GOP Candidate Fear Of YouTube?

31 July 2007 |permalink | email article

Unlike the Democrats, some GOP presidential candidates are queasy about appearing in the CNN/YouTube debate scheduled for Sept. 17 in Florida because of conflicts and concern about the format which involves direct questions from voters.

While Ron Paul, John… read full story

Democrats: DLC Out, Netroots In

30 July 2007 |permalink | email article

The Democratic Leadership Council convention ending today in Nashville basically marks the end of an era. Sure, several hundred ambitious politicians, from governors down to state legislators, will show up.

But none of the eight Democratic presidential contenders… read full story

Obama Goof, Clinton Overkill

29 July 2007 |permalink | email article

A day before the CNN-YouTube debate Barack Obama told Andres Oppenheimer of the Miami Herald that he would sit down with Cuba’s Fidel Castro or Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez if elected president.

During the debate he raised eyebrows and gave… read full story

Thompson’s Problem: Millions Short

27 July 2007 |permalink | email article

FredHeads, as supporters of Fred Thompson call themselves, headlined a July 11th blog “What’s the holdup?” to signal their disappointment that the former Tennessee senator did not announce his presidential candidacy July 4th as predicted.

“Let’s hear it Fred.… read full story

Gonzo and Mutual Contempt

26 July 2007 |permalink | email article

Alberto Gonzales and the Senate Judiciary Committee don’t like each other. The mutual invective was so obvious this week that the committee after hours of questioning didn’t even require a vote to establish beyond reasonable doubt that Congress is… read full story

Clinton and Obama Trade Barbs

25 July 2007 |permalink | email article

You could sense the tension, as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama stood side by side at Monday’s YouTube debate, that sparks might fly. Well, the explosion began with a fiery exchange of rhetoric that continued yesterday in Iowa.

Responding… read full story

CNN/YouTube Debate

24 July 2007 |permalink | email article

Savvy internet voters, challenging the Democratic presidential hopefuls, were the big winners in this first ever, online-driven debate. The public citizen questions were often provocative, a refreshing contrast with predictable media probes. 

The debate solidified the perception that… read full story

Where Have You Gone Don Rumsfeld?

23 July 2007 |permalink | email article

The controversial secretary of defense stepped down last Nov. 6, one day after the midterm elections where Republican sustained heavy losses. Very little has been heard from him since.

Stephen F. Hayes, a senior Weekly Standard writer and author… read full story

Left, Right 0r Center

22 July 2007 |permalink | email article

The war between the left and right in American politics, intensified by the incredible fiasco in Iraq, is accelerating and perhaps useful to engage the entire body politic.

DailyKos founder Markos Moulitas Zuniga noted that on Fox News… read full story

A Genuine Radical for President

22 July 2007 |permalink | email article

Rep. Ron Paul, a Republican presidential candidate and an annoying debate presence for his party, is a feature piece in today’s New York Times Magazine. His followers are portrayed as including a wild mix of “wackos” on both ends… read full story

Snow Job

20 July 2007 |permalink | email article

Tony Snow, the White House press secretary, argues in a USA Today op-ed that President Bush has weakened Al-Qaeda and made the U.S. safer from attack. Really?

It makes you wonder how carefully the former Fox News political personality… read full story

Of Many Voices

19 July 2007 |permalink | email article

Andrew Sullivan. The thoughtful conservative at theatlantic.com criticized Gen. David Petraeus for abandoning any semblance of military independence and going on extreme Republican partisan Hugh Hewitt’s show.

“Petraeus is either willing to be used by the Republican propaganda machine… read full story

Bush’s Generals

18 July 2007 |permalink | email article

After winning a second term President Bush boasted that he is “the decider.” Trust him on Iraq or on anything else but understand that he trusts his generals more and follows their advice on the war.

William Kristol, editor… read full story

Marching to His Own Drummer

17 July 2007 |permalink | email article

Fred Thompson, without lifting a finger and moving up in polls, continues his meandering approach to announcing his presidential candidacy, now expected sometime next month in Nashville.

