Two Faces of Mac

31 May 2008 |permalink | email article

John McCain was passionately for the war in Iraq from Day One in 2003 long before he began to question its management three years later.

McCain’s fall guy then was former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld who resigned in 2006.… read full story

Hillary’s Last Stand?

30 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Tomorrow the Rules Committee of the Democratic National Committee meets to determine the fate of Florida and Michigan rogue delegations at the August convention in Denver – a meeting certain to be contentious with the candidacy of Hillary Clinton… read full story

Obama: The New Facebook Politics

29 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Andrew Sullivan, an Atlantic senior editor, addresses the significance of Obama’s web-based insurgency in terms of fundraising and organization in the May 25 edition of TimesOnline.UK 

Excerpts:

There is only one answer to Obama’s financial success: the internet.… read full story

McClellan’s Shocking Memoir

28 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, in a memoir to be published on Monday, offers a stinging critique of President Bush as “veering terribly off course,” not “open and forthright on Iraq,” and taking a “permanent campaign approach”… read full story

Surrogate in Chief

27 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Bill Clinton’s hyperbole in trying to assure a White House restoration reached a new level of intensity and paranoia Sunday in South Dakota.

He claimed some were trying to “cover up” Senator Clinton’s chances of winning key states for… read full story

End Game: Clinton vs Pelosi?

26 May 2008 |permalink | email article

The Democratic National Committee’s rules committee meets Saturday with Hillary Clinton determined to turn the seating of the rogue Florida and Michigan delegations into what the Huntington Post described as a cause celebre – connected to her push to… read full story

Opinion: Hillary and John

25 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Obama now has the perfect excuse not to pick Hillary as his running mate. She has been too unseemly in her desire to be on the scene if he trips, or gets hit with a devastating story. He may… read full story

‘Appeasement’ Debate

25 May 2008 |permalink | email article

James A. Baker, former President George H.W. Bush’s secretary of state, addressed the festering issue head on last October in an interview:

“Diplomacy involves talking with your enemies. You don’t reward your enemies necessarily by talking with them if… read full story

McCain’s Pastor Problem

23 May 2008 |permalink | email article

When Barack Obama appeared recently on NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator Tim Russert spent the first 18 minutes grilling him anew about a troubled relationship with his former pastor Jeremiah Wright.

The question remains why John McCain, a frequent… read full story

New National Poll Averages

22 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Terry McAuliffe, Clinton’s national chairman and chief fundraiser, continues to suggest she’s the best candidate to win the nomination and defeat John McCain in the fall. Not quite accurate.

First, the RealClearPolitics average spread of five national polls had… read full story

Obama Gets Closer, Clinton Fights On

21 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Barack Obama, routed in Kentucky but winning big in Oregon, clinches the pledged delegate majority in a giant step toward the Democratic presidential nomination.

Hillary Clinton still believes she can prevail by winning the popular vote and will… read full story

Trusting Rove’s Math

20 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Hillary Clinton seemed more like a political evangelist than ever on the eve of the Kentucky primary which she will win big.

She preached about what she would do on Day One in the Oval Office, make sure everyone… read full story

Missing William F. Buckley, Jr.

20 May 2008 |permalink | email article

George Packer’s “The Fall of Conservatism” in the current New Yorker chronicles the disillusionment of a younger generation of conservatives about the sorry state of their party, the lack of ideas and a prediction of a “well deserved”… read full story

Winding Down, Talks Begin

19 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Primaries tomorrow in Kentucky and Oregon will see Hillary Clinton winning big in the Bluegrass State; Barack Obama, drawing 75,000 yesterday in Portland, rolls in the Beaver State.

That leaves only primary balloting in Montana and South Dakota… read full story

Change is on the Way

18 May 2008 |permalink | email article

A Mississippi Democrat won a special election to Congress last week, the third victory in recent months for seats long held by Republicans.

The win, despite the discredited Dick Cheney campaigning for the loser who tried to tie his… read full story

McCain’s World

17 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Sunday’s New York Times Magazine has an insightful profile by Matt Bai, “The McCain Doctrines,” about the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s inner journey – notably both against and for American military intervention abroad.

Excerpts:

*** In these skirmishes, McCain… read full story

McCain: Hypocrisy About Hamas

17 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Two years ago, in an interview with Jamie Rubin for Sky News, the old John McCain suggested he was willing to negotiate with the terrorist group Hamas – the same group the new John McCain is now using to… read full story

Appeasement or Ignorance?

16 May 2008 |permalink | email article

President Bush, in a speech to the Israeli Parliament on Thursday comparing those who would negotiate with Iran and radical Islamic groups to appeasers of the Nazis, has directly inserted himself in the American presidential campaign as a prop… read full story

Waiting for Al

15 May 2008 |permalink | email article

The big question is whether Al Gore will really wait until the primary contest is finished on June 3 to announce his endorsement for president.

