McCain Medical Records Overshare

Ambinder has the pool report. NBC and CNN both sent MDs, assume we’ll see in-depth analysis from them soon. I was amused by this, from his most recent physical: “alcohol: very infrequent. two drinks per month.” I always lie to my doctor about this question, but having seen his staff go through a bar, I assume there’s not much left for him.

See, I Told You She Wasn’t Interested in Veep (UPDATES)


“My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don’t understand it,” she said, dismissing calls to drop out.

UPDATE: From the campaign: “Senator Clinton’s statement before the …

Clinton’s “Formal Talks”

CNN is reporting, and the blogs are amplifying, that Clinton and Obama are in “formal talks” about her coming onto the ticket as the VP. That there are talks happening may well be true, but the chatter I’m hearing these days is that Hillary does not want the job. Taking it would repudiate all of the arguments she’s made for why she …


In the last four months I’ve seen Michelle Obama speak close to a dozen times. From her early days out in South Carolina just after she’d joined the campaign full time till this past week in Kentucky, her message has evolved. Back in Columbia she talked a lot about her own experiences, how she had to fight for her seat at the table. …

In the Arena In the Arena

Today in Iraq

From the Washington Post’s account of yesterday’s confirmation hearings for David Petraeus and Ray Odierno:

Pressed by Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) on what the “endpoint” of U.S. involvement in Iraq should be, Odierno said the goal is a self-reliant, stable government that can protect the country and improve citizens’ lives.

“So how long do

What Does Hillary Want?

When the voting is over on June 3, she is not likely to get what she really wants. But having fought so hard and come so close, Hillary Clinton–and more importantly, her legions of passionate supporters–will come out of this race with significant leverage to bargain with. Her husband believes she has earned the second spot on the …

McCain Also Rejects Rod Parsley Endorsement

STOCKTON, Calif.–At a press avail here Thursday afternoon, McCain called Pastor John Hagee’s ideas about Adolf Hitler doing the will of God “crazy and unacceptable.” He continued: “My church I attend is North Phoenix Baptist Church. My pastor and spiritual guide is Pastor Dan Yeary. I’ve never been to Pastor Hagee’s church or Pastor …

McCain Reengages Immigration Debate

UNION CITY, Calif. — This morning’s event was called a “roundtable” discussion, but the table John McCain sat at was actually shaped like the wings of a B-2 Bomber–two rectangles jutting out at an obtuse angle. As promised, however, there was a lot of give and take between McCain and his fellow panelists, which included a star-studded …

Re: Does McCain Have a Vets Problem?

Obama thinks so. In an unorthodox move, Obama scolded McCain on the issue from the floor of the Senate today:

“I respect Sen. John McCain’s service to our country. He is one of those heroes of which I speak. But I can’t understand why he would line up behind the President in his opposition to this GI Bill. I can’t believe why he

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