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Clinton’s ‘Red Phone’ Ad

In the waning days before the crucial electoral contests in Ohio and Texas, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has released targeted advertising emphasizing her readiness to handle the most dangerous security threats to the nation and suggesting that she would be better prepared than Barack Obama to pick up the dreaded “red phone.”

Posted on Feb 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Goes to Bollywood

Now, mind you, this is not an officially endorsed campaign video for Barack Obama. But we kind of wish it was.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


Underestimating Obama

Barack Obama’s critics bear a remarkable resemblance to the liberals who labored mightily to dismiss Ronald Reagan in 1980.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


The New Permanent Campaign

In 1976, a young political consultant named Patrick Caddell sent a memo to Jimmy Carter telling the president-elect to wage “a continuing political campaign” that fuses public policy and political goals. This doctrine became known as the permanent campaign, and it is now changing from a White House tactic into a national grass-roots organizing strategy.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


A Kind Word for the Media

If you’re among those who believe the news media have focused too much on the presidential horse race and the personalities of the candidates—and not enough on vital issues of state—let me submit that you’re wrong.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
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Democrats Rake It In

It’s no wonder John McCain wants to get the Democrats to commit to public financing. In a reversal of tradition, the Democrats are far out-raising Republicans during this election cycle. The Clinton campaign just announced a $35-million month—Clinton’s biggest yet. Though the Obama campaign hasn’t announced its numbers yet, estimates are in the $50-million range.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


Project Hillary

Mark Fiore’s latest animated political cartoon pokes fun at the message mayhem of the Clinton campaign. With apologies to Hillary fans who are already feeling down, the image of Project Runway’s Tim Gunn critiquing the candidate’s political design choices just fits somehow. Make it work, people.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Political Quagmire

Within the next two weeks, the number of American troops killed in Iraq is likely to reach 4,000, assuming that the average number of fatal casualties per day remains steady. It is an arbitrary number, given meaning by the fact that the nation may briefly take notice, but a day will come in this presidential campaign when Sen. John McCain must explain what he thinks we have gained by the sacrifice of those men and women.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


The Case of the Missing E-Mails

The mystery of the missing White House e-mails is likely never to be solved, its plot so convoluted that even Henry Waxman, the dogged House investigator who has brought to light such unseemliness as contracting scandals in Iraq reconstruction, seems to be flummoxed.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


Bloomberg Says He Won’t Run

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg writes in a New York Times op-ed “I am not—and will not be—a candidate for president.” Thus ends months of speculation on whether the multibillionaire would jump into the race as an independent candidate. Bloomberg writes that he may endorse a candidate who “takes an independent, nonpartisan approach” and “embraces practical solutions that challenge party orthodoxy.” Is he talking about Ralph Nader?

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE


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Clinton Backtracks on Tax Returns

Under pressure during Tuesday’s debate, Hillary Clinton hinted that she might release her tax returns earlier than “once I become the nominee,” a schedule that had drawn criticism from Barack Obama and the press. But aides speaking with the media the next day retreated from that opening.

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE


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Twenty Debates Later

There have been 20 debates between the Democratic candidates, three featuring only Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and if this final confrontation had any game-changing potential, the opportunity has come and passed. There were a few tense moments, to be sure, but no gaffes, no inappropriate sighs to puzzle over, just two people who claim to like each other and largely agree on everything.

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain Promises to Keep It Civil

Conservative radio host Bill Cunningham scored points with the audience while speaking before John McCain at a rally by repeatedly referring to “Barack Hussein Obama.” McCain apparently had no idea what Cunningham had said, but soon after the event addressed the matter in no uncertain terms.

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE


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Ellen Rallies for Clinton

Barack Obama’s campaign may count she-mogul Oprah Winfrey in its stable of celebrity boosters, but Hillary Clinton’s got her own talk show powerhouse: Ellen DeGeneres, who made a live appearance during this recent rally to put Hillary on the spot with some tough questions, like what to do about the sparkly danger that glitter poses to Americans everywhere.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008 READ MORE



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The Mail War

Hillary Clinton was so irked by a couple of Barack Obama campaign mailers that a few days ago she publicly scolded him and said “every Democrat should be outraged.” Clinton herself has been accused of sending misleading mailers to voters, including one that went out shortly after her now infamous “shame on you” news conference. For inundated Ohioans, it’s a question of whom to trust. Updated.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008 READ MORE


On Geraldo and ‘Black Geniuses’

How weird is this presidential election? So weird that I’m about to give a nod of appreciation (of sorts) to Geraldo Rivera, of all people—and also to, gulp, Fox News.

