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4/30 Evening News: Closing the Super Gap

News Items
Expert Support For Gas Tax Holiday Appears Nonexistent
Over the past several days, some of the nation's leading economic and political pundits have weighed in critically on the proposal of both Sens. Hillary Clinton and John McCain to institute a gas tax holiday this summer.

Kerry Rips MSNBC On Wright: 'You People Need To Let Go Of This'
Kerry, who's maybe a little sensitive toward these sorts of issues, wasn't having it, and his displeasure manifested itself in the closest thing Kerry does that resembles losing his ever-loving mind.

Political Pandering
Suspending the federal gas tax is a crass ploy for votes. Why Hillary Clinton and John McCain should know better.

Obama closing in on Clinton's advantage among superdelegates
Barack Obama is closing in on Democratic presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton's advantage among superdelegates, building on his lead in the primary race even as he faces troubled times.

Delegate Update: Obama 3, Clinton 2
Today, Obama has three superdelegates to Clinton's two. To recap: OBAMA: Rep. Baron Hill (IN), Rep. Bruce Braley (IA), Rep. Lois Capps. CLINTON: Bill George (PA AFL-CIO president), Luisette Cabanas (PR DNC member).
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Obama Responds On Gas Price Debate In New Spot
Excellent ad countering the obvious pandering of the gas tax holiday proposal.
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Obama ad criticizes gas tax plan

Obama Gets Back To "Change" Theme In Indiana Ads
While the Clinton campaign has launched an ad in Indiana attacking Obama's record, the Illinois senator is staying positive with his two TV ads in the state.

It's Time to Play the Superdelegate Sweepstakes!
We never tire of reminding the American people that they have very little influence over the outcome of the Democratic nominating contest. It's always fun to call people insignificant. Instead, all the power rests with the party poobahs and elected officials known as superdelegates.

Obama, Clinton Court Working Families
Barack Obama teamed up with wife Michelle on Wednesday to court working families with a little kitchen table conversation about tax cuts. Rival Hillary Rodham Clinton hitched a ride in a pickup truck to a gas pump to illustrate the pain inflicted on ordinary families ...

Indiana Black Voters Feeling Ignored
The state's African-American constituency remains strongly in Obama's camp. But is the candidate taking them for granted?

Rev. Wright Still On Voter's Minds
Barack Obama tried to put the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy behind him today by focusing his message on the economy and middle class tax cuts. However, at his first campaign stop here, Obama was asked about Wright right off the bat.
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Reverend Wright Comes Up on the Trail — Again

Obama’s lawmakers try to shrug off Rev. Wright
Lawmakers supporting Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) say they have no fears about a backlash against Democrats or their candidate because of the controversial remarks by Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Fact Check: Obama and the gas taxes
Obama's presidential campaign says the lessons of that Illinois tax holiday influenced his decision to oppose a national tax holiday. The lack of clear results then make him dubious about suspending the national tax now.

Hillary Clinton: Wright Remarks 'Offensive and Outrageous'
Sen. Clinton, D-N.Y., speaking exclusively to FOX News, called Wright's comments "offensive and outrageous," telling conservative talk show host Bill O'Reilly that she going to leave the controversy "up to voters to decide."
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Clinton calls Wright comments 'offensive and outrageous'

Obama Takes Heat for Opposing Gas Tax Holiday
Barack Obama, on the stump and over the airwaves Wednesday, stood by his opposition to a proposed gas tax holiday, decrying it as a quick-fix campaign gimmick as Hillary Clinton and John McCain continued to hammer him for not getting on board.
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McCain accuses Obama of hypocrisy on gas tax stand

Hillary And Obama Now Spending Almost Equally In NC and IN
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have now reached parity in TV ads for the two upcoming primary states, an indication that Hillary's pre-Pennsylvania cash-flow problems have been fixed for the time being and she's able to compete on roughly equal terms.

SEIU Hits Airwaves For Obama In Indiana
Here's a first look at a new ad the SEIU is going to run in Indiana on behalf of Barack Obama.

Obama seeks to quell supporters' concern
Obama said he belatedly condemned Wright's remarks because he did not see a transcript or video of Monday's appearance until the next day.

Obama Says Clinton's Advantage Is Name Recognition
Yesterday, Obama attributed Hillary Clinton’s success with working class Democrats in Pennsylvania and Ohio to her name recognition. “Many of them view me favorably, it’s just that they’ve known her longer and feel loyal to her,” Obama said.

Mum's the word for Michelle on Rev. Wright
Democrat Barack Obama's wife Michelle chose silence Wednesday when the couple were asked about recent comments made by their former pastor, and the harsh words Sen. Obama had for him Tuesday.

McCain directs '100 year' fire at Obama
John McCain responded to a question about groups that continue to use his "100 years" remark in negative ads by directing his fire at Barack Obama.

Obama Camp's FEC Complaint
The Obama camp held a conference call Wednesday morning to publicize a 64-page complaint it has filed with the Federal Election Commission against the American Leadership Project, which is running an anti-Obama ad in Indiana and which Obama's lawyer called Swift Boat wannabes.
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Obama Campaign Files Complaint Against Pro-Clinton Group

Clyburn to Wright: ‘Silence is golden’
The Democratic congressman – who has not yet publicly backed a candidate – expressed relief over the controversial minister’s absence from the campaign trail the day after Barack Obama expressed called his comments “divisive and destructive.”

Wright uproar boosts Clinton confidence
Aides have stopped rolling eyes at their own campaign bluster, even if evidence of her comeback is less than assured.

Angry Floridians
A small but very fired up group of Floridians rallied in the street outside the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters here today, demanding that their primary votes be counted and threatening to literally block the doors of the Democratic Convention if they aren't.

Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Virtual Tie Persists in Democratic Race
National Democratic voters are essentially divided in their presidential nomination preferences between Hillary Clinton (47%) and Barack Obama (46%), according to April 27-29 Gallup Poll Daily tracking results.

Polls: Clinton, Obama are close nationally
Polls: Clinton, Obama are close nationally, but growing numbers see Obama unfavorably.

Obama's Negatives Rise, Clinton Tops McCain in New Poll
A new CBS/New York Times poll released on Wednesday shows Sen. Obama, D-Ill., and presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., tied in a hypothetical general election match-up, while Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., edges out McCain by a five-point margin.
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CBS Horserace:
CBS News Poll: Dem Party Split But Hopes Remain...
Poll of polls: Obama losing ground
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Poll: Obama-Clinton Divide
Primary Loss and Furor Over Ex-Pastor Hurt Obama in Poll

Poll: Obama Edges Into National Lead
The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that Obama has edged back into a national lead over Hillary.

Poll finds Wright impact
A Fox poll finds that Obama may lose some voters over his now-severed relationship with Wright.

Obama's Lebron Moment
It's Showtime for Obama and while this isn't the Apollo, his critics can be an equally cruel crowd of onlookers as they try to chide and boo him off the political stage.

Can Clinton Take the Tar Heel State?
Now it's Obamaniacs who are shaking in their boots. The source of stress? A pair of North Carolina polls that show Clinton slashing the Illinois senator's initial lead--a "Clinton in the Keystone State"-esque 15 to 20 points earlier this month--in half.

Fathers and Sons
Obama is the first black leader to suggest that we are on the verge of arriving at a post-racist society. If Obama is right, Jeremiah Wright goes out of business.

ABC Digs Into Clinton Trade Hypocrisy
This is a pristine example of Clintonian deception. First comes the pander, then revelation that the whole thing was originally brought about by the Clinton administration, and finally there's the lying.

Clinton playing by her own set of rules
Hillary Clinton is living in a fantasy world where she makes the rules.

Can Obama close the door on Wright?
Obama made clear his disgust with Wright's remarks made Monday at the National Press Club, saying he was "outraged" and "saddened by the spectacle." What's unclear is its effect on voters.

Cafferty: Has Rev. Wright swayed the superdelegates?
Yesterday on this program former President Carter, who is a superdelegate, was asked if he would support the candidate he voted for in the Georgia primary. His answer was, "Yes, unless I change my mind." And therein lies the problem for Barack Obama.

Blitzer: Has Wright been advised to shut up? And will he?
Like dozens of reporters, I called Wright’s spokesperson to get his reaction. She told me he has so far not issued any written statement or made any public statement. I don’t know if that silence will remain in place.

While Clinton Focuses, Obama Is Distracted
The Indiana and North Carolina primaries are perhaps the best chance yet for Hillary Rodham Clinton to prove that she is the stronger candidate.

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4/30 Morning News: Two More Supers

News Items
Obama Picks Up Another Superdelegate
Representative Bruce Braley of Iowa intends to announce his support this afternoon for Barack Obama.
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CNN Ticker: Obama adds a third new superdelegate in 24 hours

Indiana Superdelegate Rep. Baron Hill Will Endorse Obama Today
The Obama campaign confirms that he's going to pick up the endorsement tonight of super-delegate and Indiana Rep. Baron Hill.

The Note: Wrighting the Ship
In seeking to put an end to the firestorm -- and, essentially (and finally), to his relationship with his long-time pastor -- Obama flashed the anger and indignation of a man wronged personally and professionally -- just maybe the qualities an undecided superdelegate wants to see in a presidential nominee.
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ABC: Obama: Wright Is Wrong, Remarks 'Offend' Me
CBS: Obama Tries To Put Campaign Back On Track
Time: Obama Tries to Dig Out

Obama can transform America's image, says Jimmy Carter
Former President Jimmy Carter has given Barack Obama a major boost by calling for the bitter Democratic nomination battle to end on June 3rd and speaking glowingly of his ability to “transform the image” of America.

Candidates' Plans Could Indirectly Raise Gas Prices
Although the major presidential candidates are making record gasoline prices a campaign issue, they are avoiding mention of measures they each support that would indirectly raise prices at the pump.

Obama campaign files FEC complaint against pro-Clinton group
Barack Obama’s campaign has filed a formal complaint over a pro-Hillary Clinton group running ads attacking the Illinois senator on jobs and the economy in the critical primary state of Indiana.

Obama backer predicts victory in Hill war
Capitol Hill insiders say the battle for congressional superdelegates is over, and one Senate supporter of Barack Obama is hinting strongly that he has prevailed over Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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First Thoughts: Dumping Wright
Clearly, superdelegates were the most important audience yesterday. They may be relieved Obama finally showed an ability to deal with a baggage crisis head-on, but they still will want to know if Wright will continue to dog him. Obama's back was against the wall and he delievered.

New Obama Ad: "Return"
A new North Carolina spot casts Obama as commander-in-chief, and touts his record on veterans' issues.

Will Obama's Move Win Over Whites, Anger Blacks?
Several referred to Obama's speech as his "Sista Souljah moment," referring to Bill Clinton's condemnation of the strident rap performer during the 1992 campaign, which broadened his appeal to centrist voters.

Obama’s Test: Will Offensive Against Wright Pay Off in the Primaries?
Former Bill Clinton adviser and columnist Dick Morris said Obama’s stand Tuesday was a “good move,” because Wright continued to threaten his non-racial image as “a guy running for president who happened to be dark-skinned.”

In Indiana, Hillary Attacks On the Airwaves
The Obama campaign calls the spot “a misleading attack ad that’s emblematic of why Washington has failed to make progress on the tough issues that face Indiana families.”
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CNN Ticker: Clinton hits Obama directly in new ad

GOP gives Clinton the silent treatment
Hillary Clinton’s decisive Pennsylvania primary win last week may have reinvigorated her campaign, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to the Republican party.

