McCain Lays Out “Hope” Timetable For Iraq

Later today, John McCain will deliver a notable speech in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Here is his conceit: “It is important that the candidates who seek to lead the country after the Bush Administration define their objectives and what they plan to achieve not with vague language but with clarity. So, what I want to do today …

And I Gave Up Coke During Apartheid!

Bush, to Politico:

“I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal,” he said in an interview for Yahoo! News and Politico magazine.

“I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander-in-chief playing golf,” he said. “I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with

Other Endorsements

The Edwards endorsement is going to get most of the ink this evening, but that’s not the one that the HRC people are upset about. It’s the decision of NARAL’s PAC to endorse Obama as well. Their pique was expressed in this urgent press release put out just now:

Clinton National Campaign Co-Chair Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones and

Sacrifices

• “Military analysts named in Times exposé appeared or were quoted more than 4,500 times on broadcast nets, cables, NPR” [MM]

• “College democrat representatives Lauren Wolfe and Awais Khaleel endorsed Barack Obama on Tuesday, using YouTube to unveil their preference.” [Threat Level]

• “Cole said that comparing Democratic

Edwards for Obama

He may not be a superdelegate, but John Edwards could certainly help Obama out with that white working class problem. AP says Edwards is endorsing Obama tonight and there is this chartered flight Edwards was rumored to be seen boarding from Raleigh, North Carolina to Grand Rapids, Michigan (in case you’re really board and wanna watch …

In the Arena In the Arena

Zell Lieberman

Can there be any doubt that Joe Lieberman will be the Zell Miller of this year’s Republican Convention? Here he is smearing Barack Obama re Hamas. He is entitled to his views about the Middle East, but for the past five years he has taken those Likudnik views a step beyond propriety–saying that those who disagree with him (i.e.–the …

Let Him Call You Sweetheart

Maybe this whole “matinee idol” treatment has gone to Obama’s head:

To be totally honest, I did not get as worked up about this as, say, the Clinton campaign would like me to be. So I’ve been trying to imagine if — as the HRC folks might argue — it’s equivalent to Hillary calling a black reporter “boy.” Or if McCain saying the same

UPDATE2: The Other Race to Watch

Following up on Karen’s update. The really interesting character in this is McCain, who recorded robocalls for Davis but didn’t personally visit. The Dem victory calls into question McCain’s coattails, as Gingrich warned, but it also makes me wonder why McCain’s been immune to the backlash against the GOP thus far in national …

Life in Beirut

Another update from Paul du Quenoy in Beirut — sent last night:

Hints of normal life are appearing. Yesterday and today more – I would even say most — shops were open. I walked down Joan of Arc Street toward the university. People were walking with real purpose instead of the nervous curiosity that possessed them for the previous

The GOP’s Bad Brand

On a conference call just now, Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, who runs the NRCC, was asked to diagnose the grim situation of the Republican Party in the wake of a third special election loss, this time in the 1st District of Mississippi. His answer:

You have to get beyond campaign tactics and take a long hard look: Is there something wrong

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