Thursday, May 8, 2008

5/8 Morning News: The Five Mistakes Clinton Made

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TIME: The Five Mistakes Clinton Made
#5. She never counted on a long haulClinton's strategy had been premised on delivering a knockout blow early. If she could win Iowa, she believed, the race would be over.
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Report: Mark Penn Thought Dem Primaries Were Winner-Take-All

Edwards campaign manager to endorse Obama
Former Michigan Rep. David Bonior, who served as John Edwards campaign manager, will endorse Barack Obama for president, an Obama spokesman confirms to CNN.
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Former Edwards-Backer David Bonior Endorsing Obama
the Caucus:
Top Edwards Adviser Endorses Obama

Obama's got a confident new strategy
Barack Obama hasn't managed after months of political combat to force Hillary Rodham Clinton out of the presidential race, so he's about to try another approach: ignoring her.

Support for Clinton Wanes as Obama Sees Finish Line
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton struck a publicly defiant posture on Wednesday about continuing her presidential bid despite waning support from Democratic officials and donors. Some of her advisers acknowledged privately that they remained unsure about the future...
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Democrats seek graceful exit for Hillary Clinton
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Hillary Clinton's strategy of last resort
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Clinton Spurns Calls to Quit Race
Reuters:
Clinton aide predicts race will be over by June

Obama's Game Changing
Obama was talking about the Republicans, but he could easily have been talking about the press when he said, "The question, then, is not what kind of campaign they will run; it's what kind of campaign we will run. It's what we will do to make this year different. You see, I didn't get into this race thinking that I could avoid this kind of politics, but I am running for President because this is the time to end it."

Obama plans to declare victory May 20
It’s a train wreck waiting to happen, with one candidate claiming to be the nominee while the other vigorously denies it, all predicated on an argument over what exactly constitutes the finish line of the primary race.

Dems eye a possible changing of the guard
After 16 years, the Clinton era may be coming to an end, presenting Democrats with a historic but potentially wrenching transition and a challenge to Senator Barack Obama as he seeks to reconcile a deeply divided party.
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Democrats Look to Life After Clinton
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Starting Gate: After The Fall

A Turbulent Pastor
John Hagee has his share of out-there opinions, but lucky for the candidate, he's in a moment of silence.

Fund Race: Obama Outflanks 'Hillraisers'
But just as Sen. Obama has topped her at the polls, the Illinois senator's Internet-driven fund-raising model has eclipsed the one favored by the Clinton campaign.
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Clinton-Obama cash gap looms large

Obama's Showing Reshapes Dispute Over Delegates
Tuesday's primaries may not have settled the Democratic nomination, but they may have settled the problem of whether to seat delegates from Michigan and Florida at this summer's convention.

Obama camp plays it close to vest on tactics
In a race that requires 2,025 delegates to sew up the nomination, a net gain of three delegates isn't much. But the announcement reflects a pattern that has proved very powerful for the Obama campaign - disclosing its superdelegates in a steady, campaign-saving drip.

New Michigan Delegate Plan Proposed
Michigan Democratic leaders settled Wednesday on a plan to give presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton 69 delegates and Barack Obama 59 as a way to get the delegates seated at the national convention.
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Michigan Dems send latest delegate plan to DNC

Clinton Losing Grip On Catholic Voters
In a primary season where demographics have often been destiny, one of the biggest stories out of Tuesday's voting in North Carolina and Indiana is that Sen. Hillary Clinton's solid grip on Catholic voters appeared to slip.

The Note: Whispered Shouts
It means, perhaps oddly, that the clash of the titans is set to become a kinder, gentler campaign. For Clinton, the surest way to end the race now would be to attack. Obama also benefits from non-engagement...

Evidence scant that Wright hurt Obama much in Ind., N.C.
The reaction — or lack of it — by Indiana and North Carolina voters to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's incendiary comments emphasizes how deeply entrenched the racial lines of support are for the two Democratic presidential rivals.

Clinton campaign presses on with visits to 3 states today
With her money drained and her options dwindling, a resolute Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed to press on with her presidential bid even as she and top advisers were hard-pressed to describe a realistic path for her to wrest the nomination from Barack Obama.
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FOX:
Clinton Tunes Out Skeptics, Campaigns Coast-to-Coast
NYT:
Amid Talk of the End and Boos From the Crowd, Clinton Carries On

Did Rush Limbaugh tilt result in Indiana?
Even as Barack Obama's campaign celebrated Tuesday's primary results, aides charged yesterday that they would have had an even stronger showing were it not for meddling by an unlikely booster of Hillary Rodham Clinton...
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Limbaugh comes out for Obama

Obama in the House: A Clinton super gets an autograph
Politico's Amie Parnes e-mails from Obama's visit to the House floor, where he was mobbed instantly. New York Rep. Yvette Clarke, in theory a Clinton superdelegate, asked him to autograph the cover of today's New York Daily News, with the headling "It's His Party."

