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Again, a Sudden Shift in the Campaign Winds

Only a week ago, a soaring Hillary Clinton was on a trajectory to close out the nomination. Now her campaign is struggling to refocus on what had drawn voters to her.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


An Economic Bridge to Nowhere

House Republicans were able to keep an extension of unemployment benefits out of the recently announced stimulus package, which is too bad, since it’s one measure that would actually help the ailing economy.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


Cards From a Worn-Out Deck

Playing the race card against Barack Obama didn’t work out quite the way Bill Clinton had hoped. Neither did a reported last-minute personal appeal to keep Ted Kennedy, venerable guardian of the Camelot flame, from joining the Obama crusade. The question now is whether the Clintons understand how the country they seek to lead—and, regrettably, I do mean “they”—has changed.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


The Ideas Bill Forgot

It was a remarkable moment: A young, free-thinking presidential hopeful named Bill Clinton sat down with reporters and editors at The Washington Post in October 1991 and started saying things most Democrats wouldn’t allow to pass their lips. Updated

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE


Kucinich
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Kucinich to Quit Campaign

Dennis Kucinich is expected to announce Friday that he is dropping out of the race for the White House. The Ohio congressman faces four challengers in the primary for his seat in the House. Kucinich’s congressional campaign sent out an “urgent personal appeal” to supporters for donations on Wednesday.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE


Pelosi and Bush
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House, Bush Cut Stimulus Deal

House Democrats, Republicans and President Bush have tentatively agreed on the broad outlines of a $150-billion stimulus package. Most of that money will come in the form of payouts ranging between $300 and $1,200 for individuals and households.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE


That Dismal Democratic Debate

Supporters of one Democratic candidate or another may insist that their man or woman won last Monday’s debate in South Carolina, but in their hearts most viewers could only have been disappointed by its childish tenor and puerile content.

Posted on Jan 23, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton, Edwards and Obama

Show Me the Money

The issue of campaign financing was raised once again during Monday’s debate between the Democrats, so we thought we’d check the numbers and see how much the candidates are getting and from whom.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama

Fireworks in South Carolina

Despite all the smiles, the Democratic campaign has been contentious for a while now. With the nomination on the line like never before, the candidates really let it fly in this, the most heated presidential debate yet. Yes, there have been a thousand already, but if there’s one Democratic debate you don’t want to miss, it’s this one.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008 READ MORE


What’s Gotten Into Bill?

Six months ago, Bill Clinton seemed to be settling comfortably into roles befitting a silver-maned former president: statesman, philanthropist, philosopher-king. Now he has put all that high-mindedness on hold—maybe it was never such a great fit, after all—to costar in his wife Hillary’s campaign as a coldblooded political hit man.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008 READ MORE


Not All Is Debated in Love and War

One pundit called the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas “a lovefest.” It may well have been, but only because the corporate sponsor of the debate, General Electric-owned NBC News and its cable news channel MSNBC, rescinded its invitation to candidate Dennis Kucinich.

Posted on Jan 18, 2008 READ MORE


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. 

Posted on Jan 17, 2008 READ MORE


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


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.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008 READ MORE


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


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


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.

Posted on Jan 11, 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


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


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.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2008 READ MORE


Justice Is Blind, but Can She Vote?

The most revealing indicator of the state of our democracy is not to be found in the snowdrifts of New Hampshire but in the marbled chamber of the U.S. Supreme Court. Soon enough,  we will discover whether the court under Chief Justice John Roberts will become a partisan tool in the national Republican drive to place constraints on voting that are targeted at those who tend to support Democrats.

Posted on Jan 8, 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


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


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


Why Bloomberg?

A presidential run by the New York mayor would be a monument to egotism.  Even worse, it might prevent the nation from ridding itself of today’s destructive policies.

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


Edwards’ Closing Argument

If you had seen the candidate perform Saturday at the public library in Washington, Iowa, you’d understand how he made all that money as a trial lawyer.

