Presidential Campaign

Presidential Campaign

Darn the Luck: Edwards Doesn’t Get Castro Endorsement

Poor John Edwards can’t catch a break in his bid for the Democratic Party nomination. The only way he’s able to raise money is by riding Ann Coulter’s coattails, he’s had to give up the $400 haircuts (and it shows), and now it’s being reported that Fidel Castro has written an essay saying Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama would “make a winning combination.”

Just how far left does poor old John have to go to get the Communist leader’s attention?

Here’s the lede from Reuters: “Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro is tipping Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to team up and win the U.S. presidential election.
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Two Freds

First, to make something right: On Friday I wrote that John Warner had served three terms in the Senate. He’s in his fifth term. Come to think of it, that means I was technically accurate. I'm glad I could clear that up.

Second, I am glad that I did my riff on the Alberto Gonzales resignation yesterday. That was because he was considerate enough to make his announcement before my deadline. I had time to yell “Get me Rewrite!!!” Except, of course, we have a tight budget here so I am “rewrite.” But it was a good thing because by today there is absolutely nothing left unsaid about the guy. Nothing.
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Great nation needs big dreams

“Great people talk about great ideas; average people talk about average ideas; small people talk about other people.” I don’t know where the quote comes from, but the person must have had politics in mind when he/she said it.

Every presidential candidate, Democrat or Republican, should always be armed with at least two or three ideas to convey their great ideas for making America better tomorrow than it is today when speaking to a crowd, the media or a stranger on the street. Voters have already expressed their displeasure with the direction of the country — we know from poll after poll they are displeased and see plenty in their government that isn’t going right.
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Standing the Heat

Back in May, Rudy Giuliani was the front-runner and feeling fine. His cruel summer started off in June with the Bloomberg boomlet, the indictment of his South Carolina state chairman on cocaine-distribution charges, Jim Nussle's departure as his Iowa state chairman to become budget director for President Bush and Bernard Kerik's interview, in which he said the distance Giuliani has created between them was killing him.
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Sean Hannity Out on the Campaign Trail

I have a confession. I don’t like Fox News. Is that a shock? I won’t go on it — why be the Democratic fire hydrant for the right-wing shock jocks? I used to, but several years ago I stopped going on "Hannity & Colmes," O’Reilly, Gibson, etc. We Report, You Decide became We Distort, You Decide. Fair and Balanced was really Unfair and Unbalanced. 
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Keeping Mine, Getting Yours

What's in a name? Like, have you ever pondered what we mean by United States of America? Probably not. But what the hell, it's August. 
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Failure to Launch

Fresh off his straw poll victory, with Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) finally out of the way, Mitt Romney now plans to take down Rudy Giuliani and prove once and for all that he is the candidate of conservatives, and most worthy of the GOP nomination.

But the only guarantee on the trail of a presidential campaign is the constant stream of surprises, some positive (McCain) and others just plain irritating. After having to shake off Sen. Sam Brownback (Kan.), Romney suddenly finds former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee nipping at his loafers. 
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Enough With the Debates Already

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has said that he will not participate in any further primary debates beyond those that he has already accepted. Good for him. We can get too much of a good thing, and I am coming to believe that these multiple encounters, as structured, have long since ceased to provide valuable and timely information about the candidates to primary voters. 
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Obama Finally Gets Serious

After months of tap dancing, Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) has finally gotten serious about engaging Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) as the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination heats up.

In a long interview given to The Washington Post, Obama makes the point that he can do a better job of uniting the country than can Clinton. That seems obvious in that anyone could do a better job on that score. However, the issue of unity is a better general election theme than one to emphasize in a primary campaign.
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Invisible? More Like Inevitable

As Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) hits the air in Iowa today with her first commercial, it's worth remembering that just months ago a top aide's memo was leaked in which he recommended she skip Iowa. As Iowans watch Clinton stroll through a corn field talking about how some Americans may be invisible to President Bush but aren't to her, those caucus-goers may wonder if she didn't leak the memo herself. The timing was perfect for her to exceed such lowered expectations there, and by now she already has.
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