Friday, April 18, 2008

4/18 Evening News: Largest Crowd Yet

News Items
Obama greeted by largest crowd of his campaign
Some 35,000 people jammed into Independence Park to see the Democratic presidential candidate, four days before this state's crucial April 22 primary.
Related Articles:
CBS From the Road: Obama: Clinton Throwing "Kitchen Sink" at Me
Huff Post: Obama greeted by largest crowd of his campaign
Update: CBS3.com: 23 Minutes' Worth of Video of the Rally

Delegate Update: Ohio Delegates Adjusted
NBC News has adjusted the pledged delegate count in Ohio, adding one for Obama and subtracting one for Clinton. Despite Clinton's double-digit victory, she netted seven delegates (74-67).

Obama Twists McCain on Economy
Who says Barack Obama doesn't know how to "twist the knife"? Although Obama gets substantial mileage out of running against politics as usual, he provided a reminder on Friday that he knows how to twist with the best of them.

Clinton adviser quits over China rhetoric
“As a lifelong Democrat, it saddens me that Senator Clinton has chosen to take the low road in her effort to gain our party’s presidential nomination,” Baum said in an e-mail to Politico.

Obama’s chemistry experiment
With apologies to high school chemistry teachers everywhere, here is how such an instructor might describe the essential elements in Obama’s candidacy that left such more-established figures as Clinton, Joseph Biden, Christopher Dodd, John Edwards, and Bill Richardson behind.

Delegate Update: Clinton Picks Up 2 More
Clinton picked up two more NJ superdelegates: former Govs. Jim Florio and Brendan Byrne, who are add-ons. Earlier today, Clinton picked up the support of Rep. Betty Sutton (OH-13), giving her three for the day.

A Window On Pennsylvania's Politics
If the economic reality here in the Lehigh Valley doesn't match the old picture, neither does the politics. This would have been ideal terrain for the Clinton campaign 10 or 20 years ago. But now?

Clinton aide: NC win would be 'biggest upset of the century'
Hillary Clinton's campaign looked to lower expectations for the upcoming North Carolina primary, telling reporters Friday that a Clinton win here on May 6 would be "the biggest upset of the century."

Science confirms 'The Colbert Bump'
Democrats who appeared on the show raised about 44 percent more money after their appearance than they did before. Republicans, on the other hand, didn't fare as well after their Colbert appearance.

Obama: 'We like beer'
With his favorite Pennsylvania traveling companion in tow, Sen. Barack Obama visited the Erie Bolt Co. today as he sought to promote his regular-guy image.

Clinton Campaign Accuses Obama of Ducking Debates
Accusing Barack Obama of trying to “duck” a debate in North Carolina with Hillary Clinton, her state director in North Carolina ripped into Obama on a conference call with reporters today. "Obama wanted to brush off the people of North Carolina," said Ace Smith ...

Foreign Policy Figures, Former Clinton Cabinet Member Back Obama
Barack Obama today scored the backing of Sam Nunn and David Boren, two former senators with strong foreign policy bona fides. The relatively conservative Democrats – who are not superdelegates – will be advisors on Obama's National Security Foreign Policy Team.

Report: Clinton Blames Caucus Losses on Democratic Activists, MoveOn
After Super Tuesday, Hillary Clinton blamed her losses in caucus states on Democratic activists, and particularly on MoveOn.org, according to an audio recording posted on The Huffington Post.
Related Articles:
Politico Blog: Clinton scorns the base
Huff Post: Clinton Slams Democratic Activists At Private Fundraiser

Glass Houses
There were, after all: The "piling on" comments after the Oct. 30 Drexel debate at which she lost her footing over the immigration/driver's license issue - The point she made about always getting the first question at an NBC debate ...

Hip Hop Infiltrates ‘08 Campaign
How does Barack Obama deal with the flak coming at him from his opponents and the media?
He just gets. That. Dirt off his shoulder.


Obama Press Call: Former PA Clinton Supporters Hold Conference Call To Discuss Recent Wave of Negativity
Today, at 12:30 PM ET, a group of former Pennsylvania Clinton supporters – who left because of her increasingly negative tactics and now support Obama – will hold a conference call to discuss their desire for a new kind of leadership in Washington.

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Polling Results
Hillary Drops Back
Despite her campaign's relentless attacks on Barack Obama's qualifications and electability, Hillary Clinton has lost a lot of ground with Democratic voters nationwide going into Tuesday's critical primary in Pennsylvania, a new NEWSWEEK poll shows.

AP-Yahoo Poll: Obama overtaking Clinton despite bruises
Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are both sustaining dents and dings from their lengthy presidential fight. The former first lady is clearly suffering more as Democratic voters no longer see her as the party's strongest contender for the White House.

National Polls Show Race in Flux as Dems Charge Into Pa.
Two dueling national polls released Friday showed sharply conflicting political landscapes in the Democratic race, as the candidates charge headfirst into the critical Pennsylvania primary Tuesday.

Two polls show two different stories
Where do Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama stand among Democrats nation-wide? It depends on the poll.

SurveyUSA: Indiana Primary
Obama 50%, Clinton 45%

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Commentaries
Obama's secret weapon: the media
Nothing but petty, process-oriented questions, asked in a prosecutorial tone, about the Democratic front-runner’s personal associations and his electablity. Where was the substance? Where was the balance? Where indeed.

Hillary Clinton Slams MoveOn With Karl Rove's Lies
I've tried to stay out of the pie fights of late, but as a long-term defender of MoveOn and other progressive organizations -- this is completely unacceptable.

Far More Than "Bitter": Message from a Small Town Pennsylvanian
"Bitter" is a good word, to describe some of what I feel -- but "mad as hell" are a few better words. And I have a son that is on his way to Iraq for his third or forth tour, so I am not only mad but scared.

Analysis: Time, delegate math working against Clinton
Time is running out on Hillary Rodham Clinton, the long-ago front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination who now trails Barack Obama in delegates, states won and popular votes.

Obama Hamas Ties Pushed In McCain Letter: So Much For "Respectful" Campaign
John McCain has repeatedly insisted in public that he wants to run a respectful campaign, but a recent fundraising email from his campaign suggests there will be nothing revolutionary about the Republican nominee's tactics this year.

The Thrill is Gone
Since last September, Clinton's "emotional temperature has been on a continual steep decline with voters," says AdSam president Jon Morris, a professor at the University of Florida, dropping from 93 to 70 ...

Chillin' with Clinton? Don't Count on It.
After my initial piece on Mike Huckabee--we jammed together in Iowa--the project ran out of steam. Why? you ask. Well, it's kind of impossible to find the time to behave like a normal human being when you're running for president.

What Everybody -- Pro and Con -- Missed About the Debates
There are still a few things I haven't heard anybody say, and the right is already cuing up ABC's next line of questioning.

Obama's not in Kansas anymore
The irony of Barack Obama’s “bitter” comments is that he was lamenting the failure of white working-class people to vote their “class interests” before an audience of affluent San Francisco Democrats doing exactly the same thing.

John Ridley: Obama's Ayers Issue
But come November the Bill Ayers issue rushing up in Barack Obama's rear view mirror could be a real political problem.

Why Do 'Archie Bunker' Voters Love Hillary?
Forget "Not as Bad as You Think." I had a new name for Clinton's final swing through Pennsylvania swing all ready to go: the "Glutton for Punishment" Tour.

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