Posted on Jan 1, 2008 READ MORE


What’s at Stake in Iowa

The Bhutto assassination came as a brutal reminder of the gravity of the decision Iowa’s voters will make Thursday. Its impact may be felt most powerfully by Democrats who have been thinking less about issues than about the candidates’ styles and leadership qualities.

Posted on Dec 28, 2007 READ MORE


Peace With the Earth

Since this is the list-making time of year, allow me to add a tiny trophy to Al Gore’s very full shelf: the prize for the most elegant speech of 2007.

Posted on Dec 27, 2007 READ MORE


The Race for Name-Caller in Chief

According to satirist Borowitz, Clinton has exposed some dirty linen and Obama is plenty P-O’d about the accusation.

Posted on Dec 22, 2007 READ MORE


Reid
cnn.com

House Approves War Funds

The House has followed in the wake of the Senate, saying yes to $70 billion in funds for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Anti-war Democrats have had little success overcoming Republican filibusters and a publicity blitz meant to sell the “surge.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 READ MORE


Bush toasting
whitehouse.org

Senate Doles Out $70 Billion More for the Wars

Twenty-one Senate Democrats, Joe Lieberman and all but one Republican just approved $70 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Democrats had tried for weeks to tie funding for the wars to a withdrawal plan, but in the end the president got his way.

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


Lieberman to Endorse McCain

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, a self-described “Independent Democrat,” is expected to turn his back on the Democratic candidates to endorse John McCain for president. It’s a fitting move for the George Bush apologist, who was rejected by the primary voters of his own party for his unabashed support of the war.

Posted on Dec 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Democrats’ Strategy in Need of Repair

Congressional Democrats need a Plan B.  So far, they have been unable to place the blame for governmental paralysis where it belongs: on the Do-Nothing Republicans.

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


The Electability Canard

Ari Berman takes a look at the Democrats’ premiere non-issue as the campaign in Iowa draws closer to a conclusion: electability. He concludes that, their propaganda aside, all of the top candidates have positives and negatives that cancel each other out, but that probably doesn’t even matter. As Bill Clinton himself said: “This electability thing is a canard.”

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE


Disappointment Doesn’t Have to Be Normal

Is it foolish to think that a nation stained by centuries of slavery and racism is prepared to elect a black president? Rarely phrased so bluntly, that’s the central question posed by Barack Obama’s candidacy—especially for many African-American voters, whose doubts are informed by having seen many an oasis turn out to be a mirage.

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE


The Price of Antagonizing Latinos

With respect to Latino voters, politicians find themselves between a surge and a backlash. While popular anti-immigrant rhetoric could help Republicans take back House seats, it could well cost them the presidency.

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE


waterboarding
abcnews.com

Waterboarding Was OK With Top Dems

A bipartisan group of top lawmakers, including current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was briefed on the details of waterboarding and other interrogation techniques as early as 2002. According to several U.S. officials, over the course of roughly 30 private briefings only one objection to the practice was raised.

Posted on Dec 9, 2007 READ MORE


Senators
AP photo / Lawrence Jackson

Calling on Congress to Stop a War

The former chief weapons inspector argues that the Bush administration isn’t going to let facts get in the way of its eagerly sought war with Iran. If there’s any hope of avoiding such a conflict, Ritter writes, Congress will have to rouse from its slumber and act, rather than continuing to wait for the White House to make the first move.

Posted on Dec 7, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton’s Obama Blunder

One assumes that the front-runner and her inner circle are rethinking their new strategy of singling out the Illinois senator and attacking him on issues of experience, ambition and character.  And if they are not, they should be.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


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Oprah Helps Obama to Stadium Status

If you think the “Oprah effect” is all hype, you may be interested to learn that the Barack Obama campaign has had to move the location of an upcoming rally featuring the TV talk show host to accommodate the “overwhelming demand.” The new venue is the University of South Carolina’s 80,250-seat Williams-Brice Stadium, pictured here.

Posted on Dec 6, 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


Iowa Will Make or Break Edwards

The former senator knows his fate hinges on a strong showing in the coming caucuses and that he will be out of the race if he runs third.

Posted on Dec 4, 2007 READ MORE


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