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Bittergate: the Untold Story Behind the Story that Rocked the Obama Campaign

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mayhill Fowler

Obama's Bittergate remark -- which I broke and which is revisited in David Plouffe's new book -- was and still is one of the biggest stories of that historic presidential run. It is also still one of the least understood. Here's the untold story behind it.

Gun Sales Soar On Obama Victory

NY Times | KIRK JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DENVER -- Sales of handguns, rifles and ammunition have surged in the last week, according to gun store owners around the nation who describe a wave o...

Swiftboating '08: While The Democrats Are Away...

Nathaniel Bach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nathaniel Bach

In a week in which Democrats and the national media are focused on the Convention and the surrounding protests/parties/circus, it's worth keeping one eye on what's happening on local television in the swing states.

Sam Stein

Before Bitter-Gate: What Obama Said Hours Earlier About Guns | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It is a quintessential example of political irony. Just hours before Sen. Barack Obama uttered his now famous "bitter" comments, suggesting that sma...

Jason Linkins

'Kansas' Author Frank Debuts With WSJ, Offers View Of 'Bittergate' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Portfolio's Jeff Bercovici, assessing the new redesign at the Wall Street Journal, notes more than just the changes in aesthetics - there's actually a...

The Leak: John McCain's Stopover In New Orleans

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Karen Dalton-Beninato

The scandal this time is that there's no scandal. The leak John McCain should be addressing in New Orleans is the one at the 17th Street Canal Floodwall, the same one that was leaking before Katrina.

Bittergate's Wobbly Legs: Signs of Media Evolution?

John K. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John K. Wilson

Obama's bounce in the polls this week is more than a mere candidate "surge." It's a repudiation of the nattering nabob media which imagined clumsy wording could send his campaign into a glorious tailspin.

OffTheBus On Bittergate: A Roundup of Initial Responses

John Tomasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Tomasic

The Bittergate story has prompted responses from many OffTheBus contributors. They've written on the story and its interpretations but also on the new experience of practicing citizen journalism.

Bittergate-Wake Pennsylvania Polls Trickling In

Daniel Nichanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Nichanian

A Penn. Poll suggests that only 50 percent of Clinton supporters now say they will vote for Obama in the general, versus 26 percent who say they'll vote for McCain. Among union households, that number dips as low as 32 percent.

I Wish There Were More Mayhill Fowlers

Scott Shrake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Scott Shrake

There's no conspiracy behind Bittergate. The truth is even more unlikely: Fowler is that rare Barack Obama admirer who can admit he's not perfect. And, hey, that's the right kind of support.

Don't be Distracted. Vote For Your Pocket Like the Fat Cats Do

R.T. Eby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
R.T. Eby

Ronald Reagan took aim at so-called welfare queens as a way to make the wealthy more wealthy. He gutted social security and social programs. Variations of his bait and switch have been going on ever since.

Bittergate: It's Not About Mayhill Fowler

Linda Hansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Linda Hansen

Are we bitter in Povertyland, USA? Hell, yes. That's what the story was about. We've been hung out to dry so long, we feel like ragged, abandoned laundry. All those election year promises? Please.