Thursday, April 17, 2008

4/17 Evening News - Dean: Decide Now

News Items
Dean: I need a decision 'now'
An increasingly firm Howard Dean told CNN again Thursday that he needs superdelegates to say who they’re for – and “I need them to say who they’re for starting now.”
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DailyKos:
Dean to Superdelegates: Make Your Endorsements Now

Obama says debate focused on 'gotcha,' not policy issues
Democratic Sen. Barack Obama dismissively talked about his debate with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and the line of questioning from ABC News' moderators, arguing that it focused on political trivia at the expense of the problems facing average voters.
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FirstRead:
Obama: Hillary 'Looked in her Element'
CBS From the Road:
Obama Brushes Off Clinton's Attacks
FOX:
Obama Accuses Clinton of Playing Rough in ‘Gotcha’ Debate
Harold Trib:
Obama questions Democratic debate's relevance
CNN Ticker:
Obama brushes Clinton off his shoulders—literally
The Caucus:
About Last Night…
TPM:
Obama Criticizes Debate, Says Hillary "Looked In Her Element"
Huff Post:
Obama Criticizes Debate, Attacks Clinton For Being "In Her Element"

Video: "What is your strategy to beat the Republicans in November"
An audience member in Raleigh, North Carolina asks Obama,"What is your strategy to beat the Republicans in November." Here's his response...
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Superdelegates unswayed by Clinton's attacks
But although Clinton gave it her best shot in what might have been their final debate, interviews on Thursday with a cross-section of these superdelegates ... showed that none had been persuaded much by her attacks on Obama's strength as a potential Democratic nominee ...

Watergate-era Republican backs Obama
From the politics/strange bedfellows file: Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama has won an endorsement from Republican and former Nixon Watergate figure William D. Ruckelshaus.

Clinton is Ms. Fix-It, Obama a media critic on 'Colbert'
Not to be outdone, Sen. Barack Obama, her rival for the Democratic nomination, showed up via satellite to poke fun at what he called the media's fixation on gaffes and trivialities.
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CBS From the Road:
Clinton Bumps into John Edwards Before "Colbert Report" Taping
CNN Ticker:
Both Obama, Clinton to appear on Thursday's 'Colbert'
The Caucus:
Clinton on Colbert Report (And Edwards and Obama, Too)

Obama superdelegates find their 'sisterhood' questioned
Some female superdelegates backing Sen. Barack Obama are having their "sisterhood" questioned, just as some black Democrats have been challenged for their endorsement of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Two Uncommitted Supers 'Worn Out'
"What we're doing is we're letting John McCain have a free ride," she said. "He's running a general-election campaign, and we're still fighting among ourselves. … They need to be more civil to each other. It's just gotten too contentious. Somebody has to step aside."

Bill: I Didn't Hear Hillary 'Whining'
Bill Clinton has been talking all day about how great he thought last night's debate was. At his most recent stop, he pushed back at some of the complaints coming from the Obama campaign, saying his wife didn't whine when she took some hits.

Ratings, criticism big for ABC presidential debate
ABC News drew both record ratings and a heap of complaints about how Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos moderated the Democratic presidential debate, criticism that Stephanopoulos on Thursday called a sign of how much people care.
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TPM:
George Stephanopoulos Responds To Obama, Defends Handling Of Debate
Politico:
Stephanopoulos defends debate performance

Obama campaign fundraises off Wednesday debate
Barack Obama’s campaign is fundraising over the tough questions aimed at the Illinois senator during Wednesday night’s debate.

Was That the Final Debate?
Sen. Obama: "I'll be honest with you, we have now had 21. And look, I mean, on the previous three you know, we did very well, and so it's not as if we don't know how to do these things. I could deliver Sen. Clinton's lines; she could, I'm sure, deliver mine."
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CNN:
Obama: Let's campaign, not have more debates

Obama Camp Criticizes Clinton Negativity
The Obama camp held a conference call to highlight what it sees as the negativity emanating from Clinton and her campaign. The call featured three Pennsylvanian women who once backed Clinton but are now for Obama -- in part citing that negativity.

