FRIDAY, 20 JUNE 2008

They’ve made up their minds. Forget the facts.

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Sen. Barack Obama has said he would oppose domestic oil exploration and drilling. So has Sen. John McCain. But there’s new pressure to reconsider the facts about the availability of those resources and the ability to extract them cleanly. Anybody listening?

The New York Times paints kind of a confusing picture of John McCain’s position. Or maybe John McCain is confused about his position. 

Senator John McCain reiterated his opposition to drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, a day after his statement that he would be willing to “go back and look at it again” sparked speculation among both opponents and proponents of drilling that he might change his mind.

So…what does that mean?

“My position has not changed,’’ Mr. McCain said here on his campaign bus.

“People have said to me, ‘I’m going to bring you new information about ANWR,… click here to read whole article and make comments



Ready on Day One

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Remember when Sen. Hillary Clinton regularly used that line for her campaign? Something you may not know is a promise Sen. Barack Obama has made about his first order of business as president.

He made the promise to a choice crowd.

…almost one year has passed since Obama made his vows to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund that abortion would be the first priority of his administration.“The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act,” Obama said in his July speech to abortion advocates worried about the increase of pro-life legislation at the state level.

The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is legislation Obama has co-sponsored along with 18 other senators that would annihilate every single state law limiting or regulating abortion, including the federal ban on partial birth abortion.

The 2007 version of FOCA proposed: “It is the policy of the United States that… click here to read whole article and make comments



The irony of it all

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Sen. Barack Obama is ahead of Sen. John McCain in the polls right now, and he’s far more popular in the media and pop culture. But analysts enjoy parsing down the percentages and commenting on what the numbers mean. Which requires the candidates and their campaign surrogates to answer questions about their support.

ABC News sees potential problems in Obama’s closer-than-they-expected lead at this point.

The poll indicates that Obama did not get the traditional “bounce” in the public’s opinion by finally defeating Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and getting her endorsement as the Democratic presidential candidate.

Actually, the bounce that counts always comes after the party convention. 

While leading among young voters and other key demographics, ABC News chief Washington correspondent George Stephanopoulos saw what he called “danger signs” for Obama.

In an exclusive network interview with ABC News, Obama said that his long Democratic primary… click here to read whole article and make comments


MONDAY, 16 JUNE 2008

This political roundup…

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…starts with Sen. Barack Obama’s Father’s Day speech to a church congregation in Chicago, a very strong message similar to the one Bill Cosby has devoted himself to for many years now: the role and responsibility fathers have to their families.

It got wide coverage.

ABC World News opened its Sunday evening newscast with a long report on Sen. Barack Obama’s Father’s Day speech before a “largely black church in Chicago,” where he delivered “a rather blunt message to African-American men. He said too many black fathers are absent from their children’s lives. ‘We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception,’ he said.

(see post below)

The AP reports Obama, “reminding the congregation of his firsthand experience growing up without a father,” said he “was lucky to have loving grandparents who helped his mother. He got support, second chances and scholarships that… click here to read whole article and make comments


SUNDAY, 15 JUNE 2008

It shows he calls things as he sees them

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And maybe more…

Addressing a packed congregation at one of the city’s largest black churches, Senator Barack Obama on Sunday invoked his own absent father to deliver a sharp message to African-American men, saying, “We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception.”

So…he’s reminding us that at conception, a man becomes a father. Excellent start to new life.

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What the candidates are doing

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Quibbling over whether and how often to face off in townhall type meetings.

If this report from Reuters is any indication, it’s clear what kind of reporting we can expect from major media this summer.

McCain, 71, quickly accepted and accused Obama, 46, of rejecting his offer from two weeks ago to hold 10 face-to-face encounters, one a week, throughout the summer.

Got it? McCain is old, and Obama is young. ‘Nuff said.

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FRIDAY, 13 JUNE 2008

Obama is mastering damage control

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He’s always had a plan, which is why Sen. Barack Obama is now the Democratic presidential nominee. Nobody beats the Clintons, and he beat the Clintons. Nobody comes into the US presidential campaign to be leader of the free world with only a few years’ experience and no well formed or known policies. But he did.

He did it with masterful organization, on the ground and across the nation. His impressive campaign staff and strategy worked like a machine (no surprise, coming out of Chicago) on every level and many fronts. Now, they’ve opened a new one.

Barack Obama’s campaign revealed a Web site [Thursday] entitled “Fight the Smears” — aimed at, you guessed it — beating back misinformation, half truths or downright lies being spread about the Democratic nominee via television, the Web, radio and, most pervasively, e-mail.

“The Obama campaign isn’t going to let dishonest smears spread across the internet unanswered,” explained… click here to read whole article and make comments



Unelected, politically unaccountable judges

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That’s the dead-on reference in the last line in this NRO Bench Memos excerpt from the dissent written today on the Supreme Court’s staggering decision on Guantanamo Bay detainees. It’s written, incisively, by Chief Justice John Roberts. Who pierces the veneer of high officiousness of this decision with sharp cricitism for what it wrought.

Today the Court strikes down as inadequate the most generous set of procedural protections ever afforded aliens detained by this country as enemy combatants. The political branches crafted these procedures amidst an ongoing military conflict, after much careful investigation and thorough debate. The Court rejects them today out of hand, without bothering to say what due process rights the detainees possess, without explaining how the statute fails to vindicate those rights, and before a single petitioner has even attempted to avail himself of the law’s operation. And to what effect? The majority merely replaces a review system designed by the… click here to read whole article and make comments



Congressional fence-sitters

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Members of Congress are familiar with that seat, actually. Especially on a range of social and economic issues.

But RealClearPolitics points to a group of them who aren’t supporting a presidential candidate yet, either. They’re worried about their own electability.

Georgia Rep. Jim Marshall, a Democrat and Vietnam veteran who won his last election by about 1,800 votes, said he admires both Obama and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., but feels no obligation to state a preference.

“If it turns out one of them is an ax murderer or something like that I’ll make a choice,” he joked. Otherwise, “I don’t think I need to get involved.”

That’s extreme indecision. Or…decisive moderation.

For most of these fence-sitters — at least 14 as of Wednesday — it boils down to political necessity: They are vulnerable Democrats in conservative-leaning districts who take pains to avoid aligning closely with the national party.… click here to read whole article and make comments



President Bush usually says what he thinks

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But in this rare interview with the British Times Online, he’s unusually candid about thoughts we haven’t heard before.

In an exclusive interview, he expressed regret at the bitter divisions over the war and said that he was troubled about how his country had been misunderstood. “I think that in retrospect I could have used a different tone, a different rhetoric.”

Phrases such as “bring them on” or “dead or alive”, he said, “indicated to people that I was, you know, not a man of peace”. He said that he found it very painful “to put youngsters in harm’s way”. He added: “I try to meet with as many of the families as I can. And I have an obligation to comfort and console as best as I possibly can. I also have an obligation to make sure that those lives were not lost in vain.”

Bush is on… click here to read whole article and make comments


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