RNC Chair Debate - Best in Show
I  just went to the RNC Chair Debate with Jon, and here are my impressions.I wasn’t terribly familiar with all of these guys ahead of time, although I sat with Saul Anuzis at an American Spectator breakfast recently. So with only a short briefing about each man’s apparent flaws and viability as a candidate, I came with a pretty open mind.As I see it, there are three bare necessities for reforming an organization: the percepti
 
Gross number? Yes. Highest Percentage? No.
Seems MichaelW was right to be suspicious of all the claims about record election turnout being not quite supportable:Between 60.7 percent and 61.7 percent of the 208.3 million eligible voters cast ballots this year, compared with 60.6 percent of those eligible in 2004, according to a voting analysi
 
Some interesting exit poll numbers in GA
The one I found most stunning was this:Final exit poll numbers from Georgia show John McCain doing surprisingly well among young voters in Georgia. Age: 18-29 John McCain: 51% Barack Obama: 48%Bob Barr: 1%Age: 30-44 John McCain: 44% Barack Obama: 56%Bob Barr: 1% Yes, that’s right, in
 
Some other issues decided on election day
Here are some of the ballot initiatives from the 4th that haven’t gotten the coverage like Prop 8 in CA did:> Arkansas: Voters approved a state lottery.I’m alway amused with voters give the state the right to engage in activity for which they put private citizens in jail.> California: Voters defeated a measure to e
 
Malstrom’s Mea Culpa
He went (way) out on a limb and it broke. You’ve gotta give him kudos for owning up to it though:Well, I was wrong. I was expecting Obama not to perform as well as Kerry, especially in Pennslyvania (which Obama did perform better coming out of Philly), and for McCain to perform slightly better tha
 
Greatest Turnout Ever? (Updated)
The claim going around is that yesterday’s election witnessed the highest number of voters ever, and the highest percentage of the electorate since the 60’s:More than 130 million people turned out to vote Tuesday, the most ever to vote in a presidential election.With ballots still being counted in some precincts into Wednesday morning, an estimated 64 p
 
The Moment’s Pride and Joy
I seem to be in a distinct minority right now. Obama’s supporters, of course, are elated. Some of his detractors, while determined to oppose Obama and his allies, are willing to hold their fire for the moment, or the rest of the night anyway, out of respect to the powerful symbol of how far America has come. Some part of me thinks that’s graceful.I saw Obama’s supporters with tears in their eyes. I heard that some are actually dancing in the streets. I saw many of my friends and
 
Congratulations to President-Elect Obama
Unlike the more unhinged portions of the left for the past eight years—and as of tonight, some on the right—I won’t be declaring that "Barack Obama is not my president!"I expect that over the next four years, I will actively oppose many of his policies. But I’m uninterested in getting into the swamp of Obama Derangement Syndrome. I just hope our friends on the left remember their stirring slogan of the past eight years:
 
Election Day
Congrats to Barack Obama. No matter how much I disagree with, well, everything that you stand for, and all the policies you will impose upon us, I can’t help but feel proud of my country for electing you. It shows just how far we’ve come as a nation.For those as disappointed as I am in tonight’s results, here’s a musical nightcap from Nora Jones called "My Dear Country":
 
It’s Obama!
Congratulations to the new President-elect, Barack Obama, and the Democrats on their victory last night.Now comes the hard part.I look forward to 4 years of enlightened, moderate, fiscally responsible and non-intrusive, liberty enhancing governance.That’s my definition of "change" by the way.If that’s not the case, look forward to hearing about
 
Election Liveblog
We’ll probably start sometime before 4:30pm PDT.
 
Intrade Futures
The Intrade futures markets aren’t budging. Obama’s contract is running 93. McCain’s is at 7.3.Predicting a McCain win seems...excessively contrarian.
 
First Exit Polling (update)
Keep in mind that exit polls are not scientific. The respondents are self-selected. They aren’t predictive. Their purpose is to give some insight as to why people voted the way they did.But here is a smattering of the fist exit poll results:56% oppose the bailout bill.76% feel the country is on the wrong track.58% of white male respondents in VA voted for McCain52% of late deciders in IA and 54% in OH voted
 
Is Minnesota In Danger Of Going Red?
The Obama campaign seems to think so:I’m a student at Carleton College who has contributed (financially and with my time) to the Obama campaign. I just got an automated call from Jeff Blodgett, the chair of the MN campaign. The text of the call was:"Hello, this is Jeff Blodgett from the Minnesota for Obama campaign. Our initial data show
 
Out on a Limb
Tomorrow, this post by Sean Malstrom from yesterday will be celebrated as the most prescient post in the blogoshpere, or he will become the biggest goat of the day. In a long and closely-reasoned post, he concludes:Consider Obama toast, guys. He will join Dukakis, Dole, Gore, and Kerry in the ashbin of history.While I’d like to believe his reasoning&mdas
 
"McCain will win PA and the election"
As Dale said in his email to me with this link, this will either be the most discussed or most ridiculed article on the net tomorrow. Very long, but interesting post which can essentially be boiled down to the title above. A lot of people would like to believe that and he makes a fairly decent case for it.
 
Phun in Philly
The report:Making
 
Short-circuting the process?
Although I’m sure they wouldn’t characterize it as a ’final act of support’, but some networks may try to call the election prior to 8pm, well before all the polls close across the nation:A senior vice president of CBS News, Paul Friedman, said the prospects for Barack Obama or John McCain meeting the mini
 
Ohio, we have a problem ...
The Ohio Coal Association is not at all happy with Barack Obama: "Regardless of the timing or method of the release of these remarks, the message from the Democratic candidate for President could not be clearer: the Obama-Biden ticket spells disaster for America’s coal industry and the tens of thousands of Americans who work in it.
 
Lowering those expectations
I mentioned below that Obama is trying to lower the expectations he was only to glad to stir to a frenzy to get elected. Another example:ANN COMPTON: If you are elected, you’ve made a lot of campaign promises; you can’t keep most of those. Maybe not even if you had a rubber stamp Dem
 
He makes John Kerry look consistent
 
Rassumssen final battleground state polls
Apparently the undecideds are breaking slightly for McCain per Rasmussen:OhioMcCain 49%Obama 49%FloridaMcCain 50%Obama 49%ColoradoMcCain 47%Obama 51%MissouriMcCain 49%
 
Predictions
Here are a few from the "This Week" crew:Mark Halperin, Time Magazine: Electoral Vote — 349 ObamaSenate — 58 Democratic seatsHouse — Democrats net 28 House seatsMatthew Dowd, former Republican strategist:Electoral Vote — 338 plus ObamaSenate &mda
 
Election Liveblog
 
2012: The Comeback
With just two days left until the election (or "coronation" depending on your view) of our new POTUS, I figured it was now OK to give a preview of Election 2012. And given this two-year-long election season, I think it’s safe to say that the next campaign will likely kick off approximately twenty-four hours after the election results are finalized. So a short and succinct preview is definitely in order.Regardless of who wins on Tuesday, the loser
 
The Youth Vote
Gallup finds the frequently cited and "all important" youth vote shows signs of not materializing in the numbers that Democrats had hoped they would. In relative terms, while high, the youth vote will most likely be no higher or have any more impact than it did in 2004:While Gallup data do suggest that voter turnout among young people will be high th
 
Who? My Aunt? She’s here?
Close family - this is an aunt he lovingly praised in one of his books. Apparently she’s been here 4 years without Obama knowing it:Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Saturday he didn’t know that one of his relatives was living in the United States illegally and believes the appropriate laws should be follow
 
Don’t get too wrapped up in "early voting" stats
Dems in Florida are just tickled pink with the early voting turnout:Democrats are beaming that their party is outperforming the Republicans in early voting, releasing numbers Wednesday that show registrants of their party ahead 54 percent to 30 percent among the 1.4 million voters who have gone to the polls early."We’re thrilled at t
 
Breaking...
According to Drudge, Zogby will report tomorrow that John McCain has pulled ahead in one-day polling.ZOGBY SATURDAY: McCain outpolled Obama 48% to 47% in Friday, one day, polling. He is beginning to cut into Obama’s lead among independents, is now leading among blue collar voters, has strengthened his lead among investors and among men, and is walloping Obama among NASCAR voters.If this poll is not an outlier, and we begin to see simila
 
McCain’s Long Shot
Some of the McCain people are cautiously optimistic about how the race will go. I think it’s possible for McCain to win, but not probable.really, to beleive McCain is going to somehow pull this out, you have to beleive that all the polling, irrespective of who conducts it, is basically flawed. That kind of faith...stretches credulity. It might be justifiable if the polls were split half and half on who was ahead. But, at this point, no one
 
Fukuyama for Obama
Francis Fukuyama has endorsed Obama for a very "simple" reason - he’s not Bush or a Republican.Er, okay.But then he gives us this:America has been living in a dream world for the past few years, losing its basic values of thrift and prudence and living far beyond its means, even as it has lectured the rest of the world to follow its
 
Murtha - Calling 911
It appears that Democrats will make gains in both the House and Senate, but the one race that I’m watching with interest is that in which John Murtha is engaged - and apparently losing. He’s running against a 28 year Army officer and veteran of the Iraq war who, to put it mildly, leaves Murtha with little to crow about in terms of his own resume.
 
Voting Fraud Is Alive And Well
Despite those who insist that it’s a myth, voting fraud continues to happen.
 
This Thing Ain’t over!
You know, I’m beginning to beleive that McCain will win this thing!Could the polls be wrong?Sen. John McCain and his allies say that they are. The country, they say, could be headed to a 2008 version of the famous 1948 upset election, with McCain in the role of Harry S. Truman and Sen. Barack Obama as Thomas E. Dewey, lulled into overconfidence by in
 
Doorknob, rear-end, etc.
The obligatory "if he wins, I’m leaving the country" post:Oh, no! Seal and Heidi Klum join the list of celebrities threatening to leave the U.S. if John McCain wins Tuesday.So far, potential celeb expats include Susan Sarandon, Stephen Baldwin and Michael Stipe. Tina Fey says she’s leaving Earth, fer crying out loud.[...]
 
"Obama Wins!"
Considering how deep in the tank the media is for Obama, I was going to start taking bets on the first day that some "journalist" started referring to The One as the "presumptive President." Like an adolescent boy getting his first chance at doing the horizontal bop, the New Mexico Sun News decided to forgo the warm up and jumped straight to the climax ... a bit
 
Is Georgia in Play?
And this time, I don’t mean the Republic of Georgia.The Obama campaign certainly seems to think so (and polls show the race here tightening considerably).David Knowles reports:Early voting is proving a huge asset to Obama. It remains to be seen whether these lines will continue in their present
 
Obama On Redistributing Wealth
This is from an interview Barack Obama did in 2001 when he was an Illinois State Senator [HT: Vinnie]:
 
California Ballot Propositions
Once again, it’s time for that regular celebration of the Progressive Era that every election in California brings: The march of the ballot measures.This year, there are 12 of the troublesome little measures, so let’s take a look at them.PROPOSITION 1A: SAFE, RELIABLE HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER TRAIN BOND ACTProvides for a bond issue of $9.95 billion to esta
 
Poll Dancing
People are raising lots of questions about the accuracy of current polling in the Presidential race. Some are almost certainly doing so out of a sense of desperation, hoping against hope that McCain isn’t as far behind as it seems. But then,  
Obama Lobbyists - the rest of the story
You’ll note the Obama mantra, when speaking of lobbyists, is always specific - "corporate lobbyists". As if they’re the only type of lobbyists out there. [We are apparently supposed to assume that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae’s contributions to the Obama weren’t considered to be from "corporations".]Of course, there are a ton of other lobbyists spending money and time seeking influence, and Mr. Obama is as tied to them as he’
 
Illegitimate donors? Meh ...
Jake Tapper covers the "why won’t the Obama campaign release the identities of their $200 donors" story. Essentially the McCain campaign is questioning the source(s) of much of the money the Obama campaign has raised, implying that much of it may be illegitimate.McCain campaign manager Rick Davis says:“it brings up though, an important, an im
 
Just wondering?
Joe Biden’s "Obama will be tested by an international crisis" premise gets backing from another Democrat:
 
The Left Welcomes Colin Powell’s endorsement of Obama
It sure has been fun today to watch the left embrace their favorite "Uncle Tom" now that he’s seen the "error of his ways" and endorsed Barack Obama.It is interesting to see how various parts of the left have handled it. For instance one nimrod on Craigslist says:No one will be surprised that the immediate neocon response to Colin Powell’s endorse
 
Resorting to Form
Is the election a couple of weeks away? It’s time to play the Democratic game called "scare the seniors".A new Obama ad says:Announcer: John McCain’s health care plan ... first we learned he’s going to tax health care benefits to pay for part of it.Now the Wall Street Journal reports John McCain would pay for the rest of his health care plan “with major reductions to Medicare and Medicaid.”Eight hundred and eight
 
In the end it’s all about the GOTV efforts
After all the rhetoric has died away, after all the charges and counter-charges have been leveled, after each respective camp withdraws to its election eve poll watching venues, it’s all about Getting Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts.And if you’re a fan of the Republican candidate, you can’t be very happy about that particular fact. Unlike 2000 and 2004 when Karl Rove organized surprisingly effective GOTV efforts, it appears the Democrats ha
 
The Shape of Things to Come?
The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, in an open letter to Sen. John McCain concerning why the pursuit of unnecessary AGW remedies will destroy America, included this very interesting paragraph:Britain and the United States, like England and Scotland on the first page of Macaulay’s splendid History of England, are bound to one another by "indissolub
 
Add credit card fraud to the list
Every passing day the Obama campaign seems more Chicago machine politics and less "new politics":At least four credit card holders in Missouri have recently opened their statements and found unauthorized transactions, which charged $2,300 to the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama.It happened to Tom Brown and his wife a couple weeks ago. They bec
 
When is "fraud" fraud?
ACORN. What a joke, right?I mean they are just registering people to vote, that’s all. And yeah, so a few of the people that are registering folks are turning in fraudulent registrations listing Mickey Mouse or Duran-Duran.It’s not like Mickey or Duran-Duran are ever going to show up to vote are they?
 
Plumbing the Redistributionist depths
Now that I’ve had my little rant about the MSM, I have to ask, "does the Joe the Plumber story have legs?"Not in the sense that the MSM is doing everything within its power to discredit the guy. But the fact that the mask momentarily slipped and exposed the true Obama ideology for what it is? 
Full 6th District Court reverses panel ruling - Ohio Sec State must verify voter’s eligibility
So apparently the judiciary, at least in this case, agree that voter fraud is an important issue and should be confronted immediately:A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered Ohio’s top elections official to set up a system by the end of the week to verify new voters’ eligibility and make it available to Ohio’s 88 county election boards.The f
 
Apparently "Mickey Mouse" didn’t just sign up with ACORN
He may have contributed to the Obama campaign as well.I wonder what Mr. Transparency will have to say about this:The Obama campaign has failed to release the names of donors responsible for approximately half of his campaign’s $426.9 million: those who have contributed less than $200.In addition, press reports allege Barack Obama’s presidential cam
 
A word about "Associations" and their political worth (UPDATE)
As should be obvious by now, just claiming that a politician was "associated" with someone isn’t resonating with undecided voters.As Jennifer Rubin points out at Commentary, it has to be taken one step further and tied to actions and activities surrounding that association. So the way to tie Ayers to Obama isn’t necessarily to make a big point
 
Why would anyone want to be the next president?
As I mentioned in a post yesterday, despite the fact that the economic crisis breaks on the side of the Democrats, I’m not sure, in the long run, that’s an advantage. David Broder is looking down t
 
The ACORN connection grows more obvious
Would you like to see a group like ACORN "shaping the agenda of the next presidency?"
 
Ohio Sec State breaking the law
Tell me this election isn’t turning into a real nasty event:Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is breaking federal law by not giving county elections boards the chance to determine whether new voter registrations are fraudulent, a federal judge ruled this evening. "It is hard to imagine a public interest more compelling than safeguarding the legitimacy of the election of the president of
 
Obama, Ayers and their relationship
What’s Obama’s latest dodge? Oh yeah, he didn’t know Ayers did all those things.Well watch this [Not Safe for Work - language in one spot]: 
More Obama vetting being done by blogosophere
After all the fuss about Sarah Palin possibly being a member of the Alaska Independence Party, it appears that Barack Obama was a member of the "New Party", if you believe what New party literature said back then. In a 1996 piece bragging about their successes, th
 
So that’s what community organizers do
If you’ve ever wondered what the acronym ACORN stands for, it stands for "Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now". And, as you might imagine, it is an organization of and for community organizers.As we learned when we took a peek at the original bailout bill put forward by Barny Franks and Chris Dodd, ACORN has some "federal connections". They’re funded by your taxpayer dollars through a slush account called the Housing Trust
 
How can you support either of them?
One of our commenters has said repeatedly that most of the writers here threw Obama into the bay months ago because he had a "D" after his name. Well, that’s not the only reason, but it is right up there among the top reasons. As I’ve stated any number of times, I find the Democratic party, as it is presently configured (i.e. trending harder and harder to the left) to be the most dangerous of the two parties. It’s sort of
 
Who are those guys?
First we had Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s preacher for 20 years. We find out Wright is anti-American, antisemitic and bases his church in the black liberation theology of James Cone. What clued us in was the fact that he preaches all of that from the pulpit and it was available on DVDs sold out of the lobby of the church.Barack Obama’s reaction on "learning" of this - "wow, I had no idea."Then comes William Ayers, leader of the Weather Underground during
 
Same old song and most likely the same old dance
My how things change - or not.Any idea who said this and when?"I believe that most Americans would agree on the problems this country faces and which the next administration must solve. They include the need, once again, for an economy that works. The economy today is in very, very bad shape, the highest unemployme
 
Obama Indoctrination
The cultish fanaticism of Obama supporters is at once laughable and worrisome. Whether he be perceived as the "Lightworker" or "The One," his fervent followers exhibit disturbing  
Palin took it, and for reasons different than you might think
I’ll have to disagree with Dale on this one. I thought John McCain won the last debate with Obama for the very reason Dale thinks Biden won this one.But McCain didn’t - at least if we’re going to go by poll numbers.I think what you’re going to see is the low expectations that had been built by the MSM along with the two heavily edited interviews with Gibson and Couric that hurt her image also put her in a position to w
 
Obama and "preconditions"
Tonight, Obama claimed he never said he’d meet with the leaders of Iran, Cuba, North Korea etc. without preconditions. First he tries to redefine "preconditions". Then he flat out dissembles. SEN. OBAMA: Now, understand what this means, "without preconditions." It doesn’t mean that you invite them over for tea one day. What it means is that we don’t do what we’ve been doing, which is to say until you agree to do exactly what we
 
If you don’t have anything better to do on a Friday night ...
It’s being reported that John McCain will be at the debate tonight. Frankly, I think he’s making a mistake.
 
McCain v Obama - leadership vs. voting "present?"
So what does Obama say about the financial crisis?Why we should have a debate! Of course the fact that the debate is about foreign policy seems to have slipped his mind."I think it’s very important that the American people see the people who potentially could be in charge of this problem within the next couple of months and so my attitude is that we need to be focus
 
McCain suspending campaign to work on Economy (UPDATED)
He’s asked Obama for a delay in the Friday debate (I would guess Obama will agree since the subject isn’t his forte. Additionally refusing the request wouldn’t do any good and McCain would make political hay with it) and is suspending his campaign tomorrow and returning to Washington. He’s calling on O
 
American companies? Who needs ’em ...
Irony is sometimes too sweet.Barack Obama constantly rails against companies who send jobs overseas. But when it comes to making commemorative coins for his "coronation", only a foreign company will do:A company in Birmingham’s Jew
 
Ah, Joe, good to see you back to normal
The VP candiate from hell?What the hey, he knows where the gates of hell are as I pointed out today. Right where his helicopter was "forced down" in Afghanistan.On energy, well, to all the coal miners in PA and elsewhere, fugitaboudit:"No coal plant
 
CAC, Obama and the Ayers Connection (update)
Stanley Kurtz digs into one of the more interesting and yet mostly unanswered questions of Obama’s past:Despite having authored two autobiographies, Barack Obama has never written about his most important executive experience. From 1995 to 1999, he led an education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on the board until 2001. The group
 
October (BOOM) Surprise?
It is blog interactivity time, dear reader.The intel system has been hearing rumblings of a desire by al-Qaeda to influence the US elections in November as it managed to do in Spain a few years ago.That raises the obvious question:
 
Time to switch polling focus
It is getting down to the part of the election where national polls really don’t mean much. By that I mean it is pretty clear how a majority of the states are going to go.For instance, GA. In GA, McCain is 12 points ahead of Obama. He’s not going to make that up. GA is solidly in the McCain camp, and its 15 electoral votes are going to go to him.On the other hand, Obama has CA locked up. It is a solid 12 point lead and CA&rsqu
 
Classic - Biden stumps for income redistribution
Joe Biden cracks the door on the ideology which drives the Democrat ticket:"We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people," Biden said in an interview on ABC’s "Good Morning America."Noting that wealthier Americans would indeed pay more, Biden said: "It’s time to be patriotic ... time to jump in, time to be part of th
 
McCain right about sex ed ad?
Byron York takes a look at the ad that supposedly brands McCain as a "liar" and finds it - despite the developing conventional wisdom - to be true.It’s a long article that goes into some interesting detail. Perhaps the most telling point, however, is a discussion York had with one of the five primary sponsors of the bill - State Sen. I
 
Shouting dissent down ...
Ed Morrisey documents a disturbing trend from the Obama campaign. For a second time, the campaign has sent out an email urging his followers to inundated a WGN radio show that was hosting someone they disapproved of.This is how the Obama email characterized the guest on WGN’s Milt Rosenberg show:David Fr
 
Tanning bed in the Mansion? OMG!
The latest new nonsense:Sarah Palin brought one unusual accessory to the Alaska Governor’s mansion after moving in last year: A tanning bed.Al Giordano’s NarcoNews first reported that Palin had the apparatus installed in the mansion in Juneau, and a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Publi
 
McCain lies? Politicians Lie.
All of them.Obama’s campaign has been calling McCain a liar for a few days thinking, one assumes, that doing so is going to strengthen their position and give them a rise in the polls. It ain’t bean bag folks, but you at least ought to have clean skirts yourself if you’re going to toss accusations.Of course calling someone else a liar assumes that Obama or his surrogates don’t lie and, being politicians and spin-doctor
 
Sarah Palin - The "Anti-Obama"
I, like many Americans, have been amazed by the reaction of both the right and the left to the naming of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate. To label her a “phenomenon” seems to be an understatement. Her choice has shocked the establishment, changed the entire election, created visceral positive or negative reactions, and, for at least one-side, energized a base like it hasn’t been energized in years.As Willie Brown, former mayor of San Francisco
 
How pathetic is this?
Mr. "Do-as-I-say-but-not-as-I-do" Obama directly questions McCain’s patriotism:"Just ask the machinists in Pennsylvania who build Harley-Davidsons," Obama said of McCain’s record. "Because John McCain didn’t just oppose the requirement that the government buy American-made motorcycles, he called Buy American provisions ’disgraceful.’ Jus
 
So who is computer illiterate here?
I guess this falls under the category of "know thy opponent before mocking him". Well actually it falls under two categories, the second being "google is your friend":John McCain is mocked as an out-of-touch, out-of-date computer illiterate in a television commercial out Friday from Barack Obama as the Democrat begins his sharpest barrage yet on McCain’s long Washington career.The new fighting spirit comes as McCain has
 
Checking In With Intrade
I have to admit that I’m a little surprised by the latest polling showing McCain with a steady, yet slight, lead. I figured that the post-Convention bounce would have worn out by now, and that Palinmania would be offset by more serious reflections on her credentials (which, is virtually non-existent). Bu
 
Sowing, reaping and politics
Clive Crook analyzes the Democratic reaction to the "pigs and lipstick" flap and points out:When they rage at unfair Republican tactics, part of that fury unavoidably spills over into anger at the electorate for being so gullible as to fall for it. Far better to rise above this sort of stuff, and radiate confidence that the electorate will see through it. I
 
Deviation will not be tolerated
This certainly won’t make Illinois’ Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich very popular among the extreme left (or the netroots, but I repeat myself):"The reality is, governors every day have to make decisions for better or for worse. That’s part of the job. It’s an executive position. And it’s a position that is li
 
Obama gets a little help from his friends (update)
I’m not sure how many times I have to say "they just can’t help themselves" but here’s just he latest example:South Carolina Democratic chairwoman Carol Fowler sharply attacked Sarah Palin today, saying John McCain had chosen a running mate " whose primary qualification s
 
Don’t question patriotism, but honor? That’s ok.
Remember this from Barack Obama?"Let me be clear: I will let no one question my love of this country. I love America, so do you, and so does John McCain.Don’t question his patriotism. That’s inappropriate.But questioning someone’s honor. That apparently is OK.This in reacti
 
Whoa! WTF? UPDATED: A Good Ad Afterall?
Just after delivering a marvelous soliloquy (involving strike-out king, Nolan Ryan) on McCain’s campaign tactics I learn that they’ve stepped way out of bounds in their new ad declaring that Obama intends to teach "comprehensive sex education" to little kids:
 
The reality of the "New Politician"
When all was smooth sailing, Barack Obama - a product of Chicago machine politics - decided to indulge himself and claim to be a "new politician" who had risen above the partisan divide and didn’t have to lower himself into the gutter of the political past.And so, confident they just wouldn’t be needed with the coronation parade going as planned,
 
What is Obama’s defense policy?
Well in case you’re wondering, here it is in his own words:And you wondered where he was going to c
 
See, now everybody’s happy
The McCain campaign played "Barracuda" by Heart again today.Of course that was after the Wilson’s said this:"Sarah Palin’s views and values in no way represent us as American women," Ann and Nancy Wilson told Entertainment Weekly. "We ask that our song ’Barracuda’ no longer be used to promote her image.
 
Palin and women (Update)
ABC is out trumpeting its post-RNC poll and as expected, McCain/Palin has a slight post convention bump.However, there is one part of the poll worth noting solely because it goes to the root of the claim by Democrats that picking Sarah Palin for VP was too cynical a move to ever attract women to the Republican ticket:White women have moved from 50-42
 
"Just words ..."
And it really doesn’t matter who’s they are or if the story actually took place here. Kenora Canada. "Indiana". Who cares?
 
