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Obama Taps the ‘Oprah Effect’

The conventional wisdom says that celebrity endorsements don’t mean much in politics. But the conventional wisdom also says that enormously long, difficult novels published more than a century ago don’t suddenly become best-sellers today.

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE


Fred Thompson
satiricalpolitical.com

Thompson Accuses Fox of Bias

Fred Thompson told Chris Wallace of “Fox News Sunday” that his network was biased, charging that criticism against Thompson’s campaign “has been a constant mantra of Fox.” As if to demonstrate the point, Wallace shot back: “Do you know anybody who thinks you’ve run a great campaign, sir?”

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE


Was Ross Perot Right?

“Ross Perot was fiercely against NAFTA. Knowing what we know now, was Ross Perot right?” It was a straightforward query about a Clinton administration trade policy that polls show the public now hates, and it was appropriately directed to a candidate who has previously praised NAFTA.

Posted on Nov 22, 2007 READ MORE


A Telling Rejection of Rudy

Rarely does the endorsement of a presidential candidate make any national impression, especially when offered by a retired local politician. Former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean may well disprove that maxim, however, not so much because he chose McCain but because he rejected Giuliani.

Posted on Nov 22, 2007 READ MORE


Having It Both Ways With Hillary

Now that Hillary Clinton has hushed, for the moment, the chatter about how she can be both a woman and a presidential front-runner whose opponents pile on, can we pay attention to the way the most powerful “gender card” is really going to be played in the 2008 campaign?

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE


The Democrats’ Facebook Primary

The contours of the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination are set, and it is not a battle about “issues.” Advisers to the major contenders largely see things this way, and Democratic voters are in a quandary about what to do.

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE


The Gloves Come Off

Finally, we’ve got a real presidential campaign on our hands. Wake up, those of you in the back row, because it looks as if the long-running seminar is finally over.

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani
nytimes.com

Rudy Plays de Fence

Rudy Giuliani is on the defensive over immigration, which has become this campaign’s hot-button distraction. In response to criticism from his opponents that, as mayor of New York, Giuiani had the audacity not to arrest hospitalized immigrants, the candidate has promised to end illegal immigration within three years. At the center of his strategy is a virtual fence he’d like to build along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE


obama
trb.com

Obama Pulls Ahead in Iowa Poll

Barack Obama has taken the lead in Iowa, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.  However, his lead is within the poll’s margin of error, so he remains in a statistical tie with Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. Much of Obama’s strength may come from “new direction” voters, and the sense that voters have, according to the survey, that he is “the most honest and trustworthy.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
cnn.com

Clinton and Obama in ‘Scandal’ Feud

Conservative columnist Robert Novak initiated a scuffle between the Clinton and Obama campaigns over the weekend by reporting that “agents” of Hillary Clinton claimed to possess “scandalous” information about Barack Obama. Obama promptly accused the Clinton campaign of trying to “Swift-boat” him and demanded that the front-runner come clean.

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE


Obama
peakaction.files.wordpress.com

Obama Campaigners Work the Switchboards

If the Illinois senator beats Hillary Clinton and the others for the nomination, a good portion of credit will go to the volunteers now making phone calls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, California and other places.

Posted on Nov 18, 2007 READ MORE


It’s All Down Hillary From Here

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Hillary’s Supermarket Conundrum

Campaign-trail satire: Paper? Plastic? Both? Neither? The senator finds it’s hard to do a bit of shopping when a world of voters is looking on.

Posted on Nov 18, 2007 READ MORE


Karl Rove

Karl Rove’s Campaign Analysis

The man who turned an inarticulate failed businessman into an inarticulate failed president offers his take on the campaign so far. It’s a real shocker: Rove is impressed by the Republicans, while he finds the Democrats “weak.”

