Tuesday, March 25, 2008

CBS News Exposes Hillary's Vivid Imagination

No matter which way you slice it, this looks bad for Hillary. Doesn't she employ people to check these things before she goes around spinning yarns about Bosnian sniper fire?

Friday, March 21, 2008

UPDATE: Richardson to Endorse Obama

Thank you, Bill Richardson. The New Mexico Governor is expected to endorse Obama tomorrow at a rally in Portland, Oregon. Will John Edwards soon follow?

"IMPRUDENT CURIOUSITY": State Department Employees Fired for Viewing Obama's Passport Info

Two State Department employees have been fired for improperly (read: illegally) viewing Senator Obama's passport files. The offenses occurred on three separate dates, Jan. 9, Feb. 21, and Mar. 14, and in three separate offices across the country. The employees from the first two incidents have been terminated. The employee in the third incident is in disciplinary proceedings.

By no means am I trying to offer up some conspiracy theory. If the Clintons or anyone else wanted access to Obama's private information, I'm sure they have much more nefarious ways of getting to it. (Skull and Bones, anyone?) Besides, how many State Department employees probably do this all the time? I'm sure plenty of water-cooler conversation has centered around the passport files of Brad Pitt.

For the time being, hopefully this will shift the news cycle away from the tiresome chatter about Rev. Wright.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A More Perfect Union

I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together – unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction – towards a better future for of children and our grandchildren.

Full text here.

Philadelphia Speech: Live Stream at 10:15 a.m. EST

Click here for a live stream of today's speech.

Race and Identity Politics

Barack Obama is set to make a speech in Philadelphia today to put to rest the racial rhetoric that has surrounded the campaign over the past week. While I don't think it's fair to expect any one speech to settle the issues in this campaign, it should send a clear message that the Obama remains true to its principles of unity. From this point out, further divisive politics from the Clintons will look exceedingly desperate.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Obama Dispells Clinton's "Dream Ticket"

It's a wise choice for Barack Obama to address Clinton's joint ticket idea directly. The entire notion is ridiculous, and as Obama points out here, it makes no sense for Clinton to cry out about how inexperienced he is, only to claim days later that he would make an outstanding vice president.

Obama Dispells Clinton's Joint Ticket Dream

It's a wise choice to address this joint ticket issue directly. In this clip, Obama points out the absurdity of Clinton's desire to have him as a VP. If he's so inexperienced, then why would she want him as a running mate?

Obama: I am running for President of the United States

It's a wise choice for Barack Obama to take on the joint-ticket issue directly. It basically undermines Clinton's entire "he's too inexperienced" line. He's too inexperienced, but she wants him to be one heartbeat away from the presidency?

UPDATE: Obama Wins Mississippi by 25 Points!

Mississippi voters spoke loud and clear Tuesday night, letting the entire country know which candidate they think is in first place. Barack Obama took the victory by a nearly 2-1 margin.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Obama Wins Wyoming by 20 Points, Clintons Clamor for Joint Ticket

Congratulations to those volunteers in Wyoming who helped the Obama campaign to a 20 point victory Saturday!

Meanwhile, Bill Clinton echoed his wife's calls for a joint ticket Saturday, saying that a Clinton-Obama ticket would be "almost unstoppable." Quite the change of tune from just a couple weeks ago when the Clintons were saying that Obama should be ashamed of himself.

Why are the Clinton's suddenly making such a big fuss about a joint ticket after their wins in Ohio and Texas last Tuesday? If those two wins were so big, wouldn't they be more fervent than ever about attacking Obama? Not quite.

After Tuesdays results, and especially after today's Obama win in Wyoming, it is painfully clear to the Clinton campaign that a pledged delegate lead is next to impossible. At this point, the best they can hope for is a mass exodus of super-delegates from the Obama side to the Clinton side. They are hoping to encourage such change of hearts by harping about what a great joint ticket Clinton-Obama would be. Their hope is that if we end up with a brokered convention, then the powers-that-be will see the "wisdom" in having Clinton on the top of the ticket.

