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  • The First Black President?

    02/21/2008 9:02:16 AM PST · by bs9021 · 29 replies · 94+ views
    Campus Report ^ | February 21, 2008 | Emmanuel Opati
    The First Black President? by: Emmanuel Opati, February 21, 2008 The rise of Barack Obama on the national political scene has inevitably rejuvenated a debate as to who was the first black President. Author Toni Morrison argued that, figuratively, Bill Clinton was the first black President; Lucas Morel believes otherwise. Lucas Morel, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University, says that “to the contrary of Toni Morrison, Abraham Lincoln not William Jefferson Clinton was our first black President and deserves to be studied and celebrated as an integral contributor to black progress in American History.” “No American...
  • Stop Obama

    02/20/2008 10:04:54 PM PST · by Jamal McCoy · 81 replies · 977+ views
    Stop Obama ^ | today | Sweet Talker
    When Will Anyone Ask Him Tough Questions? Or stupid and naive questions like Did you vote against the war in Iraq, Mr. Obama?
  • Even blowing his nose, Obama gets applause

    02/20/2008 4:57:56 PM PST · by jdm · 70 replies · 481+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | Feb. 20, 2008 | by John McCormick
    DALLAS – It's probably safe to say that you have arrived as a politician when your audience applauds when you blow your nose. Yes, just a day before a debate in Texas, Sen. Barack Obama has a head cold. And about a half-hour into a speech here, the Illinois Democrat announced that he had to take a quick break. "Gotta blow my nose here for a second," Obama said. ~~snip~~ The near-capacity audience at the Reunion Arena, which his campaign said totaled 17,000, broke out in a slightly awkward applause.
  • Heilemann: Clinton to Bring the Hammer Down After Her Wisconsin Drubbing

    02/20/2008 12:23:18 PM PST · by bshomoic · 49 replies · 446+ views
    2/20/08 3:17 AM Heilemann: Clinton to Bring the Hammer Down After Her Wisconsin Drubbing . . . The final array of implications involves the tenor of the campaign that Clinton will wage between now and the Ohio and Texas primaries on March 4. Over the past few days, her operation has begun to sharpen the “contrasts” between HRC and BHO. Rightly or wrongly, her people simply do not believe they can do much now to change her fundamental message on the positive side: that she’s readier than Obama to assume the presidency on day one; that she’s a fighter for...
  • ON DEADLINE: Race is Obama's to lose (It's panic-button time.)

    02/20/2008 12:48:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 120+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/20/08 | Ron Fournier - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Democratic nomination is now Barack Obama's to lose. After 10 consecutive defeats — including a heartbreaker in tailor-made Wisconsin on Tuesday — Hillary Rodham Clinton can't win the nomination unless Obama makes a major mistake or her allies reveal something damaging about the Illinois senator's background. Don't count her out quite yet, but Wisconsin revealed deep and destructive fractures in the Clinton coalition. It's panic-button time. That explains why Clinton's aides accused Obama of plagiarism for delivering a speech that included words that had first been uttered by Deval Patrick, the Massachusetts governor and a friend of...
  • "Barack Will Never Allow You to Go Back to Your Lives as Usual." (YES IT CAN get creepier)

    02/20/2008 11:49:06 AM PST · by SE Mom · 243 replies · 439+ views
    The Campaign Spot at NRO ^ | 20 February 2008 | Jim Geraghty
    "Barack Will Never Allow You to Go Back to Your Lives as Usual." Last night I appeared on Hugh's show, and his producer Duane mentioned a Michelle Obama speech at UCLA. Captain Ed talked about this a bit, but I hadn't seen anyone transcribe the part of the speech where it gets a little... unnerving. It starts at about 8:41 in the audio. Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort...
  • Israeli Actress Supplies Hebrew For Obama Video (Yeahhh, She's A Hottie Alert)

    02/20/2008 11:40:39 AM PST · by goldstategop · 73 replies · 8,372+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/20/2008 | Jacob Berkman
    In what is likely to be remembered as the first YouTube presidential campaign, perhaps the most talked about video has been singer's celebrity-dotted homage to the "Yes We Can" mantra of Barack Obama. The video features split-screen images of several prominent celebrities, past and present, singing alongside clips of Obama's victory speech in South Carolina. For those listening closely and with an ear for Hebrew, it's one of the lesser known, albeit just as eye-catching, performers who stands out: Israeli-born actress Maya Rubin. Twice in the video, Rubin can be heard saying "kein anu yecholim" - Hebrew for "Yes...
  • When hope is not enough

