Sunday, May 11, 2008

5/11 Saturday+Sunday News

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Sit Back, Relax, Get Ready to Rumble
(Excellent Article) He's taken everything in stride, it seems. How Obama and his team will battle the GOP onslaught.

Obama overtakes lead in superdelegates for first time
Barack Obama erased Hillary Rodham Clinton's once-imposing lead among superdelegates Saturday when he added more endorsements from the group of Democrats who will decide the party's nomination for president.
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ABC: Catch a Superdelegate Wave
ABC: Obama Takes Lead in Superdelegate Tally
FirstRead: Delegate Update: Obama Snags One More
FirstRead: Delegates: Yet Another for Obama
FirstRead: Delegates: Obama Gets Ohio Add-On
FirstRead: Obama Gets Two V.I. Switches
FirstRead: Delegates: Obama Gets UT Add-On
CBS: Obama Erases Clinton's Superdelegate Lead
CNN: Young Democrat brings superdelegate race to a tie

McCain, Obama Ready to Rumble
The McCain campaign is eager to engage in a series of unconventional joint forums with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., as soon as June if Obama emerges as the Democratic presidential nominee.
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MSNBC: Already, Obama and McCain map fall strategies
FirstRead: Obama, McCain to Campaign Together?
CBS FtR: Joint Town Halls With Obama and McCain?
CNN: Obama open to joining McCain on trail
FOX: Obama Would Consider Freestyle Meetings on the Road With McCain

Kennedy on Obama-Clinton Ticket: Dream On
In an interview with Al Hunt on Bloomberg TV, Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., an Obama supporter, has a particularly strong negative reaction to the idea of an Obama-Clinton ticket...
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CBS FtR: Obama on Clinton VP Speculation
CNN: Dodd: Obama, Clinton ticket not likely

D-Day in West Virginia
He's off the campaign trail Sunday for Mothers Day, but expect the senator from Illinois to come to West Virginia at the beginning of the week.

Clinton goes from inevitable nominee to on the ropes
Despite all that, her campaign is on the ropes. Clinton is fighting on for a prize few believe she can win anymore, barring some game-changing development.

The Obama campaign's 'unsung hero'
It was the game Berman ... had been playing all along. And as Clinton’s staff scrambled after Super Tuesday to remake her strategy to meet that reality, it began to become clear that Berman had helped build Obama a lead too big to surmount.

Feminists sharply divided between Clinton, Obama
No constituency is more eager to see a woman win the presidency than America's feminists, yet — despite Hillary Rodham Clinton's historic candidacy — the women's movement finds itself wrenchingly divided over the Democratic race as it heads toward the finish.

Obama Turns Campaign Focus to McCain
What a difference a few days make. Sen. Barack Obama is talking like he's already won the Democratic primary and is now facing Republican John McCain. .. Sen. Hillary Clinton's address in New York today had the wistful sound of a campaign nearing the end.

Obama Camp Blasts McCain on Economy
Saying “the Republicans are intent on making this campaign about me,” Barack Obama listed several points he believes he has been unfairly criticized about. “Whether I wear a flag pin or you know, my bowling score, my eating habits or the offensive remarks of a former pastor, that's what they want to make this campaign about.”

Obama Retooling for General Election
In a sign of what will likely be viewed as a shift in focus to the general election, Obama talked about party unity and his differences with presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, but made no mention of his rival for the nomination Hillary Clinton during his remarks at a town hall Friday.
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CBS FtR: Obama Talks of "Unifying the Party"

Obama Says McCain’s Keating Five Connection Is Not Off Limits
“I was just asked previously about a whole host of issues and associations that are a lot more flimsy than John McCain’s relationship to Keating Five,” Mr. Obama said. “... I can’t quarrel with the American people wanting to know more about that ...”

On McCain, Obama and a Hamas link
In the clearest indication yet of how he intends to confront Senator Barack Obama on foreign policy issues in the general election, Senator John McCain on Friday again portrayed the Democratic contender as being the favorite of Hamas, the militant Palestinian group...

Hillary to Super-Dels: "I Know This Is Not Easy"
Hillary held a private rally-the-troops conference call with her super-delegate supporters this afternoon, urging them to believe that "this race is not over," vowing to them she'd promote Dem unity after the primary...

Reid Says ‘We Should Just Relax’ About Democratic Race
"I think we have to play this out. We have a campaign that's been very good for the American people ... and we have a June 3rd final primary,"...

Democratic Elders Suggest Race Coming To A Close
Is the Democratic race effectively over? Yes, two figures from the Clinton White House suggested today – though the spokesman for one of them later suggested the media were overplaying the comments.

Bill Clinton's Message to Rural America
He's using the kind of language Democrats typically use against Republicans -- as in, stuff you say when you don't want voters to vote for the other guy under any circumstance. This is tough stuff to walk back from.

Clinton's latest line: Obama can't win 'white Americans.'
Clinton said she would have a larger group of voters to draw a winning coalition from because "Senator Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again." What happened to playing nice?

Obama camp: Clinton not looking for a deal
Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign rejected suggestions Sunday that Sen. Hillary Clinton is staying in the race in hopes of brokering some kind of agreement with the likely nominee.

Obama Says He Will Figure Out a Way to Seat Florida and Michigan Delegates
Showing that the delegates in Florida and Michigan are on the mind of voters ... a woman at Barack Obama’s town hall meeting here asked Obama about ceding a state to Hillary Clinton. "Recognizing that it probably will not change the outcome of the race," she asked, "have you considered giving her Florida?"