What they fail to see is that votes for Obama are votes against the same old politics that the Clintons represent. A Clinton-Obama ticket would disenfranchise the millions of voters who have been participating in the Obama campaign precisely because it represents a new direction in American politics. Likewise, if Obama were to choose Clinton as his running mate, it would undermine his calls for change.

The joint ticket conversation is a last ditch effort on the part of the Clintons to wheel and deal their way into the White House. Fortunately, pledged delegates and super delegates are already making their choice, and in record numbers: In 2008, change is the name of the game.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Michigan, Florida "Do-Over" Jeopardizes Democratic White House Hopes

Naturally, the Clintons are clamoring to have the Michigan and Florida delegates seated at the convention. The latest discussion surrounding the issue includes the potential for the state parties to hold "re-votes."

"Let's let all of the voters go again if they are willing to do it," Clinton adviser Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday night on MSNBC. "Whatever we have to do to get people in the system, let's do it."

For the love of God, how has our Democracy become so warped that talk of "do-overs" enters the discourse? Is this a kindergarten tetherball game, or a presidential primary?

But wait, we're dealing with the Clintons, who are accustomed to having things their way. As Democratic party overlords, they expect the rules to be re-written for them. Without those delegates, Clinton's only chance of winning the election is to recapture hundreds of superdelegates who have turned their backs on her, pledging their support to Barack Obama.

While Obama certainly has the momentum and financial resources to wage successful campaigns in both states, at this juncture, any further delays in choosing a nominee only emboldens the opposition. For the sake of unity, and consistency, let's not waste time with "do-overs." New contests in Michigan and Florida likely wouldn't take place until June, giving the Republicans nearly two more months to prey on the indecisiveness of the Democratic party.

If the Clintons were winning, would we be hearing about "do-overs?"

Clinton Wins First States Since Super Tuesday, Snapping Obama's 11 State Win-Streak

After losing 11 states in a row, Hillary Clinton finally managed to pull out victories in Ohio and Rhode Island. Obama won Vermont handily. Texas, as of 12:11 a.m. EST, remains to close to call.
Talking heads are going to work especially hard to spin Clinton as the "Comeback Kid." Haven't we heard this before? Let's remember that the cable news networks are out there to sell advertisements. The appearance of a close race sells more adds than reality. Reality, in this case, is that Obama ends the day with basically the same dramatic lead he started with.

Let's not forget that until today, Clinton had lost 11 states in a row. She had not claimed a victory since Super Tuesday. In order to win tonight, she had to lend her own campaign $5 million, and use that cash to implement race-based smear campaigns and broadcast fear-mongering advertisements.

Some Obama supporters will make the claim that the primaries are about winning delegates, not states. The fact is, it's about winning delegates and states. Right now, Obama has more of both.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

UPDATE: Obama Wins Vermont, Leads in Texas; Close Race in Ohio

Click here for live coverage from CNN.

Click here for live coverage from C-SPAN.

Does it End Tonight?

This could prove to be the definitive night in the 2008 democratic primary season. The burden is on Hillary Clinton to deliver decisive victories in Texas and Ohio in order to maintain a chance at the nomination.

Curious how the Texas and Ohio primaries work? Click here.

For interviews with voters in key states, courtesy of NPR, click here.

Click here for live coverage from Reuters.

Results should begin rolling in within a couple hours. Stay tuned.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Hillary's Last Stand

Welcome to the start of a potentially historic week in U.S. politics. Top Democrats continue to pressure Clinton to drop out of the race if fails to win Texas and Ohio, fearing that a stubborn push could damage the party's chances in November.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Clinton 3 a.m. (Remix) feat. The Facts

Hillary's 3 a.m. ad, a desperate ploy to scare up votes before Tuesday, has spawned a cottage industry of edits and spoofs on YouTube. Here's on of my favorites.

It's been quiet around here lately as I've been taking care of some school and work related business, but tune in on Tuesday for Texas and Ohio.

Enjoy your weekend.