Tuesday, May 13, 2008

5/13 Morning News: W.V. Votes...

News Items
Five things to watch in W. Va.
And, perhaps more importantly, a massive margin of victory could bolster Clinton’s central argument to the superdelegates who will ultimately decide the nomination. Her campaign contends that Obama has serious problems with the blue collar...
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ABC: Obama Faces Shellacking in West Virginia
MSNBC: Clinton set for a W.Va. win; Obama looks ahead
CNN: Clinton focuses on West Virginia; Obama, on future
CBS: Clinton Eyes W.Va. Win; Obama Looks Ahead
CNN: What to watch for in West Virginia
The Caucus: The Early Word: Eyes on West Virginia

Another (Two?) Super(s?) For Obama
Obama picked up the endorsement of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (a Louisiana add on) and Colorado Gov. Roy Romer is set to hold an Obama conference call at 11:00 a.m. ET. Romer is currently uncommitted.
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Huff Post: Obama Starts Off The Day With Superdelegates

For Obama, the General Election Is Calling
Looking past what is expected to be an easy win for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the West Virginia primary, Obama will embrace a two-track strategy that assumes she will continue ... but allows him to increasingly shift his focus to the presumptive GOP nominee, Sen. John McCain.
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MSNBC: Obama heading to Michigan and Florida
Freep: Confident Obama coming to woo Michigan voters

Racist Incidents Give Some Obama Campaigners Pause
For all the hope and excitement Obama's candidacy is generating, some of his field workers, phone-bank volunteers and campaign surrogates are encountering a raw racism and hostility that have gone largely unnoticed -- and unreported -- this election season.
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The New Republic: The Big Race

Charleston Gazette Endorses Barack Obama
Obama offers West Virginia and the nation hard work, intelligence and wisdom. His inclusive, uplifting way of communicating with people of all backgrounds will help restore the United States' place in the minds of people around the world, and here at home.

Barack Obama's Op-Ed in the Charleston Gazette
I chose to run for president because I believed that the size of our challenges had outgrown the capacity of our broken politics to solve them. We cannot afford four more years of the same divisive fights in Washington that are more about scoring points than solving problems.

Obama tops field in unsolicited campaign songs
Barack Obama is closing in on the Democratic nomination for president, but he clinched the race for the best campaign soundtrack long ago — no superdelegates needed.

Obama Camp Touts Superdelegate Lead
According to the Obama campaign, Barack Obama now has more superdelegates than his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton - “a clear sign that Democrats across the country and throughout the party are ready for a new kind of politics.”

Carville: Obama likely to win nomination
James Carville has been one of Hillary Clinton's most energetic defenders, but on Monday he all but declared Barack Obama will become the Democratic nominee for president.

Play of the Day: Clinton's rise and shine surprise
Doris Smith went downtown early Monday to see about getting tickets to Barack Obama's rally. Advance seats were sold out, she said, and the only option was to stand in line for up two hours or more and hope for the best.

Pledged Delegate For Hillary Switches To Obama
In a further sign that even many Clinton supporters don't see her winning the nomination, another delegate has defected from Hillary Clinton over to Barack Obama -- and in this case it's a pledged delegate, not a super.

The Delegate Count: Super Difficult Mathematics
A rollout of superdelegates gave Barack Obama headline after headline as news organizations announced their updated counts.

Hagel laughs off — but won't rule out — joining an Obama ticket
But would he consider joining a bipartisan unity ticket with Obama? "I'm going to try and find some honest work," he said, adding that "If [Obama] asks, I'll let you know."

Clinton Running Hard as West Virginia Votes
Forget the calls for her to quit the presidential race: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is determined to rack up two big primary victories in the next eight days — in West Virginia and Kentucky — as she seeks to prove her continued political viability...
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Charleston Gazette: Hillary ends whirlwind tour of state

In West Virginia, women for Hillary Clinton haven't (quite) given up the dream
They can't get over the irony that the first woman to be a viable candidate for president appears to have lost at the height of her game.

The Note: Mountain Climbing
Camp Clinton wants us to think that a blowout in West Virginia matters, even if it won't do a thing to touch the delegate math.

House Republican Leaders Twist Obama Statement on Israel
Apparently given nothing of substance to criticize, House Republican leaders then took a statement Obama made and twisted it to act as if the Democrat had insulted the Jewish state. Which he had not.
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TheAtlantic: The Honorable Mr. Boehner

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

Obama Expected To Lose Big In Today's West Virginia Primary
Although Barack Obama is now widely expected to be the Democratic nominee, the campaign is in for a bit of embarrassment tonight in what is likely to be a very bad showing in the West Virginia primary -- indeed, if the polls are accurate, he'll be lucky to get more than 30%...

Polls Give Obama Big Lead In Oregon
With the Oregon primary a week away, two new polls show Obama holding a commanding lead...

Trust on Issues
American voters now trust the Democrats on all ten key electoral issues tracked regularly by Rasmussen Reports. Last month, the GOP’s had an advantage on two issues.

Post-IN/NC, Democrats Still OK With Continuing Campaign
A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows that 55% of Democrats say both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama should continue campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, while 35% say Clinton should drop out.

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Commentaries
The Obama Rules
If Barack Obama gets his way, the Oxford English Dictionary will have updated its definition of "distraction" by the end of the campaign: "Diversion of the mind, attention, etc., from any object or course that tends to advance the political interests of Barack Obama."

Carrying Fight Into Convention Can Bruise Party in November
It was 1976. Gerald Ford, the sitting president, had won 16 of 27 Republican primaries and led in the party's delegate count. But Ronald Reagan carried the nomination battle into the convention anyway. Why won't some candidates concede?

FirstThoughts: Take Me Home
Perhaps the best way to think of today’s West Virginia primary is like the final football game of the regular season, which really won’t impact the teams headed to the playoffs.

Starting Gate: What, Him Worry?
Tactically, strategically and rhetorically, Obama is turning toward John McCain and the general election. But his primary realities are forcing him into doing something that runs counter to that goal in blowing off West Virginia.

Obamicans Pile on Clinton at Own Peril
Many in the Obama camp, having outfoxed the apparently not-so-formidable Clinton machine, can't seem to get the hang of winning gracefully. They feel a need to drive a stake in Hillary Clinton's reputation, then dance. If they were smart, they'd heap praise on Clinton...

A Two-for-One Campaign
Yet lately, I have been troubled by certain memories from my experiences as a presidential candidate. In 1968, we Democrats tipped the election to the Republicans and defeated our able nominee, Hubert Humphrey, by splitting our party wide open over the war in Vietnam.

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