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Clinton and Obama
AP Photo / Evan Vucci

Grow Up or Get Out

The childish feud between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama this week trampled over the real issues while giving Republicans a pass. The two Democratic front-runners had better move beyond self-obsessed pettiness—and fast—or they risk handing the election to the GOP.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Fox News Targets Obama

Documentarian Robert Greenwald has collected some of Fox News’ worst smears against Barack Obama, who sensibly responded to the attacks by freezing out Fox reporters. At the end of the video, Greenwald urges the Nevada Democratic Party, which plans to allow the “fair and balanced” network to host a debate, to do the same.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton to Antiwar Voters: Bring It On

The senator’s attitude toward critics is reminiscent of Bush’s famous invitation to terrorists, and may prove to be just as big a blunder.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


Let’s Get Out of the 2002 Trap

Primary voters and pundits should stop browbeating Clinton over her Iraq war vote and instead take a hard look at her and the other candidates’ plans for Iraq.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


The Perils of Cyberbaggage

Politicians know all too well the impact the blogosphere can have on their careers, but bloggers themselves are discovering their words can come back to haunt them.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
msnbc.com

Clinton and Obama Feud

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have finally dropped the smiles and gone after one another, albeit over a non-issue. The spat started after David Geffen, a former Clinton backer turned Obama fundraiser, called Hillary “polarizing” and overly ambitious. Update: More quotes from the feud.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Obama
nytimes.com

Obama Cashes In at Hollywood Fundraiser

Barack Obama took in $1.3 million Tuesday from an L.A. fundraiser organized by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. Hollywood is a crucial pit stop on the road to the White House for Democratic candidates as they build their war chests, especially with so many contenders in the field.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
AP Photo / Dennis Cook

Hillary’s Calculations Add Up to War

In light of her hawkish posturing and consistent support of the war for all the wrong reasons, the best advice on Hillary’s campaign comes from the candidate herself: If you’re against the war, vote for someone else.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


Danny Goldberg
Truthdig / Zuade Kaufman

Danny Goldberg on Antiwar Artistry

The former Air America CEO and music mogul discusses the significance of the Dixie Chicks’ Grammy win; Al Gore’s prospects for 2008; and the liberals’ responsibility to “blow the wind” of change.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
globeweeklynews.com

Hillary Refuses to Apologize for Iraq War Vote

Hillary Clinton is apparently so concerned with the specter of flip-flopping she will never apologize for her vote to authorize military action against Iraq. Speaking at a recent campaign event, the candidate herself said, “If the most important thing to any of you is choosing someone who did not cast that vote or has said his vote was a mistake, then there are others to choose from.” Indeed, there are.

Posted on Feb 18, 2007 READ MORE


Ralph Nader
aljazeera.com

Nader Threatens to Run

Perennial spoiler Ralph Nader says he’s considering yet another run for president, depending on what the Democrats “come up with.” The former consumer advocate said front-runners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama lack “political fortitude,” and criticized John Edwards’ foreign policy stances.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Al Franken for Senate

Franken Announces Senate Run in Minn.

Longtime comedian and “Air America” host Al Franken has made it official: He’s running for the Senate in 2008. In this video he tells Minnesotans they have a right to be skeptical of his candidacy. (AP article here)

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Obama’s New Direction

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Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE    


Gore Allies Hold Powwow

A group of Al Gore’s campaign veterans and supporters met in Boston on Thursday to brainstorm a potential 2008 bid for the presidency. The former vice president denied any involvement and still insists he’s not running for anything, but his strong policy stances, unrivaled experience, name recognition and fundraising ability have supporters around the country hoping he’ll change his mind.

Posted on Feb 8, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani
americanrhetoric.com

Giuliani Makes Campaign Official

Rudolph Giuliani decided to take Hillary’s advice and join the conversation, announcing his candidacy for the presidency on Monday. Despite his popularity, the former mayor of New York can expect headaches in the Republican primaries over his very public marital difficulties and a moderate stance on choice and gay rights.

