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Entries from February 2008

Obama: Lobbyists run their business on McCain’s Straight Talk Express

February 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I missed the real bombshell in the Washington Post’s (affair-free) version of the McCain-lobbyist story, but the Obama campaign didn’t.  A number of news outlets are also beginning to pick up on this eyebrow-raising anecdote, which shows– in a different, but equally effective way than the New York Times article– just how deeply connected John McCain is to [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · John McCain · Republicans

Barack Obama: Messiah, Antichrist, or your new bicycle?

February 24th, 2008 · 2 Comments

For the five or six people in America who haven’t seen these already, here are three highly entertaining Web sites on the somewhat outer fringes of the Obama phenomenon.  What’s funny is that the Messiah and Antichrist sites provide pretty much the same evidence for why Obama is one or the other: people fainting at campaign rallies, supporters talking about [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats

Mike Huckabee overstays his welcome on Saturday Night Live

February 24th, 2008 · 2 Comments

In case you missed Mike Huckabee’s hilarious appearance on SNL last night, here’s the clip. And here’s what I’m thinking: The Mike Huckabee Show, weeknights 11:30pm - midnight on Fox.  It could happen.  It should happen.  Why is this guy wasting his career in politics? Oh, right.

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Tags: Mike Huckabee · Republicans

Conservatives fishing for a way to Swiftboat Obama

February 23rd, 2008 · 4 Comments

Great read from the AP today on the number of different demonstrably false stories which some conservatives are pushing about Barack Obama, hoping that something sticks by the fall.  Apparently, they don’t believe that running against him on the issues or on his record will be good enough.  And for the record, I agree with them. John McCain is already contrasting himself [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats

No questions about climate change in coal-sponsored CNN debate… again

February 22nd, 2008 · 2 Comments

For those of us who’ve been keeping score, last night’s event makes five straight CNN debates sponsored by coal industry front group Americans for Balanced Energy Choices (ABEC) without a single question about climate change policy.

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Tags: Debates · Environment · Media

Houston, she has a problem: Obama up 14 in Texas poll

February 22nd, 2008 · 3 Comments

(h/t: warner) A Decision Analyst poll of Texas voters released today shows a 14-point lead for Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton.  It’s an outlier, to be sure, but I’d wager it’ll come closer to the final result than any poll released thus far.  At any rate, no matter which poll you look at– and keeping in mind that we’re still [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Hillary Clinton · Polls

NY Times editor: Most readers missed the “larger point” of McCain story

February 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

In a Q&A session with readers, Bill Keller, the executive editor at the New York Times, pretty much echoes what I said yesterday about the article on John McCain’s relationship with Vicki Iseman.  The point wasn’t whether or not McCain’s relationship with her ever became romantic.  The point was that for a politician who has made a career preaching [...]

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Tags: John McCain · Media · Republicans

Democratic debate rankings, 2/21/08: Clinton bows out gracefully

February 22nd, 2008 · 5 Comments

The real debate tonight wasn’t between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, it was between Clinton advisers Mark Penn and Mandy Grunwald.  A New York Times story on the internal discussions this week in the Clinton campaign framed the debate like this: Even now, after a string of defeats, her advisers are divided over how to [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Debates · Democrats · Hillary Clinton

Miraculously, an even lamer Hillary Clinton campaign video

February 21st, 2008 · 3 Comments

Deep down in my soul, I really and truly did not believe it was possible to top this.  But they’ve done it.  Oh, man, have they done it. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight! Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Whitewater Incorporated!

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Tags: Democrats · Hillary Clinton

The liberal media officially breaks up with John McCain

February 21st, 2008 · 2 Comments

Less than a month after the New York Times endorsed John McCain for the Republican nomination, they hit him with potentially the most damaging story of the 2008 campaign thus far.  It’s a story brimming with the suggestion of improper behavior between McCain and a number of lobbyists, including a relationship with telecommunications lobbyist Vicki Iseman that [...]

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Tags: John McCain · Media · Republicans

Obama, McCain, and the experience question in Wisconsin

February 20th, 2008 · No Comments

Commenter warner sees future trouble in last night’s exit polls for Barack Obama: Exit polls on CNN out of WI showed on the question of “experience” it was 95% to 5% for Hillary. Obama should have been tacking against this looong ago. The inexperience claim while _not_ true vs. Hillary _will_ be true against McCain. H[e] [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Hillary Clinton · John McCain · Republicans

Bill O’Reilly doubles down on Michelle Obama’s gaffe

February 20th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Two days ago, Michelle Obama made this poorly-worded statement to supporters in Milwaukee: For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country, because it feels like hope is making a comeback. There’s no doubt that Michelle Obama has been proud of her country before, and she was almost certainly referring to our country’s [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Media

TWP Video: Hillary Clinton steals lines from Giuliani and Obama

February 20th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Hillary Clinton stealing Giuliani’s campaign slogan (“Tested. Ready. Now.”) and both of Obama’s signature phrases (“Fired Up, Ready to Go” and “Yes, We Can”). They shoulda never taught me how to make videos.

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Hillary Clinton · Rudy Giuliani

It’s time for Hillary Clinton to drop out of the race

February 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Last night, just hours after Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton by 17 points in a Wisconsin primary that was demographically tailored to Clinton’s strengths, the AP published an article by reporter Ron Fournier titled “Race is Obama’s to lose.”  But after ten straight double-digit losses in the last two weeks– including blowouts in Louisiana (21 points), Nebraska (36 points), [...]

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Tags: Democrats · Hillary Clinton

Bigger news: Castro, Musharraf, or Blu-ray?

February 19th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Cuban President Fidel Castro, who has outlasted 10 U.S. Presidents over half a century, resigns. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s party loses bigger than Bush’s did in 2006. And everyone who bought an Xbox 360 loses even bigger than that.

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Tags: Entertainment · World News