Meanwhile, evidence mounts that the Democratic Party is coalescing around Barack Obama who picked… read full story

Edwards as Closer

15 May 2008 |permalink | email article

The endorsement of John Edwards strengthens the effort of Barack Obama to rally the Democratic Party around his candidacy and perhaps speed up an end to the long nomination fight.

The atmosphere in a Grand Rapids, Mich. arena,… read full story

What Does She Want?

14 May 2008 |permalink | email article

A predictable win for Hillary Clinton in West Virginia comes too late for her to change the course of the nomination battle. Barack Obama held an almost insurmountable lead of 178 delegates before yesterday.

But Clinton, with Bill… read full story

Carville Opines

14 May 2008 |permalink | email article

James Carville, who ran Bill Clinton’s famous 1992 “war room” and has been one of Hillary Clinton’s chief defenders, all but declared on Monday that Barack Obama is “likely” to become the Democratic presidential nominee.

Addressing students at… read full story

A Pyrrhic Victory

13 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Hillary Clinton wins the West Virginia primary today by up to 30% in a rout, with Barack Obama already conceding defeat. 

She believes it will be a turning point in the race and points to John
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The Limbaugh Effect

12 May 2008 |permalink | email article

As serious questions arise about the impact of talk-radio, conservative
ideologue Rush Limbaugh is testing buzz to the limit, thrilled by the success of his mischief-making ‘Operation Chaos’ plan to keep the Democratic presidential campaign in disarray.… read full story

Superdelegates Shift To Obama

10 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton move in radically opposite directions as the Democratic nomination battle winds down.

His campaign is pivoting into a general election strategy beginning with a 50-state registration drive starting this weekend.

Called “Vote for Change”… read full story

Clinton and Race

09 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Is Hillary Clinton, in an appeal to superdelegates, consumed with splitting the Democratic Party along racial lines and demonizing Barack Obama to keep alive her sense of entitlement and a Clinton restoration?

Her obsessive argument on Wednesday, to… read full story

The Long Goodbye

08 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Hillary Clinton remains defiant and vows not to quit until there is a Democratic nominee. It oddly reminds of Bill Clinton’s definition of the meaning of “is” in another context. 

For the moment, as Barack Obama ignores her… read full story

A Presumptive Nominee

07 May 2008 |permalink | email article

As Obama moves closer to the Democratic presidential nomination after a landslide win in North Carolina, a solid pledged-delegate margin and his restored big lead in the popular vote after a razor-thin loss in Indiana, Clinton faces daunting challenges… read full story

Follow The Math

06 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Conventional wisdom, with nearly half of all the remaining delegates to be determined today, is that Obama wins North Carolina and Clinton takes Indiana.

Clinton needs to win one contest to stay alive; Obama can essentially lock down… read full story

Striking Iran

05 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Clinton and Obama clashed Sunday as she defended her comment that the U.S. would “obliterate” Iran if it ever launched a nuclear strike on Israel.

While backing off the word “obliterate “soon after she made it last month in… read full story

Pro Obama

04 May 2008 |permalink | email article

The Charlotte Observer, North Carolina’s largest newspaper, endorses Obama before Tuesday’s primary. So does the influential Louisville Courier-Journal, in advance of the May 20 Democratic primary in Kentucky.

Add actor/activist Tom Hanks, a contributor to both the Clinton and… read full story

Hillary’s Gas-Tax Gamble

04 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Rare in the policy showdown between Obama and Clinton is how infrequently both have been willing to engage in a savage encounter on the political battlefield.

Finally, a week before primaries in North Carolina and Indiana, a significant policy… read full story

McCain on Iraq Oil

03 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Here’s a blockbuster quote from John McCain at a town hall event in Colorado on Saturday which will become an instant issue in the general election:

“My friends, I will have an energy policy that we are talking about,… read full story

Endorsements, Sunday Talk

03 May 2008 |permalink | email article

The conservative Indianapolis Star, Indiana’s biggest paper, gives a tepid endorsement to Clinton, suggests she’s pandering on the gas tax holiday and flays her ties to the former president’s political machine. Obama, it opines, lacks enough experience.

How… read full story

Mission Accomplished, Fawning Media

02 May 2008 |permalink | email article

From a post by Bill in Portland, Maine in dailykos.com about how some big media names blindly bought into the end-of war-in Iraq banner featuring President Bush for his aircraft carrier photo-op on May 1, 2003:

“[T]he president… read full story

McCain-Clinton Gas Tax Break

01 May 2008 |permalink | email article

Soaring gas prices have led two of the three presidential candidates to engage in the worst kind of cynical pandering by appealing for votes from millions of concerned drivers seeking tax relief.

Hillary Clinton and John McCain, aware of… read full story

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