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Entries from March 2008

Barack Obama: The race speech

March 18th, 2008 · 2 Comments

My initial reaction is that it’s the best and most personal speech Barack Obama has ever given.  And I’m struggling to think of a more high-stakes, more honest, more direct speech on race in America since Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech in 1963.  Obama wasn’t nearly as poetic as King, but he was every [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats

From the dept. of double standards: Jeremiah Wright and Trinity Church

March 18th, 2008 · No Comments

This article by the son of religious right leader, the late Francis Shaeffer, is nothing short of a meme changer.  In the article, Frank Shaeffer asks why Barack Obama’s pastor Jeremiah Wright is being raked over the coals while “Every Sunday thousands of right wing white preachers (following in my father’s footsteps) rail against America’s [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats

The Obama-Wright gotcha game begins

March 17th, 2008 · No Comments

The media is already scrambling to find evidence that Barack Obama attended one of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s inflammatory sermons, which would contradict Obama’s claim that he never personally heard Wright make the kind of controversial statements that are currently circulating on YouTube.  I said in the previous post that it was a dangerous game for [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Media

For Barack Obama, the good and bad of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy

March 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment

First of all, I think Matthew Yglesias hits the nail on the head regarding the main question most people are asking right now: What was Obama thinking going to this church, associating with this guy? Obama’s going to have a hard time explaining [what] I take to be the truth, namely that his relationship with Trinity [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats

An annoyed (but not angry) black man takes on Geraldine Ferraro

March 15th, 2008 · No Comments

This HuffPo post by Orlando Lima is one of the best things I’ve ever read: It’s troublesome that liberal whites act in a racist fashion so often without realizing it. We all know where the conservatives stand. They’re transparent. They hate black people. The liberals are translucent. They like us when it’s convenient. When liberals need black [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Hillary Clinton

While Clintons kneecap Obama, where is Democratic Party leadership?

March 13th, 2008 · 108 Comments

Why does it take a former Sportscenter anchor to say this? Why does Keith Olbermann have to abandon his objective journalist post for a full ten minutes to say what should be spilling out of the mouths of Democratic Party leaders everywhere? Where is Howard Dean on this? Where is Al Gore? Where is Nancy [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Hillary Clinton

Revisiting Clinton’s red phone ad: Harvard professor cries racism in NY Times

March 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The blog Popehat notes that Harvard professor of sociology Orlando Patterson is taking some dubious claims that have been circulating around the blogosphere public, crying racism in the Clinton campaign’s now famous 3 a.m./red phone ad via a New York Times op-ed, where he writes: I have spent my life studying the pictures and symbols of racism and slavery, [...]

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Tags: Democrats · Hillary Clinton

Geraldine Ferraro’s history of race-baiting

March 12th, 2008 · No Comments

Geraldine Ferraro in 2008: If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept. Geraldine Ferraro in 1988: If [...]

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Tags: Democrats · Hillary Clinton

Job opens up in New York

March 11th, 2008 · No Comments

A few thoughts on soon-to-be former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, the latest politician to get caught in a sex scandal they were sure nobody would find out about. 1. If you’re a politician and you have an embarrassing secret life of some sort, quit.  If you’re thinking about going into politics, but you’re secretly gay, or secretly [...]

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Tags: Democrats

Dream ticket drama, part 2

March 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Obama responds. The two money quotes: With all due respect. I won twice as many states as Sen. Clinton. I’ve won more of the popular vote than Sen. Clinton. I have more delegates than Sen. Clinton. So, I don’t know how somebody who’s in second place is offering vice presidency to the person who’s in [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Hillary Clinton

Padding the resume

March 11th, 2008 · 1 Comment

As much as I hate to link to HuffPo twice in two days, this piece on Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy experience is amazing: Her campaign produced a press release in 2007 testifying to her foreign policy savvy, a letter signed by numerous ambassadors — every single one of them appointed by her husband when he was the [...]

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Tags: Democrats · Hillary Clinton

Dream ticket drama

March 10th, 2008 · No Comments

For those who haven’t yet noticed, last week the Clintons began using a similar strategy to one they employed in 1992, back when they offered voters “two for the price of one.”  Last time, the offer was Bill and Hillary Clinton.  This time, it’s the “dream ticket” of President Hillary Clinton and Vice President Barack Obama.  While I go [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Hillary Clinton

Tucker canceled

March 10th, 2008 · No Comments

Not really sure how you get canceled off MSNBC.  Chris Matthews often spends the entire 5:00 pm hour making noises with his armpits, and he’s the highest rated show on the network.  Can’t say I’ll miss Tucker, but he had his moments:

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Tags: Media

John McCain’s temper

March 9th, 2008 · No Comments

A lot of people have been making noise about this video of McCain getting into a mildly heated exchange with a reporter.  There’s a million stories out there about McCain’s supposedly legendary temper, but if this is the best example the Democrats can get up on YouTube between now and November, it’ll be a non-issue.

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Tags: John McCain · Republicans

In honor of Samantha Power

March 8th, 2008 · No Comments

“[Hillary Clinton] is a monster, too– that is off the record…” – Former Obama foreign policy adviser Samantha Power UPDATE: Classy.

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Hillary Clinton