Obama thought about joining the military? I doubt it ... (update)
I’ve been mulling this Obama response for a day or so now:Speaking to ABC’s "This Week," Obama said, "You know, I had to sign up for Selective Service when I graduated from high school. And I was growing up in Hawaii, and I have friends whose parents were in the military. There are a lot of Army, military bases there. And I actu
 
Interesting Activity At Intrade
Expanding upon McQ’s post about the "enthusiasm gap", go over to Intrade today to see how the market for winner of the 2008 Presidential Election is shaping up. At this writing (approx. 11:50 AM EDT), Obama is down 4.6 and McCain is
 
"Enthusiasm Gap" Closing
Poll numbers come and poll numbers go. McCain/Palin are now enjoying an expected convention bounce which has put them, depending on which poll you consult anywhere from 2 points to 10 points ahead.But that’s going to change as we continue to move toward the election. That means it’s a little early to put too much significance in the numbers at this point. If McCain/Palin show the ability to sustain those numbers, well then that’s a ho
 
I don’t think so
Oliver Willis entitles a post "GOP Has Buyers Remorse" and claims the GOP is upset that Palin is on the bottom of the ticket instead of the top.Not really. Possibly in fantasy land, but unlike the "reality based community" most on the right live in the present. Even if they don’t particularly like it, I think most of the GOP see McCain as a much better match up
 
Compendium of Palin rumors, links and explanations
Charles Martin at Explorations has a 55 count Palin rumor compendium which he’s established as a sort of clearinghouse for such rumors. He’s adding rumors and links that explain them or debunk them as this goes along. Some, obviously, debunk themselves.Might be a useful link to send to your friends from the other side as the inevitable email rumors circul
 
It is stupid things like this ...
Which can cost you elections. I’m not claiming there are any dastardly ulterior motives at all other than unthinking expediency (don’t need ’em, get rid of ’em, etc.), but things like this don’t sit well with voters no matter what the motive. When you claim
 
Deploying Hillary
The next few weeks are going to be very interesting in terms of political strategy as well as tactics. The introduction of Sarah Palin into the electoral mix has badly disconcerted the Dems and thrown them off stride.The Obama campaign’s initial reaction was to go after her directly by questioning her credentials and experience. That blew up in their face when such question created the opportunity for Republicans to redirect such questions against
 
TV Ratings - Day 4 RNC
Nielson has relased them. They’re probably a bit of a surprise to a number of people: More than half a million more people watched John McCain’s acceptance speech (38.9 million) than Barak Obama’s the week before (38.4 million). Regarding the gender gap, significantly more men (17.9 million) watched McCain’s speech than Obama’s (16.2 million), while more women watched Obama’s speech (19.9 million) than McCain’s (
 
Some polling
Gallup has the race 48-44 Obama. That’s down from yesterday when Gallup had Obama up by 7. Since it is a Tuesday through Thursday tracking poll, it includes the Palin speech, but not the McCain speech.Rasmussen has  
Jesus was a community organizer; Pilate was a governor
You know it is funny to watch the ebb and flow of accusations in a political campaign.For instance Obama’s campaign is presently offended that Palin and Giuliani ridiculed Obama’s job as a community organizer.Of course for the Obama campaign, history began with Rudy Giuliani’s speech, followed by that of Sarah Palin.Somehow they’ve conveniently forgoten
 
And it’s the Republicans who are cynical?
At least that’s been the charge against the McCain campaign for picking Sarah Palin for VP. And it stood there basically unchallenged until she personally blew it away Wednesday night with her speech.Suddenly, women who weren’t really necessary or important to the ticket (see Dem VP pick and the dissing o
 
And he hasn’t even spoken yet ... (update)
John McCain delivers his acceptance speech tonight at the RNC and already, at least according to a CBS News poll, he’s obliterated the Obama convention bounce:The presidential race between Barack Obama and John McCain is now even at 42 percent to 42 percent, according to a new CBS News poll conducted Monday-Wednesday of this week. Twelve percent are
 
So this answers the "experience" gap? (Updated)
Ezra Klein thinks this answers the mail for last night’s charges that there’s really no comparison between what a mayor does and what a community organizer does.He begins his post with:Chris Hayes fires back on Giuliani and Palin’s mockery of "community organizers":Fires back? <
 
Talk about an understatment
Definitely one "for the history books".(HT: Scott Jacobs)
 
Meanwhile, on the campaign trail
While all the hoopla is going on in St. Paul, Joe Biden reprized an Obama theme:Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden said yesterday that he and running mate Barack Obama could pursue criminal charges against the Bush administration if they are elected in November.Biden’s comments, first reported by ABC news, attracted little no
 
Did we see the same speech?
Josh Marshall on Rudi Giuliani:They didn’t want Rudy’s blood and iron speech the day after Gustav so they bumped it until tonight. Big mistake. He positively dripped with a kind of curdled anger, the origin of which is difficult to grasp. But he actually seemed to get angrier and angrier as the speech progressed — off chopping his hands around, baring his teeth.
 
Reactions from the left
Some reaction to Palin’s speech from the left. Here’s Michael Crowley at TNR’s "The Stump":Several moderate-Democrat friends of mine have been emailing—few if any would ever vote for McCain—but all agree that Palin was very strong. The more liberal among them are a little panicked. I
 
Smokin’
I think Sarah Palin rather effectively introduced herself to the American public tonight. Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the current do-nothing Senate, not long ago summed up his feelings about our nominee.He said, quote, “I can’t stand John McCain.” Ladies and gentlemen, perhaps no accolade we hear this week is better proof t
 
Some excerpts from tonight’s Palin speech
Can you say, "both barrels?"On her experience as a public servant: "I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids’ public education better. When I ran for city council, I didn’t need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too. Before I became governor of the great state
 
Please, keep it up media.
How badly might all of this negativity about Gov. Palin backfire on the media and the Democrats? Well first look at the "sampler" of what passes for objective media analysis this week:Here is a sampler of media comment on Governor Palin this week:- Eleanor Clift, the McLaughlin Group: "If the media reaction is anything, it’s been literally laughter in man
 
The NY Times finds its new comfort level
Fred Thompson properly chastises the NYT:Former Sen. Fred Thompson lambasted The New York Times for its coverage of Sarah Palin on Tuesday, claiming the newspaper is "trying their best to drag her down."Thompson told Fox News that the Times has focused on Palin’s children, saying, "I don’t think
 
A fun comparison
Tip of the hat to WolfHowling. The post must have taken forever to put together, but it’s a pretty good comparison of the Dem top of the ticket with the Rep bottom of the ticket. Go take a look.And, like I said on the podcast, the one thing they won’t have to fake with Sarah Palin is the obigatory hunting trip (Like "can I get me a huntin’ licens
 
Integrity on the left
Noting the hypocrisy, viscousness and vile nature of the attacks on Sarah Palin and her family and denouncing them:September 2nd, 2008. The 2008 Election ended this morning as a vast cadre of liberals, progressives, Democrats and like minded journalists lifted the white flag and surrendered.We surrendered something a whole lot more valuable than our vote.
 
Experience? Why I’ve run a multi-million dollar campaign!
This, folks, is Barack Obama’s own explanation as to why he has "more experience" as a PRESIDENTIAL candidate than his opponents VICE PRESIDENTIAL candidate:COOPER: And, Senator Obama, my final question — your — some of your Republican critics have said you don’t have the experience to handle a situation like this. They in fact have
 
Putting Ayers and Wright squarely back on the table
In the unseemly lefty feeding frenzy which is the Palin nomination, mistakes are being made. And its funny - they are slamming McCain for not "vetting" Palin well enough, but are ready to run with any rumor that floats by concerning Palin.For instance, it appears that the Obama campaign went off half-cocked before
 
Want to make a comparison?
Here is where the comparison should be made, and Gerard Baker does it for us:Political experienceObama: Worked his way to the top by cultivating, pandering to and stroking the most powerful interest groups in the all-pervasive Chicago political machine, ensuring his views were aligned with the power brokers there.
 
Gustav - bad news or good news for Republicans?
Conventional wisdom says that hurricane Gustav is a disaster for the Republicans and their hoped for convention bounce. Essentially the meme says that they can’t effectively use their 4 days for the uninterupted message sales job conventions normally provide.And that, of course, is expected to dampen any bounce the Republicans might have enjoyed.Nate Silver  
Seen this one?
There are eyes and ears everywhere listening in on intemperate conversations.A contributor to RedState happened to be on a plane which yielded some interesting banter:On a plane from Denver to Charlotte following the Democrats’ convention, I found myself seated behind former National Chairman of the Democratic Nati
 
Two things the Palin pick says about McCain, and four three things it doesn’t
Jim Vandehei and John Harris at Politico have another piece out in the same vein as “5 things Biden pick says about Obama”, about McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin.The first two are saying the same thing:1. He’s desperate. [...] Politicians, even “mavericks” like McCain, play it safe when th
 
More Palin
A Larry Kudlow interview: Kudlow: Well what do you have up there around ANWR? Is it a bunch of big fat blue flies? People say nobody goes up there. Humanoids don’t populate it. It’s just the blue flies. I mean, I want to keep blue flies healthy. Maybe you can tell us about that? Palin: Well sure, we want to keep the blue flies healthy also. [Laughter]. But again, it’s a sm
 
Petard, 1 each. Hoist when ready
How soon we forget. Bill Clinton a few nights ago:He recalled that 16 years ago "Republicans said I was too young and too inexperienced to be commander in chief. Sound familiar? It didn’t work in 1992 and it will not work in 2008."Really? Well it doesn’t mean that Democrats won’t try:Rep. Diana DeGette,  
Look at them, trying to put out the fire.
It’s hard not to notice the contrasts. Even before Obama picked Biden, Republicans were begging Obama to choose him. When Biden was selected, there were already several parallel narratives showing that he was, among other things, more exercised about a McCain candidacy than an Obama candidacy. And it was plain as day that his comparatively long experience
 
Funny stuff
I mentioned how irony-impaired the Obama campaign seems to be earlier. Here’s official proof:“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s fai
 
Palin: If she can stand the heat, she could be fun
Let’s see how this breaks out.Foreign policy and national security are the forte of the executive. The Democrats have nominated a presidential candidate with no experience in either area. The Republicans have nominated a vice presidential candidate with no experience in either area.Which makes more sense to you?Under the topic of change, the Democrats nominate two US male Senators, one who is the consummate Washington insider
 
It’s Palin (updated)
Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska will be John McCain’s running mate per various news services.Young, woman, pro-life, hunts, advocate for drilling, executive experience. Let the games begin.UPDATE: More:Palin is the first woman
 
Obama’s Speech - it should provide red meat for the Republicans
If these are the specifics Obama plans to run on, it should be open season for Republicans.Before I get to a couple of those, did anyone else notice these moments in the speech? Here is Obama denigrating the philosophy of self-reliance:In Washington, they call this the "Ownership Society," but what it really means is that y
 
Illinois Obama and the Temple of Gloom
Props to James Pethokoukis for the title. But I ask you, given these advance excerpts from Obama’s speech tonight - have you ever heard this before?“Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story – of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a
 
Did Biden have a hand in worsening the mortgage crisis?
That what some experts are saying:Experts say hundreds of thousands of Americans may have lost their homes due to a bill championed by Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., Barack Obama’s vice-presidential running mate. At least two studies have concluded that the United States’ foreclosure crisis was exacerbated by a 2005 law that overhauled the nation’s b
 
Making History
There is very little doubt that tonight Barack Obama will invoke the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King on the 45th anniversary of his "I have a dream" speech. In fact, rumor has it, the entire reason for the Greek temple look is to remind everyone of the Lincoln Memorial where King gave the speech.But there’s also another anniversary today. However, I doubt will be mentioned at all.  
Brigades, Joe - not battalions
I noticed during Joe Biden’s speech that he got his military units all wrong. It didn’t come as a particular surprise. The Democratic ticket is comprised of two senators with no military experience whatsoever (but 38 years in the Senate - 36 for Biden and 2 for Obama). So when Biden was trying to prop up Obama last night by claiming he was right about Af
 
Where there is smoke ...
There is usually fire.MichaelW brings you up to date with the Ayres/Obama connection and the over-the-top reaction of the Obama campaign concerning a particular 527 ad.It gets worse. Today they’ve gone after Chicago’s WGN radio station because
 
Effective but deceptive
Bill Clinton’s speech last night was vintage Clinton. And there is no question that to those will not dig under his words, it was effective. But it was vintage in another way as well - it was quite deceptive.For instance:He recalled that 16 years ago "Republicans said I was too young and too inexperienced t
 
Some Inconvenient Truths
Just when gathered Democrats were about to convince the nation that they live in a miserable place and in miserable conditions, the Census Bureau has to report this:•Income. Median household income rose to $50,233 in 2007 after adjusting for inflation. That’s $665 more than a year earlier but still below the peak of 1999. Income in black households ros
 
"Swift Boat" 2008?
Andrew Sullivan wonders:Two-tour Green Beret Ted Sampley of the 2004 “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” is now targeting the Republican nominee with the group “Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain.” For some reason, Fox News is less eager to have him on the air than they were four years ago.Ted Sampley, as far as I can determine, was nev
 
Effective, Evocative but Enough?
I think so.Of course I’m talking about Hillary Clinton’s speech. Some of the talking heads last night were of the opinion that it was a very "tepid" speech in terms of support for Obama. The thinking was that she didn’t get personal enough about Obama. She didn’t say things like she had gotten to know and respect Obama,
 
You might be a racist ...
If you don’t vote for Barack Obama. As Wulf warned us in comments to MichaelW’s disemboweling of Slate author Jacob Weisberg’s piece, we may as well get used to this:A prominent union leader on Tuesday blamed racism for Sen. Barac
 
Is this a smart strategy?
On the one hand you have the Obama campaign pulling out all the stops to have a 527 ad prevented from airing. The ad, by the American Issues Project, links Barack Obama with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers.I can understand them wanting to quash that sort of a linkage.But then they run an ad of
 
Night 1 of the Democratic Convention
I caught parts of the Democratic convention last night, but unfortunately missed the main event (Michelle Obama’s speech).My wife watched it and gave her a good grade. She said she came across very effectively if the purpose of her speech was to introduce Barack Obama to the increased audience of voters now paying attention to the race. Rich Lowry also
 
Plot to Kill Obama?
Maybe yes, maybe just some white supremacists mouthing off.Regardless, there is absolutely no place in American politics for this.4 have been arrested in Denver concerning an alleged plot to assassinate Barack Obama. A local reporter had an opportunity to speak with Nathan Johnson, one of those arrested.Nathan Johnson, 3
 
Enjoy the conventions, but remember what they are
People on a whole, are just beginning to pay more attention to the November election. This week - with the Democratic convention - signals the "official" start of the election drama (even though it’s really been underway for almost 2 years). Voters will take a look at both candidates and depending on their perceptions, juxtaposed with what they perceive as their priorities, pull the lever for one of them.I have to wonder what those not
 
Things the Biden pick tell you about Obama
These according to Politico:He’s fixing for a fight.Obama has been criticized as being slow to react to attacks. As Karl Rove said, he now has an attack dog at his side. However, if anyone has observed Joe Biden for any length of time, Biden has a penchant for going too far and saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. So in that regard, h
 
Obama inspires hand-bag
Oh, this is just precious:Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama inspired celebrity handbag designer Timmy Woods to create a handbag based on the signs used by his campaign at rallies and speeches.The first Obama Handbag will be given to the senator’s wife, Michelle."I hope she will get it in time to wear to the convention [next
 
I’m In Ur Voting Booth, Stealin’ Ur Elections
Diebold is no longer with us, of course. In name, at least. They’re now Premier Election Solutions. Although it now appears that the terms "premier" and "solutions" are exaggerations. Indeed, the term "election" is looking a bit iffy.A voting system used in 34 states contains a critical programming error that can cause votes to
 
Forbidden Fruit
It is always the fruit everyone wants and tries to get:The University of Illinois has refused to release records related to Sen. Barack Obama’s service for a nonprofit educational project that put him in contact with activist William Ayers, a 1960s-era radical and now education professor.Until they are opened, speculati
 
That fickle youth vote
Trouble on all sides for Obama right now. A demographic that Obama is counting on to help make the difference in November may be slipping away:"Obama’s support among voters between the ages of 18 and 29, which had been one of his strengths, slipped 12 percentage points to 52 percent. McCain, who will turn 72 next week
 
Everyone wants to be the underdog
Well, at least in political races.Gov. Tim Kaine:Well, let me tell you one thing I like about the Obama campaign. When they got into this race of February of ’07, they made no bones to anybody. We’re the underdog. We’ve got to look at the campaign that way, and we’ve
 
Is it Hillary?
You have to wonder. Until he announces his choice, you really can’t count her out. Obama has had a bad summer, one poll has likely voters giving McCain a 5 point lead and a number of Hillary voters, per the WSJ, aren’t coming over to the Obama side:A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows that as Democrats prepare to gather in Denver
 
Republicans have to hope it is Biden
For any number of reasons. But if it is Biden, he has a lot of explaining to do. NRO has a list of Biden quotes that he’s going to have to explain away if he is Obama’s VP nominee:Biden, on a post-debate appearance on MSNBC, October 30, 2007: “The only guy on the other side who’s qualified is John McCain.”[...]
 
Saddleback bump for McCain
As it turns out, the Saddleback Forum may turn out to be one of the most significant events in this election season:He clashed with their leaders in his 2000 campaign. He struggled to gain their votes during the 2008 primaries. And he still doesn’t spend much time talking about the issues they consider most important.But after Saturday night’s televised forum at th
 
Questions begin about Obama’s chances
David Gergen, of all people, notes one outcome of the Saddleback forum which must have the Obama campaign concerned:Heading into the candidates’ appearances on Saturday night at Saddleback Church, the conventional wisdom in politics was Barack Obama should have a clear upper hand in any joint appearance with John McCain — one the young, eloquent, cool, charismatic dude w
 
Cross in the Dirt
More on the story John McCain told on Saturday night at Saddleback. Orson Swindle, a fellow POW, recalls the story:"I recall John telling that story when we first got together in 1971, when were talking about every conceivable thing that had ever happened to us when we were in prison" Swindle told me a few minutes ago. "Most of us had been ke
 
Is it Biden?
That seems to be the buzz surrounding Obama’s pick for VP.Obama may name his pick as early as tomorrow morning but per Drudge, people close to Caroline Kennedy say it is more likely to be Wednesday morning.So, now that it’s close, who do you think he’ll pick - and will it (does it) matter?If so, why?
 
Crosses and Abortion Bills
On the left, accusations that John McCain stole his "cross in the dirt" anecdote which he told at Saddleback from Alexander Solzhenitsen. Andrew Sullivan:I’ve now heard it countless times. McCain has used what appears to be an intensely personal moment in a prison camp as a reason to vote for him in a campaign ad. As he tells it today, it wa
 
Underestimating your opponent (updated)
Or believing your own spin. It appears that the Obama campaign is absolutely sure that John McCain - who most folks seem to feel pretty much wiped the floor with Barack Obama at last night’s Saddleback event - must have cheated in order to do so.Andrea Mitchell dutifully carries the tale:MR. GREGORY: Andrea Mitchel
 
Cop out
I don’t care what side of the abortion debate you come down on, this is simply a cop out:Asked at what point a baby gets “human rights,” Obama, who strongly supports abortion rights, said: “… whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity … is
 
Why?
Kate Snow of ABC tells us:A deal has been brokered between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that will allow Clinton’s name to be placed in nomination at next week’s Democratic nominating convention, sources close to the Clinton camp told ABC News. "Both sides agree that it is in the best interest of party unity and making sure that everyone’
 
Shoring up the ticket
Apparently, if rumors are to be believed, Obama is beginning to lean toward Joe Biden as his running mate, recognizing that foreign affairs and national security are his biggest and potentially most politically fatal weaknesses (among many). Lynn Sweet passes along the latest:I’m just passing on the latest I’m hearing—that Sen. Joe Biden
 
Obama’s newest foreign policy adviser?
And an adviser indicative of the extreme left Obama really does represent:A man, they say, can be judged by his friends. If that’s the case, then Barack Obama can surely be judged by George Clooney. The UK Daily Mail reported this week that the "Ocean’s Eleven" actor regularly speaks with and text messages the presumptive Democratic nominee, advising him on everything
 
What would you call this?
Why would a state allow something for 6 days it apparently doesn’t allow the rest of the year? Why would a state only allow it to be implemented in certain areas of that state?Ohio is considered a must-win state for both Barack Obama and John McCain. And the highpoint of the presidential campaign in the state could come a month before Election Day.
 
The Audacity of Audacity
Ed Morrisey, after hearing Tim Kaine’s remarks on the Russo-Georgian war, thinks he’d be perfect as Obama’s running mate.Said Kaine:It was a bad crisis for the world. It required tough words but also a smart approach to call on the international community to step in. And I’m very, very happy that the Senator’s request for
 
Richardson’s mental lapse
While diplomacy is indeed an important aspect of foreign relations, George Will points out that those who would surround Barack Obama and advise him seem obsessed with it to the point that they believe it is the solution to every situation - even to the point of foolishness.Vladimir Putin, into whose soul President George W. Bush once peered
 
Leave Barack alone!
Either a terrific acting job or very disturbing (and indicative of my point below) - you decide: 
Why is Obama not holding a commanding lead right now?
Violence in Iraq is down to 2003 levels, the Congress is in recess for a month, and frankly we’re entering what should be a very slow news period. So you can expect some "inside baseball" posts about the political campaigns as they enter their last 3 months (thank goodness) before the election.George Will hits on one of the most intriguin
 
In politics, perception is king
The pundits can rail against tactics, warn that particular methods of attack are risky, and even lecture candidates about the "low road". But it is the voter who gets the final say about campaign tactics, strategy and messages.As much as they hate to admit it, Democrats should understand that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth’s campaign against John Kerry didn’t succeed because it was mean, nasty and untrue. It succeeded because more people
 
Have the political winds about drilling shifted?
Well of course they have. And look who is shifting with them: "My interest is in making sure we’ve got the kind of comprehensive energy policy that can bring down gas prices," Obama said in an interview with The Palm Beach Post. "If, in order to get that passed, we have to compromise in terms of a careful, well thought-out drill
 
No Lobbyists were injured in making this ad
Because, you know, Barack Obama doesn’t take donations from lobbyists and isn’t in any of their pockets and they have no influence on him at all:
 
Obama, Unions and the secret ballot
If you’re ready to revisit the era of union strong-arm tactics and closed shops (which have seen businesses flee for ’right to work’ states), a vote for Obama is recommended."We’re ready to play offense for organized labor. It’s time we had a president who didn’t choke saying the word ’union.’ A
 
Hubris
Even the journalists are noticing. Jonathan Weisman:The 200,000 souls who thronged to his speech in Berlin came not just for him, he told the enthralled audience of congressional representatives."I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions," he said. 
Obama wants a "peace dividend" while we’re at war (update)
This was linked previously by Lance, but it deserves a post of its own. We’ve been through this before:Barack Obama said Friday that persuading NATO allies to contribute more troops to Afghanistan could lead to U.S. troop cuts and help improve the U.S. economy, with reduced military expenditure being diverted into tax cuts to he
 
Obama endorses reparations (update)
I pointed out, yesterday, the latest in redistributionist schemes being cooked up ala "global warming". Dale notes that the belief in a Democratic win seems to be bringing these sorts of ideas and potential claims to the fore as they line up for their hopeful piece of the pie.If you don’t think that possibi
 
If you think it’s bad now, give the Dems a total majority
Name another single type of organization that could get away with this sort of political coercion of its membership:The mighty Service Employees International Union (SEIU) plans to spend some $150 million in this year’s election, most of it to get Barack Obama and other Democrats elected. Where’d they get that much money?
 
Chuck Hagel Wants to Change The Subject-Updated
From The Huffington Post, where this kind of BS is applauded:"Quit talking about, ’Did the surge work or not work,’ or, ’Did you vote for this or support this,’" Hagel said Thursday on a conference call with reporters."Get out of that. We’re done with that. How are we going to project forward?" the Nebraska senator said. "What are we going to do for
 
Boing! Obama gets a bounce ... (update)
In all honesty, I couldn’t imagine how Obama couldn’t get some sort of bounce out of his foreign trip, although initially, it didn’t seem to be developing.However, Rasmussen reports today that he is indeed enjoying the anticipated bounce:The Rasmussen Reports daily President
 
Okay, I missed this
Were you aware that the 9/11 truthers have brothers in nuttiness?Yes, they do, and what conspiracy is being cooked up? It regards the provenance of Obama. Uhh, I think Eric ends my one post foray into this topic.
 
That didn’t take long
Sister Toldjah points out that the "substantive" Berlin speech by Barack Obama - which was supposed to be more than a campaign event - is out in video in an email soliciting donations. And yes, I got one too (every political blogger worth his salt has signed up at each campign site to receive their emails
 
We only visit wounded soldiers on official duty ... (update)
And since this is "campaign funded", well, you know, it just wouldn’t be appropriate - so instead we’re going to party in Berlin!I’ve never seen such a pathetic excuse. Ed Morrissey has the story. Excuse me while I go wash out my eyes.UPDATE: And apparently even when "on duty"  
Bobby Jindal throws himself out of the ring
Louisiana Governor Jindal today said he is not interested in being McCain’s VP:Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he will not run for vice president on the Republican ticket, adding himself to a growing number of those pulling themselves out of the race.Jindal’s comments come as speculation is swirling that
 
Hubris
There seems to be a growing amount of it surrounding the Obama campaign. Here concerning the upcoming Berlin speech:“It is not going to be a political speech,” said a senior foreign policy adviser, who spoke to reporters on background. “When the president of the United States goes and gives a speech, it is not a political speech or
 
Michelle Obama’s new twist on "for the children"
Of course, criticizing Ms. Obama is verboten per her hubby. But his particular quote is so, well, Michelle:“I wish we had time to be divided. I wish we had time to be upset. To be angry. To be disappointed. I wish we did,” Obama said. “Because if we had time for that, then things wouldn’t be so bad right now. Instead, we’re in a place where another four or eight years of the world as it is will devastate the life of some child.”
 
