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Romney in SC

Romney, Reporter Spar in a Staples Store

Following presidential candidates from state to state as they shake hands, kiss babies (and backsides, some might say, in the figurative sense) and promise to be the Best Prez Ever! must get tiresome for reporters on the campaign trail. In this clip, it’s hard to say if the grind got to AP scribe Glen Johnson or whether Mitt Romney’s claims about eschewing lobbyists made him snap.

Posted on Jan 17, 2008 READ MORE


Giuliani’s Big Plan

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The Hard Choice Is Now

In the coming general election campaign, voters will be faced with a clear choice on the major issues. It is the ongoing primaries that force us to figure out not just who the candidates are, but who we are as well.

Posted on Jan 17, 2008 READ MORE


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. 

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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


Romney
AP photo / LM Otero

Romney Finally Wins

Mitt Romney has captured a crucial victory in Michigan. He had desperately needed to win in a big state. The outcome of the latest primary means Republicans have three proven candidates in contention for the nomination.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008 READ MORE


Republicans

Why Romney Is Good for Democrats

This video makes the case that Democrats should do everything in their power to keep Mitt Romney, and his millions in negative campaign ads, in the race.

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The Race Card

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immigration mailer
politico.com

Romney Hits Out at Rivals Over Immigration

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is engaged in a make-or-break contest in Michigan, and his eleventh-hour mailers to supporters are striking an urgent note, as evidenced by this recent swipe at rivals John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Mike Huckabee over their stands on immigration. 

Posted on Jan 15, 2008 READ MORE


Running Away From Bush

The turmoil in the Republican presidential contest, which seems to produce a new front-runner every month, owes to President Bush’s unpopularity and the fact that even members of his own party want to turn the page on the last seven years.

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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


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


2008’s News Before It Happens

The humorist looks into his crystal ball and tells us what to expect from the candidates, George W. Bush and even Monica Lewinsky.

Posted on Jan 11, 2008 READ MORE


Change Sells Itself

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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.

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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.

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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


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


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


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

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.”

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Ron Paul on Leno

Ron Paul Blasts Fox News on Leno

What was up with Fox News excluding Ron Paul from Sunday’s Republican debate?  Jay Leno puzzles over the network’s decision, and Paul posits some answers:  He’s a “strict constitutionalist” and anti-Iraq war.  Leno points out that Paul’s a “Republican.”  But as for Fox News higher-ups, the Texas politician responds, “They’re not.” 

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


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Clinton: 1, Patriarchy: 0

Really?  Was that the best they could do?  Hillary Clinton calmly dismissed the action of chauvinistic attendees at a Salem, N.H., rally who yelled “Iron my shirt!” repeatedly as she was talking.  “Ah, the remnants of sexism—alive and well,” Clinton quipped, to the approval of the rest of the audience.

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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


Kucinich
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

A Conversation With Dennis Kucinich

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges sits down with Dennis Kucinich to get his thoughts on the campaign, corporate America, the state of our democracy and more.

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


kucinich
AP photo / Stephan Savoia

Kucinich Files Complaint Over Debate Exclusion

Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich won’t accept his exclusion from ABC’s debates on Saturday without a fight.  Kucinich filed a complaint with the FCC Friday, claiming ABC is denying him equal time and noting that parent company Disney has made campaign contributions to the four invited Democrats.

Posted on Jan 4, 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


Off the Beaten Campaign Trail

Just as the Iowa caucuses were hitting their boiling point, Truthdig’s indefatigable campaign correspondent Bill Boyarsky high-tailed it to New Hampshire to check out the next electoral battleground.  Here he takes stock of the frenetic scene he just left and looks to the future of political reporting.

Posted on Jan 4, 2008 READ MORE


Outside the Echo Chamber

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: People in Washington really should get out more.

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 READ MORE


The Open-Door Party

One lesson from the Iowa caucuses is that the Democrats are once again an attractive party for independent and unconventional voters, which is usually a good thing when it comes to winning elections.

Posted on Jan 3, 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


Huckabee
usnews.com

Huckabee Takes Iowa

Mike Huckabee is the Republican winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses, with a significant lead over Mitt Romney, who came in second despite spending more time and money in the state than his rivals.

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 READ MORE


Giuliani ad

Fear-Mongering, Giuliani Style

Um, is it just us, or did Rudy Giuliani’s camp seize upon the strike-induced lull in Hollywood to hire out talent to make what looks and sounds like a Mideast-themed action movie trailer to promote his presidential campaign?  “A religion betrayed ... a nuclear power in chaos ... madmen bent on creating it. ... ”  Steven Seagal’s people should take notes from this one.

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 READ MORE


City Employees Say Giuliani Demanded Blind Obedience

Rudy Giuliani has made much of his time as mayor of New York, but a growing number of his former lieutenants are speaking out about his dictatorial ways. As one former city commissioner put it: “People used to say that if Mayor Koch said, ‘Let’s kill all 12-year-olds, everyone working around him would freely tell him, ‘You’re crazy,’ but if Mayor Giuliani said it, then everyone would say, ‘Brilliant, Rudy! Have you thought of killing 13-year-olds, too?’ ”

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 READ MORE


The 11th Plague

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The 2000 Election All Over Again

If we seemed doomed to refight the battles from eight years ago, perhaps it’s because Al Gore’s warnings about a Bush presidency turned out to be so prescient.

Posted on Jan 2, 2008 READ MORE


Picking a President

Our next leader will have a huge task: to repair the worldwide damage done to the nation’s image and its foreign policy interests over the past seven years.  Americans must choose well.

Posted on Jan 1, 2008 READ MORE


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