Clinton bombs in Philly

31 October 2007 |permalink | email article

The Democratic front-runner came under withering attack by six rivals in last night’s debate Drexel University on issues involving Iraq, Iran, Social Security. mirroring Republican views, secrecy and allowing illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses.

It was her worse… read full story

GAO and California wildfires

30 October 2007 |permalink | email article

My October 25 post, “California Burning: Feds Unprepared,” described two devastating reports earlier this year by Congress’s nonpartisan auditor, the Government Accountability Office - stark warnings on shortcomings in the administration’s plans to fight fires.

Although picked… read full story

Ready for his close up?

29 October 2007 |permalink | email article

The third quarter in the race for the Democratic nomination has begun and the pressure on Hillary Clinton’s chief rival, Barack Obama, to re-energize his charismatic but often too lofty campaign has come full circle.

Donors, supporters and… read full story

Why Iowa matters

28 October 2007 |permalink | email article

Every time I read or hear about a presidential poll showing Hillary Clinton’s healthy lead, and Rudy Giuliani with a less commanding advantage, I realize how the electorate is being misled about 2008.

Political reporters, cable news commentators and… read full story

Pandering and belief

27 October 2007 |permalink | email article

So what’s all this about pro-life conservative Sen. Sam Brownback, a recent dropout in the Republican presidential race, getting cozy with frontrunner Rudy Giuliani?

Brownback admits that he’s suddenly grown “more comfortable” with Giuliani’s opaque views on abortion after… read full story

Up or down on MuKasey

26 October 2007 |permalink | email article

President Bush’s nominee for attorney general, Michael B. Mukasey, appears closer to being confirmed by the Senate. But the major stumbling block for the retired federal judge is his evasive testimony about torture.

In what has become a classic… read full story

California Burning: Feds Unprepared

25 October 2007 |permalink | email article

Despite the Hurricane Katrina fiasco, President Bush, as late as Tuesday morning, was not prepared to fly to Southern California and personally inspect the worst holocaust in the state’s history, the forced evacuation of at least one million residents… read full story

The “it” word

24 October 2007 |permalink | email article

Experience is the political cliché of the 2008 presidential campaign.

Hillary Clinton believes she has it because she was first lady for eight years, traveled the world with a popular president but flunked the health care reform challenge in… read full story

Rupert Murdoch and 2008

23 October 2007 |permalink | email article

Sunday’s Republican presidential brawl was compelling only because of the intensity with which the candidates sparred over who offers the best alternative to defeat Hillary Clinton, their preferred Democratic nominee.

But testy infighting over economic and social issues quickly… read full story

Clinton’s Iran vote

22 October 2007 |permalink | email article

Attention is shifting, however slightly, from Iraq to Iran in the war on terror as a defining issue in the Democratic presidential campaign.

A ‘Dear friend” letter from Hillary Clinton to Iowa voters directly seeks to explain her vote… read full story

Mukasey: How independent is he?

21 October 2007 |permalink | email article

Michael Mukasey, Bush’s nominee for attorney general, created such a favorable impression on his first day of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that the solons seemed to be barely listening.

Is he not a refreshing “firewall” and… read full story

Hilllary and GOP women

19 October 2007 |permalink | email article

Chief Clinton strategist Mark Penn appeared Wednesday at the legendary Christian Science Monitor breakfast, long a favorite sit down for Washington political reporters, to spin.

While pushing back on a widespread belief that her campaign is already shifting… read full story

Al and Hillary

18 October 2007 |permalink | email article

The Nobel Peace Prize winner unequivocally told the Norwegian state broadcaster NPK yesterday that he had “no plans” to be a candidate for president again.

Last Friday in Palo Alto, he sidestepped the issue of a run, saying… read full story

Elephant Man

17 October 2007 |permalink | email article

The Republican campaign has become a freak show over which candidate is the real thing – the symbolic elephant with the loudest trumpet.

None of the four top candidates has yet claimed to be a descendent of Abraham… read full story

Us vs. them

16 October 2007 |permalink | email article

Presidential candidates in each party are adopting far different strategies to knock off the frontrunners.

