Saturday, April 19, 2008

4/19 Saturday News: +1 Super for Obama, -1 for Clinton

News Items
Supers: One For Obama, One Less for Clinton
Obama picked up the support of Nebraska Party Chairman Steve Achelpohl, giving him another superdelegate. Also, as we continue to check in with the campaigns and confirm our lists against theirs, we are subtracting one from Clinton's ...

Obama Goes on Offense On Air
The Obama campaign is up with two new ads in Pennsylvania, starting today, one of which accuses Clinton of introducing a health-care plan that forces individuals to purchase insurance "even if they can't afford it."
Video #1: "Afford"



Video #2: "Reason"


Obama Takes Campaign to the Rails in Pennsylvania
With a pull of the train’s whistle, Senator Barack Obama boarded his car today at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station and opened a four-city rail tour, arriving at his first stop here to hundreds of cheering supporters.

Obama's Closing Argument?
Delivering prepared remarks for what had initially been just billed as a rally, he sought to fine tune the argument that Clinton was playing from a Republican playbook and that her attacks of recent weeks were an embodiment of an old style politics that the country had tired of.

New campaign crowd high for Obama
Barack Obama was greeted by the largest crowd of his campaign Friday night in Philadelphia. Some 35,000 people jammed into Independence Park to see the Democratic presidential candidate, four days before this state's crucial April 22 primary.

Obama, Clinton Woo Coal Vote in Upcoming Primaries
Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are walking a delicate line as they promise to aggressively tackle global warming while trying to assure voters that they continue to believe in the future of coal.

Clinton, Obama press for advantage in pivotal weekend
After speaking to about 35,000 supporters the night before in the largest crowd of his campaign, Obama boarded a royal blue train car in Philadelphia for a daylong whistle-stop tour in a state where polls have found Clinton with a persistent if shrinking advantage.

Clinton Attacks Democratic Activists
"Moveon.org endorsed" Obama, she said, "which is like a gusher of money that never seems to slow down. We have been less successful in caucuses because it brings out the activist base of the Democratic Party.

New Clinton Campaign Song Says “She Will Mess Up Your Life”
But as the song continues, it takes an interesting turn: Well, I don't really know her, I only know her name / But she crawls under your skin, you're never quite the same / And now I know / She's got something you just can't trust / It's something mysterious / And now it seems I'm falling, falling for her. Other lines made a few on the press perk up: She don't like losing, to her it's still a game / And though she will mess up your life / You'll want her just the same, and now I know.

Clinton Pennsylvania Spin
Clemons called it a 3- or 4-point race and said the campaign was simply "looking for a win" here. Elleithee repeated Clinton's commitment to stay in the race until every vote is counted.

In Canada, Clinton Co-Chair/Fundraiser Downplays Candidate's NAFTA Rhetoric
''Their concern is job loss or unfairness in dealing with countries that have low wage and labor standards and low environmental standards,'' Blanchard said, according to the Canadian Press. ''I have not seen anything that would constitute a threat to trade with Canada."

McCain camp says Hamas wants Obama
(So much for McCain's pledge to not run a negative campaign.) John McCain’s campaign sent supporters a fundraising e-mail Friday that claims Hamas approves of Democrat Barack Obama’s foreign policy vision, and is hoping for his victory this fall.

Clinton Warns Voters Not To Throw Away Their Vote
Clinton: "We have got to realize that our future really depends on who the next president is, this is not a throw away election, this is one of the most important elections we’ve ever faced."

Clinton Backer Distributes Essay On How GOP Would Link Obama to 70's Radicals
A high-ranking labor supporter of Hillary Clinton is distributing ... a document detailing the radical activities of Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, two former members of the '70s group the Weather Underground, who decades later, in Chicago, crossed paths with Barack Obama.

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Clinton 46%, Obama 45%
Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows that Hillary Clinton now receives 46% of the support of Democrats nationally, compared to 45% for Barack Obama, marking the first time Obama has not led in Gallup's daily tracking since March 18-20.

Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, Obama leads Clinton nationally 45% to 43% ...

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Commentaries
Flag Pin Question Fallout
Undecided voters aren't the only ones who get to ask questions but in this day and age, why would ABC plant a woman-on-the-street? Why didn't the moderators just ask the question themselves?

Obama Out of Touch With Pennsylvania? Every Major Paper There Backs Him
While Beltway pundits and others in the national press have alleged that Barack Obama is clearly and obviously out of touch with most not-so-bitter Pennsylvanians, leading newspapers in the state, who ought to know better, seem to disagree.

Adios, Sound Bites & Fat Cats
Obama's Teflon is still working. He's still on track to the Democratic nomination. Part of the explanation is him; it's always harder to trash the smart, cool guy. But a less-recognized reason is the Internet and the Obama campaign's savvy understanding of it.

From the Department of Dorky 'Celebrity' Antics...
Don't get me wrong. I'm teasing Kowalczyk, but I don't actually think there's anything wrong with celebrities, new or old, getting involved in politics (although having to Google them to figure out who they are kind of defeats the purpose).

The Torture Memo and the Flag in the Lapel
Something sickish happened on Wednesday night. A lesson of our time is that respectable culture now embraces the bread and circuses. The two have become one.

Who Will Be Thrown Under the Clinton Bus Next?
Without Move On, she would not be Senator Clinton. She would be the wife of disgraced-and-removed former President Clinton. It's a pattern, of tossing aside key supporters, when they believe the political situation calls for it.

Out "Working Class" Press
A lot of inside the beltway talking heads have claimed a special understanding of working class voters lately. I would submit that if, as a journalist, you have to explain your working class bona fides, then you probably don't have them.

The Rules Are Changing for Obama
Barack Obama seemed puzzled. Angrily puzzled. The apostle of hope seemed flummoxed by the audacity of the question. At the April 16 Philadelphia debate, George Stephanopoulos, longtime aide to Democratic politicians, was asking about his longtime association with Weather Underground bomber William Ayers.

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