Edwards Nails Hillary (Triangulation) and Obama (Compromise)

John Edwards took a sharp look at the field and verbalized what many are seeing in the top three candidates.  Clinton's methods have been summed up by triangulation while Obama's methods have been summed up by compromise.  Bloggers, progressives, liberals, and Democrats have been crying out against these methods for change decrying their resulting in failure or even making things even worse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T0BztvhV pU

From WaPo: Edwards Works Hard to Stand Out

    Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) is coming out fighting tonight with an aggressive attempt to differentiate himself from the rest of the field.

   "Do you believe compromise (aka Obama) and triangulation (aka Clinton) will bring about big change?" asked Edwards. "If you want real change you need someone who has taken on these people and beat them over and over and over."..."We can't trade their insiders for our insiders."

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Take a trip in the way-back machine to...2004

I was having a debate today with someone who thinks the Democratic candidates for President in 2008 "suck." I disagreed and to prove my point took a look back at our field in 2004.  My thoughts below, but I'm curious to hear your thoughts.  Is our current field good, great, bad, ugly?  And feel free to share your thoughts on '04, which I thought was a pretty rough field.

Kerry (who I worked for) - Live Shot Kerry was an undistinguished Senator whose biggest accomplishment in 20 years in the Senate was getting on television fairly often for a guy who was clearly second banana to Ted Kennedy.  Tom Carper may have been jealous, but that's about it.

Dean - the short guy who became governor of Vermont when the real governor died.  If it wasn't for Iraq, nobody ever hears of him.  One of the great single issue candidates of all time, but still a single issue candidate.

Gephardt - peaked in 1988, all downhill since.  Tied himself to the old-school unions and didn't really have anything else, as he supported NAFTA, so he could never be as protectionist as one wing of the party would like.

Graham - interesting guy, but batshit crazy and old to boot.

Clark - just a huge flop on the trail.  Couldn't campaign to save his life and was totally unready to run even though he got in really late.

Edwards - actually the bright spot of the group.  The expectations were low and he ran a good campaign.  But come on, a guy who was an ambulance chaser (a very nice one by all accounts) and a Senator for 5 minutes was the best candidate...that's rough.

Mosley-Braun - a .22 caliber mind in a .357 caliber world and screwed up royally in the Senate to boot.

Lieberman - never capitalized on his name recognition and early lead in the polls.  His campaign was one long exercise in letting the air out of a tire.

Kucinich - uhhh...

Sharpton - see above, but more entertaining.

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Clinton/Obama: The race for a Sharpton endorsement is on.

Bumped, not out of agreement (as I think Sharpton has as many negatives as positives), but for discussion, jerome

Influential leader Al Sharpton is apparently being courted strongly by both Clinton and Obama.  Sharpton, more so than Jesse Jackson, is probably the most important minority figure in the country.   Who will win out to get Sharpton's endorsement?  And, where is Edwards in this?  Is he not interested at all in getting the black vote?  Has he written that large voting block off already as "gone" to either Clinton or Obama?

Bill Clinton is at Sharpton's National Action Network convention with the reported aim to get Sharpton to endorse the Clinton presidential campaign, not Obama.

Who will Sharpton endorse?  Obama may have hurt himself by pushing too hard, too early.   Sharpton's dismissive and in a way hostile comments towards the Obama campaign appear to point to a possible Clinton nomination:


"Why shouldn't the black community ask questions? Are we now being told, 'You all just shut up?'" Sharpton told WCBS's Marcia Kramer on March 13. "Senator Obama and I agree that the war is wrong, but then I want to know why he went to Connecticut and helped [Sen. Joseph] Lieberman, the biggest supporter of the war."

Sharpton was irked by a published report that he is trying to hurt Obama's campaign because he's jealous. Sharpton refuted that claim, charging the story came from the Obama camp to pressure him into an early endorsement.

"I'm not going to be cajoled or intimidated by any candidate, not for my support," Sharpton said.

Which is why Hillary hopes doing just the opposite could be the key to putting Sharpton in her pocket.

Hillary Clinton plans to attend Sharpton's convention on Friday, before heading speaking at Rutgers University later in the day.

If Sharpton is correct and the Obama camp pushed reports that Sharpton is "jealous" of Obama, they committed a huge error by alienating an important black leader.  Sharpton appears irritated by Obama and him stating "I'm not going to be cajoled or intimidated by any candidate, not for my support," does not sound good for an eventual Obama endorsement.   Tactical errors have sunk many presidential campaigns.  If this apparent error leads to Sharpton endorsing Clinton instead of Obama it could severly hurt Obama in competetive southern states and areas with high minority voter shares (i.e. Louisiana, Mississipi, Georgia, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, etc. also inner-city voters.)