    02/20/2008 11:12:33 AM PST · by shineon · 9 replies · 40+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | December 9, 2007 | Joan Vennochi
    BARACK OBAMA is promising to change politics as usual in America. As Massachusetts already knows, that can be one tough promise to keep. more stories like this Last year, Deval Patrick promised to do the same, when he ran for governor. Voters bought the message, making him the first Democrat in 16 years to win the corner office, and the first black candidate to do so. Symbolically, Patrick's election represented dramatic change for this commonwealth. But his first year in office shows that it can be hard to get beyond being the face of change, to actually changing politics. Viewed...
  • Lets take her out once and for all

    02/20/2008 11:19:43 AM PST · by Colt_45cal · 124 replies · 159+ views
    2-20-08 | Colt 45cal
    CALLING ON ALL REPUBLICANS IN THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS Last night Hillery said she was "ready to defeat the Republicans" I say we have a rare opportunity to take her on directly, and take her out. The state of Texas has open voting. We should all tell/plead/beg our friends and family in Texas to "pimp" ourselves out for one day. Vote Obama and sweep that woman into the dust bin of history. Here's our chance republicans - why do you hesitate? Like it or not, Maverick is our horse. His nomination is sure. Lets use our vote wisely on...
  • Funny, Obama Supporter Can't Name One Accomplishment (VIDEO)

    02/20/2008 11:15:21 AM PST · by Nony · 37 replies · 65+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | February 20, 2008 | Chris Matthews
    This is just funny. I almost enjoyed watching Chris Matthews here.
  • Obama camp slams Clinton ‘lunacy'

    02/20/2008 11:19:49 AM PST · by kingattax · 31 replies · 57+ views
    Politico ^ | February 20, 2008 | Mike Allen
    Obama campaign manager David Plouffe argued to reporters Wednesday that the Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign has virtually no hope of moving ahead in the delegate count after the climactic Texan and Ohio primaries two weeks from now. “This is a wide, wide lead right now,” Plouffe said on a conference call following Sen. Barack Obama’s blowout win in the Wisconsin primary on Tuesday. “I am amused when he Clinton campaign continues to say: 'Well, it’s essentially a tie.' I mean, that’s just lunacy. We have opened up a big and meaningful pledged delegate lead. They are going to have to...
  • Proud Michelle vs. Proud Cindy (note: Michelle left off "really" in Milwaukee)

    MILWAUKEE -- Michelle Obama made two separate remarks in Wisconsin on Monday declaring a new pride she has felt in her country -- comments that today came under oblique attack from another would-be first lady, Cindy McCain. At a midday event on Monday in Milwaukee, Obama said, "For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback." A few hours later in Madison, she made a similar point, although with some adjustments to her language: "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud...

    02/20/2008 11:04:42 AM PST · by moopie1 · 29 replies · 32+ views
    Name One Accomplishment’: Clinton Quick to Tout MSNBC Obama Backer Slam
  • Change We Can Believe In

    02/20/2008 10:59:52 AM PST · by Hillary'sMoralVoid · 9 replies · 49+ views
    If all he can come up with is recycled, if not plagerized, rhetoric, does Obama really represent "Change We Can Believe In"???
  • Not Buying It (Barack Obama attempts to spin his wife's remarks about not being proud of the US)

    02/20/2008 10:26:02 AM PST · by jdm · 90 replies · 571+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 20, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    Michelle Obama's comments about her pride in America have apparently put her husband on the defensive. Barack Obama tried to spin the comments made by Mrs. Obama in Milwaukee on Monday as relating only to politics, but the quote speaks for itself: Barack Obama, interviewed on WOAI radio in San Antonio, Texas, expressed frustration that his wife's comments became political fodder. "Statements like this are made and people try to take it out of context and make a great big deal out of it, and that isn't at all what she meant," Obama said. "What she meant was, this is...

