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Kucinich and Gravel
cnn.com

ABC Debate to Exclude Kucinich, Gravel

ABC News has announced that Democrats Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel (above) and Republican Duncan Hunter failed to meet its benchmarks and will not be allowed to participate in Saturday’s New Hampshire debate. On the Democratic side, that leaves four candidates in the debate; Joe Biden and Chris Dodd dropped out of the race after poor showings in Iowa.

Posted on Jan 4, 2008 READ MORE


Democrats in Iowa
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

Gore Vidal on the Democratic Debate Debacle

Whither Dennis Kucinich?  If the powers that be at CNN and a certain Iowa news outlet (attention: Des Moines Register) thought that elbowing Kucinich out of the most recent Democratic presidential debate would slip by unnoticed, Gore Vidal is more than ready to disabuse them of that notion.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


The Fight of Her Life

The Democratic contest in Iowa—and possibly the battle for the party’s presidential nomination—hangs on whether Hillary Clinton can use the next two weeks to encourage second thoughts about Barack Obama, and get voters to take a second look at her.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


 ‘Tis the Season for Disappointment

Of all the upsets that can sour a holiday season—pinched wallets, contaminated toys, sugar overload and overbearing in-laws—is there anything that can dull the spirit like a presidential primary season unfolding in its midst?

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


Fleetwood

Keeping Kucinich Quiet

Video blogger and Dennis Kucinich fan Davis Fleetwood hits the streets of Des Moines to find out why the peace candidate was excluded from the final Democratic debate before the Iowa caucus.

Posted on Dec 17, 2007 READ MORE


Edwards in Iowa
AP photo / Matthew Putney

Looking Beyond the Haircut

John Edwards’ words at the last Iowa Democratic debate sounded so out of tune with this year’s campaign discourse—and so sensible and important—that the man might as well have been campaigning on another planet.

Posted on Dec 16, 2007 READ MORE


Huckabee Doesn’t Cut It

Is the thought of him as president just vaguely scary? Or have we learned enough about the man that we should be hair-on-fire alarmed at the prospect, still pretty remote, that he could actually win?

Posted on Dec 13, 2007 READ MORE


Romney and Huckabee
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

Campaign ‘08 Rocked by Outbreak of Accountability

It’s not at all shocking when candidates and their assorted aides take pot shots at each other as they slog through the long and dirty campaign trail, but it’s at least a bit surprising when they ‘fess up to it.  That’s just what happened— twice! —in about 24 hours.

Posted on Dec 13, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Personality’s Flaws

After being wooed by a bunch of homely political veterans, the GOP is now playing kissy with Huckabee.  But go slow, Republicans: The new suitor has his own share of ugly warts.

Posted on Dec 12, 2007 READ MORE


Not Enough ‘Audacity of Hope’ to Go Around

Barack Obama is a do-gooder who has promised to do away with polarization and political bickering, but what if the Democrats need a winner more than a healer?

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


Mitt Romney
YouTube

An Embarrassed Romney Fires His Gardeners

Before Mitt Romney takes such a hard line against undocumented workers, he might try to find an American citizen willing to cut the grass at his suburban Boston home. For the second time in a year, the candidate has been caught employing undocumented immigrants by way of a landscaping company, which he has now fired.

Posted on Dec 5, 2007 READ MORE


We’re All Immigrants

The English language won’t be done in by the influx of Latin Americans.  To see the fallacy of this warning, just take a little look at American history.

Posted on Dec 4, 2007 READ MORE


Kucinich

Kucinich Asks Himself a Question

Rep. Dennis Kucinich stole the show at the Brown and Black Democratic Forum when he hijacked the format to ask himself a question.

Posted on Dec 3, 2007 READ MORE


The YouSnooze Debate

The CNN/YouTube debate was a depressing spectacle. There was little inspiration for the future, no sense that Republicans are grappling with why their party has become so unpopular, and few departures from rigid adherence to the party line on taxes, guns, gay rights and other questions.

Posted on Nov 30, 2007 READ MORE


McCain

GOP YouTube Debate Highlights

The CNN/YouTube Republican debate could easily have been written off as a gimmick, or at least just another in a glut of debates, but it actually delivered some interesting moments, from the YouTuber who asked what Jesus would do about the death penalty to Mitt Romney explaining torture to John McCain.

