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Monday, March 31, 2008

Obama Dances, Wins Texas Two Step, Most Delegates

Yes, he won Texas. From the AP:

Sen. Barack Obama has won the overall delegate race in Texas thanks to a strong showing in Democratic county conventions this past weekend.

Obama picked up seven of nine outstanding delegates, giving him a total of 99 Texas delegates to the party's national convention this summer. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton won the other two, giving her a total of 94 Texas delegates, according to an analysis of returns by The Associated Press.

Texas Democrats held both a presidential primary and caucus. Clinton narrowly won the popular vote in the state's primary March 4, earning her 65 national convention delegates to Obama's 61

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At Least He Knows Who Obama Is

Unlike DMX who had never heard of Obama, 50 cent has switched his support from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama.

CNN reports:

Rapper 50 Cent, who told Time magazine last September he was supporting the New York senator's White House bid, now says he has decided to shift his allegiance to Obama.

The multi-platinum star, born Curtis Jackson, told MTV News Friday that Obama's recent speech on race was the deciding factor for his decision.

"I heard Obama speak," he said. "He hit me with that he-just-got-done-watching-'Malcolm X,' and I swear to God, I'm like, 'Yo, Obama!'

"I'm Obama to the end now, baby!"

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Why I Don't Like Digger Phelps

I'm taking a break from politics with this post because the Kansas Jayhawks are in the Final Four!

Last night on ESPN they were talking about how all the number one seeds made it to the Final Four for the first time in the tournament. They went on to say that three of the programs are the most storied programs in basketball history. Digger Phelps replied, "You've got North Carolina, UCLA and I guess you can include Kansas in that list."

You guess you can include Kansas?? I have always disliked Digger and this cemented the deal. Let me give Digger Phelps a few examples of why Kansas should be included in that list.

1. The inventor of the game, James Naismith, coached at Kansas.

2. Dean Smith (second winningest coach of all time) played at Kansas (grew up in Kansas) under Phog Allen and used what he learned from Phog to build his dynasty at North Carolina (where some guy Roy he taught how to coach is now coaching).

3. Adolph Rupp (the third winningest coach of all time) played at Kansas under Phog Allen and used what he learned from Phog to build his dynasty at Kentucky.

4. Wilt Chamberlain played at Kansas.

5. National Championships in 1922, 1923, 1952, 1988

6. 13 NCAA Final Four Appearances: 1940, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1971, 1974, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 2002, 2003 and 2008

7. 51 Conference Titles (the most of any school)

Thanks to KU University Relations for some of the specifics.

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Bowling for Votes

Let's hope the Commander in Chief test does not include a bowling competition. As someone who holds a Girl Scout badge in bowling (I dare you to laugh) I can correctly identify many of these as gutter balls.



Obama had this to say, according to CNN:

"My economic plan is better than my bowling," Obama told fellow bowlers Saturday evening at the Pleasant Valley Recreation Center.

"It has to be," a man called out.

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Lieberman's Senior Moment

Lieberman has decided that the candidate that's most like JFK running for office this year (wait for it) is (no not him) McCain! From CNN:

"Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Connecticut, compared presumptive Republican nominee John McCain to a surprising figure on Sunday — Democratic icon John F. Kennedy.

'I'm a Democrat who came to the party in the era of President John F. Kennedy,' Lieberman told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s 'This Week.' It's a strange turn of the road when I find among the candidates running this year that the one, in my opinion, closest to the Kennedy legacy, the John F. Kennedy legacy, is John S. McCain.'”

Senator, he's no John F. Kennedy.

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Obama Still Winning in Texas

Despite Hillary's win in the popular vote (by a small margin, 51% - 47%), Obama is cleaning up in the caucuses and will likely take more delegates from the state. The Associated Press has the latest results from the caucus count going on this weekend:

"Here is the apportionment so far of presidential caucus delegates to the Texas Democratic state convention based on reports from Saturday's county and senate district conventions. A total of about 7,300 delegates were expected to be selected in this stage of the caucus process, according to the Texas Democratic Party.

These results are from 151 of about 280 conventions.

Clinton: 1,783 delegates, or 42 percent

Obama: 2,471 delegates, or 58 percent."

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Obama's Lead Grows

Gallup has Obama up by 10 points today, his biggest lead since the Reverend Wright "crisis."

"Barack Obama has extended his lead over Hillary Clinton among Democrats nationally to 52% to 42%, the third consecutive Gallup Poll Daily tracking report in which he has held a statistically significant lead, and Obama's largest lead of the year so far."

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Worst Line of the Night

Hillary Clinton in the Washington Post:

"I know there are some people who want to shut this down and I think they are wrong," Clinton said in an interview during a campaign stop here Saturday. "I have no intention of stopping until we finish what we started and until we see what happens in the next 10 contests and until we resolve Florida and Michigan. And if we don't resolve it, we'll resolve it at the convention -- that's what credentials committees are for.

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Best Line of the Night

It's a toss up between my sister:

"Rock Chalk Jayhawk. Holy Shit. Where's the Advil?"

or

President Bush, after throwing a high, out of the strike zone opening pitch which was immediately followed by the first pitch of the game to Chipper Jones who crushed it for a home run:

"If he'd thrown the pitch I did he wouldn't have hit it out."

Update:

Video that inspired by sister.



Update:
Pitch that President Bush threw:

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Update on Colbert Challenge

A blog reader has pointed out to me that Obama is running away with Colbert's Democralypse. That's the challenge Colbert issued to supporters of Obama and Clinton. He set up a deal on donorschoose.org where you can donate money to schools in Pennsylvania in honor of Obama or Clinton. Whomever gets the most money wins the Keystone state.

So far Obama's had $85,960 donated in his name, helping more than 15,000 students.
Hillary's had $14,712 donated, helping almost 3,000 students.

Sounds like a convincing victory. A hat tip to Kettletop for pointing it out to me.

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Hillary Ruins Christmas

I found this video post on WisdomIsVindicated. The video, not the blog, was created by the same guys who do MS3K.

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A Penny Saved

This probably wasn't the hard-hitting economic issue Obama was looking for to talk about, but it provided a funny exchange.

From Politico.com:

"A voter at Sen. Barack Obama's town hall meeting in Greensburg, Pa., yesterday asked whether he would consider eliminating the penny.

'We have been trying to eliminate the penny for quite some time -- it always comes back,' Obama said. 'I need to find out who is lobbying to keep the penny.'

Somebody in the crowd pointed the finger at Illinois, the home of Abraham Lincoln.

'Oh, you think it’s Illinois? You’re blaming us?' he asked before turning serious. 'I will seriously consider eliminating the penny as long as we find another place for Lincoln to land.'"

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Obama: Primary A Movie That Went Too Long

"ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: Calling it a lengthy primary season, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., offered a Pittsburgh, Pa. crowd an analogy on the Democratic primary race, saying it is like 'a good movie that lasted about a half an hour too long.'

Obama said he and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., have been running in the Democratic primary so long that they could reverse roles and recite each others' lines without missing a beat.

'I think there are some people who felt like, 'God, when will this be over?'' he said."

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Powerful McCain Ad

I don't know whose producing the ads for McCain's campaigns, but they are very powerful. Here's the latest installment:



Howard Dean sort of stepped in it today in issuing this response to the add:

"While we honor McCain’s military service, the fact is Americans want a real leader who offers real solutions, not a blatant opportunist who doesn’t understand the economy and is promising to keep our troops in Iraq for 100 years."

I don't think using your POW status to show that you've been in tough situations before is being an "opportunist." I think you can attack McCain on pretty much anything else, but dude is entitled to his POW survivor stories. Of course, the RNC overreacted and called for Obama and Hillary to "denounce" Dean's comments.

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Obama Would've Left Church

Today on the View Barack Obama said that if Wright hadn't retired and if Wright hadn't acknowledged that what he said had deeply offended people he would've left the church.