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Multi-racial Media Critique Coming Together on Imus

The National Association of Black Journalists is spear-heading a campaign against MSNBC and Imus for his racist comment and his legacy of racism, backed by Essence's Editor in Chief, Angela Burt-Murray.  Now, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are pushing aggressively, with Imus going on Sharpton's show today to reiterate his apology.  It's not enough.

Sharpton insisted that equal opportunity offensiveness doesn't matter: "This is not some unemployed comic like Michael Richards," Sharpton said, referring to the "Seinfeld" actor who used the N-word and referred to lynching in a rant last year. "This is an established figure, allowed to use the airwaves for sexist and racist remarks."

According to the AP, NABJ President Bryan Monroe asked Thursday if Imus had "lost his mind" Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer was also incensed by the comments about her team. "I am deeply saddened and angered by Mr. Imus' statements,""To serve as a joke of Mr. Imus in such an insensitive manner creates a wedge and makes light of these classy individuals, both as women and as women of color."

The progressive left is pushing as well.  Media Matters put out a press release listing Imus's outrages spoken by either Imus or his producer:  Obama has a "Jew-hating name", Obama is a "young colored fellah", [Hillary Clinton] will have cornrows and gold teeth before this fight with [Sen. Barack] Obama [D-IL] is over,""Bitch is gonna be wearing cornrows", [Clinton] will be "giving Crips signs during speeches", CBS's "Jewish management" are "money-grubbing bastards".

Think Progress points out that Imus's producer said Jill Carroll wears"terrorist headgear", "carrying Zarqawi's baby", and is known as "Taliban Jill." And then as Atrios pointed earlier today, Imus just isn't actually sorry for what he said, he's only sorry that it's not acceptable to be publicly racist anymore.

The NAJB immediately called for an apology. Jack and Jill Politics discusses Imus in the context of attitudes towards race, and Tennessee Guerilla Woman point to the National Organization for Women petition asking for Imus to go.  The blogosphere is aflame.

Meanwhile, MSNBC is pretending that Imus doesn't work for them.  I don't link to the National Review very often, but they are spot-on here.

That's ridiculous. Not only does MSNBC give Imus his own page on MSNBC.com, but the Imus show is a regular destination for NBC's top correspondents. If MSNBC is really so offended, maybe they should forbid NBC employees from appearing on the show as some sort of punishment.

Alternet has the backstory. This is a multi-racial, multi-ideological pressure campaign against a sordid media figure.  MSNBC is making a lot of money on Imus, and they are trying to have it both ways.  This is fairly typical for General Electric, which owns a lot of our media properties.

After the Fox News, Nevada Democratic Party and CBC Institute situation, it's nice to see this one take off as well.  I know there is a small number of boomer white liberalish types who believe that this is censorship or that Imus isn't that bad, but they are wrong and most progressives believe they are wrong.  It's going to be harder for these racist jerks to keep doing what they do without pressure.  Let's also be clear, the antisemitism is as core as the racism, since it's all part of a cultural argument that those dirty hippy Jew black gay muslim city people don't deserve power in our country.

Fox News is pathetic, but in one sense, they at least have a strategy of attracting a racist conservative audience.  MSNBC, by hiding behind it's 'Imus doesn't represent us, he just makes us money' continues to be a joke.

UPDATE: Cal Ripken is boycotting. AdamB asks, "If Cal Ripken can boycott Imus, why can't Democratic politicians?" Good question.

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Matt - This might be what Sharpton is talking about

http://ex-donkey.mu.nu/archives/166079.p hp

March 31, 2006

Obama Endorses Lieberman

Democrat Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois stopped by Hartford last night to endorse Sen. Joe Lieberman for his reelection bid this year. Giving the keynote speech at the party's Jefferson Jackson Bailey dinner, Obama publicly threw his support behind the Connecticut Senator who is facing a challenge from the moonbat Left.

"The fact of the matter is, I know some in the party have differences with Joe. I'm going to go ahead and say it," Obama told the 1,700-plus party members who gathered in a ballroom at the Connecticut Convention Center for the $175-per-head fundraiser.
"I am absolutely certain Connecticut is going to have the good sense to send Joe Lieberman back to the U.S. Senate so he can continue to serve on our behalf," he said.

Obama received widespread attention for his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, delivered while he was still a state senator.

Lieberman became Obama's mentor when Obama was sworn into the Senate in 2005. They stayed close at Thursday night's event, too, entering the room together and working the crowd in tandem.

Despite the camaraderie between the two, the crowd was clearly more receptive to Obama's remarks than Lieberman's speech about party unity and the potential for Democratic victories at the ballot box this fall.

In fact, scattered boos greeted Lieberman when he took the podium, and he had to stop three times during his remarks to shush the crowd so he could deliver key points.

Here's another account-
http://www.nhregister.com/site/news.cfm? newsid=16408750&BRD=1281&PAG=461&dept_id=566835&rfi=6

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