Words can be so relative in politics and the culture these days. One man’s ‘flip-flop’ is another man’s ’shift in emphasis.’ Over the past week, some of the most liberal mainstream media have been pained to explain (or question) Sen. Obama’s lurch to the political center. Now they have to deal with Rev. Jesse Jackson’s critical remarks about Obama. Gut check time.
At least this time, no one is adding “stupid”. We’re all in this bind, both presidential candidates have ideas for relieving it, and both are focusing needed attention on it starting this week. Neither one ‘owns’ the issue or clearly defines the solution.
The crush of bad economic news — six consecutive months of job losses, rising rates of home foreclosures, gasoline prices seemingly headed toward $5 a gallon — is increasingly setting the contours of the race between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain.
Both candidates plan to spend this week focusing almost entirely on the economy. But both face political problems with the issue.
Mr. McCain, Republican of Arizona, has been shadowed by his statements earlier in the campaign that he is not expert in the subject of the economy and by the likelihood that voters will associate him with the economic…
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Throughout the primary season, nearly all the media focused on the inevitability of Barack Obama. What they did not count on what that his trajectory would ultimately require him to accommodate some politics and policies they scorned.
This is change alright, and the New York Times editorial board doesn’t like it one bit. At least, not this writer.
First, he broke his promise to try to keep both major parties within public-financing limits for the general election. His team explained that, saying he had a grass-roots-based model and that while he was forgoing public money, he also was eschewing gold-plated fund-raisers. These days he’s on a high-roller hunt.
And he’s pulling them in, starting with billionaire George Soros. But the turnaround on public financing is just the beginning.
Or something to get the express back on track. It’s either gone off the rails lately, or just seems to have. And it not only has to carry him and his campaign, but his whole party. That’s almost too much for any vehicle right now.
From the standpoint of morale, enthusiasm, and confidence, the presidential election can be called no contest–Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. John McCain. The Republican candidate has not used the long period since he clinched the nomination to establish an effective campaign strategy. The level of depression among Republicans outside the McCain inner…
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Trouble now is, some of his supporters see him changing some of his promises. As he appeals more to moderates and independents, liberal Democrats are finding his new outreach unappealing.
This AP analysis claims the Republicans are taking advantage of Obama’s change. It’s clearly written by one of his supporters, but all things in perspective, it makes some interesting points about the candidate.
On Iraq, Obama said Thursday that his upcoming trip there might lead him to refine his promise to quickly remove U.S. troops from the war.
He now supports broader authority for the government’s eavesdropping program and legal immunity for telecommunications companies that participated in it, supporting the bill after some protections were added.
….(and it’s hard to imagine that, given how saturated we are at this point)….
This CNN poll
tells us what we are hearing almost daily now, that presidential
candidates Sen. McCain and Sen. Obama are just about tied in their
With just over four months remaining until voters weigh
in at the polls, the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey out
Tuesday indicates that among registered voters nationwide, Obama holds
a 5-point advantage over the Arizona senator, 50 percent to 45 percent.
That represents little change from a similar poll one month ago,
when the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee held a 46 to 43
percent edge over McCain.
So, this is news? Or something like a ‘just in case you’re wondering’ update…
Today, it’s faith-based initiatives. Sen. Barack Obama is on a campaign right now to assure voters that he solid on what matters most to them.
The story is all over the press today. Here’s Reuters’ version:
Obama visited a community ministry in a conservative region of the election battleground state of Ohio to unveil a plan to reinvigorate faith-based community programs first pioneered by President George W. Bush.
Here’s an interesting admission - or statement - from the Democratic candidate:
“The fact is, the challenges we face today — from saving our planet to ending poverty — are simply too big for government to solve alone,” Obama said. “We need an all-hands-on-deck approach.”
This is a concept known in the Church as subsidiarity. Obama is courting Christians, or as the media have been pointing out in their spate of coverage, evangelicals.
Both topics were to be off limits, and certainly should be. There’s
plenty to keep all the critics and political opponents busy before the
election, like how about examining policies with honest critiques?
It’s both a response to Clark’s comments on McCain, and a series of
questions. Here’s a good sample. The quote is from Clark, the followup
from the Vets:
“I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be President.”
FACT: If serving your country, volunteering for combat, resisting the
enemy, and receiving seventeen decorations for service does count for
anything, then why are you on television, speaking as an “expert” on
national security matters? Your personal attacks came not from a
General with respect for the uniform, but from a political operative
dispatched to attack the military background of a political adversary.
They call Clark to practice honor and nobility, which anyone in the service knows well.
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