Edwards Supporters Supressing Vote in NV?

Is Obama telling us who he thinks is behind the lawsuit in NV over at-large caucus locations?  Did he take a veilied shot at John Edwards?

"Ever since I got the support of Local 226, the lawyers decided to get involved. The rules were OK when the other campaigns thought they would win the Culinary endorsement," says Obama in a recent interview.

( http://www.lasvegassun.com/blogs/early-l ine/2008/jan/13/obama-blasts-strip-caucu s-controversy/ )

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Clinton Should Cede South Carolina

Hillary Clinton should cede South Carolina.  She shouldn't spend much more than a dime there ... okay a quarter.  Leave 3 staff members, in a Columbia office, and make no more than one token visit there.

Lets see what is happening not in South Carolina, but in D.C. for what it is.  

When South Carolina, and its representitives like Jim Clyburn, fought to get South Carolina an early primary slot they fought for two things. One, they wanted to bring millions of dollars to their state.  Secondly, and more importantly, they wanted to give a more meaningful voice to the African American electorate in picking a President.  That is all great.  It is right.

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Clinton Steals Obama, Union Leaders Thunder (updated)

'Clinton goes over Culinary's head', thats the lead for the J. Patrick Coolican piece in todays Las Vegas Sun.

Hillary Clinton went rigth into the heart of Culinary Union territory on the heels of their endorsement of Barack Obama, with supporters and press in tow, and highlighted the depth of her support among rank and file union members.

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Clinton Leading in North Carolina

According to a poll of 986 likely Democratic Primary voters in North Carolina, Hillary Clinton leads the field with 31% of respondants supporting her.  The best John Edwards can manage in his home state is third place with 27%.

Different and undecided both combined for 14% in the poll

I can find no previous results from Public Policy Polling regarding the 2008 Democratic Primary in North Carolina.

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Clinton Leading North Carolina

According to a poll of 986 likely Democratic Primary voters in North Carolina, Hillary Clinton leads the field with 31% of respondants supporting her.  The best John Edwards can manage in his home state is third place with 27%.

Different and undecided both combined for 14% in the poll

I can find no previous results from Public Policy Polling regarding the 2008 Democratic Primary in North Carolina.

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Obama's Weakness: Democrats

On the heels of its stunning loss in New Hampshire, the Obama campaign has released a memo detailing why Obama is the candidate best suited to winning the nomination.

In the memo the campaign argues that Obama is the best organized, the most endorsed, and the best able to win the general election.  

This is interesting because as Mark Halperin points out in 'The Page', this is essentially the same arguement that Obama attacked Clinton for making during the summer months of '07.

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MSNBC Needs Email, Matthews Needs Smackdown

If you have watched Hardball over the last few years, and especially over the last few months, it is clear that Chris Matthews isn't a Clinton fan.  That isn't a big deal in my mind.  You can have an opinion but still play it straight.  Do you believe that Olberman doesn' have an opinion on the Democratic field?  I am sure he does but I don't know what it is.

But tonight Matthews went over the top both on Hardball and appearing on Tucker.  He crossed a line.

He spoke into the camera, trashed Democrats, and tried to influence a vote as he was being beamed into living rooms - Iowa living rooms -  before a caucus.

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NH: Clinton Scores Concord Monitor Endorsement

The Concord Monitor's Editorial Board has announced that tomorrow it will be endorsing Hillary Clinton (and John McCain) in New Hampshires primaries.

From their press release today:

"Clinton's ambitious to-do list for her first few weeks in office gives us confidence that her priorities are right and that she would act swiftly to make a positive difference. She is the Monitor's choice in the Jan. 8 Democratic primary."

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Edwards, Clinton Pound Obama

Yesterday I posted a diary accusing Obama of basically calling for surrender.  My take is that he is advocating laying down and surrendering to the Republicans just as the Democrats are on the verge of a great political victory - one that may just shatter the conservative coalition that has given life to the Republican Party for the last 30 years.

Today John Edwards will echo, I think, my sentiments.  'First Read' is reporting that in his closing speech today Edwards will say, in a remark squarely aimed at Obama, "Compromise and conciliation is the academic theory of change. It just doesn't work in the real world. Fighting for conviction is the historic reality of change."

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Why Does Obama Want to Surrender?

Obama gave his closing arguements today in Iowa.  In them he worked hard to turn his negatives into positives.  In short he argued that his inexperience is a plus.  

I am not so sure that his timing was good.  We saw today up close what a dangerous place the world is and how complex the foreign policy and securities issues we face are.  Do Americans really want a young, inexperienced President now?

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