FRIDAY, 16 MAY 2008

No discrimination on race or gender

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This presidential election has made even the hint of such discrimination practically toxic. But there’s one category of bigotry that’s not only still permitted, it’s become trendy.

Age discrimination. I’ve been saying this for weeks as the jokes about John McCain continue to ramp up across the media spectrum, and not only on the comedy shows. Now, Politico is saying it, too. Or…at least Jonathan Martin is.

There are few safe harbors these days for making fun of people.  Race, gender, religion are all effectively off-limits.

Yet age is still deemed as an OK topic to joke about (perhaps because it’s something most everybody will eventually encounter and isn’t limited to one minority segment of society?).

McCain already knows this — he said the other day in Washington state that “anything’s fair game” in the biz — but just how much of a double-standard will there be in the… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 14 MAY 2008

Is Clinton irrelevant, or just portrayed that way?

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Define relevance. Nealy all the media started reporting after Indiana’s primary that Hillary Clinton was “Toast”. Is she?

Here’s a good roundup of what some of the big ones are saying.

Sen. Hillary Clinton scored one of the biggest victories of the Democratic primary yesterday, defeating Sen. Barack Obama 67%-26% (with John Edwards, long out of the contest, pulling 7%). However, the consensus in the media this morning is that the victory means little, because Obama has already effectively sewn up the nomination.

They’re virtually all saying the same thing.

The New York Times reports in a front page story that Clinton won a “strong” victory over Obama, but with Obama “still solidly ahead of Mrs. Clinton in the delegate fight, the West Virginia results are unlikely to adversely affect Mr. Obama’s chances of winning the nomination.” The Washington Post reports on its front page that… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 14 MAY 2008

Obama’s other endorsement

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Besides John Edwards

Remember that back-and-forth between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama over which one supports abortion more?

Both support it, but Obama is the choice candidate for NARAL.

In a news release, the political action committee for NARAL Pro-Choice America had kind words for Clinton but annoounded its backing for Obama, citing its reading of the status of the Democratic presidential race.

“Today, we are proud to put our organization’s grass-roots and political support behind the pro-choice candidate whom we believe will secure the Democratic nomination and advance to the general election,” NARAL’s president said in the release. “That candidate is Sen. Obama.

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TUESDAY, 13 MAY 2008

Clinton wins. Therefore…what?

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Ever since the returns finally came in from Lake County, Indiana in last week’s primary, Hillary Clinton’s candidacy was considered effectively and finally over. So does it mean anything that she walloped Barack Obama in West Virginia Tuesday?

It was expected to be a big win for her, and it was.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton coasted to a large victory in West Virginia on Tuesday, handing Barack Obama one of his worst defeats of the campaign yet scarcely slowing his march toward the Democratic presidential nomination.

So….what did it mean? Everyone is trying to figure out why Clinton is still in the race and how long she’ll stay. There’s analysis all over the place.

If a tree falls in the forest when everybody expects it to fall, does it make a sound?…

The press is unimpressed. This may be the… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 13 MAY 2008

Race and religion

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The media like to handicap the black vote and the Catholic vote as if each were a unified bloc. What’s wrong with that is obvious.

The terms ‘African-Americans’ and ‘Catholic Americans’ are used as definitions in identity politics and polling data. The identities need better exploration in the media.

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy muddles the difference considerably, since he and like-minded pastors preach identity politics from a black theological frame of reference. His own church member, Sen. Barack Obama, had already directed the nation’s attention to a “post-racial” America when the racial controversy erupted. Now, race is a touchy topic and in the middle of most political conversations. It’s either claimed or blamed as a reason for voting preferences and outcomes. It’s declared off-limits as a subject for discussion by the Obama campaign, even by black commentators.

In the early evening news analysis after the West Virginia polls closed, Fox News’ Juan Williams commented… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 13 MAY 2008

Listen like a well trained lawyer

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Presidential candidates talk a lot. Eventually, something they say is bound to reveal more about their views than they realize…or intend.