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 READ MORE


A Story With Legs

It seems odd, but for John McCain it was a blessing to have the chance to bury questions about his dealings with lobbyists beneath an alleged sex scandal.

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 READ MORE


Playing Favorites

Someone’s halo has to slip and, when it does, the fall will be jarring and the crash unusually harsh. The national media have two anointed sons in Barack Obama and John McCain, each the repository of extraordinary favor and each now poised to become the presidential candidate who may well be chosen to be an object of unrelenting scorn.

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama, Clinton Camps Clash Over Obama Photo Leak

On Monday morning, The Drudge Report featured a photo of Barack Obama in traditional Kenyan dress taken during his 2006 visit to the African nation. Obama aides are angrily accusing Clinton’s team of leaking the photo in an attempt to put off voters (with a heaping dose of “ethnicity,” apparently) at a particularly auspicious moment, but Clinton’s camp has denied that it released the picture.

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 READ MORE


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Two Views on Nader’s Candidacy

Ralph Nader has announced that he will run for the presidency for a third time. In the past months on Truthdig, the case has been made both for and against such a campaign. Here Chris Hedges says why he should run, while Robert Scheer tells Nader himself it would be better if he didn’t.

Posted on Feb 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Clinton Caught Xeroxing

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been stirring up the Internet and more than a few journalists with accusations of word borrowing, a charge she pressed (to the dismay of the audience) at Thursday’s Democratic debate with Barack Obama. But in that same venue, it appears she may have borrowed a few words of her own.

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE


A Fair Question

Humor me while we conduct a little thought experiment. Imagine that Barack Obama lost 10 states in a row.

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE


Wellstone Would Be Smiling

If you want to talk about candidates borrowing from each other, consider how much Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are taking on loan from the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, the affable populist killed in a plane crash shortly before the 2002 election.

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE


A Trade Transformation

When it came to sex, Bill Clinton made us debate the definition of “is.” Now, when it comes to economics, Hillary Clinton wants to debate the definition of “long,” claiming this week in Ohio that “I’ve long been a critic of the shortcomings of NAFTA.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE


Why Obama Owes Women

On Tuesday, I got a sarcastic e-mail from a Hillary supporter. She forwarded a crack made by Howard Wolfson, Clinton’s media man, about Obama. “Senator Clinton,” he scoffed, “is not running on the strength of her rhetoric.” To which my friend added: “Unfortunately.”

Posted on Feb 21, 2008 READ MORE


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‘Give Dennis His Due’

Steve Cobble argues in The Nation that Dennis Kucinich, unlike John Edwards, never got proper credit for moving the other candidates leftward. Instead, “the snark and abuse offered Kucinich” when he dropped out was undeserved for a congressman from a tough district who has taken admirable and consistent positions on the issues.

Posted on Feb 20, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton

Clinton’s Soft Money Boost

Hillary Clinton has had difficulty keeping pace with Barack Obama’s fundraising, which could explain the launch of a new pro-Clinton 527 group called “American Leadership Project” that already has a commercial it plans to run in Ohio. The group is not subject to the same rules as the campaign and can theoretically raise unlimited amounts of money.

Posted on Feb 20, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and McCain
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Obama Wins Again

Barack Obama once again swept the evening’s contests, but the big surprise came in Wisconsin, where Hillary Clinton invested much time and money and where the two candidates got caught in a nasty air war. He beat her there by roughly 18 points.

Posted on Feb 19, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Losing Message

John McCain has the advantage of getting to run right away. Too bad he’s campaigning on failed policies and bad ideas.

Posted on Feb 19, 2008 READ MORE


The Experience Fight

Barack Obama has had success against Hillary Clinton’s experience argument in part, Cocco argues, because she is a woman. He’ll have a harder time taking on John McCain.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Edwards
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Edwards Said to Be Leaning Toward Clinton

Barack Obama flew down to the home of John and Elizabeth Edwards on Sunday for a secret meeting that didn’t stay secret for long. Both Obama and Hillary Clinton have courted their former rival’s endorsement, but the Associated Press reports that Edwards is leaning toward Clinton, in part because “Obama has been less attentive.”

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE


Murdoch and Clinton
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Conservative Media’s Fickle Affections

It wasn’t so long ago that Matt Drudge and Rupert Murdoch’s minions cooed over Hillary Clinton’s centrism, but in the end the self-styled titans of right-wing media couldn’t resist bashing her, much to their readers’ delight. Politico chronicles the rise and fall of conservatives’ brief love affair with Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Contenders Eye McCain Seat

Sen. John McCain’s campaign says he has no plans to resign his Senate seat in order to focus on the presidential race, but no amount of patent-pending straight talk is going to keep potential successors from readying themselves to take his place.