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Obama Back to Significant National Lead

From Gallup:

Today's Gallup Poll Daily tracking update finds Barack Obama with an eight percentage point advantage over Hillary Clinton (50% to 42%), this gives him a statistically significant advantage for the first time since before the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy.

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Sports Radio Host Defends Obama

The Philadelphia Sports radio anchor who was interviewing Obama when he said his grandmother was just another "typical white person" tries to put the controversy to rest and defend Obama. I think anyone who wasn't looking for a controversy understood what Obama was trying to say, but it's nice to see someone else step up and defend him:

"I interviewed Sen. Barack Obama on my 610 WIP radio show last week. That’s right, I spent seven minutes and 45 seconds talking to a man who may soon be the leader of the free world. That the opportunity would fall to me and my co-hosts was inconceivable because we only occasionally deal with life outside of sports. That we would then all become embroiled in the national crisis of the day was downright surreal.

During a softball interview (sorry, Columbia), Obama referred to his white grandmother as a “typical white person” who would be intimidated if she walked past a black man on the street. The context was clear. He was by no means saying she was a racist; he was merely depicting the mindset of that generation. Obama was trying to show the way people once thought about race — even the woman who helped to raise the first truly serious African-American presidential candidate.

Within hours, we were besieged with questions from the media. At each stop on the media tour, I tried to explain the context of the remark, but the only reporters or pundits who believed me were those with no desire to punish Obama. It was the lead story that night on “The O’Reilly Report,” “Hannity & Colmes” and countless other right-tilting broadcasts.

CNN provided the most revealing moment. My WIP co-host Al Morganti agreed to make an appearance via satellite, which included a telephone pre-interview. When asked how he felt about Obama’s remark, Morganti said he didn’t think it was a big deal at all. The woman on the other end of the phone said that opinion would not fit well into the broadcast. He was never called back.

So what did I learn from this surprise visit to the world I left three decades ago? I learned I’m probably not much better than these media leeches seeking the daily blood of controversy. In many ways, I do the same thing. I come up with a strong opinion, and then I look for facts that will support the bias — discounting contradictory evidence.

The difference is, I’m commenting about sports. My opinion may be uncomfortable for a coach, player or owner, but no one is going to raise taxes or go to war because of it. I’ve never been more relieved at my career decision 30 years ago than I am right now.

It’s pretty clear I never fulfilled that promise to my advisor. I have bridged no new paths. Sports has become nothing more than my shelter from a real world that is too real.

The story had one final twist a day after the interview, when we learned that Obama had booked his appearance on our show because he wanted to make his picks in the NCAA Tournament.

There I was, obsessing over a visit to his ruthless world, and all the senator really wanted was a few minutes of refuge in mine."

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Michael Reagan Takes on Hillary

A very funny article from Michael Reagan, Ronald's son, about Hillary. He posits:

"Mrs. Clinton has been insisting that her global junkets as first lady, and her meetings with foreign leaders, qualify her to be president of these United States.

I never thought of it that way, but if she is correct then I am eminently qualified to follow my father's footsteps and take up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., not merely as a member of the president's family, but as president in my own right."

And just for good measure, he throws in a major diss, comparing Hillary to Nancy:

"Nancy Reagan, for example, had far more experience than Hillary, but she was content to be the loving wife of a president instead of crowing about the famous world leaders she met in her eight years as first lady and claiming it qualified her to be president. Unlike Hillary, Nancy tells the truth."

You can read the full article here.

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Obama Takes on Big Oil

A new ad from Obama directly tackling the gas price crisis we're facing. He falls short of talking about price controls, but does say big oil should pay a penalty for "windfall" profits. It's a step in the right direction!

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Leahy to Hillary: Quit!


Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont became the first high-profile Democrat to finally tell Hillary she should withdraw from the race. Of course, Leahy has always been a independent voice, switching from Republican to Democrat after many years in the Senate.

From the AP: "Leahy told Vermont Public Radio, in a show that aired Thursday, that Clinton ought to withdraw and should be backing Sen. Barack Obama. But Leahy said that's obviously a decision only Clinton can make.

'Senator Clinton has every right, but not a very good reason, to remain a candidate for as long as she wants to. As far as the delegate count and the interests of a Democratic victory in November go, there is not a very good reason for drawing this out. But as I have said before, that is a decision that only she can make,' Leahy said in the statement."

Leahy, of course, supports Obama.

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Obama to Keystone State, Gets Key Endorsement

Obama begins a six day campaign tour of Pennsylvania today, a signal that he's not giving up on the state despite a 12 point deficit to Hillary Clinton. From the New York Times:

"Outside the Philadelphia media market, the state is trickier for Mr. Obama, especially in the west where his itinerary begins. Part of Pittsburgh, in Allegheny County, with blacks and liberal whites is a likely oasis for him, but the surrounding region of conservative, blue-collar Reagan Democrats, many of them Roman Catholic, will be among his toughest audiences.

On the bus tour, Mr. Obama intends to concentrate on listening to voters in small public forums and conveying his belief that he can create a working majority in Washington to bring about change."

He'll get some help with those Reagan Democrats from Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey. From CNN:

"Casey will announce his support of Barack Obama's White House bid Friday...

Casey is a first-term senator and son of a popular former governor of the state, Bob Casey, Sr. A prominent catholic, Casey's support could help Obama make inroads among catholic voters in the state — a voting bloc that has favored Clinton in most other primary contests."

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Hillary: Fibber in Chief

That great headline is from the London Times, no small newspaper in the world. It's a hysterical look by Gerard Baker at Hillary's fibs over the years starting with the recent Bosnia Whopper and including this little reminder:

"For no obvious reason she once claimed her parents named her after Sir Edmund Hillary, even though she was born more than five years before the mountaineer's ascent of Everest, when he was known by almost no one outside New Zealand."

He concludes that Hillary's campaign is dead in the water:

"After that final primary in Puerto Rico on June 1, Mr Obama will have won more states, more delegates and more popular votes than Mrs Clinton. How in those circumstances can Mrs Clinton claim a moral case for staying in the race?

Her answer is to persuade the party's super-delegates - top party leaders and elected officials who will have the casting votes - that she is more electable than Mr Obama, and that they would be doing the party a favour if they chose her over the wishes of the tens of millions of people who have voted in the primaries.

They are unlikely to be taken in. They are more likely to view it as another example of Senator Clinton's misspeaking."

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Strange Bedfellows

McCain and Romney out campaigning together. The threat of the McMo ticket is still out there (McCain-Mormon=McMo)(in case you were wondering)(for those of you very clever people who figured it out, good job). However, the Mormon VP he picks may not be Romney.

Romney was lending his support to McCain at a Republican fundraiser in Utah today. From MSNBC:

"They were joined by Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., an early McCain supporter whose name has been mentioned as a potential vice presidential pick."

The Huntsman family is a very prominent and wealthy Mormon family from Utah. His family owns a chemical company, Huntsman, worth billions of dollars. According to McCain's website, Huntsman served as national co-chairman for Senator McCain's exploratory committee. He endorsed McCain instead of Romney, which earned him some pretty big backlash in the Mormon community. Of course, now that McCain is the nominee the state of Utah and the LDS faithful are likely to get behind him, especially given today's blessing from Romney.

His father, Jon Huntsman, Sr., was a staff secretary in the Nixon White House working for H.R. Haldeman. In an interview with Forbes magazine in 2006, Huntsman, Sr. said Haldeman was his "worst boss." He said of Haldeman:

"I don't say this to be mean-spirited, but he had a habit of never speaking to people unless it was to be critical. Never a hello, a good morning or a compliment. Once when I talked to him about it, he said, 'You had better never run a business the way I run my White House office.' And I said, 'Bob, you don't have to worry about that, because I never will." So I've never run my business that way.'"