Or is it 1980?
Except in this case the "Ronald Reagan" of the election would be Barack Obama.Wandering around the net and reading various articles, I stumbled across Clive Crook’s examination of exactly the phenomenon Michael Barone addresses in the post below.Crook, however, has a completely different analysis based on the work of Emory Univer
 
Is it 1976 all over again?
I know quite a few readers, they weren’t around to remember the 1976 presidential campaign or the aftermath. But Michael Barone, who I consider one of the more astute political observers, thinks this is pretty darn close to what we had then:Looking back over the last 40 years, the presidential campaign that most closely resembles this year&r
 
Party Unity
John McCain has dispatched Carly Fiorina to extend an olive branch to former Hillary Clinton supporters. And not your typical Clintonistas, either.The McCain campaign dispatched its top female surrogate Tuesday to meet with about 25 disaffected supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton in Westchester, N.Y.Carly Fiorina, the
 
Playing With The Electoral Vote Numbers
I’ve been playing around some with the Electoral Vote Counter that Dale created (found over in the side bar under "Resources") and, by my count, it appears to me that the decisive states will be Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia. The least important state of these four is West Virginia because winning there still requires winning at least two of the others to take the race. If we assume that it stays on the Repu
 
Obama, Europe and expectations
With Barack Obama, Europe quickly succumb to "hopey changitude". To Europeans it meant a new and different America which, hand-in-hand, would skip through the flowered fields with them and all would be fuzzy bunnies and cute puppies. America would be their friend again.No more war, no more breast-beating ’cowboy’ diplomacy. America would again adopt the European model and ease into appeasement as a first choice and endless, toothless resolu
 
The professional politician
In fact, it could be said that when you look up the term "professional politician" you’ll find Barack Obama’s picture there.Jim Geraghty at NRO put an interesting post together which takes you through the 10 year political carreer of Barack Obama. What he found was that Obama spent half of those 10 years running for the next h
 
Obama’s La Raza pandering...
Some of Obama’s comments to La Raza:The system isn’t working when a child in a crumbling school graduates without learning to read or doesn’t graduate at all. Or when a young person at the top of her class - a young person with so much to offer this country - can’t attend a public college.But don’t forget,
 
How not to gain the respect of the military
On July 9th, Barack Obama said:“Precisely because I have not served in uniform, I am somebody who strongly believes I have to earn the trust of men and women in uniform."Well, well, we agree. And there is no better way to do that than to meet with them and answer their questions is there?As it turns out,  
You’ll be pleased to know ...
That former Rep. Cynthia McKinney (Neal Boortz used to call her "the cutest little commie in Congress") is still with us, still in politics (well, sort of) and will provide us with the necessary entertainment for this presidential election season:Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney of DeKalb County (right), expected to receive the Green Party’s presidential
 
A Nation of Whiners?
Well yeah, to a degree I agree.That was what Sen. Phil Gramm said yesterday about Americans. He also said for many it is a "mental recession", meaning that to this point they’ve not suffered the results of an actual recession, but have adopted the attitude prevalent durin
 
Voting categories and how they break down
USA Today has come up with 6 categories of voters who, it claims will "decide the election". Let’s take a look.1. True believers: 30% of the electorate - they break down 65% Obama, 33% McCain. 2. Fired up & favorable: 14% of the electorate - they break down 65% Obama, 35% McCain.3.
 
Again, an impressive knowledge of warfare demonstrated by the media
Michael Shear claims:Sen. John McCain, who has repeatedly derided anyone who advocated a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, now suddenly finds himself in a political box as the American-backed Iraqi leadership yesterday raised the prospect of exactly that.You know, it’s pretty sad when you have journalists w
 
Obama: Who is that masked man?
Thomas Sowell ends one of his great columns with:Back in the 18th century, Helvetius said, "When I speak I put on a mask. When I act, I am forced to take it off." Too many voters still have not learned that lesson. They need to look at the track record of Obama’s actions.Back in the days of "The Lone Ranger" program, someone would as
 
The Senate
The House is lost to Republicans and the numbers there are predicted to be worse after the November election.The Senate has been the Republican’s only bastion of power in this Congress, albeit as a minority party. But in the Senate, being the minority is a very powerful position to hold, if the majority held by the other party is a slim
 
"Ich bin ein lightweight"?
What in the world, other than glittering generalities and hopey changitude, will Barack Obama have to offer anyone in a speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate for heaven sake?Barack Obama’s planned European tour might make a major whistlestop in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The candidate’s schedule isn’t set, but a Berlin appear
 
"Unity" is more than a town in New Hampshire
As Barack Obama is finding out, if polls are any indication:One week after Sen. Hillary Clinton made a public show of unity with Sen. Barack Obama, a new survey suggests supporters of the New York senator are increasingly less likely to follow her lead. A growing number of Clinton supporters polled say they may stay home in November instead of casting their ballot
 
Obama and the "Iraq crawl"
Barack Obama in Fargo, ND today:“I’ve always said that the pace of withdrawal would be dictated by the safety and security of our troops and the need to maintain stability. That assessment has not changed,” he said. “And when I go to Iraq and have a chance to talk to some of the commanders on the ground, I’m sure I’ll have more informati
 
Obama’s new word - "inartful"
Yes, what Clark said about McCain wasn’t a smear or untrue, it was simply "inartful" (previously Obama’s statements about the DC gun case were "inartful").“Inartful” was the word Obama used Tuesday to characterize remarks Gen. Wes Clark made over the weekend and subsequently about McC
 
Head left, young man
None other than Arianna Huffington issues a warning to Obama about his attempted run to the middle:As part of this process, I looked at the Obama campaign not through the prism of my own progressive views and beliefs but through the prism of a cold-eyed campaign strategist who has no principles except winning. From that point o
 
Hope and Change
Jennifer Rubin, at Contentions, points out that Paul Krugman, like David Brooks, is confused as to whether "Obama is more like Ronald Reagan (an ideological, transformative politician) or Bill Clinton ( a poll-driven pragmatist)."As I mentioned in the past:[Obama] hopes to let voters d
 
Is it "under the Obama bus" time for Wesley Clark?
Got a chuckle out of Katherine Jean Lopez’s advice to Obama, ala Rev. Wright, about the Wesley Clark quote:Barack Obama should distance himself from efforts to dishonor McCain’s military service. Obama should be disappointed and saddened. This is not the Wesley Clark he kn
 
Obama sends ...
The latest email from Barack Obama:Dear Friend — Tonight is the crucial financial reporting deadline for June. Right now is the time to step up and own a piece of this campaign. I need your help to take on John McCain, the Republican National Committee, and the shady so-called 527 groups that are dedicated to attacking this campaign using millions of dollars in unregulated contributions. Please support this moveme
 
One of those quotes ...
I’m a bit concerned that I’ve end up defending John McCain twice in one afternoon. But I think a quote that has the  
Wesley Clark demeans McCain’s military service
Of all the "ex-generals" floating around out there, perhaps the most odious is Wesley Clark. Today he decided it was his place to demean John McCain’s military service on Face the Nation:Gen. Wesley Clark, acting as a surrogate for Barack Obama’s campaign, invoked John McCain’s military service against him in one of the more personal attacks on
 
Obama: Good old Chicago Politics
The Boston Globe has found that as a state legislator, Barack Obama seemed to fit in quite well with the commonly perceived corruption that is Chicago politics. And it extended to his new job as a US Senator:As a state senator, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee coauthored an Illinois law creating
 
Obama: Even more of that "new" Politics
Not that this should surprise any keen observer of politics, but there ain’t nothin’ new under the sun and Obama is again proving it:Barack Obama has crafted an image as an unconventional candidate, a change agent and a post-partisan politician who represents a dramatic break from the status quo. But since securing the Democratic presidential nomination, when confr
 
Obama: More of those "new politics"
The claim:At 46 seconds in, "That’s why I passed laws ... [which] extended health care to wounded troops who’d been neglected" (a citation at the bottom of the screen which reads "Pub
 
Dead Possum in the middle of the road
And so goes the "great seal of Obamaland". The Obama Campaign has thrown the possum seal among the large crowd under the Obama bus. The Obama campaign is trying to spin it as a "special seal" for a "single event". Yeah ... right.Says Mark Ambinder:I’m told that Obama recognizes that it was a silly mistake, that the
 
Who’d a thunk - Obama pulls the race card out and slaps it on the table ...
Well at least it’s out in the open. And I’m not the least bit surprised to see it first played by a Democrat and specifically, Barack Obama. What would you expect from the party which invented identity politics? "It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy," Obam
 
Did I hear a little gasp come out of the Obama campaign?
Here’s a bit of interesting news:For the first time in the campaign, Republican John McCain in May raised about the same amount of money, $22 million, as Democrat Barack Obama. Ben Smith says:Obama, who’s been firing on all fundraising cylinders in June
 
How Cute ... (update)
Obama’s playing president using his new seal:Update:  
Rahm Emanuel and geography
Rahm Emanuel apparently feels the need to raise his visibility today so he shot a letter to John McCain:In a letter to McCain, Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Chicago asks McCain to "clarify" his position on drilling in the Great Lakes, which, Emanuel points out, are bordered by "Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania
 
How long will it take the Dems to abandon "no drilling"?
Another indicator of the impact of gas prices:Americans drove around 4.5 billion fewer miles in April compared with the same month last year, marking the lowest mileage clocked on US roads for the month since 2003, a report showed Thursday.The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) said in its monthly report that the number of vehicle miles dr
 
What, Obama can’t just say "I think I need more money"?
Wow. This, I think, falls under the heading of chutzpah - Obama’s opting out of federal funding because of potential Republican 527 "smears"?Give me a break.Like I said below, I am fine with this because I’d love to see this public funding fiasco ended. But the excuse is, well, pretty lame:In a web video emailed to supporters Thursda
 
Obama opts out of public financing
I’m with Doug Mataconis on this:Moreover, for me at least, the question to ask isn’t why is Obama opting out of the system, but why McCain isn’t following
 
Old Time Politics - Obama: NAFTA’s not so bad ...
I guess now that he doesn’t have to run to the left of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama has decided he has to run to the middle.In an obvious attempt to do that, he essentially disowned his former remarks about NAFTA (and seemingly validated the
 
Obama, his wife, and commentary concerning her comments (update)
In an attempt to stifle commentary critical of his wife, Barack Obama has decided the best ploy is to go after John McCain:In a one-on-one interview with The Brody File, Barack Obama says he is deeply disappointed that John McCain has not spoken out against the attacks leveled against his wife.Michelle Obama has come under criticism from some conservatives because of comments th
 
"Baby Alex" ad
I’m sure you’ve seen this ad:Two things struck me as I watched this.1. The left continues with its deliberate mischaracterization of McCain’s words about
 
If Al wants him, I sure don’t ...
Not that I wanted him prior to Al Gore’s endsorsement, but it certainly puts the exclamation point on why I think Barack Obama would be as big a mistake for this country as was Jimmy Carter.If you don’t believe it, read the first two paragraphs from Al’s blog post about it:A few hours from now I will step on stage in Detroit, Michigan to announce my
 
Another one under the Obama bus
As the Wall Street Journal points out, Jim Johnson is just another among a growing list of people Barack Obama really never knew.As for Mr. Obama, Mr. Johnson now joins an intriguing and growing list of Mr. Obama’s ex-associates that includes the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Father Michael Pfleger, and former terrorist bomber William Ayers. We might call this list eclect
 
Dem convention could be a crappy time
Sounds only fair given what will be going on inside the convention at the time:Political activists planning protest rallies at the upcoming Democratic Convention in Denver have their stomachs in knots over a rumor about a crowd control weapon - known as the “crap cannon” - that might be unleashed against them.Also
 
Krugman tries the race card
Paul Krugman resorts to some rather specious history in an attempt to lay racism at the feet of the right.Krugman today notes that some feel the election of Barack Obama to the presidency would transform America. Not so, says Krugman. Instead there’s something else at work:Mr. Obama’s nomination wouldn
 
Penn pens a postmortem
Clinton campaign manager Mark Penn has written a postmortem Op-Ed for the NYT in which he talks about why Hillary Clinton is not the party’s nomineeHe entitles it" "The Problem Wasn’t the Message - it was the money." In the case of a Democratic primary, Penn has a point. Telling Clinton from Obama when it
 
Clinton endorses Obama
Well it appears it’s official. Hillary Clinton has formally ended her presidential campaign and now plans on backing Barack Obama.Says Obama: "Obviously I’m thrilled and honored to have Senator Clinton’s support but more than that I honor her today for the valiant and historic campaign she has run. She shattered barriers on my on behalf, of my d
 
Jimmy Carter - "Don’t pick Hillary!"
This guy is the gift that keeps on giving:"I think it would be the worst mistake that could be made," said Carter. "That would just accumulate the negative aspects of both candidates."Well, we all know what the "negative aspects" of Hillary are, Jimmy, but what about Obama?"If you take that 50% who just don’t want to vo
 
Would an Obama/Clinton ticket be enough to win in November?
Well, it’s all over but the Clinton intransigence. Even when faced with a delegate count in which Barack Obama has more than the required number of delegates for the Democratic nomination for President, Clinton refuses to call it quits officially.Now there
 
Still bubbling along ...
 
Obama’s radical roots
Barack Obama tossed his church - now his former church - under the bus last week, claiming to be shocked and disappointed in what it had become. Of course few, to include myself, believe that what we’ve seen out of Trinity UCC is something new or recent. In fact, what we have seen out of Trinity is its "spiritual" basis and the staple of its existence. It is, unashamedly, a black liberation theology church and has been for years, to include the time in which Barack Obama attended.<
 
Larry Johnson - NO CREDIBILITY (update x 3)
If the alleged Michelle Obama tape exists, Larry Johnson doesn’t have it despite promises to post it by 9am today. From one of his co-bloggers at "NO QUARTER":FYI, for those expecting to SEE the tape, GET REAL. Read Larry Johnson’s description of what is ON the tape. That is the story.Heh ... don’t you lov
 
Rev. Pfleger - a prince of a guy
You’ve seen the latest video rant from Trinity featuring a Catholic priest in the lead role? Apparently the guy is just what you’d expect to find in any Catholic parish [/snark]:Ambushed by a Bill O’Reilly camera crew, Pfleger stated: "He
 
Taking up a collection ...
Other than the courts and Iraq, I have few reasons to back John McCain, but this would be one of them:SUSAN SARANDON, who appeared in three films last year and won kudos for her TV movie "Bernard and Doris," is still not a contented soul. She says if John McCain gets elected, she will move to Italy or Canada. She adds, "It’s a critical time, but I
 
Obama: so what’s the position today?
Again, a politician seems to forget that video and audio of just about everything they’ve ever said in public since they declared their candidacy for the presidency exists and will be trotted out when they try to claim their position is being distorted.W
 
Who is confused?
Carpetbagger Report claims that Rich Lowery is confused about the "popular will" argument that is being used by the Clinton campaign. Lowery’s argument: Back in 2000, Democrats were contemptuous of rules and technicalities about how bal
 
Hillary’s pitch to the superdelegates
If anything should be on the endangered species list it is Hillary Clinton’s superdelegates. They’re disappearing faster than the polar bears.Today she sent the uncommitted superdelegates a letter asking for their support. In part her argument was:Recent polls and election results show a clear trend: I am ahead in states that have been c
 
Two for Tuesday - rewriting military history (update)
You’ve probably already heard about this in all 57 states, but in case you missed it - or were one of the fallen heroes in Obama’s New Mexico Memorial Day audience - we have a bit of revisionist history offered by Obama:Obama also spoke about his uncle, who was part of the American brigade that helped to liberate Auschwitz. He said the family legend is tha
 
Interesting poll numbers
From Rasmussen:McCain is viewed favorably by 50% of voters nationwide and unfavorably by 46%. Obama’s numbers are 48% favorable and 49% unfavorable Opinions about Obama remain stronger. The likely Democratic nominee is viewed Very Favorably by 27% of voters and Very Unfavorably by 34%. For McCain, the nu
 
"Fallen Heroes" in Obama audience?
Powerline brings us this quote from Barack Obama during a speech in New Mexico about Memorial Day:On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.Huh. So, anyone, does Mr. Obama even know what
 
Bob Barr - Libertarian Party Candidate for President
Says Radley Balko:It’s the first time the LP has nominated a serious candidate in a long time. I’ve become rather fond of Barr over his 5-year conversion to libertarianism. Second place went to nutjob Mary Ruwart, who would have continued the party’s long history of kook-ism.Barr has the potential to win more votes than any LP nom
 
The "New" Libertarian Party?
James Joyner wonders:Something really strange is going on with the Libertarian Party. I mean, more so than usual — I wouldn’t bother to point out the obvious.Their annual convention is going on as I write. Some highlights: * Bob Barr, most famous for opposing medical marijuana and for his role in the impeachment of B
 
Clinton about to take popular lead?
If so, it would be truly ironic:Lost in the excitement of Barack Obama’s coronation this week was an inconvenient fact of Tuesday’s results: Hillary Clinton netted approximately 150,000 votes and is now poised to finish the primary season as the popular-vote leader. In some quaint circles, presumably, these things st
 
John Hawkins votes "no" on McCain
I do a weekend guest blogging spot on John Hawkins’ "Right Wing News" blog so I keep an eye on what’s going on over there.Hawkins is as conservative a Republican as you’ll find, and like most conservatives is trying mightily to find reasons to support John McCain. However, it seems McCain is much more interested in appealing to the big middle than courting conservatives. This is apparent in many of his stances such as global warming, ca
 
John McCain Health Records
Media Matters really can be very stupid sometimes. Today, they’re complaining that the McCain campaign is suckering the media into not reporting on John McCain’s health records. Apparently, they’re doing this by releasing his health records within a few days of telling the media other interesting things. Seriously, Media Matters is complaining that there may not be "obsession on the medical records." And th
 
Hurricane Wright building in strength again?
Don Frederick tells us the Reverend Wright has canceled some upcoming events in Philadelphia citing "fatigue". Says Frederick:Understandable; we imagine that almost single-handedly wrecking the presidential campaign of a former parishioner can be quite exhausting ...Frederick then issues a storm warning:This quote from one of the min
 
Another Hillary Blowout
Hillary Clinton romps through Kentucky with a 65%-30% win over Barack Obama. McQ and I were both right about where Obama would win. Bruce said he’d win Louisville, and I said he’d win Lexington. he won both...but those are the only counties he won.And, looking at the Democratic exit polls, Clinton won just about everybody. A majority of both coll
 
Obama declares wife off-limits
According to Jake Tapper:On Good Morning America today, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, took issue with a Tennessee Republican Party attack on his wife Michelle for her February comments that "for the first time in my adult lifetime I’m really proud of this country."The Tennessee GOP launched a web video making much hay out of those co
 
Supreme Court: A solid GOP avenue of attack
Whether or not you’re a huge McCain supporter or, like me, find very little to like about the man politically - except he’s not Barack Obama - one thing voters should keep in mind is one of these guys is going to be appointing Supreme Court justices next term.According the the LA Times, McCain’s position on such appointees is:
 
The real "appeasement" questions
Dave Nalle comments on the Bush "appeasement" kerfuffle and Obama’s reaction:As Obama rides the mighty wave of enthusiasm into the Democratic nomination, I wonder why his supporters aren’t more concerned about his ongoing display of what can only be described as a fatal level of naiveté and poor judgment born of inexperience which could well doom his campaign.
 
Obama - be ashamed of your lifestyle
This is what someone like Obama calls "leadership":Pitching his message to Oregon’s environmentally-conscious voters, Obama called on the United States to "lead by example" on global warming, and develop new technologies at home which could be exported to developing countries."We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our h
 
Rumor has it ....
Matt Lewis at Townhall says:Rumor has it that there is video of Michelle Obama "railing against ’whitey’ at Jeremiah Wright’s church."If this is true, it could be lethal. It’s one thing to distance yourself from your pastor, but quite another thing to distance yourself from your spouse.Might Rev. Wright be the one
 
The problem with identity politics
In a word, "blowback."First NARAL decides neutrality isn’t a virtue and comes down on the side of one of the Democratic candidates. NARAL Pro-Choice America’s political action committee has decided to drop its neutral stance in the Democratic primary — in large part to send a signal that it’s ready to get behind the candida
 
Why is Hillary Clinton still running?
Who would have predicted this last year?While the candidate once campaigned relentlessly with four or five events a day, she now has two or three. The number of press spokesmen with her is down to one from two, and the press corps barely fills one bus when once it filled two.As she steps from her plane, Clinton smiles and waves but no crowd actually awaits her.
 
Disarray on the right
First there is what most would call a fairly mainstream conservative Republican running for the top spot in the Libertarian Party (Bob Barr). Then there is the Constitution party, which trumpets many of the same goals as the Libertarian party (and, supposedly, the GOP). Now comes the American Independent Party, a creation of Alan Keyes:Alan Keyes, who was recently b
 
Edwards endorses Obama
If ever you wondered how far to the left Barack Obama is actually running, this endorsement should settle that for you:At a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Wednesday evening, John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama, who was on the stage with him, to be the Democratic nominee for president.Sounding a theme of a nation
 
The 49 State Strategy
The Obama campaign says screw you guys, we’re going to Oregon and Kentucky and Puerto Rico and Montana and South Dakota...At Obama’s Chicago headquarters, advisers said there was no reason to worry —
 
MS 01 goes Democrat
The Tupelo Daily Journal has declared Travis Childers, Democrat, the winner in a closely watched special election runoff. Childers took Republican Greg Davis 53% to 47%. This is he first deep red seat (George Bush took this district by 25 points in the last election) in the deep red South that Dems have taken.The implication is, of course, that November Congressional elections are
 
CNN Boldly declares Clinton winner in WV (update)
With zero precincts reporting and zero votes counted, WV has been declared "Clinton Country" by CNN.The only question remaining is how large a margin she’ll achieve.ABC reports:Racially motivated voting ran somewhat higher than elsewhere: In p
 
The "experience factor"
Dan McLaughlin writes a rather long but interesting article that explores the "experience factor" and its importance. You need to read it all.He outlines the type experience, the level of experience and the amount of experience most reasonable people would desire a presidential candidate should before assuming the most difficult and complex political job in the world
 
WaPo laments racist incidents during campaign
In a long article, the Washington Post today talks about the alleged racism the Obama campaign encounters on a daily basis.When you read the article however, it is mostly a collection of anecdotes, heresay (a student says he heard about racial epithets being used) and history (Kokomo was a center for Klan activity - in 1923). That’s not t
 
Bob Barr announces his candidacy for the Presidency
Obviously he’s not running as a Republican, although, well, I’ll get to that in a minute:Former US Representative Bob Barr of Georgia announced that he will run as a Libertarian this year. He first must win that party’s nomination at its national convention that begins May 22.A conservative former Republican, Barr could end up hur
 
Democrat "Dream Team" unlikely
Yesterday, Dale and I discussed the obvious fact that Hillary Clinton’s run for the Democratic presidential nomination is pretty much dead with even wins in WV and KY not being enough to save her candidacy. Obama has recently even taken the lead in pledged superdelegates. So in every conceivable way that matters in the nomination process, Obama has the lead.That has revived ta
 
Different kinds of reality
Three political goals - less pollution, less dependence of foreign oil, develop incentives for alternative fuels.Today’s Reality - gas prices are sharply up. Probable Result - less miles driven, less pollution, less dependence on foreign oil, more of an incentive to develop alternative
 
West Virginia: Hillary Country
The newest tracking polls show Hillary Clinton up by 36% over Barack Obama in West Virginia.
 
Democrats - eating their own
I have been fascinated watching the reaction to Hillary Clinton’s words about how the vote seems to be breaking down in the Democratic primary. Apparently noting the race of those she seems to be attracting and noting, simply by their number, they constitute a broader demographic, apparently has rac
 
Clinton - "there’s a pattern emerging here"
Yes there is, and I want it noted that it is a pattern among Democratic voters.Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed Wednesday to continue her quest for the Democratic nomination, arguing she would be the stronger nominee because she appeals to a wider coalition of voters — including whites who have not supported Barack Obama in
 
NC and IN
A very bad night for Hillary Clinton. Yes she won IN. But barely. And she was blown out it NC.So ... what does that mean? Does the dogged and determined Democrat continue the chase, or does she give it up, given the results and bow to the seeming inevitable.As you might imagine, the pundits and  
Tracking the left’s faltering moral equivalence argument
I mentioned the other day how the left was attempting to find McCain’s Wright and Ayers. Frank Rich and Steve Chapman have made rather poor attempts.
 
Are we again getting two for one? (update)
Christopher Hitchens asks about the unanswered questions still hanging out there about the Obama/Wright relationship:What can it be that has kept Obama in Wright’s pews, and at Wright’s mercy, for so long and at such a heavy cost to his aspirations? Even if he pulls off a mathematical nomination victory, he has completely lost the first, fine, careless rapture of a post-raci
 
The populist Clinton promises to take on OPEC
Great populist rhetoric, but I’d love to know how she plans to "go right at OPEC". "We’re going to go right at OPEC," she said. "They can no longer be a cartel, a monopoly that get together once every couple of months in some conference room in some plush place in the world, they decide how much oil they’re going to produce and what pr
 
Extremist watch
If you listen to USA Today, Rev. Wright hurt Obama fairly significantly:Barack Obama’s national standing has been significantly damaged by the controversy over his former pastor, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, raising questions for some voters about the Illinois senator’s values, credibility and electability.The erosion of support a
 
McCain - Will he learn the necessary lessons quickly enough?
Many are taking the following quote of John McCain as an indication that one of the primary motivations for Iraq was oil. At the conclusion of a town hall held this morning outside in Denver, McCain decided to toss in a plug for his upcoming energy policy rollout. But in the midst of decrying the dangers of Americans reliance on foreign oil, McCain seemed to suggest
 
Obama - polls, surveys and opinion
Pew takes a look at the Obama image and what has happened since his former reverend came on (and has remained on) the scene:The tightening Democratic race reflects a modest but consistent decline in Obama’s personal image rather than improved impressions of Clinton. Fewer Democrats ascribe positive qualities to Obama than did so a month ago, with white working-class
 
The Wright Effect
And he is having one:In general election polling John McCain now attracts 46% of the vote while Barack Obama earns 43%. Just before Wright had his press conference on Monday, McCain and Obama were even. A week ago, Obama had a two-point edge. McCain is now tied with Hillary Clinton at 44%. A week ago, Mc
 
Naive Foreign Policy of Clinton administration revisited in Indiana
Keith at A Second Hand Conjecture originally brought this story to my attention a few days ago, but, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to give it any attention at the time.But it seems as though there is another story that Hillary probably won’t continue to use on the campaign trail anymore in Indiana. No, not snipers in Indianapolis. Apparently her memory is a li
 
Why these Obama associations continue to be questioned
John M. Murtagh provides a little reminder of what the Weather Underground did routinely when William Ayers and his wife Bernadette Dhorn, were a part of it. You see, his father was targeted by them and his home was bombed:In February 1970, my father, a New York State Supreme Court justice, was presiding over the trial of the so-called “Panther 21,” members of the Black Panther Pa
 
Josh Marshall calls DNC ad "whining"!
Josh Marshall, on the DNC’s new anti-McCain ad..."Completely ... Whining"Josh Marshall also claims it shows..."Completely honest ... Republicans" The above quotes are every bit as reasonable and accurate as the quotes in the commercial that Josh Marshall cites.  
Why did Obama choose Trinity?
Obama has again repudiated the words of Jeremiah Wright, this time in much stronger words that before. But, as usual, the questions about the previous extent of the relationship remain unanswered.Noam Scheiber at TNR’s " 
Factcheck.org: the DNC is lying, they know it, but they don’t care
After years of progressives, Democrats and particularly the Democratic Party claiming to be outraged by deceptive ads and rhetoric from Republicans, the Democratic Party demonstrates that they are not, and never really were, above that sort of thing. Factcheck.org is kind enough not to explicitly call the DNC brazen liars, but that’s what it amounts to. The Democratic National Committee has p
 
Generic v. names - GOP has advantage
Remember the "generic Democrat" and the polls and how well that generic Democrat did?Forty-eight percent (48%) trust Democrats more than Republicans when it comes to the economy while 40% trust the GOP more.Guess what happens when names are inserted?Those numbers are reversed when real names are inserted instead of party labe
 
Is this the left’s "moment of truth"?
James Lewis provides us with the meta-Wright, a product of the left, in an article he entitles "The Moment of Truth for the Left has Arrived":Hate mongers collect injustices. If you and I did that, we could collect an endless laundry list about all the bad things somebody did to us. Maybe we have been hurt by
 
Gas tax rumble a very important indicator
The argument between the presidential candidates over whether to suspend the federal gas tax in a time of high fuel prices provides a window into their thoughts about the role, size and purpose of government. Or said another way, who or what they have the most concern for.John McCain wants to suspend it, at least for the summer, to give consumers, nation wide, a break by lessening the price at the pump, where consumers are most directly impacted. The am
 
The Value of the Extended Democratic Primary
Congressional Quarterly says some Republicans believe the drawn-out Democratic primary campaign is going to hurt Democrats in the general election...When the returns from Pennsylvania’s Democratic presidential primary rolled in last week, they cast a ray of hope into, of all places, the doleful offices of the people plotting this year’s Republican congressional campaign. [...]
 
