Monday, May 12, 2008

5/12 Evening News

My apologies for the lateness of this update...

News Items
Superdelegates put Obama within reach
Barack Obama's wave of superdelegate endorsements puts him within reach of the Democratic presidential nomination by the end of the primary season on June 3 — even if he loses half of the remaining six contests.
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Obama's 'Super' Comeback
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Obama Takes Superdelegate Lead
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Maine Congressman Backs Obama
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Obama passes Clinton in race for superdelegates
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Obama Camp Says They're 150 Delegates Away
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Super-Del Tom Allen Announces Support For Obama

MoveOn ad features pro-Obama Republican
John Weiler is a Southern California police detective, a Republican, an Air Force veteran and self-described conservative. He is starring in a television commercial in support of Barack Obama.

Obama Focuses on Veterans' Issues in West Virginia
On the eve of what is almost sure to be a big defeat for Obama in West Virginia's primary, the Illinois senator focused on veterans' issues and blasted McCain for his opposition to the GI Bill being debated in Congress.
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Obama takes aim at McCain's position on veterans

Obama touts commitment to Israel
Democratic presidential leader Barack Obama said he regrets the division that has grown between Jews and blacks and he remains committed to ensuring Israel's security.
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Confronting Questions, Obama Assures Jews of His Support

Obama Camp Eyes General Election
The Obama campaign has announced that the day after the West Virginia primary, Obama will stump in Michigan.
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Obama campaign shifts focus to general election states
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Obama Campaign Seeking Staff For General Election

Ad Hawk: Let the Battle for Independents Begin
In yet another sign that we're transitioning from primary season to the long-delayed general election campaign, both the pro-McCain and pro-Obama forces have launched new ads today in key battleground states. And both (surprise, surprise) target Independents...
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McCain, MoveOn Unveil New Ads

Clinton supporter on WV vote: 'Just wait ‘til we win like 80-20′
Political campaigns usually look to lower expectations – but one of Hillary Clinton’s supporters took the opposite tack Monday, setting the bar for a West Virginia primary win at an unprecedented high at an enthusiastic campaign event.

Obama Seems Sure That Clinton Will Win W.V.
Barack Obama told a crowd today that he's sure he won't win tomorrow's primary here saying regardless of the outcome, it'll be the Democrats' "commitment" to veterans that will "unify" the party.

Sign of the Times? Clinton At Half Price
The pundits can argue all they want, her campaign may protest that she's still in the game, but at the "America!" souvenir shops at Dulles International and Reagan National airports, the signs are clear as day. "Sale!" "Clearance!" "50% off!" they blare.

Dems to Clinton: Don't Say Anything to Hurt Us
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., pressed her campaign ahead of Tuesday's West Virginia primary as Democratic Party leaders warned her not to do or say anything that could hurt Democratic front-runner Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in November.

West Virginia Gov. not ready to call race for Obama
West Virgina’s Governor Joe Manchin echoed the sentiment of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Monday saying his state is not ready to call the race for Barack Obama until every state has had its chance to vote.

Obama Defends His Patriotism, Quarrels With McCain
Obama broke from his usual practice by wearing the flag pin and reading his speech instead of talking without notes. He told several thousand people at the Charleston Civic Center that patriotism means more than saluting flags and holding parades.

HRC: W.V. a 'Crucial Turning Point'
With the clock ticking, Hillary Clinton told an enthusiastic crowd here that tomorrow’s primary could be a “crucial turning point” in the presidential election, as she continued to play up the state’s significance for Democrats’ chances in the fall.
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Obama Cues Up to Play Pool
The Democratic candidate bats back questions about his religion, and wears a flag pin, and takes on the 8-ball.

Clinton Compares her Plight to JFK
At a campaign rally in rural West Virginia, Hillary Clinton said that, much like her, John F. Kennedy also didn’t have the necessary delegates to clinch the nomination as late as the Democratic National Convention in 1960.

Clinton Hopes West Virginia Will Deliver Big Win for Long-Shot Bid
Clinton’s best chance to slow Obama is to buy herself more time by moving back the finish line. She will get that chance May 31

McAuliffe says Clinton staying in, will win popular vote
Despite calls from some for Hillary Clinton to abandon her presidential bid, her campaign chairman insisted Monday she will stay in the race until the last primary and predicted the New York Democrat will overtake Barack Obama in the popular vote.

Obama on McCain speech: 'Breathtaking'
... But not in a good way. Obama hits McCain on his speech on combating climate change.

The Time Bomb in Hillary Clinton's Bank Account
There are all kinds of arguments being made as to why Barack Obama might want to help Hillary Clinton pay off her campaign debt--party unity, goodwill, etc. But there's no small amount of urgency on Clinton's part, thanks to a little-noticed provision of the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama Pulls Ahead of Clinton, 50% to 43%
For the first time in nearly three weeks, the statistical tie between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in Gallup Poll Daily tracking of national Democratic preferences has been broken, with Obama now ahead by seven percentage points, 50% to 43%.

No Rush for Clinton to Go, but it's Still Advantage Obama
Democrats by a 12-point margin would rather see Obama as the nominee, a lead that's held steadily in ABC News/Washington Post polls since early March. Instead it reflects a rejection of the notion that the drawn-out contest will hurt the party's prospects.

ABC/WaPo Poll: Obama Ahead Of McCain
A general election of Barack Obama versus John McCain is in many ways a stark contest of experience versus change -- and change is currently winning, according to the new ABC/Washington Post poll...

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Commentaries
The Obama Veepwatch, Vol. 1: Ted Strickland
Odds: Moderate to high. It's long been obvious why Strickland would serve an Obama ticket well: he counterbalances each of Obama's perceived weaknesses.

Obama's long country road
West Virginia and Kentucky primaries could further underline Obama's lackluster support in Appalachia, where Reagan Democrats reside.

Analysis: Dems wonder about Clinton exit strategy
Once Hillary Rodham Clinton jumped into the presidential race with an "in it to win it" flourish. Now Democrats speculate endlessly about an exit strategy that she ponders privately, if at all.

Obama Over The Top: How New Voters Could Redraw The Electoral Map
Some new data indicates that, come November 5, we may find ourselves looking back at this year’s intensive voter mobilization efforts as what put Obama – and down-ballot Democrats nationwide – over the top.

Why Clinton's Continued Campaigning Is Good for the Dems
I have to say: I disagree. If Clinton were to follow the peanut gallery's instructions now, the Democrats would wind up more--not less--divided as a result. The reason? It takes two. With their man at the helm, Obamaniacs are more than ready to "unite" with Clintonistas. But the reverse still isn't true.

Revenge of the Wimp Factor: The Ironies of Proving Manhood in the Democratic Primary
Hillary Clinton is not merely carrying the torch of the "old politics." She is also the ironic bearer of the old masculinity, a knuckle-dragging version of manhood that is defined in terms of domination.

No Final Victories, Permanent Allies in Presidential Politics
Oh, grand times, they were, back in 1997, when the Clintons sailed off Cape Cod with their dear friends, the Kennedys. But that was then, and this is now, and a life in politics affords no final victories and no permanent alliances.

Obama Muslim Smear Resurfaces: NYT Op-Ed Tags Obama As Muslim 'Apostate'
Stepping up to fill that void is Edward Luttwak, a military strategist who apparently feels like he's got the background to start expounding on religious doctrines he's not familiar with in the New York Times.

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