McCain, however, isn't saying which, if any, Mormon he could choose. From the AP:
"Both men have been mentioned as potential vice presidential choices, and while Mr McCain praised each, he did not give away whether either was under consideration."

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Pelosi Stays Strong

Despite a nasty little letter from several Clinton supporters, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is sticking to her guns. According to CNN:

A recent letter from several Hillary Clinton fundraisers to Nancy Pelosi [asked her to]step back from her contention that superdelegates should support the pledged-delegate leader...

Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly said late Wednesday the California Democrat stands by her argument that the party's superdelegates would do damage if they go against the will of voters and hand the nomination to the candidate who finished second among those delegates awarded from the round of caucuses and primaries.

'The speaker believes it would do great harm to the Democratic Party if superdelegates are perceived to overturn the will of the voters,' Daly said. 'This has been her position throughout this primary season, regardless of who was ahead at any particular point in delegates or votes.'

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Peter Paul's Anti-Hillary Documentary

This is the documentary that's in the works by Peter Paul about the Clintons and specifically, Hillary. What makes it so interesting (other than the many crimes she's accused of) are the home movies of Hillary where she acts very differently from what we're used to seeing in public (other than the occasional press briefing at the back of the plane where she's holding a beer). The point of the documentary is how she hid the largest violation of campaign finance in history. The best part is where the guy who gave her the money gets sent to a Brazilian prison due to the justice department's "investigation" of him. It's two parts, about 10 minutes and then 5 minutes long. Worth watching. (No, there aren't any rants by Jeremiah Wright in it, sorry).



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Hillary Hits All Time Low

From NBC's Chuck Todd:
"As expected, one of the two major Democratic candidates saw a downturn in the latest NBC/WSJ poll, but it's not the candidate that you think. Hillary Clinton is sporting the lowest personal ratings of the campaign. Moreover, her 37 percent positive rating is the lowest the NBC/WSJ poll has recorded since March 2001, two months after she was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York."

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Hillary's Strange Minister

It sounds like a cult or something out of the Da Vinci code. Here's Ben Smith:

"The Atlantic's Josh Green rounds up a lot of recent reporting on what he calls a 'deeply strange' Christian organization that Hillary is associated with:

Since Hillary Clinton has launched a frontal attack on her opponent's church and pastor, it's worth noting that she has some odd religious ties of her own. When I was profiling her two years ago, I learned about her involvement with a secretive Christian organization called The Fellowship that has operated in the Washington shadows since the 1930s. I found the story of Clinton and The Fellowship so bizarre that I made it the lede to my piece. In light of recent events, it's worth revisiting.

If you've never heard of The Fellowship (also known as The Family), it will sound like some shadowy organization in a John Grisham novel. (Indeed, as a Google search will demonstrate, critics consider it a cult.) The group was formed in the 1930s to minister to political and business leaders throughout the world, modeling itself as a kind of Christian Trilateral Commission. Several members of Congress are affiliated with the group, mostly Republicans, but some Democrats, too. To the extent The Fellowship is known beyond its members it is probably for founding the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

Like Jeremiah Wright's Trinity Baptist Church, The Fellowship is run by its own mysterious and controversial figure, Douglas Coe, although temperamentally Coe is Wright's opposite. He eschews the spotlight and has never made a controversial public utterance that I'm aware of — mainly because he rarely speaks publicly at all. (You won't find him on YouTube.) But like Wright, Coe has ministered to a Democratic front-runner. He personally leads a private Senate prayer group that Clinton has been a part of.

In my piece, I chose to focus on the Senate prayer group, but others have written extensively about the strangeness and secrecy of The Fellowship. As this Los Angeles Times story and this exquisitely reported Harper's piece make clear, there is something deeply strange about the group. They certainly do not like press coverage, so in that regard Clinton's attraction might make sense. Reporters hoping to look into the group might want to think again. A few years ago, The Fellowship’s archives, which are held at Wheaton College, the evangelical school in Illinos, were reclassified as “restricted” and placed under lock and key."

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Lewinsky Questioner Surprised at Chelsea's Reaction

Chelsea's getting the tough questions these days. First, she took the question about the sniper fire "incident" in Bosnia. Now, at a Butler University appearance a student asked her if she thought the Lewinsky scandal had damaged her mother's reputation.

Watch her reaction:


I don't think she understood the question. She said, "I don't think that's any of your business." That doesn't make any sense. It's not like he said, "Was your mother heartbroken over this? Was your mother upset by the scandal?" It wasn't a personal question.

Besides, the kid is apparently a Hillary supporter. According to CNN:

"Evan Strange, a Butler University student, told CBS he is a supporter of Hillary Clinton, and meant no harm with his question about the infamous White House scandal.

'Surprisingly, I am a supporter of Hillary, I love Hillary. But when I talk to my friends, one of their constant questions to me is, 'What makes her such a strong leader?', and they always bring up that scandal,' Strange said in an appearance on the CBS Early Show.

'It’s not something I asked to cause trouble, it was to show those people what makes Hillary so strong, and was an opportunity for Chelsea to show all the doubters how strong Hillary is,' he added."

The Clintons just always assume they're under attack. Hillary's even said she doesn't even use e-mail she's been investigated so many times:

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Hillary Tries to Kneecap Obama

Maureen Dowd has a great explanation today in the New York Times for why Hillary is pushing McCain so hard, and seemingly trying to destroy any chance Obama has of winning in November: if McCain wins, he'll serve one term, and then Hillary gets to run and be President in 2012. Dowd's Editorial:

"Even some Clinton loyalists are wondering aloud if the win-at-all-costs strategy of Hillary and Bill — which continued Tuesday when Hillary tried to drag Rev. Wright back into the spotlight — is designed to rough up Obama so badly and leave the party so riven that Obama will lose in November to John McCain.

If McCain only served one term, Hillary would have one last shot. On Election Day in 2012, she’d be 65.

Why else would Hillary suggest that McCain would be a better commander in chief than Obama, and why else would Bill imply that Obama was less patriotic — and attended by more static — than McCain?

Why else would Phil Singer, a Hillary spokesman, say in a conference call with reporters on Tuesday that Obama was trying to disenfranchise the voters of Florida and Michigan. 'When it comes to voting, Senator Obama has turned the audacity of hope into the audacity of nope,' he said, adding, 'There’s a basic reality here, which is we could have avoided the entire George W. Bush presidency if we had counted votes in Florida.” So is Singer making the case that Obama is as anti-democratic as W. was when he snatched Florida from Al Gore?

Some top Democrats are increasingly worried that the Clintons’ divide-and-conquer strategy is nihilistic: Hillary or no democrat.

(Or, as one Democrat described it to ABC’s Jake Tapper: Hillary is going for 'the Tonya Harding option' — if she can’t get the gold, kneecap her rival.)

After all, the Clintons think of themselves as The Democratic Party. When Bill and Dick Morris triangulated during the first term, it was what was best for Bill, not the party. In 1996, when Bill turned the White House into Motel 1600 for fund-raisers, it was more about his re-election than the re-elections of his fellow Democrats in Congress; in 2000, the White House focused its energies more on Hillary’s Senate win than Al Gore’s presidential run.

And even Clinton supporters know that Bill does not want to be replaced as the first black president, especially by a black president with enough magic to possibly eclipse him in the history books."

We don't want to see Obama crying in the hallway saying, "Why me!" Let's get this party straightened out and send the Clintons packing.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Barack Chalk Jayhawk T-Shirts

Update: Cafe Press has pulled the plugs on our shirts! Sorry! KU claimed a copyright on "Chalk Jayhawk." We didn't have the money or power to fight them.

They're here! We've got Barack Chalk Jayhawk t-shirts for all you Kansas fans on Cafe Press.

