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My Advice To John McCain -- Be John McCain

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

I moved to Tucson seven years ago and I have voted for and supported Senator John McCain since I became an Arizona resident. I got to hear and talk wi...

Libertarian Candidate Bob Barr: A Day Late And A Few Million Short

Judah Freed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Judah Freed

I favor libertarian stands on civil liberties and limited government, so I eagerly read the Libertarian Party emails. Yet I base my view of reality on logic and evidence. Sadly, I'm not seeing much of either from the Barr campaign.

Drop Bibles, not bombs

Christine Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Wicker

The idea of demeaning another religion by encouraging conversion offends us. It's playing dirty pool. Imperialism of the worst kind. Isn't that strange? Dropping Bibles seems more offensive than dropping bombs.

McCain's Problem with White Voters

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

It is McCain who needs to score exceptionally well among white voters, better in fact than any other Republican presidential candidate in the past 20 years, including George H. W. Bush.

Stand and Be Counted

Karen Stabiner And Sarah Dietz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Stabiner And Sarah Dietz

Thanks to Obama's introduction of Kanye West at Lollapalooza, even my mother will be there bopping along to "Golddigger." And if that isn't a change, I don't know what is.

Jesse's Obama Problem: He Needs Barack More Than Barack Needs Him

Eric Deggans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Deggans

If tradition civil rights leaders are stuck on the outside when Obama gets elected president, what does that mean for them and for the struggle to free black folks from oppression?

Progressives Must Guard Against Helping to Promote Republican Narrative That Alleges Obama "Flip Flops"

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Progressives who disagree with Barack Obama but at the same time don't want to help Republicans usher in a third Bush term need to remember these three things.

Is the GOP Really the Party of Free Trade?

William Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bernstein

Obama is highly intelligent, highly trained -- and he knows full well that the nation as a whole benefits from free trade, even if substantial minorities are harmed by it.

Broke and Burned Out: Moms of '08 Election?

Nanette Fondas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nanette Fondas

Soccer moms, security moms ... How will the mothers' vote be labeled this year? Broke and burned out moms?

Why Do Republicans Like Fossil Fuels and Not Care That Much for the Environment?

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Patrick Takahashi

McCain and Obama are at polar opposites on the matter of energy; the issue of fossil / nuclear energy versus green energy could well be the uniquely different determining factor in November.

Poll: Independent Voters Split Between Candidates

Washington Post | Dan Balz and Jon Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Buoyed by a public mood favoring Democrats, Sen. Barack Obama begins the general-election campaign holding a narrow advantage over Sen. John McCain, w...

Why is Everything Obama Does Considered so, well, Exotic?

Eric Deggans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Deggans

When Obama exchanged a a fist bump with Michelle, he did more than prove he's hipper than most of the political class -- he also inspired an explosion of mindless explanatory news stories.

Does Obama have a thing for Michigan?

Dan Treul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dan Treul

If Obama aims to win without having to carry Florida and Ohio, then Michigan and its 17 electoral votes will be critical, which explains the campaign's preference for staging big announcements there.

Media Under Intense Scrutiny During Campaign

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The media is taking a real beating today from... the media. Below are two reports. The Wall Street Journal reports on the increased scrutiny towards...

Wisconsin Diary: My Grandparents Think McCain's Too Old

Dan Treul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dan Treul

In a northern Midwestern town, at my cousin's graduation, I got a glimpse of something remarkable, something that may signal yet more troublesome news to the already troubled regiment of McCain campaign strategists.

Ten Key Steps to Put Obama Over the Top In November

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Democrats must now focus on accomplishing ten critical tasks that are key to winning the presidency this fall.

The Presiential Election is Not Going to Be Close

Guy T. Saperstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Guy T. Saperstein

Simply put, this is the worst possible time for any Republican to be running for president, and Obama is the perfect candidate for Democrats, and a nightmare for McCain.

Top 10 Reasons Obama Defeated Clinton for the Democratic Nomination

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

It's worth looking systematically at the major factors that gave victory to Obama -- fifteen months ago, conventional wisdom viewed him as an audacious long shot.

Indiana Lunch Break In the City Of Steel

Laura J. Mansfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Laura J. Mansfield

In Gary, Ind., the City of Steel, a worker says he's voting Democrat. "Oh yeah, I want a job next year," he says... Obama never mentions the mills. Clinton, at least she seems interested."

Indiana Town Halls, Bill Clinton-Style

Laura J. Mansfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Laura J. Mansfield

I made it to two of Bill Clinton's six separate town hall appearances saturday. He runs late, talks in detail, charismatically, and doesn't answer any questions from the crowd. Not a single one.

Clinton: Not Exactly The Great White Hope

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

Were Hillary the great rural white savior that her campaign is depicting, she would have been able to dispatch a presidential neophyte like Barack Obama.

Last Night Clinton Won the Pennsylvania Primary, but Lost the War for the Nomination

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

She started with a lead of almost 20 points. But her final margin of 9.2% fell far short of what was needed to stop Obama's nomination. Here's why.

Translation Poses Voting Challenges In Chinatown, Philadelphia PA

Laura J. Mansfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Laura J. Mansfield

At polling places in Chinatown, Philadelphia, there is a serious shortage of translators. Voters are becoming frustrated with the process and leaving without casting votes.

Clinton's Philadelphia Primary-Eve Rally

Laura J. Mansfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Laura J. Mansfield

"She's a smart woman... Hillary is the one to lead us to gain the respect we have lost in the world. If Obama gets the nomination, I'm voting Republican." Problem she said was that Obama's an elitist.

Pennsylvanians Revel In The "Bitter" Truth

Laura J. Mansfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Laura J. Mansfield

"Bitter? No, why should I be bitter? I'm an American." That's how they were feeling after the Obama rally in Harrisburg, PA, today, the week of the primary. "Not Bitter, no. I'm reinvigorated!"