Delegate Math and Clinton

30 April 2008 |permalink | email article

Charlie Cook, the respected political analyst, believes the odds against Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic presidential nomination are as imposing as ever – and probably worse.

In the National Journal (4.29), Cook wrote that originally the argument for… read full story

Who is the Real McCain?

29 April 2008 |permalink | email article

John McCain is showing an increasing tendency to radically shift positions, whether on Iraq or domestic policy issues.

The newest example is his flip-flop rhetoric on the toxic Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy and its potentially devastating impact on… read full story

Notable Quotes

28 April 2008 |permalink | email article

* “I think it’s likely to be almost as close as it was for Kennedy at the Democratic convention in 1960. We felt that he had to be nominated by the first ballot because if it ever went to… read full story

Obama on Fox

27 April 2008 |permalink | email article

Barack Obama, in his first appearance on “Fox News Sunday” – ending a 772 day-silent treatment toward the talk show – confirmed what has been obvious: no more debates with Hillary Clinton before the May 6 primaries.

The Democratic… read full story

The Superdels’ Game

26 April 2008 |permalink | email article

The Financial Times today has an interview with Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean who says the Democratic race for president will come down to superdels’ perception of electability.

“I do not think in the long run it will… read full story

Will Obama Change?

25 April 2008 |permalink | email article

Since Clinton’s big win in Pennsylvania this week the incessant political chatter within the cable-news commentariat, the blogosphere, and in both parties has been whether Obama is really tough enough and may be losing his groove as a change… read full story

Clintonian Politics:Two Views

24 April 2008 |permalink | email article

One of Clinton’s Laws of Politics is this: If one candidate’s trying to scare you and the other one’s trying to get you to think; if one candidate’s appealing to your fears and the other one’s appealing to your… read full story

Decisive Win, Still a Long Shot

23 April 2008 |permalink | email article

Hillary Clinton scored a clear victory over Barack Obama in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, keeping her bid for the Democratic nomination alive as she struggles to raise money and score twin victories on May 6 to keep the dream of… read full story

It’s The Delegates, Stupid

22 April 2008 |permalink | email article

James Carville’s famous motto, describing Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential win – “It’s the Economy, Stupid” – takes on new meaning as Hillary Clinton tries to win the Pennsylvania primary and defiantly keep her slim hopes alive for the Democratic… read full story

Radical Ties and Smears

21 April 2008 |permalink | email article

George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC’s “This Week,” for the second time within a week, has become a controversial player in the tense Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama race. As a key aide in Bill Clinton’s 1992 victory, any hint of favoritism… read full story

Hillary’s Maximum Test

19 April 2008 |permalink | email article

The expectation is Clinton will win Tuesday’s Democratic primary in Pennsylvania. But the question remains what margin of victory is needed in terms of pledged delegates and the popular vote for her to persuade uncommitted superdelegates not to stop… read full story

Gotcha Debate Blowback

18 April 2008 |permalink | email article

* David Brooks, conservative New York Times columnist: “I thought the questions were excellent,” giving ABC an “A.”

* Mark Halperin, of ABC News and Time: “B+ for Obama: Subdued and secure, but often peevish and cross, seemingly… read full story

Philly Debate Not Substantive

17 April 2008 |permalink | email article

The Philadelphia debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton was the last of 21 in an insufferably long Democratic campaign. It was the worst in memory, a disgraceful and unbalanced performance by ABC News’ Charles Gibson and George Stephanopolous… read full story

Much Ado About ‘Bittergate’

16 April 2008 |permalink | email article

Hillary Clinton’s attack on Barack Obama for his alleged lack of faith in American values, labeling his description of ‘bitter’ voters in small-town Pennsylvania as “elitist, out of touch and patronizing,” was purely calculated to sidetrack his march toward… read full story

Hillary’s Hypocrisy

15 April 2008 |permalink | email article

Asked whether she really believes Barack Obama is an elitist, Hillary Clinton called him “a good man.” But she also noted that Al Gore and John Kerry lost the 2000 and 2004 elections “because they were viewed as being… read full story

Carter, Gore: End Clinton Bid?