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Man Crush

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Clintons vs. the Media

Are the news media being beastly to Hillary Clinton? Are political reporters and commentators—as Bill Clinton suggested but didn’t quite come out and say in a radio interview Tuesday—basically in the tank for Barack Obama?

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 READ MORE


The Candidate of the Permanent Will

To the consternation of news bureaus, political consulting firms and has-been politicians, The Wall Street Journal’s poll last month shows that America is hostile to an independent presidential candidacy by Michael Bloomberg.

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 READ MORE


Outmaneuvering the ‘Inevitable’

What happened to Hillary Clinton? Last fall, she was the “inevitable” nominee whose “machine” would raise scads of cash and push her to an early victory.

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 READ MORE


The Ugly Side of Superdelegates

According to The New York Times and others, what was once an alarming possibility now appears likely: The Democratic nomination will probably be decided by superdelegates—those party bigwigs who exist to keep the will of the people in check. If that happens, expect to see the ugly side of politics out in the open. It’s already begun to surface.

Posted on Feb 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Worst. Campaign. Song. Ever.

Let’s just put it out there that this is not a critique of Hillary Clinton the candidate. Having said that, we’ll also say that it’s quite possible that this is the worst campaign song/video of all time. Somewhere, the members of the Jackson 5 are cringing. No parody necessary.

Posted on Feb 14, 2008 READ MORE


What’s Waiting for Obama

The same conservatives sending Barack Obama love notes over the airwaves are likely to smear him from every angle if he secures the nomination. Obama says he is ready. Let’s hope so.

Posted on Feb 14, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
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McCain Adviser Won’t Attack Obama

One of John McCain’s top advisers, Mark McKinnon, says he will resign from the campaign if Barack Obama wins the Democratic nomination, because “I would simply be uncomfortable being in a campaign that would be inevitably attacking Barack Obama.” McKinnon says he would still support McCain from a distance, but “I met Barack Obama, I read his book, I like him a great deal.”

Posted on Feb 13, 2008 READ MORE


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Zogby: Clinton Isn’t Done Yet

Pollster John Zogby has crunched the numbers and he’s impressed by Barack Obama’s string of election victories, but he says “this deal is not closed” because Hillary “is after all a Clinton—she and her husband are popular, dogged, able campaigners.”

Posted on Feb 13, 2008 READ MORE


Lessons of the Chesapeake Sweep

The “Democracy Now!” host explains why Virginia is the new Massachusetts and Texas is the new Florida, and why Barack Obama is benefiting from more than a boost in demographics.

Posted on Feb 13, 2008 READ MORE


Obama’s Demographic Breakthrough

Exit polls, those surveys of voters as they leave their polling places, should be taken with a grain of salt. Having said that, CNN’s exit poll data from the so-called Potomac Primary shows Barack Obama crossing the demographic divide that has hampered him throughout the race. Seniors, white people, working-class voters and women—all traditional supporters of the Clinton campaign—came out for Obama in big numbers.

Posted on Feb 13, 2008 READ MORE


And the Paperboy Stays the Same

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Another Sweep for Obama

For those keeping score at home, Tuesday’s victories in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., make it eight in a row for Barack Obama since Super Tuesday. Hillary Clinton is looking forward to Ohio and Texas, which are now must-win states for her, but Obama’s impressive streak of landslide victories (which could grow) might upset her early advantage there.

Posted on Feb 12, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton

Following the Money

Barack Obama has called for Hillary Clinton to release her tax returns in light of the $5 million she lent her campaign. Here he explains why, and Clinton promises she will—but only if she wins the nomination.

Posted on Feb 12, 2008 READ MORE


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Clinton’s Worried Supporters

Clinton insiders talk a lot on the record about Hillary’s viability against John McCain, her confidence in Ohio and Texas and her determination to seat delegates from the uncontested Michigan and Florida primaries. But off the record, at least a few wonder if all that long-term thinking isn’t a bit premature for a campaign that is losing contests left and right.

Posted on Feb 12, 2008 READ MORE


The Democrats’ Three Choices

The Democrats’ hopes of regaining the White House hinge on how the party proceeds in the coming weeks and months. If momentum or civility reigns, they’ve got a shot. But if back-room dealing and cheating prevail, don’t hold your breath.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


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