Wednesday, March 19, 2008

3/19 Midday News: Onto Iraq

Candidates Outline Iraq Plans on War Anniversary
"In a speech on Iraq today in North Carolina, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama outlined what his advisers called a "strategic vision for our country. It's time to turn the page on a failed strategy and a fundamentally flawed ideology, ..."

Obama: Clinton can't be trusted to end war
"Ask yourself," Obama told the crowd, "Who do you trust to end a war: someone who opposed the war from the beginning, or someone who started opposing it when they started preparing a run for president? ..."

Obama Makes Case for Troop Withdrawl, Hammers McCain
"Calling the war in Iraq the product of a “failed ideology” and a “fundamentally flawed political strategy,” Barack Obama sought to outline a clear differentiation between not only himself and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, but Republican nominee John McCain as well. ..."

Blues for Obama
"Win or lose, whatever happens next, Barack Obama is now established as one of those rare, courageous teachers who leads the country onto new ground. ..."

Can America Recognize Greatness When it Sees it?
"I don't know whether Senator Obama will prove to be a great politician or a great president. He has made mistakes, like everyone else on the campaign trail. ... Embattled by public outcry ... he faced a deadly threat to his candidacy. And he responded. ..."

McCain Repeats Iran-Al Qaeda Gaffe Yet Again
"For the third time in two days, the Arizona Republican has pushed the definitively false statement that the terrorist group Al-Qaeda was getting assistance from Iran, even though he was publicly ridiculed for the same false assertion on Tuesday. ..."

Huckabee Defends Obama
"An assist from an unexpected quarter: "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 ..."

'Michigan Do-over is dead'
"Ding-Dong, Do-Over Primary Is Dead "Time of death for the do-over Michigan primary? Call it at about 11 a.m. today. ..."

Straw poll: Progressives favor Obama
"Barack Obama is the overwhelming favorite for president among progressive activists, according to a straw poll conducted at the Take Back America conference held in Washington this week. ..."

Gallup Daily: Clinton Moves Into Lead Over Obama
New Gallup Poll Daily tracking finds Hillary Clinton with a 49% to 42% lead over Barack Obama in national Democratic voters' presidential nomination preference. (Note: My assumption is that this will be the height of the impact of the Rev. Wright issue - that the impact of his speech will show itself shortly.)

PPP Poll: Clinton Catches Obama in North Carolina
" The latest Public Policy Polling survey in North Carolina shows Sen. Barack Obama barely edging Sen. Hillary Clinton, 44% to 43%. ..."

Obama needles McCain on Iran gaffe
"Just yesterday, we heard Sen. McCain confuse Sunni and Shiite, Iran and Al Qaeda," Obama said during a speech on Iraq Wednesday morning. "Maybe that is why he voted to go to war with a country that had no Al Qaeda ties. ..."

Commentary: Courageous Obama poses challenge to America
"For days pundits have pondered whether Sen. Obama could weather the controversy over Rev. Jeremiah Wright's racially polarizing comments. The question at this juncture is not whether the candidate will rise to the occasion, but rather, whether America will. ..."

A Super Primary?
An Interesting Idea: "Here’s what our party should do: schedule a superdelegate primary. In early June, after the final primaries, the Democratic National Committee should call together our superdelegates in a public caucus. ..."

Hillary's Nasty Pastorate
"There's a reason why Hillary Clinton has remained relatively silent during the flap over intemperate remarks by Barack Obama's former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. When it comes to unsavory religious affiliations, she's a lot more vulnerable than Obama. ..."

Can Clinton win over superdelegates?
"Former foes and current bias affect her run for the White House ..."

Obama's lead over Clinton narrows
"Obama leads Clinton 47 percent to 44 percent in Reuters/Zogby poll ..."

Obama: McCain Will Beat Hillary on Experience
"... Obama renewed his argument that those with long-term experience in Washington lacked the wisdom to properly bring the war to an end and claimed that Democrats could not win in November if they ran on claims of experience against McCain. ..."

Republicans Drool Over Wright
"The media, the punditocracy (liberal and conservative in some cases), and Obama supporters dug his speech. Now what do Obama's potential opponents think? ..."

Senator Obama Gains the Hair Band Vote
"Coming soon to a You Tube near you, the Associated Press reports that Jay Jay French, a guitarist for the make-up heavy 80s act Twisted Sister has re-recorded the band’s frat anthem “I Wanna Rock,” replacing the words with—wait for it, wait for it!—“I Want Barack. ..."

Florida and Michigan Still Unresolved as Obama and Clinton Positions Harden
"On Monday, the Florida Democratic party essentially threw its hands in the air and gave up on trying to arrange a do-over of the state’s primary. And yesterday, plans for a re-vote in Michigan suffered a potentially fatal setback. Where does that leave things? ..."

Today on the presidential campaign trail
"230 Days to the Election: A look at the race for 2008 on Wednesday ..."

Daily Kos: Obama bouncing back
"I noted over the weekend that the Wright controversy had taken a chunk out of Obama's national numbers in Rasmussen's tracking poll. Early indicators are that the speech may be sending him back up. ..."

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