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The Original Swift-Boater Is Back

Here come the goons, right on schedule. The “author,” and I use the term loosely, whose vicious lies damaged John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign has crawled back out from under his rock to spew vicious lies about Barack Obama.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 READ MORE


Will Obama Wave Bayh-Bye to the White House?

If you believe the chatter, Barack Obama is desperately seeking a white guy—any white guy—to be his running mate. Hopefully, he doesn’t choose Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, whose only major accomplishment is helping to bend his party to the will of corporations.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary to Have Roll-Call Vote at Convention

After protracted negotiations, Barack Obama has agreed to Hillary Clinton’s name being placed in nomination at the Democratic convention. A joint statement from the Obama and Clinton camps claims it was Obama’s idea to use the symbolic vote “as a show of unity and in recognition of the historic race she ran and the fact that she was the first woman to compete in all of our nation’s primary contests.” Ain’t that special.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008 READ MORE


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John Schwenkler/Boston Globe

Candidate Blogs Made Graphic

The Boston Globe has created a graphic that magnifies words according to the frequency of use on McCain and Obama’s respective blogs. Tellingly, the word used most often by both is Obama.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Jared C. Benedict / Wikimedia Commons

Wal-Mart Election Scare Tactics Challenged

Labor groups have filed election complaints against Wal-Mart for reportedly telling store managers that Democrats’ proposed labor law changes would drive down wages and force layoffs.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008 READ MORE


Jackson Browne
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Jackson Browne Sues Team McCain, Republican Party

Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne is not thrilled that his song “Running on Empty” was co-opted by the Ohio Republican Party and used as an anthem for a commercial that Browne believed made it seem as though he supported John McCain’s presidential campaign. Au contraire, Ohio GOP.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008 READ MORE


A Cut-and-Paste Foreign Policy

The discovery that John McCain’s remarks on Georgia were derived from Wikipedia is, to put it politely, disturbing and even depressing—but not surprising.

Posted on Aug 13, 2008 READ MORE


Parsing the Clinton Memos

Will the Party of Clinton ever become the Party of Obama? It has now been more than two months since Barack Obama secured the Democratic presidential nomination, yet here we are, still fascinated with Bill and Hillary Clinton and what they’re up to. Why?

Posted on Aug 13, 2008 READ MORE


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Michael Moore’s Blueprint for an Obama Loss

He’s been rather quiet recently, but Flint’s finest is always a lively voice. His latest missive is a six-point plan for how the Democrats can still blow the easiest election they’ve faced in decades. Summary? Don’t be so darn nice!

Posted on Aug 13, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Wright
blogs.chron.com

The Rev. Wright’s Auspiciously Timed Book Tour

In case there was any residual doubt as to the current status of the relationship between the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama, New York Magazine should dispel that once and for all with the news, somewhat buried in this week’s cover story on race and the presidential election, that Wright will embark on a book tour in October.

Posted on Aug 12, 2008 READ MORE


NATO, Georgia and the Ready-Made War

British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery was the man who said the first three rules of warfare are “Do not invade Russia,” repeated three times. A footnote to that rule would be that while the disputed Georgian districts of South Ossetia and Abkhazia are not parts of Russia today, they were yesterday, and probably will again be tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow.

Posted on Aug 12, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Mary Altaffer

McCain Sounds the Alarm on Georgia

John McCain comes off as the tough-talking hard-liner in this Financial Times story about the Russia-Georgia conflict. Even more of a hard-liner than President Bush, who ever-so-reluctantly came around to agreeing with McCain on Monday after initially taking “a much more diluted stance” (just like Barack Obama), as John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, put it in the FT article’s completely unsurprising conclusion.

Posted on Aug 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Oprah’s Support = 1 Million Votes

The power of Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement is clearly quantifiable when it comes to her “favorite things” (e.g. book sales), but how about her favorite people (e.g. Barack Obama)? Well, a scholarly duo from the University of Maryland came up with 1 million votes as the impressive, if somewhat strangely derived, number that represents the boost Oprah has given Obama since she gave him her official stamp of approval.

