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2008 Presidential Election

Electoral Logic

Peter A. Ubel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter A. Ubel

There is a better way to maximize the efficiency of the campaign: take the Electoral College to its logical conclusion, and award Electoral College votes not state-by-state, but county-by-county.

Thank You, John Edwards

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

Because Edwards is out of office, not on the ballot, and now out of the running for a convention speech, VP slot or cabinet post, the scandal will have little effect on Democrats' chances this fall.

Capitol Hill Caution

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Caution kills when it comes to national elections, and the Obama campaign's caution is allowing the McCain's campaign to define Obama and the terms of the debate.

Euro-trashed: McCain and GOP Aim to Redefine Obama as Un-American

Bill Katovsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Katovsky

Nothing energizes the right more than the fear of losing a presidential election. McCain has capitalized on this collective anxiety by constantly referring to himself as the underdog, while attacking Obama.

The Affirmative-Action Attack

Horace McMillon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Horace McMillon

Republicans are placing ballot initiatives concerning affirmative action on a number of key swing-state ballots in order bring out their voters and wedge independents away from the Dems.

It's the Economy, Stupid -- Part Deux

Zachary Karabell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zachary Karabell

Obama has a remarkable ability to reframe the public debate, but generating passion around "the economy" is still elusive.

Washington, D.C. Tsunami Coming

Michael Lutin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Lutin

As long as this government is housed in D.C. it is a battle, not between Democrats and Republicans, but between greed and a twelfth house Pluto in Aquarius belief in the rights of people to share prosperity.

Obama, America, and Yad Vashem

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

McCain has begun to carry on the tradition of using the Holocaust to promote fear that Bush exploited with aplomb. In so doing, McCain has signaled what kind of American he is.

Remember Global Warming? That's Okay, Most People Apparently Don't, Either

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

What has the public reaction to the Bush administration's decision to pass the buck on global warming for a year (a year we may not be able to spare) been? Vast silence.

It's 1968 Revisited, And It's Not The Liberals' Year

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Sachs

To elect a far-left liberal in 2008 would be like Reagan getting elected in 1968, or FDR in 1924. The country simply isn't ready yet. The liberals' time will come again -- just not this year.

McCain Fighting for California

Sonata Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sonata Lee

McCain won't concede California. The campaign opened its headquarters in Torrance today and is planning to open seventy headquarters across the state. "It's clearly winnable," said campaign chair Bill Jones.

Hey Bush and McCain: Is al-Maliki a Defeato-Shiite?

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

If nothing else, al-Maliki's remarks should serve as a wake-up call to Americans, especially during a presidential election year.

Give Clark a Star

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

After spending time with Clark, it became clear to me that he isn't a politician -- he's a straight shooter. We need people like him who speak the truth, without beating around the bush, if you get my drift.

John McCain, The Jan Brady of Presidential Politics

Danielle Celena Belton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danielle Celena Belton

Some days McCain barely puts a dent in the news cycle, and Tuesday, when he finally gets a storyline all to himself, it's about how sucky his campaign is going.

McCain, Iran, and the Jewish Vote

Ira Forman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ira Forman

McCain and the bully boys on the right employ a strategy to paint Obama as weak on Iran and an enemy of the Jewish community. They use "guilt by association" to scare Jewish voters.

Winning to Change or Changing to Win: Obama and the Progressive Dilemma

Marshall Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marshall Grossman

Those of us who want real change must hold with one hand to the absolute necessity of an Obama victory and with the other to the possibility that pragmatic cynicism may be precisely not the road to achieve victory.

Senate Passes 21st Century GI Bill While Sen. McCain Skips Vote

Victor LaPorte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor LaPorte

In an overwhelming show of support for our nation's veterans Thursday evening, 92 U.S. Senators voted in favor of the 21st Century GI Bill; also known...

The Great Failed Twitter Debate of 2008

Natasha Vargas-Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Natasha Vargas-Cooper

Typical: old dogs, new tricks. I know folks are trying in earnest to get some fusion going between the presidential election and social media, but this type of trash misses the point entirely.

How Gingrich/Giuliani Sabotaged Civic Debate

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeffrey Feldman

Withing days of the Supreme Court's ruling on Guantanamo detainees, Gingrich and Giuliani pushed their way into the debate, and began to argue that liberal views on Habeas Corpus would kill Americans.

Can the Republican Party Begin to Look Forward?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The substance of any proposed economic reforms is less important, frankly, than McCain demonstrating that he can, in fact, understand the economy and discuss it in some depth.

Democrats Still Have Work to Do to Win in November

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

I besiege Democrats not to take an Obama win for granted. We can't assume everyone in the country is aware of McCain's weaknesses and fidelity to the Bush agenda.

Is America Ready for Another White Male President?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

During the primary season, roughly 35 million people voted for somebody who was not a white man. Maybe the Republicans have a problem -- America is not ready for another white male president.

Election 2008: The Race Election

Dan Treul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dan Treul

There is something culturally sick about defining such a critical election along racial lines alone. This election should not be a referendum on black and white. It should be a referendum on the Bush years.

Coulter: McCain a "Lickspittle" Unworthy of "Kissing Bush's Behind"

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeffrey Feldman

Rather than back McCain, right-wing pundits seem poised to turn him into a cartoon effigy of all they claim is wrong with American liberalism.

McCain Not A Real Man, Says Limbaugh

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeffrey Feldman

What prompted Limbaugh to make a negative ruling on McCain's manhood was not that McCain bashed Bush, but that McCain dared to criticize "government" in his New Orleans speech earlier this week.