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Chelsea Dodges Sniper Fire Question

A tough question from the audience, for once, for Chelsea:


Link: sevenload.com

"Well sir, I think that my mother’s on record as having talked about this and I support what she said. I mean, I was there as well and I’m so honored that I was there."

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Dinner with Obama

If you donate now to the Obama campaign you may be selected to join him for a dinner and actually get to meet the candidate. The campaign says:

"Make a donation in any amount between now and 11:59 pm EDT on Monday, March 31st, and you could join Barack and three other supporters for an intimate dinner for five."

Please click here to donate.

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Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos" Under Investigation

From The Nation's Ari Melber:

"Operation Chaos," Rush Limbaugh's campaign urging Republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton in Democratic primaries, has been very effective. It doubled Republican turnout in Ohio and Texas, boosting Clinton and prolonging the Democratic race. But in Ohio, it was also almost certainly illegal.

Ohio law requires that citizens genuinely support a political party in order to vote in its primary. To change parties for a primary, a citizen must pledge, under the penalty of election falsification, that she is affiliated with the party and "supports" its principles. Lying on the pledge is a felony, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. The law also stipulates that poll workers have a "duty" to challenge voters who are "not a member of the political party whose ballot the person desires to vote."

In Cuyahoga, Ohio's largest county, 16,000 Republicans switched parties for the primary last month. Several did so in bad faith, without truly changing parties, according to newspaper interviews and Internet postings. The Cuyahoga Board of Elections recently voted to investigate the matter; a report is expected on March 31. Despite the massive crossover voting, however, prosecutions are considered unlikely. A spokesperson for Ohio's Attorney General told Alternet that it is "very hard to prosecute" crossover voting cases, since the crime depends on proving a voter's motive on Election Day.

Limbaugh's motives, however, have been perfectly clear from the start. "I'm asking people to cross over, and if they can stomach it and I know it's a difficult thing to do, vote for Clinton," Limbaugh said before the Ohio primary. The goal, he explained, was to ensure Barack Obama was "bloodied up politically" and to extend the Democratic primary "soap opera."

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Hillary Jumps on Anti-Wright Bandwagon

Yep. She went there. You knew this was too irresistible for Hillary to not comment.

From Ben Smith at Politico:

"The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports:

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a wide-ranging interview today with Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporters and editors, said she would have left her church if her pastor made the sort of inflammatory remarks Sen. Barack Obama's former pastor made.

'He would not have been my pastor,' Clinton said. 'You don't choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend.'

The line about family directly hits Obama’s portrayal of Wright as someone like an uncle who says offensive and awful things, but you love anyway. 'I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother,' he said in his speech last Tuesday."

Who is she to comment on why someone stays in a relationship? Do you know how many women made the same comment after all of Bill's indiscretions came out? "I wouldn't stay married to someone who did that to me!" Of course, Hillary has never shied away from judging others when given the chance.

It's glaringly obvious that she is bringing this up now because the polls show Obama surging ahead of her again. When she was ahead in the polls before his race speech she kindly stayed away from commenting on his minister. Now that the speech has been well received, he has Richardson's endorsement, she is bringing up Wright. Pathetic.

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Hillary Makes a Mockery of the Election

Hillary Clinton has again brought up the notion that pledged delegates aren't really pledged. She says they're like superdelegates and can switch sides. From CNN:

"'And also remember that pledged delegates in most states are not pledged,' she told the editorial board of the Philadelphia Daily News Monday. 'You know there is no requirement that anybody vote for anybody. They're just like superdelegates.'

The Clinton campaign said that they had not been planning to try to actively convince the Illinois senator's pledged delegates to switch sides, and would not do so in the future – but on a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Ickes defended Clinton’s Monday remarks and repeated his view that pledged delegates were free to switch their allegiance at any time.

'I think what Mrs. Clinton was trying to make clear was that no delegate is required by party rules to vote for the candidate for which they're pledged,' said Ickes. 'I mean obviously circumstances can change, and people's minds can change about the viability of a particular candidate and that's permitted now under our rules ever since the 1980 convention.'”

What message is it that her campaign is going for? Is it: (1) It doesn't matter what the voters said or is (2) It matters what the voters said, but sometimes we know better and have to correct their "mistake." In what other context can you classify urging a pledged delegate to switch sides than to couch it as a mistake by the voter in choosing Obama? How demeaning is that? Why have the voters vote at all?

Time for Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Richardson, Ms. Pelosi and many others to save their party and save their eventual nominee. The games must end. Obama is not going to be the only one judged in the general election. So is his party. Why should voters believe Democrats in Congress will work hard for Obama when he can't even get them on his side now to get Hillary out of the race. They need serious damage control and they need it now.

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If I have to...

I can't stand Obama girl, but I have to agree with her sentiment in her new video: Get out now, Hillary!

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Olbermann Takes on Hillary's Trip to Bosnia

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Hillary Blames Little Girl for Lies About Bosnia Trip

The level of suspension of disbelief that is required in order to believe what Hillary is saying about her Bosnian trip is unparalleled in the Clinton universe. And that's saying a lot.

Hillary now tells the editorial board of a Philadelphia newspaper, of whom she is seeking an endorsement, that she "misspoke" when recounting her trip to Bosnia the other day. From CNN:

"Clinton told the paper's editorial board it was a 'minor blip.'

'I say a lot of things -- millions of words a day -- so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement,' she said."

She does say a lot of things a day, especially while standing in front of American flags, giving a foreign policy speech trying to bolster her credentials. Can we blame her if she accidentally over zealously describes a landing in Bosnia not at all grounded in reality?

In that speech Clinton said:

"I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."

Video shows her sauntering off the plane, meeting with dignitaries, and talking to an 8-year-old girl, whom she's now throwing under the bus. From CNN:

"Now let me tell you what I can remember, OK -- because what I was told was that we had to land a certain way and move quickly because of the threat of sniper fire. So I misspoke -- I didn't say that in my book or other times but if I said something that made it seem as though there was actual fire -- that's not what I was told,"

"I was told we had to land a certain way, we had to have our bulletproof stuff on because of the threat of sniper fire. I was also told that the greeting ceremony had been moved away from the tarmac but that there was this 8-year-old girl and, I can't, I can't rush by her, I've got to at least greet her -- so I greeted her, I took her stuff and then I left. Now that's my memory of it."


So Hillary risked life and limb to not be rude to an 8-year-old WHO WAS STANDING ON A SNIPER INFESTED TARMAC WAITING FOR HER!! Come on!! Nice of her to keep Chelsea standing out there with her while they dodged bullets waiting for the little girl to finish her damn poem.

Anyone who wants 8 years of this crap, go ahead and vote for Hillary. It's not the first and it won't be the last time we hear her "misspeak" about something.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

CBS Reporter Remembers Bosnian Trip Differently

Last Monday Hillary said of her trip to Bosnia:

"There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport," Clinton said. "But instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."

We've all seen the video by now that shows her deboarding and meeting with a little girl, hardly a dangerous situation. Now, a reporter that accompanied her on the trip, Sharyl Attkisson of CBS news, writes:

"Due to the possibility of sniper fire, our pilots used what we were told are 'assault take-offs and landings.' In short, the climb and descent are very fast, and very steep to minimize exposure to hostile fire on the ground.

It's exciting and frightening and, in the midst of it all, wearing our helmets and bulletproof vests, it's easy to imagine we may be narrowly escaping enemy bullets.

In reality, we had no known incidents of enemy fire on our aircraft. Mindful of the fact that we were with the First Lady, and that she was venturing farther inside Bosnia than her husband the President had ever gone, reporters kept a close eye to the crowds and never entirely went off-guard.

However, the mood upon first landing at the Tuzla airport was light. Children were there on the tarmac to greet the first lady, Chelsea was by her side, Bosnian dignitaries had gathered: It felt safe."