Starting Gate: Hoosier Winner?
For the first time in a long time the expectations game may be working in Obama’s favor. Although expected to win comfortably in North Carolina next Tuesday, Indiana is where most of the attention will likely be focused.

Clinton Stops at the Pumps
The Democratic candidate pushes her plan for lower gas prices; but doesn't fill the tank herself.

Clinton adds third new superdelegate in 24 hours
Pennsylvania AFL-CIO president and superdelegate Bill George announced his support for Hillary Clinton Wednesday.

Obama Has Republicans Dusting Off `Liberal' Attacks
Republicans plan to paint Obama as a liberal who is out of step with mainstream Americans on abortion, crime and health care, the same label used against failed Democratic candidates George McGovern and John Kerry.

2 Minutes of Late Night
Here's Jay Leno on the Reverend Wright and Obama while Craig Ferguson takes on Hillary Clinton and O'Reilly.

Polling Results
Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, it’s Obama 47%, Clinton 43% ...

Gallup Top-of-Mind Candidate Perceptions In-Depth
Barack Obama is much better known today than before the campaign got underway, but the dominant perceptions of him (as being young and inexperienced and a fresh face with new ideas) have changed little.

Poll: Hillary Ahead By Eight In Indiana
A new survey of Indiana from Public Policy Polling (D) gives Hillary Clinton a good-sized lead going into Tuesday's primary: Clinton 50%, Obama 42%.

Poll shows Obama ahead with N.J. Democrats
A Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll finds 45 percent of the Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents surveyed would like to see Obama get the party's nomination compared to 38 percent for Hillary Clinton.

52% Say Candidate Policies Matter More Than Character, 36% Disagree
Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters nationwide say that it is more important to understand a candidate’s specific policy proposals rather than the candidate’s character.

Dumb as We Wanna Be
Hillary Clinton has decided to line up with John McCain in pushing to suspend the federal excise tax on gasoline, 18.4 cents a gallon, for this summer’s travel season. This is not an energy policy. This is money laundering ...

Obama The Inevitable
The debate that has now begun comes too late for Hillary Clinton. The superdelegates, who can vote for the candidate of their choice without taking voter preferences into account, in fact have no other choice but to nominate Obama.

Wright, Jefferson and the Wrath of God
Not all of what Wright says is comforting. Nor are his views universally appealing or entirely unassailable. But they are very much within the mainstream of American religious and political discourse.

Wright Way or the Right Way: What Obama Needs to Do Now
Second, Obama's statements in last 24 hours of being passionately critical of Wright and saying he was out of step with America were the only choice he had left. It was his only option and he seized it well.

Embrace Your Inner Elitist
If you're rejecting Obama because he's "an elitist," then I'd like to ask you to turn in your passport and leave the country immediately. The smart people would like it back.

Obama's Chickens Come Home to Roost
The purpose of Obama's famous speech on race was to make Wright seem reasonable, understandable, even mainstream. The Obama campaign's hope, no doubt, was that this would make the Wright story go away. But Wright interpreted it as an invitation.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

4/29 Evening News

News Items
Newsweek: Obama’s Sister Souljah Moment
In a narrow concrete space enclosed by tall black drapes set up for a press conference, Obama sounded both angered and saddened by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's performance ... it was clear that Obama's reaction to his former pastor was more personal than political.
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Bottom Line: Obama Cuts Ties With Rev. Wright
Obama Denounces Wright
More On Obama's Press Conference
Obama strongly denounces former pastor
CBS News:
Obama Rips Rev. Wright
Obama: “I Did Not Vet My Pastor Before I Decided To Run...
CBS Horserace: Obama Rips Wright
FOX: Obama: I Am ‘Outraged’ and ‘Angered’ By Wright’s Comments
FOX: Transcript: Obama Press Conference on Jeremiah Wright
FOX Blog: Obama Calls it Quits with Former Pastor Wright
The Caucus: Obama Says He’s Outraged by Ex-Pastor’s Comments
TPM: Obama: "I Might Not Know Him As Well As I Thought"
Bloomberg: Obama Calls Wright's Remarks `Ridiculous,' Offensive
CNN: Obama 'outraged' by Wright's remarks
CBR: When Obama gets pissed
Politico: Obama breaks with former pastor

Gas Tax Holiday Splits Clinton And Obama: Who's Right?
A roundup of arguments for and against finds that most policy analysts believe a suspension of the gas tax is at best ineffectual, and at worst, counterproductive.

Obama says rivals Clinton, McCain pandering on gas tax
Democrat Barack Obama dismissed his rivals' calls for national gas tax holiday as a political ploy that won't help struggling consumers.
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Obama: Call for gas tax holiday pure politics

New Indiana Ads
The first is an Indiana spot, stressing his roots in neighboring Illinois and his message of economic change. The second is a version of an ad that's aired elsewhere, stressing bipartisanship and biography, and use Claire McCaskill.

#1: "Next Door"

#2: "Inspiring"

Obama: Daughters not impressed by candidacy
"When I call them and they say, 'Daddy, what did you do today?' I said, 'Well, I spoke to 35,000 people.' It's like 'Boring.' It's not interesting," Obama told Rachael Ray in an interview broadcast Tuesday on her daytime talk show.
Video of the Rachel Ray Appearance

Obama Takes Court Against Final Four Team
For the second time in a week, Barack Obama showed off his basketball skills for the cameras. Despite holding a late night rally last night, Obama was up bright and early today ready to play a five-on-five game with the University of North Carolina basketball team.

Democrats Deeply Divided Over Candidates
Loyal Democrat Richard Somer says if Hillary Rodham Clinton gets his party's presidential nomination he just may sit it out this Election Day.

Blogtalk: The Wright-Obama Drama
Some bloggers celebrated Barack Obama's so-called divorce from his former pastor, while other writers dismissed it as an act of political posturing.

