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Why Palin Won - Even Though She Lost

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2008 | 10:28 AM

I give the debate to Sarah Palin. Not because she was better than Joe Biden - of course she wasn't - but because she looked like the woman people liked when they first saw her at the convention back in August.

The flailing Sarah Palin of the Katie Couric interview...

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The Palin Melt Down

(5) Comments | Posted October 2, 2008 | 3:31 PM

Sarah Palin couldn't give a good answer to the Roe v. Wade question Katie Couric asked her?!?

Mangled, and ill informed answers on Hammas, or the Bush Doctrine, or Pakistan, we've come to expect. But on Roe v. Wade?

Sarah Palin was picked by McCain precisely in order to...

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Economic Security Is The New National Security

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2008 | 7:33 AM

If Democrats are going to win this election, they need to chain the Republican party to this economic crisis like a naked frat boy to a lamp post.

"Republican" needs to become a synonym for job losses, for four-dollar gas, and for home foreclosure.

By November 4th, it needs...

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Why Palin Spells Danger for Democrats

(14) Comments | Posted September 2, 2008 | 4:43 PM

Sarah Palin is a disastrous choice for America.

As a candidate, she is a political gimmick: woefully inexperienced in national politics, and dangerously unqualified for the international reach of the Vice Presidency.

As a symbol of female progress, she is a travesty: she opposes a woman's...

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Obama Refines The American Dream

(2) Comments | Posted July 15, 2008 | 5:30 PM

In this era of the X factor, and American Idol, in which fast-forward versions of the American Dream are presented to us all on a daily basis, Barack Obama is starting an important and sensible debate about social mobility.

In amidst the disappointment of his stances on telecoms immunity, the...

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Losing Hope?

(156) Comments | Posted July 14, 2008 | 4:46 PM

The Obama campaign is squandering that most rare of commodities in politics: belief.

Back in 2006, Obama gave a speech in which he observed that "America is desperate for leadership. I absolutely feel it everywhere I go. They are longing for direction and they want to believe again." This phrase...

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Urgent Message to Obama Supporters

(140) Comments | Posted June 3, 2008 | 12:13 PM

Listen up, Obama supporters.

You need to stop this hysterical Clinton-bashing.

Barack Obama has captured your hearts and minds with his positive message of hope, and his promise of a new kind of politics.

The trouble is, I'm not seeing much of that spirit among his supporters.


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Can The Superdelegates Afford To Say No To Clinton?

(120) Comments | Posted May 30, 2008 | 10:44 AM

This primary is not a symbol of the progress America is making in terms of gender or race; it's not a personal battle between Clinton and Obama; it's not a popularity contest. The stakes are too high for that.

It's about deciding who can save America and the rest of...

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Who is Hillary Clinton?

(90) Comments | Posted April 21, 2008 | 2:15 PM

We've all become side-tracked. We've all got lost. We're all having the wrong conversations. As a Clinton supporter, I am being asked about delegates and superdelegates, about Mark Penn and Jeremiah Wright, about percentages and demographics. But let's remember something: the issue is not how the candidates can win (and...

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Hillary Sees Sense and Exits Gracefully

(16) Comments | Posted April 3, 2008 | 12:12 PM

That "graceful" exit 22% of the electorate have been waiting for all this time, as told to Jane Austen.


Settling herself at the bureau, her blonde hair curled pleasingly about her temples, she smoothed down her pantsuit, and took out her quill. With the venerable Mister...

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Don't Forget The Movement

(87) Comments | Posted March 18, 2008 | 3:23 PM

Forget telephones and tax returns and monsters; forget Geraldine and Jeremiah. Forget Superdelegates and pundits and Pennsylvanian demographics. State by state, and vote by vote, it's still a question of belief.

"I'll do whatever he says to do," said Oscar winner Halle Berry of Barack Obama. "I'll...

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