Clinton brings 3 generations to win over female voters
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton stood between her 88-year-old mother and 28-year-old daughter on Thursday to personalize issues for the "sandwich generation" facing the demands of parents and children.
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Newsweek:
Clinton's 'Not as Bad as You Think' Tour Kicks Off in Pennsylvania
FirstRead:
The Clinton Women Court PA Females
CBS From the Road:
Clinton Goes for Girl Power in Pennsylvania

Obama’s Dan Quayle Moment
“To find the locations and the hours of one stop early vote near you, you can call my hotline, which is 1-888-NC-EARLY,” Obama said. “NC EARLY, E-A-R-E, uh, E-A-R-L-Y. I almost pulled a Dan Quayle there for a second,” he joked.

Obama says NC could crown him the nominee
"If we can win in North Carolina, I think we can wrap up this nomination," Obama told an overflow crowd of supporters outside his event in Raleigh. "And if we can win this nomination I think we can beat John McCain."

"Bitter" Goes Wide?
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Barack Obama’s “bitter” comments are now getting play in a Pennsylvania congressional race (as the Clinton campaign helpfully points out).

Clinton Channels Eva Peron
At a visit to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton had an Eva Peron moment. Clinton made a brief campaign stop to address a group at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia – so brief, in fact, that she only spoke for 37 seconds.

Bloomberg Says He Looks Forward to Having an ‘Adult’ in the White House
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who decided against a White House run, said Thursday his endorsement will go to the most straight-talking candidate and predicted “at least we’ll have an adult in office who can lead and can accomplish something.”

Clinton campaign gets Weather Underground questions
The morning after Hillary Clinton attacked Barack Obama over his relationship with William Ayers, founder of Weather Underground, her campaign advisers struggled with questions over her view of pardons for members of that group issued by her husband ...

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Polling Results
AP-Yahoo poll shows McCain winning back unhappy Republicans
Growing numbers of people like what they see in John McCain, vaulting him into a tie with the two Democratic presidential contenders just a few months after Republicans faced a steep disadvantage.

Democrats Leading McCain in “Purple” States
Democratic front-runner Barack Obama has a four-point advantage over presumptive Republican nominee John McCain among registered voters residing in states that were competitive in the 2004 election.

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Commentaries
The Democrats’ Wimp Factor
The specter of John Kerry in 2004 is beginning to haunt the Democrats in 2008. It is the specter of wimpy campaigns past. It showed up, like Banquo's ghost, at the debate Wednesday night in Philadelphia ...

Obama Meets Jay-Z in YouTube Mashup Slamming Clinton & Debate
Obama made pop cultural history Thursday, miming the rapper Jay-Z's iconic hand signal to "brush the dirt" off his shoulders.

The Problem with These 'Debates'
If you're a Barack Obama supporter, chances are you woke up this morning feeling, well, bitter--and chances are you hold the moderators of last night's Democratic debate in Philadelphia, ABC's Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, responsible for your mood.

After The Debate: The Case For Obama (the Marine Corps) and a Culture of Brotherhood
Obama, like the Marines, calls us to be part of something bigger than "me" and offers a purpose in life that adds up to more than just one more consumer choice -- just another "I want."

How can so many Democrats still be undecided?
In North Carolina, the undecided voters number 19%. And in Indiana, the number is even higher: 25%. Those two states hold primaries May 6th. I wonder what it will take for them to make up their minds.

Not to Flog a Dead Horse...
But I found it a glaring omission in last night's debate that trade was not addressed at all. For a state that has lost more than 200,000 manufacturing jobs and has another 286,000 vulnerable jobs, it's kind of amazing the subject didn't come up.

Mad As Hell At ABC's Debate
Any right-thinking American who watched the travesty of a debate on ABC last night should get mad. Very mad.

Kristol, Lieberman, and Will Unmask Obama's Secret Marxist Agenda
Republicans will try to defeat Obama by running him through the right-wing freak show. He will be depicted to be, at once, a Chablis-sipping snob, angry Black nationalist and radical Marxist.

Change is Here! Hillary and Barack -- Medium is the Message
From this moment on, our society has become something different. The social consequences of having an entirely new gender or race in the White House is the message.

Some too 'obsessed' with what we say
Wednesday night, in a debate here, Barack Obama complained a number of times about the presidential campaign process and how some people spend way too much time “obsessing” about some of the things he and others have actually said.

Julian E. Zelizer: The Debate We Deserve
Until we have a better political system and a more attentive electorate, we are not in a position to dismiss the type of debate that we had last night. We got the debate we deserve.

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