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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
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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


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They All Love Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan may be dead, but he’s running for president. At least he might as well be, given the nonstop competition among Republican candidates, captured here, to worship him.

Posted on Jan 14, 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.

Posted on Jan 11, 2008 READ MORE



Doug Henwood on Robert Kuttner’s ‘The Squandering of America’

Just how sick is the U.S. economy? Just how deep is the divide between the super-rich and the rest of us? Just how bad would a meltdown of our political economy be? And what, if anything, can be done about it?

Posted on Jan 10, 2008 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Jan 10, 2008 READ MORE


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


A Little Too Real

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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


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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


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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Political Climate Change

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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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One True Voice on the Trail

Why isn’t Dennis Kucinich treated as a viable candidate? Because, Hedges argues, it’s all too easy for the comfortable to dismiss him.

Posted on Jan 7, 2008 READ MORE


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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


Clinton and Obama
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Obama Surges, Clinton Gets Hands On

Two new polls show Barack Obama building on his Iowa win with a double digit lead in New Hampshire. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, has personally seized the reins of her campaign, determined to push the talking point she debuted at Saturday’s debate—that she can deliver on Obama’s promise of change.

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


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


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Carol Brightman on the 1960s

Three new memoirs by veterans of the New Left provide nuance and complexity to a tumultuous decade whose political and cultural legacy is still contested. Bonus points to those who can answer the question: Do you still need a Weatherman to know which way the wind blows?

Posted on Jan 3, 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


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


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 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


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


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The Five Iraqs

From Hillary Clinton to Mitt Romney, the candidates have no shortage of solutions for the Iraq mess, but their shallow rhetoric reveals an ignorance of the increasingly fractured and disastrous reality.

Posted on Dec 30, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary’s Hindsight

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Carla Kaplan on ‘The Mitfords’

A new collection of letters between the fascinating Mitford sisters offers unparalleled insight into one of the 20th century’s most famous families.

Posted on Dec 28, 2007 READ MORE


The Path to a National Popular Vote

Now, a handful of states have disproportionate power to determine our national path in presidential elections. But a remedy is available.

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


An Enabling Virtue

Hope is an overused word and an underrated virtue. We “hope” for all kinds of things, from the trivial to the profound. But hope is both a habit and a discipline. It is an orientation toward the future based on the conviction that we live in an ultimately trustworthy universe.

Posted on Dec 24, 2007 READ MORE


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The Evangelical Rebellion

Mike Huckabee represents a new and potent force in American politics, and the neocons and corporate elite, who once viewed the yahoos of the Christian right as the useful idiots, are now confronted with the fact that they themselves are the ones who have been taken for a ride.

Posted on Dec 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Zachary Karabell on Mark Lilla’s ‘The Stillborn God’

With religious passions inflaming and complicating politics worldwide, the very project of a secular future is threatened.  In “The Stillborn God,” Mark Lilla reveals the roots of the age-old quest to bring political life under God’s authority.  He also explores how modern Western thinkers found a way to free politics from theological power and build barriers against destructive religious fanaticism.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Huckabee the Rebel

The rise of the Baptist minister—an “evangelical populist”—has put the fear of God into the Republican establishment.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Slowed? Maybe ... Stopped? No Way.

Sen. Clinton has had some campaign setbacks, but the notion that she’s in a tailspin is baloney.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 READ MORE


Eek! It’s a Wrinkle!

News flash: Hillary Clinton has crow’s-feet.  Now let’s all thank Rush Limbaugh for giving us another clear view of the double standard on the campaign highway.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 READ MORE


 ‘Twas the Night Before Caucus

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 ‘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


Ron Paul
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Ron Paul Has a $6-Million Day

It’s perhaps the biggest single-day take in campaign history: $6 million raised in one day by Ron Paul supporters not affiliated with the campaign. The so-called “money bomb” was scheduled to coincide with the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

Posted on Dec 17, 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


Romney
dallasnews.com

Romney’s Religious Dodge

In the first of a new Truthdig series on religion and politics, the Rev. Madison Shockley analyzes Mitt Romney’s recent landmark speech and finds that America’s most famous Mormon is trying to have it both ways.

Posted on Dec 13, 2007 READ MORE


Misguided Mercy

Some killers apparently were able to get out of prison by letting then-Gov. Huckabee know they had “found Jesus.”  The terrible aftermath may say something important about the presidential candidate. 

Posted on Dec 12, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
ethanol360.com

Clinton Campaign Takes a Mud Bath

Hillary Clinton’s New Hampshire campaign co-chair issued a sleazy attack on Barack Obama on Wednesday, which he tried to pass off as an exploration of “openings for Republican dirty tricks.” It’s a tactic we’re likely to see more of as the candidates jockey for position and one-time front-runners get desperate.

Posted on Dec 12, 2007 READ MORE


Huckabee: ‘Take Your Best Shot’

The candidate who has gone from microscopic numbers to front-runner status is starting to feel the heat, but Mike Huckabee would rather suffer the slings and arrows of his opponents’ attacks than go back to toiling away in conservative obscurity: “It’s almost like ‘take your best shot, people.’ ” Now if the marginalized Democratic candidates could replicate Huckabee’s success, we’d have an exciting race on our hands.

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE


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Voters Care About Bull****

The Onion pokes fun at the nonsense issues, costume pageantry and theatrical pandering that have taken over the American electoral process.

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE


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