Attkisson adds:

"Update: In a conference call with reporters this afternoon, Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson answered questions about Clinton's assertions, allowing that it is possible she 'misspoke.'"

You can watch the CBS story here.

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Now it's the Electoral College that Matters

The new rational from the Clinton campaign that she should be the nominee instead of Obama is that she carried the states that have more votes in the Electoral College. Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN)(Clinton supporter) tells the New York Times:

“So who carried the states with the most Electoral College votes is an important factor to consider because ultimately, that’s how we choose the president of the United States,”

The Times says:

"So far, Mrs. Clinton has won states with a total of 219 Electoral College votes, not counting Florida and Michigan, while Mr. Obama has won states with a total of 202 electoral votes."

The Electoral College obviously doesn't count in the Democratic primary as they choose their delegates with a wacky formula combining delegates and superdelegates and not counting states if they behave in a way they don't like (MI & FL).

There are several flaws with this argument, the worst being that those "traditionally blue" states that Clinton has won (CA, NY, etc.) will go blue this fall whether Obama or Clinton is the nominee. They're not going to jump ship suddenly because John McCain is on the ballot. What matters is pulling in those red states and turning them blue (MO, TN, etc.) Shouldn't the reverse argument be made? Obama can bring in those red states in the general election so he should be the nominee?

What do you think the argument will be tomorrow?

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I wish I was in the Virgin Islands


From the AP:

"An official at Government House in the capital, Charlotte Amalie, would only confirm that Obama was in St. Thomas, the most populated island. Tourists said they spotted him on the beach Sunday."


If he's really cool, he'd stay at the Eco-friendly Maho Bay, a great secluded resort on the island of St. John. It's a national park. You stay in tents and have a path right down to the beach. Yes, wish I was there.

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Price of Gasoline Hits Record High

According to MSNBC:

"The average price of a gallon of gas in the United States has risen to a record $3.26, and the cost of diesel fuel has soared to a record $4.06 a gallon, adding to pressure on consumers and the companies that deliver their goods.



[Trilby] Lundberg said there is no proof yet that rising gas prices have convinced people to drive less."

Want proof? I went to buy gas on Sunday, put 5 gallons in my car (which cost me $15) and proceeded to drive the exact speed limit so as to not risk using more gas than was necessary as I wondered which credit card I would be able to use the next time I had to buy gas.

In a related story, from CNN:

"Exxon Mobil made history on Friday [February 1, 2008] by reporting the highest quarterly and annual profits ever for a U.S. company, boosted in large part by soaring crude prices.

Exxon, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, said fourth-quarter net income rose 14% to $11.66 billion, or $2.13 per share. The company earned $10.25 billion, or $1.76 per share, in the year-ago period."

There is something fundamentally wrong with that. Free markets aside, the government ought to put price controls in place for gasoline. In the same way that the Federal Reserve can slash interest rates (or increase them) and tell banks what they can charge their consumers, the Government ought to step in and tell oil companies what they can charge consumers.

I'm waiting for either of the two viable Presidential candidates (sorry Hillary, you're out) to present a real solution to this problem.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Hillary Lied About Danger of Bosnia Trip

I don't know what to believe! The candidate or the video! Hmmm...

Here's Hillary's description of what happened when she went to Bosnia in a speech she gave on Monday, March 17th, 2008 as reported by Hillary Clinton.com:

"I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."

Now, here's the video of her landing in Bosnia.



Oh, no, Hillary! Look out for the little girl with the flowers!

In that March 17th speech she also said: "I certainly do remember that trip to Bosnia, and as Togo said, there was a saying around the White House that if a place was too small, too poor, or too dangerous, the president couldn't go, so send the First Lady. That’s where we went." Taking along her daughter, Sinbad, and Sheryl Crow.

Sinbad put it best:

"What kind of president would say, 'Hey, man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife...oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.' I think the only 'red-phone' moment was: 'Do we eat here or at the next place.'"

The Jed Report gives us what this "whopper" of a story would look like as a movie.

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In Honor of Easter

Clinton advisor James Carville has compared Bill Richardson to Judas for endorsing Obama.

From the Huffington Post:

"The New York Times quotes Carville today: '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 if appropriate is ironic.'

In Carville's analogy, Richardson is 'Judas,' which means Hillary Clinton is? (And Obama?)"

I think that makes Obama the Good Samaritan.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Obama Back on Top

A new National Gallup Poll has Obama back on top of Hillary after a poll taken Friday. Obviously, the Race speech and the endorsement from Richardson seems to have made a difference. 48% of Democratic voters favor Obama to Clinton's 45%.

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Another Terrible Comment from Bill

According to CNN:

"Campaigning for his wife in North Carolina, Clinton said it would be a great thing if we had an election year where, 'you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country.' Instead, he said, there's 'all this other stuff.'"

An Obama Campaign Co-Chair, retired Air Force General Merrill McPeak, called the statement a disguised insult that sounds like McCarthyism.

Seems like a good assessment to me. I think that's being gracious. Clinton is the King of Innuendo and getting away with saying something in just the right way so that he can come back and deny it later if he has to.

At this point, things have deteriorated so far between the two campaigns that I can't imagine either side standing up on a stage with the other candidate during the general election and endorsing them.

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Time Magazine: 14 Reasons Hillary Should Quit

From Time's Mark Halperin:

1. She can’t win the nomination without overturning the will of the elected delegates, which will alienate many Democrats.

2. She can’t win the nomination without a bloody convention battle — after which, even if she won, history and many Democrats would cast her as a villain.

3. Catching up in the popular vote is not out of the question — but without re-votes in Florida and Michigan it will be almost as impossible as catching up in elected delegates.

4. Nancy Pelosi and other leading members of Congress don’t think she can win and want her to give up. Same with superdelegate-to-the-stars Donna Brazile.

5. Obama’s skilled, close-knit staff can do things like silently kill re-votes in Florida and Michigan and not pay a political price.

6. Many of her supporters — and even some of her staffers — would be relieved (and even delighted) if she quit the race; none of his supporters or staff feel that way. Some think she just might throw in the towel in June if it appears efforts to fight on would hurt Obama’s general election chances.

7. The Rev. Wright story notwithstanding, the media still wants Obama to be the nominee — and that has an impact every day.

8. Obama might not be able to talk that well about the new global economy, but she (and McCain) can’t either.

9. Many of the remaining prominent superdelegates want to be for Obama and she (and Harold Ickes) are just barely keeping them from making public commitments to him.

10. She can’t publicly say more than 2% of all the things she would like to say about race, electability, beating McCain and experience.

11. If she somehow found a way to win the nomination, she would have to offer Obama the veep slot, and she doesn’t want to do that.

12. This is a change election, and Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton can never truly be change.

13. Obama is having fun most days, and she isn’t.

14. Even though her campaign staff is having more fun than it has for a long time, there’s hardly anyone there who, given half a chance, wouldn’t slit Mark Penn’s throat — and such internal dissension won’t help her in the home stretch.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Bell Curve Author Praises Obama Race Speech

This is a wacky election. Charles Murray, the author of the Bell Curve (the book that argued Black people are genetically intellectually inferior to white people) had this to say about Obama and his speech on race:

"I understand how na├»ve it is to read a presidential candidate’s speech as if it were anything except political positioning, but that leads me to my final point: It’s about time that people who disagree with Obama’s politics recognize that he is genuinely different. When he talks, he sounds like a real human being, not a politician. I’m not referring to the speechifying, but to the way he comes across all the time. We’ve had lots of charming politicians. I cannot think of another politician in my lifetime who conveys so much sense of talking to individuals, and talking to them in ways that he sees as one side of a dialogue. Conservatives who insist that he’s nothing but an even slicker Bill Clinton are missing a reality about him, and at their peril.