Informal Obama Adviser Steps Aside over Hamas Talks
One of the Obama campaign's informal Middle East advisers, Robert Malley, confirms to NBC NEWS that he has resigned from any role in the campaign because critics have tried to make an issue of his meetings with Hamas.

Obama Celebrates Mother's Day Off the Trail
Barack Obama is taking the day off from campaigning to celebrate Mother's Day with his wife Michelle and their daughters Sasha and Melia. The family is visiting the home of the girls' godparents in Chicago today.

Edwards: Clinton Now A Stronger Candidate
However, Edwards said, "The math is very, very hard for her," as Sen. Barack Obama continues to lead in pledged delegates (and now in superdelegates). "The problem is, I think, you can no longer make a compelling case for the math.”
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FOX: Edwards: Clinton Must Be ‘Careful’ Not to Hurt Dems’ Chances

Candidates walk a fine line on two sides of the U.S.
As they say in real estate, location, location, location. Sometimes where a candidate stumps is more telling than what they say on the stump. Today, Sen. Barack Obama is in Oregon, thousands of miles from the next primary state, West Virginia.

'Raw Politics': Religious right leaning toward Democrats?
For decades, evangelicals have been seen as solid supporters of the Republican Party. That could be changing.

Clinton adviser: Clinton 'willing' to lend campaign more money
Terry McAuliffe, the Clinton campaign chairman, told Tim Russert on “Meet the Press” that he spoke to Clinton about the possibility of contributing more money and “she said that she would be willing to do it.” However, McAuliffe insists, “We haven’t needed it.”

Obama Gives Clues to How He Would Run Against McCain
Barack Obama began sketching the outlines of his expected presidential contest against Republican John McCain on Saturday, saying the fall election will be more about specific plans and priorities than about questions of political ideology or who is more patriotic.

Going Down Swinging: Clinton Hits Obama on Health Care For Last Time?
One of Clinton’s key reasons for running for president was to put in place a universal health care plan, a plan she attempted in the early 90’s. The plan fell short, under pressure from Republicans and insurance companies, according to Clinton.

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama 49%, Clinton 45%
For the second consecutive day, Barack Obama maintains a slight advantage over Hillary Clinton in Democratic nomination preferences, 49% to 45%, according to May 8-10 Gallup Poll Daily tracking.

Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows Barack Obama attracting 47% of the vote while John McCain earns 46%.

Californians Would Switch Clinton Vote For Obama
California voters would change their February primary vote for Hillary Clinton to a vote for Barack Obama if the vote were held again, according to an exclusive poll commissioned by CBS 5.

Election 2008: Michigan Presidential Election
The latest Rasmussen Reports poll in Michigan shows McCain attracting 45% of the vote while Barack Obama earns 44%.

Poll shows Clinton with big lead in West Virginia
Even as she faces pressure from some to call her White House bid quits, Hillary Clinton holds a commanding lead in West Virginia, according to a new poll released Friday.

Rasmussen Reports to Stop Tracking Democratic Race
However, while Senator Clinton has remained close and competitive in every meaningful measure, she is a close second and the race is over. It has become clear that Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee.

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Commentaries
Obama rises from obscurity to verge of history
Now, the entire nation and countless foreigners are absorbing a moment that had seemed decades away, if possible at all. Smart strategists and rank-and-file voters ponder how Obama rose so far so fast, and theories abound.

Pragmatic Politics, Forged on the South Side
An untraditional politician who at times uses traditional political tactics, Mr. Obama, 46, was portrayed in dozens of interviews with political leaders and longtime associates in Chicago as the ultimate pragmatist, a deliberate thinker who fashions carefully nuanced positions that manage to win him support from people with divergent views.

Dear Senator Obama, by Newt Gingrich
The challenge you will face in the next few months is stark. Do you want to remain vague? You might win—but you might find that, in winning, you have a "victory of personality" with no real policy consequences.

Now On to ‘Florigan’!
Just the threat of a convention floor fight gives Hillary a weapon to use both in private and in public.

How will Hillary work with the Democratic Party?
She has no choice. Her future in politics and her husband's legacy are entwined with what happens to Obama as he in all likelihood becomes the Democratic nominee.

Why the Obama-Clinton ticket is nuts
1. Obama is too cool. Clinton, hauling carts of baggage from three decades in public life, would undercut the most fundamental appeal of Barack Obama’s candidacy: freshness, change, transformation.

CNN: What might West Virginia's primary mean?
Some say it could send a sobering message to Obama's Democratic supporters. West Virginia is expected to go for Clinton big time — and the polls show it.

How Do They Say Goodbye? Clinton and Obama May Have Delicate Dance Ahead
The Democratic Party is slowly but surely beginning to coalesce around Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., even as the two candidates try to navigate the delicate dance of wrapping up the primary campaign.

Recognizing the Race Chasm
As all of this racism oozes out of the political establishment for all to see, we can recognize just how bigoted American culture is -- and recognition is the first step towards addressing a problem.

What Should Obama Do In West Virginia and Kentucky?
He could defy conventional wisdom by treating rural white voters like adults, helping them plan a real path to economic health and sustainability rather than telling them fairy tales about coal.

Open Letter to Bill Clinton
You are facing one of the leadership challenges of your life. You need to decide whether to put the interests of the United States and the world ahead of your personal interests.

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