Robust Early Voting In Indiana, N.C.
The Associated Press is reporting that almost "90,000 people have cast ballots for next week's Indiana primary, far outpacing the total number of absentee votes during the last presidential primary in 2004."
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Ballots pour in for early voting

Edwards Endorsement Unlikely Before NC
With the North Carolina Democratic primary a week away, Elizabeth Edwards tells MSNBC she'd be "surprised" if either her or her husband endorsed either Obama or Clinton before the contest.

For McCain, the Devil Is in the Details
Call it the McCainian Law of Inverse Proportionality: the more the Arizona senator is forced to talk about specific policies and proposals, the less "straight talk" he seems to conjure up.

Another Primary Plan Proposed in Michigan
Yet another proposal to resolve the mess arising from Michigan’s too-early primary has been floated.

Rev. Wright more than sound bite, Obama's ex-pastor
However, the retired pastor of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ has recently become better known by two titles you won't find on his lengthy resume: hero and pariah.

Time: How Jeremiah Wright Found Religion
What exactly does he believe?

Robo Call Gives False Voting Info to North Carolina Voters
Here's another for the annals of vote suppression. Calls have gone out to an untold number of North Carolina voters telling them that they need to fill out a registration form before they vote.

New Pro-Hillary Group's Ad: Obama Has No Specifics On The Economy
Here's the new attack ad against Barack Obama coming from the American Leadership Project, the independent group set up by some big pro-Hillary Clinton donors and unions, hitting Barack Obama on jobs and the economy in the Indiana primary: ...

Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Clinton 47%, Obama 46%
Democrats at the national level remain very closely divided in their preferences for their party's presidential nomination, with the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update showing 47% favoring Hillary Clinton and 46% supporting Barack Obama.

Clinton, Obama dead even for fifth straight day
For the fifth straight day, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are statistically tied in Gallup's national tracking poll, the latest indication the Democratic stalemate shows no signs of ending four months after the primary season began.

SurveyUSA: Hillary Only Five Points Behind In North Carolina
A new SurveyUSA poll of North Carolina shows the Democratic race seriously tightening here, with the result now within the margin of error. The numbers, compared to a week ago: ...

NC Poll: Hillary Still Trails By Double Digits
The new Rasmusssen poll finds that Obama's lead over Hillary in North Carolina has slipped by nine points, though he still leads her by double-digits.

North Carolina Polls: Democratic Primary
A SurveyUSA North Carolina poll shows a considerably closer race than the other polling firms. SurveyUSA also gave a smaller initial lead that anyone else in the race, but the tightening is now showing across the board: ...

Indiana Polls: Democratic Primary
An Indiana poll from Public Policy Polling has Hillary with a noticeable lead: ... Another Indiana poll conducted by Guage Market Research shows a tight primary race: ...

Obama's Risky Denunciation Of Rev. Wright
Analysis:'s Vaughn Ververs Says Harsh Words For Ex-Pastor May Help Obama, But Challenges Await

Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner
Is it overly cynical of me to think that Wright diminishing Obama as a mere politician was the true tipping point? Because that seems to be one of the few new arguments (ideas? conspiracy theories?) that Wright made. It may also be the only correct one.

Jeremiah Wright Goes to War
Analysis: The remarks by Obama's former pastor could cause major political damage for the candidate. But Wright wasn't wrong in pointing out U.S.' misconceptions of the black church.

The wrongs inflicted by Wright
It will still be difficult for Obama to lose the nomination, but if he does, he can blame Wright.

Obama and Wright - The Real Lesson
As Rev. Wright staggers around the country defending himself, posturing and trying to look relevant, he should know that ministers never look so sadly irrelevant as when they are trying to be relevant.

Barack, Do You Think We Could Just Be Friends?
First of all let me say that I am, like, your biggest fan! However, I'm not supporting you in light of recent things I've learned. First and foremost, you should I say

Cafferty: How much has Rev.Wright hurt Obama’s campaign?
... it leaves Barack Obama in a very awkward position. What’s he supposed to do now? The first time around he rejected Wright’s comments without throwing the man under the bus. He can’t afford to be that generous this time.

Obama -- Acting Positively Presidential
Compare the two news conferences we saw today, the angry, petulant, inarticulate, lie-filled Bush performance vs. Obama on Wright. Which guy looked presidential to you?

Obama's Pivot
If Wright continues to make a spectacle of himself, so much the better. Obama can roll his eyes, sympathize that the crazy uncle was loonier than anyone realized and continue to condemn him.

Making the Wright Enemy
I don't see Wright dishing to Clinton operatives. But it wouldn't shock me if he unloaded to the media, which would be damaging. On the other hand, the guy's credibility isn't the highest it's ever been at this point.

The Pastor Casts a Shadow
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright went to Washington on Monday not to praise Barack Obama, but to bury him.

Billary Revisits a Tactic from 2004
It's looking like Hillary, if she ends up losing the nomination, but so damaging Obama that he can't win, will have a path to the nomination four years from now.

Smiles and Slurs
Clinton owes the gay community, which she has shamefully used as an ATM during her campaign, an apology for gay-baiting. We're waiting, Hillary.

Six Degrees of Barack Obama
The latest right-wing game is to pin controversial figures, who might have said or done anything objectionable at any point in their lifetimes, to Obama.

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Obama Press Conference: Denouncing Wright

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John Stewart: "The Reverending Story"

Stewart added: "Whatever you want to say about the substance of what the reverend is saying -- interpret as you may -- if I had had a rabbi who brought that much game, I wouldn't have spent this Passover neck deep in a bacon and cheese croissant-wich."