Posted on Aug 11, 2008 READ MORE


A Family Fight Among Democrats: Health Care

Before the energy-price crisis, before the mortgage crisis, before the credit crisis and the banking crisis, there was the crisis in health insurance that is in reality a crisis in care.

Posted on Aug 11, 2008 READ MORE



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Obama to Release New Book in September

Book browsers will get plenty of face time with the Democratic candidate this fall when “Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise” arrives in stores. It’s a collection of speeches, policy papers and a foreword from the man himself. Proceeds will go to an unspecified charity.

Posted on Aug 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Celebrity Ad Wars: Obama Edition

Celebrities have become mere pawns in the tussle between John McCain and Barack Obama, both of whom have now released campaign ads accusing the other of being a celebrity and snuggling up to celebrities. Celebrities = bad!

Posted on Aug 11, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Capitalizes on Obama Fatigue

The core strategy of John McCain’s campaign is to turn Barack Obama into the incumbent, the man who is too familiar yet still mysterious.

Posted on Aug 10, 2008 READ MORE


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Denver

Twenty-two Electoral College votes in the Rocky Mountain West are up for grabs, meaning this vast expanse is more pivotal than Ohio. And that’s only the beginning of the region’s burgeoning influence on energy, taxes, trade and health care.

Posted on Aug 7, 2008 READ MORE


Big on Oil, Small on Facts

“The Daily Show” tackles the campaign’s premier nonissue: offshore oil drilling. Experts agree that new drilling won’t have an impact anytime soon, but that hasn’t stopped McCain from bloviating, Obama from hedging and the punditry from setting the bar even lower.

Posted on Aug 7, 2008 READ MORE


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Flickr / Jurvetson (left) and soggydan

McCain and Obama’s Little White Sound Bites

Both John McCain and Barack Obama pride themselves on straightforwardness, but as one might expect, each has lobbed his fair share of less-than-accurate statements. Politico and PolitiFact take a look at some of the doozies the two candidates have told over the course of the campaign.

Posted on Aug 7, 2008 READ MORE


Man Charged With Threatening to Kill Obama

Raymond Hunter Geisel, a 22-year-old aspiring bail bondsmen, is in custody for allegedly saying of Barack Obama, “If he gets elected, I’ll assassinate him myself.” Geisel soon made matters worse for himself, reportedly joking to a Secret Service agent that “if he wanted to kill Senator Obama he simply would shoot him with a sniper rifle.”

Posted on Aug 7, 2008 READ MORE



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Playing the Economic Card

After enduring the silly debate over who injected race into the presidential campaign, let’s look at some recent numbers that indicate how Barack Obama could win this close election.

Posted on Aug 6, 2008 READ MORE


McCain the Maverick? Not So Fast

In the battle to define John McCain, the man himself would have you call him “the original maverick.” Barack Obama, meanwhile, says McCain is running for George W. Bush’s third term. This identity struggle could determine the outcome of the election.

Posted on Aug 6, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Steps Up Celebrity Attack

John McCain has found a theme he likes and he’s sticking with it: Barack Obama is popular and that’s bad. Much worse, apparently, than the Reagan-era economic philosophy the presumed Republican nominee is peddling.

Posted on Aug 6, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain Dogged by Another Member of the Hollywood Blonde Posse

Just as John McCain was catching flak for bolstering Paris Hilton’s bafflingly resilient showbiz career, another danger appeared on the horizon in the form of that purebred Hollywood golden retriever Gwyneth Paltrow, who’s turned up in a Democrat-sponsored PSA with an angular bob that could slice deli meat and a get-out-the-vote message for expat American voters.

