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For the GOP, a Tough Sell

How on earth is the Republican Party going to sell John McCain? Once the Democrats stop doing the job, I mean.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


The Two Obamas

The result of the 2008 election may come down to how voters decide to define Barack Obama. Is he Adlai Stevenson or John F. Kennedy? Updated.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


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johnmurneysblog.blogspot.com

Moore Throws Hat Into Obama’s Ring

For presidential candidates, celebrity endorsements can be a mixed bag—especially when the star in question is a polarizing figure, as is the latest famous figure to give the nod to Barack Obama: audacious auteur Michael Moore.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


I’ll See Your Attack Ad and Raise You a Bin Laden

It’s getting ugly out there. With just a day to go before the much anticipated Pennsylvania primary, the Democrats are running a blitz of negative ads, like this one from Hillary Clinton that features a cameo from a certain bearded terrorist.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
AP photo / Rick Bowmer

The Left Has Lost Its Way

The failure of the American left is a failure of nerve. It has been neutralized and rendered ineffectual as a political force because of its refusal to hold fast on core issues.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Maher

Bill Maher Defends Elitism

The “Real Time” host offers his own unique take on the bitterness fiasco: “If you think the Democrats are going to take away your Bible, you’re an idiot. If you think they’re going to take away your gun, you’re an armed idiot. And if you think they’re going to take away your gun and give it to a Mexican to kill your god, you’re Bill O’Reilly.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


The Candidates Agree

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Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE    


Obama flyer
Flickr / FourthFloor

Obama Battles Tradition in Philly

The Barack Obama campaign’s “culture clash” in Philadelphia goes beyond the unwillingness to pay out “street money.” The L.A. Times details the many challenges of trying to wage a new kind of politics in the city where our nation’s politics began. Update: “Ward leaders are pretty pissed.”

Posted on Apr 20, 2008 READ MORE


Philadelphia debate
AP photo / Jae C. Hong

ABC’s Philadelphia Story: Punditry Over Politics

Journalists are famous for their dogged drive to “get the story.” But when it comes to situations like Wednesday’s campaign debate in Philadelphia, they have the ability to make stories, too—and the story ABC’s pundits created that night buried the most important issues of the day, at Americans’ expense.

Posted on Apr 19, 2008 READ MORE


True Test of Leadership

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Posted on Apr 18, 2008 READ MORE


Philadelphia debate
AP photo / Jae C. Hong

Philly Debate Maligned by Pro-Obama Media?

Why were so many journalists so aggravated by the latest presidential debate? According to Politico scribes John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei, it wasn’t about George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Gibson’s less substantive questions—instead, the problem was that “this time there were more hard questions for Obama than for Clinton.”

Posted on Apr 18, 2008 READ MORE


Howard Dean

Dean to Superdelegates: Decide Now

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is putting pressure on superdelegates to let their presidential preferences be known well before this summer’s convention—partly for logistical reasons, and also to let the healing begin. 

Posted on Apr 18, 2008 READ MORE


Substance for Those Who Were Patient

Once the meaningless inquisition about loose semantics and questionable acquaintances was done, Wednesday night’s debate between Obama and Clinton got interesting.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton Camp Denies ‘Screw ‘Em’ Comment

Still railing against Barack Obama’s “elitist” comments, Hillary Clinton has found some of her own alleged words about the working class coming back to haunt her. The candidate’s campaign has denied that she said the following about blue-collar voters, as reported by the Huffington Post: “Screw ‘em. ... You don’t owe them a thing, Bill. They’re doing nothing for you; you don’t have to do anything for them.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Newsmax/Zogby Poll: Deadlocked in Pennsylvania

With just five days left before Democratic primary voters go to polls to decide whom they want to be their presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois are locked in a battle that is too close to call, the latest Newsmax/Zogby telephone poll shows.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Matt Rourke

ABC’s ‘Despicable’ Debate

The Democrats met in Philadelphia Wednesday night for their 21st and probably finally debate. The Washington Post’s Tom Shales was horrified by what he saw, but not because of the candidates: “For the first 52 minutes ... Gibson and Stephanopoulos dwelled entirely on specious and gossipy trivia that already has been hashed and rehashed, in the hope of getting the candidates to claw at one another over disputes that are no longer news.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Gordon Brown
World Economic Forum / Remy Steinegger

Mr. Brown Will See You Now

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is in the United States to discuss the global economy with President Bush, but the real excitement is over back-to-back meetings he has scheduled with the three U.S. presidential candidates.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Whose Elitism Is Worse?

