It’s been a painful week for liberal Democrats

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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.

What happened? Here’s Reuter’s version:

U.S. civil rights leader Jesse Jackson complained on Tuesday that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama can seem to be “talking down to black people” at times and should broaden his message.

How mild. That’s not exactly what he said….but that’s another story. Sticking with this for another minute…

But Jackson apologized for a disparaging remark about Obama at the weekend while he was speaking into an open microphone that he thought had been turned off and which CNN said… click here to read whole article and make comments



This week, it’s the economy

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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.

What will they do?

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… click here to read whole article and make comments



The new Mr. Obama

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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.

The new Barack Obama has abandoned his vow to filibuster an electronic wiretapping bill if it includes an immunity clause for… click here to read whole article and make comments



McCain needs new wheels

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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.

What’s happening to the Republicans? Here’s the opening statement on a piece in The American Spectator:

No question, the GOP brand is mush. President Bush’s popularity is in the tank. House Republicans cannot let go of earmarks or the Farm Bill.

At Human Events, Bob Novak reports:

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… click here to read whole article and make comments



Obama is running on the promise of change

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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.

The handgun control proponent reacted to the Supreme Court overturning the District of Columbia’s gun ban by saying he favors both an individual’s right to own a gun as well as government’s right… click here to read whole article and make comments



About 60 black activists staged a demonstration

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And almost no media came to cover it. In a presidential election year. In which race and politics and social issues are more prominantly debated than anytime in the last four decades.

The post below on this reports the basics. Let’s get back to that. There’s a fascinating and important story here.

The Washington Times is one of the only media that covered the event. Julia Duin has a few different stories on it - good reporting - and she originally noted that the absence of media coverage was oddly conspicuous. But that’s hard to find now. It may be there, I’m just not accessing it easily. So here’s what Duin reported the other day:

I noticed two discordant events during Thursday’s pro-life demonstrations by black activists on Capitol Hill.

One was the lack of TV cameras. They said a Fox crew showed up early, then… click here to read whole article and make comments



For those who can’t get enough politics…

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….(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 support.

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…

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Yesterday it was patriotism

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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.

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MONDAY, 30 JUNE 2008

Obama’s race and McCain’s service

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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?

Instead, we get daily gaffes and cheap shots and unwise comments that distract attention. Like the newest one, from Gen. Wesley Clark about Sen. John McCain.

The media flocked to McCain for a response in this round of keystone cop campaigning. He called the comments “unnecessary.”

Now, McCain has started his own ‘anti-smear’ website, similar to Obama’s.

And Obama is on a campaign to prove he really is patriotic.

When are we going to get a debate - a civil one - on the issues….like the economy, foreign policy, health care, human rights….?

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MONDAY, 30 JUNE 2008

Service matters

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Kathryn Jean Lopez carries this letter from the Vets for Freedom, to Gen. Wesley Clark.

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.

Here’s their site.

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