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  • Pastor Manning:Clinton has won nomination

    06/04/2008 12:52:31 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 22 replies · 317+ views
    Manning: Clinton has won nomination Pittsburgh Tribune-Review By Salena Zito Pastor James David Manning, posted an “urgent message to Sen. Hillary Clinton” via You-Tube video today claiming that Clinton “without a doubt has won the nomination for the presidency for the Democratic Party.” In the video, Manning, pastor of ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, N.Y., compares Clinton’s courage to that of former Pakistan leader Benazir Bhutto, Clinton's wisdom and poise to that of Cleopatra, and Clinton's leadership strength to that of Deborah of the Old Testament.
  • Will Wisconsin Be Trump's Waterloo?

    04/03/2016 6:12:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 232 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | April 3, 2016 | Salena Zito
    What rich irony, if one of the most calculating politicians in modern American politics miscalculated the will of Wisconsin's Republican voters, something Democrats have done repeatedly since 2010. If Donald Trump loses Wisconsin's primary on Tuesday, it will not be because of the uproar over his comments about Ted Cruz's wife, Heidi. Or his reaction to the confrontation with a female reporter that led to an arrest summons for his campaign manager. Or even his suggestion that women who get abortions should face “some form of punishment” if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Instead, it will be his misunderstanding of...
  • The Dems, Not the GOP, in Disarray This Election

    01/10/2016 9:28:50 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 23 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 10, 2016 | Salena Zito
    Last Tuesday, Bloomberg political reporter Sahil Kapur tweeted from a Donald Trump rally in Massachusetts that an undecided New Hampshire voter said he will likely vote for the Republican businessman. The mans second choice was Vermont Democrat-Socialist Bernie Sanders. Tweeted Fox News contributor Michelle Fields the next day: “My cab driver in Iowa says he's an independent. His first choice is Trump. Second choice? Hillary.” Many registered Democrats in those regions now self identify as Republicans or Republican-leaning independents. Trump has captivated these voters, resulting in his commanding lead in the Republican field. “In essence, Trump and the other outsiders...
  • A Political Realignment 10 Years in the Making

    01/31/2016 2:02:30 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    REAL CLEAR POLITICS ^ | January 31,2016 | Salena Zito
    America doesn't need two secular, cosmopolitan parties. Trump's secret is that he has found an unoccupied space to practice politics. Call it the politically incorrect, moderately traditionalist, main-street economics zone, where winners and losers exist (just as in the real world) and it is not a crime to believe unabashedly in American greatness. Trump has stoked xenophobic fears and used his crass showmanship to mark out this territory. His tactics of strong demagoguery make it completely understandable to lament his success. Yet, in order for our political system to work, people must feel as if they have real choices that...
  • Let Us Not Be Consumed By the Mob (Author decries voter revolt against GOP-E)

    01/02/2016 7:23:02 PM PST · by kristinn · 87 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Saturday, January 2, 2016 | Salena Zito
    Every political movement has a tipping point. It goes too far, or it loses its original purpose -- or it becomes so self-enamored, under the influence of anger and mob rule, that ugliness shades all the good of its original intent. Such is true of the populism that peaked this summer in America. Years of incompetency and a tin ear at the White House, along with a Republican-controlled Congress accused of not accomplishing much, drove people to figuratively or literally shout, "Enough is enough!" Never mind that many of the loudest shouters likely did not vote in 2008 or 2012...
  • The Average White Guy Vote [We Met a Made-Up "Julia"... Now Meet a Real "Guy"]

    05/13/2012 3:07:58 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 28 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 13, 2012 | Salena Zito
    CANTON, Ohio -- Rudy is the quintessential average white guy, right down to his last name. "It literally is Guy," he said, laughing at the irony. Born in New Eagle and raised in Charleroi in Pennsylvania's Monongahela Valley, Guy comes from a long line of Democrats. "My grandfather worked at Corning Glass, my father worked in the mines, the steel mill and finally at Corning," he recalled. "The family always had union ties, and that usually meant a tie to the Democratic Party." That's no longer true for him, however: "As my life started to improve financially, I realized that...
  • Barackwurst verses Hillbasa

    03/29/2008 11:58:07 AM PDT · by Salena Zito · 12 replies · 378+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | Mike Wereschagin & Salena Zito
    Barackwurst verses Hillbasa TRIBUNE-REVIEW By Mike Wereschagin & Salena Zito The Democratic primary is so close you can taste it. Franktuary, a gourmet hot dog shop in Downtown Pittsburgh, has begun offering two new creations: the Barackwurst and the Hillbasa. Adorning both are red, white and blue condiments. With the Hillbasa, customers get "a mandated side of Bill pickle spears." With the Barackwurst comes "a side of whatever one hopes," according to the Web site The site will soon feature sales figures of the sausages in what is probably just as likely a predictor of this race as anything...
  • Remember me

