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Bill Maher

Bill Maher vs. Terry McAuliffe

Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe joined Bill Maher on Friday for what turned into a surprisingly tough satellite interview, which ended prematurely due to technical difficulties—and perhaps because of a crack about Bill Clinton and Puerto Rico.

Posted on Mar 9, 2008 READ MORE

Obama Scores a Win in Wyoming

Democratic candidate Barack Obama emerged victorious in Saturday’s Wyoming caucuses, a win The Washington Post framed as “expected” but still one that Obama’s campaign manager called “very important” for the Illinois senator.

Posted on Mar 8, 2008 READ MORE

Samantha Power

Obama Aide Quits Over Remark About Clinton

A Scottish newspaper played a key role in the resignation of Samantha Power, Harvard professor and unpaid foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama’s campaign. Power stepped down after she commented to The Scotsman that Hillary Clinton was “a monster” who was “stooping to anything” to clinch the Democratic nomination.

Posted on Mar 7, 2008 READ MORE

The Democrats’ Fairness Doctrine

There they go again. Democrats have contrived a nominating contest that even Rube Goldberg would have considered too convoluted, too dysfunctional and too improbable to name as his own.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE

Talking Points for Obama

With arithmetic on his side, the Illinois senator still should be heavily favored to win the nomination. But he does have a problem: The world-class orator, attacked by opponents for being all talk and no walk, urgently needs to come up with a new speech.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE

Hope in the Time of NAFTA

Reading articles about Hillary Clinton attacking NAFTA can lead you to believe The Onion has taken over America’s news bureaus.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


Rumors of a Michigan Do-Over

The Political Wire has it from a couple of sources that Michigan, which along with Florida was stripped of its Democratic delegates, will hold caucuses in order to have a say about the party’s nominee. Also, Florida’s governor, a Republican, is pushing for a re-vote in his state.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE

Flickr / Joe Crimmings

Feb. Not the Shortest Month for Obama

Though March dealt him some disappointments, February was very good to Barack Obama. His campaign blew away records by raising $55 million—that’s $20 million more than the amount taken in by Hillary Clinton, who had her best month yet. But the best news of all for Obama is that, according to The Hotline, $54 million of that money can be used in the primaries.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE

McCain ad

The Money Behind the Anti-McCain Ad

A joint probe by the Center for Investigative Reporting and National Public Radio traces the money behind a new anti-McCain ad, revealing an alliance of top Democratic donors who’ve already raised millions to take back the White House.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE

The Race Goes On

In the end, the most memorable line of the primary season may belong to Bill Clinton: “I’ve been waiting all my life to vote for an African-American president. I’ve been waiting all my life to vote for a woman for president. ... I feel like God is playing games with our heads and our hearts.”

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE

McCain’s Very Own Farrakhan

Whatever their true private beliefs, presidential candidates in America are constantly required to provide proofs of faith, often through their connections with various religious figures. Benedictions from the pulpit bestow an aura of righteousness—except, of course, when the pastor or minister is a disreputable kook whose endorsement should be an embarrassment.

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE

Fun With Numbers

Hillary Clinton is not the only Democrat with a math problem. But the arithmetical difficulty that Barack Obama faces is fundamentally different from Clinton’s.

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE

McCain Trails Democrats in Poll

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows John McCain losing to either Democrat—Barack Obama beats him by 12 points while Hillary Clinton wins by half that margin. According to the survey, McCain’s age is significantly more troubling to voters than either Obama’s race or Clinton’s gender.

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE

anti-McCain commercial

Anti-McCain Ad Surfaces in Battlegrounds

Something called the Campaign to Defend America has purchased a reported $1 million worth of air time in Ohio and Pennsylvania to run this ad, which connects John McCain to George W. Bush. Update

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE

Bush and McCain
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Bush Backs McCain

Republicans are starting to line up behind their nominee, including the president, who officially gave his blessing at the White House on Wednesday, along with an offer to help John McCain campaign. That couldn’t make Democrats happier, who long to depict McCain as what Howard Dean called “another out-of-touch Bush Republican.”

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE

Colbert March 03

The ‘Colbert Bump’ = $$ for Candidates

You know you’ve hit it big when you’re the topic of an academic study on the media.  As it turns out, there’s a demonstrable effect known as “the Colbert bump,” which entails a boost in campaign cash for politicians who make a stop at “The Colbert Report” while on the campaign trail.  Translation: Stephen Colbert can count on a full dance card for, say, the next few decades.

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE

McCain’s Basketball Foul

Truthdig wasn’t around in the year 2000, but if we had been, we probably would have posted this clip of John McCain blowing it in a big way. In light of the Republican Party’s racial sensitivity research, this seems timely, even eight years later—and how sad is that?

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE

A Tale of Two Campaigns

So how did the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination come down to a choice between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton? We have become so accustomed to their pounding each other relentlessly that we’ve forgotten that this is a remarkable endgame.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE

Clinton Stays on the Attack

If recent polls are any indication, Hillary Clinton’s “red phone” commercial has had an impact on voters. Perhaps for that reason, her campaign has launched a new attack ad.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE

Clinton Camp Defines Victory

After parsing the Clinton campaign media call, The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder reports that “if Clinton wins the popular vote in Ohio and Texas, she’s staying in the race.” Texas has a somewhat bizarre primary/caucus hybrid that is thought to favor Barack Obama. Which is to say Clinton could find herself even less likely to win the nomination, but still feeling like a winner.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE

Super Tuesday All Over Again

Once again the candidates are headed toward what has been billed as a climactic showdown, but which is likely to turn out like the others before it: one more bump in the road.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE

Old Habits Die Hard

The satirist writes that consumer activist Ralph Nader, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” told host Tim Russert that he has officially decided to wreck the 2008 presidential election.

Posted on Mar 2, 2008 READ MORE

Hillary Tries Comedy

Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance on “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend, where she shared a laugh with her own impersonator. It’s part of a trend that is well captured by a recent Politico article, which notes that politicians are increasingly cultivating their celebrity status.

Posted on Mar 2, 2008 READ MORE

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‘Daily Show’: Bush Becomes Entertaining

Fist-pounding tantrums? Slide shows of his presidential visit to Africa? Sputtering at the podium? Suddenly, George W. Bush’s antics are strangely amusing for Jon Stewart, who speculates that the president may be afflicted with senioritis in his twilight days in the White House.

Posted on Feb 29, 2008 READ MORE

Clinton ad

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

Obama Bollywood

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
AP photo / Chris Carlson

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

Nader’s Cabinet

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

hillary and barack

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


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

Ellen at Clinton rally

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

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

Obama in Kenya
AP photo

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


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

Obama and Clinton

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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