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WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton raised $10 million in the 24 hours after winning the Pennsylvania primary, aided by contributions from 80,000 new donors, her campaign said Thursday.
The $10 million came from a total of 100,000 donors, spokesman Mo Elleithee said.
Clinton, who was strapped for cash going into Tuesday's contest against Barack Obama, started making fundraising pleas as soon as the race was called. She told supporters during her nationally televised victory speech to go to her Web site to send money.
She continued making the point the next day in Indianapolis, telling supporters she was being outspent by Obama and that she has to "hustle" to keep up. She urged them to go to the Internet to read about her positions on the issues.WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton raised $10 million in the 24 hours after winning... more
An e-mail from a reader said that, while Hillary Clinton tells lies, Barack Obama is himself a lie. That is becoming painfully apparent with each new revelation of how drastically his carefully crafted image this election year contrasts with what he has actually been saying and doing for many years.
Senator Obama's election year image is that of a man who can bring the country together, overcoming differences of party or race, as well as solving our international problems by talking with Iran and other countries with which we are at odds, and performing other miscellaneous miracles as needed.
There is, of course, not a speck of evidence that Obama has ever transcended party differences in the United States Senate. Voting records analyzed by the National Journal show him to be the farthest left of anyone in the Senate. Nor has he sponsored any significant bipartisan legislation -- nor any other significant legislation, for that matter.An e-mail from a reader said that, while Hillary Clinton tells lies, Barack Obama is... more
Senator Barack Obama finds himself in the midst of a controversy in the aftermath of comments that he made at a private fundraiser in San Francisco on April 6, during which he explained his difficulty appealing to working-class voters in Pennsylvania. He said, “It’s not surprising that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment. . . .”
Senator Obama’s words are significant because they were said off-the-record, meaning they provided a more authentic glimpse into the attitudes of Obama than a carefully scripted event. Nonetheless, his words were not merely careless; his comments were based on a carefully constructed, if deeply condescending, explanation. Senator Barack Obama finds himself in the midst of a controversy in the aftermath of... more
The Politico tells us that, far from tossing everything and the kitchen sink at Barack, the Clintons are holding back. Cool - this campaign could get even nastier better for McCain more informative? Diamond Jim Vandehei also delivers an analysis of media behavior that might literally induce apoplexy or an aneurysm in Bob Somerby. Stay with us:
Here is why [Hillary won't exit stage left, gracefully and soon]: She and Bill Clinton both devoutly believe that Obama’s likely victory is a disaster-in-waiting. Naïve Democrats just don’t see it. And a timid, pro-Obama press corps, in their view, won’t tell the story.
But Hillary Clinton won’t tell it, either.
A lot of coverage of the Clinton campaign supposes them to be in kitchen-sink mode—hurling every pot and pan, no matter the damage this might do to Obama as the likely Democratic nominee in the fall.
In fact, the Democratic race has not been especially rough by historical standards. What’s more, our conversations with Democrats who speak to the Clintons make plain that their public comments are only the palest version of what they really believe: That if Obama is the nominee a likely Democratic victory would turn to a near-certain defeat.
I want to toss in one other notion - Bill and Hilary are in a small group that deeply appreciates just how unprepared Bill Clinton was to assume the Presidency in January 1993. And that was after ten years as Governor, a brilliantly run campaign (like Barack's, until the recent wheel off-falling), and the assistance of a First Lady who is a "world-class genius". Back to Politico:
Far from a no-holds-barred affair, the Democratic contest has been an exercise in self-censorship.
Rip off the duct tape and here is what they would say: Obama has serious problems with Jewish voters (goodbye Florida), working-class whites (goodbye Ohio) and Hispanics (goodbye, New Mexico.)
Republicans will also ruthlessly exploit openings that Clinton—in the genteel confines of an intra-party contest—never could. Top targets: Obama’s radioactive personal associations, his liberal ideology, his exotic life story, his coolly academic and elitist style.
This view has been an article of faith among Clinton advisers for months, but it got powerful new affirmation last week with Obama’s clumsy ruminations about why “bitter” small-town voters turn to guns and God.
The Politico goes on to explain that McCain, as a Republican, can attack Obama in ways that Hillary cannot. Mark Halperin made similar points a while back (my thoughts). And interestingly, the Politico overlooks the same line of attack ignored by Halperin but promoted by Brooks, Krauthammer, and Rove - McCain has a bipartisan track record and Obama does not.
This next passage from the Politico will prompt an aneurysm if Bob Somerby reads it; I fear for his health:
The last two Democratic nominees, Al Gore and John F. Kerry, were both military veterans, and both had been familiar, highly successful figures in national politics for more than two decades by the time they ran.