All you need to know about Jeremiah Wright (update)
He said it in two sentences at the National Press Club:“I do not in any way disagree with James Cone. Jim is a personal friend of mine.”Of course, "Jim" is the founder of the black liberation theology which Jeremiah Wright has embraced as the foundation of the church he pastored for decades.Jeremiah Wright has made that c
 
Obama on FNS
Chris Wallace and Barack Obama sat down today for an interview.The transcript is here. Mixed reviews from the leftosphere. Some liked it, some weren’t at all impressed. Most recognized that Obama was taking the opportunity of an interview on a network considered to be right leaning to distance himself from the far left. He even went after the Daily Kos.
 
An outside assessment is sometimes instructive
Gerard Baker of the UK’s "The Times" takes a look at the Democratic primary and comes away with a little different assessment than we heard among Democrats as this all began:There’s a popular view among Democrats and the media establishment that the reason for the party’s current disarray is that it just happens to have two most
 
Paul Krugman Rationalizes Democratic attacks
Paul Krugman rationalizes...But how negative has the Clinton campaign been, really? Yes, it ran an ad that included Osama bin Laden in a montage of crisis images that also included the Great Depression and Hurricane Katrina. To listen to some pundits, you’d think that ad was practically the same as the famous G.O.P. ad accusing Max Cleland of being weak on national security
 
Dems - still in denial
Phenomenal blame shifting occurring in some places still in denial on the left. Reed Hundt provides a typical example:Clinton did not make a dent in Obama’s lead by her win in Pennsylvania but what has happened is that the republican attack machine has begun the swiftboating in the wake of her negative attacks rightly decried by the New York Times.
 
"He says what he has to say as a politician"
Jeremiah Wright points out that the politician Obama will say whatever he has to say to get where he wants to go:Now, you
 
Just an observation in passing -
I was reading a Joe Klein post the other day and noticed this:Energy: Obama seems either bummed or pissed or exhausted. He could be near death and still be a pretty good speaker, but he’s very much off his game right now. Clinton, by contrast, is on fire—as energetic and passionate as I’ve seen her.This was prior to the vote
 
The three themes from PA
This is the first theme coming out of the Clinton win in PA:Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton scored a decisive victory over Senator Barack Obama on Tuesday in the Pennsylvania primary, giving her candidacy a critical boost as she struggles to raise money and persuade party leaders to let the D
 
PA goes to Clinton
The only thing left to resolve is by how much.For the most part, the exit polling broke down much the same as they have for the previous Dem primaries. Clinton took women, seniors, union households and those without a college degree. In PA she took them at a higher percentage than she usually does.Obama took blacks, the young and urban vote
 
A little election news
As Pennsylvanians go to the polls today, some short shots about what’s going on in the election process.Hillary goes nuclear:"I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran," Clinton said. "In the next 10 years, during which they mi
 
Obama refuses NC debate
Given his performance in the last I can understand why. From the NC Democratic Party:We regret to inform you that the proposed Democratic Presidential Debate scheduled for April 27 has been cancelled due to time constraints and logistical issues associated with such a large, national event.You have shown tremendous passion and interest i
 
Campaign Moments: "moral authority"
Via the always enjoyable Playbook, I see more infighting...On an Obama conference call
 
The "Ayers thing" gathers steam
George Stephanopouls, in an interview with John McCain, asked McCain about Obama’s patriotism, giving McCain an opening to bring up Obama’s relationship with William Ayers, a Weather Underground terrorist:Asked by host George Stephanopoulos whether he has any doubt that Obama shares his sense of patriotism, McCain brought the subject up.“I’m
 
Obama cripples Democratic Message
Apparently getting a bit carried away pandering to the BDS of Democrats, Obama went a bit off message yesterday and is catching some grief over it:"You have a real choice in this election. Either Democrat would be better than John McCain," Obama said to cheers from a rowdy crowd in central Pennsylvania. Then he said: "And all three of us would be better tha
 
Obama Campaign building Oppo Research on critics
Under increased scrutiny for his previous connections to Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers and others, the Barack Obama campaign has decided to fight back. But how they’re fighting back is quite instructive.
 
Redefining "Swiftboating"
Somehow the left redefined it to mean, essentially, a baseless attack - a smear - used to undermine the candidacy of a politician (sort of like the ANG/AWOL thing with Bush). In this case the term comes from the Swiftboats both John Kerry and those who "swiftboated" him served on in Vietnam.As an answer to that, a new book has been published which answers those claims from the left that the attacks on Kerry were untrue smears. "To Set the Record Straigh
 
Focus group of Dems right after the debate
Watch this video ... it is very interesting (especially at the end when the McCain question comes up:(HT:
 
Obama’s debate performance sinks him in the polls (update)
I’m sure our usual moonbat drive-bys will stop in soon to tell us why Gallup is full of beans, but in the meantime, here’s what Gallup has found:A new national poll shows Barack Obama’s once-healthy lead shrinking to a hair’s width, suggesting his defensive performance at the Wednesday debate in Philadelphia may have hurt h
 
Trying to stop the bleeding
It is apparent the DNC trauma team and Dr. Dean are more determined than ever to stop the increased bleeding the primary is inflicting on its eventual candidate as they stumble their way into PA and NC:An increasingly firm Howard Dean told CNN again Thursday that he needs superdelegates to say who they’re for – and “I need them to say who they’re for sta
 
Guilt by association, guilt by choice or both?
One of the more interesting developments in this year’s presidential primary race has been the exposure of Barack Obama’s pastor’s racist and anti-American speech from the pulpit. There is really no argument from Obama that what Jeremiah Wright is seen saying on various YouTube clips are both of those things. The argument has been, what does that mean about Barack Obama?Does that reflect on Obama? Is that "guilt by association" which
 
Debate - A chance to put those questions to rest
Jonah Goldberg sort of hints at what I was feeling last night as I watched this "debate"-:I’m no leftwing blogger, but I can only imagine how furious they must be with the debate so far. Nothing on any issues. Just a lot of box-checking on how the candidates will respond to various Republican talking points come the fall.
 
Obama and Ayres
Question:George STEPHANOPOULOS: A gentleman named William Ayers. He was part of the Weather Underground in the 1970s. They bombed the Pentagon, the Capitol, and other buildings. He’s never apologized for that. And, in fact, on 9/11, he was quoted in the New York Times saying, I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn
 
The "Debate" (update)
Yeah, the quote marks are a intentional. I’m going to take one for the team and watch the "debate" tonight so you don’t have too. But these two are so alike there’s not much, in terms of issues, that’s going to be debated tonight. So, instead of watching what I’d prefer - Braves v Marlins (I’ll put ESPN up in one of my FireFox tabs and check in), I’m going to watch  
Are Democrats ignoring a problem?
From a Reuter’s article today:Darwin McAfee is a white evangelical Protestant who is opposed to abortion and likes the great outdoors.This makes him a prototype Republican. But he’s a registered Democrat who plans to support New York Sen. Hillary Clinton in next week’s crucial Pennsylvania primary."I’m a registered Democrat and I
 
Laugh of the day
I guess this is a little like Al Capone calling a pickpocket a thief:Democratic Rep. John Murtha said Wednesday that Republican Sen. John McCain is too old to be president.Murtha is 75, four years older than McCain. He says they are nearly the same age, and the rigors and stress of running the country is too much for guys their age.Of course M
 
Obama or Chavez?
You tell me:[] moved Tuesday to take a greater cut of windfall oil profits, approving a 50 percent tax on ... oil companies when crude tops $70 a barrel.The tax rate would rise to 60 percent when the average monthly price for benchmark Brent crude exceeded $100, according to the bill approved by []. O
 
Defining Obama
Stephen Bainbridge does it about as well as I’ve seen it done:When I think about Obama, I am reminded of Richard Epstein’s observation that in order to remain politically viable modern socialists no longer advocate direct government ownership of production. Instead, modern socialism operates on two different levels: “At a personal level
 
"Dream candidates" for whom?
Well her short sojourn with the John Edwards’ campaign didn’t work out, but Melissa McEwan has the problems of the Democratic candidates pretty well nailed down if you ask me:What could be better, I wonder, for conservatives than the leftwing having bought into every pernicious lie about Hillary Clinton and every bit of misogynist framing used against her in th
 
Union Elections
Apparently, Unions can’t manage their own internal elections wit
 
The real "audacity of hope" ala McCain
The Hotlinecalls it the quote of the day - I agree. It may take quote of the week:"They’re going to raise your taxes by thousands of dollars per year, and they have the audacity to hope you don’t mind."— John McCain, on WH Dems, mult., 4/15.
 
Hillary Clinton competing with Barack Obama for Most Condescending Comments
There’s been quite a lot of worthwhile commentary (and opinion-gauging) on the condescending ’why won’t you rubes let us buy off you r
 
Obama isn’t a progressive
Or so declares Kate Harding at Shakesville, but in the usual expletive laced tirade by which "true" progressives seem to like to express themselves. Whatever. Got the point Kate. Obama flunks the "true" progressive test.She does turn me on to a Jeralyn at TalkLeft who
 
John McCain - "flip-flopper"
Apparently this is an inherent trait of all Senators. April 7th, Wall Street Journal, a quote from a March 25th speech:In a speech March 25, he said: "It is not the duty of government to bail out and reward those who act irresponsibly, whether they are big banks or small borrowers." He also said that any ass
 
Bill Clinton brain damaged?
Possibly, says one doctor:One of the savviest politicians of our generation, known for his wit, charm, and calm under extreme pressure, Bill Clinton appears out of character in the speeches and interviews televised since his bypass surgery September 6, 2004—and his mental deterioration may be accelerating. Remember, this is the president who withstood public impeachmen
 
Foot shooting time in Indiana (or how to reopen a self-inflicted wound in one easy lesson)
For a guy who is considered by many to be the best politician of a generation, Bill Clinton is sure trying to find ways to make them eat their words.With the dust finally settling over the Tuzla sniper story, who brings it up again, gets it all wrong and looks like a complete idiot doing so?Uh, yeah - Bill Clinton:She took a terrible bea
 
Obama’s "New" politics?
As most who read this blog know, I have very little good to say about the two candidates of the Democratic party. I haven’t a whole lot of use for the Republican one either. In fact, some of his stances on rights and freedoms are simply unacceptable.So McCain will have his day here, trust me. But right now it is Obama I’m trying to figure out and I’ve got to tell you, I’m not buying his "new" politician mantra in the least.
 
Legitimate questions are non-partisan in nature, aren’t they? (update)
Tom Bevan of RealClear Politics, points out this quote in a WSJ article by Clintonite Lanny Davis:When I said on CNN recently that concerns about the Wright-Obama issue were "appropriate" to continue to be discussed, my friend Joe Klein of
 
Wright a former Muslim? OK, I missed that first time through ...
I read this TNR article quite some time back as Obama was beginning to emerge as a very serious candidate. I was interested in the fact that both he and Hillary had a "Saul Alinsky" connection. And it was in this article that I found out why he joined a church in Chicago (to aid his community organizing). What I missed completely, at the time, was a line about Jeremiah Wright th
 
Sen. Jay "Clueless" Rockefeller (update)
To quote Bugs Bunny, "what a maroon":Rockefeller believes McCain has become insensitive to many human issues. "McCain was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. He was long gone when they hit."What happened when they [the missiles] get to the ground? He doesn’t know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issu
 
Really?
I sometimes just shake my head in wonder at the mouthings of politicians:"Foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident." — Barack Obama, on competing with Hillary Clinton and John McCain, "Huffington Post," 4/7.
 
Clinton: Another exaggeration questioned
Pretty soon she’s not going to have anything to talk about:Over the last five weeks, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York has featured in her campaign stump speeches the story of a health care horror: an uninsured pregnant woman who lost her baby and died herself after being den
 
Rules, rules, rules ...
Here’s an interesting little exercise. What if the Democrats, instead of doing the proportional delegate thing, had done the same thing as the Republicans and had a winner-take-all primary system?Well it would be Obama talking about not denying the remainder of the states the c
 
Calvin Broadus Jr. Says Obama receives funding from the KKK
Do I have your attention yet?Heh ... yes, file this under the weird story of the week.Calvin Broadus Jr, of course, is Snoop Dogg, and if you believe the Daily Dish at the SF Chronicle, Calvin is none to impressed with Mr. Obama:He tells the Guardian, "The KKK gave Obama money. They was (sic) one of his biggest supporters ... Why wo
 
Obama advisor recommends leaving large number of troops in Iraq
First Samantha Power, now Colin Kahl:A key adviser to Senator Obama’s campaign is recommending in a confidential paper that America keep between 60,000 and 80,000 troops in Iraq as of late 2010, a plan at odds with the public pledge of the Illinois senator to withdraw combat forces from Iraq within 16 months of taking office.
 
Valuable endorsement or nail in the coffin?
Frankly, if I were Obama, I’m not sure I’d be that thrilled with this endorsement:Jane Fonda, the actress and ardent anti-Vietnam War advocate who visited North Vietnam during those hostilities, has endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president.I’m not one who throws this word around lightly but considering what she did at the t
 
And another story of Hillary’s past emerges
If you thought sniper-gate was bad, check this out.Ed Morrissey has taken a look at a Dan Calabrese column and finds what he reads to be rather damning:Dan Calabrese’s new column on Hillary Clinton’s past may bring the curtain down on her pol
 
Obama campaign funds: "Technically correct" but, a "distinction without a difference" (update)
As with most bloggers it pleases me when I get ahead of the MSM on a story. Apparently the extended Democratic primary and the many ’gotchyas’ it has produced has reporters pouring over political claims that the two Dem candidates have made over the years. Today it is finally dealing with this quote:"I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their d
 
Estrich does a good job of shooting down the Gore nomination scenario
Hey, you have to give the devil her due. As the "Gore, savior of the party" meme goes more mainstream, Susan Estrich throws the cold water of reality on the fantasy.She takes issue with a Joe Klein scenario (something not all that difficult to do in general) and makes a good point. Klein wonders:"Let’s say the elders of the Democratic Party decide, when the p
 
Liberal angst
I see more and more of this sort of disclaimer about one or the other candidates running for the Dem nomination as the days of the primary drag on - this from a blogger at "Liberal Rapture":If I ever reflect on how it is that I went from being a huge fan of Obama’s, to a person who was excited about him and waiting to hear his plans, to wondering
 
McCain, Kerry and the presidential election
Democrats are going to have to eat some words this year in order to make the argument that McCain isn’t the best qualified to be Commander-in-Chief.Of course that came to the fore yesterday when the McCain campaign introduced a 60 second ad which touts his Vietnam and military experience as a part of the whole package. It was introduced only in New Mexic
 
Dem Congressional group attempts to rerun 2006
We know how that turned out as it pertains to Iraq in that election. And that was when Iraq was actually a hot topic.More than three dozen Democratic congressional candidates banded together yesterday to promise that, if elected, they will push for legislation calling for an immediate drawdown of troops in Iraq that would leave only a security
 
Oh please, Mr. Obama ...
Anyone else tired of being treated like an idiot by Obama?In a clip posted by ABC, Obama says: ’Had the reverend not retired, and had he not acknowledged that what he had said had deeply offended people and were inappropriate and mischaracterized what I believe is the greatness of this country — for all its flaws — then I
 
Clinton: Another one bites the dust
That would be the claim that her Bosnia trip was the first trip by a First Lady into a war zone since WWII.The picture is of Pat Nixon in Vietnam (trying to walk into the tail rotor of the helicopter). And, of course, there was the Barbara Bush trip to Saudi Arabia just prior to Desert Storm.Although this might come as a surprise, I’m w
 
Speaking of splits ...
Big buck Clinton supporters try to remind Nancy Pelosi that they’ve paid for a certain outcome in this election and they expect her to act like it:Taking umbrage, a list of big Democratic donors who support the campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., have written a letter to Pelosi (subsequently released to the press) pointing out that "Several states a
 
Dems: Whispering Al Gore’s name
What happens if the Dem deadlock goes all the way to the convention?“If it (the nomination process) goes into the convention, don’t be surprised if someone different is at the top of the ticket,” Mahoney said.A compromise candidate could be someone such as former vice president Al Gore, Mahoney said last week during a meeting with this news organization
 
Catch 22
According to the latest Rasmussen poll:Twenty-two percent (22%) of Democratic voters nationwide say that Hillary Clinton should drop out of the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination. However, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that an identical number—22%
 
Just when Obama thought it was safe to go back to church
Hillary "sniper dodger" Clinton finally comments on the Wright controversy:"He would not have been my pastor," Clinton said. "You don’t choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend."[...]"You know, I spoke out against Don Imus (who was fired from his radio and television shows after making racially insens
 
A Clinton endorsement that seems more appropriate for McCain
Or at least that’s how it struck me:Former Kentucky Governor Julian Carroll announced he’s backing Clinton in the Democratic primary for president. Carroll announced his choice in the state capital before an event featuring Bill Clinton, who makes his first visit to the Bluegrass State today. Carroll said he has known the Clintons since 1974, w
 
Is there an argument for a Clinton nomination?
Peter Daou, Hillary Clinton’s "Internet Director" uses the Huff Po as a platform to argue that three myths circulating about the primary are untrue.First he takes issue with the ’myth’ that Obama is running a "positive" campaign and is the candidate to ’unite’ and instead describes the "full assault" on Clinton’s c
 
Sometimes Video is the best arbiter (update)
Because, it seems, political memories are sometimes very deficient:She’s not the only one - check all their stories
 
Assorted election news
Bill Richardson gives us the ultimate "I love ’em, but...":"I am very loyal to the Clintons. I served under President Clinton. But I served well. And I served the country well. And he gave me that opportunity," Richardson told "Fox News Sunday.""But you know ... it shouldn’t just be Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton," he said.Well there you go - t
 
Blast from the past: Obama and "quiet riots"
You know, perhaps we should have payed a little more attention along the way as Barack Obama was speaking in certain venues. This from an article written in June of last year is particularly interesting and revealing:Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Tuesday that the Bush administration has done nothing to defuse a "quiet riot" among blacks that
 
Divisive? Nah, this primary is strengthening the Dems ...
Or so the story goes as Democrats whistle while passing the graveyard. The latest examples of how this primary season is strengthening the party.James Carville on the Richardson endorsement of Obama:“Mr. Richardson’s endorsement came right around the anniversary of the day when Judas sold out for 30 pieces of silver, so I think the timing is appropr
 
Cone, Wright, Trinity UCC and black liberation theology
Per McClatchey, some of what black liberation theology teaches is:Jesus is black. Merging Marxism with Christian Gospel may show the way to a better tomorrow. The white church in America is the Antichrist because it supported slavery and segregation.Now, I don’t care what color you make Jesus. If you’re happy imagining him as black, white or burnt orange g
 
Dem Primary: How divisive is it?
Well, if you believe the latest Franklin & Marshall poll (pdf), pretty divisive. Like 20% divisive if PA is any indication:As Democratic Senators Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Clinton of New York slug it out for the nomination, many of their supporters &
 
Obama and the first law of holes
As in he needs to heed it:610 WIP host Angelo Cataldi asked Obama about his Tuesday morning speech on race at the National Constitution Center in which he referenced his own white grandmother and her prejudice. Obama told Cataldi that "The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity, but that she is a typical white person. If sh
 
Obama: Speech vs. Video (update)
I quoted Thomas Sowell’s analysis of the Obama speech yesterday. A key point was this:Someone once said that a con man’s job is not to convince skeptics but to enable people to continue to believe what they already want to believe.Accordingly, Obama’s Philadelphia speech - a theatrical masterpiece - will probably reassure most Democrats and some other Ob
 
Clinton’s NAFTA bomb
Hillary Clinton’s calendar as first lady, some 17,000 pages, were released today. One little gem, or bomb, depending on how you view it, that showed up is this:11:30 am -11:45 amNAFTA BRIEFING DROP-BYRoom 450, OEOBCLOSED PRESSPARTICIPANTS: Approx 120 expected to attend(See briefing book for further info)
 
Here’s some more of Obama’s "real change"
Believe as I say:“I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. I have done more than any other candidate in this race to take on lobbyists — and won. They have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president.” — Bara
 
Sowell on the Obama speech (update)
A pretty damning analysis:Someone once said that a con man’s job is not to convince skeptics but to enable people to continue to believe what they already want to believe.Accordingly, Obama’s Philadelphia speech — a theatrical masterpiece — will probably reassure most Democrats and some other Obama supporters. They will undoubtedly say
 
Dumb Republicans
While Ron Paul never showed much strength in actual primaries, there was no question that he, much like Obama, had energized a good number of people, many of them new voters, to become part of his campaign and the process in general. Now, per the Washington Times, Paul claims his base is getting the cold shoulder
 
McCain: AQ training in Iran, er, I mean "extremists" (update)
A McCain gaffe while on the road in Iraq:McCain, expressing concern about Iran’s rising sway in the Mideast, said, "Al-Qaida is going back into Iran and is receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran." He made the comments Tuesday at a news conference in Jordan; he made similar comments earlier to radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt.[...]
 
Poll: Obama’s lead evaporates (update)
A Reuters/Zogby poll shows Obama slipping in the polls. His 14 point lead against Hillary Clinton has dropped to 3 points (47-44, within the margin of error) and his numbers against John McCain have reversed."The last couple of weeks have taken a toll on Obama and in a general election match-up, on both Democrats," said
 
The Quality of Obama’s Character
Caroline Glick nails it.
 
Obama speech: Mixed bag (updated)
Essentially this will satisfy those who are pro-Obama and not satisfy those who are not for Obama (that would include me, but for reasons ideological, not race.). My question is, how will the big middle, the great undecided, see it?So, to the speech. I was immediately turned off by this:I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Reverend Wright that have ca
 
Obama’s "Mitt Romney" speech (updated)
According to Ben Smith at Politico, he plans to address race in this campaign:Barack Obama will give a major speech on "the larger issue of race in this campaign," he told reporters in Monaca, PA just now.He was pressed there, as he has been at recent appearances, on statements by his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright."I
 
Could Nader actually be a factor in November?
Conventional wisdom seems to believe that a Nader candidacy would only pull a very paltry vote, mainly because of the attractiveness of the Democratic candidates, somewhere around 1%. But a new Zogby poll throws a little cold water on that small percentage:Ralph Nader’s just-starting presidential campaign is bragging today about a poll
 
Obama: I’ve never heard Rev. Wright speak like that - well, ok, except that time ..." (Updated)
You remember this from Obama’s Huffington Post piece, I’m sure:The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation.And you may  
The "Okey-Dokey"
You’ve all heard the famous Obama line where he’s referring to Hillary Clinton and her campaign and claiming they’re trying to put one over on everyone?"You all know the okey-dokey, when someone’s trying to bamboozle you, when they’re trying to hoodwink you?"More and more people are beginning to examine the Obama background and becoming convinced that perhaps the "okey-dokey" is being run out of his campaign, not
 
Obama: The "Wright" move? (updated)
Interesting that Obama has chosen to distance himself from his controversial pastor via a blog - namely the Huffington Post. And during a favorite dead time for politicians who want to dump a story - a Friday afternoon with the entire weekend in front of us.You can read the post here. It is fairly straight forward and specific, but it probably is
 
Obama Earmark Disclosure
Obama has released his earmarks, revealing more than a few conflict of interest problems. Another amusi
 
No wonder Michelle Obama has never been proud of her country
Spend 20 years listening to this each Sunday and it’s understandable:"We’ve got more black men in prison than there are in college," he began. "Racism is alive and well. Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run. No black man will ever be considered for president, no matter how hard you run Jesse [Jackson] and no black woman can ever be considered for anything outside what she can give with her body."
 
Obama: Business as usual
To give a perfect example of the points Jon was making about earmarks and their ability to corrupt or do favors, consider this. Barack Obama got an earmark through for a million dollars which went to the University of Chicago Hospitals:Here’s one highlight: Obama sought money for the University of Chicago Hospitals. Wife Michelle works for the Univ
 
Hillary Clinton Factcheck.org’d
Hillary Clinton doesn’t come out of Factcheck.org looking very good...[T]he public record of her actions shows that many of Clinton’s foreign policy claims are exaggerated. Clinton claims to have "negotiated open borders" in Macedonia to fleeing Kosovar refugees. But the Macedonian border opened a full day before she arrived, and her meetings with Macedonian of
 
How healthy for Dems is the continued Dem Primary?
As mentioned previously there are two schools of thought on this. One says that it helps the Dems by sharpening and toughening up their candidates and prepares and better equips them to wage political war in the general election against the nasty, vicious and heartless Republicans.The other says it is divisive and may end up being polarizing, weakening the eventual nominee by alienating the loser’s supporters.If you believe this, it is
 
Obama Wins MS
Not that this comes as a surprise, but I’m going to go out on a limb and call the Mississippi Democratic Primary before the networks do.The exit polls show that 61% of men and 57% of women voted for Obama. That comes out to about 57%.I think that’s pretty much a lock.
 
