Sunday, March 23, 2008

3/23 Sunday News Update!

News Items
Showing transparency, Obama releases papers
"Sen. Barack Obama's campaign released a new set of documents Saturday in its ongoing effort to paint the Illinois Democrat as more open and transparent in his dealings than Sen. Hillary Clinton. ..."

In Pa., Obama focuses on popular vote totals
"But Obama's team has put to work an intense registration program designed to achieve a broader strategic goal: limiting the scale of Clinton's win to maintain Obama's national edge in the number of total votes cast in the Democratic primaries. ..."

Dem insiders say joint Clinton-Obama 'dream' ticket all but impossible
"Many say it's already gone so far that any sort of union would come only if they thought the good of the party absolutely depended on it. ..."

Clinton, Obama Backers Go Off Message On Fox News Sunday
"... isn't it impossible now for Clinton to beat Obama in the popular vote and the pledged delegates when all the voting is done in early June? RENDELL: Well, sure. and again, it shows -- WALLACE: Sure, you're saying it's impossible. RENDELL: It's very difficult ..."

Richardson has harsh advice for HRC
"I'm not going to get in the gutter like that, and that’s symbolic of many of the people around Sen. Clinton. They think they’re entitled to the presidency,” said Richardson. “It shouldn’t just be Bush-Clinton, Bush-Clinton, ... It’s important we bring in a new generation of leadership. ..."

Obama: 'This is not a crackpot church'
"Understand this, something else that has not been reported on enough is despite these very offensive views, this guy has built one of the finest churches in Chicago. This is not a crackpot church. ..."

Richardson: 'I am very loyal to the Clintons'
"But you know ... it shouldn't just be Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton," he said. ..."

NYT: Obama race speech fuels Easter sermons
"This Easter Sunday, the holiest day of the Christian calendar, many pastors will start their sermons about the Resurrection of Jesus and weave in a pointed message about racism and bigotry, and the need to rise above them. ..."

It's Not Over...
"Sen. Clinton has been counted out many times in this campaign,” said communications director Howard Wolfson. “The press has on several occasions decided the campaign was over, Sen. Clinton was through. And each time voters decided ... the campaign was not over. ..."

Advisers to both fault Obama camp
"Advisers to both Clinton and Obama fault Obama camp for criticism of former president ..."

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Polling Results
Poll of polls: Obama's lead narrows after tough week
"Nationally, Obama's lead over Sen. Hillary Clinton narrowed in a poll of polls — which included CBS News, USA Today and Gallup. The polls, taken between March 14-18, show Obama with 49 percent to Clinton's 43 percent. ..."

Rasmussen: Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
"Nationally, Hillary Clinton now holds a very slight advantage over Barack Obama, 45% to 44%. ..."

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Commentaries
Meet the Press: "Will Superdelegates Decide the Dem Nomination?"


Zbigniew Brzezinski on Morning Joe
"Comments on Iraq, elaborates on support for Sen. Obama and gets a little dig in on Sen. Clinton ..."


My Take
"I read the speech transcript because I couldn't bear to watch pundits with as much courage as Obama has in one thumbnail rip it to shreds. I still have no idea how it's being spun, but if he spoke what I read, he showed up for the show down, and won. ..."

When Is Guilt by Association Fair?
"Guilt by association is supposed to be terribly unfair, but all of us are guilty of practicing it. When our friends and relatives marry slimes or tramps, ... or join congregations or country clubs that make us uncomfortable, it tends to affect our opinions of them. ..."

Patriot Games: Short Memos to the Would-be Presidents
"To frame patriotism is to frame a story of an ideal America -- and its ideal leaders. In that spirit, here's some advice to the three presidential contenders. ..."

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