    02/20/2008 8:42:59 AM PST · by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh · 42 replies · 28+ views
    NBC MSNBC ^ | 2-20-08 | Abby Livingston
    Prior to Hillary Clinton’s speech last night in was Obama supporters for whom Buffenbarger saved his most vitriolic contempt... “Give me a break! I've got news for all the latte-drinking, Prius- driving, Birkenstock-wearing, trust fund babies crowding in to hear him speak! This guy won't last a round against the Republican attack machine. He's a poet, not a fighter.”
  • Obama: Most Liberal Senator In 2007

    02/20/2008 7:14:42 AM PST · by TinaJeannes · 17 replies · 60+ views
    National Journal ^ | Jan. 31, 2008 | By Brian Friel, Richard E. Cohen and Kirk Victor
    Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was the most liberal senator in 2007, according to National Journal's 27th annual vote ratings. The insurgent presidential candidate shifted further to the left last year in the run-up to the primaries, after ranking as the 16th- and 10th-most-liberal during his first two years in the Senate.
  • New Pro-Clinton 527 to Ding Obama in Ohio

    02/20/2008 7:35:14 AM PST · by Miss Behave · 59 replies · 163+ views
    ABC News online Political Punch ^ | 2/20/08 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News has learned that a group of Democratic politicos have set up a new independent 527 organization called the American Leadership Project (ALP) with the express purpose of helping Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, beat Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, in Ohio, and possibly Texas and Pennsylvania as well. Free from campaign finance rules, ALP will not be legally permitted to coordinate with the Clinton campaign, but it is clearly intended to help her. The group is targeting through TV ads, mail, and phone communications white women under 50 in the Ohio area -- specifically Cleveland, Columbus, Youngstown, Charleston (WV), Wheeling-...
  • Minnesota Man Claims He Took Drugs & Had Sex with Barack Obama in 1999

    02/20/2008 7:15:31 AM PST · by Pinetop · 297 replies · 1,316+ views
    Barack Obama now faces a new challenge - one that is sure to be much more scandalous than anything he's seen so far. If the allegations are to be believed, it's also a scandal that his campaign has tried to cover up. A Minnesota man has come forth, claiming that he took cocaine in 1999 with Obama, the then-Illinois legislator, and participated in homosexual acts with him. Larry Sinclair, the man making the claims, said his story was ignored by the news media. Still not willing to let this one slip quietly under the rug, Sinclair made a YouTube video...
  • Obama wins Hawaii caucuses

    02/20/2008 1:03:04 AM PST · by Alter Kaker · 83 replies · 364+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 Feb 2008 | Jason George
    Maybe they should've called it " Hawaii 10-0," as Sen. Barack Obama now has ten straight wins after besting Sen. Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's Hawaii caucuses. Neither Obama nor Clinton campaigned in person for Hawaii's 20 delegate votes, but both recently had surrogates in the 50th state -- Clinton employed daughter Chelsea and Obama had half-sister Maya Soetero-Ng appear on his behalf. Obama, who was born and spent part of his youth on Hawaii, ran radio ads in recent weeks stressing his "native son" credentials. On Tuesday night, in an e-mail to his supporters before the Hawaii victory was announced,...
  • Michelle Obama Unplugged

    02/20/2008 6:56:44 AM PST · by bocopar · 64 replies · 96+ views
    Outside The Wire ^ | 2/20/08 | Bob Parks
    I must admit, up until yesterday most of us were hoping the Republican nominee for president would go up against Hillary Clinton. She has the obvious negatives and would be a statue of a sparring partner for her GOP opponent to beat up on. The Barack Obama tidal wave was, and still is, a disciplined, Pied Piper-like phenomenon that enjoys the love and admiration of his supporters and media alike. As I said, that is, until yesterday. Remember the damage an unleashed Teresa Heinz Kerry did to her husband’s campaign. Yesterday, Michelle Obama may have started down that same road,...
  • Make It 10 Straight Wins: Obama Crushes Clinton In WI & HI -- Now What?

