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June 30, 2008 News Update

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Supreme Court strikes down DC ban on handguns by 5-4 vote. Immediately after decision announced, justices voting in majority headed for gun range for target practice.

Except for Scalia, who went hunting with Cheney.

Barack Obama says he welcomes Court's anti-gun control decision. No need to pander, Senator, you ain't gonna get the NRA vote anyway.

Obama and Hillary Clinton hold first joint campaign rally in Unity, NH. Now isn't that special?

Karl Rove describes Obama as "the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that (sic) stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everybody who passes by." And Rove is the kind of guy who would have blackballed Obama's membership.

Evangelical leader James Dobson says Obama offers "fruitcake interpretation of the Constitution." Criticism from a nutcake.

Right-wing drumbeat begins with headlines like, "Obama-nation," "The coming Obama stock market crash," "Will President Obama ban Rush and O'Reilly?" (We should be so lucky)..."Obama would leave America Unprotected." Obama as "B.O." And that's just Newsmax.com.

News anchor Charlie Gibson wonders on air if it's fair that Obama has raised so much more money than John McCain. So, Charlie, why doesn't ABC offer the candidates free air time?

McCain strategist Charles Black says another terrorist attack would help McCain campaign. By showing us that Bush Administration didn't protect us? By reminding us that 9/11 happened on Bush's watch? By exposing the myth of Republican superiority on national security issues? By reminding us Osama bin Laden still at large? Huh?

LA Times/Bloomberg poll shows Obama with 12 point lead. Anybody stupid enough to pay attention to this figure should be reminded that Michael Dukakis supposedly had a 17-point lead over George Bush right after the Democratic convention and BEFORE the Republican convention in 1988.

Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham taken off the air. Major advance in fight against air pollution.

Barack steps back from revised Obamish presidential seal on his lectern. Premature expectation?

President Bush visits Great Britain, meets with PM Gordon Brown, a political leader almost as unpopular as he is. Tells him, "You're doing a heckuva job, Brownie."

Stories about wars in Iraq and Afghanistan scarce on major American TV networks. They obviously can't walk and chew gum at the same time. Or talk and blow bubble gum.

US Government freezes solar projects on public land. As oil heads toward $150/barrel.

Tom Brokaw replaces Tim Russert on "Meet the Press," has Gov. Schwarzenegger as first guest. With Brokaw's speech impediment and Arnold's accent, could've used sub-titles.

Larry King's wife into rehab. What took her so long?

Boy George denied visa to enter US. Another victory in the War on Terrorism

Memorial service in LA for George Carlin. Eulogy consisted of seven words.