This headline is revealing

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If a candidate attacks another candidate for being too negative, isn’t that….negative?

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama haven’t crossed paths yet during their weekend barnstorming across Pennsylvania, but they have invoked each other’s names at virtually every whistle-stop during the final blitz before Tuesday’s primary.

Each candidate says the other is unfit to lead the country.

Clinton has attacked Obama for his recent comments about some small-town Americans, his heath care plan and his relative Washington inexperience. Obama has countered by taking aim at Clinton over her acceptance of money from political action committees, her health care plan and her Washington experience.

But the most oft-repeated charge — the one mentioned at virtually every stop — is negative campaigning.

That that is all they have in their arsenal right now, says a lot.

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Anybody up for a new president?

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Here’s a snapshot of where the Democratic race for president is right now, in the final few days before what could be a decisive primary election on Tuesday.

“Now it is our turn, Pennsylvania,” said Mr. Obama, speaking at his first stop in the Philadelphia suburb of Wynnewood. “This is a defining moment in our history. All of you are here because you can feel it.”

If Mr. Obama’s final Saturday before the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania appeared bucolic, as he rumbled from Philadelphia through the lush green Amish farming country, Mrs. Clinton, by contrast, lived up to her workhorse reputation with a day that required driving and flying long distances to her five events. Mr. Obama drew sharp distinctions with Mrs. Clinton, hoping to narrow her advantage, while she barely referred to him in her remarks to voters.

This race has grown decidedly meaner and uglier in the past week.

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Did that debate resolve anything?

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Yet again, the two Democratic presidential candidates went at it last night in Philadelphia, a week before the Pennsylvania primary. To lay out their visions of leadership…..or to do damage control?

Democratic presidential rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton tried to explain recent controversial remarks during a tense debate on Wednesday, with Obama accusing Clinton of taking political advantage of his characterization of small-town residents.

In their first debate in seven weeks,

(has it really been that long?)

Obama said he mangled his description of the mood in economically struggling small towns and Clinton apologized for the first time for inaccurately saying she came under sniper fire in Bosnia in 1996.

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Obama explains offensive remarks

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By repeating them. In so many words, which amount to a rearrangement of his original message about angry, bitter middle class voters.

Sen. Barack Obama on Saturday tried to clarify what he meant when he said some small-town Pennsylvanians are “bitter” people who “cling to guns and religion.”

“I didn’t say it as well as I should have,” Obama admitted in Muncie, Indiana, on Saturday, the day after he first defended his comments, “because the truth is that these traditions that are passed on from generation to generation — those are important.”

What, the traditions of clinging to guns and religion?

Obama defended his point of view amid intensified criticism from Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain that’s he’s elitist and out of touch.

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Compassion summit

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CNN aired that special last evening, featuring the views and thoughts of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on matters of faith and politics.

It was a risk-filled journey for both: social issues like abortion and gay marriage have long been sticking points for Democrats in their efforts to reach some religious voters.

But in separate appearances at Faith in Public Life’s Compassion Forum at Messiah College — only the second such event in Democratic presidential campaign history — both spoke of their faith in starkly personal terms.

On a day when her campaign released a new ad talking about her struggles to “climb the mountain,” Clinton told CNN’s Campbell Brown and Newsweek’s Jon Meacham. “I don’t think that I could have made my life’s journey without being anchored in God’s grace and without having that, you know, sense of forgiveness and unconditional love…”

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What did he say about the white working class?!

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Sen. Barack Obama is campaigning in Pennsylvania and the heartland this weekend, and looking to connect with Midwestern values voters. But is this the message that reflects small town America?

At the fund-raiser in San Francisco last Sunday, Mr. Obama outlined challenges facing his presidential candidacy in the coming primaries in Pennsylvania and Indiana, particularly persuading white working-class voters who, he said, fell through the cracks during the Bush and Clinton administrations.

“So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,” Mr. Obama said, according to a transcript on the Huffington Post Web site, which on Friday published the comments.

Yep, that’s a challenge to his candidacy alright. It came off to a lot of people as demeaning.

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In the battle for the Democratic nomination…

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…the winner is John McCain.

Republican Sen. John McCain has erased Sen. Barack Obama’s 10-point advantage in a head-to-head matchup, leaving him essentially tied with both Democratic candidates in an Associated Press-Ipsos national poll released Thursday.

The survey showed the extended Democratic primary campaign creating divisions among supporters of Obama and rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and suggests a tight race for the presidency in November no matter which Democrat becomes the nominee.

McCain is benefiting from a bounce since he clinched the GOP nomination a month ago. The four-term Arizona senator has moved up in matchups with each of the Democratic candidates, particularly Obama.

The Democratic campaign has stalled.

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Will the Pope help Obama?

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An editorial in the Jesuit’s America magazine recently predicted that Sen. Barack Obama will profit by the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States.

The moment the Holy Father denounces the war in Iraq, it will provide a “big opening for Sen. Obama,” according to Michael Sean Winters.

There’s a lot of Press handicapping going on in the leadup to the papal visit to America next week. That snip represents some of it.

But this is how the more informed and engaged analysts connect the dots when headlines put ‘the Catholic vote’ behind Obama:

The question is whether Catholic voters can be persuaded to overlook his extreme stances on the life issues, all of which are opposed to Catholic teaching, in order to register their protest against an unpopular war and those who supported it — namely, John McCain.

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Until he has an opponent, anyway

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John McCain is enjoying some higher polling numbers right now. Higher as in ahead of either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. How far ahead depends on who’s counting.

NBC has it handicapped this way:

Currently polls show McCain either narrowly ahead or even with both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. It is impressive considering how poorly the GOP, and specifically the president, are viewed by the public.

But it is a faux lead.

Wishful thinking? Politico has this report:

Powered by the same appeal to Democrats and independents that fueled his primary election success, McCain is leading Barack Obama 48 percent to 42 percent and Hillary Clinton 51 percent to 40 percent according to RNC polling done late last month.

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The long and winding road

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The key word in this article about the latest jabs the Democratic candidates for president are taking at each other is that it’s been a “long” campaign.

New York Sen. Clinton and Illinois Sen. Obama traded barbs in Pennsylvania, whose April 22 vote is the next milepost in a long campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to determine who will face McCain in the November election.

McCain’s talk about a long struggle is in reference to the war, an issue the Democratic candidates are using against him.

“It’s long and it’s hard and it’s tough. We are frustrated,” he said at a campaign event in Westport, Conn., adding the war had been mismanaged by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. “This new strategy is succeeding, although it’s very difficult,” McCain said.

It seems to be the word of the moment. Long.

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