    03/19/2008 5:31:46 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 12 replies · 1,035+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | salena zito
    Remember Me By Salena Zito Time punishes war. The war in Iraq is no exception; as each moment passes, public resolve, politics and passion erode its mission. Collectively, many Americans tend to remember the mistakes and politics that led us there, rather than the faces of the men and women who serve and defend us. Seven months ago, Lizzie Palmer, a young lady from Columbus, Ohio, barely over the threshold of childhood, felt compelled to do her part to remind people of those faces. The result is a stunning video that was showcased on Chris Wallace's Fox News Sunday last...
  • Don't count Clinton out

    02/23/2008 9:21:42 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 48 replies · 199+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | salena zito
    Don't count Clinton out By Salena Zito TRIBUNE-REVIEW Sunday, February 24, 2008 The first rule of politics is, "Never count out the Clintons." Their political conglomerate, Clinton Inc., is like Glenn Close in that bathtub scene in the movie "Fatal Attraction": They always come back to life a second or third time.
  • Class act: John Weaver

    02/22/2008 10:03:18 AM PST · by Salena Zito · 3 replies · 123+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | salena zito
    Class act: John Weaver TRIBUNE-REVIEW In the media storm that was John McCain and the New York Times yesterday, one man from McCain’s campaign past remained a class act: close friend and former advisor John Weaver. The article’s liberal use of unnamed sources had many speculating that one of the unnamed was Weaver. Those speculators apparently have never met or had a conversation with Weaver.
  • 'Race ... will have to be resolved,' civil rights leader says of election

    02/20/2008 4:20:48 AM PST · by Salena Zito · 21 replies · 173+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | salena zito
    'Race ... will have to be resolved,' civil rights leader says of election By Salena Zito TRIBUNE-REVIEW Wednesday, February 20, 2008 Black people who say Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama "is not black enough" likely are talking about his race-neutral campaign and not skin color, veteran civil rights leader Ron Daniels said Tuesday.
  • Good news for Hillary in Pennsylvania and Ohio

    02/14/2008 12:29:13 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 55 replies · 256+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | salena zito
    Good news for Hillary in Pennsylvania, Ohio TRIBUNE-REVIEW By: Salena Zito PITTSBURGH, Pa. Barack Obama faces an uphill climb to defeat Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania and Ohio, according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted in the state last week. Clinton leads Obama 52 percent to 36 percent among likely Democratic voters in Pennsylvania. Ohio's numbers are similar with Clinton at 55 percent to Obama's 34 percent. It should be noted that the poll was taken before Obama’s stunning wins this week in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., where an erosion of the Clinton constituency began to take hold. “Whether the...
  • Clinton plays for keeps (watch the Talladega nights video analogy attached)

    02/13/2008 8:03:55 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 12 replies · 157+ views
    Clinton plays for keeps TRIBUNE-REVIEW BY Salena Zito Yes, poll numbers are slipping away from Hillary Clinton and shifting toward Barack Obama. And if former presidential campaign manager for Bill Clinton David Wilhelm is an indicator of things to come, super-delegate support is being peeled away as well. Yet with all of that going against the junior senator from New York, it would be unwise to count her out just yet, or ever. Because as dodgy as things may get for Clinton, she is not one to give up -- even when facing a 10-game losing streak from contests that...
  • Best in show, biggest stunner of the night? Uno the Beagle

    02/12/2008 9:15:59 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 117 replies · 418+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | salena zito
    Best in show TRIBUNE-REVIEW By: Salena Zito In the most significant stunner of the evening, Uno the beagle won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this evening at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Uno’s victory is considered a moral victory; he broke canine breed lines by becoming the first beagle to ever win best in show at
  • Clinton gets 'Obama-ed'

    02/12/2008 8:25:53 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 40 replies · 196+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | Salena Zito
    Clinton gets 'Obama-ed' TRIBUNE-REVIEW By Salena Zito Hillary Clinton did not look back in the rearview mirror tonight after getting “Obama-ed” in the "Potomac Primary." Instead, she did what she does best: move on and move forward to the next contest. Kicking off in El Paso in what has now become the most important phase of the primary campaign, she hit the border at the same time her campaign became more marginalized by stinging defeats to Barack Obama in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
  • Clinton's Giuliani strategy?

    02/12/2008 4:38:09 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 7 replies · 106+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | salena zito
    Giuliani, Clinton share more than New York TRIBUNE-REVIEW By Salena Zito Rudy Giuliani was the Republican front-runner for president last fall. He had an unconventional strategy to turn his status into the nomination: Skip the early conservative primary states and focus instead on delegate-rich Florida on Jan. 29 and the "Super Duper Tuesday" states on Feb.5. Giuliani believed he would appeal to the moderate Republicans in those states. We know how that turned out. Now Clinton
  • Obama is the odds-on betting favorite

    02/11/2008 6:25:11 PM PST · by LonesomeHawk · 12 replies · 249+ views
    Obama is the odds-on betting favorite TRIBUNE-REVIEW BY Salena Zito According to sports gambling and handicapping expert Steve Budin of, Barack Obama has surpassed Hillary Clinton to become the odds-on betting favorite -- at 4-5 -- to win the presidential election. is the world’s largest online sports pay-per-view analysis conglomerate.
  • A cure for your political hangover

    02/06/2008 9:24:10 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 6 replies · 3,595+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | salena zito
    A cure for your political hangover TRIBUNE-REVIEW Salena Zito Here is what happened the day after Super Tuesday. • Barack Obama scored $3 million in one day of online fundraising. How did he respond to that cash coup? He sent a fundraising e-mail asking for even more money. As they say in those very sublime Guinness commercials, "Brilliant." • Hillary Clinton loaned $5 million to her campaign while her top staff took a voluntary salary "vacation" for one month -- simultaneously pulling a "Mitt Romney" by self-funding and a "Rudy Giuliani" by cutting the “A” team’s salary. • While typically...
  • The morning after

    02/06/2008 5:47:17 AM PST · by Salena Zito · 25 replies · 50+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | salena zito
    The morning after TRIBUNE-REVIEW Salena Zito In spite of the rising momentum for the Barack Obama movement, Hillary Clinton’s solid wins in key blue states puts a damper on Obama's attempt to climb to the top of the Democratic hill. Obama has to turn his mojo and money into votes. No alarm bells, as it is not yet too late, but that certainly needs to become his focus starting last night. Sen. John McCain climbed within in inches of being able to claim the Republican crown -- but that
  • The Crying Game? Hillary brings back the tears

    02/04/2008 8:46:48 AM PST · by Salena Zito · 90 replies · 585+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | salena zito
    The Crying Game? Hillary brings back the tears Blogger Jason George reports that Sen. Hillary Clinton had another teary moment this morning, this time in New Haven, Conn. Tears served Clinton well leading up to the New Hampshire primary. George, who writes “The Swamp" blog for the Tribune Co.’s Washington Bureau, reports that a doctor who was introducing Clinton began to choke up, which led to Clinton's eyes filling with tears. The tears apparently followed a reference to Clinton’s youthful fashion choices. George reports that "the doctor was saying how proud he was that sheepskin coat- (and) bell- bottom-wearing young...
  • An Interview with Barack Obama

    02/03/2008 8:04:24 AM PST · by Salena Zito · 6 replies · 166+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | Salena Zito
    An interview with Barack Obama Salena Zito Tribune-Review ST. LOUIS -- Two days before competing in the Super Tuesday primaries, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was crisscrossing the country with stops in Idaho, Minnesota and Missouri in an attempt to win voters in traditional Republican-leaning red states. In an e-mail interview with the Tribune-Review, Obama shared his thoughts of what he is seeing and hearing as he travels across the country:
  • Santorum: McCain NO, Romney yes

    02/01/2008 10:51:20 AM PST · by Salena Zito · 92 replies · 170+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | salena zito
    Santorum throws his support behind Romney Salena Zito ST. LOUIS -- Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., threw his support this morning to Mitt Romney for president. Santorum’s endorsement was sought by all of the Republican candidates in the past year. "In a few short days, Republicans from across this country will decide more than their party's nominee,” Santorum says in a statement released by the Romney campaign. “They will decide the very future of our party and the conservative coalition that Ronald Reagan built. Conservatives can no longer afford to stand on the sidelines in this election, and Gov....
  • Debate big surprise? No surprise.