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4/29 Morning News: Two More Superdelegates

News Items
Exclusive: Iowa superdelegate to endorse Obama
Winthrop farmer Richard Machacek, an Iowa superdelegate, said today he is pledging to support Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. Machacek, a member of the Democratic National Committee, had been uncommitted. He said he saw little difference between Obama and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton on policy positions or ability.

Obama to Pick Up Kentucky Superdelegate
With Chandler's endorsement, that brings the superdelegate count to Clinton 265, Obama 243. Overall (including pledged and superdelegates), it's Obama 1,734, Clinton 1,599.
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CNN Ticker: Obama to pick up another Super Delegate
TPM: Kentucky Rep. Ben Chandler Endorsing Obama

Obama Out to Prove Blue Collar Authenticity
In Wilmington, N.C., this afternoon, fighting the perception pushed by his opponents that he's an elitist, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., steered clear of his rock-star reception and soaring oratory about changing the world, and told his personal tale in a modest town hall meeting.

Obama Heads for Superdelegate Edge
Despite his loss in Pennsylvania and other campaign bumps, Barack Obama is heavily favored to win what will be the final and decisive contest for the Democratic presidential nomination -- the "invisible primary" for the convention votes of party leaders.

Obama Pledges to Return to Message, Avoid Negative Campaigning
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, attempting to regain his momentum after losing the Pennsylvania primary, promised to shun negative campaigning as his race drags on against Hillary Clinton.

Dukakis: It's Probably Obama in '08, But the Campaign Needs to Improve
“If Obama wins both of those states on the sixth of May, I don’t see how as a practical matter he doesn’t have it,” Mr. Dukakis, who officially clinched the Democratic nomination in June 1988, said in an interview this week.

Obama Plays Hoops With UNC Tar Heels
One by one, the players approached and shook hands with Mr. Obama. From the moment they came into view, it was clear that today’s game would be slightly more rigorous than the one he played last Friday night at a middle school in Kokomo, IN.
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CBS FtR: Obama Takes Court Against Final Four Team
The Caucus: Dribbling Past Reverend Wright
CNN Ticker: Obama shoots, but doesn't score

Obama Seeks Distance From Rev. Wright
Sen. Barack Obama again sought to distance himself from the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. yesterday after his former pastor capped a weekend media offensive with an appearance in Washington in which he revisited many of his most controversial comments.

First Thoughts: Does Wright Go Away?
Is today the day Wright goes away? Maybe -- at least in the context of the Obama-Clinton campaign. As we speculated yesterday, if there was a silver lining to Wright dominating the news, it was that voters were easily able to distinguish between the two men.

North Carolina Gov. Easley endorses Clinton for president
Gov. Mike Easley endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton Tuesday, boosting her presidential bid a week before North Carolina's May 6 primary. Appearing onstage with Clinton and his wife, Mary, the two-term Democrat declared the New York senator "gets it."
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N.C. Governor Endorses Clinton

Wright Raising Questions About Obama's Electability
Some speculate the re-emergence of Sen. Barack Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is turning off white voters. Democratic sources tell ABC News that Wright is unquestionably worrying superdelegates about Obama's electability.

Gingrich: Wright May Be Deliberately Trying to Hurt Obama
In a Tuesday appearance on Good Morning America, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., suggested that controversial pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright is angry with parishioner Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and may be deliberately trying to hurt his presidential bid.

Carter: Democrats will have a nominee soon
On the domestic front, the former president said Monday both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton should stay in the presidential race as long as they still have a chance to win.

Obama Says Opponents Focusing on Character, Not Policy
"We've been so successful in this campaign that, you know, right now people aren't arguing with me about policy, people don't think they've got better ideas than me," Obama argued at a town hall in Wilson, N.C. "What now they're gonna start talking about is me."

The Note: Wright's Stuff
Pressure Mounts on Obama to Quell Concerns Among Voters, Superdelegates

Clinton Fund-raisers: General Election Donors Need Not Apply
If you’re a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid and you’d like to attend a fund-raiser, your money may no longer be good there.

Sharpton Raps Obama
Barack Obama made a call for nonviolence in the aftermath of the Sean Bell verdict - infuriating the Rev. Al Sharpton, who accused the presidential candidate of trying to "grandstand in front of white people," sources told The Post.

Clinton: $2.3B in earmarks
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has requested nearly $2.3 billion in federal earmarks for 2009, almost three times the largest amount received by a single senator this year.

Clinton Backer "Organized" Wright's Press Club Event
It also turns out that Reynolds - introduced Monday as a member of the National Press Club "who organized" the event - is an enthusiastic Hillary Clinton supporter.

Starting Gate: Might Makes Wright
There remains one dominant issue in the presidential campaign today, one week before the North Carolina and Indiana primaries – Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Barack Obama’s former pastor is making headlines for yet one more day. And they’re not pleasant ones for the Illinois Senator.

McCain Strongly Rejected Long-Term Iraq Presence: "Bring Them All Home"
Three years before the Arizona Republican argued on the campaign trail that U.S. forces could be in Iraq for 100 years in the absence of violence, he decried the very concept of a long-term troop presence.

Polling Results
Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Democratic Presidential Nomination remains stable. It’s Obama 49%, Clinton 41%

Rasmussen North Carolina Democratic Primary
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of North Carolina’s Presidential Primary finds Barack Obama leading Hillary Clinton 51% to 37%. Earlier this month, Obama led by twenty-three percentage points.

CQ Politics Projects a Close Delegate Split in Indiana Primary
An exclusive CQ Politics analysis of the district-by-district competition for delegates to the Democratic National Convention show that the contest could hardly be closer — with Clinton projected to end up with a razor-thin edge over Obama.

Education Clearly Divides Preferences of White Democrats
Hillary Clinton leads Barack Obama by 21 points among non-Hispanic white Democratic voters who don't have a college degree, while Obama leads Clinton by a 19-point margin among white Democratic voters who do have a college degree.

Newsweek: An Unfamiliar Narrative
With Barack Obama, it's about much more than just race.

