan 1, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
abcnews.com

Obama Wants to Go Live

After Hillary Clinton announced she will buy two minutes of air time on every evening newscast in Iowa,  Barack Obama wants to go even further with either a two- or five-minute live campaign commercial, to be aired simultaneously on all the networks. The stunt, which “West Wing” viewers will recognize from the show’s last season, has station managers scratching their heads.

Posted on Dec 28, 2007 READ MORE


The Race for Name-Caller in Chief

According to satirist Borowitz, Clinton has exposed some dirty linen and Obama is plenty P-O’d about the accusation.

Posted on Dec 22, 2007 READ MORE


Which Clinton for President?

Hillary Clinton tells audiences that having lived in the White House for eight eventful years, she’s eager to take charge as president on “day one.” Apparently, though, so is Bill.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE



abcnews.com

Clinton Targets Obama on the Web

The Hillary Clinton campaign has secured two domain names for Web sites that will be devoted to attacking Barack Obama. A Clinton representative says negative sites are nothing new, but the Obama campaign says Clinton’s latest Internet efforts are “politically motivated attacks in the eleventh hour of a closely contested campaign.”

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Obama in Iowa
AP photo / Kevin Sanders

Iowa ‘08:  Barack Obama Live

In his first dispatch from the scene of the upcoming caucuses, Boyarsky gets a look at Barack Obama in action as the Democratic presidential hopeful delivers a speech in Des Moines touching on foreign policy and the issue of experience in office.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Slowed? Maybe ... Stopped? No Way.

Sen. Clinton has had some campaign setbacks, but the notion that she’s in a tailspin is baloney.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 READ MORE


The Fight of Her Life

The Democratic contest in Iowa—and possibly the battle for the party’s presidential nomination—hangs on whether Hillary Clinton can use the next two weeks to encourage second thoughts about Barack Obama, and get voters to take a second look at her.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


 ‘Tis the Season for Disappointment

Of all the upsets that can sour a holiday season—pinched wallets, contaminated toys, sugar overload and overbearing in-laws—is there anything that can dull the spirit like a presidential primary season unfolding in its midst?

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


Romney and Huckabee
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

Campaign ‘08 Rocked by Outbreak of Accountability

It’s not at all shocking when candidates and their assorted aides take pot shots at each other as they slog through the long and dirty campaign trail, but it’s at least a bit surprising when they ‘fess up to it.  That’s just what happened— twice! —in about 24 hours.

Posted on Dec 13, 2007 READ MORE


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