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 READ MORE


Ron Paul on CNN

Ron Paul Calls CNN Out for Being ‘Biased’ in Debate

Boy, was CNN ever psyched about a Ron Paul interview they had on their site—a major traffic driver for CNN.com!—the day of the CNN/YouTube Republican debate, CNN’s John Roberts tells Paul in this clip from the channel’s post-debate coverage Wednesday.  Paul, seemingly nonplused, points out that he was summarily and unfairly ignored until close to the end and gets in a few digs at his fellow candidates.

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and reporters
AP photo / Elise Amendola

Making a Case for the Long View

Reporters often live in the moment, focusing on the present and forgetting, at least temporarily, about the past and future—a trait that works well for many journalistic beats. Boyarsky warns that “when such habits are brought to the political beat, we’re all in trouble.”

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 READ MORE


Dean and snowman

Howard Dean’s Personalized Query to GOP Debaters

Howard Dean knows a thing or two about the perils of the campaign trail.  Here, the man who emitted the deadliest scream in American political history wonders why any of the Republican presidential hopefuls taking the stage in Wednesday’s CNN/YouTube debate consider themselves candidates of change.

Posted on Nov 28, 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


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


Gravel with Clinton on TV

Gravel Has His Own Debate

Mike Gravel wasn’t invited to CNN’s Democratic debate last Thursday, but that didn’t stop him from taking on the other candidates anyway, armed with the power of TiVo. What follows is part history lesson and part Howard Beale polemic. Enjoy.

Posted on Nov 19, 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


Scheer and Nader
Zuade Kaufman / Truthdig (left) and Carolyn Kaster / AP photo

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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Posted on Nov 5, 2007 READ MORE


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


Clinton Camp Regroups After Debate Onslaught

Judging by the rallying call for support that two key members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff made to supporters following Tuesday’s debate in Philadelphia, Team Hillary is well aware that she has had better debating moments—and that her rivals will continue to pile on in coming weeks.

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


Democratic debate

Relive the Magic: The Democratic Debate in Philly

In case you missed it (or are simply, and understandably, a bit maxed out on the whole debate thing), The Largest Minority’s John Harrison has done his civic duty in lining up complete footage of the Democratic presidential debate in Philadelphia on Tuesday.  This way, you can fast-forward through the boring bits!

Posted on Oct 31, 2007 READ MORE


Debate at Drexel
AP photo / Rusty Kennedy

Obama Takes Clinton to Task

No doubt aware of his need to snap into clearer focus as a candidate after months of relatively hazy public performances, Barack Obama issued a sharp critique of rival Hillary Clinton following Tuesday night’s Democratic debate in Philadelphia.

Posted on Oct 31, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton
AP photo / Gary Kazanjian

Clinton Under Fire

Hillary Clinton’s campaign team is battening down the hatches in preparation for Tuesday night’s Democratic debate in Philadelphia and launching a pre-emptive strike to offset a potential pile-on from certain other presidential hopefuls who’ve been zinging her of late.  Meanwhile, Republican candidate Mitt Romney has also joined the fray.

Posted on Oct 30, 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


Giuliani

Republicans Turn on Each Other

The gloves come off in this rhetorical showdown between the Republican candidates.

Posted on Oct 22, 2007 READ MORE


Running on Yesterday’s Ideas

One of the few things the Republican and Democratic presidential contests have in common is the relentlessness with which candidates on both sides are wrapping themselves in orthodoxy. Heretics need not apply.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE


‘The Good Germans Among Us’

Frank Rich of The New York Times argues that although there’s plenty to blame on the Bush administration, a timid Congress and a compliant press, it’s time for the American people to accept at least some responsibility for the Iraq war and its many disastrous episodes. From Abu Ghraib to contractor killing sprees, we the people have known far too much for far too long to feign surprise when things suddenly go sour.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE


Thompson Needs More Rehearsal

In his first presidential campaign debate, the former senator didn’t fall on his face but his performance was of less than Emmy caliber.

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE


Thompson Defends His Intellect

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Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


Scheer and Nader

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.

Special thanks to The Nation.

Posted on Oct 9, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton Walks That Fine Pink Line

With Hillary Clinton well ahead of the Democratic pack in the polls and Republican candidates scrambling to demonstrate who is best able to defeat her, the question isn’t whether America is ready for a woman president but rather can anyone stop her.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


Edwards and McCain
AP photo / Kathy Willens and Brett Flashnick

Beating the Odds

Maybe I’m crazy, but I’d bet on John McCain to win the Republican presidential nomination. And the Democrat with the best chance to beat him is John Edwards.

