An interesting thing has happened in the months since the primary. For a variety of reasons, it is Obama who is being helped by a strong down ticket surge in pivotal regions across the country.
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Where do Obama and McCain stand on these issues? To start, McCain, the nominee of what used to called the "small government party," wants to create two entirely new government organizations.
Well, that's the end of the Republican National Convention. Quite a night! Quite a message! That's a lot to absorb, but let's let Tom Ridge summari...
Wow. Sarah Palin. Hurricane Gustav. Mitt Romney. The Republican convention. Tom Ridge. The plane circling LA with a broken wheel. John McCain.
McCain makes fun of Obama for being a celebrity -- McCain just pulled off the political equivalent of Britney Spears' wedding to Jason Alexander.
John McCain sold his soul in the bleakest of hopes that he could convert angry Hillary voters to his cause.
If he picks Pawlenty, he's thinking long term, wanting to leave a legacy behind after he's gone, by picking a young, malleable guy who is conservative enough and will carry McCainism into the future.
I know that some pundits, including Rush Limbaugh, are saying McCain can ill afford to alienate the right by selecting an abortion-rights advocate as a running mate. I disagree.
Biden understands the American value of separating personal faith from public duty in our democracy, and his positions on sexual and reproductive health issues demonstrate that clearly.
Undecided women voters are the key, and pro-choice values are a significant advantage in 2008, according to New York Times columnist Bob Herbert.
I so hate to bust up this party, but do listen up: It ain't gonna happen. No way, no how. McCain is borrowing a technique from a guy named George W. Bush.
If the left is ever going to get serious about winning elections, we need to stop insisting on 100% ideological purity from our candidates. News flash: politics is about assembling winning coalitions.
Why the latest McCain flip-flop on a pro-choice running mate? Look no further than McCain's diminishing support among a key voting bloc: independent women. He needs them to win in November.
The Obama campaign has to be more selective in choosing its spokespeople, using more strong, smart advocates like Sen. Biden and Sen. Webb, and keeping Pelosi and Kerry as far away from the media as possible.
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