Presidential Campaign

Presidential Campaign

Will Kucinich, Gravel, Biden, Dodd and Paul Be Forced Out of Debates?

Hillary and Edwards are plotting to remove various Democratic candidates from debates. They sound like the Borgias, minus the poison.

Meanwhile, high-level Republicans are plotting to give the boot to Ron Paul. Paul is drowning in money compared to McCain. Do they dump McCain if they dump Paul?

Bad plan. Huge backlash coming.

My advice to Hillary and Edwards: Find an open mic and deny it. Soon.

Presidential Wannabes Pander on Race, Part I

In one of the most famous speeches uttered in the United States, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood astride the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and spoke of his dream for America. In this dream, King wished for a day in which his children would be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Accordingly, I was more than a little surprised to read the remarks associated with Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) when they shared their thoughts on race before the NAACP convention earlier today. Rather than judging individuals by their successes or failures, these candidates pandered shamelessly to the NAACP by trotting out the tired race/class warfare tactics I believe have taken our country further apart rather than bringing us together.

McCain’s many assets apparently don’t add up to the presidency

It would be hard to imagine a more dramatic tumbling downward than the campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) experienced yesterday without death, sex or a crime. Losing his long time trusted aide and friend, John Weaver, no matter what the circumstances, will exact an emotional toll on McCain for months to come.

Standing on the Senate floor yesterday the lonely man spoke of his continued commitment to surging troops and our military operation in Iraq, despite the bipartisan critical mass growing against the president’s war policy. McCain’s voice shook, and he twisted his wedding ring around his ring finger as the emotion of what we were about to learn took hold of him. In less than an hour the announcement came that Terry Nelson and Weaver had left the campaign, and two more top staff would follow later in the day.

The Hobson's Choice

Is it me, or does anyone else see the irony of the McCain in McCain-Feingold having severe campaign fundraising problems? And also the irony of his being in such miserable shape because of his unwavering support for some of the least popular policies of his erstwhile nemesis, George W. Bush?

But there he is ... out there on the limb on Iraq, supporting a war that so many others say is unsupportable. But the very arguments he and the president make about staying the course, and the opposite "get-out-while-we can" arguments made by their adversaries, point up the real dilemma here: There are only lousy choices.

What Now for McCain?

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) shook up his campaign team yesterday and replaced his current management with the architect of his improbable 2000 presidential campaign. Commentators are focusing on his lack of money in the bank and the instability caused by the staff moves as reasons to count him out. I think those criticisms miss the mark. Money and stability are important, but the bigger challenge for his new team will be to fashion a sharper message that will allow him to  appeal to a broader constituency within the Republican Party and Republican-leaning independents.

First to stability: Every campaign gets one “do over.” This is McCain’s. Winning campaigns in the past have shaken up their staff — successfully, in many cases. The question is whether the new management can induce the changes necessary for the campaign to begin to gain momentum and traction. 

Why McCain Is Losing (Hint: It's Not Iraq)

Listen up, mainstream media and Chris Matthews: John McCain isn’t doing poorly in the polls and being rejected by Republican voters because of his support for the Iraq war. It’s about taxes, and campaign finance reform and immigration. Period. How many times do you all have to be told this before it sinks in? It ain’t about Iraq.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) summed it up best last March during an interview on Hugh Hewitt’s conservative radio program: 

Campaign Memos Advertisements, Not News Stories

Breaking News Alert! Clinton Campaign Strategist Writes Memo: Says his client is doing super-duper in the polls.

Other Breaking News Alert! Washington Post so desperate for breaking news they report Clinton Memo like it’s actually newsworthy.

When did campaign memos addressed to “Interested Parties,” which essentially means “Anyone who will read this,” become newsworthy?

Today’s most obsequious “Hillary’s So Awesome” reporting comes by way of Anne Kornblut in The Washington Post, who for some unknown reason took seriously a campaign memo addressed to no one in particular about how great Hillary’s poll numbers are. 

No Fun Being a Front-runner

Big Fred, the not-yet-candidate, has finally learned what fun it is to be a front-runner. And after the rough month Rudy Giuliani has endured, he is probably pleased to share the spotlight and some of the heat.

Thompson has faced some noise from detractors who question his pro-life credentials, waving around some questionnaire he once filled out. In response Fred has stood comfortably behind his record with National Right to Life, with whom he voted his entire Senate career. Now comes news that Thompson helped out the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, according to minutes of a board meeting from 1991 showing the group hired Thompson that year.

Draft Al Gore, The True Heir to FDR and JFK

Last week a poll in New Hampshire showed Al Gore winning the primary in that state, and this coming fall I predict Al Gore will win the Nobel Prize for peace.

Every so often, in America, voters have an opportunity to fire the shot that will be heard around the world, to lift the spirits of America and lift the stature and reputation of America around the world.

Every American should read Al Gore's book The Assault On Reason, a manifesto for freedom and democracy in the modern world, a sweeping indictment of the sins and shames of the George Bush era and a call to arms for everything that America can be.