Saturday, May 31, 2008
Political Junkies and Geeks: "Watch The DNC Meeting Live"
Friday, May 30, 2008
"Obama plans election kick-off at GOP convention site"
Senior political officials tell Politico's Mike Allen that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).is likely to hold a huge rally Tuesday night in the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, the site of the Republican National Convention from Sept. 1 to 4.Barack Obama
Tuesday is the night of the final Democratic primaries, and the choice of venue is a mischievous, aggressive way for Obama to unofficially kick off the general election campaign against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). The location gives huge meaning to the moment, with Obama likely to frame a tough case against his new opponent in the very hall where McCain will accept his party’s nomination.
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"Pfleger's apology" (with video)
Obama's latest troublesome priest quickly apologized for his remarks, Lynn Sweet reports.
''I regret the words I chose on Sunday. These words are inconsistent with Senator Obama's life and message, and I am deeply sorry if they offended Senator Clinton or anyone else who saw them," he said.
Sweet's column is worth a read on this, placing Pfleger a bit in the Chicago political scene. He's also somebody well enough known to Obama that Obama's camp thought he would know better:
She writes:Howie P.S.: There's video of Pfleger's comments here, from WGN via the Chicago Tribune.
Pfleger is a longtime Obama friend and was in the audience at the National Press Club for that Wright press conference, and when we talked afterward, he realized Wright created a problem for Obama.
I was told Pfleger's comments stunned some in the Obama camp because they expected him to be more politically savvy -- and not take on Clinton, especially at Trinity, of all places.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Veep buzz for Patty
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
“We’ll Be Living in a Different World, Politically, a Week from Now” (video)
"DNC: Fla., Mich. Can't Be Fully Restored"--Obama campaign: "Don't demonstrate"
A Democratic Party rules committee has the authority to seat some delegates from Michigan and Florida but not fully restore the two states as Hillary Rodham Clinton wants, according to party lawyers.Also: "Obama urges supporters not to demonstrate at crucial DNC meeting" (The Hill):
Susie Buell, one of Clinton's top fundraisers, has formed a political action committee encouraging women to support full seating of the delegates. The WomenCountPAC has taken out ads in USA Today and The New York Times promoting attendance at the rally.
Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) campaign is urging its supporters not to demonstrate at Saturday’s highly anticipated Democratic National Committee (DNC) meeting on how to handle the delegates of Florida and Michigan.
It adds, “Obviously, the May 31 meeting will be an important part of reaching an agreement that’s in the best interests of Florida and Michigan voters and in the best interests of the Democratic Party.”
"NBA Legends for Obama Event @ Lenny Wilkens this Sunday, June 1st with Bill Russell & Debbie Allen"
NBA Legends for Obama and Debbie Allen this Sunday, June 1st from 5 pm - 7 pm at Lenny Wilkens home in Medina:
Please join NBA Legends Lenny Wilkens and my dad Bill Russell for a fundraiser for Senator Barack Obama this Sunday, June 1st from 5 pm - 7 pm at the home of Marilyn and Lenny Wilkens in Medina, WA.
Special guests include former NBA players "Downtown" Freddie Brown, Eldridge Recasner, Detlef Shrempf and actress, producer and choreographer Debbie "I want to live forever!" Allen. Tickets are $1000 and $500. Even if you have maxed out in primary, you can still donate and hang out with my dad.
Please use this link to RSVP and let them know I sent you.
Also: Hollywood for Obama on Thursday, June 5th from 6 pm - 7 pm in Bel-Air, CA:
Please join Debbie Allen, Norm Nixon, Hill Harper, Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete for a fundraiser for Senator Obama on Thursday, June 5th from 6 pm to 7 pm at the home of Paula and Vinnie Malcolm in Bel Air, California. Tickets are $2500, $1000 and $500. Please use this link to RSVP and let them know I sent you.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
"Daschle Featured in New Obama South Dakota Ad" (video)
Monday, May 26, 2008
"Barack Obama is master of the new Facebook politics"
Last Tuesday night, as the results from Kentucky and Oregon gave both the Clinton and the Obama campaign something to feel good about, another statistic blipped up on the television. In April the Obama team had raised a further $31m (£15.8m) for its campaign. The Clintons managed $20m - and the broader financial picture was even grimmer for Hillary.Barack Obama
Maybe Obama’s model is a little before its time. If not, the online president of social-networking democracy is imminent. And his URL is My.BarackObama.com.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
"MSNBC: Clinton RFK Remark (Barbara Comstock & Ari Melber)" (video)
Michelle Obama: "The bar keeps moving" (video)
Race, gender, Democratic politics and the 2008 presidential election (video)
mediagrrl9, video (09:39) from Democracy Now:
Melissa Harris Lacewell and Gloria Steinem debate democratic politics and the 2008 presidential election.H/t to Think On These Things, where you can view "TOTT’s Top 5 Female Trailblazers of the 2008 Democratic Primary."
Saturday, May 24, 2008
"Obama's formula: It's the network"
WASHINGTON — Joe Rospars, a young Internet-savvy operative, sat on an unpacked box in his new apartment on the morning of Feb. 10, 2007, excitedly watching two screens.
The country has seen this before, Goodwin noted. Obama used more modern tools than Lincoln, she said, but he dealt in the same currency.