Posted on Aug 5, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Race-Baiting Scoundrels

I’m confident that Sen. Lindsey Graham and the rest of John McCain’s front-line surrogates know full well what messages they’re sending about Barack Obama and race. On the off chance that they—or, more likely, some of the white voters they’re trying to reach—don’t know text from subtext from context, here’s a deconstruction.

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE


A Common-Sense Approach to Social Security

In this summer of our economic discontent, it isn’t necessary to manufacture a financial crisis or to make political hash out of discussing a nonexistent one.

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE


Getting Past the ‘Race Card’

Will the race issue go back into the closet for the rest of the presidential campaign? Of course not, so where do we go from here?

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama and McCain Spar Over Oil

Both Barack Obama and John McCain have recently changed their positions when it comes to dealing with the burgeoning energy crisis and America’s all-too-apparent dependence on foreign oil, but that doesn’t mean each presumptive nominee isn’t going to keep pointing out the other’s potential inconsistencies and flaws, as Obama’s new ad here demonstrates.

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain-Spears ‘08

John McCain’s recent “celeb” ad attempted to draw a comparison between Barack Obama and a certain washed-up pop star, but as this video illustrates, the former maverick actually has a lot more in common with Britney “we should just trust our president in every decision that he makes” Spears.

Posted on Aug 3, 2008 READ MORE


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Flickr / Joe Crimmings Photography

Obama Throws Florida, Michigan a Bone

Now that he is assured of his party’s nomination, Barack Obama has asked the Democratic credentials committee to award full votes to delegates from Florida and Michigan. Those states held primaries in violation of party rules, and their disputed delegations became a major source of division between supporters of Hillary Clinton and of Obama.

Posted on Aug 3, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Jae C. Hong

WSJ: Is Obama Too Fit for the White House?

Following on the heels of last week’s probing editorial about whether the creators of “The Dark Knight” are closeted Bush fans hankering to spread their (W-shaped) bat wings in full daylight comes this latest round of barrel-scraping for political analysis by The Wall Street Journal—this time daring to wonder whether Barack Obama shouldn’t hit the McDonald’s drive-through a bit harder if he really wants to win this thing.

Posted on Aug 1, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Evil Twin

It’s awfully early for John McCain to be running such a desperate, ugly campaign against Barack Obama. But I guess it’s useful for Democrats to get a reminder that the Republican Party plays presidential politics by the same moral code that guided the bad-boy Oakland Raiders in their heyday: “Just win, baby.”

Posted on Jul 31, 2008 READ MORE


Learning From Britain’s Conservatives

Instead of offering puerile ads trashing Obama, McCain should show how he’d be the change U.S. voters are waiting for.

Posted on Jul 31, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Campaign Complains Obama Played ‘Race Card’

“Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. It’s divisive, negative, shameful and wrong,” McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said Thursday. He was referring to the Illinois senator’s comment Wednesday that Republicans were trying to scare voters about him because, among other things, “he doesn’t look like all the presidents on the dollar bills and the five-dollar bills.” Meanwhile, some analysts are arguing that the already infamous Britney Spears/Paris Hilton ad was designed to subliminally trigger voter racism.

Posted on Jul 31, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Abbas
AP photo / Muhammed Muheisen

The Peacemaker

Sen. Barack Obama’s visit to Israel last week no doubt displeased the outspoken hawkish minority in the American Jewish community who want the Palestinians to be crushed. But it may have helped him with the more moderate majority of that community, where he must pick up support.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008 READ MORE


It’s the War, Stupid

There is nothing like the blast of a Baghdad bomb and the wail of sirens to drown out John McCain’s bitter campaign sound bites or the patter of Barack Obama’s “premature victory lap.”

Posted on Jul 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama = Britney = Paris. Say What?