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Hillary Prepares to Join the Conversation

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Al Franken
realcities.com

Franken Decides to Run for Senate

Al Franken, the comedian, actor, author and radio host, will seek another title to add to his résumé: United States senator. According to multiple sources, Franken has finally decided to challenge conservative Republican Norm Coleman after years of debating the possibility.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Joe Biden
post-gazette.com

Biden Enters the Race with a Gaffe

Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., announced his presidential candidacy Wednesday, but he got more attention for a racially charged comment about competitor Barack Obama, calling him “the first mainstream African American [presidential candidate] who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Jon Stewart and John Hodgman

Stewart and Hodgman Probe the Primaries

Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show’s” “resident expert” John Hodgman explore the implications of several big states’ mobilization to hold earlier primaries.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
nytimes.com

Hillary Jokes About Bill’s Bad Behavior

While speaking at a rally in Iowa, Hillary Clinton tried out a tactic she may come to rely on during the campaign—humor. Responding to a question about the bad men of the world, Clinton made a veiled reference to her notorious marital difficulties, and sent the crowd into an uproar.

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


Mike Huckabee
washingtonpost.com

Another Arkansas Governor Running for President

Mike Huckabee, who’s best known for dropping 100 pounds and urging obese Arkansans to follow his example, added his name to the swelling list of presidential contenders on Sunday.

Posted on Jan 28, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore
From draftgore.com

Al Gore for President?

After years of speculation about whether Al Gore will seek the presidency in 2008, a number of self-described grass-roots Democrats have given up waiting and launched a campaign to pressure the former vice president into running.

Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Richardson
governor.state.nm.us

Another Potential ‘First’ Joins the Race

Add another potential milestone to the growing list: Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) is running for president. Richardson, who would be the first Hispanic president if elected, also served as energy secretary and a diplomat.

Posted on Jan 21, 2007 READ MORE


Edwards Aide Denounces Bush’s ‘Total Bull’

John Edwards’ new campaign manager, David Bonior, introduced himself to supporters Wednesday by calling President Bush’s assertion that Congress can’t stop him from sending more troops to Iraq “total bull.” In a fiery e-mail, Bonior went on to chastise Democrats for not cutting off funds for Bush’s escalation of the war: “If you hear a member of Congress say ‘non-binding resolution,’ then you’re really hearing them say ‘pass the buck.’ ”

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


Chuck Hagel
AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

Robert Scheer: Chuck Hagel for President!

If it ever narrows down to a choice between Chuck Hagel and some Democratic hack who hasn’t the guts to fundamentally challenge the president on Iraq, then the conservative Republican from Nebraska will have my vote. Yes, the war is that important.

Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani
gothamgazette.com

Giuliani’s Campaign Strategy in the Wild

Likely presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani’s campaign has soured before it even began, after a strategic black book went missing. The document outlines the former New York mayor’s fund-raising plans, as well as his weaknesses, offering an edge to prospective opponents.

Posted on Jan 3, 2007 READ MORE


Edwards

Edwards on the Issues

Democrat John Edwards came out swinging on Friday’s “Hardball,” taking a swipe at the president, the war, the economy and even civic pride. But how will John Kerry’s former running mate fare against principled Dennis Kucinich or the Clinbama juggernaut that’s been gobbling up all the fund-raisers and media coverage it can find?
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Posted on Jan 2, 2007 READ MORE


Froma Harrop: Obama, Say-Nothing Superstar

Americans would do well to get over their adolescent crush on the Illinois Democrat and be receptive to less glamorous contenders who carry real messages.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


Bayh
indystar.com

Bayh Not Running in ‘08

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) has announced he won’t run for president. The moderate said facing so-called political celebrities like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama made the odds “longer than I felt I could responsibly pursue.”

Posted on Dec 17, 2006 READ MORE


John McCain
gwb.nwblog.com

McCain Hates Blogs

Sen. John McCain has launched an assault against the independent blogosphere by introducing legislation that would, among other things, make bloggers responsible for comments and copyrighted material posted on their sites, with fines of up to $300,000.

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


Frist
ahoythere05.blogspot.com

Frist Won’t Run for President

Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist upset expectations Thursday by announcing he wouldn’t run for president in 2008.  The field is thinning, but only slightly, with names like McCain, Giuliani, Romney, Brownback, Huckabee and even Gingrich still in the mix on the GOP side.

Posted on Nov 30, 2006 READ MORE


Mr. Fish - McCain’s Campaign Promise

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Posted on Nov 21, 2006 READ MORE    


McCain

McCain Marches to the Right

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) continued his Jekyll and Hyde routine Sunday on “ABC This Week,” contradicting his once moderate positions with pre-campaign right-wing pandering.  McCain said he would like to see Roe vs. Wade overturned, and noted his plan to send more troops to Iraq would “put a terrible strain on the Army,” but said it would be better than losing the war.

