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2008 Campaign

Ad Suggestion For Obama -- McCain AWOL On GI Bill

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's time to fight fire with fire -- point out McCain's most embarassing votes, and paint him as an extremist or a party hack while doing so. Also paint him as anti-middle-class.

Maliki's Leverage Over Bush

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Because the clock is running out on Bush and because his domestic popularity continues to fall, Maliki is using the international media to boost his own popularity with the voters in Iraq.

Palin Winning Over Twenty-Something Catholics

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

Catholics have backed the popular-vote-winning candidate in the last nine presidential elections. They make up nearly a quarter of all registered U.S. voters and may well determine who wins the White House in 2008.

Obama Online: Preaching to the Choir Could Cost Him the Election

Joshua Stylman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joshua Stylman

In addition to whatever organic results Google or Yahoo pulls up there is a McCain ad up top or on the right side that addresses the topic.

Friday Talking Points [46] -- Moose Poop!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Sarah Palin has already singlehandedly introduced several terms into our political lexicon. "Hockey mom" is probably the most recognizable of these. ...

RNC Green Screen Challenge: Make McCain's Speech Exciting

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

Was the convention director asleep? For the first few minutes of the big McCain speech, the candidate looked like an entry in Stephen Colbert's "Make John McCain Exciting Green Screen Challenge!"

"I Just Think I'm Gonna Barf."

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

"Oh, I just think I'm gonna barf...."-- Marge Gunderson (Francis McDormand), from Fargo I open today with that Fargo quote for many reasons. The fi...

The McSame Campaign

Nicholas Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nicholas Brown

The move by McCain to cater to supporters on the right rather than to persuade independents and moderates means less compromise, which means more of Bush-era unpopular and intractable leadership.

Framing Sarah Palin

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats should stay away from the baby stories. They must resist the urge to comment at all on it. Let the media do the muckraking.

'Watchdog': McCain Should Release His Navy Records on 3 Accidents

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

In a piece posted tonight at the NIeman Watchdog site, Barry Sussman, editor of the Watchdog (which is affiliated with the NIeman Foundation at Harva...

McCain gets the Gold!

Christopher Ingram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Ingram

GOP nominee's pick is the best since Kennedy picked LBJ - but for totally different reasons Slap me silly and call me stupid, but John McCain is on h...

Local Alaskans See Sarah As Potent Asset But Vulnerable

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

What do local Alaskans think about Sarah Palin? That was my approach, wanting to get past the pundits and Washington insider takes on McCain's new par...

4 Things Sarah Palin Believes About the Environment

Maura Judkis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Maura Judkis

Palin believes that we should drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which McCain has previously opposed. She also supports offshore drilling.

Choice for Hillary Supporters Never Clearer

Leah McElrath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leah McElrath

The choice for Hillary supporters has never been clearer. Thursday night, Barack Obama found his inner warrior - and on Friday, John McCain found, w...

A Feminist Appalled by Palin

Sarah Seltzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Seltzer

It's no rare thing for the right wing to use prominent women to keep the rest of us down. But just because Sarah Palin is a woman doesn't mean she's good for women. And female voters know that.

Friday Talking Points [45] -- Lessons Democrats Should Learn From Obama's Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I know that just about the entire blogosphere is talking about John McCain's pick of Sarah Palin (who?) for his running mate, but I, for one, refuse t...

Lessons for Obama

Mike Bonifer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Bonifer

This is how we do it, said the Political Masters to the Eager Student. Watch and learn. Stub Up, Young Candidate. Look at how stubborn we are. You...

PUMA -- Endangered Species

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Hillary made the case she needed to make to her supporters who were still sitting on the fence, and she did it perfectly, in a speech for the ages.

A Historical Perspective On Divided Democratic Conventions

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Don't buy into the media narrative that this is some sort of "divided party" -- because today's Democrats aren't. All true Democrats are pulling hard to defeat the legacy of George W. Bush.

Joe Biden Explains His 'Clean' Obama Comment -- to Jon Stewart

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Biden told Stewart that the "word that really got me in trouble" was calling Obama "clean....I should have said fresh. What I meant was he's got new ideas."

Friday Talking Points [44] -- McCain House Party!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

John McCain said something ridiculous to a reporter yesterday. I hasten to point out that the previous sentence should have been a major media headlin...

Electoral Math -- Obama Sure Could Use A Bump

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama has slipped below the magic 270 number for the first time since he became the Democratic presumptive nominee, and McCain has just about caught up with him.

Betting on Joe: Biden Is Now Heavy Favorite for Veep -- Among Political 'Investors'

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Intrade, the well-known "prediction market" reports today that Biden "has overtaken Evan Bayh as the most likely running mate.

"Cone of Silence" Quiz

Bob Vanderet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bob Vanderet

In your opinion, what term best describes interviewer and pastor Rick Warren's assurance that John McCain was in the next room, in a "cone of silence," while questions he would later have to answer were being posed to Barack Obama?

Unlike 2004, Mainstream Media -- Even AP -- Hit Back at New"Swiftboat" Book

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Among the Corsi pieces this week one stands out. It appeared Thursday night via The AP, written by one of its top political reporters, Nedra Pickler -- a journalist the liberal blogosphere has frequently criticized.