questioning Sarah Palin

For a politician that claims to be a forward-viewing "Country First" centrist-minded maverick bipartisan agent of change, the choice of Sarah Palin is curious.  Upon closer examination, Palin's views are reminiscent of right-wing radio talk show hosts and Fox News political pundits.  Her ideas are more aligned more with Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter than Joe Lieberman and Tom Ridge.  Her record is that of a fundamentally religious conservative culture warrior hell bent on deconstructing FDR's New Deal.

I'm not questioning Sarah Palin, I just find it curious for John McCain to speak one way and act another.

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Mission Accomplished: Victory over the DLC

The DLC is a powerful and well-financed mouthpiece within the Democratic party.  

A corporate Trojan Horse or "The Republican Wing of the Democratic Party".

It argues that the Democratic Party should shift away from traditionally populist positions.

With Howard Dean and Barack Obama, the DLC days are numbered.

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SCOTUS Matters

John McCain on Friday described the decision by the Supreme Court to allow Guantánamo Bay prisoners to challenge their detention in US courts as "one of the worst decisions in the history of this country".

The Republican presidential candidate said he agreed with the four dissenting justices on the nine-member court that foreign fighters held at the detention camp were not entitled to the rights of US citizens. 11dd-90d7-0000779fd2ac.html

Who are those four?  Arch social and fiscal conservatives like  Chief Justice John Roberts (age 53) and Justices Antonin Scalia (72), Clarence Thomas (59) and Samuel Alito (58).

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Clinton cheating on his wife (again!)

Over the last few years, aides have winced at repeated tabloid reports about Clinton's episodic friendship and occasional dinners out with Belinda Stronach, a twice-divorced billionaire auto-parts heiress and member of the Canadian Parliament 20 years his junior, or at more recent high-end Hollywood dinner-party gossip that Clinton has been seen visiting with the actress Gina Gershon in California. There has been talk of a female friend in Chappaqua, a woman in a bar at a meeting of the Aspen Institute, and a public sighting of Clinton, Bing, and a ravishing entourage in a New York elevator that, a former Clinton aide told me, led a business leader who saw them to say: I don't know what the guy was doing, but it was so clear that it was just no good.

None of these wisps of smoke have produced a public fire. But four former Clinton aides told me that, about 18 months ago, one of the president's former assistants, who still advises him on political matters, had heard so many complaints about such reports from Clinton supporters around the country that he felt compelled to try to conduct what one of these aides called an "intervention," because, the aide believed, "Clinton was apparently seeing a lot of women on the road." res/2008/07/clinton200807

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Clinton to Endorse Barack Obama this week

Despite veiled threats to keep the race going by taking the Michigan compromise to the Democratic party's credentials committee or even to the party's convention in August, Clinton's team is already sounding out Obama about taking on some of her campaign staff and adopting some of her policy positions, particularly on health. Clinton would in turn endorse Obama and the two might appear together later this week. /01/hillaryclinton.barackobama

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66 Delegates To Go!

The resolution increased the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination to 2,118, leaving Obama 66 delegates short but still within striking distance after the three final primaries are held in the next three days. n_el_pr/primary_scramble

There are about 290 delegates left.  Clinton needs over 200 to reach that number.

In short Barack Obama needs about 20% of the remaining delegates while Clinton needs over 80%.  

How many supers do you think are ready to declare on Wednesday morning?

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Bill Clinton: seat HALF the FL/MI delegates

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Donna Brazile lays down the law!

To my longstanding friends in the feminist community who have called out the media as being culturally sexist and misogynistic, it is time to help educate the American public about the corrosive impact of sexism in politics and elsewhere. But we can have this dialogue without using divisive language and political tactics that further threaten to divide our country and party. If another woman comes up to me in an airport and suggests Obama should wait his turn, I might scream, "Stop it!" This is not about who should be first, it's about who has the most delegates and who might make the best president of the United States.

The most tragic thing I have heard is this need to link the Obama camp to pundits inside the media who have used the "math" historically used to call an election with attempts to push Hillary out of the race. After all, when the senator held a lead in every national poll in 2007, the media described her groundbreaking campaign as being inevitable. No one called that sexist.

Obama will have earned the right to become the declared Democratic nominee once he has reached the 2,026 delegates he needs. If the party decides to amend the just and known penalty it swore to impose on states and those officials that put its voters in jeopardy of not having a voice at the convention by violating the rules, the adjusted number should not alter
the race. Instead, the amendment should allow the presumptive nominee to help bring the party together. ?id=277

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Has Clinton just conceded the nomination?

Has Clinton just conceded the nomination?

Clinton said Friday: "I think that after the final primaries, people are going to start making up their minds. I think that is the natural progression that one would expect."

Clinton said, "I think that people will have to ask themselves those questions, who would be the best president in terms of preparation and readiness and effectiveness, and who would be the stronger candidate." n_el_pr/clinton&printer=1;_ylt=Ar.zY IibeZPbT6stPJ.PKThh24cA

All trends point to Barack Obama winning the nomination.  He leads in all delegate counts with only about 40 to go to clinch it.  

He is up in both South Dakota and Montana by double digits.

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Dem Leaders ready to call it a primary next week!

Uncommitted superdelegate and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., visiting San Francisco, told KGO Radio today that he spoke this morning with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and last night to DNC Chairman Howard Dean.  "We agree there won't be a fight at the convention," he said, later adding that "simple math indicates" Barack Obama is likely to become the Democratic nominee.

In April, Reid had suggested that he, Pelosi and Dean would convene after the last Democratic primary and decide on a course of action to make superdelegates take sides long before the convention. Today, he told KGO Radio's Ronn Owens of the superdelegates, "They've already made their decision. That's why we're going to make a decision next week. It's the same group of people. No one else is going to be involved. So they either make the decision now or they make it in August. I believe they should make it now rather than in August."

In an interview with KGO after his radio appearance, Reid said, "The time has come to make a decision. I think we need a general election that's 5 months. I don't think August is enough time."

He suggested the Democratic primary "will be ended a couple days after June 3rd."

"This is down now to the superdelegates. And probably, simple math indicates that, next Tuesday, after we get the results from Puerto Rico on Sunday and South Dakota and Montana on Tuesday, Obama will probably have the necessary number at that time anyway," he said. 2008/05/democratic-lead.html

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