Friday, April 11, 2008

4/11 Afternoon News

News Items
Clinton, Obama mostly the same on policy
Democrats just can't decide whether Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton would make a better presidential nominee, and there's some good reason for that. When it comes to policy, they are closely aligned.

Obama: Public finance system 'creaky'
The nation's system of public financing presidential elections is "creaky" and needs to be updated, Sen. Barack Obama said Friday, offering another possible argument for bypassing the three-decades-old system that has helped pay campaigns for the White House.
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CBS Horserace: Obama Again Signals He May Opt Out Of Public Financing

Bill Backs Off Bosnia Issue
The former president said that his wife called him last night to ask him to let the issue lie. "Hillary called me and said 'You don't remember this. You weren't there, let me handle it.' I said, 'Yes ma'am," Clinton said.
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CBS From the Road: Hillary Tells Bill To Back Off On Bosnia Comments
FOX: Bill Clinton Backs Off After Reviving Bosnia Sniper Story
CNN Ticker: Hillary to Bill: Knock it off

Obama: Indiana Could Be 'Tiebreaker'
"You know, Sen. Clinton is more favored in Pennsylvania,” he added, “and I'm right now a little more favored in North Carolina, so Indiana right now may end up being the tiebreaker. So we want to work very hard in Indiana."

Senator: Obama Can Win Pa. In November
I think he'll do very well in the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, which is most of Western Pennsylvania. So, I don't see where a Republican comes up with the formula to beat him.

Obama-Backing Unions Demand Hillary "Sever All Ties" With Penn
Change to Win, the coalition of unions backing Obama, is upping the pressure on the Hillary campaign to dump Mark Penn, releasing a new statement demanding that she "sever all ties" with Penn and launching an online pressure campaign designed to force her to do just that.

Superdelegate count a mystery
Yet despite the simplicity of counting superdelegates, neither the campaigns nor the news organizations tracking them can agree on where the tally stands. The only point of agreement is that Clinton appears to hold a lead.

Begala: "Nothing But Contempt" For Penn, Compares Him To Rumsfeld
Longtime Clinton adviser and confidant Paul Begala took full aim at Mark Penn on Friday, expressing scorn for the recently demoted strategist, and comparing his time with the Clinton campaign to that of Donald Rumsfeld's tenure as Secretary of Defense.

Hart Tells Douglass: If PA/NC Results Show Racial Divide, Obama Could Face Trouble In General
Q. But if the reverse is true, that is, if it is racially polarized?
A. Then it's a problem. Then it's a problem..


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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama’s Lead Over Clinton Persists
Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows Barack Obama with a 51% to 42% advantage over Hillary Clinton for the 2008 Democratic nomination among Democratic voters nationwide.

Rasmussen: Election 2008: Louisiana Presidential Election
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows the presumptive Republican nominee leading Barack Obama 52% to 41%. McCain enjoys an even bigger lead over Hillary Clinton, 58% to 36%.

Rasmussen: Election 2008: Pennsylvania Presidential Election
While Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton continue to compete against each other in Pennsylvania’s Presidential Primary, both Democrats have opened a lead over John McCain in the Keystone State.

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Commentaries
Why Clinton Is Fighting So Hard
Clinton knows that through the long view of history, he'll be viewed a lot less positively if the bridge he set about building to the next century leads to a president with the ability to overshadow him legislatively, as opposed to one who carries on his name and legacy.

Sen. Obama, CA Progressives Thank You
Thank you for graciously reinstating and welcoming all California delegate hopefuls, including me, Marcy Winograd, and many others who helped build the Progressive Caucus in the California Democratic Party.

Why A Woman In The White House?
The better question is why not? Why aren't there more females in the U.S. Congress? If we can talk about race, let's talk about gender.

Don't Be Fooled: Obama Is Actually Leading Hillary By 1-2 Million Votes
Their fears are rooted in the notion that Clinton is only behind by roughly 800,000 votes, and that she could feasibly catch up with a big win in Pennsylvania. They'd be wrong. In fact, Obama leads in the popular vote by anywhere between 2 million to 3 million voters.

Obama: No Surprise That Hard-Pressed Pennsylvanians Turn Bitter
Obama made a problematic judgment call in trying to explain working class culture to a much wealthier audience. He described blue collar Pennsylvanians with a series of what in the eyes of creamy Californians might be considered pure negatives: guns, clinging to religion, antipathy, xenophobia.

The Power--and Peril--of Bill
Reviving "Snipergate" probably would've been unwise no matter what Bill said; the fewer excuses the press has to poke and prod Hillary's sorest spots, the better. But unfortunately for her, Bill's side of the story happens to be wildly inaccurate.

Colombia and Bill: The Unanswerable Question for Hillary Clinton
In politics, you always try to predict questions, your response, and what the retort to that response will be, to ensure you're not check-mated. I ran through this exercise upon reading about the Senator's giggle-fest on trade, and came up with blanks.

Clintons' Squabbles: Not Funny
Hillary Clinton's "Bill Clinton Problem" is a joke that has become not so funny.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Barack wrote in the blog today, that he was misquoted in California... These were his actual words... and what is suprising, he does not repeat them in his defense...

America, your next possible president thinks this about you...

small-town America “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them” out of bitterness over lost jobs

This he says, and people are surprised... and his mentor and friend of over 20 years, the good reverend Wright... so no one needs to be surprised he thinks this way...

The Huffington Post reported that Obama made the comments while speaking to a group of wealthy California donors in San Francisco over the weekend. The Post quotes him specifically singling out towns in Pennsylvania, where he’s trying to woo voters and overcome Clinton’s lead in the polls before the state’s April 22 primary.

The comments, which can also be heard in an audio recording later posted on the Huffington Web site, immediately became fodder for the campaigns of Clinton, Obama’s rival for the Democratic nomination, and McCain, his potential Republican challenger.

A March 28 article in New York magazine reported that, according to a Democratic strategist, Obama was unable to clinch the endorsement of exiting candidate John Edwards because he was “glib and aloof” when Edwards tried to talk to him about poverty.

“It comes off very badly,” Democratic strategist Kirsten Powers said of Obama’s small-town America remarks. “They are things that I think in a liberal world sound totally normal, and outside of that world I don’t know that he appreciates how it sounds. And it just sounds very elitist, and it sounds like he’s looking down on people.”

Pennsylvania GOP Chairman Robert Gleason Jr. even weighed in, releasing a statement saying the comments “reveal a condescending elitism.”

Your next president, not mine... flip flopper... Stand by whilst I get every single position he has had on Iraq and how they have changed... He is so going to screw you move on dot org types...