Pelosi: Dream Ticket impossible
Via Politico complete with wishful slip:"I think that the Clinton administration (sic) has fairly ruled that out by proclaiming that Senator McCain would be a better Commander in Chief than Obama. I think that either way is impossible," she said.She apparently said that on a Boston TV station today. Of course, to date, Pelosi has been right about so
 
More holes in Hillary’s foreign policy experience
And some funny stuff too. Remember this:In her Iowa stump speech, Clinton ... said, "We used to say in the White House that if a place is too dangerous, too small or too poor, send the First Lady."And this:Clinton, during a late December campaign appearance in Iowa, described a hair-raising corkscrew landing in war-torn Bo
 
Fem Fight - so much for "Sisterhood"
Geraldine Ferraro is sure it is all a matter of latent sexism:"I think what America feels about a woman becoming president takes a very secondary place to Obama’s campaign - to a kind of campaign that it would be hard for anyone to run against," she said. "For one thing, you have the press, which has been uniquely hard on her. It’s been a very sexist media. Some ju
 
Obama? Not qualified to be VP (UPDATE)
Or so says Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson:After several days of Bill and Hillary Clinton floating the idea of a joint ticket with rival Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton chief spokesman Howard Wolfson declared Monday that Clinton does not consider Obama qualified to be vice president.[...]“We do not believe at
 
Obama aide: give immunity to telecoms
I only bring this up because it again points to a seemingly well-run campaign machine suddenly suffering a number of self-inflicted "inconsistent message" wounds.First Goolsbee and the NAFTA gaff. Then Rice and the "not prepared for the 3am call" line. Yesterday Samantha Powers not only calls Hillary Clinton a "monster", but more importantly,  
Hillary’s experience? Ireland says, not here
Finally some examination and some information about this vast experience Hillary Clinton claims - like helping to bring peace to Northern Ireland:Hillary Clinton had no direct role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland and is a "wee bit silly" for exaggerating the part she played, according to Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey, the Nobel Peace Prize winner
 
Florida "do-over": a fiasco in the making?
Of all the options I’ve heard for allowing Florida Democratic primary voters to re-do their primary, this may rank right up there with the worst:Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson tells NEWSWEEK he has spoken to the Florida Democratic Party about launching a soft-money fund-raising campaign for the benefit of a new mail-in primary, which would supercede the controversial Jan. 29 vote.
 
Clinton, Canada, NAFTA and the Obama campaign
This morning, after the resignation of Samantha Power, the Obama campaign held a conference call in which David Plouffe challenged reporters to check out whether or not the Clinton campaign had contacted the Candians and said she wasn’t serious about her NAFTA rhetoric as he had heard.You can hear the call here.Most would call that a classic case of am
 
The Democratic Convention Conflagration
If a prominent Republican pundit acknowledged being privy to information about plans for riots and violence at the Republican Convention, I would think it would get some front-page attention.So shouldn’t some enterprising reporters - and perhaps some Secret Service or other security organizations - be looking into the things Rich Perlstein is hearing: <
 
The Emergence of "McCranky"?
A lot of buzz about this video saying it shows John McCain throwing a bit of a temper tantrum.Eh.Maybe its just me but if this is as heated as he gets on the campaign trail with reporters I’ll be disappointed: 
Samantha "Monster" Power resigns from Obama campaign
That was quick:With deep regret, I am resigning from my role as an advisor [to] the Obama campaign effective today. Last Monday, I made inexcusable remarks that are at marked variance from my oft-stated admiration for Senator Clinton and from the spirit, tenor, and purpose of the Obama campaign. And I extend my deepest apologies to Senator Clinton, Senator Obama, and
 
Does the left really want to travel this road?
Matt Yglesais starts a post about John Hagee, who recently endorsed John McCain, like this:John Hagee has some odd ideas about Jews that, as a Jewish person, make me uncomfortable. Jews, as most people know, have suffered a lot of persecution over the years. He then goes on to talk about Hagee’s anti-semitism and it’s possible ef
 
Political fund raising - here’s a twist
While both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have raised vastly more money than John McCain, the RNC has raised much more money than the DNC, and that could become a critical factor in the general election.Why? Because:Such party money can play a vital role in presidential campa
 
Obama campaign: blood in the water?
First we had NAFTA-gate where a senior advisor to Barack Obama is accused of telling the Canadians that Obama’s anti-NAFTA rhetoric was political positioning which shouldn’t be taken seriously.Then Susan R
 
Bill Clinton blocks pardons document release
Not that his refusal to do so should come as any surprise to anyone who has paid even passing attention to the Clintons over the years:Federal archivists at the Clinton Presidential Library are blocking the release of hundreds of pages of White House papers on pardons that the former president approved, including clemency for fugitive commodities trade
 
The "Experience Factor" - here’s an answer
And the answer to a number of right-wing fantasies as well:IF AL GORE can pull himself away from saving the planet long enough, he might want to consider rescuing the Demo cratic Party from the clutches of utter self-destruction.[...] That leaves Al Gore as the only person with the experience to answer the red ph
 
Florida and Michigan
Howard Dean, chairman of the DNC, was rather clear and emphatic about how the delegates from FL and MI may be seated at this year’s Democratic convention:"We’re glad to hear that the Governors of Michigan and Florida are willing to lend their weight to help resolve this issue. As we’ve said all along, we strongly encourage t
 
Delegate cost - in case you were wondering
Caught this little factoid on one of the news shows last night and jotted it down - the cost of delegates so far using just the amount paid for TV ads:Obama - $33,781 eachClinton - $25,838 eachMcCain - $9,289 eachIn comparison, McCain has been downright frugal. It also, for whatever reason, reminds of the probable difference between their spending programs should each of them be elected president.
 
Does Obama now believe negativity pays?
Senator Clinton certainly does and you can expect to see more red phones, more messiah talk and more lack of experience rhetoric.So, Obama is at a cross-road. Does he attempt to remain above the fray, take the high road and spend the rest of the campaign on the defensive? Or does he take off the gloves, j
 
Obama: Can’t close the deal
Politics is perception, and while it is true that the delegate math still favors Barack Obama, the perception developing is he can’t, for whatever reason, close the nomination deal.Going into Texas and Ohio, he had the momentum of 11 straight wins and he outspent Hillary Clinton 2 to 1, yet still lost those two critical races. At a minimum that freezes the Super Delegate endorsements, at least for a while. But it also raises questions about Obama&
 
McCain to receive Bush’s endorsement
Bush will meet McCain for lunch and officially back his nomination: President Bush, who has refrained from a role in his party’s presidential campaign until now, plans to welcome Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the party’s putative 2008 nominee, to the White House tomorrow.Bush’s backing is a double-edged sword
 
Hillary Takes Texas?
As I mentioned in the previous post, exit polling for the TX primary shows a 50-50 split between Clinton and Obama. So far tonight, the numbers are very close to that. BUT, that’s just the primary. Tonight is also caucus night in Texas, and of the state’s 228 delegates, 67 of them will be decided in the caucuses, which are starting to wrap up. So, we could very well see Clinton eke out a narrow victory in the primary, and
 
WooHooo - Hillary takes Ohio (updated) and Texas too!
And she’s now leading in Texas (at 11pm).Oh, and McCain wrapped it up for the Republicans and Huckabee dropped out.Now I’m sure you’re thinking I’ve been in the beer or noting
 
More "Silly Season" stuff
I’m telling you, if you’re in Texas or Ohio and you’re a Republican, you need to be voting for Hillary today. Where else are we going to get this sort of fun among Democrats? Dale sends me a link to the following:A controversia
 
Quote of the Day
Hillary Clinton provides it via Andrew Malcolm:"I think that I have a lifetime of experience that I will bring to the White House. Sen. John McCain has a lifetime of experience that he’d bring to the White House. And Sen. Obama has a speech he gave in 2002."Wow.So - does it seem that perhaps the Democratic nomination process is
 
What it takes to be Commander-in-Chief
Jon touched on what Wesley Clark finds as inadequate experience to be Commander-in-Chief. Unsurprisingly, the person who best fits that description happens to be John McCain.However, here’s what Clark finds to be a perfect resume for taking over as CiC (at least for this presidential go-round):Mr. Clark s
 
Obama staffer says he was misquoted (update x 2)
First there was the story. Then the denial of the story. Then CTV’s avowal to stand by the story. Then the non-denial denial. Now that a memo has come out which details a discussion between an Obama staffer and Canadian governmental officials about NAFTA, it is down to arguing over implications.So, let’s clear the air. An Obama staffer did talk to Canadian governmental officials about NAFTA after a flat denial. And Canadian governmental
 
Wes Clark and John McCain
Wes Clark is suddenly down on the relevance of (some) military service for the Office of President. In the national security business, the question is, do you have — when you have served in uniform, do you really have the relevant experience for making the decisions at the top that have to be made? Everybody admires John McCain’s service as a fighter
 
How to keep Hillary in the game ...
I think the Republicans realize that keeping Hillary in the game - the primaries - is important to wearing the eventual winner - Obama - down and making him vulnerable. It keeps the charges and counter-charges flying and it opens avenues of attack that a Republican might not exploit originally, but will gladly follow if a Democrat first uses it.But if she lose
 
Sometimes you can just over-analyze something
And that seems to be the case with a bunch of feminists who got together to discuss Hillary, Barack, progressive politics and the state of feminism for The Nation. First noting that while they were "diverse" they were all "progressive" (yay for that), they all wondered why it was that the selection process for the Democrats was in such a state. Typically, they define the problem in
 
Michelle Obama - do as I say ...
Byron York at NRO brings us an interesting bit of advice from Michelle Obama given in Zanesville, OH.First some background:According to the U.S. Census, Muskingum County, where Zanesville is located, had a median household income of $37,192 in 2004, below both the Ohio and national averages. Just 12.2 percent of adults in
 
Most Recent Numbers
Here’s the current polling averages from RCP:REAL CLEAR POLITICS ELECTION 2008DemocratsObamaClinton
 
Politics of fear - Hillary’s "Daisy" ad
Yes, Hillary Clinton has finally had to resort to an old technique which has had mixed results, but when you’re about to crash and burn, you’re likely to try just about anything to stay aloft. Take a look here. George Stephanopolus calls it "the nuclear option"
 
NAFTA - Do Democrats really want to mess with that treaty? (Update)
Good question. There sure is a lot of populist rhetoric about "opting out" between the two nominees of the Democratic party about doing so. But considering the real consequences, it seems it might be a rather dumb move. And, as Investors Business Daily notes, don’t believe that either Canada or Mexico aren’t paying attention:On Thursday, Can
 
Rats. Ship. Sinking
The USS Hillary Clinton is going down, the rats are beginning to jump, and the Captain they blame for their demise, the guy who never saw the iceberg named Obama, is named Mark Penn. Harold Ickes (whose last name has always appropriately described my feelings about him):Harold Ickes definitely doesn’t buy the argument that Mark Penn isn’t responsible for everything that has happened
 
Obama: Politics as usual (updated) or not
Or "don’t take this seriously, it’s something I have to say on the campaign trail to gather the votes I need for office". Yeah, that’s new.Barack Obama has ratcheted up his attacks on NAFTA, but a senior member of his campaign team told a Canadian official not to take his criticisms seriously, CTV News has le
 
Rhetoric: The Obama Method
Stephan Hayes does an interesting job of dissecting how Obama is seemingly able to rhetorically offer "doctrinaire liberal positions in a way that avoids the stridency of many recent Democratic candidates." I think he’s on to something.For instance gun rights:His rhetorical gimmick is simple. When he addresses a contentious issue, Mr.
 
Meanwhile, back at the "special interests" argument
We’re still assured that the Obama campaign is not beholden to them ... at all:Both Democratic presidential candidates, who promise to curb the influence of corporate lobbyists in Washington, helped enact narrowly tailored tax breaks sought by major campaign contributors.Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has acc
 
McCain: OK let’s give him credit ...
But not too much credit. A not unexpected response from the leftosphere concerning McCain’s repudiation of talk show host Bill Cunningham’s repeated use of Obama’s middle name during a campaign event in Ohio:Don’t get me wrong; I don’t want to sound ungrateful about yesterday. Cunningham was being a jerk at an official campaign event, and McCain did the
 
The Debate last night
Leave it to me to end up staying in a hotel that didn’t carry MSNBC last night (which on most nights isn’t a problem at all since I rarely watch it). So I missed the debate. But reading through the transcript right now I found this little nugget from Sen. Clinton about her mandated health care:And what I find regrettable is that in Senato
 
Polls, polls, everywhere there are polls
And if we’ve learned anything about them in this primary season it is to pay scant attention to them this far out.For instance, and NYT/CBS poll says in an Obama/McCain race, Obama wins.But an LA Times/Bloomberg polls says in the same head-t
 
Leon Panetta: Clinton Campaign had no plan
Dale and I have mentioned it on podcasts, you’ve seen it in articles and now Leon Panetta, a respected former Clinton White House chief of staff has confirmed it: the Clinton campaign expected a cake-walk nomination process which would be over by Super Tuesday.Beyond that, apparently, they had no plan. Now Panetta gives various reasons why this is so (chief amo
 
Clinton as VP: Trial Balloon?
Is McAuliffe putting this out there to see if the Obama camp is receptive to the idea?The national chairman of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign says she could end up on the same ticket with rival Barack Obama.Terry McAuliffe told a business group in Madison on Tuesday it ‘‘sure is’’ possible the former first lady and the Illinois
 
Can we afford the Dems "fiscal responsibility"?
We hear the term "fiscal responsibility" mentioned a lot by the current Democratic candidates and additionally they’re not shy about claiming this administration has been anything but fiscally responsible. I find it hard to argue with their latter point:In 2009, when the next president takes office, the government is expected to spend $400 billion more than it takes in, adding to a national debt that tops $9 trillion. Given that bit of
 
Clinton, Drudge and blame shifting
It is sometimes fun to wander through the fever swamps on the left to see what has their briefs in a bunch today. And for some, it seems, it’s that nasty old Drudge and his muckraking slander which has a certain portion of that part of the sphere grinding their teeth. Jerome Armstrong of My DD leads the collective charge:Wow, how does it feel now for some bloggers, h
 
Clinton fall all the media’s fault
Of course we knew it couldn’t be the fault of Hillary or Bill or their well-oiled campaign machine, didn’t we? Ed Rendell tells us how that all works:Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) said Monday that the media’s pro-Obama (or anti-Clinton) bias explains in part why Barack Obama is portrayed as running away with the Democratic pre
 
Bill Clinton: Still selling snake oil
In response to an apparent Obama flier about HRC’s health care plan mandates making the rounds in Ohio, Bill Clinton had this to say:"Regardless, you will never be asked to pay more than a certain low percentage of your income. So it is not true, it is not true — notwithstanding that mailer that Hillary’s opponent sent to tens of thousands of
 
How do you define "special interests" and "lobbyist"?
Mr. Obama is sure to again remind us that he’s not beholden to special interests or corporate lobbyists and they aren’t running his campaign.But, as Marc Ambinder’s points out, that all depends on what you include under the umbrella of "special interest" or "lobbyist" doesn’t it? Obviously the SEIU isn’t a "corp
 
The "Silly Season in Politics" - want an example?
Below I talked about the risk for Republicans about attacking Barack Obama on anything other than the issues.If you’d like an instant example of that sort of stupidity, check this out, coming from an increasingly desparate Clinton campaign: 
Frankly, I find this funny as can be
But then I have a weird sense of humor:Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean announced Sunday that his organization will file a complaint on Monday with the Federal Election Commission, asking them to investigate whether Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain is breaking the law by reversing his decision to use public funding for his presidential campa
 
A warning to the right - stick with the issues
Rick Moran, at RightWing Nuthouse, points out that the way to go after Barack Obama has nothing to do with him being "a closet muslim" as the emails circulating on the net constantly claim. And it is a strategic mistake to go down that road. That’s been a familiar refrain from Kevin Whalen at
 
What good is experience when the result is mismanagement?
Frank Rich, in his typical brutal way, takes aim at Hillary Clinton and, for the record, using a very apt and ironic analogy for her campaign - the Iraq War.When people one day look back at the remarkable implosion of the Hillary Clinton campaign, they may notice that it both began and ended in the long dark sha
 
Huckabee’s Thinking
For the past few weeks, Bruce and I have been asking what it is that Mike Huckabee thinks he is accomplishing by staying in the Republican nomination race. Well,now we know.In an interview with 1200 WOAI news during his swing through Texas, longshot Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee outlined a strategy which has him not w
 
Taking a little bloom off the Obama rose
Who said:"I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. I have done more than any other candidate in this race to take on lobbyists - and won. They have not funded my campaign, they will not get a job in my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president."B
 
Of Captains and rifle platoons (update)
In last night’s debate, Barack Obama, apparently wanting to get in the swing of sounding like the Commander-in-Chief, threw this little beauty out there:You know, I’ve heard from an Army captain who was the head of a rifle platoon—supposed to have 39 men in a rifle platoon. Ended up being sent to Afghanistan with 24 because 15
 
Clinton: Meanwhile, back in the real world of politics
Hillary Clinton, despite saying last night that the delegate issue "would work itself out" apparently isn’t going to leave it to mere chance according to an interview with Texas Monthly:Evan Smith: There’s been a lot of talk about what your campaign would do should it get to the convention. Would you commit today to honoring the agreement made earlier
 
Rep. Shadegg to run for re-election
Many of us at QandO have been supportive of John Shadegg in the past, pa
 
Short version of the upcoming presidential campaigns
 
Liveblogging the Democratic Debate
Live, from Austin Texas, it’s the Hill and Barry show.Huge ovations for both of the candidates as they enter. Okay, the photo op is over and we begin the fun. CNN’s Campbell Brown says there are no hard and fast rules, just a conversation. Yeah, we’ll see.8:06 - Hillary waxes nostalgic about her first political job registering voters in so
 
The Clinton "blueprint" for winning the nomination
Chris Cillizza has laid out the "Clinton Blueprint" for winning the nomination as it was relayed on a conference call by senior advisers Howard Wolfson, Mark Penn and Harold Ickes.First the premise:1. Neither candidate will emerge from the primary fight with the 2,025 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.That of course is pretty o
 
McCain: Innuendo or fact? (update)
And does it matter?The hot story for the day, at least among the chatterati, is the NY Times story which claims, sort of, kind of, that John McCain had an affair with a lobbyist (Vicki Iseman). Of course the supposed affair is denied by both parties and, to make it an even less relevant st
 
New Clinton Website argues for seating MI and FL delegates
Thinly disguised as a website to deal with the facts and myths about the race for delegates among Democratic nominees, the Pro-Clinton "Delegate Hub" argues for the seating of the Michigan and Florida delegations:FACT: Florida and Michigan should count, both in the interest of fundamental fairness and honoring the spirit of the Democrats’ 50-state strategy.An important part of the de
 
Is it the economy, stupid? Or ’extremism’?
EJ Dionne suggests a strategy Democrats may want to use on John McCain. He bases it on a statement McCain has repeatedly made:But one of John McCain’s favorite lines—his declaration that "the transcendent challenge of the 21st century is radical Islamic extremists," or, as he sometimes says it, "extremism"—could define the 2008 election.
 
Looking down the road to November
Rasmussen has a first look at how the November election shapes up at this juncture. As you’ll be able to see, the Republicans really have their work cut out for them:The Rasmussen Reports Balance of Power Calculator currently projects 154 Electoral Votes as “Safely Democratic,” 94 Electoral
 
By the way...
Barack Obama is currently winning the Hawaii Democratic Primary by 77% to 22%. No surprise there.That Clinton Firewall in TX and OH better be really...firewally.
 
Hillary Clinton worked the "night shift?"
This is hilarious:“You pour coffee, fix hair, you work the night shift at the local hospital,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot, ‘Night Shift,’ over footage of workers on the job.“You’re often overworked, underpaid, and sometimes overlooked. But not by everyone. One candidate has put forth an American famil
 
How oily can you get?
Hillary Clinton didn’t think she needed Texas way back in January when she thought all of this would be over by Super Tuesday and she’d be the presumptive nominee:I’ll tell you what. In my inaugural speech, I’m going to serve notice on the oil companies and on the oil producing countries: that we are not going to be taken advantage of any longer, that we ar
 
Sometimes a little duct tape is in order
Or better yet, sometimes it’s just better to have no opinion about a subject:A co-chairman of Hillary’s Michigan campaign and has a line that’s sure to drive a whole bunch of red state governors up the wall:"Superdelegates are not second-class delegates," says Joel Ferguson, who will be a superdelegate if Michigan is seated. "Th
 
The Republican plan to take on Obama
Yes, Republicans have developed a five point strategy they think will help them defeat Obama should he be the nominee:The first called for pointing out what the GOP views as a seeming incongruity between Obama and the mantle of commander in chief.The greatest point here is his lack of experience, of course, and the fact he has no military background. If Iraq is go
 
To the DNC : Fair Warning (updated)
I know we’re hearing Democratic leaders saying that this will all work out to everyone’s satisfaction. Soothing words are nice, but they seem detached from reality. There is a very good chance that the Democratic nominee will not be evident by the time of the convention (i.e. have enough votes to declare victory). That will mean that whoever is ahead, even if by one state delegate vote, will declare themselves victor. And  
Is Clinton’s Firewall...Firewalling?
Hillary Clinton’s strategy of making Ohio and Texas her "firewall" states may be working out. The RCP polling averages for the upcoming primaries are given below.REAL CLEAR POLITICS ELECTION 2008Primary
 
Politics and Pop Culture
Isaac Chotiner says the Hillary Clinton campaign is "just unlucky in having to face a unique political talent (surrounded by a very deft team) at his precise political moment." Ezra Klein concurs, adding, "Clinton’s problems were
 
From here the Clintons seem to be doing business as usual
Ezra Klein has his boxers in a bunch over the Clinton campaign’s declaration that it plans to get whatever delegates it needs to win by any means necessary.This demonstrates not only a gross ruthlessness on the part of Clinton’s campaign, but an astonishingly cavalier attitude towards the preservation of the progressi
 
Buy your Super Delegate right over here!
Wow, this seems, well, not quite right. But it is also not surprising:At this summer’s Democratic National Convention, nearly 800 members of Congress, state governors and Democratic Party leaders could be the tiebreakers in the intense contest between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. If neither candidate can earn the support of at least 2,025 delegates in the primary voting proc
 
Clinton: Words and Deeds
How many times have you heard Hillary Clinton talk about "fiscal responsibility" and the need to move back toward a "balanced budget and surpluses"?Why here it is, found on her campaign website:Return to fiscal responsibility. After six and a half year of President Bush’s fiscal irresponsibility, Hillary wants America to regain control of its de
 
The Enthusiasm Gap
If Republicans haven’t become aware of this yet, with all the primaries that have been completed, they’re hiding their heads in the sand.There is a definite "enthusiasm gap" in this election season and the Democrats are on the high side of it. It has been quite a while since I have seen the left so energized by an election or so captivated by their candidates. Among Republicans, it’s obvious that’s not rally the case with their p
 
Super Delegates - Seemingly Clinton’s only chance
And, as expected, she’ll do whatever it takes to corral enough of them if you believe her spokesman:But Clinton will not concede the race to Obama if he wins a greater number of pledged delegates by the end of the primary season, and will count on the 796 elected officials and party bigwigs to put her over the top, if necessary, said Clin
 
The Quadrennial Running of the Potomac Stakes
Race those horsies! Race them! And, as we move into the backstretch, the numbers look like this, from Real Clear Politics:REAL CLEAR POLITICS ELECTION 2008Democrats
 
McCain votes against banning waterboarding
After pounding the podium on more than one occasion saying waterboarding is torture we have this:Congress on Wednesday moved to prohibit the CIA from using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods on terror suspects, despite President Bush’s threat to veto any measure that limits the agency’s interrogation techniques.[...]<
 
Racism, sexism and Jews, oh my ...
This is one of the most fascinating election seasons I’ve witnessed in my lifetime. And one of the more interesting elements of it all has been the claims of racism and sexism within the Democratic primaries and among Democrats themselves.Democrats love to pretend that the only racists or sexists to be found in the world live on the right. If you don’t believe me, ask  
On Being a Winner
There’s really one simple and effective way for people to think of you as a winner. That is to win, and keep on winning. The converse is also true. One sure way to look like a loser is to lose, and to keep on losing. Right now, Barack Obama looks like a winner, and Hillary Clinton looks like a loser. And if Wisconsin and Hawaii go the way everyone thinks next Tuesday, that’ll be even more true.General George S. Patton, in his  
Obama, Exxon Mobil, economics and populism
From Barack Obama’s victory speech last night, this line struck me as scary:I know that it won’t be easy to change our energy policy. Exxon Mobil made $11 billion last quarter. They don’t want to give those profits up easily.It really tells you where he’s coming from, because he is only telling part of the story. The part that appeals to his audience - that appeals to populism. Yes, Exxon Mobil made $11 bil
 
Liveblogging the Potomac Primaries
Bang: 7pm, polls closed and Obama is declared the winner in VA.However, the Republican race, which is supposed to be over, is too close to call - you see, conservatives are not voting for John McCain.Fox is saying Obama got 90% of the black vote and split the white vote. It wasn’t clear whether that is true of only VA or for all three primaries.Maryland: the vote is going to be extended for 90 more minutes (until 9:30
 
More Rep Veepstakes
John Hawkins at Right Wing News does his version of the Republican Veepstakes. He ends up with a short list of Marsha Blackburn, Tim Pawlenty, and Jim DeMint.
 
Democrats, race and Maryland
Susan Estrich made a bit of a splash when she addressed the topic of race and Democrats, ala the primaries. She noted that while polling, such as that in New Hampshire, predicted an Obama win, it didn’t happen. And then there was California:But, the fact is that there is a long pattern of what we in California call the "Bradley problem"
 
The Dem Texas "Primary"
Hillary Clinton is basing the success of her primary campaign on the primaries in Texas and Ohio. But the Texas primary is, as you might expect, a bird of a different color (and why shouldn’t it be - it’s Texas for heaven sake). First, it is actually 32 separate elections:Texas will send a total of 228 delegates to the Democratic National Conventio
 
McCain - you have to love the irony if nothing else
Mr. Campaign Finance Reform who wants to get the money out of the election process:Sen. John McCain, a passionate advocate of limits on campaign finances, is turning down government matching funds for the primary to free him to spend more money as he prepares for a general election contest.Sweet.
 
Obamamentum Continues
If the polls are to be believed, tomorrow is shaping up as another bloodbath for Clinton in the Potomac Primaries. The RCP average of poll results show’s Obama with a 18.7% lead in Virginia and an 22.3% lead in Maryland.
 