It is hard to blame John McCain for mocking Barack Obama as an “elitist” following that silly remark about bitter folks who cling to guns and religion. Rarely does the Arizona senator—one of the wealthiest members of Washington’s most exclusive club—encounter such a tempting chance to masquerade as a populist.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Family Ties

I always thought that genealogy was for people whose blood ran blue. It was for folks who traced their ancestry to the Mayflower or the American Revolution, not those who came over in steerage one step ahead of the Cossacks.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Marie Cocco on Bitterness

The columnist argues that Barack Obama’s “bitter” comments will indeed work against him with white working-class voters.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE



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Grand Theft Slogan

Consider Barack Obama a trendsetter: In Italy, the recently defeated center-left leader in the parliamentary elections took a cue from the American candidate and adopted the slogan “Si può fare” or, as The Economist translates, “It can be done.” Right-winger Silvio Berlusconi, who won a convincing victory in that election, begged to differ.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


The Orangeburg Massacre

Sen. Barack Obama is clearly a bad bowler. But it was not too long ago that African-Americans were not allowed in some bowling alleys. In Orangeburg, S.C., three young African-American men were killed for protesting against that town’s segregated bowling alley.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


Bruce and Steve
The Star-Ledger / Saed Hindash

The Boss Hires Obama

Bruce Springsteen, the iconic musician of the working-class U.S., endorsed Barack Obama on Wednesday. The announcement comes less than a week before the Pennsylvania primary, in which blue-collar voters may play a significant role in determining the Democratic nominee.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
msnbc.com

Poll Shows Obama Up, Doubts on Clinton’s Honesty

As the race for the Democratic nomination slogs ahead, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Barack Obama with a 10-point national lead over Hillary Clinton, with the added insult of six in 10 voters seeing Clinton as neither honest nor trustworthy.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


Michelle Obama

Stephen Colbert Serenades Michelle Obama

Stephen Colbert began his interview with Michelle Obama by asking about her “silver spoon” upbringing on the South Side of Chicago. The pseudo pundit then segued into a brief and comical flirtation and even managed to get in a few digs against Hillary Clinton. “Why would you want to be first lady?” he asked. “You’d never get any sleep because I understand the phone keeps ringing at 3 a.m.”

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / djloche / jurvetson / seiu_international

Democrats Split the Hollywood Money

If you’re looking for an indicator of just how close the Democratic primary race is (delegate math notwithstanding), you need look no further than those all-important Hollywood donations. With nearly $6 million in entertainment industry contributions between them, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are separated by a mere $291.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


McCain and Bush
AP photo / Ron Edmonds

The Man Who Would Be Bush

Are Americans unusually stupid or is it something our president put in the water? As millions surrender their homes and sacrifice other standards of our nation’s economic stability and reputation to the caprice of the Bush-Cheney imperium, a majority of voters tell pollsters that they might vote for a candidate who promises more of the same.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Barack Obama
AP photo / Charlie Neibergall

Blame It on the Media

With the so-called scandal over Barack Obama’s “bitter” comment, the media have once again abandoned impartiality and become active participants in the race for the White House.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Mary Altaffer

McCain Piles On in ‘Bitter’ War of Words

John McCain joined Hillary Clinton in critiquing Barack Obama’s characterization of small-town Pennsylvania’s (and by extension, perhaps, America’s) “bitter” outlook, telling a crowd of magazine and newspaper editors on Monday that Obama’s description represented “a contradiction from what I believe America is all about.”

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton ad

New Clinton Ad Jumps on Obama’s Remarks

There are many opportunities, in every heated political campaign, for one candidate’s perceived slip-up to quickly provide the plot for another’s next TV spot. Here, Hillary Clinton’s camp has some Pennsylvania supporters weigh in on Barack Obama’s recent statements about their home state.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Just a Regular Gal

Hillary “Shot-and-a-Beer” Clinton has given us the perfect illustration of what’s so insane about American politics: the philosophical dictum that could be summed up (with apologies to Descartes) as “I seem, therefore I am.”

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


The ?Bitter? Battle

The Democratic presidential candidates are doing a splendid job of helping John McCain get to the White House.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


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wikimedia.org

Congressman Apologizes to Obama

U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis of Kentucky has asked Barack Obama’s forgiveness for a racially charged comment about the candidate’s readiness to handle national security. Davis told a group of fellow Republicans Saturday, “That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button.”

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Poster
Flickr / Steve Rhodes

Hope Fatigue in Pennsylvania?

A new poll shows Hillary Clinton way out ahead in Pennsylvania, thanks in part to the 23 percent of respondents who said Barack Obama’s saturation advertising is turning them off. The Obama campaign is currently spending more per week on ads in Pennsylvania than any other candidate ever has spent.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

Obama: ?Shame on Her?

In another response to the controversy over his “bitter” comments, Barack Obama ridicules rival Hillary Clinton. He says “it sounds like there’s some politics being played,” and he goes on to jab at Clinton’s recent attempt to portray herself as pro-gun: “She’s running around talking about ... how she values the Second Amendment, she’s talking like she’s Annie Oakley! Hillary Clinton’s out there like she’s on the duck blind every Sunday, she’s packin’ a six-shooter! C’mon! She knows better.”