Posted on Nov 16, 2007 READ MORE


Conscience of a Liberal cover

Nicholas von Hoffman on ‘The Conscience of a Liberal’

Why is it that so many voters continue to elect reactionaries who do their best to disenfranchise them? The answer, says Paul Krugman in his new book, is racism.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


Dodging the ‘B’ Word

“That’s an excellent question” normally doesn’t make the list of utterances that can get a candidate in trouble on the campaign trail. But this presidential campaign isn’t what anyone would call normal.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


Bill on the treadmill

Bill Piles On the Cheese for Hillary

In this latest campaign video for Hillary Clinton, her once-tubbier hubby is shown sweating it out on a treadmill as a cheeseburger appears on the TV he’s watching, rotating in lascivious beefy splendor on the screen.  This isn’t, however, the cheesiest moment from this ad, which ultimately aims to point out how “Caucusing [i.e., for Hillary] is easy!”

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani

Rudy Pimps 9/11

Just in case anyone forgot that Rudy Giuliani was the mayor of New York on Sept. 11, 2001, or wondered why a former mayor thinks he’s qualified to be president, the candidate has developed something of a “9/11” tick. It turns out he might not be entirely conscious of it.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


Robertson’s Standards

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Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


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Obama Blows the Doors Off

The horse-race coverage of the campaign mostly missed this absolute gem of a speech from Barack Obama, who has scratched and clawed his way to a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton and John Edwards in Iowa.

Posted on Nov 14, 2007 READ MORE


It’s Still the Economy, Stupid

Sometime before the average price of gas topped the $3-a-gallon mark,  an inevitable moment arrived. The economy beat Iraq as the issue of most concern to Americans.

Posted on Nov 13, 2007 READ MORE


Hannity and Giuliani
AP photo / Adam Rountree

Deconstructing Rudy

As mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani honed his skills in creating a public persona that obscured some of his less savory behind-the-scenes activities.  But now, Giuliani’s facing serious resistance from the likes of filmmaker Robert Greenwald, who’s turning his lens on the wily GOP candidate in a series of Web-ready shorts.

Posted on Nov 10, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton
jfklibrary.org

Bill Clinton to Help Mediate WGA Strike?

While Hillary’s out on the campaign trail, Bill Clinton may be offering his diplomatic expertise to help bring a resolution to the Writers Guild of America strike, which has halted several productions in Hollywood and New York.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


Fallout From the Strike

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giuliani and robertson
nytimes.com

Robertson Backs Giuliani

Conservative Christian blowhard Pat Robertson has endorsed Rudy Giuliani for president, possibly giving the candidate a boost with fundamentalist voters. Robertson came to the decision because, as only he could possibly put it: “The overriding issue before the American people is the defense of our population from the blood lust of Islamic terrorists.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


A Phony Social Security Debate

As Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton spar over Social Security, their argument has shed little light on America’s most successful domestic program but has instead revealed unattractive aspects of both candidates.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


The Gender Trap

Can anybody tell me what a gender card is anyway and where you buy one? After last week, I’m beginning to think that none of us is playing with a full deck.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


McCain Capitalizes on Conservative Anxiety

The strangest thing about John McCain’s campaign for president is that it’s supposed to be dead, but it isn’t. This is a real nuisance for his competitors.

Posted on Nov 6, 2007 READ MORE


Smearing Code Pink

In the beginning—back when most Americans believed Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11, when Rumsfeld was known for his quick verbal jabs and not the quagmire in Iraq, and when Bush still could hope to be revered as a great wartime president—the women of Code Pink would stand quietly in front of the White House and hope someone would take their fliers.

Posted on Nov 6, 2007 READ MORE


Colbert
danjohnston.org

End of the Line for Colbert’s Campaign

Those Stephen Colbert fans who had hoped that, for once, there would be a political figure on the national stage who would be refreshingly upfront about the parodic and performative nature of his role will be no doubt be disappointed that Colbert has ended his quest for the presidency—at least this time around.

Posted on Nov 5, 2007 READ MORE


Scheer and Nader
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Robert Scheer Debates Ralph Nader

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer goes head to head with progressive icon Ralph Nader, who denies the charge that he has been a spoiler and challenges the value of the Democratic Party.

Posted on Nov 5, 2007 READ MORE


Obama Gets Aggressive

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Hillary’s Unassailable Strategy

In a strategic masterstroke to avoid missteps, Clinton will spend the rest of her campaign encased in a soundproof glass box.

