Politics and Media Headlines 12/18/08


Obama Named Time Person of the Year
Obama has made it clear that he knows how to write new playbooks and do things in new ways. Which is a compelling quality right now. His arrival on the scene feels like a step into the next century -- his genome is global, his mind is innovative, his world is networked, and his spirit is democratic.

Is Time's Person of the Year Cover Propaganda? (by Sasha Issenberg, Boston Globe)
There is little surprise that Time decided to name Obama its "Person of the Year," and the magazine takes its usual pains to make the world-historical case for its choice. But the image the magazine chose for its cover is, quite literally, an Obama campaign poster.
Like Time's gushing, above, which could be on a campaign poster.--Caro

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Politics and Media Headlines 12/17/08

Cold Comfort Dept.: Bush Prepares Crisis Briefings to Aid Obama (New York Times)
The White House has prepared more than a dozen contingency plans to help guide President-elect Barack Obama if an international crisis erupts in the opening days of his administration, part of an elaborate operation devised to smooth the first transition of power since Sept. 11, 2001.

The Real Barack Obama

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Politics and Media Headlines 12/16/08


Wrapped in the Flag

America Must Take the Cure (by Froma Harrop)
Al goes to the doctor. Al: "I'm still short of breath. I know you told me to quit smoking, and honestly, I've tried. But kicking the habit is really stressful. Doc, can you help me?" Doctor: "I understand. Let me find a way to help you continue smoking." [Emphasis added.] No serious medical professional would ever offer that response. Smoking caused Al's breathing problems. However difficult quitting cigarettes may be, it is the only way Al will get better.

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Campaign Updates and Media Headlines 8/3/08

Campaign Updates and Media Headlines 8/3/08

Last Gallup: dead heat (Not Your Sweetie)

A bit of history is offered: [F]our years ago [Friday], John Kerry led George W. Bush by four points (49% to 45%) and by five with leaners (51% to 46%). That matched his best day ever and was the last time he enjoyed such a sizable lead. At this point four years ago, the Democratic National Convention had already been held.
Update as of Saturday, August 2, "Gallup Daily: McCain, Obama Remain Tied"
Update as of Sunday, August 3, "Gallup Daily: Obama 45%, McCain 44%"--Caro

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Primary Follies

Regarding Wayne Barrett's post at the Huffington Post, "Could the Republicans Pick the Democratic Nominee? -- The Untold Story of How the GOP Rigged Florida and Michigan":

I started to wonder months ago about whether the Republicans were messing with the Democratic primaries, but I wasn't thinking so much about Florida and Michigan.

We've had much strangeness in this year's primaries:

How did John McCain come from nowhere in the polls and having no money to being the presumptive Republican nominee?
How did Obama win in Iowa, where Clinton led in the polls?
How did Clinton win in New Hampshire, where Obama led in the polls?
How did Obama pull off that string of victories in red states? Hint: in many of those contests, Republicans were encouraged to be "Democrats for a day" so that they could vote for Obama.

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Obama says one thing, his advisors say something else


So where does Barack Obama really stand on these three issues?

PMO: Officials only got briefing from Obama campaign (The Canadian Press)
OTTAWA -- Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton never gave Canada any secret assurances about the future of NAFTA such as those allegedly offered by Barack Obama's campaign, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office said Friday. With the NAFTA affair swirling over the U.S. election and Canadian officials skittish about saying anything else that might influence the race, it took the PMO two days to deliver the information. After being asked whether Canadian officials asked for -- or received -- any briefings from a Clinton campaign representative outlining her plans on NAFTA, a spokeswoman for the prime minister offered a response Friday. "The answer is no, they did not," said Harper spokeswoman Sandra Buckler.

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Republicans for Obama will pull Democrats...

Republicans for Obama will pull the Democratic leadership EVEN FURTHER TO THE RIGHT.  That's not what I want, and maybe not what you want, either.

Texas Republicans cross over to vote for Obama
A poll released this week by SurveyUSA of Verona, N.J., indicated that registered Republicans would make up 9 percent of Democratic primary voters next week. Michael Baselice, head of Baselice and Associates, a Texas polling firm, said that was in line with what his company was finding. A bloc that large could make a significant difference for Obama, who holds a large lead over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York among Texas Republicans, especially in a close race. Polls this week were showing a dead heat in Texas as Obama began pulling even with Clinton.

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Who knows what evil lurks...


The general election this year is going to be exceedingly strange.

The primary has had its own surprises, but I predict that things are going to get much more shocking.

The reason is that Karl Rove desperately needs to keep himself and his creation, George W. Bush, out of prison.  Only the most die-hard true believers still deny that Bush and other members of his administration have broken laws, and probably many of them.  There's only one way to be sure they won't be held to account, and that's to install a Republican as the next president.

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DO NOT discount John McCain


McCain's Wisconsin Victory Speech Remarks
"I will fight every moment of every day in this campaign to make sure Americans are not deceived by an eloquent but empty call for change that promises no more than a holiday from history and a return to the false promises and failed policies of a tired philosophy that trusts in government more than people. Our purpose is to keep this blessed country free, safe, prosperous and proud. And the changes we offer to the institutions and policies of government will reflect and rely upon the strength, industry, aspirations and decency of the people we serve."

And when he said proud, do you think he might have been referring to a rather injudicious statement by Mrs. Obama?  See below.

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The Clinton rules apply, still, again, and forever


"Attacks on Hillary have seemed over-the-top recently"
"NewsHour" media reporter Terence Smith ... says Hillary Clinton and her supporters have reason to complain about the tone of their press coverage, if not the substance. "A barely-suppressed glee often creeps into the commentary when Hillary loses another primary or caucus," he writes. Meanwhile, "Barack Obama is characterized as the second-coming of JFK, etc. etc."

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