Posted on Nov 19, 2006 READ MORE


Kerry Limps On

John Kerry told Fox News he’s still considering a run for the presidency, despite the fiasco over his now-infamous botched joke: “The people that I have talked to across the country, my team’s confident and strong.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2006 READ MORE


Thompson and Bush
theepochtimes.com

Tommy Thompson Wants a Promotion

Add former secretary for Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson to the growing list of likely Republican presidential candidates in ‘08.  Like John McCain and Rudy Giuliani before him, Thompson has announced plans to form an exploratory committee, signaling his intention to run.

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


John McCain
interet-general.info

McCain Gears Up to Run

Though he hasn’t made any official announcement, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to launch a presidential exploratory committee—the first step toward running for the highest office in the land.

Posted on Nov 11, 2006 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
news.bbc.co.uk

The Dean Machine

It seems like just yesterday that Karl Rove was touted as a campaign genius.  Now Britain’s Labour Party is tapping Howard Dean for his election wisdom.

Posted on Nov 11, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Campaign ‘06—Goodbye and Good Riddance

A few things from this season that I will miss: Katherine Harris wearing less and less blue eye shadow as she went through her Senate race; waking up each morning to a new GOP indictment; and the head of the House’s exploited children panel being revealed as a child exploiter.

Posted on Nov 6, 2006 READ MORE


Slime awards

Political Slime Awards

Slate offers these nominees for the slimiest campaign ads of 2006.

Posted on Nov 5, 2006 READ MORE


Racial Ads Linked to Smear Artist

The recent spate of racially charged ads against Rep. Harold Ford Jr. have been linked to a Rove acolyte and veteran hitman with a history of dirty campaigning.

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


Jungle Drums

Anti-Harold Ford Ad Features Jungle Drums

Just how racist can Bob Corker get? The GOP Senate candidate has produced a radio ad that features African-sounding jungle drums at every mention of his opponent, Rep. Harold Ford, who is black.

  • Earlier: The RNC runs an anti-Ford TV ad that plays on sex-related racism

  • Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: Cash Bash 2006

    The McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill has proved about as effective a barrier as tissue paper in keeping special-interest money out of elections.

    Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Google Earth
    C|net News

    Google Maps the Election

    Google will release an election tool for its popular 3-D mapping software “Google Earth,” enabling users to view congressional districts and related campaign information.

    Posted on Oct 23, 2006 READ MORE


    capital
    mit.edu

    Democrats Within Striking Distance of Senate Control

    When Harry Reid said it would take a miracle for Democrats to regain control of the Senate, party operatives focused their hopes on the House. But recent events have Democratic challengers surging in polls.

    Posted on Oct 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Schwarzenegger
    geektimes.com

    Schwarzenegger Pumps Up Campaign

    Despite a consistent lead in the polls and a war chest twice the size of his opponent’s, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger just gave his campaign $3.5 million of his own money, leaving some strategists scratching their heads.

    Posted on Oct 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Electronic Voting Woes

    A former legislator and critic of Maryland’s elections board received a copy of Diebold’s computer code along with an anonymous letter criticizing the management of state elections.  The incident adds to a growing list of concerns over Diebold’s troubled voting equipment. (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

    Posted on Oct 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Tables Turned
    From the N.Y. Times

    ‘Stay the Course’ Backfiring for GOP’ers

    In stark contrast to the 2002 and 2004 campaigns, Democrats in races all over the country are now pummeling their GOP opponents for advocating a “stay the course” stance in the failed Iraq war. Karl Rove’s strategy of trying to turn a weakness into a strength is backfiring big-time.

    Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Republicans Revise Election Estimates

    A top GOP strategist has said Republicans may lose as many as 30 House seats in the coming election.  Democrats need to pick up 15 seats to take control.

    Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: Ring the Bell for a Texas Democrat

    Between an unabashedly clueless Kinky Friedman and Rick “The Coiffure” Perry, the Texas governor’s race is screaming for a dark-horse candidate.

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Al Franken

    ‘Daily Show’: Senator Al Franken?

    Al Franken dropped in on Wednesday’s “Daily Show,” where Jon Stewart asked the comedian and radio host whether he would indeed run against Sen. Norm Coleman in the 2008 election.  Although Franken said he was still making up his mind, he added: “I’ve moved to Minnesota, I’ve been there since January 1st.  You don’t move to Minnesota January 1st unless you’re serious.”

    Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


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