Hillary Looks For the Philly Union Label

What could be more alluring for Democratic presidential candidates three weeks ahead of the Pennsylvania primary than a gathering of the Keystone States AFL-CIO unions? While many have endorsed Clinton (Obama has the backing of the Change to Win unions that broke away from the AFL-CIO after the last presidential cycle) both candidates …

In the Arena In the Arena

Today in Iraq, er, Iran

Juan Cole notes the significance of the Shi’ite cease fire, if such a thing exists, being negotiated in Qom. And it is, indeed, significant that members of Maliki’s coalition sought out Sadr in Iran, where he is trying to burnish his religious credentials. And it may be significant that the agreement came a day after the Iranians called …

Even More New Pennsylvania Voters

Ever more fascinating Pennsylvania registration numbers emerged today and the PA Secretary of State is still counting. Apparently there are, so far, 4, 119,213 registered Democrats now in Pennsylvania, that’s up an additional 74,261 from last week’s tally. The state’s voter registration deadline closed at midnight a week ago today. …

Guess the Campaign!

On background, which campaign, looking to the fall, said this:

“McCain will be able to call out Obama on the public financing issue, and has a leg up in terms of making the reformer/ethics leader argument.”

Yes, it’s a little bit of a trick question because, of course, I’ve heard — almost word for word — the same argument from both

“If I Only Had McCain”

The Washington Post fronts this morning with the tale of Barack Obama and John McCain’s 2006 spat over ethics reform legislation. Long story short, Obama and McCain once tried to work together to impose tougher congressional ethics rules. But then Obama released a letter criticizing McCain’s approach, McCain took offense, and some …

A Taxonomy of Delegates

Politico has a semi-helpful “Guide to Superdelegates” that tries to subdivide that somewhat secretive fraternity into recognizable types… that has nothing to do with high school. Though I couldn’t help but notice that all of the designations would make terrific band names Did you know that Rahm Emanuel was the front man for the “Strong

Say It Ain’t So, Joe

It’s not news that Sen. Joe Lieberman, the onetime Democratic VP candidate, is backing John McCain for President. Nor is it news that Lieberman takes a different view of the Iraq War than most Democrats. But what he said this morning on ABC’s “This Week” is certainly news.

Well, I say that the Democratic Party changed. The Democratic

In the Arena In the Arena

Obama Diplomacy?

John Heilmann has an interesting account of the efforts by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to woo John Edwards…and guess what? Clinton was far more effective than Obama. Here’s the key section:

Speaking to Edwards on the day he exited the race, Obama came across as glib and aloof. His response to Edwards’s imprecations that he make

Pelosi Warns of “Spill Over”

A very interesting e-mail appeal from Nancy Pelosi for money.

Dear Friend,

Here’s what you and I can’t let happen. We can’t allow the tension and pressures of a spirited Presidential contest to spill over and harm hard-working Democratic candidates running to strengthen our Democratic majority in the House.

I will do whatever it takes

The Contributor Gotcha Game

HRC’s campaign just circulated a memo calling attention to how much money Obama has received from oil and natural gas companies:

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Sen. Obama has received over $160,000 from the oil and gas companies. Two major bundlers for his campaign — George Kaiser and Robert Cavnar – are oil company

Sweet and Sour (or Vice-Versa)

• “Stafford Smith advised Binyam that when he appeared before the military tribunal he should represent himself. “His words, not mine, were going to be published by the media,” Stafford Smith writes. Binyam understood. His military commission hearing transcript, as reported by Stafford Smith, reads like a script for a farce. First

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