14 April 2008 |permalink | email article

Scotland’s national newspaper reported Sunday that former President Jimmy Carter and former Vice President Al Gore “are being lined up to deliver the coup de grace to Hillary Clinton and end her campaign to become president.”

Chris Stephen, the… read full story

Matthews: Hard Ball Hit

13 April 2008 |permalink | email article

Sunday’s New York Times Magazine cover offers a revealing profile on Chris Matthews, the bombastic host of MSNBC’s “Hardball” by Mark Leibovich, which views him unfavorably with other cable personalities.

The article dissects the self-important Matthews, an ardent Democratic… read full story

Women and Campaign ‘08

12 April 2008 |permalink | email article

Notes from an observer:

*** Sir Elton John, who raised $2.5 million at a New York concert to help replenish Hillary Clinton’s diminished coffers: “I never cease to be amazed by the misogynistic attitude of some people in this… read full story

Pennsylvania Update

11 April 2008 |permalink | email article

Polls continue to indicate the Democratic presidential race is tightening before Pennsylvania’s primary on April 22, a CNN average of recent polls calculated on Thursday has shown.

Hillary Clinton’s lead over Barack Obama has dwindled to 4 points, 46… read full story

Is Iran Next?

11 April 2008 |permalink | email article

Bush, with his presidency losing altitude, has started to make an unmistakable case for a new war that will be fought under the next commander-in-chief. As for Iraq there will be no endgame or faster troop withdrawal.

“Iraq is… read full story

Olympics and Human Rights

10 April 2008 |permalink | email article

The Olympics torch relay protest in San Francisco is an instant U.S. metaphor to protest China’s record on human rights abuses.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown first said he would not attend the opening ceremony in Beijing on August… read full story

Pennsylvania Minus 13

09 April 2008 |permalink | email article

Trade is the No. 1 issue in the Keystone State according to Teamsters president James P. Hoffa who is backing Barack Obama. The ouster of Clinton chief strategist Mark Penn for advising Columbia on a free trade pact may… read full story

Penn’s Conflict Problem

08 April 2008 |permalink | email article

When Mark Penn failed to deliver a knockout blow by Super Tuesday with his “strength and electability” slogan Bill and Hillary Clinton should have taken notice. But, obsessed with the inevitability of a White House restoration, they remained clueless. … read full story

Clinton: I Criticized War Before Obama

07 April 2008 |permalink | email article

With Gen. David Petraeus before Congress again this week Clinton makes the shocking assertion that she, not                                            … read full story

Wake-Up Call

06 April 2008 |permalink | email article

George Bush, as if awakening from a long sleep, is suddenly giving serious attention to Afghanistan, five years after his ill-fated invasion of Iraq instead of a concentrated effort to defeat the Taliban who protected Osama Bin Laden and… read full story

Clueless in Romania

05 April 2008 |permalink | email article

When President Bush, America’s first M.B.A. president, conceded at a February news conference that he had not heard about predictions of $4-a-gallon gasoline it was apparent he was not fully in touch about the housing and credit crunch.

“He’s… read full story

Trillion-Dollar War

04 April 2008 |permalink | email article

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the enormous costs of the Iraq war threatens the economy and questions why the military in Iraq and Americans back home pay more for gasoline than the Iraqis are.

The Bush administration refuses to give… read full story

Fear and Loathing

03 April 2008 |permalink | email article

(1) Harold Ickes, Clinton’s chief delegate hunter, chats up undecided superdelegates to influence them about the Rev. Wright scandal. The race-tinged story line is that an Obama win costs the Democrats the presidency because Republicans will play the patriotism… read full story

Tax Returns: Obama, Clinton, McCain

02 April 2008 |permalink | email article

Financial disclosure has emerged as a defining issue in the countdown to the presidential election in November. Transparency does matter.

Barack Obama, one of the Democratic finalists who previously released his 2006 tax return, last month released seven years’… read full story

Richardson: Rules of the Game

01 April 2008 |permalink | email article

Speculation remains intense about whether there may have been a deal which led Bill Richardson to endorse Barack Obama.

John Dickerson, Slate’s chief political correspondent, had an interesting take last week about what may have made Richardson, a former… read full story

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