"It shows there's still a hunger in people," she said, "to be inspired by words."
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Friday, May 23, 2008
"Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on Hillary Clinton's RFK Assassination Remarks" (video)
"Obama's talk with The Palm Beach Post" (with audio)
BOCA RATON — Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama spent time with The Palm Beach Post this morning, talking about the impact of the Florida's primary on his race with Hillary Clinton, whether to seat the state's convention delegates and what a national catastrophe fund should look like.
Here's the interview, which has been partially edited.
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Thought For Today
CNN: "An offer must be made" (with video)
CNN via Raw Story (David Edwards), with video (04:26):
CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux reported that formal talks are underway between Barack Obama’s campaign and Hillary Clinton’s campaign which could end Clinton’s campaign for President and result in an offer of the VP spot to Clinton. Clinton insiders say if some type of compromise is not reached it could mean “open civil war” within the party.Howie P.S.: The New York Times has its own version of the current situation.
This video is from CNN’s American Morning, broadcast May 23, 2008.
"Republicans and Our Enemies"
On Wednesday, Joe Lieberman wrote on this page that the Democratic Party he and I grew up in has drifted far from the foreign policy espoused by Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John Kennedy. It's amazing how little faith George Bush, Joe Lieberman and John McCain have in themselves – and in America.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
The "Nuclear" Option? (video)
TPMTV (Greg Sargent) video (04:48):
May 31st, 2008: the survivors will call it Judgment Day, the day that Hillary Clinton tries to push the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee to achieve the full seating of Florida and Michigan's disputed delegates and perhaps wrest the nomination away from Barack Obama. But wait... can this really happen? We take a look at the actual situation behind the hype in today's episode of TPMtv ...Barack Obama
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"Obama suggests halving Florida delegation"
KISSIMMEE — Delving deeper into Florida's Democratic delegate debacle than he ever has to date, Sen. Barack Obama said Wednesday that "a very reasonable solution" would be to count Florida's disputed primary votes and cut the state's delegation to the convention in half.
"It's important to figure out how to structure something that helps homeowners here in Florida but also preserves incentives not to develop right in the path of potential disasters," Obama said, sounding much like Republican John McCain, who opposed current national disaster fund proposals.
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"Viral e-mails attack Obama’s life story"
The main obstacle standing between Barack Obama and the White House was distilled into five words by a local television correspondent in South Charleston, W.Va., earlier this month.Howie P.S.: Since these emails have been circulating for at least six months, I am suspicious about why this story is coming out just now.
Prefacing a question about the challenges of winning over white, blue-collar voters, the reporter offered this observation: “They think you are un-American,” he said.
“It’s easier to believe because his name is Barack Obama,” he said.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008
"Axelrod tells NPR he's willing to go more than halfway on Michigan and Florida"
NPR just sent out a press release with excerpts of an interview Obama Chief Strategist David Axelrod gave "All Things Considered" host Michele Norris, where he seemed to open the door to a deal on Michigan and Florida:Howie P.S.: More people are starting to figure that out."We are open to comprise [sic]. We are willing to go more than half way. We're willing to work to make sure that we can achieve a compromise. And I guess the question is: is Senator Clinton's campaign willing to do the same?"
Axelrod continues: "Well, obviously, any compromise is going to involve some give, and that means if there's something on the table, we're willing to consider it. That may include us yielding more delegates than perhaps we would have, simply on the basis of the rules."[
This comes after Clinton compared the fight for the rogue delegations to the civil rights movement earlier today . David Kuhn and I noted a couple weeks ago that sitting Florida and Michigan wouldn't change the underlying dynamic of the race.
"Obama Criticizes McCain on Lobbyists" (video)
"Puerto Rico...Obama Island?" (with video)
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“No matter what happens, I will work as hard as I can to elect a Democratic president this fall. We will come together as a party, united by common values and common cause. And when we do, there will be no stopping us. We won’t just unite our party, we will unite our country.”
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"Oregon Exit Polls: Obama Handily Beat Hillary Among Whites, No-College, Less-Than-$50,000 Voters"
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Obama: "Change is coming to America" (video)
"Seattle "Over The Top" Celebration Tonight!"
West Virginia was rough and Kentucky next week is going be ugly for Obama. However next Tuesday, Obama will win enough delegates to make it mathematically impossible for Clinton to surpass his lead. We think that is a great reason to celebrate! The AP projects that at this current pace Obama should pick up enough superdelegates to secure the nomination in three weeks. So please join us to watch the results come in from Kentucky and Oregon!
Where? F.X. McRory's Steak Chop & Oyster House, 419 Occidental Avenue South
When? Tuesday, May 20th from 5 pm until….
RSVP: Let us know you are going, so we can get a head count! As always, kids are welcome! Bring your Republican friends and Hillary supporters who are hungry for change.
"Obama 'stronger,' 'better' after struggle"
Roger Simon (Politico.com):
CHICAGO — David Axelrod walks into the coffee shop wearing a black T-shirt bearing the logo of the Iowa Cubs, the Triple-A farm team of the Chicago Cubs. Axelrod’s boss, Barack Obama, is an avid Chicago White Sox fan, but it is unlikely Obama would object.
“It has been a debilitating process in many ways,” Axelrod says, “but it has had value. He is a stronger and better candidate for having had to struggle.”
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