In the Arena In the Arena

Jew Baiting

I am more than a little disgusted by the Republican attempts to exploit the less than informed fears about Barack Obama in certain segments of the Jewish community. Senator John Kerry skewers the House GOP leaders about this at Huffington today. And Jeff Goldberg’s interview with Obama is certainly worth reading.

I disagree with Obama’s …

UPDATE: The Other Race to Watch

wasn’t even close. DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen is, to put it mildly, very happy:

“Congratulations to Travis Childers on his stunning victory. His victory has sent a political thunderbolt across America tonight. It is yet another rejection of the House Republican agenda, the Bush Administration’s misguided policies, and John

To Slightly More Interested Parties

It’s true HILLARY CLINTON HAS WON WEST VIRGINIA. Total game-changer, people. And here’s some snippets from the Obama team’s push-back:

And for perspective, while 28 pledged delegates are up for grabs this evening, Obama has won the support of 27 superdelegates in the course of just the last week putting him less than 150 total delegates

Making More Assumptions About Evangelicals. And Your Brain.

As reporters seek to make sense of — and create new narratives about — this election cycle, I imagine there will be more stories like this one: “Young, evangelical … for Obama?”

The thing is, that question mark is well-deserved. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, researchers say that the crack-up of the Christian Right does not mean …

The Other Race To Watch Today

While most folks (okay, those of us political geeks who can’t get enough) will be riveted tonight to the returns in West Virginia, there is another election worth watching tonight: the Congressional race in Mississippi’s First district to replace Roger Wicker, who left to fill Trent Lott’s Senate seat. This is a district that …

“Big house, big car, not much to do. Why not?”

Kudos to The Hill for getting all 97 senators to answer the question, “If you were asked, would you accept an offer to be the VP nominee?”

The answers exhibit inverse proportions of humor to actual willingness to consider the job, with age as a factor in both regards (older=funnier, less interested; rural states also seem to generate …

To: “Interested” Parties

It’s a short “cc” list:

To: Interested Parties

From: Clinton Campaign

Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Re: Why West Virginia Matters

With a record turnout expected in today’s primary, West Virginia Democrats will make clear who they believe is the strongest candidate to take on Sen. McCain in the Fall.

The Mountain State

Re: McCain Veep Wire

Pawlenty, Schmalenty: “Are you more or less willing to vote for John McCain if his running mate is a wife?”

Carly Fiorina made her Sunday show surrogate debut over the weekend; veepstakes handicappers should consider her performance an audition. Her strengths on paper are obvious: her private sector success* fills in some of McCain’s …

Obama’s White-Guy Challenge

Former Texas Congressman Martin Frost, who now runs America Votes, suggests organized labor could be one potential solution to Barack Obama’s much-talked-about problem winning over working class white voters. Writing today in Politico.com, Frost notes:

Labor has always played a significant role in Democratic politics, but rarely has it

The Time Bomb in Hillary Clinton’s Bank Account

There are all kinds of arguments being made as to why Barack Obama might want to help Hillary Clinton pay off her campaign debt–party unity, goodwill, etc. But there’s no small amount of urgency on Clinton’s part, thanks to a little-noticed provision of the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. As just about everyone now knows, the …

McCain VP Wire, Smelly Fish Edition

From WCCO.com:

[Minnesota] Gov. Tim Pawlenty landed a 17-inch walleye Saturday during the Governor’s 60th Annual Fishing Opener at Breezy Point on Pelican Lake, but Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau reeled in a 19-inch walleye about two-and-a-half hours earlier. . . .

“I have a wife who genuinely loves to fish. I mean, she will take the lead and

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