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Entries from April 2008

A quick and easy guide for understanding the Clintons: They’re Republicans

April 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Over the past few days, a number of writers have expressed disappointment bordering on shock at the political tactics of the Clintons. The short of it is that they’ve basically become everything fought against in the 1990s. Andrew Sullivan: …after decades of hardball politicking, she and her husband have become completely indistinguishable from the forces [...]

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Tags: Bill Clinton · Democrats · Hillary Clinton · Republicans

Clinton campaign overplays its hand on Bitter-gate

April 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

First, the official Clinton campaign Bitter-gate attack ad, set to run in Pennsylvania all this week: Here’s my view on these kinds of attack ads: Either do real interviews with real people, or do scripted lines with actors. Mixing scripted lines with real people almost always falls flat. In any case, it’s clear the Clinton [...]

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

Why McCain won’t win in November

April 14th, 2008 · No Comments

These types of ads are just too easy to make. Take away the “D” and “R” tags and McCain might have a shot. But the war is too unpopular, the economy is too in the tank, and both McCain and Bush seem to have the exact same remedy for every American problem: Stay the course. [...]

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Tags: George W. Bush · John McCain · Republicans

The aftermath of the “Two hundred-millionaires attack Obama” post

April 14th, 2008 · No Comments

So after months of this blog basically being me talking to myself, I check in on things tonight and there’s a sudden crushing avalanche of traffic. Yep, that’s TWP, somehow on the front page of Digg, sandwiched in between HuffPo and the Boston Globe. Crazy. But I guess one of the advantages of that is [...]

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

Two hundred-millionaires attack Obama for being “out of touch”

April 12th, 2008 · 35 Comments

Without a doubt, this was a poorly-worded statement on the part of Barack Obama: You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush [...]

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

Despite inability to control mouth, Bill Clinton is still an asset to Hillary’s campaign

April 12th, 2008 · No Comments

A lot of people are jumping on Bill Clinton regarding his mind-boggling move Thursday to defend Hillary on the Bosnia sinper fire tale– a lie that even her campaign would acknowledge is indefensible and best left alone to be forgotten.  Worse yet, Bill Clinton resorted to more lies– lies that were even easier to debunk than the original– to make [...]

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Tags: Bill Clinton · Democrats · Hillary Clinton

Hannity and Fox News debate whether Barack Obama is “pro-American”

April 11th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The interesting thing about the world Sean Hannity lives in is that his version of being “pro-American” or patriotic is in almost direct contradiction to the founding fathers. Our democracy, and our America, is founded on debate, dissention, criticism, and course correction. The greatest Americans have been the ones who have questioned, challenged, and changed [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Media

Social issues, sci-fi, and scams: An all-time classic Craigslist job ad

April 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Absolutely nothing to do with politics, but…  I was making my way through Craigslist earlier today and came across this hilarious, real job ad.  The sheer brilliance begins at sentence two: Producer wanted My name is Bill and my web site is www.earth360.com. I have been called a genius by some of the world’s top [...]

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Tags: Internet

Hillary wants NCAA superdelegates to overturn National Championship result

April 9th, 2008 · No Comments

End Politics As Usual reports that Hillary Clinton is expanding her sore loser-ism into the world of sports.  This is just phenomenal creative writing:  In a move that’s sure to be seen as controversial, Hillary has contacted the NCAA Board of Directors to argue that Memphis is actually better qualified to be National Champion. Ms. Clinton [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Hillary Clinton · Sports

Hillary Clinton’s path to victory

April 8th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Pretty much:

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Tags: Democrats · Hillary Clinton

Martin Luther King biographer denounces “reducing politics to entertainment”

April 8th, 2008 · No Comments

If you don’t know who Taylor Branch is, he won a Pulitizer Prize for his three-book America in the King Years biography of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement.  I’m only midway through the first book, but already the level of research, detail, and insight is staggering.  So imagine my surprise to [...]

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Tags: Media

Are the Democrats distorting John McCain’s “100 years in Iraq” quote?

April 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Barack Obama plays chicken with YouTube and loses: For the record, the exact exchange in question between McCain and a town hall questioner went like this: QUESTIONER: President Bush has talked about our staying in Iraq for 50 years… McCAIN: Maybe 100. We’ve been in South Korea… We’ve been in Japan for 60 years, we’ve [...]

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

Clinton chief strategist and pollster Mark Penn quits

April 6th, 2008 · No Comments

That sound you hear is pure unadulterated jubiliation, even from inside the Clinton campaign.  Maybe especially from inside the Clinton campaign.  The obituary from campaign manager Maggie Williams: After the events of the last few days, Mark Penn has asked to give up his role as Chief Strategist of the Clinton Campaign; Mark, and Penn, [...]

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Tags: Democrats · Hillary Clinton

Saturday Night Live looks to expand unfunny political humor to Thursday nights

April 6th, 2008 · No Comments

Unsatisfied with the hour and a half a week they already use to try and make Hillary Clinton seem hip, Saturday Night Live will do four half-hour comedy specials on Thursday nights this fall focused solely on politics.  Reporting on NBC’s upcoming season schedule, Variety writes: Peacock will once again air hourlong “Office” episodes in September. The next [...]

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Tags: Media

Who will (and who should) Clinton and Obama pick as their vice presidential running mate?

April 5th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Ben Smith over at Politico offers up some completely irresponsible, incredibly premature, and wildly entertaining speculation on who is in the early running for the Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton veepstakes.  The short version: Barack Obama VP picks Joe Biden – DE senator Bill Richardson – NM governor Mike Bloomberg – NYC mayor Tim Roemer – [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Bill Richardson · Democrats · Hillary Clinton · Jim Webb · Joe Biden