Can Obama Appeal to White Rural Men?
The notion that Obama "can't appeal" to white rural men sells short both Barack Obama and white men who live in rural America. It also flies in the face of the facts.

Where Wright Goes Wrong
We all have our crosses to bear. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright has become Barack Obama's.

Rounding Up Wright's Wreck
Jeremiah Wright has managed to do the impossible: unite pundits from the left and the right in agreement about how badly he's hurting Barack Obama's quest for the White House.

Wright's Poison
We need a speech or statement from Obama in which he utterly repudiates this poison, however personally difficult that may be, however damaging the impact will be. The statement today will not do it.

A Pastor at Center Stage
Because John McCain and other legislators worry that they are easily corrupted, there are legal limits to the monetary contributions that anyone can make to political candidates. There are, however, no limits to the rhetorical contributions that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright can make to McCain's campaign.

HRC Has Some Bad Political Advice For Gay People
I was very proud in 1997 when Human Rights Campaign gave me a leadership equality award. After I learned more about them, I smashed my award and removed them from my will.

Ministers and their Sermons
Good ministers stir people up, challenge their congregants' assumptions, make people uncomfortable. They should serve, in the language of the church, a prophetic role that speaks truth to power.

America May Owe Reverend Wright a Debt of Gratitude
Ultimately, Reverend Wright may be the unheralded, indeed unpopular, "hero" who enabled us to reembark on a new journey of recovery for social justice.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Video: Getting Personal in North Carolina

Another good video from the road - at the Town Hall in Wilson, North Carolina, Barack talked about his mother and the grandparents that helped raise him, the opportunities they had, and the importance of keeping the American Dream alive for the next generation.

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4/28 Evening News: Obama Responds To Wright

News Items
Obama Addresses Rev. Wright Issue
"He does not speak for me. He does not speak for the campaign, and so, he may make statements in the future that don’t reflect my values or concerns," the senator told reporters who strained to hear him on the loud tarmac.
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NYT: Obama Adds to Distance From Pastor
CNN: Obama: Wright is 'free to speak his mind'
The Caucus: Obama Addresses Ex-Pastor’s Media Blitz

The Preacher Speaks
If Wright's speech on Monday—to an overflow crowd of press and members of the African-American religious establishment—showed anything, it's that these different personae don't always play well together.
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CNN: readers react to Rev. Wright

Obama Gets Personal
Barack Obama returned to North Carolina today where he received a loud and enthusiastic welcome at a local coliseum here. He changed up his stump speech a bit, making it more personal, with less emphasis on attacking Hillary Clinton.

Delegate Update: NM Senator Backs Obama
Obama just picked up the support of Sen. Jeff Bingaman (NM), the campaign announced. Bingaman chairs the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
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Hillary's Chief Strategist On Wright: It's Time To "Move On"
"Senator Obama has said what he has to say," Garin said, adding: "We respect the fact that Senator Obama has had his say on this and the campaign should move on."

Obama Talks the Economy, Hits McCain
"He had the gall yesterday to tell me that obviously because I didn’t agree with his plan I must not be sympathetic to poor people,” Obama said.

Gas Tax Holiday Won’t Help You…Much, Obama says
Barack Obama continued to rail against John McCain’s proposed gas tax holiday, which just yesterday he called a “scheme.” Today in Wilson, NC, he brought in Hillary Clinton to his riff, saying, “they both, I think, are saying the same thing.”

Obama: flag always in my heart
Obama offered an affirmation of his devotion to America in response to an audience member at a town hall meeting in Wilmington, N.C. She asked the Illinois senator what she should tell a family member concerned Obama's patriotism because the senator does not typically wear a flag pin on his lapel ...

Brent Scowcroft Echoes Obama: We Need To Talk To Enemies
Brent Scowcroft, the national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, said on Monday that he agrees with the position, stated mainly by Sen. Barack Obama, that the U.S. would benefit from having direct talks with the leaders of its most distrusted adversaries.

Clinton highlights Obama's objection to gas tax holiday
Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized Barack Obama on Monday for opposing proposals to suspend federal gas taxes this summer, a plan she and Republican John McCain have endorsed. Obama didn't take the bait. He ignored Clinton and focused on McCain.
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Obama Calls Voter ID Ruling 'Wrong'
Obama said he was disappointed today in the new Supreme Court decision that has upheld Indiana's voter ID law, calling it "wrong," and emphasizing that the law could suppress turnout among minorities and poorer voters.

Rove tells Obama how to win
The man widely credited for President Bush's two electoral victories just can't stop giving advice to this year's Democratic presidential candidates.

Despite Dean's Call, Super Stays Neutral
"He hasn't communicated with me," she says of Dean. "So, for now, I'm still doing my thing -- which is being uncommitted to the convention."

Senate Chairmen Line Up for Obama, Clinton
They also are falling to Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton by a wide margin, currently 8-2. Democratic Energy Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico is the latest to announce his backing for the Illinois senator in the Democratic presidential primary race.

Second Ad Links Obama And Wright
This week brings the second such spot. This new ad, like the last one, uses the Wright/Obama connection to attack a local Democrat. This time around, it's House candidate Travis Childers of Mississippi ...

McCain: Obama and Wright do not share views
Despite his newfound willingness to make political hay out of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, John McCain insisted three separate times on Monday he does not believe Barack Obama shares Wright’s “extremist views.”

Obama dread turns to glee for the GOP
After weeks of controversies, Republicans now are ready to place a $500,000 bet that Obama will be a heavy burden on down-ballot Democrats.