Do you think that when John McCain helped craft the legislation requiring “I approved this message” at the end of political ads he could have envisioned himself attaching his name and approval to this silliness? Behold, McCain’s attempt to elevate the discourse ... by likening his opponent to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008 READ MORE


‘It’s a Global Election’

A visit to Estonia reminds “Democracy Now!” host Amy Goodman that the full impact of the American election will be felt across the globe, from Mesopotamia to a small Baltic republic.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008 READ MORE


GOP Insiders Slam McCain Ad Attacking Obama’s Celebrity

Several leading Republican strategists, both named and anonymous, were quoted Wednesday as slamming the latest in a string of bold attack ads on Barack Obama, this one overlaying images of the young senator with troubled trollops Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. “McCain ads are just catch as catch can, one wild swing at Obama after another,” one strategist told the Washington Post

Posted on Jul 30, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and economic advisers
AP photo / Jae C. Hong

Sucking Up to the Bankers: A Bipartisan Lovefest

This is a time to condemn the bankers, not to embrace them. They are the scoundrels who got us into the biggest economic mess since the Great Depression, lining their own pockets while destroying the life savings of those who trusted them.

Posted on Jul 29, 2008 READ MORE


Bush’s Legacy of Torture

I still find it hard to believe that George W. Bush, to his eternal shame and our nation’s great discredit, made torture a matter of hair-splitting, legalistic debate at the highest levels of the United States government. But that’s precisely what he did.

Posted on Jul 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Keystone / Eddy Risch

Streisand: Clinton Backers Should Support Obama

Once strongly in favor of Hillary Clinton, actress and chanteuse Barbra Streisand says her switch to supporting Barack Obama was instantaneous when Clinton pulled out of the presidential race, and that other Clinton supporters should back the Illinois senator instead of throwing their vote to Republican John McCain in protest.

Posted on Jul 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama, McCain Camps Clash Over Attack Ad

Barack Obama’s decision to forgo a visit with wounded U.S. troops in Germany during the European leg of his recent international sojourn gave John McCain’s camp the idea for a new advertisement criticizing the Illinois senator, although Obama’s team and Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel beg to differ with its premise.

Posted on Jul 27, 2008 READ MORE


Obama waves to a crowd
AP Photo / Jae C. Hong

Obama Has a Surge of His Own

At first it looked as if Barack Obama’s world tour, despite all the media attention, wasn’t going to translate into more votes. The senator himself warned that he could actually lose points for globetrotting. The latest Gallup poll, however, shows a trend in Obama’s favor. The candidate held a lead of nine points on Sunday. Updated.

Posted on Jul 27, 2008 READ MORE


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Middle East Cools to Obama

Mosaic producer Jamal Dajani warns that early enthusiasm for Barack Obama in the Middle East has been replaced with skepticism.

Posted on Jul 27, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Sarkozy
AP photo / Jae C. Hong

Obama Addresses Tehran From Paris

During his quick jaunt to Paris on Friday, Barack Obama sent a direct message to Iran, cautioning it to stop enriching uranium or “the pressure ... is only going to build.” Obama had the chance to chat briefly with President Nicolas Sarkozy, who told him that the French would be “delighted” if he won in November’s election.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’ Looks at Campaigns, Barack in Berlin

In this episode of KCRW’s popular political talk show, “Left, Right & Center,” analysts Arianna Huffington, Tony Blankley, Robert Scheer and Matt Miller trade insights, and sometimes even agree, about Barack Obama’s big speech in Berlin, how McCain’s campaign is faring, and other items in the week’s news.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE


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MTV Launches Political Spots With Anti-Obama Ad

MTV has become quite the changeling, now resembling not in the least the network that debuted in the early 1980s. Recently, the cable mainstay announced it will start airing political advertisements, and Team McCain seems to be first out the gates with this “Both Ways Barack” attack ad.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE


Romney and McCain
AP photo / Mary Altaffer

Does Anyone Care About McCain’s Running Mate?

While it might be true that speculation about who’ll become John McCain’s (or Barack Obama’s) vice presidential pick is overblown at times, The Wall Street Journal’s Ken Khachigian might be overlooking certain realities of McCain’s particular case when he says: “Voters don’t select the main course based on the side dish.”

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE


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