    02/19/2008 11:56:08 PM PST · by yorkie · 66 replies · 115+ views
    411 Mania ^ | 2/20/08
    Obama wins include very trouble signs for Clinton... Barack Obama continued his winning streak last night, winning the Wisconsin primary by over 15 points and destroying Hillary Clinton in the Hawaii caucus. Wisconsin was a state that Clinton really has no excuse for losing. Demographically, it was perfect for a Clinton win -- lots of seniors, lots of low income voters, lots of union households, very few African Americans -- and for her to not only lose but get crushed in a state so favorable to her may be a sign that her campaign is now crumbling.
  • CNN shows Obama over Clinton 77% to 23% in HI, 8% reporting

    02/19/2008 11:57:57 PM PST · by dayglored · 52 replies · 193+ views ^ | Feb 20, 2008 | (none given) shows Obama 77% to Clinton 23%.
  • I urge Republicans to vote for Hillary on March 4

    02/20/2008 12:09:03 AM PST · by squidly · 164 replies · 2,579+ views
    2/20/08 | me, blatant vanity
    Hillary's campaign is obviously foundering. Only a victory in the March 4 primaries can save her. More to the point, if she wins on March 4, in Ohio and Texas, it will force a brokered Democrat Convention, and this would be the thing to throw the party into turmoil. A Hillary win in Pennsylvania on April 22 will help even more. Also on March 4 is Rhode Island and Vermont. A brokered convention is the thing that can rip the Democrat Party apart. The Obama-maniacs would lose faith, realizing that they've been screwed, and Republicans can benefit. Then, many of...
  • Obama in San Antonio: immigration shouldn't be 'political football' (non-pandering ALERT)

    02/19/2008 7:16:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies · 201+ views
    News 8 Austin ^ | 2/19/08
    Obama in San Antonio: immigration shouldn't be 'political football'2/19/2008 8:16 PM By: Associated Press SAN ANTONIO -- Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama said that immigration should not be used as "a political football." The Illinois Senator addressed a rally in a heavily Hispanic neighborhood in San Antonio Tuesday. Obama said security of the border has to be combined with a pathway to citizenship for people who are already in America. Obama and Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton will be debate Thursday night in Austin. The Texas primaries are March 4. Obama is expected to hold a rally Tuesday night in...
  • McCain's Not A Conservative, But That's OK

    02/19/2008 11:06:14 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 143 replies · 287+ views
    CBS News ^ | Feb. 19, 2008 | Daniel Oliver.
    National Review Online: Despite The Senator's Policies, He Is Better Than Democratic Alternative John McCain is not a conservative, but I will vote for him anyway. Meanwhile, Senator Barack Obama has been named the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate by National Journal. Senator Hillary Clinton can't be far behind. Against them, Senator McCain would seem the obvious choice for conservatives. But some of them think a term or two in the political wilderness would be beneficial. Conservatives have been here before. As National Review said in 1972, "There are those, including some of our colleagues, who believe that...
  • Clinton Fingerprints On Plagiarism Flap

    02/19/2008 6:55:05 PM PST · by mdittmar · 19 replies · 121+ views
    cbs ^ | Feb. 19, 2008 | ap
    (AP) Hillary Rodham Clinton says reporters, not her campaign, uncovered evidence of Democratic rival Barack Obama sharing speech lines with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. She made the claim Tuesday despite the fact her campaign posted video clips on YouTube illustrating similarities in the speeches and has suggested in several instances that the shared lines amount to plagiarism. THE SPIN: "It's not us making this charge, it's the media," Clinton told Honolulu television station KITV Tuesday. "The media is finally examining my opponent which I think is important. We're trying to pick a president, someone for the toughest job in the world."
  • Some 11th-Hour Advice to the Harvard Power Couple (Victor Davis Hanson on the Obamas)

    02/19/2008 6:54:45 PM PST · by SE Mom · 118 replies · 229+ views
    The Corner at NRO ^ | 19 February 2008 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Re: Michelle Obama's astounding admission that she hitherto had no reason to feel pride in the U.S., and Obama's supposed Biden-like lifting of a campaign refrain from someone else. The problem is deeper than occasional slips. For most of the last 25 years the Obamas' contacts have been largely confined to universities (Occidental, Columbia, Princeton, Harvard, Chicago) as both students and employees, or to government-sponsored social agencies, or to the incestuous world of Chicago minority politics. These landscapes have proven liberal, sympathetic, and non-confrontational. I doubt very seriously in those environments that the Obamas have had any of their sometimes...
  • Obama and Gun Control