Both men lost control of their public images to the right-wing freak show — that network of operatives and commentators working mostly outside of the mainstream media — and ultimately lost their elections as many voters came to see them as elitist, out-of-touch, phony, and even unpatriotic.
I could rustle up a link or two [Al Gore invented the internet, was raised in a fancy hotel] where Mr. Somerby documents a great deal of Big Media complicity in that "freak show", particularly as it relates to Al Gore. Maureen Dowd would be a star, but the names are legion. Now the Politico's Diamond Jim Vandehei, formerly of the WaPo, wants to push it all off on the crazy right. Wrong. C'mon, we're good, but we could never do it without you, Jim.
That said, their point - that if the Evil Republicans could turn Al Gore and John Kerry into effete strangers, Barack will become a space alien - is indisputable. Of course, as with Kerry, the effort to depict Obama as an out-of-touch urban lib will be like pushing water downhill; it is so much easier when reality is on your side. In a nut shell, the Dems have six more months of trying to stay in costume at the masquerade ball; Republicans have six more months to strip away Obama's mask. Who ya gonna bet on?
THE FREAKS DON'T LIKE THOSE GEEKS: Powerline takes umbrage at Politico's use of "right-wing freak show". Well, OK, normally it ought to be capitalized, as here, but otherwise, I give this a mighty "So what?". Vandehei is just tossing that in there to remind his lefty audience that not only is he on their side, he is way hip.
Over on the right we've been, if memory serves, the Mighty Wurlitzer, the Right Wing Noise Machine, and now we are the Freak Show. In Caps. And come 2012 we will be something else... hmm, maybe the Flushing Toilet? Could work, a toilet is noisy and lefties like potty talk (and we do flush their candidates. Out of hiding). Should I see a copyright lawyer?
Well, a serious outlet shouldn't be using that phrase, but we are talking about the Politico. Meanwhile, I am unruffled by the current division of labor - they think up derogatory names, we select Presidents. Both sides play to their strengths.The Politico tells us that, far from tossing everything and the kitchen sink at... more
An inside "exclusive" look at the process where Texas voters faced a confusing, sometimes chaotic voting experience... yet at the same time practiced democracy at its best. In San Antonio, Texas, hundreds turned out after 7pm for the Democratic Caucuses.
Interviews with voters, great inside caucusing video, and a report that takes you up to the point the reporter votes, sharing the entire process.
Story by Emmy award winning Journalist, Patricio Espinoza. www.espiblog.org Shot with home Flip camera. Story picked-up and aired by CNN 3/5/08
An inside "exclusive" look at the process where Texas voters faced a... more
A story guaranteed to enrage:
Another Election Season, Another Political Prosecution in Alabama
The morning calm in the small Alabama town of Toney, located near Huntsville, was broken at 6:15 a.m. yesterday morning. A team of five FBI agents, accompanied by a prison matron, pounded on the door. When the man of the house answered, he was forced into the yard, shirtless in the early morning cold. The team had come for his wife, Sue Schmitz. She was dragged out of her bathroom, where she was taking a shower, handcuffed, breaking her flesh and scraping her wrists, and hustled off to prison.
Who was this threat to the community? Sue Schmitz is a diminutive, 63-year-old retired social studies teacher who has lived in the town for 38 years, roughly 20 of them as a civics teacher. She is loved in the community and among her students is legendary for her passion for civics and her outreach to the disadvantaged. The dream of her life was to let the fire of civic spirit catch on in communities and among families on the margin of society, where the danger of drug abuse and criminality are the highest. She dedicated her life to it. She launched a program called “We the People,” designed to build civic spirit and interest in participatory democracy among school children.
And Sue Schmitz’s advocacy of civic engagement led directly to her conflict with U.S. Attorney Alice Martin, who considers it to be criminal. But one other fact figures directly in this drama. Schmitz is a Democratic member of the state legislature. (Emphasis mine)
Continue reading at Harper’s Magazine.A story guaranteed to enrage: Another Election Season, Another Political Prosecution... more
Jackson Browne says that Democrat John Edwards is the most progressive candidate with a chance at winning the White House, and that he would do the most for working-class Americans.
Edwards frequently says he wants to expand safe, renewable fuels opportunities and would oppose the construction of more nuclear power plants.
He said Edwards is "certainly the most progressive of the candidates that have a chance" at winning the presidency. He said that Edwards had the best solutions for the Iraq war, health care and nuclear power, and that he would faithfully represent working Americans.
I agree John Edwards is a solid choice and I'm considering him carefully.Jackson Browne says that Democrat John Edwards is the most progressive candidate with... more