Posted on Nov 4, 2007 READ MORE


Colbert

Colbert’s Campaign Hits a Snag

All those hand-wringers out there who’ve been vexed and perplexed by Stephen Colbert’s presidential campaign might be heartened to hear that the South Carolina Democratic Party—“a shadowy organization whose rituals are shrouded in mystery,” says Colbert—has thrown a major wrench into the works.

Posted on Nov 2, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani’s Health Care Cherry-Picking

In slamming Clinton-style reforms, “America’s mayor” uses data in a way that shows disregard for the truth.  Does that remind you of any other famous politician?  Maybe the one in the Oval Office?

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


Caucus Fatigue

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Racist, Distorted and Effective

A contemporary Willie Horton has turned up in the Democratic presidential campaign, and so far he is winning. No such person sat in the Drexel University auditorium during the Democrats’ debate on Tuesday night. But the candidates, especially the unprepared front-runner, Hillary Clinton, should long ago have recognized that Republicans and a shrill conservative chorus intend to make Hispanic illegal immigrants the Willie Hortons of 2008.

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani in drag

Top 5 Political Costumes

In the spirit of Halloween and the idea of dressing up as something you’re not, we’ve decided to pay tribute to the five best political poses from the other 364 days of the year.

Posted on Oct 31, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani’s Pandering Backfires

The first big scandal confronting Rudy Giuliani in his presidential quest has nothing to do with his personal life, his governing style in New York City, or his associations with people such as Bernie Kerik, his police commissioner now under criminal investigation.

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 READ MORE


Colbert thumbs up
AP photo / Jason DeCrow

Facebook Triumph for Colbert

Regardless of Americans’ varying opinions about Comedy Central court jester Stephen Colbert’s satirical (or is it?) play for the White House, one thing’s for sure—the man’s getting results.  While Barack Obama’s bid to build a loyal network of young’uns on Facebook grew slowly, Colbert’s followers almost crashed the ultra-popular site’s servers in mere days.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary meets the press
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Such Fickle Political Lovers

America’s political correspondents are enchanted with Clinton, but their passion might fade when voters start asking her hard questions about her hawkish view of the Iraq war.

Posted on Oct 28, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary’s Firewall

Clinton knows she has to win in New Hampshire.  That might not be too difficult if Obama continues to fail to captivate Granite State voters.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


Moral Minority

Those who went to the Values Voter Summit left without a candidate to call their own. But the lack of a golden boy isn’t their only problem: There are signs of ideological rigor mortis among the old guard.

Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton Rejects ‘Bush-Cheney Power Grab’

The senator rarely surrenders a juicy quote without a struggle. Yet her familiar preference for caution over candor is gradually changing with each step that she takes toward her party’s presidential nomination.

Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani
nydailynews.com

Rudy’s Baseball Betrayal

In an act of political expediency that makes Mitt Romney look like a paragon of consistency, Rudy Giuliani has backed the hated Boston Red Sox in the World Series. New York, home of Giuliani’s beloved Yankees, is aghast.

Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


Hold Politicians’ Feet to the Fire

Fires rage through Southern California. Massive rainstorms drench New Orleans. The Southeast is in the midst of what could be the worst drought on record there. Atlanta could run out of water. What links these crises? Global warming.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Gravel

Gravel Gets the Shaft

Former Sen. Mike Gravel’s campaign released this video after the candidate was barred from NBC’s upcoming debate in Philadelphia. Is it just a coincidence that the network is owned by GE, which has a profit incentive for war? Gravel doesn’t seem to think so.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert
indecision2008.com

Colbert Ahead of 3 Democrats in Presidential Poll

Stephen Colbert’s presidential campaign—a compellingly postmodern play on identity and politics (or something like that)—is apparently being taken seriously enough by the polling firm Public Opinion Strategies to merit Colbert’s inclusion in the lineup of candidates the firm is currently tracking.  Here’s how the TV comedian—who says he’s running as both a Democrat and a Republican—is doing in the race for White House glory.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


Speaking Truth to Nonsense

Triangulation aside, when it comes to the phony Social Security crisis, Hillary Clinton has stood up for the truth: There isn’t one.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


The Mormon Issue

Let’s say it unequivocally: Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith should not be an issue in this presidential campaign. Period. And then let us explore why the Mormon “issue” may be unavoidable—and what Romney and the rest of us should do about it.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


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