    02/19/2008 6:49:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 62 replies · 2,223+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | February 18, 2008 | David Bernstein
    His record isn't likely to win back the rural "pro-gun" voters who've fled to the Republicans in recent years, likely costing Gore the election in 2000. From the Chicago Defender, Dec. 13, 1999: Sweeping federal gun control legislation proposed by Sen. Barack Obama (D-13th) would increase the penalties on gun runners who are flooding Chicago's streets with illegal weapons. At an anti-gun rally held at the Park Manor Christian Church, 600 E. 73rd St., headed by the Rev. James Demus, Obama also said he's backing a resolution being introduced into the City Council by Alds. Toni Preckwinkle (4th), Ted Thomas...
  • It Is Over [Kudlow says: Hillary! is done]

    02/19/2008 10:29:59 PM PST · by Petronski · 194 replies · 336+ views ^ | 2-20-8 | Larry Kudlow
    Please allow me a dose of hardened market realism concerning Obama's landslide victory in Wisconsin. The race is over. Hillary is finished. The Clinton Restoration is over. President Bill Clinton's political invincibility is over. Hillary's electability is over. Obama got to the far Left faster than she did. He out organized her in the precincts. He out fundraised her. He out speechified her. He out-hustled her. He out-dressed her. He out-presidentialed her. He outdid her and he outbid her for votes, one promised government check at a time. A 15-point margin in Wisconsin is incredible. Wisconsin is a lot like...
  • Caption Obama in Texas

    02/19/2008 10:22:34 PM PST · by swampdweller · 51 replies · 119+ views
  • Obama: A Liberal By Any Other Name

    02/19/2008 9:41:27 PM PST · by Hitchens · 9 replies · 67+ views
    Race42008 ^ | February 19, 2008 | DaveG
    ...Especially disturbing and revealing was Obama’s desire to tie the ability to receive federal financial aid to community service. This betrayed the senator’s utter ignorance of economics. It seems to me that the reason we provide federal financial aid as a society is to ensure that the best and the brightest among us actually end up in the professions that each of us is suited for, which in turn allows us to remain competitive in the global marketplace. ...we don’t want a society where only Paris Hilton can afford to go to law school because a nation led by Paris...
  • Clinton says Obama relies on 'words'

    02/19/2008 9:36:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 77+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/19/08 | Beth Fouhy - ap
    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Ignoring her crushing loss in Wisconsin to rival Barack Obama, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton pressed her case Tuesday that the Illinois senator offers little more than talk. "It's about picking a president who relies not just on words, but on work, hard work, to get America back to work," Clinton said at a labor rally here. "Someone who's not just in the speeches business." After his victory speech, Clinton called Obama to congratulate him and the two spoke briefly. The New York senator tried to battle back from her ninth straight loss to Obama since the Super...
  • NBC reprimands employee for using picture of bin Laden behind Obama story

    02/19/2008 9:22:43 PM PST · by peggybac · 22 replies · 364+ views
    NEW YORK - NBC News said Tuesday it has reprimanded the employee responsible for mistakenly flashing a picture of Osama bin Laden on MSNBC as Chris Matthews talked about Barack Obama. "This mistake was inexcusable," MSNBC spokesman Jeremy Gaines said. It happened during the opening of "Hardball" Monday evening. Matthews was previewing a story on the controversy over Obama's use of another politician's words, and a picture of bin Laden briefly flashed on the screen beside him with the headline "Words About Words." The Obama campaign immediately called NBC to complain, and Matthews apologized on the air a few minutes...
  • Obama Wins Wisconsin

    02/19/2008 6:22:13 PM PST · by jern · 746 replies · 1,926+ views
    CNN | CNN
  • Mexican president Calderon met with Obama co-chair (MALDEF too)

    02/19/2008 9:26:44 PM PST · by lonewacko_dot_com · 6 replies · 182+ views
    self/MALDEF press release ^ | 2/19/08 | self/MALDEF press release
    From a MALDEF press release: ...Along with Los Angeles Federation of Labor leader Maria Elena Durazo [also a national co-chair of Barack Obama's campaign] and Los Angeles Neighborhood Legal Services Executive Director Yvonne Maria Jimenez, [Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund] President and General Counsel John Trasvina was the only U.S.-based Latino organization lead to be asked to present to President Calderon during his visit to Los Angeles on Wednesday. Trasvina addressed President Calderon, First Lady Margarita Zavala, cabinet ministers, consular officials and community leaders about MALDEF's work challenging local and state anti-immigrant ordinances and our role in protecting...
  • Obama wins Washington state primary

