Presidential Campaign

Presidential Campaign

The Devious Sen. Clinton

Watching last night's Democratic presidential debate makes us realize that no matter whom Mrs. Clinton's challenger was, in the end she couldn't win — either the primary or the general election.

For the past several years the Clinton brand has been sold as genius, superior, unstoppable, and it seemed virtually inevitable she'd be elected president of the U.S in 2008. As more people get to see the real and uncensored Clinton, the more they dislike and lack trust in what she says. She's constantly on the defensive in these debates, always wants to be right and shows no regard or respect for the time and rules of the debate.

If Barack Obama Had Lost 11 in a Row

I am not prone to quoting Maureen Dowd of The New York Times, but to follow her logic and raise her one:

Imagine if Barack Obama had lost 11 races in a row without winning even one during this period.

Imagine if Barack Obama had lost most of these races by 20 points, 25 points, 30 points in what can only be described as landslides and debacles.

One is the Loneliest Number

Hillary Clinton, on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," implied today that she has been treated differently in this campaign because she is a woman. While I know sexism exists and is a sad part of our society, I challenge the notion that somehow it's easier for an African-American candidate than a female one.

There are 14 female U.S. senators: Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). There is a single African-American senator, Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who is only the third elected since Reconstruction.

This Is Not Your Older Brother’s Democratic Party

Pundits are already at work analyzing the campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and making comparisons, mostly negative, with the two successful campaigns of her husband, President Bill Clinton. Most focus on things such as charisma (he has it, she doesn’t), the “vision thing” (he had one, she doesn’t) or the unique difficulties facing a woman running for president (Ellen DeGeneres chimed in on this yesterday). Whatever validity these reasons have, there is one thing that is undeniable: The Democratic Party of 2008 has moved far to the left of the one that Bill Clinton conquered in 1992.

Bill Clinton confronted a Democratic Party in shock from three consecutive presidential shellackings in the 1980s. He preached a centrist politics that foreswore ideology in favor of interest group-friendly economics and , for a Democrat, a strong focus on national security concerns. As such, he supported the first Iraq war, though his reasoning left something to be desired, and even chose Al Gore as his running mate primarily because of his vote in favor of the war. He strongly supported the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in a pitch to win Big Business, and was even willing to stick a finger in the eye of the most radical elements of the Democratic Party by publicly criticizing rapper Sister Souljah.

Hillary Up Against the Ropes

I believe Hillary Clinton, mad as she is, is smart enough to know to leave the sarcasm and mockery at home when she heads into what could be her final debate against Barack Obama tonight in Ohio. That said, she will be tough. The gauntlet has been thrown down — Clinton wants the world to know she isn't going down without a fight and that Barack Obama has a lot of explaining to do. If the media aren't going to ask him the tough questions, it is clear Clinton is prepared to do so herself.

As polls show Obama now ahead nationally for the first time, gaining in Ohio and threatening her in Texas, Clinton is going for broke. Amid the infighting in the Clinton camp it seems that Mark Penn, her pollster, and her husband Bill Clinton have prevailed. Both come from the fight-to-survive-apologize-later school of politics, and, lacking in options, Clinton has taken that advice.

The (Almost) Final Four

President Bush got it wrong. In the final analysis he's not "The Decider" — we are. It's as good a time as any to review the remaining selection of significant presidential candididates. As Fox News might put it, "You Decide, You Support." Sooner or later we will need to draw some conclusions about the finalist candidates.

Vote Counting 101

It might take a rocket scientist (and a Trident cruise missile) to shoot down a spy satellite, but it surely doesn’t take one to figure out that Democratic voter turnout has blown by Republican turnout by nearly 2-to-1 during the primaries thus far. This year’s election season has launched only 11 million Republicans into the voting booth, a far cry from the 17 million Democrats. Despite first-glance assumptions, Republicans are not losing voters, they just aren’t gaining any more — a clear problem when Democrats are attracting higher-than-average numbers due to the tight competition.

Which Hillary Will Debate Tonight?

Hillary Clinton champions her 35 years of experience and has been running for president forever. After New Hampshire she claimed she found her voice, which apparently was racially oriented rhetoric from her campaign, for which she has now apologized.

Today everyone asks, Which Hillary will debate tonite? The Hillary where Barack Obama is compared to Jesse Jackson? The Hillary who is proud, real proud, to be on the stage with Barack Obama? The Hillary who virtually yells about a month-old flyer?

Dark Side of the Moon

Desperation is the English way, observed Pink Floyd on its album “Dark Side of Moon.”

The dark side of the moon is where the Clinton campaign seems to be residing right now.

First, there was the Xerox moment.

My good friend Paul Vinovich put it this way to me in an e-mail: “My favorite thing about the snide ‘Xerox’ remark is that it was obviously written in advance and given to her to use. So she uses words written by others to attack Obama for using words written by others. How Clintonian.”

Ralph Nader Rides Again!

Just when you thought there was no way Democrats could lose this election ... here we go again ...

Ralph Nader decides to run, as an independent candidate, for the third time.

Let me tell you, I used to be a big Ralph Nader fan. No wonder. In his heyday, he was a mighty, effective champion of consumers in this country. But today, he’s nothing but a colossal, misguided, egomaniacal nutcase.

Nader says he’s running because people are disenchanted with both major parties and their candidates. Hello ... What planet is he living on? Doesn’t he know Democrats are turning out in record numbers in this year’s primaries? And does he really think he’s more exciting than Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama?