Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
He quipped, "That is not our plan, Jon, but I think your paranoia might make you suitable as a debate moderator."
Obama, on a more serious, said he had closed the gap in the state to "6 to 8" points behind Hillary Clinton, setting himself up for a "defeat" if he does worse than that.
He also said Clinton's tough campaigning did him "a favor...She has put me through the paces." If he wins the nomination, he said, everything's "going to be old news" by the general election.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Finally, today, I watched the ABC debate the other night when that question came up again about why Senator Obama doesn’t wear a flag pin in his lapel. Since no one asked me, here is my thought on all that. I think it’s a nice thing if people want to wear a flag on their lapel. But I believe it more important to keep the flag behind our lapel in our hearts. I feel the same way about wearing my religion on my sleeve. It just fits me better on the inside. When I go to see our local baseball team, I do wear my Washington Nationals baseball cap. But am I less a fan if don’t wear it to work? The truth is I have been known to wear a red, white and blue stars and stripes tie on the Fourth of July. But am I less patriotic when I trade it for my Santa Claus tie at Christmas? Patriotism is no more about signs or pins than religion is about reminding others how pious we think we are. No, the proof in these puddings is not the signs that we wear, but how we act. Wouldn’t that also be a better way to judge our presidential candidates than by the jewelry they wear?
Saturday, April 19, 2008
In recent days he has picked up the endorsements of the vast majority of these papers in Pennsylvania. Papers endorsing Obama include: The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Allentown Morning Call, The Patriot News of Harrisburg, the Scranton Times-Tribune and Bucks County Courier. Hillary Clinton's endorsements have been far fewer, such as the Daily Pennsylvanian,--the U of Penn paper -- though more may appear on Sunday.
Friday, April 18, 2008
*She wasn’t chosen at random but found after she raised the issue in a NYT article, which means that ABC was eager to find a “typical voter” to make it look like they weren’t the ones raising the flag issue.
*Her incredibly sad story of not being able to find work or get health insurance is the whole “bitter”/wedge issue brought to life.
*The NYT story she was plucked from was about RACE – and the strange reasons that white Pa. voters are citing to not vote for Obama. Her “flag pin” issue was the lead-in to the story.
So, ABC’s contribution to the difficult conversation about race and wedge issues was to validate the use of wedge issues. Is this a great country or what?
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the health care and mortgage crises, the overall state of the economy and dozens of other pressing issues had to wait for their few moments in the sun as Obama was pressed to explain his recent "bitter" gaffe and relationship with Rev. Wright (seemingly a dead issue)and not wearing a flag pin, while Clinton had to answer again for her Bosnia trip exaggerations. Then it was back to Obama to defend his slim association with a former '60s radical -- a question that came out of rightwing talk radio and Sean Hannity on TV, but delivered by former Bill Clinton aide Stephanopolous. This approach led to a claim that Clinton's husband pardoned two other '60s radicals. And so on.
More time was spent on all of this than segments on getting out of Iraq and keeping people from losing their homes. Yet neither candidate had the courage to ask the moderators to turn to those far more important issues.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
"There is no mystery here. Except for people who have been hiding in caves or living in denial, it’s pretty widely understood that a substantial number of those voters — in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and elsewhere — will not vote for a black candidate for president.
"Pennsylvanians themselves will tell you that racial attitudes in some parts of the state are, to be kind, less than enlightened. Gov. Ed Rendell, Hillary Clinton’s most powerful advocate in the state, put it bluntly last February: 'I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate.'”
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
If I ever have the time, I will dig up media coverage of the Bush "dream team" from 2001, hailing the utter skill and competence of Rummy, Condi and all the rest, based on nothing -- they were all blatant mediocrities. Of course, we are seeing the same thing today in regard to John McCain and his "foreign policy" credentials. Here is my new post on this at Huff Post:
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
"Highly placed sources said a handful of top advisers signed off on how the CIA would interrogate top al Qaeda suspects -- whether they would be slapped, pushed, deprived of sleep or subjected to simulated drowning, called waterboarding....At the time, the Principals Committee included Vice President Cheney, former National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell, as well as CIA Director George Tenet and Attorney General John Ashcroft."
Jon Stewart's comment tonight on the Petraeus testimony that we can't leave if things not going well and can't leave if things going well or else we will lose ground: "A Catch-22 (billion dollars a month) statement."
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
"A war born in spin has now reached its Lewis Carroll period. ('Now here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.') Last week, it proved necessary for the Bush Administration to claim that an obvious failure—Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s ill-prepared raid on rival Shiite gangs in Basra, which was aborted after mass desertions within Maliki’s own ranks—was actually a success in disguise, because it demonstrated the Iraqi government’s independence of mind."
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Since the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, about 513,000 active-duty soldiers have served in Iraq, and more than 197,000 have deployed two or more times, the newspaper reports. For soldiers who have gone to Iraq more than once, the study showed that 27percent of noncommissioned officers exhibited post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. "Lengthy and repeated deployments with insufficient recovery time have placed incredible stress on our soldiers and our families, testing the resolve of our all-volunteer force like never before," Army vice chief of staff Gen. Richard A. Cody, told a Congressional committee last week, the Times reported.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Sources with direct knowledge of the conversation between Sen. Clinton and Governer Bill Richardson, D-N.M., prior to the Governor's endorsement of Obama say she told him flatly, 'He cannot win, Bill. He cannot win.'
"Richardson, who served in President Clinton's cabinet, disagreed. At a rally in Oregon, standing next to Obama, Richardson insisted, 'My great affection and admiration for Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton will never waver,' but he added, 'It is time, however, for Democrats to stop fighting among ourselves and to prepare for the tough fight we will face against John McCain in the fall.'"
Tuesday, April 1, 2008