Poniewozik Thinks He’s Seen This Show Before

He writes about last night’s episode here, and picks out this interesting moment:

CNN’s pundits, on the other hand, were pretty much agog. Gloria Borger related an email from a Hillary supporter explaining why she had not conceded her loss or endorsed Obama: “This needed to be her night,” she quoted. To her left, Jeffrey Toobin’s jaw

The Democratic Leaders Set a Deadline

I suspect this statement was aimed at Hillary Clinton, more than those remaining 115 or so supers:

Washington D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi, DGA Chairman Joe Manchin and DNC Chairman Howard Dean today
issued the following statement:

“We have come to the end of an exciting primary and caucus

Hillary’s Speech

So much for conceding tonight. And, by the way, that was one hell of a speech. It’s been said before, but if she had campaigned from the beginning the way she’s campaigned these past few months (minus the occasional gratuitous reference to winning the votes of “white people”), she would have done better. Which means she would have won. …

In the Arena In the Arena

McCain’s Speech

John McCain simply can not give a formal speech–especially one with a rhetorical conceit (“And that’s not change you can believe in”)–in a manner that is even vaguely convincing. Everything about him screams: I. Am. Reading. A. Speech. His weird ghostly grins and false chuckling whenever the rhetoric device came around were totally …

Election Night Speechifying Open Thread (Updated!)

So what do you think about that green background for McCain’s speech? What about his claim that Barack Obama has never taken the hard step to challenge his own party?

My read: The McCain speech was better written than it was delivered. But it also laid out the battle lines for the summer. The refrain was “That’s not change we can …

In the Arena In the Arena

The Tide Turns Against Al Qaeda

Matt Duss has some good thoughts about the growing sense that Al Qaeda seems near defeat in Iraq, and is losing the hearts-and-minds battle in the greater Middle East. As Duss says, this is something that happened despite the Bush Administration’s war in Iraq…which was, initially, a major recruiting tool for the terrorists. But, as I …

To Concede or Not to Concede

There was some confusion this afternoon over what to expect from Senator Clinton tonight. The AP reported that Clinton would concede citing unnamed Clinton senior staffers:

“Hillary Rodham Clinton will concede Tuesday night that Barack Obama has the delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, campaign officials said, effectively

McCain General Election Message Launch, Take Three (Or So)

The Drudge siren is whirring, and the Associated Press is reporting: Barack Obama has done it. The primaries are over. Hillary Clinton’s 2008 dreams are dead! Long live her 2008 dreams! More importantly, the endless national saga of recurring CNN election night panels, with all those wall screens and too many laptops, is nearly over. …

AP Says It’s Over

This just moved:

WASHINGTON – Barack Obama effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday, based on an Associated Press tally of convention delegates, becoming the first black candidate ever to lead his party into a fall campaign for the White House.

Campaigning on an insistent call for change, Obama outlasted

3 Before Breakfast

Here we go. Today is the last day of the Democratic primaries and Obama has already raked in threee superdelegates before breakfast including the powerful Jim Clyburn, Majority Whip and the top African American in the House. Clyburn announced his endorsement on the Today Show this morning, saying: “Today the primary process draws to a …

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