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Entries from February 2008

Flag pin hypocrisy

February 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Republican Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia goes on Live with Dan Abrams to question Barack Obama’s patriotism for not wearing a flag pin. That is, until Abrams notices that Kingston also apparently hates freedom.

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Republicans

Hillary Clinton’s new ad scaring up votes in Texas and Ohio

February 29th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Short version: Vote for Hillary Clinton or your children will die in their sleep. UPDATE: The response from the Obama campaign. BETTER UPDATE: In the red phone ad wars, Bill Clinton sides with Barack Obama. Now one of Clinton’s laws of politics is this: If one candidate’s trying to scare you and the other one’s trying to [...]

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Tags: Bill Clinton · Democrats · Hillary Clinton

Howard Dean and Barack Obama vs. the Clintons

February 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Commenter warner posts some required reading on the inside political power struggles for the soul of the Democratic Party.  On one side you have Howard Dean and his 2004 ”Internet-focused, grassroots, 50-state” strategy (a strategy that’s been “perfected” by Barack Obama, according to former Dean strategist Joe Trippi), and on the other side you have the Clintons and their “traditional media, [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Bill Clinton · Democrats · Hillary Clinton · Howard Dean

Ku Klux Klan DOES NOT endorse Barack Obama for President

February 28th, 2008 · 182 Comments

(h/t: The New Republic) This is an actual screenshot I took last night from the official Ku Klux Klan homepage (which I am absolutely not linking to), with a bit of graffiti added by yours truly: Apparently, there’s been some confusion caused by a number of parody Klan Web sites, Onion-style joke headlines, and some (*gasp!*) insufficiently [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats

The media’s unfair treatment of Hillary Clinton

February 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

There’s been a lot of complaining in recent weeks by the Clinton campaign about what they perceive to be the media’s uneven treatment between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.  But Jonathan Martin over at Politico caught a moment in Tuesday’s debate where the media very noticably gave Clinton a pass.  When asked if she could [...]

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Tags: Debates · Democrats · Hillary Clinton · Media

To be fair to CNN and the coal industry

February 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I’ve been making note of the fact that, in the last five CNN debates– which were all sponsored by the coal industry front group Americans for Better Energy Choices (ABEC)– there were coincidentally no questions asked about climate change.  But environmentalist blog The Green Miles notices that there were no questions asked about climate change in Tuesday’s [...]

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Tags: Debates · Environment · Media

The morning after Hussein post

February 28th, 2008 · No Comments

A lot of recent developments on the Hussein issue.  Here’s just a few, including some morning after thoughts on the piece I posted last night. • I suggested that regarding Bill Cunningham’s Husseinified outburst Tuesday, perhaps Barack Obama should inform John McCain that no apology was necessary.  But apparently, Cunningham on his radio show in the past has referred to [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · John McCain · Republicans

Barack Hussein Obama: the new dirty word

February 27th, 2008 · 3 Comments

There’s been quite a bit of chatter in the past few days about Barack Obama’s middle name, from Jon Stewart’s parody at the Oscars Sunday (noting the failed candidacy of former presidential hopeful “Gaydolf Titler”) to conservative talk radio host Bill Cunningham’s comments yesterday leading John McCain to apologize. And today the Tennessee Republican Party is joining in, with a scathing press release titled “Anti-Semites for [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats

Democratic debate rankings, 2/27/08: Obama runs out the clock

February 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

In potentially the final Democratic debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, both candidates stayed on message and executed their gameplans, despite the best attempts of NBC newsmen Brian Williams and Tim Russert.  While Obama looked to remain presidential and above the fray, Clinton sought to force her opponent into a mistake that might turn the race [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Debates · Democrats · Hillary Clinton

So I guess they kicked me off of Digg

February 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Yesterday, I noticed I was having trouble with my Digg account, which is where I usually go to submit stories and see what’s hot in the blogosphere.  The site would let me log in, but then whenever I tried to click another link, it would automatically log me out.  It kept doing this over and over, and I [...]

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Newsweek hops on board the “Hillary should quit” train

February 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Echoing what I wrote last week, Jonathan Alter at Newsweek also thinks Hillary would do herself and the Democratic Party the most good by dropping out now, before March 4: If Hillary Clinton wanted a graceful exit, she’d drop out now—before the March 4 Texas and Ohio primaries—and endorse Barack Obama. This would be terrible for [...]

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Tags: Democrats · Hillary Clinton

The kitchen sink

February 25th, 2008 · 3 Comments

With eight days before the do-or-die March 4 primaries and all other options exhausted, the Clinton campaign finally drops all pretension and throws fuel on the Obama-Muslim smear.  So much for bowing out gracefully: With a week to go until the Texas and Ohio primaries, stressed Clinton staffers circulated a photo over the weekend of [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Hillary Clinton

The coal-powered empire strikes back

February 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Commenter “david, with ABEC” takes issue with last week’s suggestion that there may be a connection between CNN’s lack of debate questions on climate change and the fact that their debates have been sponsored by ABEC, a coal industry front group: While we are flattered that there are some people out there who are convinced we can dictate the questions of [...]

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Tags: Debates · Environment · Media

Hillary Clinton and the audacity of hopelessness

February 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments

At a campaign rally in Rhode Island, Hillary Clinton– using unusually heavy sarcasm– mocked the rhetoric of Barack Obama: Let’s just get everybody together, let’s get unified. The sky will open. The light will come down. Celestial choirs will be singing. And everyone will know we should do the right thing, and the world will be perfect. Maybe [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Hillary Clinton

Opposition research overload

February 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Two stories released recently– one by Newsday, the other by Politico– show just how ugly the business of politics really is.  The first runs though the details of a rape case in 1975, where a young Arkansas lawyer named Hillary Rodham was appointed to defend a factory worker named Thomas Taylor who was being accused of raping a 12-year-old girl.  According to [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Hillary Clinton