Krugman in "Nixonland" "Clintonland"
Paul Krugman uses a 1956 Adlai Stevenson quote about Richard Nixon’s campaign style to go after Barack Obama and his followers in an op/ed piece entitled "Hate Springs Eternal".If you’re wondering, Stevenson was decrying what he perceived as negative campaigning and warning against it:
 
Maine Dem Caucus
Well, it’s more bad news for Hillary Clinton today in Maine. With 56% of the caucuses finished, the current total is:Obama: 57%Clinton: 42%Uncommitted: 1%I expect the bad news will continue on Tuesday, when VA, MD, and DC hold primaries. Clinton could win VA, but I expect that DC and MD will go to Obama. Frankly, I think VA will, too, but Clinton has a shot there.Of course, she was supposed to have a shot in Ma
 
The ubiquitous "they"
Yes, the all knowing, all seeing and all-powerful "they" would murder Obama if he was to become president. That, at least, to Brit and apparent expert on the US and its culture, Doris Lessing:If Barack Obama becomes the next US president he will surely be assassinated, British Nobel literature laureate Doris Lessin
 
Yup - more on the Super Delegates [update]
This gets more and more interesting by the day. Super Delegates - the Democratic Party’s manner of controlling the primary process while giving lip-service to "democracy" and the "power of the vote" - is about to get a significant test.And it is shaping up to be a new form of the same old power politics:Seeing a g
 
Looking at the Delegates
Barack Obama has broken Hillary Clinton’s lead in the delegate count for the nomination. Or, at least, in one of the delegate counts. Observe:Barack ObamaPledged: 908Superdelegates: 131Total: 1,039Hillary ClintonPledged: 877Superdelegates: 223Total: 1,100Notice that Hillary Clinton now leads only because of Superdelegates. In terms of actual delegates selected in primaries or caucuses, O
 
Today’s Voting
In case you didn’t know, primary caucuses were held today in Washington a Democratic caucus Nebraska, a Republican caucus in Kansas, and a primary election in Louisiana.Here is the situation as of 1848 PST:LA (22% of precincts reporting):DEMOCRATS:Obama: 52%Clinton: 39%REPUBLICANS:Huckabee: 47%McCain: 38%Romney: 8%Paul: 5%WA (Caucus):
 
More on the Dem Super Delgates
You remember the scenario and effects I mentioned a day or so ago about Democratic Super Delegates (SD) deciding the nominee?Here as some reactions to exactly that sort of an outcome from some pretty dyed-in-the-wool Dems:Donna B
 
The Rep Veep Sweepstakes
On the McCain side, er, Republican side, and beside the obvious picks of Huckabee and Giuliani, and the others he ran against, who else might be the VP pick? Well Jon, at Exurban League has applied a little science of his own to sort through the possibilities:That l
 
The Dem Veep Sweepstakes
Kevin Drum talks "veep" on the Dem side, based on Lee Sigelman’s calculations:Assuming that neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama chooses the other as their running mate, who would be their top choice? Lee Sigelman has applied Science™ to this question and concludes that the first pick for both candidates is.....Ohio governor Ted Strickl
 
McCain and Huckabee?
I’ve heard some people speculating about the possibility of John McCain picking Mike Huckabee for his VP spot. I don’t see a McCain/Huckabee ticket happening, for a variety of reasons. First, it’s just hard to see how Huckabee helps McCain. Huckabee certainly does nothing to appease the portion of the base that is upset at McCain. Indeed, he’d only entrench those disputes. If McCain thought the base was miffed at him on immigration and taxes, he should che
 
McCain provides all the ammo an opponent needs
Republicans - be prepared to hear this a lot over the next 200 days:“It appears as though Senator McCain will be the Republican nominee,” Mrs. Clinton said, speaking to hundreds of students at a suburban high school here. “And I have the greatest respect for my friend and my colleague Senator McCain. But I believe that he offers more
 
Dem nominations: to be decided by Super Delegates?
As the Democratic nomination process trundles on, it is becoming increasingly clear that the delegate count could be insufficient by convention time to give either Obama or Clinton a clear win. It could all come down to the "Super Delegates" (SD). And, as you know, SDs are not bound to the results of their state’s primaries. They’re usually made up of establishment and elected Democrats and number 800. SDs have been a vital part of the Clinton campaig
 
Romney suspends campaign
Suspends!?This reminds me of those announcements you see on restaurant signs saying "closed for remodeling" when in fact, the place is out of business.Suspending a campaign at this stage is tantamount to saying "I quit". At this time of the campaign season, it is about momentum and sustaining it. Obviously Romney isn’t gathering the victories he needs to take the nomination at this time, and part of that is a structural, winner-take-al
 
The Delegate Races
Well, all the shakeout from Superdupercalifragilistic Tuesday finally seems to have shaken itself out. The delegate count as it now stands:DEMOCRAT (2025 needed)Clinton: 823Obama: 741REPUBLICAN (1191 needed)McCain: 680Romney: 270Huckabee: 176Paul: 16Clinton and Obama are, for all intents and purposes, in a dead heat. A couple of things have gotten clearer, thou
 
Against single Party dominance
In light of the possibility that a Democrat could win the Presidency in November, giving them control of the White House and both houses of Congress, it’s worth pointing out what Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean said in 2005...We need more than one party in charge. And the vote on Tuesday is going to be critical to decide whether American democracy still allows those of us who didn’t vo
 
Freezing Harry
The one and only reason to be for John McCain:Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the possibility of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) becoming president "sends a cold chill down my spine."I’d love to see Harry chattering and shaking on Jan. 20th of next year.
 
Whistling Past the Graveyard
Hugh Hewitt, at 9:14, PST:It is stunning that Fox cannot call Arizona for John McCain. In the very unlikely event that McCain loses his home state, I don’t think his campaign could recover any more than Romney could survive a loss in Massachusetts or Huckabee a loss in Arkansas.Given the Rush blast, the Dobson declaration, and Huck&rsqu
 
OK. Then I’ll Liveblog It.
I’m a bit late getting started, so I’ve missed the early action in the Northeast. So, I’ll start by summing up where we are so far.1755: For the Dmeocrats, it’s a real battle. Clinton has taken AR, MA, TN and OK, while Obama won IL and GA. lots of very close races there.McCain, on the other hand, pretty much swept the Northeast, winning NJ IL, CT, and DE. but also there are some surprise Huckabee wi
 
So much for live blogging the Super Tuesday returns
On a little post surgery ER run (nothing serious) so my attempt to live blog Super Tuesday is out the window. First time I’ve had to log on and a few hours here awaits (it is obviously the flu season as the place is packed).
 
Candidates want more of what is in your wallet
The Bush budget has been submitted and for the first time it crosses the 3 trillion dollar mark - and people wonder why we’re feeling a bit pinched? It’s not just the economy folks.That being said, perhaps this is a good time to review what the presidential nominees are promising in terms of spending, if they get the nod to occupy the Oval Office. As you can imagine,  
A deep sigh seems appropriate when surveying the possible nominees
Says Obama about his support of licenses for illegal immigrants:ABC News’ Teddy Davis Reports: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told ABC’s David Muir Saturday that his support for driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants will not block his path to the White House because he and G.O.P. frontrunner John McCain share substantial overlap on immigration.
 
A little of what could have been instead of what is
Of course getting in the race early and giving it a little more "go" that it got might have helped, but still:
 
The Horse Race
Super Tuesday is getting closer, and by Tuesday night, we may have a very good idea of who the nominees for the respective parties will be. Or not.In any event, both Rasmussen and Gallup are conducting daily tracking polls for both nominations, and, with time running short, here is how they look. Each poll result shown below is based on a running average of the latest few poll results, to smooth out the variations. Starting with the Republi
 
California Voting Summary
Once again, it’s time to look over the California voting guide and see what’s what. A number of propositions are on the ballot, so let’s take a look at them.Proposition 91: Transportation FundsVote: NoSummary: The purpose of this proposition is to prevent the state from using money from the gas tax for bein g used in
 
Follow the Money - part XVII
A whole different sort of voting going on out there:Sens. Clinton of New York and Obama of Illinois continued their fundraising dominance in the fourth quarter of last year. Clinton brought in $26.8 million, while Obama raised $22.8 million.Compare that to the GOP candidates, none of whom came close to matching either Democrat.McCain, the Arizona senator
 
McCain: For those of you with short memories
A reminder of he who would characterize others as having newfound "conservatism":Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was close to leaving the Republican Party in 2001, weeks before then-Sen. Jim Jeffords (Vt.) famously announced his decision to become an Independent, according to former Democratic lawmakers who say they were involved in the disc
 
Another Political Toy
The coming general election consists of more than a presidential election. Naturally all of the House and 1/3 of the Senate are up for grabs, as well. So, for the real political junkies, I have also built a Legislative Seat Counter.Now the serious political geeks among you can pour over state polls in order to game the results of the legislative elections as well.And, again,
 
Where’s the beef?
ABC’s Jake Tapper, after claiming his bit of incriminating evidence didn’t come from the Clinton campaign, trots this out January, 2001 interview Obama did:Discussing his opposition to Attorney General nominee John Ashcroft, Obama praised newly-elected President Bush’s new nominee for Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld.“The proo
 
For once I don’t think it would matter much
Just a feeling, but a fairly strong one:Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate who ran for president in 2000 and 2004, said he is considering another bid for the White House because he believes the current contenders aren’t standing up enough to corporate interests.``Look at the major areas of injustice, deprivation and solutions that are not being ad
 
Romney Cuts Ads? Obama Gets a Boost?
I don’t know that a win for McCain in Florida necessarily delivers the Republican nomination to him. Lots of states to go, lots of delegates up for grabs. If this is true, however, Mitt Romney seems to be losing confidence.In a major boost for McCain, Romney signaled earlier Wednesday that he’s not ready to commit to a costly campaign in the states holding primaries and caucuses
 
CNN reporting John Edwards is dropping out of the race
Mr. "15%" has apparently seen the light and has given up his "king/queen maker" quest. Knowing him, I can only guess that means he’s reached an accommodation with both rival campaigns which give him a role in either administration should they win. He will, of course, still gather delegates on Super Tuesday, even if he does drop out which will still give him some sort of a pos
 
Get used to it
For all you Republicans:Assuming there is no shocking revelation or health issue, the GOP nomination is over. Conservatives need to start practicing the phrase "Nominee presumptive John McCa....."Sorry, I can’t say it. Not yet.Once again, the Reps choose the "Bob Dole" candidate. And Graham is pretty much r
 
Florida’s Turn
With 24% of the vote counted as of 1708 PST, it looks like a reversal of South Carolina on the Democratic side in today’s Florida primary. Hillary Clinton has already been called as the winner, with 48% of the vote currently, followed by Barack Obama with 29%. John Edwards is trailing with his usual 14%.Not that it matters. Since Florida’s delegates are persona non grata at the DNC this year, the race is effectively a tie, with bot
 
Coulter on John McCain
I’m not a huge Ann Coulter fan (well I do enjoy her snark, but feel she goes overboard at times), but this quote had me cleaning my monitor:John McCain is Bob Dole minus the charm, conservatism and youth.Heh ... uh, yeah.
 
Obama: Republicans will love this
Barack Obama’s election special seems to be gathering speed, but in a move sure to slow it, if not derail it eventually, he’s courting the Latino vote in CA with a risky and unpopular (among all but Latinos) ploy:Sen. Barack Obama easily won the African American vote in South Carolina, but to woo California Latinos, where he is running 3-to-1
 
Yeah, good luck with that ...
Apparently the Clinton campaign is going to try to confront the reality of their loose cannon and hopefully get him under some semblance of control:Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign team, seeking to readjust after her lopsided defeat in South Carolina and amid a sense among many Democrats that Mr. Cl
 
Mr. "Straight Talk" floats a not so straight meme
It’s not a very impressive example of McCain’s supposed "straight talk".McCain:’’Now, one of my opponents wanted to set a date for withdrawal that would have meant disaster,’’ McCain said about Romney, at a stop in Fort Myers. Then McCain added, "If we surrender and wave a white flag, like Senat
 
Bill Clinton is so ’80s!
Here’s how Barack Obama answered the Bill Clinton clip below on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos":STEPHANOPOULOS: And more voters, I think, voted for you last night than voted in the entire Democratic Party in 2004. Before the votes were finally counted yesterday, President Clinton was asked why it was taking both Clintons to handle you in Sou
 
FYI
Playing with the QandO Electoral Vote Counter, I looked up some historical info. Looking over the last four elections, a number of states have voted for the same party in all elections since 1992.The blue states have, of the most part, been solidly blue for the last 16 years. Thats a total of 248 electoral votes for a Democrat can
 
Oh my - Speaking of Bill Clinton
It just gets worse and worse:And what has the campaign to say about Clinton’s "Jesse Jackson" mom
 
South Carolina: two themes emerge with Dem vote
The first and the most important theme is that of the "Electable Democrat". Prior to Iowa, the political world wondered if Barack Obama was really politically viable as a candidate. His win in Iowa changed that, at least to the degree than he was taken much more seriously. NH slowed it down a touch, but South Carolina and the huge defeat, in fact, the rout of Hillary Clinton, makes him a
 
Obama takes South Carolina
The second the polls closed, every news service out there called the state for Obama. What they’re not willing to do yet is call second and third - which should tell you something.More later.
 
The Clintons: The left’s newly discovered disdain for them
Jonathan Chait asks, "is the right right about the Clintons"?The answer, of course, is "yes" along with a hearty "welcome to the club, what took you so long" appended along with a chuckle and a head-shake.Something strange happened the other day. All these different people — friends, co-workers, relatives, people on a liberal e-mail list I
 
South Carolina: While awaiting the results, some questions
Of course the questions are will Obama actually win or will we see the "Bradley effect"? If we see the Bradley effect, given it is a Democratic primary, what does that say?Given expectations does Obama have to win by a significant percentage to get any momentum coming out of SC for Super Tuesday? If so what’s the perce
 
Is Clinton trying to get the FL/MI decision reversed?
Ezra Klein reports that Hillary Clinton appears to be trying to get the delegates from Michigan and Florida reinstated:This is a very, very, very big deal. From the Clinton campaign: I hear all the time from people in Florida and Michigan that they want their voices heard in selecting the Democratic nom
 
Edwards for AG
Perhaps John Edwards will get his much desired war with corporations (or special interest groups or ’big oil’, big ’pharma’ and big whatever) if Barack Obama wins the presidency:Illinois Democrats close to Sen. Barack Obama are quietly passing the word that John Edwar
 
After the Fred Thompson Campaign
Since Fred Thompson has withdrawn from the Republican Presidential nomination race, there has been a great deal of commentary - informed, partially informed and pure speculative guessing - on what went wrong, who was responsible and more. As a new media consultant to that campaign, I probably have more insight than some, and less than others. As I read and hear the various commentaries by people close to, or involved with, the campaign, though, I am reminded of the story of  
The Jews in Venezuela
Mona Charen gives us an update on the state of the Jewish community in Venezuela, given the attacks they’ve undergone in the press by Hugo Chavez and the raids they’ve undergone recently by Venezuelan police seeking ’subversives’:During the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel, Chavez became increasingly shrill, accusing t
 
Hillary Clinton, The NYT, the "tone of the campaign" and Tony Rezko
Hillary Clinton got the endorsement of the New York Times today (big surprise) and was on all three broadcast TV morning shows to talk about it. On all three, the fact that the NYT had cautioned her to tone down the divisive rhetoric was the question of the day.On  
Hillary Clinton: "Fair" warning
Jacob Sullum takes a look at the words and phrases Hillary Clinton has been using on the campaign trail and warns us to take heed:During this week’s Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton said putting together the right kind of stimulus package is "a part of economic justice." The remark reflected a major campaign theme for the New York senator, who has declared she woul
 
Is Rudy Toast?
He seems to be using the reverse Fred Thompson ploy, and it seems to be working about as well:Rudy Giuliani has hit the skids in a Florida freefall that could shatter his presidential campaign and leave a two-man Republican contest in the state between John McCain and Mitt Romney, a Miami Herald poll shows.Despite hovering over Florida voters for weeks, Giuliani is tie
 
Bill Clinton finally understands how the charge of racism works
I guess you can file this under "better late than never":"This is almost like once you accuse someone of racism and bigotry the facts become irrelevant," a red-faced Clinton said, staring down several print and TV reporters.But, of course, those sorts of accusations have been part and parcel of the left’s playbook fo
 
The mask is finally off among Democrats, but does it matter?
The Wall Street Journal begins an article with:One of our favorite Bill Clinton anecdotes involves a confrontation he had with Bob Dole in the Oval Office after the 1996 election. Mr. Dole protested Mr. Clinton’s attack ads claiming the Republican wanted to harm Medicare, but the President merely smiled that Bubba grin and said, "You gotta do what you gotta d
 
Don’t underestimate McCain’s ability to pander and "sympathize"
A very revealing post by Matt Yglesias that gives you an idea of how he, and I’m sure others see the upcoming presidential campaign being waged. And, of course, they see McCain as the prefect opponent for what I would describe as an "I feel your pain" campaign based on emotion, hyperbole and pandering (and the economy, stupid!). It is one of the disad
 
Fred Thompson calls it quits
As scooped earlier in the day, he’s officially out. As South Carolina began to look doubtful, speculation really started brewing, including questions of whether he would seek the vice presidency or who he would endorse (his buddy McCa
 
Elbows fly in Dem debate - did Edwards end up the winner? (updated)
Reactions to the debate last night (transcript here).From the MSM. Let’s start with a view from offshore.The Guardian (UK) on Clinton/Obama:The two constantly interrupted one another, questioning each other’
 
Democratic debate - I gave up
First question - three answers, all the same - Bush, Bush, Bush.What are these people going to have to talk about (or blame stuff on) after he leaves office?Then they began squabbling on stage where charges and counter-charges flew. Hillary managed to get herself booed twice. Best line (if you’re a dem) was Obama’s when he said he
 
Bill, Barack and political potshots
It gets sweeter and sweeter:With former President Bill Clinton standing not 20 feet in front of her, Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin took what appeared to be a political shot at the former president’s comments about Barack Obama’s candidacy.Speaking at the 40th annual MLK commemorative serv
 
An Obama activist confronts the reality of the Clinton machine (update)
And he is appalled - from a Kos diary:After being a part of this campaign, doing this work, and seeing this level of viciousness from a supposedly Democratic candidate, it will be a cold day in hell before I do any work for anyone in any way associated with Hillary Clinton. At this point, even my general election vote is in question. I am furious almost to the p
 
Hello Bill? Would you STFU?!
Democrats are breaking more new ground in the world of election politics. Ok, not Democrats - Bill Clinton:Prominent Democrats are upset with the aggressive role that Bill Clinton is playing in the 2008 campaign, a role they believe is inappropriate for a former president and the titular head of the Democratic Party. In recent weeks, Sen. Edward Kennedy and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, both currently neut
 
Wishing Obama and Clinton a very tight race to the finish
Paul Starr is nervous. The co-editor of the American Prospect and professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University says so in The Washington Post today. He’s nervous because it appears that even with the mood of the country showing telling signs of Republican fatigue, Democrats may still blow the presidential elect
 
McCain takes SC (update)
Some consider it a mild upset, others seem to think it was McCain’s to lose. Regardless, it is John McCain’s night in South Carolina. The news organizations finally called it at about 9:20pm with 82% of the vote in (that’s how close it remained for the entire evening).A
 
Unions organizing voters? I’m shocked, shocked I tell you!
Ed Morrissey points to a story out of Nevada that just made me laugh. Bill Clinton talking to reporters:Today when my daughter and I were wandering through the hotel, and all these culinary workers were mobbing us telling us they didn’t care what the union told them to do, they were gonna caucus for Hillary.There was <
 
CNN: Romney and Clinton projected winners in NV (updated)
With caucuses you just never know, but Romney has about 55% at the moment and is projected by CNN to be the winner there.Of course I’d have to say him not winning there would be more of a surprise than winning it.On the Dem side it looks pretty close with Obama showing about a 2 point lead over Clinton in very early returns (3% reporting).
 
Why the left wants Mike Huckabee
Mike Huckabee told the voters of South Carolina that it was no one’s business but theirs if the Confederate flag was flown there. I actually agree with him.But, given that, you have to wonder, or at least I do, why the left hasn’t really started attacking Mike Huckabee. He’s a front runner and the potential nominee. Let me be clear up front - I am not a fan of Mike Huckabee’s, and I’ve pointed out why on a few po
 
Is it "Fred Day" in South Carolina?
On the evening of the New Hampshire primary I watched an interview with Fred Thompson, already in South Carolina, where he called SC his "firewall" and admitted he had to do well there or he was pretty much done. Of course "doing well" is open to interpretation, but most feel that requires a first or strong second in the vote.At the moment, he’s virtually tied for 3rd with Mitt Romney, but well behind both McCain and Huckabee. Unless the pollsters
 
You know you’re in the South ...
When you get questions like this one addressed to Fred Thompson at the Stable Steakhouse in Prosperity, South Carolina:Thompson: Yes, sir. Man: Fred, I drove over 500 miles to see you.Thompson: Bless your heart. Let’s give this man a hand. (Applause, cheers)Man: I came
 
Hillary Care memos reflect the bad old days
Judicial Watch is giving us a peek into the "experience" Hillary Rodham Clinton brings to the table with a look at some of the recently released papers from her failed health care initiative during the Clinton administration. As usual, some of what is found is a surprise, if not a surprise. For instance - cost and control:A June 18,
 
Huckabee: Separation of Church and State?
I’ve been looking for this quote for a couple of days. I first heard in on a morning news show while in Baltimore. I had to come out of the bathroom, where I was brushing my teeth, to ensure I heard it correctly. Frankly it scares the hell out of me. And it ties in nicely with the Billy Hollis article
 
Race and the Democrats
Rasmussen’s latest poll is out and for SC and the Democrats, and it shows Obama comfortably ahead.The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in South Carolina shows Obama earning 44% of the vote, Clinton attracting 31%, and John Edwards at 15%.Edwards a
 
Obama: Farrakhan and Reagan
Senator Barack Obama, yesterday:Senator Obama’s decision yesterday to distance himself from his hometown minister and repudiate the Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan, has drawn praise from leaders in the Jewish community. The issue arose after a Washington Post columnist, Richard Cohen, penned an article that pressured Mr. Obama to take a stand on a decision by his Chicago church to
 
Michigan Prediction
Take this with a grain of salt (my predictions to this point on the Republican side have sucked) but I think Romney by a hair (he’d doing a better job of pandering to the auto industry).The action tonight will be in a scheduled Democratic debate. Unfortunately I’ll be traveling, so I’ll miss it. Or maybe th
 
Clinton and the Democrats selective memory about civil rights legislation
Says Hillary Clinton:“Over this past week, there has been a lot of discussion, much of which I know does not reflect what is in our hearts. And at this moment, I believe we must seek common ground.“Our party has been on the front line of every civil rights movement, women’s rights movement, workers’ rights movement and other movements for justice in America.”Well not exactly. You see, it was "your" party which gu
 
Black on black politics: The New Democratic Party
There’s probably nothing Democrats will be able to pin on Republicans as original should Obama win the nomination, since it seems Obama’s rivals within the Democratic party will have pretty much said it all.A new anti-Obama voice today - Clinton supporter and Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson in South Carolina:
 
Kos wants to have "fun" in Michigan
Yes, while he’d be death on any Republicans trying to pull this sort of nonsense, when it comes to Democrat dirty tricks designed to skew an election, well, it’s just good fun (and besides, Republicans did it 36 years ago):In 1972, Republican voters in Michigan decided to make a little mischief, crossing over to vote in the open Democratic primary and v
 
"John Edwards is a Loser"
Lawrence O’Donnell, who one commenter tags as the "Ann Coulter of the DLC" has declared John Edwards an electoral waste of time:John Edwards is a loser. He has won exactly two elections in his life and lost 31. Only one of his wins and all of his losses were in presidential primaries and caucuses. He remains perfectly positioned to continu
 
Lamont endorses Obama plus some debate talk
Greg Sargeant is excited:On the same day that Barack Obama scored the endorsement of John Kerry, he’s set to get the support of a decidedly non-establishment Democrat: Ned Lamont.I say, "who cares" - which was about the same reaction I had when I heard John Kerry had endorsed him.BTW, I’m watching the Republican debate. Fr
 
Ah, the sexism argument finally emerges in full
And all it took was a loss in Iowa for Hillary Clinton:By losing the first presidential contest, Mrs. Clinton may have succeeded in getting more women to see her as she presents herself: not a dominant figure of power, but a woman trying to break what she has called “the highest and hardest glass ceiling" i
 
Candidate math
Mike Huckabee’s learning how that works."Who are your principal foreign policy advisers, Governor," asked [Wolf] Blitzer.[Mike] Huckabee responded: "Well, I have a number of people from whom I get policy. I’m talking to Frank Gaffney. I talk to Richard Haass."Who is Richard Haass? Haass is president of the Counci
 
Now we know why Ron Paul wasn’t dismissive of Storm Front (updated)
Hate to say I told you so, but it seems that Mr. Paul is hardly out of synch with much of what Storm Front and other like organizations have to say if the past writings in his newsletter are any indication:This "Special Issue on Racial Terrorism" was hardly the first time one of Paul’s publications had raised these topics. As early as December 1
 
Vote ID (update)
Always nice when your "posterchild" for the law suit presently at the Supreme Court is registered to vote in two states:On the eve of a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Indiana Voter ID law has become a story with a twist: One of the individuals used by opponents to the law as an example of how the law hurts older Hoosiers
 
Media backlash against Obama?
Tom Maguire thinks it’s a real possiblity.So here is the latest Bold Prediction, inspired by a late night and little caffeine - Obama is about to endure a media backlash.Why a bursting of his media bubble? Well, they (alright, "they") have finally admitted what was obvious in this Harvard study last fall and to Bill Clinton at Dartmouth - as so
 
New Hampshire postmortem
I don’t know about you, but about 9 or 9:30 last night I could sense that the numbers for Hillary Clinton weren’t going to change. That, in fact, she was probably going to win New Hampshire.Of course by that time, the Republican race was over, speeches given and candidates zipping out of the s
 
Semi Live-Blogging the NH Primary
Here I sit in beautiful Darien GA (salute!) after a fine repast of BBQ from Smokey Joe’s and now ensconced in my hotel room with lap top, internet connection and a TV remote, I figure what in the hell else have I got to do?So, given those facts, I figure I’ll annoy you.I’m calling it semi-live blogging because that dinner was good, it’s been a long day and I may nod off occasionally. I don’t imagine you’ll m
 
Third party threatened by Obama rise?
Really? That’s what the NY Times is reporting:He arrived here for what seemed like it could be a big moment. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, eyeing a third-party presidential bid, joined Republican and Democratic elders at a forum to denounce the extreme partisanship of Washington and plot h
 
A "Muskie moment" for Clinton in New Hampshire? (updated)
Hillary Clinton apparently had an emotional moment in a NH meeting today, in which it is reported that she teared up and her voice broke up a bit.Tinkerty Tonk reminds us of another tearful moment in NH when another Democratic nominee, reacting to an editorial in the Manc
 
Follow the money - Bad news for Republicans
We here at QandO cite Intrade a lot because of the fact that those trading on the site are putting money where their mouth is when it comes to picking political winner. And thus their analysis is probably a bit more serious because they’re willing to back it with bucks.The same is true with money going to campaigns. It is an i
 
Don’t look behind the curtain, Dorthy
If you can’t gather them locally, import them. It’s all about how it looks before the cameras after all:Reporters who walked into this Nashua high school today were immediately struck by the crowd — there are visibly more people here for Sen. Hillary Clinton than were here for Sen. Barack Obama yesterday in the same location.
 