    02/19/2008 9:30:41 PM PST · by djf · 18 replies · 118+ views
    50% to 47% for Her Heinous. McCain wins on the R side.
  • Need "Obama File"

    02/19/2008 3:37:12 PM PST · by Robe · 22 replies · 106+ views
    Obama File ^ | 02/19/08 | Self
    Need link to the "Obama File " timeline that was posted in a thread recently
  • Obama: I toured home with Rezko

    02/19/2008 3:26:47 PM PST · by Shermy · 14 replies · 53+ views
    Before he bought his South Side mansion in 2005, Sen. Barack Obama took his friend and fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko on a tour of the premises to make sure it was a good deal, Obama's campaign revealed Monday. Weeks after saying he'd answered all questions about his controversial dealings with the now-indicted Rezko, Obama released new details about their purchase of adjacent lots from the same seller on the same day. But the disclosures by Obama's presidential campaign left unanswered questions and raised new ones. Obama was able to buy the house for $300,000 less than the listed price while...
  • Obama Picks Up Votes in Brookfield (Republican Stronghold Wisconsin Town)

    02/19/2008 1:28:48 PM PST · by katieanna · 60 replies · 140+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Feb. 19, 2008 | Journal Sentinel Staff
    In the Republican stronghold of Brookfield, Barack Obama was picking up some support among voters who cast their votes against rival Hillary Rodham Clinton and the war in Iraq. Merry Risch, 47, said the ongoing conflict in the Middle East was swinging her typically Republican family to the other party. "I just don't think that we want to be over there, and they don't want us over there," said Risch, who voted for Obama, along with her 18-year-old daughter and her daughter's boyfriend. John Urban, a 40-year-old anesthesiologist, said he voted for Obama because the Republican race already seems decided...
  • Michelle Obama Takes Heat for Saying She’s ‘Proud of My Country’ for the First Time

    02/19/2008 10:14:31 AM PST · by tobyhill · 112 replies · 100+ views
    fox news ^ | 2/19/2008 | Mosheh Oinounou
    Once again, a Democratic spouse is taking heat for comments on the campaign trail — and this time it isn’t Bill Clinton. It’s Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle, who is under fire from conservatives for saying in Milwaukee, Wis., on Monday: “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m proud of my country.”
  • Which Populist Can Win Wisconsin?

    02/19/2008 9:31:27 AM PST · by jdm · 12 replies · 122+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 19, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    Today. my neighbors in Wisconsin go to the polls in what may be a pointless exercise in delegate selection. Over the last couple of weeks, the campaigns of both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have flooded the state with populist rhetoric, trying to out-sell government solutions to Wisconsin voters. Who can promise enough to win the state? Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama intensified their populist appeals on Monday, responding to widespread economic anxiety and pushing the Democratic Party further from the business-friendly posture once championed by Bill Clinton. Mrs. Clinton, speaking on the eve of the Wisconsin primary...
  • Obama's Ties to Left Come Under Scrutiny

    02/19/2008 9:33:47 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies · 141+ views
    New York Sun ^ | February 19, 2008 | RUSSELL BERMAN
    Senator Obama's ties to a former leader of the violent left-wing activist group the Weather Underground are drawing new scrutiny as he battles Senator Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. As an Illinois state senator in 2001, Mr. Obama accepted a $200 contribution from William Ayers, a founding member of the group that bombed the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon during the 1970s. Mr. Ayers wrote a memoir, "Fugitive Days," published in 2001, and on the day of the September 11 terrorist attacks, he was quoted by the New York Times as saying: "I don't regret setting bombs. I feel...
  • Spike Lee Is Backing Barack Obama

    02/19/2008 9:44:37 AM PST · by pissant · 75 replies · 308+ views
    AP ^ | 2/19/08 | staff
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Spike Lee told a crowd at the University of Dayton to "do the right thing" in this year's presidential election. "We are living in some very exciting times," Lee said Monday. "And the months leading up to the election in November will determine which way this country is going to go; forward or backward. It's up to you to do the right thing." He said he supports Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination. Dressed in a sweater, jeans and ball cap, Lee spoke of growing up in New York City, being a fairly average student at...
  • Feels Like The First Time (regarding Michelle Obama)