I can’t vote for him. He is an honest-to-God lefty. He apparently has learned nothing from the 1960s. His Supreme Court nominees would be disasters. And maybe he is too green and has lived too much of his adult life in a politically correct bubble. But the other day he talked about race in ways that no other major politician has tried to do, with a level of honesty that no other major politician has dared, and with more insight than any other major politician possesses. Not bad."

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Well this is just funny!



Sure looks like Reverend Wright sitting next to Hillary at the same prayer breakfast where Bill Clinton had his picture taken with Wright.

According to Americablog.com:

"(Hat tip to reader Dem in VA.) Hillary was there, so who's the guy sitting next to her? If it is Wright, it's kind of hard to imagine that they'd sit an "America hater" next to the woman who singlehandedly brought peace to Northern Ireland. You don't put random people next to the First Lady. And you REALLY don't put just anybody next to the First Lady during a speech in which you know that Bill Clinton is going to talk about Monica. This had to be a horrible scene for Hillary - you had better believe that the man sitting next to Hillary was vetted to the moon and back. He was chosen as the best man in the room. So who was he? Sure looks like Rev. Wright. More from the NYT. (Full disclosure, I lightened the photo with Hillary so as to make Wright's facial features more visible, for comparison sake.)"

Obviously, this isn't the same as having the man as your preacher, but can you imagine the coincidence of this? The same man was present at, or part of, the two worst public relations disasters for BOTH the democratic candidates! He supported Hillary in her hour of need, and caused Obama's!

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The Hootie Effect

I promise this is about the election. Bear with me.

Remember when Hootie and the Blowfish were the coolest thing you could possibly talk about? Their music was everywhere, David Letterman loved to say their name, Dan Marino appeared in their music videos, MTV devoted endless specials to them, everyone owned the album... and then... nobody wanted to be with them...

Spring of 1996, their first album, Cracked Rear View, having sold 16 million copies, was still sitting in the top ten when they released their second album, Fairweather Johnson (which I really liked). It sold only 3 million copies and suddenly the coolest thing on earth to be was an anti-Hootie person. What had changed? America's fickle public opinion.

Now, Jeremiah Wright has created a Hootie Effect for Obama. Obama was the man. He was the best. He was the great hope of America. Everybody who was anybody wanted to go vote for this man. Record voter turnout was rampant and he was raising money at a pace that was breaking records. He was ahead of Clinton and McCain in all the national polls. Then, the shine started to wear off, and as America always loves to do to someone on top, they started to tear him down. In comes Jeremiah Wright and suddenly Obama's campaign is drowning.

I suppose we should be grateful this happened in the middle of the democratic primary and not say, in October. Perhaps, Obama can weather this "Fairweather Johnson" moment and manage to rebound. Let's hope America wants to hold his hand again before November.

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Obama: Clinton "deeply flawed" nominee

In the kind of attack that Obama has tried to stay away from, but is now completely necessary, his campaign today stated today, according to CNN, that "the New York senator is a dishonest politician who has consistently misled voters."

Clinton is going on the offensive, using the Wright controversy to try and tell Superdelegates that they should overturn the primary results and vote for her because she's more "electable" than Obama.

She's going even further and saying that if the Michigan and Florida results don't get counted you'll have to question the legitimacy of Obama's nomination. Granting her that Michigan and Florida should've been counted in the first place, now how are you going to fix it? If you hold another vote, what do you do with Democrats who voted in the Republican primary because they knew the Democratic results wouldn't count? Do they get a shot in the re-vote? Do the votes of the people who sent in early ballots still count even though Obama's name wasn't on the Michigan ballot and he didn't campaign in Florida?

These are the rules that Hillary agreed to play by when she signed on for the primary and agreed to abide by the DNC's rules. It just demonstrates even further what the Obama campaign has been a long time coming in saying: she will say and do whatever it takes to get elected.

More from CNN:

"Referencing a new Gallup Poll suggesting 53 percent of Americans don't view Clinton as trustworthy, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said Clinton would be a 'deeply flawed nominee,' and suggested it would be 'nearly impossible' for her to win a general election.

'She is not seen as trustworthy by the American people,' Plouffe said. 'She has consistently in this campaign engaged in political calculation to mislead voters….It will nearly be impossible to win a general election if more than half the electorate thinks you're untrustworthy.

'If Sen. Clinton wants to have a discussion about electability and vetting, we're happy to have it,' Plouffe also said. 'She would be a deeply flawed nominee. There are character issues here that will cause us real problems in the fall."

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Richardson: Time to Get Behind One Candidate



After endorsing Barack Obama today, Governor Bill Richardson, appearing on Olbermann, chastised the Clinton campaign for their negativity and urged Democrats to get behind one candidate.

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Appeals Court Dismisses Florida Vote Case

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out the case challenging the DNC's decision to not seat the Florida delegates. The Court said the Florida resident who filed the suit didn't have standing.

The DNC, in all its equal protection glory, says it's pleased with the ruling. From CNN:

"The DNC said it was pleased with the ruling because it affirmed previous decision that 'national political parties have a constitutionally protected right to manage and conduct their own internal affairs, including the enforcement of delegate selection rules.'"

What a victory for voting rights! Way to go!

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Same Person Peeked at McCain Passport

Turns out curiosity may kill the cat, but it doesn't get you fired. The same State Department employee that was reprimanded for looking at Obama's passport file also accessed McCain's. Hillary's was also accessed but by a State Department trainee.

According to CNN, teams from the State Department are going to the Senate offices of all three candidates today to brief their staff on what happened.

In the case of Senator Clinton: "[A] trainee accessed her files in 2007.

'Usually in these training circumstances, people are encouraged to enter a family member's name (in the system), just for training purposes,' McCormack said. 'This person chose Senator Clinton's name.'

The person was immediately 'admonished and it didn't happen again,' he said."

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Rice Apologizes to Obama for Passport Peek


Developing

From MSNBC:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday she has apologized to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama for an incident in which State Department contractors unnecessarily reviewed his passport file.

The episode raises questions as to whether the actions of three contractors, two of whom have been fired, were politically motivated.

Rice said she spoke with Obama and told him she was sorry. The secretary said she "told him that I myself would be very disturbed."


Photo Courtesy AP

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Richardson Endorses Obama

Update: Video of Richardson endorsing Obama

Bill Richardson has endorsed Obama calling him: "a once in a lifetime leader."

From MSNBC:

Richardson specifically cited Obama’s speech on race as a reason for getting off the fence. “He asked us to rise above our racially divided past, and to seize the opportunity to carry forward the work of many patriots of all races, who struggled and died to bring us together,” he said in a letter to his supporters. “As a Hispanic, I was particularly touched by his words.”

Photo Courtesy: New York Times

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Investigating the Talented Mr. Obama

From the Washington Post:

"Two State Department employees were fired and a third has been disciplined for improperly accessing Sen. Barack Obama's passport file, the State Department announced last night."

Apparently, these people were just motivated by "curiosity" and not some political agenda.

The Post goes on to say:

"The system, which focuses on politicians and celebrities, was put in place in recent years, after the State Department was embroiled in a scandal involving the access of the passport records of then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton in 1992."

So I guess we have Hillary to thank. Again.

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Not That it Will Help...


President Clinton meeting with Jeremiah Wright, Obama's pastor, at the White House, September 1998. The New York Times reports that Mr. Wright was invited to the White House meeting with religious leaders where:
"With tears in his eyes, President Clinton told a roomful of clerics this morning that he had sinned [with Monica Lewinsky], speaking just hours before the world was presented a painstaking account by prosecutors of when, where and how."
Oh, and Hillary was at the "prayer" breakfast, too.

The President sent Mr. Wright the Thank You note pictured on the right.
According to the New York Times, in typically mature Clinton fashion, Hillary staffer Howard Wolfson commented on this story by saying: “Urgent indeed — a picture — oooooooo!”