Obama Pops the Question: “Will You be my Running Mate?”
Most candidates are tight-lipped about whom they are considering to be their running mates – especially if they haven’t locked down their party’s nomination as Barack Obama has yet to do. But today in Wilmington, North Carolina, in front of 5,000 voters and a slew of media, Barack Obama asked, “Will you be my running mate?”
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NC Governor to Endorse Clinton
Mike Easley, two-term North Carolina governor in his final year, will endorse Hillary Clinton at a rally in Raleigh tomorrow, according to sources in the governor's office and sources close to the Clinton campaign.
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Hillary on Rev. Wright and Bill Clinton
Clinton said she regretted that Republicans have “politicized” the matter and criticized McCain for not acting more strongly to put a stop to ads by local Republicans that invoke Obama’s former pastor.
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MoveOn: Obama Got Outfoxed
It was a mistake for Obama to go on FOX’s Sunday show and treat the experience as if it was a real news interview. Democratic politicians need to understand that FOX is a Republican mouthpiece masquerading as a news outlet. When dealing with FOX, you either burn them or they will burn you.

Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Race Still Close with Obama 47%, Clinton 46%
Gallup Poll Daily tracking conducted April 25-27 shows Democrats closely divided in their nomination preferences, with 47% favoring Barack Obama and 46% backing Hillary Clinton.

AP Poll: Clinton leads McCain by 9 points
Hillary Rodham Clinton now leads John McCain by 9 points in a head-to-head presidential matchup, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll that bolsters her argument that she is more electable than Democratic rival Barack Obama.
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Poll: Clinton Fares Better Than Obama In Match Up With McCain
Poll shows Clinton has better shot of beating McCain

Clinton, Obama dead even, poll says
Hillary Clinton's Pennsylvania win last Tuesday has clearly given the New York senator a boost in the national polls, the latest daily tracking survey from Gallup suggests.

Poll: Obama Performs Better Than Hillary In Key Swing State
A new poll from the University of Wisconsin finds Barack Obama running stronger than Hillary Clinton for the general election in this battleground state: ...

Why Wright Doesn't Hurt Obama's Shot at the Nomination
That said, in terms of actually securing the nomination--and not just reigniting the media's obsession with race--I'm not sure how much Wright's reappearance actually hurts the Illinois senator.

My, How Young Activists Have Changed
Whether or not Barack Obama can win his party’s nomination, there’s no doubt that he’s entrancing young Democrats. That trend has sparked comparisons to the iconic youth movements of the 1960s—not least from the campaign, which calls its youth wing “Generation Obama.”

A 'Real Debate' Between Obama and Clinton? Don't Count on It.
Hillary Clinton wants a piece of Barack Obama. He's refusing to set foot in the ring. That may be bad news for her--but it's worse, I think, for the rest of us.

Obama: The know-too-much candidate?
When he tries to pander to sliced-and-diced voting blocs, Obama loses everywhere.

Face Off
Warning: This post is completely devoid of content. Happy Monday! While you--a normal, sane human being--checked out of politics for the weekend, controversy raged across the land.

Bad News For Obama
If you had a chance to listen to Rev. Jeremiah Wright-- at his NAACP appearance in Detroit, or in his talk at the National Press Club -- you came away with two impressions: first, Rev. Wright is a learned, compelling, often hilarious speaker; second, he is a genuine threat to the presidential hopes of Barack Obama.

Rifts Mend, Unless Identity Politics Is a Different Stripe
Blacks or women might balk if their candidate loses. Then again, they might reconsider.

Cafferty: Should Obama have accepted another debate?
Obama’s campaign has said repeatedly that most debates have offered little new information. And he criticized the line of questioning in the last debate in Philadelphia earlier this month saying that it was more about “gotcha games” and “stirring up controversy” than the issues.

Why Jeremiah Wright Is Willing To Destroy Barack Obama; This Campaign Really Is Generational
Jeremiah Wright is like the return of the repressed, a last desperate lunge of the undead 60s toward center stage.

Dumbing-Down the Candidates
Suddenly, being articulate, polite, and well-educated is snobbery. Dressing formally in a tie and jacket is pretentious. What are we looking for? A world leader or a bowling buddy?

New Litmus Test for the Democratic Nominee: Attack John McCain
Both the Obama and Clinton camps can use the upcoming primaries to go after John McCain with the kind of fervor they've reserved for each other.

Dean, Not Obama or Clinton, Should Drop Out
Dean has turned the Democratic Party into the laughingstock of political punditry, and the object of frustration, disgust and ridicule by Democrats who just knew that this was their year.

Jeremiah Wright Goes to War
Analysis: The remarks by Obama's pastor could cause major political damage for the candidate. But Wright wasn't wrong in pointing out U.S.' misconceptions of the black church.

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Obama: "I'm Here To Tell You The Truth"

An excellent video: Barack responds directly to John McCain's recent attacks. He addresses the reality of McCain's gas tax proposal head-on and calls for a new energy policy and an honest dialogue with the American people.

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4/28 Morning News: Dean Says One Must Drop by June

News Items
Dean: Clinton or Obama must drop by June
Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean said Monday that either Hillary Rodham Clinton or Barack Obama must drop out of the Democratic presidential race after the June primaries in order to unify the party ...
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Eyes on Blue-Collar Voters, Obama Shifts Style
Senator Barack Obama is making subtle changes to his campaign style and message in an effort to strengthen his appeal to blue-collar voters and to avoid a defeat in Indiana that aides fear could give Democratic Party leaders further pause about his viability in a general election.
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Clinton’s New Debate Proposal: On the Back of a Flatbed Truck
First she said that if Barack Obama didn’t like the questions he received from debate moderators, she’d debate him Lincoln-Douglas style. Now, Hillary Clinton says she’ll even take the show on the road.
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Wright says criticism is attack on black church
Barack Obama's longtime pastor says he hopes the controversy will have a positive outcome and spark an honest dialogue about race in America. Wright says black church traditions are still "invisible" to many Americans, as they have been throughout the country's history.
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CNN: Obama's ex-pastor delivers spirited speech to NAACP
CNN Ticker: Wright: Black church in some ways 'invisible to the dominant culture'
Politico: Wright says attack on black church

Obama's `Gigantic' Database May Make Him Party's Power Broker
Barack Obama's supporters are giving him more than just record amounts of cash. They also are providing personal information that may make his donor list the most powerful tool in U.S. politics.