Rudy Giuliani remains the frontrunner for the Republican nomination so why are major opponents like Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson and John McCain not attacking… read full story

Rudy’s Achilles Heel

15 October 2007 |permalink | email article

“America’s mayor” assumes he’s the Republican candidate for president because he leads in all national polls and is certain Hillary Clinton will be his general election opponent. But a long festering scandal could pop his political balloon. 

Giuliani’s… read full story

Larry Craig on fame

14 October 2007 |permalink | email article

The Idaho Republican senator, who pled guilty after being nabbed in an airport bathroom sex sting in August before unsuccessfully trying to withdraw his plea, made his first ceremonial appearance since then Saturday night in Boise.

The conservative solon,… read full story

Gore and media frenzy

14 October 2007 |permalink | email article

It’s remarkable that, in the wake of Al Gore being the awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his commitment to the environment, the media – especially cable TV – chose to play into the “will he or won’t he”… read full story

Damned with faint praise

13 October 2007 |permalink | email article

Charles Krauthammer, the conservative Washington Post columnist, raised more than a few eyebrows by endorsing Hillary Clinton for president as the best candidate in the Democratic field.


Well, because she would be less likely to embrace liberal principles… read full story

Gore and 2008

12 October 2007 |permalink | email article

Al Gore has co-won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and the political implications in American politics are enormous.

The former Tennessee senator, who won the 2000 popular vote for president but lost when the Supreme Court ruled that George… read full story

Obama: gloves off?

12 October 2007 |permalink | email article

Sunday’s New York Times Book Review featured an astonishing front-page
cover and three inside page review by the columnist Maureen Dowd of
the copious journals kept by social historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
for half a century.

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Carter on torture

11 October 2007 |permalink | email article

Jimmy Carter bluntly told CNN yesterday that he’s absolutely convinced the U.S. is using torture to extract intelligence from detainees.

Pressed by Wolf Blitzer if, by Carter’s definition of the word, the Bush administration had used torture, the Nobel… read full story

The Texas Boys

10 October 2007 |permalink | email article

With Bush sinking fast into lame-duck status, two of his longtime Lone Star sidekicks, Karl Rove and Dan Bartlett, have left the White House campfire to make political mischief and millions in public speeches.

Rove, Bush’s “brain,” left in… read full story

Giuliani faces “values” summit

09 October 2007 |permalink | email article

Call it “Rudy in the lion’s den.”

The pro-choice Republican candidate, whose basic presidential campaign message is 9/11, has agreed to join other GOP hopefuls at the Family Research Council’s “values voter” summit this Saturday in D.C.

“America’s… read full story

Torture and presidential deceit

08 October 2007 |permalink | email article

Reacting to Congressional outrage over the public disclosure by The New York Times of secret Justice Department legal opinions permitting the harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects, President Bush blithely said its methods are necessary to protect America from attack.

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True patriotism

07 October 2007 |permalink | email article

George W. Bush always wears an American flag pin in his lapel. So in a TV interview last week in Iowa Barack Obama was asked why he stopped wearing the pin shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

He… read full story

Arnold in 2010?

06 October 2007 |permalink | email article

California Gov. Schwarzenegger is being honored at a major fundraising dinner and celebrity roast Oct. 17 in Beverly Hills. It has insiders speculating anew about his political future even as he sets some kind of record for recent globetrotting.

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2008 merry-go-round

04 October 2007 |permalink | email article

Giuliani attacks Clinton’s for comments about giving a $5,000 savings bond to every baby born in the U.S.  – taking something from the George McGovern playbook. But according to the Associated Press, Rudy liked his ideas enough to vote… read full story

Is the Iraq War Constitutional?

03 October 2007 |permalink | email article

Former New York Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, long a backbencher in the national political debate, has said “no” in recent interviews. 

The unfortunate national perception is that the executive power of the President encompasses the ability to declare… read full story

WMD: Fred’s October ‘Surprise’

02 October 2007 |permalink | email article

During a campaign stop in Iowa yesterday, Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson flatly justified George Bush’s premise for the Iraq war. But that was not the real headline.

Rather it was his mindless and unambiguous claim that Saddam… read full story

Health care expansion, uninsured kids

01 October 2007 |permalink | email article

SCHIP is a political acronym the public may not fully comprehend. But when it’s explained that is stands for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program the issue becomes politically alive to millions but anathema to the right.

President Bush… read full story

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