Monday, April 28, 2008

4/28 Morning News: Dean Says One Must Drop by June

News Items
Dean: Clinton or Obama must drop by June
Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean said Monday that either Hillary Rodham Clinton or Barack Obama must drop out of the Democratic presidential race after the June primaries in order to unify the party ...
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TPM: Howard Dean: Party Elders All Agree Race Shouldn't Go To Convention
RCP: Howard Dean Does the Morning Shows

Eyes on Blue-Collar Voters, Obama Shifts Style
Senator Barack Obama is making subtle changes to his campaign style and message in an effort to strengthen his appeal to blue-collar voters and to avoid a defeat in Indiana that aides fear could give Democratic Party leaders further pause about his viability in a general election.
Related Articles:
WSJ: Obama Tackles Bread-and-Butter Issues in Indiana
TPM: Obama Advisers See Need To Improve His Efforts With Blue Collar Voters
Huff Post: NYT: Obama "Bored" With Primary, Shaking Up Campaign Style

Clinton’s New Debate Proposal: On the Back of a Flatbed Truck
First she said that if Barack Obama didn’t like the questions he received from debate moderators, she’d debate him Lincoln-Douglas style. Now, Hillary Clinton says she’ll even take the show on the road.
Related Articles:
CBS FtR:
Desperate for Debate, Clinton Suggests One On “Back Of Flat Bed Truck”
CNN Ticker: Clinton willing to debate on a flatbed truck

Wright says criticism is attack on black church
Barack Obama's longtime pastor says he hopes the controversy will have a positive outcome and spark an honest dialogue about race in America. Wright says black church traditions are still "invisible" to many Americans, as they have been throughout the country's history.
Related Articles:
NYT:
Former Pastor of Obama Says He Isn’t Divisive
CBS Horserace: Starting Gate: The Wright Stuff
FOX: Rev. Wright Takes His Message Directly to the Media
FOX: Rev. Wright Defends Sermons, Rattles Critics at NAACP Dinner
CNN: Obama's ex-pastor delivers spirited speech to NAACP
CNN Ticker: Wright: Black church in some ways 'invisible to the dominant culture'
Politico: Wright says attack on black church

Obama's `Gigantic' Database May Make Him Party's Power Broker
Barack Obama's supporters are giving him more than just record amounts of cash. They also are providing personal information that may make his donor list the most powerful tool in U.S. politics.

McCain says Obama insensitive to the poor
The GOP nominee-in-waiting rapped his Democratic rival for opposing his idea to suspend the tax on fuel during the summer, a proposal that McCain believes will particularly help low-income people who usually have older cars that guzzle more gas.

Obama Gains National Delegate in 4th District
A deal between John Edwards and "another campaign" reported to Iowa Independent Wednesday did not make John Edwards viable in the 4th Congressional District, and as a result Barack Obama gained one national convention delegate ...

Obama Campaign Tries To Downplay Wright
While Barack Obama has tried to avoid talking about Rev. Jeremiah Wright recently, his former pastor has not been keeping a low profile ... When asked if he believed that will hurt him in the upcoming primaries, Obama dodged the question, telling reporters, “I’ll let you prognosticate.”

Racial Tensions Threaten to Divide Democrats
In the race to the Democratic nomination, tensions between the campaigns of rival Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are so uncomfortable that some party leaders are openly worrying Democratic voters will not unify after a nominee is chosen.

Hillary Clinton's Indiana equalizer
Evan Bayh’s ability to deliver state could go a long way toward burnishing his credentials for a spot on a possible Clinton-led presidential ticket.

Obama has difficulty wooing seniors
Barack Obama, often defined by his popularity with young voters, has seen that strength undercut by failings with seniors.

Clinton, Obama foreign policy advisers get heated
While the overall tone between campaign surrogates was tranquil on the Sunday morning talk shows, the argument between foreign policy advisers was anything but calm.