McCain says Obama insensitive to the poor
The GOP nominee-in-waiting rapped his Democratic rival for opposing his idea to suspend the tax on fuel during the summer, a proposal that McCain believes will particularly help low-income people who usually have older cars that guzzle more gas.

Obama Gains National Delegate in 4th District
A deal between John Edwards and "another campaign" reported to Iowa Independent Wednesday did not make John Edwards viable in the 4th Congressional District, and as a result Barack Obama gained one national convention delegate ...

Obama Campaign Tries To Downplay Wright
While Barack Obama has tried to avoid talking about Rev. Jeremiah Wright recently, his former pastor has not been keeping a low profile ... When asked if he believed that will hurt him in the upcoming primaries, Obama dodged the question, telling reporters, “I’ll let you prognosticate.”

Racial Tensions Threaten to Divide Democrats
In the race to the Democratic nomination, tensions between the campaigns of rival Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are so uncomfortable that some party leaders are openly worrying Democratic voters will not unify after a nominee is chosen.

Hillary Clinton's Indiana equalizer
Evan Bayh’s ability to deliver state could go a long way toward burnishing his credentials for a spot on a possible Clinton-led presidential ticket.

Obama has difficulty wooing seniors
Barack Obama, often defined by his popularity with young voters, has seen that strength undercut by failings with seniors.

Clinton, Obama foreign policy advisers get heated
While the overall tone between campaign surrogates was tranquil on the Sunday morning talk shows, the argument between foreign policy advisers was anything but calm.

Dead Heat Changes Dems' Strategy
To become the winner, analysts say, Obama has to reach out to the blue-collar vote. To that end, today the candidate ventured into the unfamiliar grounds of Fox News, where he has rarely appeared for an interview, admitting he needs to do more.

Obama on Those Who Say He Doesn't Respect the Flag: 'It's a Lie'
The lanky Illinoisan said that "folks have been sending out these emails trying to make it out like I am not a patriot and I don't salute the flag and I don't pledge allegiance and this and that and the other. This is all phony.

FirstThoughts: You're So Vain...
Wright has to know he's not helping his friend; his decision to go public and defend his reputation at this point in the campaign is doing nothing to help Obama, if anything, it's leading some to believe he's actually trying to sabotage him. He's hurting him and hurting him very badly.

The Early Word: McCain Takes Up Wright Issue
John McCain shifted his strategy Sunday and spoke out against remarks made by the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

Yup. Things Were Different Before Clinton-Obama.
For perspective on just how long the Democratic contest has gone on, consider that gas was $2.20 a gallon, Eliot Spitzer was a rising star and neither Manning had won a Super Bowl in October 2006.

John McCain Flips: Jeremiah Wright Is Now Fair Game
Sen. John McCain has reversed his position to not discuss Rev. Jeremiah Wright during the general election if Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee. Claiming that Obama has made his relationship with Wright a political issue, McCain now says the topic is fair game.

Faltering Economy Plays to a Clinton Strength
All politicians talk about jobs, but these days Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton does it with tactile, almost sensuous detail.

Polling Results
Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, it’s Obama 49%, Clinton 41% ...

Republicans Grow More Confident In Running Against Obama
Just 37% of Republican voters nationwide now believe the Democratic frontrunner would be the tougher candidate against John McCain. That’s down from 54% earlier this month. An essentially equal number, 35%, now believe Hillary Clinton would be the stronger Democrat ...

Only 33% Say McCain Has Clear Plan to Solve U.S. Problems
The latest USA Today/Gallup update on the presidential candidates' personal characteristics finds a significant decline since March in the percentage of Americans who believe John McCain "has a clear plan for solving the country's problems."

34% of Democrats Want Clinton to Drop Out
Thirty-four percent (34%) of Democrats nationwide now believe that Hillary Clinton should drop out of the race for the White House. That’s up from 32% earlier in April and 22% in late March.

The Note: Barack's Blues
After spending the campaign answering questions about whether he's too green, too black, or too red (as in states where he's winning) ... all Sen. Barack Obama has to do next is show that he's blue enough (of collar) to be president.

Changing the Changeling
Obama’s first iteration was coolly post-ideological. But one lesson of Pennsylvania is that, against McCain, he’ll have to embrace his inner partisan.

Bill Vs. Barack
He offered commentary about his wife’s earlier limitations as a candidate: “I think Hillary’s become a much better speaker.” But, most of all, Bill Clinton talked about Bill Clinton: ...

Steven G. Brant: Barack's Choice: Yes To Fox News; No To Hillary Clinton
Maybe Fox News thinks they might have to deal with Barack being president and -- unlike Bill Clinton -- they see no immediate reason to try and destroy his presidency from day one.

Do We Really Want a Bowler-in-Chief? Remember Nixon!
Who was the biggest bowling advocate near the top in recent history? Dan Quayle. Nixon and Quayle. That is really something to aspire to.

The Fight For Obama Requires Fewer Euphemisms and More Truth
At the core of the Obama candidacy is the belief that freethinking openhearted people in America outnumber the cretins, racists, willfully ignorant, gleefully hate-filled and backward looking.

How Barack Obama Can Frame His "Liberal" Label
Obama needs to hew to what has been a largely successful strategy of branding himself as the candidate who transcends labels and shrink-wrapped ideologies.

I'm Just Sayin' (Again): Obama Is Still the More Electable Democrat
There is no evidence that demonstrates that Obama would do any worse in a general election against McCain than would Clinton, however their votes might be comprised.

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