Monday, April 7, 2008

4/7 Midday News

My apologies for the lateness of this update. - Cris

News Items
Obama seeks to affirm his patriotism
"After a series of incidents that prompted questions about his patriotism, the Democratic presidential candidate is peppering speeches with explicit statements on his love of country. ..."
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Dems Fight For Pennsylvania's Young Voters
"Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are hustling for the youth vote in Pennsylvania as if they've never heard this is a state where the old hold sway. ..."

White House on Mark Penn, Columbia
"... he added neither he nor anyone in the office could readily remember Penn being in attendance at any of those meetings. But they didn't discount the possibility he could have been at one of the many meetings that have taken place since November 2006. ..."

Obama: No Need For Foreign Policy Help From V.P.
"Ironically, this is an area--foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain. ..."
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The Note: Penn & Tell Her
"At the time that Camp Clinton needs the focus to remain squarely on Sen. Barack Obama, all we're talking about is Clinton -- and, most damaging, it's her credibility (not his) that's coming in for scrutiny. ..."

The Union Pressure to Oust Penn
"More details are emerging on how the Clinton camp came under pressure from unions before Mark Penn, the pollster who has advised Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton since 1996, was let go by the campaign. ..."

The Early Word: Penn Fallout
"Reaction to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s decision to dump her chief strategist, Mark Penn, recalled highlights of her campaign’s stumbles during the primary season, with some Democrats wondering whether this resignation should have occurred months ago. ..."

Penn's Ouster
"The Washington Post front-pages, Mark J. Penn quit Sunday as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's chief strategist, the second shake-up in her campaign's top ranks since the onetime front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination began trailing ..."

Clinton: Those Tax Returns
"The good thing for the Clinton campaign about the Penn story -- it's stepping on the tax return story. Sunday’s Washington Post noted that most of the charitable donations the Clintons made went to Clinton's foundation. ..."

McCain Criticizes Obama and Clinton on Iraq
"On the day before Gen. David Petraeus will be grilled on Capitol Hill about Iraq, John McCain will criticize his Democratic opponents this morning during a speech in Kansas City, Mo. ..."

Obama Campaign Sign Defaced With Swastika
"State police say a swastika was spray painted on a campaign sign for Sen. Barack Obama in an Indiana County couple’s yard. ..."

FirstRead: First Thoughts: The Sword Mightier
"Penn’s resignation as chief strategist -- his firm will still do polling for the campaign, apparently -- caps what has been a tough couple of weeks for the Clinton campaign. First came the Tuzla sniper stories. ..."

In Superdelegate Count, Tough Math for Clinton
"The hill that Hillary Rodham Clinton must climb to beat Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination will grow a little steeper on Monday, as it has most days lately. ..."

SEIU Spending Big For Obama In Pennsylvania
"One of Barack Obama's key unions, SEIU, is set to spend nearly $740,000 for a a massive get-out-the-vote campaign for Obama in the presidential primary. ..."

Backing Obama puts Casey in spotlight
"They spent hours on Obama's campaign bus, slammed into each other on the basketball court, and teased each other like brothers. They demonstrated such an affection that some members of the traveling party labeled them BFF, the text-message abbreviation for "best friends forever. ..."

Not winning white men
"It's becoming a bit of a cliche: Reporter goes to struggling industrial town, sits in bar, listens to white men express their distaste for Barack Obama. ... But it's also worth keeping in mind that this isn't a matter of winning the white male vote. Democrats never win that Demographic. ..."

Ex-Clinton Staffer Launches Unity Ticket Petition
"A former aide to Hillary Clinton’s initial campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle has launched a drive to gather signatures calling for a Democratic ticket featuring both Clinton and Barack Obama ..."

Pennsylvania primary could hinge on mobilizing voters on Election Day
"The remarkable thing about the last three-plus weeks in the Democratic presidential race is how much has happened - and how little impact any of it has had on the direction of the contest. ..."

Obama May Not Have Fully Contained Damage From Ex-Pastor
"Sen. Barack Obama's Philadelphia speech on race relations last month seemed to put the controversial remarks of his former pastor behind him. But three weeks later, there is evidence of lingering damage. ..."

Spike Lee: Hillary, 'Massuh Clinton' 'would lie on a stack of Bibles'
"The Clintons, man, they would lie on a stack of Bibles. Snipers? That’s not misspeaking; that’s some pure bulls***. I voted for Clinton twice, but that’s over with. ..."

Clinton predicts more 'twists and turns'
"Hillary Clinton on Sunday predicted “more twists and turns” in the primary battle with Barack Obama during a campaign event in Montana — one of the last two states to weigh in on the Democratic presidential race on June 3. ..."

Axelrod On Penn: 'You Can Use The Word Hypocrisy'
"... she stuck with him despite all the reverses in the campaign, she stuck with him through the revelation that his firm was working for Blackwater and working for Countrywide. So, you know, it's kind of stunning that this happened. ..."

Schultz on McCain: 'The man's a warmonger'
"Liberal radio talk show host Ed Schultz is sticking by his controversial comments about Sen. John McCain. ... The Obama campaign distanced itself from Schultz’s initial comments Saturday, a response which Sen. McCain called “satisfactory” Sunday. ..."