    02/19/2008 7:04:21 AM PST · by jdm · 31 replies · 121+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 19, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    Does a hostility about one's own country provide a good basis for a campaign? John Podhoretz notes the very strange assertion from Michelle Obama as she campaigned for her husband in Wisconsin. It comes as a piece with her exhortation at UCLA two weeks ago that she sees Barack Obama as the only person who can see that the souls of Americans are broken and that only his presidency can fix them: Michelle Obama today said that “for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well,...
  • Founding father, civil rights icon sue for plagiarism (Parody)

    02/18/2008 5:09:29 PM PST · by fullermedia · 6 replies · 92+ views
    The Front Porcher ^ | 2/18/2008 | Scott Fuller
    Notable Americans Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King, Jr. are suing Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama and Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick for plagiarism and other legal intrusions, according to court documents released Monday. Jefferson and King filed complaints in absentia with the 11th District Court of Appeals late Saturday night. The suits were filed separately, but privately council for both parties expressed shock that such famous Americana was so blatantly stolen, without attribution. In a speech to supporters Saturday night in Wisconsin, Obama allegedly used portions of a speech made by Dr. King and writings attributed to Mr. Jefferson. “Don’t...
  • "It's over" (Hillary supporter in Arkansas says Obama will win nomination)

    02/18/2008 5:17:55 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 218 replies · 1,058+ views ^ | February 18, 2007 | Max Brantley
    I'd be happy to be wrong. For a variety of reasons, I'd prefer Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic presidential nominee. But it's not going to happen. She'll be clobbered in Wisconsin tomorrow. She might run ahead, even win, the popular vote in Texas, but the delegate count will be close, probably pro-Obama. The media talk, the popular mood, the times -- they all work for Obama. Finally, there's been the Clinton campaign. Fighting, seriously, today about Obama's borrowing of rhetoric from a friend is a sign of desperation. Obama is derivative. So is everyone. And Bill Clinton --...
  • Michelle Obama: Barack Knows We Need Inspiration (Barf Alert)

    02/18/2008 5:26:33 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 23 replies · 382+ views ^ | February 18, 2008 | Judith Davidoff
    In seeking voters for her husband in Tuesday's presidential primary, Michelle Obama spoke with heartfelt empathy to the millions for whom the American Dream has been elusive. "There's a bar that's shifting and moving," Obama told a crowd of about 800 at the Overture Center's Capitol Theater this afternoon. "Most Americans can't catch the bar." And when people can't catch the bar, Obama said, they get tired, cynical and fearful and they pass those frustrations on to the next generation. "I'm here because I don't want that for my girls," said Obama, who has two young daughters with Democratic presidential...
  • Forget the Kool-Aid: Obama's Support is Real (Site Link Via Jack McCain on Sis Meghan's Blog)

    02/18/2008 4:53:59 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 12 replies · 99+ views
    NewYorkObserver ^ | February 18, 2008 | Steve Kornacki |
    With Barack Obama's bandwagon picking up speed, Hillary Clinton's sympathizers have been pushing a new caricature of their opponent: the cultish figure who seduces the weak-kneed masses with vague and meaningless but oh-so-warm-feeling generalities. "There was something just a wee bit creepy," Time's Joe Klein, a Bill and Hillary stalwart, recently wrote, "about the mass messianism…of (Obama's) Super Tuesday speech and the recent turn of the Obama campaign." Alex Joseph, a student at Georgetown University who supports Clinton, boasted in a Slate column of his unique-for-his-generation ability to resist the siren Obama's call. "At Georgetown," he informed us, "the Obama...
  • What Obama Means By Unity

    02/18/2008 3:43:39 PM PST · by yoe · 21 replies · 102+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 18, 2008 | Jonathan V. Last
    Sometime before Barack Obama's strong showing on Super Tuesday, the Washington Post observed that the senator had been campaigning across this great land on a "platform of hope and change." Whether or not the Post was being arch, they had it about right. Obama rarely speaks about policy specifics; "hope" and "change" are the two dominant messages he preaches on the stump. But he has two secondary themes: "straight talk" and "unity." They don't receive nearly as much attention: Perhaps because an examination of them shows Obama to be a somewhat conventional political figure. During the course of his standard...