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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 05/2008

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 05.03.2008 | Politics

This week, the Rev. Wright circus came back to town, and the media reacted like a giddy five year-old, giving his clownish act -- and Obama's acrobatic effort to avoid falling off the high wire -- wall-to-wall coverage. Getting far less airtime was the fact that April was the deadliest month in Iraq for US troops since September 2007. Fittingly, we also saw the 5th anniversary of "Mission Accomplished" -- which produced the quote of the week from Dana Perino: "President Bush is well aware that the banner should have been much more specific and said mission accomplished for these sailors who are on this ship on their mission." I'm surprised she didn't tack on "...for the next five seconds; after that, all bets are off."

What John McCain Told Me, and What it Says About How Far He's Fallen

| Posted 05.05.2008 | Politics

At a dinner party in Los Angeles not long after the 2000 election, John McCain admitted to me that he hadn't voted for George Bush.

McCain and Me: Hero Worship Dies Hard (But When It Does...)

| Posted 05.06.2008 | Politics

The way the McCain camp has reacted to my revelation about his not voting for Bush in 2000 is further confirmation that he is now willing to say or do anything, or sling mud at anyone, to satisfy his hunger for the White House.

Truth Alert: McCain's Freudian Slip is Showing (and Very Telling)

| Posted 05.09.2008 | Politics

Appearing on the O'Reilly Factor yesterday, John McCain grabbed a shovel and dug himself deeper with yet another denial of having said he didn't vote for Bush, insisting: "I voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004." But on the way to that unequivocal refutation, his unconscious mind jumped up, started waving its hands and yelled: "Not so fast!" O'REILLY: Did you vote for President Bush? McCAIN: Of course not. I campaigned all over this country for him. As dear old Dr. Freud would tell you, the unconscious is a powerful thing. And the new, do-and-say-anything- to-be-president McCain clearly couldn't keep the old, give-it-to-you-straight McCain -- and the truth -- from slipping out.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 05.10.2008 | Politics

This week, John McCain gave a speech for the ages - the Dark Ages. He offered up the Right's boilerplate complaints about activist judges -- ignoring the fact that the majority of federal judges are GOP appointees, as are 7 of the 9 Supreme Court Justices. Or maybe he was having another McCain moment. Across the aisle, while Hillary's chances of winning teetered between none and "What are you smoking?" Obama played it cool, allowing Hillary the space to face the inevitable with dignity and on her own terms -- the political equivalent of "it isn't you, it's me." (BTW: Happy Mother's Day to all HuffPost mothers!)

The Bipartisanship Scam

| Posted 05.12.2008 | Politics

The public's "hunger for change" is not caused by a lack of bipartisanship. It might have something to do with the Iraq war, the sputtering economy, the price of gas, and the way the Bush administration has systematically abandoned the moral high ground.

John McCain Trades Straight Talk for Unadulterated Fantasy

| Posted 05.15.2008 | Politics

McCain's speech was pure, unadulterated fantasy. The political equivalent of the trippy tour the Beatles gave us in Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds -- only instead of rocking horse people eating marshmallow pies, we get "a functioning democracy" in Iraq.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 05.17.2008 | Politics

This week, John McCain and the truth parted ways again, this time citing irreconcilable differences - i.e. the fact that the truth regularly exposes the dissembling, say-anything-to-get-elected hack McCain has become. His attacks on Barack Obama's willingness to confront the leaders of Iran at the negotiating table, and his piling on agreement with President Bush's loathsome attempt to link Obama to Nazi appeasers, were shown to be nothing more than hypocritical political posturing by Jamie Rubin. The McCain camp's response was to attack the messenger (hmm, where have I seen that before?) and attempt to confuse the issue. So here's what we can expect from now until November from McCain: attack the truth tellers and pretend it's 2013.

Hillary Clinton's Defeat: A Historic Triumph

| Posted 05.19.2008 | Politics

I have regularly criticized Clinton over the course of her campaign, but there is no question that she has forever altered the way women running for president will be viewed.

Game-Changer: How the Online News Revolution is Altering the Media Landscape

| Posted 05.20.2008 | Media

BusinessWeek is updating a cover story it did three years ago on how the impact of blogs is changing the media landscape and asked me to weigh in. He...

Stop Yelling at Hillary to Stand Down and Start Yelling at the Superdelegates to Stand Up

| Posted 05.22.2008 | Politics

It's time for uncommitted superdelegates to stop their dithering, hop off the fence and officially bring this nominating process to an end. Hillary has earned the right to stay in the race until the bitter end. So it's up to the superdelegates to accelerate the bitter end. And it's up to us to pressure them to do exactly that. Read More Hillary Clinton's Defeat: A Historic Triumph The greatest triumph of Clinton's campaign is the example she has set for the next generation. And not just for young women; her dedication, perseverance, and indefatigable drive make her a role model for young men as well. Read More

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 05.24.2008 | Politics

Still think John McCain is the straight talking reformer of 2000? This week, huge chunks of that facade fell away. His multi-layered lobbying problems sent the reformer chunk tumbling. His one-two rejection of agents of intolerance John "Hitler Was Doing God's Work" Hagee and Rod "Islam is Anti-Christ" Parsley, whose endorsements he actively pursued, revealed the calculation behind his faith-based outreach -- and down came the straight-talk stucco. And his refusal to join the 75 Senators who voted for the new GI Bill (or even show up for the vote), transformed his endless talk of honor, duty, sacrifice, and owing our troops a debt we can never repay into hypocritical dust. No matter who the Democrats nominate, it's increasingly clear McCain's toughest foe in 2008 will be the man he used to be.

Unmasking McCain: His Reactionary Record on Reproductive Rights

| Posted 05.26.2008 | Politics

Many women who are avowed Hillary Clinton supporters are declaring they won't vote for Obama in the fall. I get the anger and the disappointment. But to quote SNL's Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers: Really?

Scotty Come Lately

| Posted 05.28.2008 | Politics

How many times are we going to have a key Bush administration official try to wash the blood off his hands -- and add a chunk of change to his bank account -- by writing a come-clean book years after the fact instead of when it actually could have made a difference? Read More Unmasking McCain: His Reactionary Record on Reproductive Rights Many women who are avowed Hillary Clinton supporters are declaring they won't vote for Obama in the fall. I get the anger and the disappointment. But to quote SNL's Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers: Really? You'd rather vote for a man who has a 25-year history of voting against a woman's right to choose? Read More WATCH: CNBC's Business Nation Goes Behind The Scenes At HuffPost

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 05.31.2008 | Huffington Post

This week brought yet more proof that John McCain's grasp of his signature issue -- the war in Iraq -- is less than firm. "I can look you in the eye and tell you [the surge] is succeeding," he told a town hall crowd. "We have drawn down to pre-surge levels." Only we haven't. There are currently 155,000 troops in Iraq; there were 130,000 before the surge. He also announced that Mosul is "quiet" -- even though earlier that day three suicide bombings rocked Mosul and a nearby town, leaving 23 dead. The day before, McCain mocked Obama for declining to accompany him on a trip to Iraq, saying: "We've got to show him the facts on the ground." Which facts are those, Senator -- the ones you're making up as you go?