Posted on Apr 13, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Obama Volleys Back at Clinton, McCain for ‘Bitter’ Remarks

Barack Obama has apparently decided to stand by his observation, first delivered in San Francisco on April 6, that some Americans in small-town Pennsylvania are “bitter” about the lack of available jobs. After Hillary Clinton and John McCain criticized his views as elitist and condescending, Obama repeated, and elaborated upon, his original statement Friday. Updated

Posted on Apr 11, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton

Clinton Slams Obama, CNN Slams Clinton

CNN’s political panel takes Hillary Clinton to task over what Jeffrey Toobin calls her “ridiculous” and “embarrassing” attack on Barack Obama’s comment that some Americans are bitter about federal mishandling of the economy. And when John McCain’s criticism of the Obama comment comes up, Jack Cafferty nearly blows a gasket.

Posted on Apr 11, 2008 READ MORE


Bush?s Parallel Universe

No, it’s not your imagination: The “debate” about Iraq, and I use the word loosely, becomes ever more surreal as the occupation drags on.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE


Road to Nowhere

The problem with the debate over our future course in Iraq is that the two sides are not even talking about the same things.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE


Petraeus
AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Sinking Into the Quagmire

Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker’s congressional check-in about Iraq this week didn’t offer much hope for America’s overseas entanglements, and as coverage of the overseas wars wanes, the media isn’t holding politicians’ feet to the fire—or telling the real story about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE


Powell
abcnews.go.com

Powell Salutes Obama, Worries About Wars

Gen. Colin Powell won’t say who will get his vote this November, but on Thursday’s “Good Morning America,” the former secretary of state put in a good word for all three front-runners, praised Obama’s Rev. Wright speech and worried that the U.S. armed forces are becoming “very, very stretched” by the protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE


Bush in Texas
AP photo / Duane A. Laverty

Bush Backs Petraeus’ Pause Plan

Despite some congressional resistance, it seems Gen. David Petraeus’  recommended “pause” in U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq will take effect after July. On Thursday, President Bush (whose approval ratings have plummeted to a new low) essentially deferred the withdrawal issue to his successor.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Flickr / realjameso16

Obama May Backtrack on Public Financing

Barack Obama’s fundraising machine has exceeded expectations and broken records, so it’s no wonder that he has hinted at retreating from public financing, a move his rivals are already trying to exploit. But Taegan Goddard argues that this “flip-flop story” could work to Obama’s advantage.

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


CNN Iraq hearing

CNN Reporter: Iraq Update ‘Frighteningly Disappointing’

The questions leveled by Senate members at Ambassador Ryan Crocker and Gen. David Petraeus during Tuesday’s update session about Iraq failed to make the grade for Michael Ware, CNN’s “Situation Room” correspondent. Ware declared the session “frighteningly disappointing,” telling host Wolf Blitzer, “I just see a lot of oxygen being wasted here.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


Lewis Black

‘Back in Black’: Some Votes Are More Glamorous

“The Daily Show’s” Lewis Black probes the soft underbelly of the celebrity endorsement, from the guy who played Kumar to the “political juggernaut that is Dick Van Patten.” And if you think Oprah is excited about Barack Obama, just wait until you see how she reacts to the cast of “Desperate Housewives.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


Petraeus
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Everything His President Wants to Hear

General Betray Us? Of course he has. MoveOn.org can hardly be expected to recycle its slogan from last September, when Gen. David Petraeus testified in support of escalating the U.S. war in Iraq, given the hysterical denunciations that worthy group received at the time. But it was right then—as it would be to repeat the charge now.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE



Democrats Wage Air War in Pennsylvania

A few months ago columnist Amy Goodman argued that the principal beneficiaries of our current campaign finance system are the media conglomerates that rake in all those advertising dollars. That’s especially true this week as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama bombard Pennsylvania with commercials.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


Life After Penn

The most striking critiques of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign have come not from her opponents or her enemies but from her most loyal friends.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton bowling

Like Obama, Clinton Sucks at Bowling

If the election comes down to bowling ability, the Democrats are in serious trouble. Hillary Clinton poked fun at her rival’s poor showing at the lanes, but it turns out she can’t bowl either. Of course, there’s no evidence John McCain would fare any better. Is it too much to ask that the next president be able to roll a ball in a straight line?

Posted on Apr 7, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Maher

Maher to Democrats: ?Chill Out?

From TSA’s mood music to Obama’s bowling blunder, Bill Maher takes on the issues of the week, including the growing concern over the Democrats’ heated primary battle: “If voting can destroy the Democratic Party, then the party isn’t very democratic.”

Posted on Apr 7, 2008 READ MORE


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