Sunday, April 13, 2008

4/13 Sunday News

News Items
PA Small Town and Rural Leaders Reject Clinton and McCain Attacks
Twenty-one elected officials and community leaders from small towns and rural areas throughout Pennsylvania today released an open letter asking fellow Pennsylvanians to set aside Senators Clinton and McCain’s recent attempts at political point-scoring and consider who will fight for them as President.

Another Superdelegate for Obama
One of Minnesota's last uncommitted Democratic superdelegates is backing Barack Obama, the Obama campaign announced Sunday.

PA Paper - Morning Call - Endorses Obama
Both are qualified to become the nation's chief executive. They have more similarities than differences. But, The Morning Call recommends that Sen. Barack Obama be nominated, and we offer three reasons.

PA Paper - The Times-Tribune - Endorses Obama
For Pennsylvania Democrats, the best answer in the April 22 primary is Barack Obama. In a nomination campaign that has defied convention, Mr. Obama has energized an entire generation of voters that, for the most part, otherwise had checked out of political participation.

Clinton Continues to Hit Obama Over Guns, Religion Remark
Milking for another day controversial remarks made last week by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton on Sunday hammered her Democratic presidential rival, saying his response to the furor over his comments demonstrates he is “out of touch “with middle America.
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ABC News:
Clinton Says Obama's 'Bitter' Remark Could Cost Party General Election
ABC News: Bill Clinton on Obama's 'Bitter' Comment
FirstRead: Bill (Almost) Goes There
MSNBC: Clinton tees off on Obama’s ‘bitter’ comments
CBS From the Road: Clinton Warns That Democrats Are Already Viewed as Elitist
CNN: Obama: 'I didn't say it as well as I should have'
CNN Ticker: Obama: 'I didn't say it as well as I should have'
The Caucus: Clinton Keeps Up Blast Over Obama’s Small-Town Remarks

Clinton: 'Not relevant' last time I went to church, fired gun
After a weekend spent making direct appeals to gun owners and church goers, Hillary Clinton said Sunday a query about the last time she fired a gun or attended church services "is not a relevant question in this debate" over Barack Obama’s recent comments ...

Carter Will Not Endorse Until The Convention
Former President Jimmy Carter confirmed in an exclusive "This Week" interview ... that he will not be endorsing any time soon. "The only thing I know is that, I have not made an endorsement, and don't intend to, until the time of the convention."

DNC Wants Court to Force Action Against McCain on Public Money
The DNC is set to file a complaint in federal court against the Federal Election Commission, saying the regulatory agency has failed to act on a request to investigate and take action against Sen. John McCain ... for reversing his decision to use public money in the general election.

Obama puts time, ad money into Indiana
Barack Obama sees himself with a disadvantage in Pennsylvania and with an advantage in North Carolina. "So Indiana may end up being the tiebreaker," he said this week.

Obama's Controversial Former Pastor Criticizes Media at Funeral
Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the former pastor of Sen. Barack Obama, fired back at the news media during a Chicago funeral service on Saturday. Wright ... called out some of his critics, including Fox News commentators Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity.
Related Articles:
FOX: Jeremiah Wright Sounds Off At Eulogy for Chicago Judge
Chicago Sun-Times: Rev. Jeremiah Wright criticizes media at Eugene Pincham funeral

Wright preaches in Virginia, doesn't mention Obama
Barack Obama's retired pastor has made his first public appearance since the furor over his remarks criticizing the United States. He said nothing about the Democratic presidential candidate or the uproar itself.

Clinton and Obama to Settle Differences in the Ring?
Why spend time and money campaigning tirelessly across the county when the ongoing Democratic nomination contest can be settled the old fashioned way, mano-a-mano? Well, the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) seems to think so.

Cheney Challenges Hillary to Hunting Contest
One day after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton professed an abiding affection for guns and hunting, her love of firearms came under attack from another sometime hunter in Washington.

California Democrats Meet to Select Denver Convention Delegates
California’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention will be chosen Sunday as nearly 3,000 people collect at caucus sites to select the 241 who will win the golden ticket and fill the pledged seats in Denver this August.

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Solid Democratic Lead
Gallup Poll Daily tracking for April 10-12 shows Barack Obama continuing to hold a solid lead over Hillary Clinton in national Democratic voters' support for the presidential nomination, 50% to 41%.

Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, Clinton has gained a statistically-insignificant one-point advantage over Obama, 46% to 45%.

White women begin to turn away from Clinton
A Quinnipiac University survey taken April 3-6 in Pennsylvania found that Clinton's support fell 6 percentage points in a week among white women. Nationally, a Lifetime Networks poll of women found that 26 percent said they liked Clinton less now than in January ...

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Commentaries
Bill's big-dollar foreign buckraking causing headaches for Hillary's campaign
It was one thing for Hillary to push out a key adviser. But she could hardly fire her husband. "Like other married couples who disagree on issues from time to time," Clinton spokesman Jay Carson tells NEWSWEEK, "she disagrees with her husband on this issue."

What Clinton wishes she could say
She and Bill Clinton both devoutly believe that Obama’s likely victory is a disaster-in-waiting. Naive Democrats just don’t see it. And a timid, pro-Obama press corps, in their view, won’t tell the story. But Hillary Clinton won’t tell it, either.

Analysis: The Bill Clinton factor
A campaign gaffe by former President Bill Clinton on his wife's tale about a trip to Bosnia got attention Friday -- sparking questions on whether he's becoming a big problem for her presidential campaign.

Carl Bernstein’s View: A Hillary Clinton presidency
That is what the Hillary for President campaign has become: the whole Clinton three-ring circus, with little evidence that moving back to the White House will alter that most basic fact.

The Case Against Obama
The founders of Politico ... have stepped up today with a comprehensive case against the Obama candidacy--and, whether you like it or not, there's enough political reality there to give any Democrat pause. There are, however, two or three counter-arguments that can be made: ...

Unforced Error: Obama as San Fran Liberal Elitist
Manufactured disgust, all too prevalent in our politics today, should not be mistaken for the legitimate disgust. Obama has caused some legitimate disgust. And he should heed that disgust, and heed it fast.

Faux Obama Supporter Mayhill Fowler Smears Obama
The event was held for like-minded people who want to see Obama succeed. From her writings and her whirlwind media tour slamming Obama, Mayhill Fowler clearly does not share this sentiment. That's fair, but she shouldn't pretend to be an "Obama supporter."

Who's Really Out of Touch Here?
The faux outrage expressed by Senators McCain and Clinton calls to mind the emotional torment suffered 16 years ago by then-Senator, now McCain backer, Al D'Amato.

Obama gaffe undermines Dem outreach
The furor surrounding Barack Obama’s comments about “bitter” small-town voters and their faith clouds an emerging storyline that stood to benefit either Democratic candidate at Republican John McCain’s expense.

Barack Obama's flip side revealed
Barack Obama’s remarks on small town America were an off-key note from a politician who has rocketed to the top by being brilliantly on-key.

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