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Does anyone ever call the White House with a 3 a.m. emergency…


…about the economy?!

In a conference call with reporters, the Clinton campaign announced that it’s unveiling another 3:00 am TV ad — this one hitting McCain on the economy.

The first one was about how much more ready she would be to answer that call than Barack Obama. But it played to people’s fears about…say…a terrorist attack or something on that scale.

In this one….well, here’s the script:

Announcer: It’s 3 am, and your children are safe and asleep.
But there’s a phone ringing in the White House and this time the crisis is economic. 

What?! Is this another ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit?

No, the ad’s for real, whether the scenario is remotely possible or not.

Home foreclosures mounting, markets teetering.
John McCain just said the government shouldn’t take any real action on the housing crisis, he’d let… click here to read whole article and make comments


The Catholic vote is getting more attention


It’s one of the potentially decisive voting blocs, and it’s figuring into both sides of the presidential race.

Sen. McCain is trying to get past the problems Rev. John Hagee’s endorsement caused and court Catholic support so vital to his campaign.

The McCain campaign’s Catholic outreach, which has gone largely unnoticed, is part of a larger effort to build bridges with religious voters who are key to the Republican’s presidential prospects – a constituency Mr. McCain has long had trouble with.

“If he can get Catholics and evangelicals together in a coalition, that would make him very difficult to defeat,” said political scientist Mark Rozell of George Mason University.

That represents what used to be called “values voters”….probably until the media realized all votes are about some values, and the Democratic party realized it needed to embrace religious dialogue and identity.

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Direct questions deserve direct answers


Pete Wehner has thought through the whole controversy still spinning around the Pastor Jeremiah Wright controversy, and has framed the lingering doubt and concerns in a set of honest questions.

The first asks Barack Obama to explain some of his own statements, when lined up into cohesive thought.

1. In early March you said your church was not “particularly controversial.” Later in the month, after video clips of Jeremiah Wright had been repeatedly played on television, you admitted that you had heard Wright make statements in church that qualified him as a “fierce critic” of U.S. domestic and foreign policy and that “could be considered controversial.” You also said you “strongly disagree[d]” with some of Wright’s political views. Can you tell us what you specifically heard Wright say that you considered fiercely critical of U.S. policy, controversial, and with which you strongly disagreed?

Here’s a good one for the… click here to read whole article and make comments


Obama regrets a vote for life


Today is the third anniversary of the death by starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler Schiavo. In the final two weeks or her long ordeal, when the appeals courts failed to uphold her rights to due process, Congress intervened to establish that we are a nation of laws that are in place to protect individual rights. Sen. Barack Obama was one of the senators who favored Terri’s rights and her family’s. Now he wishes he could take it back.

Nat Henthoff has the details.

In none of the endless presidential candidates’ debates has there been a meaningful discussion of the rights of disabled Americans. However, in the Feb. 26 debate in Cleveland, Barack Obama casually and ignorantly revealed his misunderstanding of the basic issue in the highly visible and still-resonating official death sentence of a disabled woman, Terri Schiavo. I have repeatedly called her death the result of “the longest public execution… click here to read whole article and make comments


Did the conversation about race come and go with The Speech?


No. Some Democratic backers of Barack Obama and some media (backers of Obama) want to believe he gave the country a new and heightened perspective on the issue of race in America, and put the controversy of Pastor Jeremiah Wright to rest. They are wishing it away.

The analyses and commentaries are all over the place, folks are still trying to figure out how much of a problem we still have with race in a country that largely thought we had moved beyond those divisions, especially with the candidacy of Barack Obama. There are a lot of interesting essays out there, but this one by Fr. Richard John Neuhaus is particularly good for its respectful scrutiny and keen insights.

Obama’s Philadelphia speech in response to the furor generated by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s preaching was in many ways brilliant and admirable…Is there any other national politician today capable of offering in public such… click here to read whole article and make comments


Thinking and re-thinking the Democratic party


Call it angst, which was the buzzword of choice for a while in the Republican party, but has moved over in recent months and set up camp among Democrats.

The battle over the Democratic presidential nomination turned nasty on Thursday, one day after Hillary Clinton donors subtly threatened to stop the spigots for House Democrats if Speaker Nancy Pelosi insists superdelegates vote the same way as pledged delegates.

For purposes of accuracy, it was nasty before Thursday. It’s getting nastier.

Liberal group — which has endorsed Barack Obama — issued a letter to its members, asking them to sign on to a statement that says millionaire donors shouldn’t dictate how the race is won. It also asked for members to match the money the donors would otherwise supply.

“The Democratic nomination should be decided by the voters — not by superdelegates or party high-rollers. We’ve given money… click here to read whole article and make comments


Poised to jump ship?


The potential for large crossover votes in the presidential election doesn’t just affect the Democratic party (see post below), though that’s the main focus of the media right now.

A new poll finds a large number of Democrats plan to vote for John McCain should their favorite candidate fail to become the party’s nominee. The poling data is encouraging for pro-life advocates concerned about Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton in the White House and appointing judges to keep abortion legal 35 more years.

A March 7-22 Gallup poll found 28 percent of Clinton supporters will vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee and 19 percent of Obama backers will support McCain if Clinton wins.

But while they’re handicapping the chances for Sens. Obama and Clinton to keep their own electorate in place and prevent them from crossing over to Sen. John McCain, turns out the Republicans have to be… click here to read whole article and make comments


Staying out of the fray. For now.


Some Democratic leaders who have not yet endorsed a candidate are holding their cards close to the vest. The Hill reports that many of them (are there many left who are still uncommitted?) are beginning to wonder if Barack Obama can carry this through. What a difference a couple of weeks make.

Despite Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) promises, many Democratic congressional candidates in conservative districts remain unconvinced that he can redraw the general election map by competing in red states.

While Obama is popular among some challengers seeking an edge in contested primaries, other non-incumbents have shied away from endorsing him. Most are staying out of the fray, endorsing neither Obama nor Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.).

What this is about, is that whole set of other races the mainstream media aren’t covering, at least yet. Or hardly mentioning, though this analysis reveals why it’s so interesting to figure… click here to read whole article and make comments


Democrats are worried


Because Democrats are fighting. And it looks to continue for a long time.

Back from a brief Caribbean vacation, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., reflected wearily today on how he’s been running for president since February 2007.

“Since that time, babies have been born and are walking and talking, since I started this race,” Obama joked in in Greensboro, N.C., this afternoon. “I know it seems like it’s been long for you, imagine how it feels for me.”

Imagine how it feels for those of us in Illinois who want him to serve in the Senate, where he has spent relatively little time serving since being elected.

And by the way, a lot of babies haven’t been born, or were born alive but allowed to die, because of his protection of abortion at all costs.

Back to the ABC News article…

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‘The most sweeping liberal foreign-policy critique in decades’


That’s how The American Prospect magazine refers to The Obama Doctrine, which is based on a very good concept that, unfortunately, doesn’t follow through.

The article opens with this:

When Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama met in California for the Jan. 31 debate, their back-and-forth resembled their many previous encounters, with the Democratic presidential hopefuls scrambling for the small policy yardage between them. And then Obama said something about the Iraq War that wasn’t incremental at all. “I don’t want to just end the war,” he said, “but I want to end the mind-set that got us into war in the first place.”

Sounds enlightened. Noble. Sweeping. What does he mean, though? Yes, the writer says,

to understand what Obama is proposing, it’s important to ask: What, exactly, is the mind-set that led to the war? What will it mean to end it? And… click here to read whole article and make comments


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