So Long, Tucker Carlson

Yes, Tucker Carlson, he of the bow tie, low ratings and odious personality, has finally gotten the ax from MSNBC, and it's long past due.  The lovely and talented Carlson is being replaced with a show featuring David Gregory, called Race for the White House. There's no real word yet on the format of Gregory's show, but that title sounds suspiciously temporary.

Unfortunately, MSNBC cancelled Tucker's show and not Tucker himself.  He'll be hanging around spewing his noisome thoughts as a contributor.

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Will Obama Put His Money Where His Mouth Is? - Clinton Will

In a very interesting segment on Wolf Blitzer's Situation Room this afternoon, Clinton supporter James Carville pledged to raise $15 million to pay for the costs of new primaries in Michigan and Florida, and challenged Obama surrogate David Wilhelm to do the same:

You know, we're telling people all over the world to have
elections. And the United States of America is saying, well, we can't
afford to have an election in Florida and Michigan in the most exciting,
highly contested and important presidential election probably in the
history of this country.
We look ridiculous. I mean, let's just get together and have the
DNC put some money up. Have Senator Obama put some money up, Senator
Clinton's people put some money up and let's go out and raise the
money. We can do this easy, pass some paper ballots and count them.

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We Won't be Bullied - UPDATED

We've all heard the stories about how many African Americans are under huge pressure to support Barack Obama. My former mayor, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City had this to say about the heat:

"African-American superdelegates are being targeted, harassed and threatened," said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.), a superdelegate who has supported Clinton since August. Cleaver said black superdelegates are receiving "nasty letters, phone calls, threats they'll get an opponent, being called an Uncle Tom.

"This is the politics of the 1950s," he complained. "A lot of members are experiencing a lot of ugly stuff. They're not going to talk about it, but it's happening."

Leading the charge is Jesse Jackson Jr., who famously threatened Cleaver that there would be consequences for black superdelegates who continued to support Clinton.

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Edwards Ready to Endorse

The Page is reporting that John Edwards is just about ready to make his endorsement of either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

More below the fold.

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The Pre-Snub Snub

By now we've all made up heard plenty about Obama's snubbing of Hillary before Bush's God-awful State of the Union address.  But apparently, there was an Obama snub before the Obama snub we've all had so much fun discussing.

Apparently, some unnamed leading Democrats wanted Clinton and Obama to sit together during the SOTU.   Clinton was willing , but Obama's people said no.

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Clinton and Obama Call a Truce, End Feud

Apparently Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have called an end to their ridiculous was over who is or is not playing the race card. There has been significant pressure from Democrats all over the country for Clinton and Obama to stop hitting each other with this despicable tactic, and I whole heartedly agree.

I've heard the message that both camps should knock it off on TV and talk radio all weekend, and even more this morning and afternoon.  It looks like Clinton and Obama got the message.

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New Florida Numbers - Clinton Up by 21

New Florida primary numbers just released by Quinnipiac show the following:

Clinton  52 (43)
Obama  31 (21)
Edwards 9 (19)

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Fourth Quarter Results: Clinton Tops Obama

It looks like both the Clinton and Obama camps will have plenty of money to duke it out through Super Tuesday.  Clinton reports raising $24 million in the 4th quarter, and Obama reports $22 million in primary dollars.

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A Litany of Excuses

I just got back from my first real vacation in several years, and I have to say I am truly dismayed at what happened while I was gone.  I didn't do much keeping up with politics over the last week, although obviously I knew about Hillary's stunning loss in Iowa.  I didn't keep up with the polls since Iowa, but I suspected that Obama would get a large bounce and would wind up about 10 points ahead of Clinton in NH.

Cut to last night's incredible Clinton victory in which every single poll and pundit were absolutely wrong, and a whole lot of people have some explaining to do. The blogosphere is ablaze with theories about how such a huge upset happened, and it's not limited to reasonable theories.

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Clinton Opens Double Digit Lead in NH

Another hour, another poll.  It seems there's a new poll every five minutes now, but here's a new one from 7News/Suffolk University.

Clinton       36 (33)
Obama       22 (26)
Edwards    14  (15)

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