Thursday, April 17, 2008

4/17 Morning News: Debate Coverage

News Items
Last Night's Debate: A Political Rerun
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that after more than 20 debates between the leading Democrats, both candidates are exhausted and have exhausted every conceivable debate question. That the debate format is itself a televised form of tyranny ...
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Slate:
Clinton Wins, But Barely
ABC:
Philly Fight Night: Dems Spar Over Electability
ABC:
The Note: Kitchen's Sink
FirstRead:
The Philly Phallout
MSNBC:
Clinton uses sharp attacks in tense debate
FirstRead:
Clinton Camp: Debate 'Game Changing'
FirstRead:
Bill Praises Wife's Debate Performance
FirstRead:
Obama's Tough Night
CBS Horserace:
Starting Gate: For Clinton, Mission Unaccomplished
CBS Horserace:
On Conference Call, Clinton Campaign Spins Debate
FOX:
Reviews Give Clinton the Edge in Salty Democratic Debate
FOX:
Hostile Crowd Turns on Democratic Debate Moderators
TIME:
The Dems Play Trivial Pursuit
The Caucus:
Top Ratings for Penn. Debate
The Caucus:
Clinton Uses Sharp Attacks in Tense Debate
The Caucus:
Open Caucus: Assessing Elitism
The Caucus:
The Early Word: On the Defensive
NYT:
Former Friends Weigh Into Debate, and the Former Amity Drains Out
TPM:
Post Debate Roundup, Philly Edition
TIME:
Debate Scorecard: Obama's Surly Night

Philadelphia Daily News: VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA
THE CHOICE in Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary is not only the one between a white woman and a black man. It's a choice between the past and the future.

Obama Camp Unveils "Small Town" Superdelegate Support
In a sign that the Obama campaign is still working to push back on the "small town" flap, the campaign has rolled out the endorsement of Oklahoma superdelegate Reggie Whitten -- with an official press release that includes the phrase "small town" in a good way twice.
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BarackObama.com:
Oklahoma Superdelegate Endorses Obama

Breaking News: Thomas Backs Obama
You heard it here first. Council member and newly elected superdelegate Harry Thomas Jr., initially a supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, is announcing in minutes that he will cast his vote at the Democratic National Convention in Denver for Sen. Barack Obama.

Hillary And Obama Camps Duke It Out Over Her Alleged "Screw 'Em" Comment
On a Clinton campaign conference call this morning, Hillary's advisers were asked directly what their basis is for denying outright that she said "screw 'em" about white working class southerners in a meeting in 1995, as author Benjamin Barber alleges.

New Pro-Obama SEIU Ad Subtly Replies To "Small Town" Flap
Looks like a pro-Obama outside group is coming in to rescue him from the "small town" flap. SEIU's new ad for Obama in Pennsylvania pushes back against Hillary Clinton on the "small town" controversy, using the energy issue as a pretext: ...
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Fact Check: Obama’s Relationship with William Ayers
One introductory event took place at the home of Ayers and Dohrn, according to published reports. Ayers contributed $200 to Obama’s legislative campaign in 2001, but there is no other sign that he has actively aided Obama’s political career.

Obama Meets With British PM
Barack Obama met with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown this morning during Brown’s second visit to Washington since he took office last June. The meeting was closed to the press, but according to the campaign, the two spoke for 40 minutes ...
Related Articles:
FOX:
Gordon Brown Meets With All 3 Presidential Hopefuls
CNN:
White House hopefuls meet with Brown

Obama Forgets Writing on Gun Questionnaire
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., maintained at Wednesday's ABC News debate in Philadelphia that his handwriting does not appear on a 1996 questionnaire stating support for a ban on the manufacture, sale, and possession of handguns.

Stephanopoulos defends debate performance
Despite criticism, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos defended his performance in last night’s Democratic debate, which he co-moderated with Charles Gibson. “We asked tough but appropriate questions,” Stephanopoulos told me by phone this afternoon.

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama 49%, Clinton 42%
The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update shows Barack Obama with a 49% to 42% lead over Hillary Clinton in national Democratic voters' nomination preferences.

Newsmax/Zogby Poll: Deadlocked in Pennsylvania!
With just five days left before Democratic primary voters go to polls to decide who they want to be their presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois are locked in a battle that is too close to call, the latest Newsmax/Zogby telephone poll shows.

Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, Obama leads Clinton nationally 48% to 41% ...

Rasmussen Election 2008: California Presidential Election
In California, the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds Barack Obama leading John McCain 50% to 43%.

Update: ABC Poll - Who Won the Debate
Obama 37k, Clinton 14k

Clinton-Obama lead McCain in 'swing' states
In potential fall match-ups, Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are leading presumptive Republican nominee John McCain in states that were decisive in the 2004 election according to a new survey.

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Commentaries
Analysis: Obama wants voters to remember Clinton's past
Remember the cookies? Barack Obama wants to make sure that voters do, even if it was 16 years ago that Hillary Rodham Clinton created an uproar when she sniffed that she could have given up her career and "stayed home, baked cookies and had teas."

A Lousy Debate
I think Stephanopoulos and Gibson asked trivial questions because this has become a trivial campaign -- mostly because Clinton and Obama have nearly identical positions on most issues.

Whose Elitism is Worse?
It is hard to blame John McCain for mocking Barack Obama as an "elitist" following that silly remark about bitter folks who cling to guns and religion. Rarely does the Arizona senator -- one of the wealthiest members of Washington's most exclusive club -- encounter such a tempting chance to masquerade as a populist.

Hillary as foil
Hillary obviously isn't doing Obama any favors by raising conservative attacks on him; but she does provide, in some ways, a useful foil to her own bank-shot attacks.

Barack Gets Rocked
He got absolutely grilled during the first 40 minutes, and with every mediocre answer Hillary Clinton was there to hang the issues back around his neck.

Where Is the League of Women Voters When We Need Them?
The networks and the national press love their gotchas, their -gates, their "controversies," their heat. Would someone please get the networks out of the presidential debate business?

Clinton's McCarthyism (and my Brother Bill Ayers)
It is clear that Hillary has no limits. Barack Obama, attempting to take the high ground, gave her a pass on her despicable behavior.

What Passes For Debate
Instead of sonorously intoning various articles of the Constitution when returning from an ad for bowel cleansing yogurt, perhaps Gibson and Stephanopoulos could have focused just one question on the administration that has been shredding it section by section.

Hillary And The Commies
During Tuesday night's debate, George Stephanopoulos didn't flinch from trying to smear Obama by association with former '60s radical Bill Ayers. Too bad George didn't ask Hillary about her summer spent working for a law firm run by Communists.

Just How Soft has Obama's Coverage Been?
Finally Obama got real questions for which he should have had ready answers. Forgive me if all the blogospheric bellyaching permeating Democratic circles is not impressing me much.

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