Posted on Oct 2, 2007 READ MORE


Kucinich and Clinton

New Hampshire Debate

Yes, they’ve done battle before, but who can get enough of these kooky Democrats with their healthcare plans and their distaste for Bush? Ladies and gentlemen, here they are, your Democratic candidates. ...

Posted on Sep 28, 2007 READ MORE


Blue-Collar Challenge for Democrats

The GM-UAW labor contract could prove to be a victory of innovative thinking in the private sector.  Now politicians should be clear on how they would attack the deepening problems that confront working people.

Posted on Sep 28, 2007 READ MORE


Empty Promises

Yes, you heard it right: At the Dartmouth College debate Wednesday evening, not one of the three leading Democratic candidates could pledge that all U.S. combat troops would be out of Iraq by the end of his or her first term as president.

Posted on Sep 28, 2007 READ MORE


Cheney and fighter jet
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Iraq Will Have to Wait

If you think the Iraq war is a disaster, just wait until we start bombing Iran. The countdown to another war is both real and terrifying, Ritter argues, and, distasteful though it may seem, it won’t be stopped so long as Iraq holds on to the spotlight.

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


Huckabee and Paul

Paul:  ‘We’ve Dug a Hole for Our Party’

Perhaps more remarkable than watching Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee trot out the “if you break it, you buy it” analogy in relation to the Iraq war during Wednesday’s debate is taking in Ron Paul’s exasperated speech about how a handful of neocons in Washington “hijacked our foreign policy.”

Posted on Sep 6, 2007 READ MORE


Iowa debate

‘Daily Show’:  The Eerily Familiar ABC Debate

“The Daily Show’s” custom-made moniker for Sunday’s Democratic debate, “Clusterf@#k to the White House,” perfectly captured the skewed spirit of ABC’s déjà-vu-inducing coverage of this latest Q & A session with the left-leaning presidential candidates—or at least with Sens. Clinton and Obama—as a “bored” fly alighted on Sen. Chris Dodd’s shellacked hairdo.

Posted on Aug 21, 2007 READ MORE


Richardson

Richardson: Being Gay Is a Choice

Gov. Bill Richardson dropped a bomb in what was billed as the first gay debate on Thursday, saying of homosexuality, “It’s a choice,” which is for gays the equivalent of saying there was no Holocaust. Melissa Etheridge was so perplexed by his response that she cut him off to say, “I don’t know if you understand the question.”

Posted on Aug 10, 2007 READ MORE


Logo debate

The ‘Gay Debate’:  Abridged Version

Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, those who may have missed the Logo- and HRC-sponsored Democratic debate about “LGBT”-focused issues can see a 10-minute condensed version here—featuring Obama in the hot seat over his stance on gay marriage ... and Melissa Etheridge!

Posted on Aug 10, 2007 READ MORE


Newt Gingrich
AP Photo / Dino Vournas

Gingrich and His Crazy Ideas

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich thinks the road to the White House is longer and stranger than ever—and he ought to be concerned, considering he’s rumored to be joining the other candidates on that road soon.  “These aren’t debates,” the Georgia Republican groused to CNN, comparing the recent debates to a cross between “The Bachelor,” “American Idol” and “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2007 READ MORE


The GOP’s Big Health Scare

Listening to the Republican candidates for president warn against “socialized medicine,” you might believe that national health insurance is really a plot to institute Soviet rule in the United States.

Posted on Aug 8, 2007 READ MORE


Kucinich

AFL/CIO Debate Roundup

Miss Tuesday night’s AFL-CIO Democratic debate?  Or just want to relive the magic?  Well, either way, you’re in luck—John Harrison at TheLargestMinority.com has put together a blow-by-blow video montage and summary for your viewing and reading pleasure.  Go to the inside page to check it all out.

Posted on Aug 8, 2007 READ MORE


Democrats

Democrats Grip and Grin With the Bloggers

If you can’t get enough of Democrats fighting over who is least Bush-like, check out the Largest Minority’s roundup and critique of the YearlyKos debate.

Posted on Aug 5, 2007 READ MORE


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