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It's the Gas Prices, Stupid

Remember when Al Franken said he would run for office on the campaign theme of "No more ATM fees?" Well, somebody ought to be running on the theme of "No more $4.00 gas!" It's time to start talking about mandatory price limits on gas and utilities.

MSNBC is the latest in a long line of news outlets to run a story on how gas prices are affecting Americans budgets.

"The slow and seemingly inexorable rise in gas prices over the past two years has reached a fever pitch in recent months. That's taking its toll on many Americans, especially when coupled with weakness in the housing market and increasing costs for things like groceries. Faced with paying more at the pump, some say they are cutting back on restaurant outings, shutting off cable or Internet access, paring clothing budgets and even scrimping on necessities such as food.

Economists say there’s no doubt that Americans are tightening their budgets."

It's not hard to figure out, everybody knows it, and yet there isn't a politician who has addressed it in a substantive manner. Obama is starting to creep in the right direction by blaming our economy on the War in Iraq. Polls show that most Americans agree with that sentiment. Now is the time to act with a bold new plan that people can get behind. I'm no New Dealer, but I think something drastic is in order.

Yes, there should be a free market and yes, there should be price competition. However, when something as vital to our existence as oil is on the line, I think it's time to step in. It's not as if we haven't seen price controls put in place by the federal government before (see 1971-1973). The argument against this is that a price control causes shortages in your supply. However, as the American populace has aptly proven recently, the sky's the limit for what they're willing to pay at the pump. This isn't out of some gluttonous desire to consume as much gas as possible. This is out of necessity. You have to buy gas. You can't not buy gas. A lowering of the price of gas, especially if it's understood that the price limit will be in effect for a number of years, will not cause a shortage at the pumps.

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Sad Day

It's a sad day in America when people don't want to support a candidate like Barack Obama because of something his minister said. It's not like he urged his wife to pardon people for campaign contributions, lied about his position on NAFTA, tried to distort the record about the historic peace process in Northern Ireland, or claimed foreign policy experience based on trips with Sinbad. No, he has a black power pastor. I guess America is still scared of black people after all. (Did we really think they were past it so soon?)

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Ferraro Calls Wright "Racist Bigot"

Wow!! She just doesn't quit! Apparently, she didn't like being lumped in with Jeremiah Wright in Obama's speech on race. Accordingly to the Daily Breeze (the same paper she made her original comments to):

"To equate what I said with what this racist bigot has said from the pulpit is unbelievable," Ferraro said today. "He gave a very good speech on race relations, but he did not address the fact that this man is up there spewing hatred."

Here's what Obama said about Ferraro:

"On one end of the spectrum, we've heard the implication that my candidacy is somehow an exercise in affirmative action; that it's based solely on the desire of wild- and wide-eyed liberals to purchase racial reconciliation on the cheap."

The fact that she's STILL TALKING is unbelievable.

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NAFTA? Did I Help With That?

Obama's campaign demands an apology from Hillary on the NAFTA issue. From Ben Smith:

"On a campaign conference call just now, chief strategist David Axelrod said Clinton 'owes an apology to the people of this country' for suggesting that she hadn't been involved in passing NAFTA when her schedules provide 'direct, incontrovertible evidence that Sen. Clinton was involved on this issue.'"

ABC backs up the Obama campaign with this from Jake Taper:

Two attendees of that closed-door briefing, neither of whom are affiliated with any campaign, describe that event for ABC News. It was a room full of women involved in international trade. David Gergen served as a sort of master of ceremonies as various women members of the Cabinet talked up NAFTA, which had yet to pass Congress.

"It wasn’t a drop-by it was organized around her participation," said one attendee. "Her remarks were totally pro-NAFTA and what a good thing it would be for the economy. There was no equivocation for her support for NAFTA at the time. Folks were pleased that she came by. If this is a still a question about what Hillary's position when she was First Lady, she was totally supportive of NAFTA.

That first attendee recalls that the First Lady's office in the East Wing put together "the invitation list, who was invited authorizations and all that stuff."

And what is this attendee's response to Clinton today distancing herself from NAFTA? "For people who worked hard to pass NAFTA and who support the importance of markets opening for the economy in the long term, they're very upset. A number of the women who were there are very upset. You need to have some integrity in your position. The Clintons when Bill Clinton was president took a moderate position on trade for Democrats. For her to repudiate that now seems pretty phony."

Recalls a second attendee, "they were looking for women in international trade who supported NAFTA. Senator Clinton came by at the end. And of course she asked for our support and help in passing NAFTA."

Women who attended that event, the second attendee says, have been incredulous to see Clinton distance herself from the trade agreement as she campaigns today. "They're all saying, 'What's this all about?' We all heard it firsthand." She says Clinton isn't being honest with voters today.

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More Damage from Wright

A new Gallup poll (taken before his speech on Race)shows Hillary retaking the National lead from Obama for the first time since February. According to CNN:

"In the latest Gallup daily tracking poll, Clinton holds a 7 point lead over the Illinois senator, 49 to 42 percent. That lead is outside the poll’s statistical margin of error of 3 points — the widest gap between the two candidates in weeks."

So even though it's impossible for Clinton to get the nomination, a majority of Americans, at the height of the Wright furor, declined to say they'd vote for Obama. What a fine mess the Democrats have created. They've taken their most promising, rising star in decades and stomped on him, almost assuring that he will never become President. Way to go Hillary! That's leadership we can get behind.

It would be nice if the polls caught up to the speech instead of making it look like Americans didn't respond at all to what he was saying.

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Daily Show: News Networks Can't Keep Up

Jon Stewart's take on the inability of the media to be substantive and have a serious discussion. He points out Sean Hannity saying if Obama believes Wright's views we'd have a racist and an anti-semite for a President. As Stewart says, "He's like Nixon?"

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Under the Category of "Ewww"

The release of Hillary's First Lady Schedules has led us to this: she was in the White House while Bill and Monica Lewinsky were messing up her blue dress. I for one didn't realize Bill and Monica hooked up this many times!

According to CNN:

–Nov. 15, 1995: The first lady was in a mid-afternoon "meet & greet" photo opportunity at the White House with various Nobel Laureates and their families. That night, Lewinsky had what she later said was her first sexual encounter with the president in the private study off the Oval office.

–Nov. 17, 1995: Mrs. Clinton had no public schedule and was at the White House. That night, Lewinsky said she had a sexual encounter with the president while he was on the phone in the White House with a member of Congress.

–Dec. 31, 1995: Mrs. Clinton had no public schedule and her calendar does not show her location. That afternoon, Lewinsky said she and the president had a sexual encounter in a study in the White House.

–Jan. 7, 1996: On a Sunday afternoon, Lewinsky and the president spent most of the afternoon in the Oval Office. The first lady and the president had a small dinner with 20 people at "the Old Family Dining Room" at the White House.

–Jan. 21, 1996: The first lady had no public schedule, but she and the president privately toured an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. Lewinsky and the president had an afternoon sexual encounter in the hallway by the private study next to the Oval Office, Lewinsky said later.

–Feb. 4, 1996: Mrs. Clinton and the president attended the National Governor's Association annual dinner. Lewinsky said she and the president that day had a sexual encounter and their first lengthy and personal conversation.

–March 31, 1996: Mrs. Clinton toured an archaeological site and museum in Delphi, Greece, and watched a folk dance performance. That day, Lewinsky said she and the president resumed their sexual contact.

–Feb. 28, 1997: The schedule shows Mrs. Clinton was in the White House at least part of the day, when President Clinton and Lewinsky had oral sex near the Oval Office, leaving stains on her dress. There were no public events, but the schedule shows Mrs. Clinton had "drop by" events or meetings in the Map Room and Diplomatic Reception Room between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The schedule also lists plays and a concert that night, but it is not clear whether Mrs. Clinton attended.

