The McCain campaign is doing exactly the right thing: coming out swinging against the "liberals" at the NYT without catching their breath. For the first time, all the radio wingnuts are coming to John's defense. I think they could end up turning this thing into a plus; like when John Edwards managed to turn Coulter's "fag" comment into a big fundraiser for him.
It's kind of a boring story anyway with too many "unsourced" comments for our side to really to use as ammunition.
Even if McCain is their nominee, the GOP doesn't want to lose, and they are well heeled in fight-club politics.
a 2001 Zogby International poll offered African-Americans five options for improving education. Among blacks, the choice of "providing parents with school vouchers" finished dead last of the five options. In fact, African-Americans chose "reducing class sizes" over vouchers by a 7-to-1 margin.1 The nonpartisan Teachers Insurance Plan commissioned a poll by Opinion Research Corporation in 2001, which found that 61% of blacks and 59% of Latinos would rather see more funding "go toward the public schools than go to a voucher program."2
Perhaps the most important 'poll' is the ballot box. In November 2000, voters in Michigan and California handily defeated school voucher referenda. In both states, black and Latino voters rejected the voucher proposals by at least a 2-to-1 margin.
Biden actually used part of a stump speech by then U.K. Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock. The sad (or funny) part is that in nearly every other instance Biden used the lines, he credited Kinnock. The one time he forgot too, Dukakis's campaign manager jumped all over it.
It was a bullshit issue then and it's a BS issue now. Look, you would be hard to find any presidential candidate whose message and speeches wasn't crafted by campaign professionals. That's how you win. The last major candidate who I can remember who winged it w/o scripted lines and focused on the info in his brain was Paul Tsongas and he didn't get anywhere.
There is a huge disconnect between governing and campaigning. Governing requires detailed platforms and executive experience. Voters usually don't reward candidates who spend too much talking about the two however. They have a limited attention span. They vote for an image and a single sentence message: "get the government off our backs", "it's the economy stupid", "compassionate conservatism," "vote for me or die", "change we can believe in."
I'm sure Obama has plenty of solid prosposals, but that's not what the voters want to hear.
It's Axelrod's fault that he was sloppy enough to overtly crib his own work, but this kind of mini-scandal would only hurt Obama if there was a deep well of discomfort with him in the first place. There isn't, at least for now.
Today should mark the end of a dark era in Cuba's history
I'm not a Castro apologist, but did any major politician talk that way when Deng Xioping died? When a member of the Saudi royal family dies, does the president say good riddance or send a rep (or himself) to the funeral. When Jiang Zemin retired, did anyone issue statements about a "dark period" of China's history.
What about when former Indonesian strongman Suharto died last month:
President Bush offered his "condolences" on Sunday on the death of Suharto, a Cold War ally whose 32 years of brutal rule saw up to a million political opponents killed.
Cubans are aware of the double standard that goes on. Obama does have the most advanced position on Cuba however, so hopefully we will see a thaw in this silliness.
I think Jerome makes a very good point about the GOP's Obama love. Back in 2000, McCain really did come across as the only appealing major party candidate. Bush was, well Bush and we still had the autobot Al Gore before he freed his mind. I know some of you kids find this hard to belive but a lot of progressives really didn't like Al Gore very much back then.
At the time McCain seemed like the most honest and real guy in the race by far. I remember my progressive friends getting fired up when he beat Bush in Michigan, sticking it to the hated Gov. John Engler who was pushing Bush big time.
Cuba has terrible human rights for the media and activists, among the worst in the world.
So does China - much worse than Cuba in many ways - and there isn't a day that goes by that we don't use, wear or eat something that was made there. Think of all the Saudi oil we guzzle, pumped from a country where women are put to death for witchcraft and adultry
The Cuba embargo is one of the dumbest foreign policies in our history. It has more to do with the ton of Cuban exiles concentrated in a swing state and the fact that the revolution was largely directed against US holdings. The Viet Cong killed more Americans than Castro ever did, but they at least didn't mess with our sugar plantations.
I don't mean to downplay the very real problems with human rights and democracy in Cuba. It's just our human rights principles seems to be curiously focused on only a handful of nations.
If Raul Castro started to allow foreign companies to open sweatshops, we would start hearing a lot less about democracy in Cuba. When't the last time Bush ever talked about jailed labor activists in China or Vietnam?
Look I voted for Obama, largely because he has better foreign policy advisors and and he seems to inspire more people to get involved in the political process. But really what are actual political differences between Hillary and Obama?
They are some, but they could probably fit into thumbnail. Obama has a fantastic grassroots operation, but he not a "movement". Movements are built around concrete objectives to achive social change. As in the labor movement, the anti-abortion movement, or the civil rights movement. Movements built around electing one guy -- who dosen't even promise anything that is all that different than his competition -- is called an election campaign.
My favorite line of the season came from Edwards who noted many times that this election isn't about any of the candidates personally. It isn't about Clinton and it ain't about Obama. It's about the future of the country and whether we can make our progressive vision for the future a reality.
Obama and Clinton partisans should take their message to Ohio, Texas etc. and hopefully we will have a winner by June - either of which I will go to mat for. The real fight is to get a Democrat into the White House and build on our majorities in Congress. Let's keep our powder dry until them, ok
The Humphrey-Clinton comparision is way out of wack. There were violent divisions between the Democratic old guard around Johnson, the urban machines and George Meany and the "new politics" faction led by Eugene McCarthy and McGovern. A leading faction of the party was willing to sink the party's chances if their guy didn't get the nod (like in 1972 for example, the only time in recent history the AFL-CIO stayed neutral). Who would want to sink the party because Hillary wasn't the nominee? Besides Mark Penn and Bill Clinton I can't think of anybody that passionatly committed to her candidacy that they would risking splitting the party over it.
Humphrey was one of the most progressive but tragic leaders of the 20th century btw. Can't recommend's Carl Solberg's biography enough btw for those who want to learn more about Hump.
MoveOn throwing a fit over superdelegates because they think they will hurt Barack Obama. I don't remember anyone caring about superdelegates in more than twenty years.
Superdelegates are problematic from a democracy standpoint -- they were set up to prevent a George McGovern or Jimmy Carter or anyone not vetted by party leadership from ever getting nominated again -- but to think that the leadership of the Democratic party, of which a huge chunk is sick of the Clintons, will spike Obama's nomination is silly. I honestly doubt that even Hillary would want to see the party's hopes of winning destroyed over a bullshit fight at the convention.
If MoveOn wants to help Obama it would do better working on getting people to Ohio and Penn to help him out. Clinton's last hope is not the superdelegates; it's destroying Obama in those two states.