Law professor Gerard Bradley caught Sen. Barack Obama making a statement that was utterly revelatory.

Barack Obama has just handed a great gift to conservatives.  He is now on record (with Wolf Blitzer, if that counts) as saying about the Supreme Court that in “5 percent of cases or 1 percent” the law won’t be clear.  Obama is thus conceding that there may be as few as one case each term in which a Justice would have to resort to his or her own “moral bearings” to decide the matter. ONE CASE!!!.

As opposed to the “living, breathing Constitution” philosophy.

This gigantic concession to law’s determinacy will shock the consciences of Obama’s teachers at Harvard Law School, who surely gave much wider berth to the… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

SUNDAY, 11 MAY 2008

Remedy for debate fatigue

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Substance and gravity.

Two candidates, and no network moderators.

Barack Obama’s campaign is considering a suggestion from John McCain’s campaign for the two presidential hopefuls to participate in joint town meetings and debates around the country starting this summer, Obama’s chief strategist said Sunday…

Asked about the suggestion and how seriously it was being considered, David Axelrod, Obama’s chief campaign strategist said: “Very seriously.”

“We believe that is the most significant election we’ve faced in a long time,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“We’re at war. Our economy is in turmoil. And we’ve got so many challenges that the people of this country deserve a serious discourse, and it shouldn’t be limited necessarily to three kind of very regimented debates in the fall,” he added, referring to those sanctioned by a presidential commission.

Let the people ask the questions they’re most concerned… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

SUNDAY, 11 MAY 2008

Did Obama quietly slip over the top today?

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Or is it a media-driven effort to push Hillary Clinton out, finally? Something did change today, whether it was perception or reality.

The headlines have been turning over rapidly all day, but they’re all variations on this one. It started a couple of days after the North Carolina/Indiana primaries, picked up momentum Friday when Obama began picking up more declared superdelegates, and turned a corner today.

Barack Obama has taken the lead in superdelegate endorsements for the first time, marking a potential turning point in the endgame of the Democratic primary.

Obama picked up five superdelegates Saturday, after rounding up nine such endorsements the day before. The gains erased Hillary Clinton’s once-imposing lead among the party officials and insiders who play a key part in selecting the nominee.

Now there seems to be a rush to get in line behind the presumptive nominee, which Obama appears to be… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

SATURDAY, 10 MAY 2008

So this is a joke…right?

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I wonder what the term “fat chance” really means.

It comes to mind in reading this:

This could be the Supreme Court term, one court watcher joked recently, that Justice John Paul Stevens remembers he is a Republican.

It’s interesting speculation, given that most of what’s predicted about Stevens these days centers on when he will step down and which president will get to replace him with hiw (or her) nominee.

It’s a surprise for a lot of people to even recall that Stevens was appointed by a Republican.

A 1975 appointee of President Gerald Ford, Stevens is regarded as the anchor of the court’s liberal wing. But he has joined with his more conservative colleagues in three high-profile cases that defied predictions they would showcase deep ideological divisions on the court.

This court is harder to handicap than before, thankfully.… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

FRIDAY, 9 MAY 2008

But the question is…do parties reflect their supporters?

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This year’s presidential election has broken molds and busted myths about politics as the candidates find their way forward in new ways. Republicans the party of ’fat cats’ and Democrats of ‘the little guy’?

This little item on the Acton Institute’s blog looks at an interesting demographic trend and wonders what it may mean, going forward.

The gravamen is that Democratic presidential candidates in the current election have exhibited a whopping advantage among all kinds of elite groups, identified by professional, financial, or educational status. Meanwhile, Republicans garnered more support from plumbers, truckers, and janitors.

What a switch, if conventional wisdom prevailed. But there’s little to no conventional wisdom left in this campaign year. So follow the trending data. Which the National Review article Kevin Schmiesing is analyzing here does, but doesn’t explain that well.

Confused? The plumbers, truckers and janitors support for Republicans is “a phenomenon” that the… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

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