Dead Heat Changes Dems' Strategy
To become the winner, analysts say, Obama has to reach out to the blue-collar vote. To that end, today the candidate ventured into the unfamiliar grounds of Fox News, where he has rarely appeared for an interview, admitting he needs to do more.

Obama on Those Who Say He Doesn't Respect the Flag: 'It's a Lie'
The lanky Illinoisan said that "folks have been sending out these emails trying to make it out like I am not a patriot and I don't salute the flag and I don't pledge allegiance and this and that and the other. This is all phony.

FirstThoughts: You're So Vain...
Wright has to know he's not helping his friend; his decision to go public and defend his reputation at this point in the campaign is doing nothing to help Obama, if anything, it's leading some to believe he's actually trying to sabotage him. He's hurting him and hurting him very badly.

The Early Word: McCain Takes Up Wright Issue
John McCain shifted his strategy Sunday and spoke out against remarks made by the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

Yup. Things Were Different Before Clinton-Obama.
For perspective on just how long the Democratic contest has gone on, consider that gas was $2.20 a gallon, Eliot Spitzer was a rising star and neither Manning had won a Super Bowl in October 2006.

John McCain Flips: Jeremiah Wright Is Now Fair Game
Sen. John McCain has reversed his position to not discuss Rev. Jeremiah Wright during the general election if Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee. Claiming that Obama has made his relationship with Wright a political issue, McCain now says the topic is fair game.

Faltering Economy Plays to a Clinton Strength
All politicians talk about jobs, but these days Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton does it with tactile, almost sensuous detail.

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Polling Results
Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, it’s Obama 49%, Clinton 41% ...

Republicans Grow More Confident In Running Against Obama
Just 37% of Republican voters nationwide now believe the Democratic frontrunner would be the tougher candidate against John McCain. That’s down from 54% earlier this month. An essentially equal number, 35%, now believe Hillary Clinton would be the stronger Democrat ...

Only 33% Say McCain Has Clear Plan to Solve U.S. Problems
The latest USA Today/Gallup update on the presidential candidates' personal characteristics finds a significant decline since March in the percentage of Americans who believe John McCain "has a clear plan for solving the country's problems."

34% of Democrats Want Clinton to Drop Out
Thirty-four percent (34%) of Democrats nationwide now believe that Hillary Clinton should drop out of the race for the White House. That’s up from 32% earlier in April and 22% in late March.

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Commentaries
The Note: Barack's Blues
After spending the campaign answering questions about whether he's too green, too black, or too red (as in states where he's winning) ... all Sen. Barack Obama has to do next is show that he's blue enough (of collar) to be president.

Changing the Changeling
Obama’s first iteration was coolly post-ideological. But one lesson of Pennsylvania is that, against McCain, he’ll have to embrace his inner partisan.

Bill Vs. Barack
He offered commentary about his wife’s earlier limitations as a candidate: “I think Hillary’s become a much better speaker.” But, most of all, Bill Clinton talked about Bill Clinton: ...

Steven G. Brant: Barack's Choice: Yes To Fox News; No To Hillary Clinton
Maybe Fox News thinks they might have to deal with Barack being president and -- unlike Bill Clinton -- they see no immediate reason to try and destroy his presidency from day one.

Do We Really Want a Bowler-in-Chief? Remember Nixon!
Who was the biggest bowling advocate near the top in recent history? Dan Quayle. Nixon and Quayle. That is really something to aspire to.

The Fight For Obama Requires Fewer Euphemisms and More Truth
At the core of the Obama candidacy is the belief that freethinking openhearted people in America outnumber the cretins, racists, willfully ignorant, gleefully hate-filled and backward looking.

How Barack Obama Can Frame His "Liberal" Label
Obama needs to hew to what has been a largely successful strategy of branding himself as the candidate who transcends labels and shrink-wrapped ideologies.

I'm Just Sayin' (Again): Obama Is Still the More Electable Democrat
There is no evidence that demonstrates that Obama would do any worse in a general election against McCain than would Clinton, however their votes might be comprised.

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