    01/31/2008 7:55:30 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 8 replies · 134+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | salena zito
    Big surprise? No surprise. Tribune-Review Salena Zito ST. LOUIS -- No fireworks, lots of sedate body language and subtle but non-offense jabs all add up to "no harm, no foul" in an uneventful nearly Republican-esque debate. It was as if Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama compared notes beforehand and decided that it would be best to keep the debate all about having a united Democratic Party. “Clearly, they decided before the debate to play it safe,” said GOP political strategist Charlie Gerow. “(Clinton) thinks that she is ahead and played it safe. (Obama) decided to play it safe because he...
  • who gets to claim Edwardspalooza?

    01/30/2008 3:24:59 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 37+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | salena zito
    Who gets to claim Edwardspalooza? TRIBUNE-REVIEW By Salena Zito ST. LOUIS -- John Edwards is out, but what does it mean? Mark Siegel, former executive director of the Democratic National Committee, weighs in on the impact Edwards' departure has on the race. “A conventional wisdom gut reading on who gains on this might indicate that Barack benefits because Edwards was something of a maverick candidate and so is Obama.”
  • Fla. Gov Crist endorses McCain --- Obama wins handily

    Florida governor to endorse McCain TRIBUNE-REVIEW Salena Zito ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Associated Press is reporting that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will throw his support behind John McCain. He joins Sen. Mel Martinez in what may prove to be the push McCain needs over Mitt Romney as the two battle it out for first place in the Sunshine State. Getting Crist’s support was considered by all of the candidates a huge catch. Crist enjoys over a 70 percent approval rating.
  • Club for Growth goes after McCain

    01/24/2008 8:22:40 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 21 replies · 232+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | salena zito
    Club for Growth goes after McCain TRIBUNE-REVIEW by Salena Zito Posted January 24, 2008 10 :38 PM BOCA RATON, Fla. -- During the debate, the Club for Growth sent out an e-mail criticizing one of John McCain’s answers. The e-mail highlighted McCain's statement that he voted against the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts “because I knew, unless we had spending under control, we would face a disaster.” The e-mail began: “There is one problem with this statement: It’s not entirely true. In 2001, Senator McCain stole a page out of Ted Kennedy’s class-warfare playbook, dec
  • High stakes in Florida's debate tonight

    01/24/2008 10:41:52 AM PST · by Salena Zito · 86 replies · 1,080+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | salen zito
    ORLANDO,Fla-MSNBC hosts a Republican debate in Boca Raton this evening. What's at stake? Everything but the kitchen sink is at stake as four candidates vie to claim the biggest chunk of delegates yet. Debate viewers can expect to see the candidates trying to appeal to the melting pot of conservative Republicans who inhabit the Sunshine State. The Florida Republican demographics are unique. It's a Southern state, with a substantial Northeastern and Midwestern influence, and a healthy voting block of evangelicals to boot. Florida is also the first state with a closed primary, which means there will be no surprise influx...
  • Thompson's Drop out probably benefits Huckabee most

    01/22/2008 12:48:23 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 226 replies · 683+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | salena zito
    Good news for Huckabee TRIBUNE-REVIEW Salena Zito Posted January 22, 2008 3 :00 PM Democratic strategist John Lapp said, "On first blush, it would seem that (Mike) Huckabee is the main beneficiary of Fred Thompson's withdrawal. Huckabee, Thompson and, to a lesser degree, Mitt Romney were splintering the hard core, evangelical, social conservative vote. With Thompson's withdrawal, Huckabee has the chance to consolidate the far right. However, if Thompson endorses John McCain, that would be a nice conservative credential to have, considering McCain has been struggling with the mainline conservative Republican base."
  • Goodbye Fred

    01/22/2008 5:37:11 AM PST · by LonesomeHawk · 112 replies · 130+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | Salena Zito
    Goodbye Fred By Salena Zito MANCHESTER (NH) -- Fred Thompson spent most of caucus night in Iowa hovering between third and fourth place -- a far cry from the lofty first-place position he held in Rasmussen's poll of likely Republican caucus-goers last June. It has been a long time since Thompson has made a compelling reason to be in this race. And it should be a very short time before he confesses a compelling reason to exit stage right. A bystander in his own race, Thompson's political what-could-have-been slipped through his fingers long before he announced his candidacy. "The process...
  • Michigan, Florida Bitter Over Delegate Losses

    01/21/2008 1:43:29 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 13 replies · 89+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | Salena Zito
    Michigan, Florida Bitter Over Delegate Losses By Salena Zito It's one more quirk in a presidential election year that has begun with many of them: Votes cast for Democratic candidates in Michigan -- and in Florida's upcoming primary -- will not count. And that's causing bitterness and blame, say political analysts and party faithful.