Clinton: Dispute Over Mich. and Fla. Votes "A Civil Rights Issue”
In her harshest words yet over the disputed votes in Florida and Michigan, Hillary Clinton called it "a civil rights issue" and said she plans on sending a letter to ... Howard Dean and Barack Obama urging them to support seating Florida and Michigan delegates...
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Carter: Michigan and Florida Should Not Be Counted

ABC News: Democratic Dream Team in the Works?
With pressure growing on Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., to end her presidential campaign, "intermediaries" have resumed discussing the possibility of an Obama-Clinton "dream team" ticket.

Undecided superdelegates move Obama's way
Barack Obama's march toward the Democratic presidential nomination picked up support from four more superdelegates Wednesday, pushing him ever closer to victory over Hillary Rodham Clinton — even as their primary marathon staggered on.

While Democrats Fight On, McCain Has Biggest Fundraiser Yet
Sources close to the campaign tell CBS News they took in seven million dollars at the sold-out event, which was chaired by New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and included an appearance by Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump.

Clinton Campaign Talking Points: Indiana Edition
The Clinton campaign’s talking points for surrogates and supporters today strain hard to spin last night’s worse-than-expected performance into a victory over what they paint as an enormously advantaged Obama campaign.

Hillary: Indiana Comeback Means It’s On To West Virginia
The Clinton campaign continued on without a break after last night’s potentially devastating results, as Hillary Clinton made a last-minute stop in this college town to tell voters in the upcoming primary state just how big her two-point win in Indiana really was.

Clinton makes case for wide appeal
Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed Wednesday to continue her quest for the Democratic nomination, arguing she would be the stronger nominee because she appeals to a wider coalition of voters — including whites who have not supported Barack Obama in recent contests.
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Clinton Touts White Support
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Clinton Fights For Her Life
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Clinton claims 'white Americans'
Huff Post:
Clinton: Obama Not Winning Over White Americans

Huckabee: 'I got to give Hillary some credit'
Former campaign underdog Mike Huckabee said Thursday that Democrat Hillary Clinton should ignore critics pressuring her to end her presidential run, telling CNN’s John Roberts that “she entered this thing to play to the finish line.”

Republicans Focus on Obama as Fall Opponent
The Republicans have stepped up their criticisms of Barack Obama in recent weeks while practically ignoring Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Report: Top Hillary Supporter Harvey Weinstein Threatened Pelosi
Looks like another extremely high profile Hillary backer may have threatened Nancy Pelosi in an effort to help his gal...

Clinton: "Women Are Going To Be Heard" In The Remaining Primaries
Hillary Clinton might be on the ropes, but her remarks at a fundraiser last night show that she still expects one demographic group to come out strong for her in the remaining contests: Women voters.

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Polling Results
Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, Obama holds a 47% to 43% advantage over Clinton nationally...

Election 2008: Georgia Presidential Election
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the Peach State found McCain leading Barack Obama 53% to 39% and Hillary Clinton 48% to 37%.

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Commentaries
First Thought: Does Hillary Play Nice?
The big question if Clinton stays in the race is this: Just how will she campaign? Yesterday, there were no negative TV ads or attack mailers. But Clinton did stress that she can win the general, implying that Obama might not be able to.

Hillary Plays the Crazy Card
Voters who might consider supporting her have confronted this Clinton conundrum more than once. Does she believe what she is saying, or is she saying what she believes we want to hear? Which is worse?

Obama's Got His Groove Back
The Barack Obama once seen as a glimmering political statue, the human embodiment of hope, change and promise is no more. That image is long gone.

Maureen Dowd Predicted Obama Over Hillary -- More Than Two Years Ago!
Dowd promoted Obama before, inevitably, criticizing that very lack of experience and calling him "O'bambi." But at the start she had sketched the scenario that followed pretty damn accurately.

Catherine Crier: A 'Fighter' in the White House
Who does this remind you of? Is there another politician who ignores the numbers, the advice of experts and the popular consensus on critical issues? Can you say George Bush?

Obama: Flawed or Fantastic?
The candidate who delivered the victory speech in Raleigh, N.C., was the Obama of Des Moines, bearing no resemblance to the gloomy, uneasy candidate who had seemed unable to effectively deal with bumps in the campaign road.

Reconciliation from the Bottom Up
Let us not forget that though the Clintons sought power for most of their lives, it was not power for power's sake, but rather power as a means to improve the lives of all Americans.

This is a Truly Historic Moment; Let's Savor It
As a historian, I am painfully aware of how overused the term "historic" is. But what we are witnessing right now, with Obama as the Democratic nominee, is the very definition of the word.

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