–March 29, 1997: On the day when Lewinsky told independent counsel Kenneth Starr that she had her final sexual encounter with the president, Mrs. Clinton was thousands of miles away in Eritrea. In his grand jury testimony, the president denied this encounter. The first lady that day toured the Martyrs' Cemetery in Eritrea, where she participated in a wreath-laying ceremony and a tree planting. She also visited a health care clinic, spoke to villagers, and toured a polio vaccination room. She visited a woodworking center, held a round-table discussion with the National Union of Eritrean Women and met the country's president.

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News Flash: Obama Cooler than Hillary


A Ben Smith reader points this out from this picture with Anderson Cooper: Obama's looking at a March Madness bracket! I'm sure he has KU winning the whole thing. Barack Chalk Jayhawk!

Update: His Final Four: UNC in the East, Kansas in the Midwest, Pittsburgh in the South, and UCLA in the West. He picks UNC to beat UCLA in the Final.

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You Can Vote for Obama in Pennsylvania

Stephen Colbert has created a way for America to say who they think should win the primary in Pennsylvania!

If you go to DonorsChoose.org you can donate money to school programs in Pennsylvania in the name of Obama. (You can also do it for Hillary, but we're supporting Obama). You get to choose where the money goes, and whichever candidate has the most contributions wins.

What do they win? The Colbert Bump, of course!

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Hillary as First Lady Worked for NAFTA


She sure spends a lot of her time rewriting history. This was in the AP story (at the very end) and now posted by Ben Smith with images:

"She was also involved in helping her husband win congressional approval of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a deal she now criticizes and says she would try to change.

Her schedule for Nov. 10, 1993, shows her speaking at a NAFTA briefing closed to the media, with 120 people expected to attend."

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Hillary Wants Votes to Count! (if they help her)


Hillary is out there today railing on Obama saying he doesn't want the voters of Michigan and Florida to be heard. I guess she's making this statement based on the fact that he's not in favor of a do-over vote in those states, wants to keep the results as they are, and seat those delegates at the convention. Yeah, boy is he out to help himself. That jerk wants to keep in place the results of the elections THAT HE LOST in Michigan and Florida.

Hillary gets to play the "I'm a bigger person than you" card by crying for a re-vote even though she won those elections. It's really politically risky to scream for a re-vote the day after both states said their efforts to get that done were dead in the water. She gets to keep things the way they are and at the same time look like an advocate for "voter rights."

Obama had this to say about it to Anderson Cooper:

"Senator Clinton, I have to say on this, has been completely disingenuous. She said when she was still trying to compete with the votes in Iowa and New Hampshire that Michigan and Florida wouldn't count," he said. "Then as soon as she got into trouble politically and it looked like she would have no prospects of winning the nomination without having them count, suddenly she's extraordinarily concerned with the voters there."

"I understand the politics of it, but let's be clear that it's politics," he added. "I want the Michigan delegation and the Florida delegation to be seated. And however the Democratic National Committee determines we can get that done, I'm happy to abide by those rules."

Hillary could also yell at the DNC for not wanting to count the votes. Remember, they're in federal court arguing they have a constitutional right not to seat those delegates.

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Huckabee Defends Wright

From Ben Smith at Politico:



An assist from an unexpected quarter:

"[Y]ou can't hold the candidate responsible for everything that people around him may say or do," Huckabee says. "It's interesting to me that there are some people on the left who are having to be very uncomfortable with what ... Wright said, when they all were all over a Jerry Falwell, or anyone on the right who said things that they found very awkward and uncomfortable, years ago. Many times those were statements lifted out of the context of a larger sermon. Sermons, after all, are rarely written word for word by pastors like Rev. Wright, who are delivering them extemporaneously, and caught up in the emotion of the moment. There are things that sometimes get said, that if you put them on paper and looked at them in print, you'd say 'Well, I didn't mean to say it quite like that.'"

Later, he defended Wright's anger, too:

"As easy as it is for those of us who are white to look back and say 'That's a terrible statement!' ... I grew up in a very segregated South. And I think that you have to cut some slack — and I'm gonna be probably the only conservative in America who's gonna say something like this, but I'm just tellin' you — we've gotta cut some slack to people who grew up being called names..."

From the Daily Kos.

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Obama Expands on Race Speech

From Nightline's Interview with Obama:

"You could see race bubbling up in a way that was distracting from the issues that I think are so important to America right now," said Obama. "So what I wanted to do was to, rather than try to tamp it down, lift it up and see if maybe that would help clarify where we are as a nation right now on the issues.

This is a big leap for the country. Even me being the nominee is a big leap and then, obviously, actually being the president is a big leap. And, you know, what I want to do is to make sure that we understand that my campaign is not premised on that, it's not premised on making history, but that, whoever is president, this is always going to be an ongoing issue that we have to struggle with and that, perhaps, I can lend some special insight into it."

You can read the rest here.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Rural Hitman

Have I mentioned that I'm glad Bill is back on the trail? According to the Indianapolis Star, at a campaign stop in Indiana:

"Clinton dubbed himself the 'rural hitman' of his wife’s campaign and said he enjoys taking it to places like Lawrenceburg, a small blue-collar town just across the state line from Cincinnati."

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Obama? Who Dat?

From the Daily Swarm, rapper DMX doesn't know who Obama is:

"The Listenerd points us to this fantastic XXL interview with rapper DMX that covers many topics, including the presidential election. A felon, DMX can’t vote, so he’s not paying too much attention to the process.

Are you following the presidential race?
Not at all.

You’re not? You know there’s a Black guy running, Barack Obama and then there’s Hillary Clinton.
His name is Barack?!

Barack Obama, yeah.
Barack?!

Barack.
What the fuck is a Barack?! Barack Obama. Where he from, Africa?

Yeah, his dad is from Kenya.
Barack Obama?

Yeah.
What the fuck?! That ain’t no fuckin’ name, yo. That ain’t that nigga’s name. You can’t be serious. Barack Obama. Get the fuck outta here.

You’re telling me you haven’t heard about him before.
I ain’t really paying much attention.

I mean, it’s pretty big if a Black…
Wow, Barack! The nigga’s name is Barack. Barack? Nigga named Barack Obama. What the fuck, man?! Is he serious? That ain’t his fuckin’ name. Ima tell this nigga when I see him, “Stop that bullshit. Stop that bullshit” [laughs] “That ain’t your fuckin’ name.” Your momma ain’t name you no damn Barack.

So you’re not following the race. You can’t vote right?
Nope.

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McCain Straight Talk Gets Curvy

John McCain makes Olbermann's Worst Person in the World when he repeatedly said Iran was supplying Al Qaeda. Joe Lieberman had to finally lean in and whisper in McCain's ear that what he was saying was wrong and that Al Qaeda is NOT in Iran.

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Clinton Endorser Admits Affairs or New York's Crazy Governors

From the New York Daily News:

"Gov. David Paterson, standing with his wife, Michelle Paige, in the Capitol's Red Room, said his 'conscience is clear' when it comes to his marriage and infidelities, but admitted that he was involved with numerous women 'several years ago' - including one woman who is currently a staffer in the governor's office.

UPDATE: According to Paterson spokesman Errol Cockfield, Paterson had an affair with a woman who worked on Eliot Spitzer's executive staff and is still there, but never worked directly for Paterson until he 'inherited' her when Spitzer resigned.

To clarify: Cockfield says only one of Paterson's affairs occurred with a woman on the state payroll - not two as originally believed.

Asked what will happen to her now that her former lover is her boss, Paterson said during the press conference that decision will be left up to her.

During the press conference, Paterson said he was 'angry' and 'jealous' and 'exercising poor judgement' when he had his affairs, which occurred at a time when his wife was also straying from the marriage.

He seemed to suggest his infidelity was a direct result of hers, but then later said he wasn't trying to blame anyone for his own failings."

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