New Hampshire: We have Polls
With the New Hampshire primaries taking place tomorrow, here are the polls and trends as of today. The first, showing the trend (and the Obama bump) are from the American Research Group, the other two showing a compilation of polls and their averages is from RealClearPolitics.

 
Thoughts on the debate last night
As I mentioned below, I liked the format. I’d like to see it continued in future debates. For those that didn’t see it, 45 of the 90 minutes was devoted to 3 broad topics and discussion of those topics among the candidates. The last 45 minutes was the more traditional question and answer format. We got to see much more lively exchanges, a few fireworks (relatively speaking) and issues talked about in more depth.The Republicans - I talked m
 
Romney wins Wyoming
Didn’t know there was another "event" so soon?Yup, the Republican Wyoming caucuses. That’s right another caucus state. And the winner?With several counties still reporting, Mitt Romney has won the largest number of national delegates elected at today’s Wyoming caucuses.With eight of the 12 county units decided so far, the f
 
Is that the sound of flailing I hear?
For Hillary Clinton, it just gets worse and worse. Matt Yglesais spotted this one:Hillary Clinton’s campaign seems determined to convince Barack Obama’s detractors in the blogosphere that he is so a liberal after all: Hillary’s aides point to Obama’s extremely progressive record as a community o
 
The "Dead Kennedy" conspiracy theory
I’ve been sort of banging around on the theme of the left beginning to build the "New Kennedy" this morning citing Ezra Klein and Eleanor Clift articles that attempt to place the cloak of the "new" Kennedy (hope of the Democratic party) on the shoulders of Obama.Little did I know that there was a guy on the left already constructing the circumstances in which this "new Kennedy"
 
Bill Clinton: True to form
It is everyone else’s fault:Bill Clinton voiced his abiding anger at the media’s coverage of him and his wife in Durham, N.H., today, and suggested that media bias will force Clinton to go negative on Barack Obama.The media made the do it!Reacting to a question from the audience at the Uni
 
Apocalypse Then (updated)
The construction of the "New Kennedy"?Ezra Klein on the "Obama Gift":Obama’s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped flowing passively by, and, just for an instant, contracted ar
 
Clinton: When all else fails, deploy the "politics of fear"
This is apparently Hillary Clinton day but I can’t wait to hear the first Democrat accuse Republicans of using the politics of fear, when, immediately after Clinton’s setback in Iowa, she ran those very same politics [per the Democrats own definition] out in New Hampshire:But in an airport hangar this morning, she said: "W
 
Reinventing Hillary’s history
A week ago, we caught Hillary Clinton telling a political war story about a dangerous trip she went on in which she had to dodge snipers with a sprint from the aircraft. As we learned, ironically from her own autobiography, that wasn’t really a true depiction that event. No matter - it helped frame her "experience" in a way she wished to have it framed. And, other than the blogosphere,
 
After getting stomped in Iowa, Hillary plans to go negative
Is it about to get nasty in Hillary land? Well, after a 3rd place finish in Iowa, it seems so:Things could get nasty with some pretty sharp media contrasts made in coming days, it would seem. "This has been very much a referendum on her,’’ said [Mark]Penn [chief political strategist for the Clinton campaign]. "And people will take a harder look
 
Some Iowa numbers
You have to be careful not to over-analyze anything, but there were some interesting numbers which came out of Iowa.First turnout:The Iowa Democratic Party said that with 96 percent of the precincts reporting, they were seeing record turnout, with
 
Thoughts on Iowa
Naturally, there’s a lot of opinion and  
Iowa Caucuses - Well, that was quick
A number of news organizations to include Fox, NBC, CNN and CBS have projected Republican Mike Huckabee and Democrat Barack Obama to win the Iowa Caucus. The only thing in doubt, apparently, are the final percentages.Mitt Romney holds a comfortable 2nd place for the Republicans with third place being the real battle. Fred Thompson holds a slight lead over John McCain who hol
 
Oh this is nice on the day of the caucuses - Thompson might quit and endorse McCain? (updated)
A story circulating out there from Politico:Several Republican officials close to Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign said they expect the candidate will drop out of the race within days if he finishes poorly in Thursday’s Iowa caucus.[...]Friends and advisers said they have long considered it likely that if the lobbyist-actor is forced from the race h
 
My Iowa guesses, er, picks
Going boldly where no prognosticator has gone before ...OK, screw that - to the picks:Democrats:I think the weather will cooperate, the turnout will be mostly new caucus goers and, that being the case, Obama will squeek out a narrow win over Hillary Clinton, with Edwards coming in third.Republicans:Now that this thing is actually going to happen and people actually have to s
 
How "democratic" are the Iowa Caucuses? (update)
If you measure them by the ability to participate, not very:Because the caucuses, held in the early evening, do not allow absentee voting, they tend to leave out nearly entire categories of voters: the infirm, soldiers on active duty, medical personnel who cannot leave their patients, parents who do not have
 
Clueless in Iowa - Edwards wants to withdraw all troops from Iraq in "9 to 10 Months"
John Edwards must think it is January ’07 instead of January ’08:John Edwards says that if elected president he would withdraw the American troops who are training the Iraqi army and police as part of a broader plan to remove v
 
Incredible
Mike Huckabee takes the cake.Today he called a room full of reporters together and told them that he had decided he was going to refuse to go negative in the campaign anymore. And, to prove that, he announced that he was going to pull an attack ad against Mitt Romney which was scheduled to play throughout Iowa.At that point, you say, "wow, how
 
Political War Stories (update)
I wonder if they start with "this is no s*it" .... You want a candidate with experience!? Well, here’s "experience":Ever since Barack Obama suggested Hillary Clinton’s eight years as first lady were a glorified tea party a few days back, she’s looked for an opening to strike back.On Saturday night
 
The Primary Scoreboard from Intrade
The polls have all but declared Iowa a tie for the top three Democrats. And last week, when we consulted Intrade, it broke down like this:Clinton: 39.4Obama: 50Edwards: 24So how is it looking now with only a few days to go?Clinton: 38.7Obama: 44.9
 
Experience? How much does Hillary really have?
If you believe the NY Times, it may not be at all as extensive as she likes to claim during those 8 years at Bill’s side in the White House:But during those two terms in the White House, Mrs. Clinton did not hold a security clearance. She did not attend National Security Council meetings. She was not given a copy of the president’s daily intelligen
 
Republicans and McCain
With a week to go until the Iowa caucuses, Rasmussen points to the tightening of the race among Republicans in its national poll:In the race for the Republican Presidential Nomination, it’s Mike Huckabee at 20%, Rudy Giuliani 18%, John McCain 14%, Mitt Romney 13%, and Fred Thompson at 11%.
 
The Christmas campaign commercial
Today, Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation finished the show with this observation:[T]his front-loaded presidential campaign has taken us from just commercializing to politicizing the season, and brought with it the newest marketing device, the Christmas campaign commercial. From Huckabee and his now-famous floating cross to warm and fuzzy Giuliani, to those cute
 
Uh, thanks Mitt, but no thanks ...
Via Hotair:Question: To date, nearly 10 states have considered legislation to keep violent video games out of kids’ hands. Would you support this type of legislation at the federal level? What other strategies would you support to keep the v
 
Fred Thompson’s Christmas Message gets it right
All the others by candidates are really "me, me, me" ads. Fred does a ’remember them’ ad which is powerful and, well, appreciated. 
Policial dirty tricks
While Hillary travels Iowa attempting to show how sweet, warm and human she is, her supporters, per The Swamp, are engaged in a few political "dirty tricks" on her behalf:A union flyer hitting Democratic mailboxes in Iowa has ended up affecting all three top presidential contenders in the state: It was sent by a group backing
 
Iraq fatigue sets in among Democrats, country may have Republican fatigue
Reality begins to dawn in Congress:House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, despite their pledges to continue pushing to end the war in Iraq, face growing pressure from their rank-and-file Democrats to focus more attention on domestic, “pocketbook” issues in the upcoming election year.Junior Democrats describe an “Iraq fatigue” setting in am
 
So How’s New Hampshire looking?
In a word "interesting". As the first "real" primary, I think it is the more interesting of the two early races. And per the USA TODAY/Gallup poll, it’s breaking down like this:In the poll, Clinton and Obama are tied at 32%-32%, with Edwards at 18%. No other candidate breaks into double digits.Counting only those who say their
 
Here are 7 minutes you can never get back
Her web site.
 
Paul to keep Stormfront Money
In presidential politics, it’s all about perception. Apparently the Ron Paul campaign doesn’t understand that basic political law:Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has received a $500 campaign donation from a white supremacist, and the Texas congressman doesn’t plan to return it, an aide said Wednesday.
 
How to "Kerry" up an election
In USA Today, Dems are again worried about ’electability’:Democratic voters increasingly are focused on nominating the most electable presidential candidate, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama fares better than New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton against prospective Republican rivals.That was
 
Is Bill Clinton really a campaign asset?
While many believe he is, there are, I believe, a growing number who are tiring of him. Alex Beam of the Boston Globe is one of them:In 1999, after almost seven years of Bill Clinton’s rule, the commentariat christened a new buzzterm: Clinton fatigue. The peccadilloes, the double-dealing, the outright lying had overwhelmed the American
 
The Debates: Want to see a stark difference?
The Republican debate in Iowa. The question: "What sacrifices would you ask Americans to make to lower the country’s debt?" Giuliani: "What we should be doing is restraining the amount of money that Washington spends, in a concerted way, with major reductions in civilian spending, using attrition, and returning — actually
 
Good for Fred
Didn’t see the debate (middle of the afternoon during a work week ... yeah, makes sense). But I did hear about this and I’m with Fred:
 
Upping the pucker factors in Iowa and NH (update)
It really, really has turned into a fight among the Dems in Iowa and New Hampshire if you believe the latest polls. Rasmussen:In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, New Hampshire has joined Iowa in the too close to call category.Rasmus
 
McKinney runs for Green party nomination
If the upcoming elections get too heavy, there’s always a little comic relief available in our third parties:Cynthia McKinney is seeking the nomination of the Green Party, which gained fame when Ralph Nader ran as its candidate for president in 2000. Kevin Barrett, a former University of Wisconsin-Madison lecturer who taught that the U.S. government was behind the Sept. 11 ter
 
Laugh of the day
There’s an article over at TNR’s The Stump by Michael Crowley entitled "How Ron Paul Can Ruin Fred Thompson".Really? Does Thompson honestly need help in that regard?
 
Hold fire till you see the whites of their eyes
Per Drudge, the DNC is holding fire on Huckabee feeling he would be an easy mark in the general election. Something about a ’glass jaw’. A close friend of Huckabee’s calls him "Hillary Clinton’s worst nightmare".DNC Press Release Attack Summary:Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) – 37% (99 press releases)Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) – 28% (74)Senator
 
12 year-old Obama questionnaire surfaces
Mike Huckabee had some 15 year-old AP questionnaire pop up the other day which had him claiming that homosexuality is "aberrant" and "sinful" as well as saying that AIDS research was receiving an unfair amount of federal money.Of course one has to figure that this particular questionnaire didn’t just suddenly resurface, but was instead strategically deployed when the time was ri
 
Oprah, Andrew and Barack
Said Andrew, in the orbit of HRC:"I want Barack Obama to be president," Young said, pausing for effect, "in 2016.""It’s not a matter of being inexperienced. It’s a matter of being young," Young said. "There’s a certain level of maturity ... you’ve got to learn to take a certain amount of (expletive)."And, of course, Andy Youn
 
A Bump in Huckabee’s Road to the Nomination?
Well, I have to say, I question the timing.Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, surging in Iowa polls in the Republican presidential race, wrote on a questionnaire while running for U.S. Senate in 1992 that homosexuality is "aberrant" and "sinful.""I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk," Huckabee wrote
 
Clinton booed in Iowa, Rudy drowned out in GA
Things are heating up in cold, cold Iowa.Hillary Clinton phoned in to the Heartland Forum in Des Moines, IA because she was unable to attend due to weather difficulties. She answered a range of questions. However, on one, she was booed:Clinton was asked if she would "make a decision to give undocumented immigrants
 
Dems on Iraq: Now What? Part II
I covered the fallout from the Murtha admission below and how that will effect Congressional Democrats. However, what is the major campaign issue the Democrats have been pushing during the run-up to the ’08 Presidential election?Iraq, of course.Uh oh:Congressional Democrats are reporting a striking change in districts across the country: Vot
 
Edwards: For the Irony Impaired
This is simply hilarious:KEITH OLBERMANN: The American people today are rising up, demanding to know how at least one Democrat slipped through the system last night, resisted the temptation to ask you that question about how the Republicans answer al Qaeda, if they can, answer a Democrat. Can you tell us for the record if you have contingency
 
Two reasons not to support Obama
And it is only because he actually admitted it:He’s running hard to topple Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primary, but Barack Obama says he would hire her "talented" l husband "in a second" if he won the White House, according to Time magazine.In an interview that hits newsstands tomorrow, t
 
Huckabee: Leading in Iowa?
Okay, I can’t help it ... this is delicious:The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the Iowa caucus finds former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee with 28% of the vote, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with 25% support, and everyone else far behind. National frontrunner Rudy Giulia
 
Bill Clinton: A little revisionist history? (update)
Not that it should surprise anyone. Jake Tapper, among many, find recent comments by Bill Clinton to be, well, not quite true:But she may find herself overshadowed by comments made by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who is now saying that he opposed the war in Iraq from the very beginning, a war that his wife voted to authorize and that he did not
 
Australia: Howard out
The most staunch ally of George Bush’s Iraq strategy, PM John Howard of Australia, has been voted out of power:Australian Prime Minister John Howard has suffered a humiliating election defeat and the opposition Labor Party has swept into power.Mr Howard, who had been seeking a fifth term after 11 years of conservative rule, said he had telephoned Labo
 
The real effect of the Swift Boat Vets
You can argue all day long about whether or not the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth had valid points or not (I personally and after much research into their claims, found theirs much more credible than John Kerry’s), but the net result of that political confrontation was to have today’s aspirants for the office of President prepared to fight back.Obama’s response accu
 
Campaign Finance Nutpicking: Ron Paul and Stormfront
I understand the point McQ has made about candidates needing to distance themselves from unsavory supporters, and I understand the point Dale has made that "neither Mr. Paul, nor anyone else, has any responsibility to seek out and repudiate endorsements from whackos." I agree with both of those points. Politicians shouldn’t have to disavow every
 
Hillary Clinton: Heh ... (update)
We have a new position:Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday came out against granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, after weeks of pressure in the presidential race to take a position on a now-failed ID plan from her home state governor.Clinton has faced criticism from candidates in both parties for her noncommittal answers on New York Gov.
 
Spitzer retreats, Clinton left hanging
New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has bowed to the inevitable:Gov. Eliot Spitzer is abandoning his plan to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, saying that opposition is just too overwhelming to move forward with such a policy.That leaves Ms. Clinton hanging out there having defended the Governor’s executive ord
 
Hillary Clinton’s love of the press
An interesting peek into the Clinton machine (by a left leaning publication) and what everyone pretty much knows, but isn’t often said, for reasons stated in the 3rd paragraph:On June 1, The New York Times published a front-page article titled, ONE PLACE WHERE OBAMA GOES ELBOW TO ELBOW. The feature detailed Barack Obama’s love for pickup b
 
Ron Paul’s donors
There’s a lot of speculation over who it is out there supporting Paul. Disaffected anti-war Dems? Libertarians? Disaffected Republicans? You’d think a map showing the location (and numbers) of his 4th quarter donors might help clear that up, but, well, it doesn’t. Check out Washington and Oregon as opposed to Mississippi and Kentucky. In fact, it sort of says "yes" to all of th
 
Hillary Clinton: Moving to "fiscal responsiblilty"
You probably didn’t watch the last Democratic debate, but in a discussion of Social Security, Hillary Clinton told one and all that before she’d commit to any sort of fix on the program, she wanted to move the government toward "fiscal responsibility". One might assume that means cuts in spending along with other measures such as eliminating waste, fraud and abuse. Given the recent
 
Ron Paul: If the job only entailed domestic issues
Perhaps this guy would be OK. But it is obvious that he’s not beyond spin and is, frankly, clueless when it comes to foreign affairs, or, in this case, the truth:
 
The kiss of death?
I mean, I wouldn’t want it. However, given Rudy’s record on the issues socialcons find important, perhaps he needs it:Pat Robertson, one of the most influential figures in the social conservative movement, announced his support for Rudy Giuliani’s presidential bid this morning at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
 
Ron Paul’s fundrariser: Consider this ...
Bryan took a look at the Ron Paul online fundraiser yesterday and noted:Not bad for a candidate who’s been written off about as insistently as one can. Not bad for a candidate, period.David Weigel expands on that:Even if you don’t like Paul, you have to gasp at what’s happ
 
Clinton, civil wars and cowboy diplomacy
On the stump with Hillary Clinton:She noted that Mason City’s National Guard unit, the 1133rd Transportation Co., has been put on alert for a possible call-up next year.“Our young men and women should not be referees for an Iraqi civil war,” she said. “It is heartbreaking that President Bush continues with this policy. His policies ha
 
Edwards on Iran: flipping or flopping?
If you watched the Democratic debate, you know that most of the candidates disagreed with Hillary Clinton about her vote on a non-binding resolution addressing Iran and the declaration of the Revolutionary Guard there as a terrorist organization. None was more forceful in declaring how big of a mistake it was than John Edwards:EDWARDS: And I think it’s fai
 
The Democratic Halloween Debate
Well I watched a debate - naturally it was the Democratic debate - and I only watched it because there were going to be some promised fireworks. And, to an extent, there were. As an aside, my wife, who obviously knows I’m a political junkie, always questioned why I didn’t watch these things. I had various excuses, but last night, sitting together watching this one she said, "now I know why you don’t watch. They irritate the heck out of you don&r
 
Nader sues Democratic Party (update)
Seems the only real case of voter disenfranchisement in ’04 may have been perpetrated by the Democrats:Consumer advocate and 2004 independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader sued the Democratic Party on Tuesday, contending officials conspired to keep him from taking votes away from nominee John Kerry.Nader&rsquo
 
Ron Paul and Stormfront - Part III
And if you don’t do something they keep piling on:It depends on the pain threshold in your press shop. Paul is famously non-image-conscious. This is in some ways admirable, but it could prove harmful if he doesn’t do something about neo-Nazi leader Don Black’s $500 contribution (a spokesman said that was just
 
Ron Paul and Stormfront - Part II
You probably remember the post I made of the audio of a Stormfront endorsement of Ron Paul. And, if you were involved in the discussion, you probably remember the grief I took, especially when I said Paul should repudiate the the endorsement through his campaign staff.Most who disagreed said he shouldn’t ev
 
National Guard, Bill Richardson and the SD Fires
Bill Richardson, busy politicizing the San Diego fires, apparently didn’t get the memo before writing at HuffPo:But as someone who believes the war in Iraq is a complete disaster and that we need to get our troops out now (www.getourtroopsout.com), I look at the natural disaster in California and feel compelled to also ask Pre
 
Campaign financing problems keep bubbling to the surface
This campaign season seems to be shaping up as the bundler’s campaign. As usual those determined to get around the law find a way to do so:Elrick Williams’s toddler niece Carlyn may be one of the youngest contributors to this year’s presidential campaign. The 2-year-old gave $2,300 to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).So
 
Why Republicans will show up at the polls in ’08
Tom Bevan at RealClearPolitics has a post up called "The Coming War".And no, it’s not about Iraq or Iran or even Turkey. It’s about the election of ’08. And he prefaces a video from a Republican focus group after the Republican debate in FL with this:The most telling moment from Sunday’s GOP debate didn’t take place d
 
Update to Clinton fundraiser post
Yesterday I mentioned the possibility of dubious campaign contributions coming out of the Chinatown area of NYC (as raised by the LA Times). Today the NYT carried the following story:Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign returned $7,0
 
Where’s Fred?
That’s what New Hampshire voters are asking:Mitt Romney was in Michigan, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada and then went back to Michigan. Rudy Giuliani visited Florida, Michigan, South Carolina, Alabama, Washington and New Hampshire. John McCain went from Michigan to Iowa to New Hampshire.But where was Fred, as in Fred Thompson?Be
 
Will you have your cake, or eat it?
According to the New York Times, black women in the Carolinas may refuse to support Barak Obama in the primaries. Why? So he won’t be assassinated.”They want to protect him from the bad people, and in order to protect him, they won’t support him. They want to see him around, making a difference.”Is that possible? That some Obama supporters
 
Do Americans really want to hear straight talk?
Bloomberg has an article about how Obama has been using tough love as a way to differentiate his campaign from his rivals. Billed by Bloomberg as the "Sister Soljah tack", Obama has been telling crowds at various stops on the campaign trail things they might not necessarily want to hear:So far this year, Obama, 46, has talked up toughe
 
Ron Paul and Stormfront
Well, I guess this is one of those cases where we are going to display one of our breaks in unity.I’ve looked at Bruce’s post on Ron Paul and the Stormfront whackjobs. I’ve watched the video. I’ve read through the comments. I honestly don’t see what the purpose was of showcasing that particular video, or what, if any conclusions I’m supposed to draw about Ron Paul based on it.Granted, Ron Paul does seem t
 
Ron Paul snags an endorsement
He gets the "David Duke" vote. This can’t help:
 
Thompson Debate Debut
Unfortunately I was on the road when the debate was on, however, the reviews are in, at least in the blogosphere.Joe Gandelman, of The Moderate Voice, seems to have the most accepted view:But did he live up to the advance billing? Was he another Ronald Reagan? Or did he flop? Fizzle? Help himself? Shoot himself i
 
The Real Hillary - Part II (update)
I asked a few questions yesterday concerning the little sparing session which took place at a Hillary rally over the weekend. I said:Let’s see if, in the spirit of the Rolph question, she can learn from a mistake. Of course that probably doesn’t mean more self-control on her part, but instead even tighter scripting and stage-managing of events (can pre-screened questions
 
The Real Hillary Clinton?
I have more than a sneaking suspicion the answer is "yes": In a rare departure from her tightly scripted remarks, the former first lady lashed out at an audience member steamed at her Senate vote to declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.Randall Rolph, of Nashua, Iowa, compared the vote to the one Clinton cast f
 
Setting the "CW" for Thompson
It appears the developing (or continuing) conventional wisdom is that Fred Thompson is both unenthusiastic about the run for the Presidency and not ready for prime time.Unenthusiastic:But as Mr. Thompson campaigned in Iowa this week, he was something other than the dynamic presence that some in his party have been yearning for. Iowans s
 
Edwards: Populism, Pandering and Promises
Apparently it is finally becoming obvious, even to John Edwards, that Hillary Clinton is set to take the nomination.Reaction? Change costumes and attack. Great article in the Boston Globe about the not so subtle change and tactics:Here’s looking at you . . . or, at least, for you.That’s what John Edw
 
Why Hillary Clinton is dangerous
This is important.Conversationally, Clinton throws out an ideological indicator that may slip past many if they’re not paying attention. It demonstrates why putting her in a position of power would be one of the more dangerous threats to our liberty we’ve seen in years (especially with a friendly Congress).<
 
Is Clinton the "One"?
She certainly seems inevitable as the nominee. But can Hillary Clinton actually overcome her negatives and capture the presidency?Some within the Democratic party aren’t so sure and a recent internal poll seems to support that position:A leaked Democratic poll has suggested that Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner in the race for the
 
Kiss off white boys
Interesting blurb over at Salon by Thomas Schaller. He’s of the opinion that "white male voters" are no longer a priority to Democrats. He then describes them (us) as "down-home, blue-collar, white male voter", "NASCAR dad" and "Bubba".Oh, he means the Southern white male.Right?I’m talking about the white male v
 
Debates? What debates?
As with many overused words, "debate" is losing its meaning:Fred Thompson was wrong to skip last Wednesday’s Republican candidates’ event in Durham, if only because it was the first post-Labor Day presidential primary gathering and it would have been a good way to offi
 
Has Thompson fizzled before he starts?
Investors Business Daily seems to think so, and apparently so do others in the GOP:Wlady Pleszczynski, editorial director for the conservative American Spectator magazine, says the long, slow rollout of Thompson’s campaign has backfired."So far this year he’s been a big tease, and . . . (it has) undermined his implied claims to bein
 
Leave it to the Clintons to find a "work around"
As you know there’s a bit of a war going on in both parties, but primarily in the Democratic party, about primary dates.Michigan and Florida have moved their primary dates into January and the DNC has declared it would not seat the delegates of those two states at the national convention in Denver in ’08.The DNC has also warned the candidates not to campaign in those states and has asked them to take a pledge in that regard. Some
 
Thompson finally an official candidate for Republican presidential nomination
Wish I had a big flashing light.Nah, I really don’t. This is purely, uh, anticlimactic.The only secret was the date on which he’d make it official.And now he has. Let the games begin in earnest.[As an aside, now we’ll be
 
Mike Huckabee ... yer outa there
Sorry, just when I was getting to like the guy a little bit he goes and says something like this.
 