Here’s a revealing email sent by Philip J. Martin, the campaign chairman,… read full story

The Death of Pat Tillman

16 July 2007 |permalink | email article

An ever-secretive White House finds itself facing yet another executive privilege related controversy, one with potentially explosive political consequences.

It’s denied a Congressional committee key documents about the death of Pat Tillman, the NFL player and patriot who gave… read full story

Read ‘em and weep

15 July 2007 |permalink | email article

“If there ever was a do-over, that would be it.” Dan Bartlett, who resigned as counselor to the president, referring to President Bush’s triumphant “Mission Accomplished” speech four years ago aboard an aircraft carrier as the ship headed for… read full story

Bush’s War: Al-Maliki Responds

14 July 2007 |permalink | email article

Embattled Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi Prime Minister, said when American troops leave “any time they want,” the Iraqi army and police force are capable of keeping security in the country, though acknowledging that his forces need further weapons and… read full story

Bush and Al Qaeda

13 July 2007 |permalink | email article

President Bush is unbowed that political and military benchmarks remain unmet in Iraq and unmoved by requests by lawmakers for an early troop withdrawal.

But his dishonest defense of the war to hold Republican support began to fall… read full story

McCain’s Moment of Truth

12 July 2007 |permalink | email article

The once unbeatable frontrunner’s Straight Talk Express has derailed on the way to the 2008 Republican presidential nomination and substantial doubts exist about whether he can get back on track in time to recover.

There are many reasons for… read full story

Hybrid Pol: Which One Is Real?

11 July 2007 |permalink | email article

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, a former Democrat, announced last month he was leaving the Republican Party and now identifies himself as unaffiliated.

The New York mayor, who says he has no plans to run for president as an independent,… read full story

Billions for War, Zero Goals Met

10 July 2007 |permalink | email article

An American majority is mad as hell about nearly 4,000 troops killed and 26,000 wounded, with nothing to show for it but blood, sweat and tears in ancient Mesopotamia, a valley of death since BC.

Bush’s reckless “surge” in… read full story

Questions About Fred

09 July 2007 |permalink | email article

Fred Thompson continues to delay his formal announcement for president as serious questions about his political past before being elected to the U.S. Senate test his credentials as a faithful conservative alternative.

The Hollywood actor, rising in Republican polls… read full story

Impeachment Chatter

07 July 2007 |permalink | email article

Fallout from Libby’s commutation will dominate all Sunday TV talk shows in the wake of major polls showing strong public disapproval of the president’s action.

When Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon his poll ratings dropped 20 points. George… read full story

GOP Solons Attack Iraq War Policy

07 July 2007 |permalink | email article

Support for President Bush’s Iraq policy is now seriously eroding in the wake of Sen. Pete Domenici (N.M.) becoming the fourth senior Senate Republican in the past two weeks to abandon it as Congressional Democrats step up their challenge… read full story

Iraq: Possible Bipartisan Endgame?

05 July 2007 |permalink | email article

It’s impossible to believe, given the disastrous course of the war in Iraq and the public’s strong opposition, George W. Bush’s state of denial.

The delusional president, accompanied by his brain, Karl Rove, passionately defended his Iraq policy and… read full story

B43: Equal Justice or Soft on Crime?

04 July 2007 |permalink | email article

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, George W. Bush’s embattled crony, last month said his department would push for legislation making federal sentences tougher and less flexible. But the president justified his commutation of I. Lewis Libby Jr’s 30-month prison sentence… read full story

Bush Spares Libby Prison

03 July 2007 |permalink | email article

A firestorm explodes.

The reason is President Bush’s rushed and surprise pre-July 4th commutation of the 30-month prison sentence of I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, convicted of four felony counts for… read full story

Bush, Contempt of Congress

02 July 2007 |permalink | email article

Finally. The kabuki dance over whether White House officials should be held in contempt of Congress over their failure to comply with congressional subpoenas has taken an historic new turn, one which the main stream media – but not… read full story

Bush, Cheney, Libby, Powell, Putin

01 July 2007 |permalink | email article

David S. Broder, the Washington Post columnist, replying to a question online asking if he agreed that the Libby affair was not a sideshow or “tempest in a teapot,” but symptomatic of Cheney’s overall approach:

“The Libby case may… read full story

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