Polling Results
Poll of polls: Race tightens in Pennsylvania
"In the latest CNN "poll of polls," Hillary Clinton now holds a 7 point lead over Obama, 49 percent to 42 percent. Nine percent remain unsure of their vote. That gap is 4 points narrower than a similar CNN poll of polls conducted Friday. ..."

Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
"... Barack Obama retaining a significant lead over Hillary Clinton for the third straight day in the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. Obama now attracts 51% of the vote while Clinton earns 41%. ..."

Rasmussen: Election 2008: Alabama Presidential Election
"The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows McCain leading Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama by eighteen percentage points, 55% to 37%. Hillary Clinton does a bit better, but still trails by double digits ..."

TPM: ARG Poll - Pennsylvania Primary Now Tied
"A new poll of Pennsylvania from American Research Group shows the Democratic primary here to be a tie. Here are the numbers, compared to the previous poll from a week and a half ago: ..."

Starting Gate: The Snowball Effect
"Do bad things happen in threes? Hillary Clinton’s campaign must be hoping that’s the case after several days of bad news that will do little to reassure anyone that she can beat the already longs odds of winning the Democratic nomination. A review: ..."

The presidential race might come down to issues -- or not
"But on less tangible questions of leadership, strength and trustworthiness, polls show McCain beating Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, the Democratic candidates. ..."

Harkin: Unaligned voters will be key to victory
"Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin said Hillary Clinton's criticism of the Iowa caucuses and Barack Obama's advantage among independent voters would weigh on his decision, should he declare his support for one or the other. ..."

A Test for Democrats on Foreign Policy
"American unions demanded that the agreement incorporate labor and environmental standards. They got their wish, but that wasn't enough for some unions, which leaned on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to make opposition to the agreement a theme of their presidential campaigns. ..."

The Shape of the Race to Come
"Apart from accumulating a few frequent flier miles, what do I have to show for my travels? I can report that lots of conservatives and Republicans expect Barack Obama to be our next president. ..."

Obama, Wright and Contested Stories
"If you want to understand why Rev. Jeremiah Wright said the U.S. government invented AIDS, or what Barack Obama sought to accomplish in his Philadelphia speech on race, the best commentary is political scientist Marc Howard Ross's book Cultural Contestation in Ethnic Conflict -- even if it never mentions Obama or Wright. ..."

Obama's Gun Dance
"Obama, disagreeing with the D.C. government and gun control advocates, declares the Second Amendment's "right of the people to keep and bear arms" applies to individuals ... In the next breath, he asserts this constitutional guarantee does not preclude local "common sense" restrictions ..."

Obama's Lobbyist Fib
"Obama is careful to claim in the ad that he does not take money from "Washington" lobbyists. That's because he does take money from state-based lobbyists. ..."

Obama's America
"If Obama thinks he can win the nomination without fully honoring Michigan and Florida, and suffer no blowback from Clinton supporters, he's drunk one glass too many of his own Kool-Aid. ..."

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Anonymous said...


Not sure if you have seen this.

In 1961, a young African-American man, after hearing President John F. Kennedy's challenge to, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country," gave up his student deferment, left college in Virginia and voluntarily joined the Marines. In 1963, this man, having completed his two years of service in the Marines, volunteered again to become a Navy corpsman. (They provide medical assistance to the Marines as well as to Navy personnel.) The man did so well in corpsman school that he was the valedictorian and became a cardiopulmonary technician. Not surprisingly, he was assigned to the Navy's premier medical facility, Bethesda Naval Hospital, as a member of the commander in chief's medical team, and helped care for President Lyndon B. Johnson after his 1966 surgery. For his service on the team, which he left in 1967, the White House awarded him three letters of commendation. What is even more remarkable is that this man entered the Marines and Navy not many years after the two branches began to become integrated. While this young man was serving six years on active duty, Vice President Dick Cheney, who was born the same year as the Marine/sailor, received five deferments, four for being an undergraduate and graduate student and one for being a prospective father. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, both five years younger than the African-American youth, used their student deferments to stay in college until 1968. Both then avoided going on active duty through family connections. Who is the real patriot? The young man who interrupted his studies to serve his country for six years or our three political leaders who beat the system? Are the patriots the people who actually sacrifice something or those who merely talk about their love of the country? After leaving the service of his country, the young African-American finished his final year of college, entered the seminary, was ordained as a minister, and eventually became pastor of a large church in one of America's biggest cities. This man is Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the retiring pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, who has been in the news for comments he made over the last three decades. Since these comments became public we have heard criticisms, condemnations, denouncements and rejections of his comments and him. We've seen on television, in a seemingly endless loop, sound bites of a select few of Rev. Wright's many sermons. Some of the Wright's comments are inexcusable and inappropriate and should be condemned, but in calling him "unpatriotic," let us not forget that this is a man who gave up six of the most productive years of his life to serve his country. How many of Wright's detractors, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly to name but a few, volunteered for service, and did so under the often tumultuous circumstances of a newly integrated armed forces and a society in the midst of a civil rights struggle? Not many. While words do count, so do actions. Let us not forget that, for whatever Rev. Wright may have said over the last 30 years, he has demonstrated his patriotism.,0,92000