John Edwards, SUVs and Tanks
It is just getting more and more absurd out there:Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards told a labor group he would ask Americans to make a big sacrifice: their sport utility vehicles.The former North Carolina senator told a forum by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Lake Buena Vista, Flor
 
More Fox nonsense
This still puzzles me:Fox News and a black political group say they will not hold a Sept. 23 Democratic presidential debate in Detroit, which the leading candidates already were planning to skip.A new date had not yet been set, Fox News spokesman Michael Murphy said Thursday.The campaigns of U.S. Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack O
 
When you do one, you have to do them all
So far we’ve seen Democratic presidential candidates pander to gays and African Americans at two special debates designed to address their special interests. And, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out after listening to them that the promises were flying in those events.Picking up on that, Native Americans said, "we’re next". But the Dems, apparently,  
Edwards ties to lenders foreclosing on Katrina victims
He opened his campaign in New Orleans 9th Ward, shovel in hand. He talks about "two Americas" and he’s attacked subprime lenders on a regular basis. And then we find out about this:As a presidential candidate, Democrat John Edwards has regularly attacked subprime lenders, particularly those that have filed foreclosure suits against victims of Hurricane Katrina. But
 
Obama: We’re just bombing civilians in Afghanstan (update)
Apparently, according to "military expert" Barack Obama, we have a very limited military strategy in Afghanistan. During a stop in Nashua, NH yesterday:Obama defended his push to prosecute a tougher military effort to root out al-Qaida on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, which drew criticism from primary rivals for sounding too bellico
 
Wouldn’t that just be perfect ...
In fact, regardless of who ended up in the White House, this could make my year in 2008. I’m speaking of Republican candidate Jeffrey K. Beatty and his run for John Kerry’s Senate seat:Concerning his opponent, incumbent Democrat John F. Kerry, the former Delta Force officer, FBI agent and CIA officer made his feelings quite clear.“Outsid
 
Mr. Rudy"No Amnesty" Giuliani
So tell me ... is this a ’flip’ or a ’flop’?New York became a sanctuary city, where illegal immigrants enjoy some measure of protection, through an executive order signed by Mayor Ed Koch in 1989, five years before Giuliani became mayor in January 1994.But if Giuliani inherited the policy, he reissued it and seemed to embrace it.
 
More fallout from the Obama/Pakistan remark
In a nation where George Bush’s name is invoked as an integral part of of the act of spitting, Germany isn’t at all impressed with Brack Obama’s latest political gaffe. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, noted the remark and had this to say in a short editorial comment:Whoever tak
 
The Presidential Campaign and Newt Gingrich
I attended an American Spectator/Americans for Tax Reform Newsmakers Breakfast with Newt Gingrich a couple weeks back. Jim Geraghty, of National Review’s Campaign Spot wrote about it at the time, arguing that Gingrich "certainly sounds like a guy inclined to run."I didn’t really agree with that assessment, though I do think Ging
 
Bloomberg/Nunn - a third party challenge?
AP is reporting:Former Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia said Friday he is frustrated with the direction of the presidential race and acknowledged talking with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others about an independent challenge to the major parties.’’We’ve had conversations about frustration with the fact that the process is flawed,’’ Nunn said of Bloomberg, who has sent mixed signals about a potential in
 
Obama not quite ready for prime time?
Some, mostly Obama supporters, claim that his answer on the YouTube debate wasn’t that big of a deal. But I, like Charles Krauthammer, disagree:For Barack Obama, it was strike two. And this one was a right-down-the-middle question from a YouTuber in Monday night’s South Carolina debate: "Would you be willing to meet separately, without pr
 
Cha-ching! Dems are ’in the money’
If dollars were votes, the Dems would rule the roost in DC:From almost any angle, Republicans are facing a Democratic financial tsunami in 2008. In the first six months of this year, Democratic federal candidates and the party’s three national committees raised $381 million compared with the $291 million their counterparts collected. That amounts to a $90 mill
 
So much for retirement
A certain someone has been warned that due to her upcoming electoral challenge of a sitting Democrat - the Speaker of th House in this instance - she’s no longer welcome to post on Daily Kos:I can’t post here anymore because my potential run for Congress is not on the Democratic ticket.I have been deeply grateful for all of your support over the
 
Ready for a Trophy First Lady?
Apparently it is now fashionable to hide cheezy hit pieces, cloaked as political analysis, in the "fashion and style" section of the New York Times:Now, with the possible candidacy of Fred D. Thompson, the grandfatherly actor and former Republican senator from Tennessee, whose second wife is almost a qu
 
"They don’t own the Democratic party!"
Salon, in an interview with Joe Biden, asked the following question:Do you think in the era of YouTube and video cellphones, you can get away with being Joe Biden? I mean being a guy who in the space of two minutes in Cedar Rapids started to tell a joke about Al Gore and the Internet and made a reference to George Wallace in a discussion of healthc
 
Stuffing the HIV/AIDs spending lie
James Joyner, talking about a Hillary Clinton line concerning HIV spendng from last night’s Democratic Presidential candidate panderfest, rips it to shreds.“If H.I.V./AIDS were the leading cause of death of white women between the ages of 25 and 34, there would be an outraged outcry in this country.”She continued, “If we don’t begin to take it seriously and address it the way we did back in the ‘90s, when it was primarily a gay men’s dis
 
Al Gore Running for President? Office denies, but...
A Taipei Times story alleges that Al Gore is clearing his schedule to consider "a presidential bid."Former US vice president Al Gore will not be able to make it to Taiwan this September to address the issue of global warming, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tien Chiu-chin (???) said yesterday. Tien, who invited Gore to visit Taiwan to promote awareness on global w
 
Who would a Bloomberg candidacy hurt?
Michael Barone has a very interesting look at that precise question. The answer, well it could be either party. First the NY question where I felt a Bloomberg candidacy might put the state in play for the Repubs. Commenter shark said, ’no way’. Barone and polling agree with shark:Fox News has a national poll showing that in a three-way New
 
So Tony, how did you like it?
Ok I’ve seen the Clinton video with the Soprano theme. Obviously I’m one of the few people in America who didn’t watch the Sopranos I guess, so it was sort of lost on me. In general though, I think it’s a good idea and something I think campaigns will do more. Remember my post on YouTube? You’ve just seen one future use. And that’s probably th
 
Bloomberg: Clearing the decks for an independent run?
Despite his claim it better reflects how he’s governed as mayor of NYCX, most see this as a move to set himself up to run for the presidency as an indpendent:Michael R. Bloomberg, a longtime Democrat who switched to the Republican Party to run for mayor of New York City in 2001, announced this evening that he is changing his party status and r
 
YouTube, YouBoob
Viewership of videos about presidential candidates peaked in March on YouTube as a result of two less than flattering videos, one about Hillary Clinton (the "1984" video) and one about John McCain ("Bomb Iran").Clinton’s accounted for 75% of all traffic related to the candidates with McCain’s, a month later, helped him attract twice the number of YouTube visitor
 
Establishing the Fred Thompson brand
George Will writes of Fred Thompson:Some say he is the Republicans’ Rorschach test: They all see in him what they crave. Or he might be the Republicans’ dot-com bubble, the result of restless political investors seeking value that the untutored eye might not discern and that might be difficult to quantify but which the investors are sure must be there, somewhere, so
 
Humiliation before power
Charles Krauthammer provides what I guess is the only silver lining to be found in the interminable campaign for president. The final function of the endless campaign, and perhaps the most psychologically important, is to satisfy the American instinct for egalitarianism. We
 
I don’t know how many times you have to hear stuff like this ...
But I intend to keep making it visible:“[B]ecause an uninsured person who goes to the hospital is more likely to die than an in
 
The interminable campaign for President
We political junkies have been mostly enjoying the fray, but as suspected, most "normal" Americans really haven’t been paying much attention:The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted May 30-June 3 among 1,503 adults, finds that overall voter engagement in the presidential campaign remains somewhat limited, despite intense press coverage of the r
 
Heaven help us
No pun intended:[Hillary] Clinton stood by her actions in the aftermath of former President Clinton’s admission that he had an affair, including presumably her decision to stay in the marriage."I am very grateful that I had a grounding in faith that gave me the courage and the strength to do what I thought was right, regardless of what the world thou
 
Did I watch the Dem debate? Uh, no ...
Will I watch the Republican debate? No. Look, it’s 520 days until the election and they’re not saying anything now they won’t be saying a year from now. This is all about sound bites and posturing, from John Edwards who voted for the war trying to take the mantle of lead ’anti-war’ candidate to Bill Richardson repeatedly shouting "I was there" to remind others of his foreign policy credentials.Big surprise ...
 
Disenchantment with major parties plagues presidential runs
Rasumussen is reporting that there are now more self-identified independents than ever before:For the fourth straight month, the number of people identifying themselves as Republicans has decreased. For the third straight month, the number of people identifying themselves as Democrats has also decrea
 
"Running to the middle" may be harder this time
AP’s Ron Fournier makes an interesting point about the ’08 election:Republican and Democratic presidential candidates are abandoning the middle ground for positions on Iraq and immigration that cater to their parties’ fringes _ the latest example of polarization trumping moderation in Washington.Democrats are lurching to the left on Iraq. Republicans are moving right on immigration. Neither shift is a surprise; the tw
 
Oh, please, please, please let this happen ...
It has been boring without her.Who?Cynthia McKinney, of course. Said Ms. McKinney on a radio interview today:You know, I have on my kitchen table, I have a button that was printed in 2000. And it was printed by the Green Party, they were talking about me running as a Green. So I have had a very long relationship with the Green Party. And I think, hones
 
Fred Thompson will announce his candidacy on the 4th of July (or not - update)
Not that anyone should be surprised by this announcement, er, rumor. If Politico is to be believed, it’ll be a star spangled entry:Fred Dalton Thompson is planning to enter the presidential race over the Fourth of July holiday, announcing that week that he has already raised several million dollars and is being backed by insiders from the past three Republican administrations, Thompson advisers told
 
An election only Jimmy could endorse
I’ll bet you missed this one:President Bashar Assad won another seven years in office, getting 97 percent of the vote in a nationwide referendum on his leadership in which he was the only candidate, according to results announced Tuesday.Interior Minister Bassam Abdul-Majid said that 95 percent of the country’s almost 12 million voters turned out at the polls in
 
Obama: Need to do better job with mental health for military
Upfront, I don’t disagree with his point:According to Obama’s plan, scheduled to be released during a town hall-style meeting on Sunday, the military would require face-to-face mental health screenings for all service members. By making it mandatory, Obama said the military could reduce the stigma associated with mental health screening and treatment.<
 
John Edwards positions himself for the primaries
Salena Zito, of the Pittsburg Tribune-Review, points out how, politically, John Edwards is positioning himself as the anti-war candidate and planning to ride that horse to a win in the primaries:But this Memorial Day weekend, after holding steady to his lead in the polls in Iowa, John Edwards will try to make himself over as the anti-war
 
The shape of things to come?
Oh man,Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said the U.S. should help Detroit-based automakers pay for retiree health care while at the same requiring them and their overseas competitors to boost fuel efficiency and reduce tailpipe emissions.The Illinois senator told the Detroit Economic Club today the U.S. can’t afford to let hea
 
As inevitable as the sun setting in the west
Somehow this was treated as "news":Democratic presidential candidates criticized President Bush over the Iraq war Thursday night in the first debate of their campaign, and urged him to reconsider his threat to veto legislation to begin withdrawing U.S. troops.Oh, and this was cute (and so important):While Iraq dominated the debate’s early mome
 
Savior of the Democratic Party ....
Oh ye of little faith. He hath not forsaken thee, but will return and save thee from thyselves. He hath heard thy plea and willst, when the time is right, take up the fallen banner and smite the enemy with his mighty sword of justice. He uniteth the green and the blue:Friends of Al Gore have secretly started assembling a campaign team in preparation
 
The French Choice
As mentioned yesterday, the presidential choice for the French has come down to a right-wing conservative (in relative terms) and a socialist. First the socialist candidate: Segolene RoyalRoyal won 24 percent of the vote to finish second. A 53-year-old regional premier,
 
Hillary and Obama refuse to debate on Fox
I have to wonder what would be said if Republican candidates decided CNN and MSNBC were too biased and refused to participate in any events in which they were involved.I for one would call them a bunch of cowards.And that’s precisely what Ben Smith calls Democrats on the Politico:The third shoe drops: Hillary
 
Follow the money - part II
The Republican side:Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney easily outpaced the Republican field in the initial fundraising test of the campaign, raking in $23 million dollars over the first three months of the year. Ex-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani raised $15 million and Sen. John McCain, once the campaign’s frontrunner, came in third, with just $12.5 million raised for the
 
Follow the money
As I’ve been saying for a while, given its early start and the number of candidates (not to mention the growing amount of money it takes to run for the presidency), this may be the first billion dollar presidential race. And leading the pack, according to fund raising reports, Sen. Hillary Clinton raised $26 million for her campaign. That, as the article notes, is 3 times what any politician has raised at this point in a campaign. The Barack Obama campaign d
 
Is a Fred Thompson presidential bid gathering steam?
It appears that may be the case:Rep. Zach Wamp, (R-Tenn.) is serious about a Fred Thompson bid for the White House and he thinks the former senator and actor may be too. "I believe he is seriously preparing to run," Wamp told Politico in a phone interview.More important for Thompson, Wamp is also hustling to demonstrate the kind of support Thompson woul
 
Why is this sort of thing taken seriously on the left?
It’s phenomenal, frankly. Writing at The Politico, Matt Stoller of MyDD talks about the netroots success in denying Fox News the now canceled debate among Democratic Presidential candidates.The reasoning behind for throwing the baby out with the bathwater?First, we argued that Fox News is not a news channel, but a
 
Democrats think Hillary "most electable" candidate
Say, wasn’t that what Democrats said about John Kerry?A recent Gallup Panel survey shows that Democrats think Hillary Clinton has the best chance of being elected president among the Democratic presidential candidates, followed by Barack Obama and John Edwards. Even as momentum appears to be building in some political circles for an Al Gore-presidential run, less than half of Dem
 
The McCain Channel?
Ok, probably not "Must See" TV, but, methinks, a smart way to campaign and raise visibility:Veoh Networks, an Internet Television broadcaster and Senator John McCain have teamed to launch the Senator John McCain Channel. The channel will feature a video diary from the campaign trail, including speeches, tour stops and messages to his suppo
 
Some numbers among ’08 presidential contenders
Not that they mean a hill of beans this far out but they are fun to talk about. From Rasmussen:In a match-up between the early 2008 frontrunners, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) leads New York Senator Hillary Clinton (D) 52% to 43%. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds Giuliani’s lead
 
"Can’t we all just get along?"
At the Nevada "debate" for Democratic presidential candidates, Bill Richardson suggested all of them should sign a pledge not to resort to negative campaigning. And, by all indications, they agreed. This plea, of course, was prompted by an Maureen Dowd column in the NY Times quoting David Geffen, a supporter of Obama and formerly a supporter of Bill Clinton, who said of the Clintons:
 
Ford: Obama can’t win
Is he saying what I think he’s saying?Two key black political leaders in South Carolina who backed John Edwards in 2004 said Tuesday they are supporting Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.State Sens. Robert Ford and Darrell Jackson told The Associated Press they belie
 
Speaking of potential presidential candidates
Hey, it’s possible and a movement to draft Al Gore looks like it might be gathering steam:Former Vice President Al Gore has drawn sold-out crowds in the tens of thousands as he travels the nation warning of the threat of global warming and critiquing the Bush Administration.Presumably some of the people in those crowds are the same a
 
Giuliani not the only one considering a run for president
Yes, the favorite of the extreme left may again toss his hat in the ring:Ralph Nader, the consumer rights activist and two-time presidential candidate, sharply criticized Sen. Hillary Clinton Sunday and told CNN he is considering another run for the White House in 2008."I don’t think she has the fortitude," Nader
 
John Edwards has plans for your money
Well, "yours" in name only:To reduce carbon emissions, Edwards recognizes that people may have to pay more for gasoline. And he is not ruling out new taxes or increasing old ones.The universal health care plan he wants is going to be expensive and some people will have to pay more.Eradic
 
Huckabee may throw his hat in the ring
With Clinton and Richardson jumping in the Presidential pool last week, we now have Hagel (see below) and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee pondering runs on the Republican side:"My brand of conservatism is not an angry hostile brand. It’s one that says ’conservative’ means we want to conserve the best of our culture, society, principles and valu
 
Under the category "you’ve got to be kidding"
Seriously.From the Washington Post:His Republican colleagues regard him warily. The White House barely speaks to him. He is reviled by his party’s conservative base.Looks as though Sen. Chuck Hagel is on a roll.[...]Hagel’s sharp criticism of the war has placed h
 
Is the primary system broken?
One of the talking heads I’ve found to be among the most balanced, rational and knowledgeable is US News and World’s Michael Barone.Today Barone takes on a subject we touched on in our podcast with Capt. Ed of CQ yesterday: Presidential primaries. Or to be succinct about it
 
Gov Bill Richardson announces presidential run
Richardson is probably the most qualified, and if given a chance, the most formidable of the announced Democratic candidates for the ’08 presidency. Ad Ed Morrisey said on our podcast yesterday, he has the most experience in a number of areas to include foreign policy and
 
Hillary Clinton: "I’m in"! (UPDATED x 2)
Sen. Hillary Clinton made official what most political observers had speculated was all but a certainty:New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) today announced she will establish a presidential exploratory committee, launching a 2008 campaign that could make her the first female president in history and the only former first lady to succeed her
 
Republican Leadership
Following up on my general comments about the Republican leadership elections, here are some more specific thoughts. You can find more information on each race and candidate here, including links to blogger conference calls, transcripts and other information. Dean Barnett has some  
Election 2006: Republicans binge and purge
The electionThe Democrats said: “Had enough?”The Republicans said: “It could be worse!”The voters said: “Let’s find out.” The lessonI say
 
World reaction to Dem win
Heh ... in an unsurprising development, it seems most of Europe is pretty happy with the outcome of Tuesday’s midterms:In an extraordinary joint statement, more than 200 Socialist members of the European Parliament hailed the American election results as "the beginning of the end of a six-year nightmare for the world" and gloated that they left the Bush administrat
 
The Destruction of Conventional Wisdom
Betsy at Betsy’s Page gives us a nice little run down of how ’conventional wisdom’ fared in this last election:1. Incumbents have an almost insurmountable advantage and their defeat is a rare, special event.2. Gerrymandering has succeeded in making it impossible to oust incumbents.3. Midterm elections are dec
 
The other shoe finally drops in VA
Dems take the Senate as well. AP has declared Webb the winner in VA: A Democratic takeover of the Senate is appearing likely after an ongoing canvass of votes in Virginia produced no significant changes in the outcome of the hard-fought race led by Democratic challenger Jim Webb, sources told CNN Wednesday.Wednesday night, with Webb leading Republican S
 
(UPDATED x 2) More Fallout
Dennis Hastert will not be the House minority leader according to Fox (radio).Can’t say it breaks my heart.UPDATE: Alternatives?In light of our editorial from the wee hours, we are hearing from multiple credible sources Mike Pence will announce he is running for Minority Leader later today. Likewise, John S
 
More post-mortem
Some notable assessments.Kate O’Beirne:Many conservatives appeared to be detached from the political troubles of President Bush that put his fellow Republicans in trouble. With conservatives also discouraged about the progress in Iraq, there wasn’t much rallying to the defense of “their guy.” That might have been different had he vetoed a few big spending bil
 
(UPDATED x 5) Repudiation? Mandate? Both or neither?
OK, where to begin? Some random thoughts on an interesting night.As I pointed out yesterday early in the live blogging, one of the questions asked on a panel at MSNBC about whether a large win by Democrats would constitute a mandate or instead a repudiation of President Bush.After watching last night’s returns, I’m inclined to believe it is a little of both. Many of the Republican House seats which fell were in trouble anyway, su
 
Speaking of Voting...
In case anyone is interested, here’s how I voted today.State Propositions:Prop 1A: YProp 1B: NProp 1C: NProp 1D: NProp 1E: NProp 83: NProp 84: NProp 85: YProp 86: NProp 87: NProp 88: YProp 89: NProp 90: YLocal Propositions:Prop A: NProp M: NElective Offices:Governor: Art Olivier (L
 
A pair of political junkies live blogging the ’06 returns
With appropriate breaks for beer, food and, ahem, the further breaks they require of all of us. I have no idea where this will lead, or what may end up being blogged, but I’ll update it by time stamp from the top (meaning older entries will be pushed to the bottom) and go till I drop (which may not be that late).0300 (Dale): Well, it’s time for me
 
’06? How about a prediction about ’08
Bruce Bartlett gives us 6 things which will likely happen after the election (given the premise that the Democrats win). For the most part I agree with his first 5. But it is point 6 which echoes what I’ve been saying for quite some time as to how I figure, politically, the Democrats will find their win not to be as much a good thing as they expect:
 
Election Day open thread: predictions
Record your Congressional predictions here, discuss the vote, discuss the election in general.
 
Kinsley on the Democrat plan
Michale Kinsley confesses that he read the Democratic manifesto "A New Direction for America " after he voted and he’s glad he did (implying he may not have voted Democratic otherwise). Why? Well actually there are a number of reasons. For instance, tax credits. They are numerous, and as Kinsley explains, they work directly against a couple of the supposed goals o
 
Polls all over the place
Inveterate poll watcher Dick Morris says "bloodbath":John Zogby’s polling is tracking 15 swing House districts, and he finds Democratic leads in 13. Since Dems need only 15 to take control - and will doubtless pick up several not on Zogby’s list - it seems we’re in for s
 
Dueling Banjos: Mehlman and Dean
The chairs of both the RNC and DNC have election eve op/eds out for the entertainment of the masses.Ken Mehlman and the Republican pitch.Soft on terrorism, soft on defense:Today, the Republican Party has learned the lessons of Sept. 11, and understands the importance of using every single tool at our disposal to win this war — but some Democrat leaders w
 
Getting the popcorn ready
Because for political junkies, "The Show" is about to come to town:In an interview from her Capitol office, Pelosi characterized Tuesday’s vote as a referendum on the war, shrugged off President Bush’s efforts to make her liberalism a national issue, described the current GOP leadership as a "freak show," and expressed confidence about her par
 
(UPDATED) Of course it’s a Democracy - Part II
Hugo Chavez’s reelection is proceeding according to plan apparently. A video produced by the opposition shows Venezuela’s oil minister dong a little more than "urging" the support of state oil company workers to support Chavez. The amateur video, shot during a private meeting with, one assumes, company management,  
Are Republicans really that "disspirited?"
Interesting observations by Jay Cost at RealClearPolitics.com about a study published by Curtis Gans of American University’s Center for the Study of the American Electorate which analyzes nationwide voter registration data:Gans also offers some surprising information on partisan registration. He has analyzed the 13 states that have supplied partisan registration v
 
Voter Fraud in Kansas City
For the "no photo ID to vote" crowd:Federal indictments allege the four turned in false voter registration applications. Prosecutors said the indictments are part of a national investigation.ACORN and Project Vote recruit and assign workers to low-income and minority neighborhoods to register people to vote.The Kansas City Election Board told KMBC the
 
Pre-mortem for the Lamont campaign
The NY Observer has it (apparently pre-mortems are all the rage now). Ties in with my "Netroots Angst" post. This caught my eye:Some Democratic strategists argued that Mr. Lamont served as a field test of the theory that grassroots energy and blogger support
 
Kerry pulls out of Minnesota campaign appearance
John Kerry, after yesterday’s gaffe, has apparently decided that discretion is the better part of political valor and canceled a campaign appearance in support of Democratic Congressional challenger Tim Walz. Or at least that’s the official word.Whether or not Kerry decided to cancel or Walz decided to cancel Kerry  
Whistling past the grave yard, part two
John Hawkins of Right Wing News polled 230 right of center blogs (no, not QandO) about how they felt the elections would turn out. 62 responded:1) Do you think the GOP is going to retain control of the House?Yes (38) — 61.3%No (24) — 38.7%2) Do you think the GOP is going to retain control of the Senate?
 
For the Divided Government Critics
Jacob Sullum of Reason lays it out:Problem: Federal spending as a share of GDP, which fell under Clinton to 18.5 percent, is again above 20 percent. Discretionary spending has increased faster under Bush than it did under Lyndon Johnson, no slouch in doling out taxpayer dollars. Earmarks have reached record levels, and the abuse of emergency spending bills is ra
 
And why are Democrats against Photo ID at polls?
Well findings in NY should help explain part of the reason:Among the Journal’s findings:- There were dead people on the voter rolls in all of New York’s 62 counties and people in as many as 45 counties who had votes recorded after they had died.- One Bronx address was listed as the home for as many as 191 r
 
Reviewing the Key Senate Races
So how are those key Senate race numbers trending this week (with 8 days to the midterm election)? Let’s look at the RCP averages for 10/30:CONNECTICUT - Sen. Joseph Lieberman, running as an independent and leads in the race. Lieberman, a three-term Democratic incumbent, lost the party primary in August after Lamont attacked his support for the Iraq war.So much for Net
 
Absolute power corrupts trivially
I was talking with Dale recently about the political culture in our country and how we seem to have managed over the years to elect and keep in office what I can only charitably describe as mediocre leaders. In fact, I’m even hesitant to attach the term ’leader’ to most of them. And my question to him was "given the "anal exam" most politicians must undergo - and which, in my estimation, keep the brightest and best from running for office - why wo
 
(UPDATED x 2) Thoughts on Nov 7th and the aftermath
Wynton Hall of the Hoover Institute thinks the midterms are really the, to quote him, "single best opportunity to advance its agenda in over a decade."I’m simply not buying. But he presents an interesting point. Talking about the MSM (and I would assume, mostly the opinion writers) he says they’ve spun such a gloom and doom scenar
 
Left Alone VS Left Behind
Quoted at The Corner, a line from Andrew Sullivan’s new book ’The Conservative Soul’..."The great and constant dream of the conservative is to be left alone by his own government and by his fellow humans, as much as is possi
 
Bob Smither for Congress
In the race to replace Tom DeLay in Congress, there’s been no shortage of drama. But aside from the battle over whether DeLay would stay on the ballot (he won’t), and whether the Republicans could replace DeLay (they can’t), there’s also been a fight over how the Republicans should proceed without an [R] on the ballot. With the race down to liberal Democrat Nic
 
The mood of the public, the mood of the electorate
Interesting results in the latest Pew survey - lots to talk about. The public is paying a great deal of attention to major overseas events - the reported terrorist plot against U.S. trans-Atlantic jet liners, the war in Lebanon, as well as the ongoing violence in Iraq. However, there is little indication that these dramatic stories have materially changed public attitude
 
An eye on 2008
While everybody is aware of the compositional changes that the upcoming House and Senate races may represent for Republicans and Democrats, it’s also worth noting that some of these races may have a significant impact on the upcoming 2008 Presidential campaigns. Potential GOP Presidential candidates are demonstrating their bona fides by campaigning on behalf of, or raising money for, current Republican candidates and generally seeking to improve their
 
Respect the Primary!
In the wake of the Democratic Primary to determine the candidate who would get the support of the Democratic Party, Howard Dean writes...After his loss, Joe Lieberman announced his intention to run as an independent. That’s the wrong thing to do. Ned Lamont won fair and square. We have a process, and those who participate in it should respect the