Promises, Promises

In this morning’s Clinton conference call, perennial HRC antagonist Andrea Mitchell pressed the campaign’s spokespeople about Hillary’s firm promise to withdraw from Iraq even if, as Gibson put it, “the military commanders in Iraq came to you on day one and said this kind of withdrawal would destabilize Iraq, it would set back all of the …

Not to Flog a Dead Horse…

But I found it a glaring omission in last night’s debate that trade was not addressed at all. The moderators managed to dwell on why Obama doesn’t wear a lapel pin but there was nary a mention of the collapse of Columbian Colombian Free Trade deal in Congress (or the fact that Mark Penn had to resign after he met with the Colombian …

The Debate That Didn’t Happen

ABC has just put out this news, like it’s, you know, a good thing:

Ratings Report: ABC News Programming
ABC News-National Constitution Center-WPVI-TV’s Democratic Presidential Debate
ABC News’ Debate Is Most-Watched of 2008 Presidential Cycle

10.7 Million Total Viewers Tune In to Democratic Debate

Program Outperforms Previous

Debate Mysteries

I missed the first part of the ABC trivia bowl; I assume that’s when they made the disclaimer that George Stephanopoulos used to work for Hillary, right?

UPDATE: Not endorsing the contents, just passing along this artifact from the Obamaverse.

In the Arena In the Arena

A Lousy Debate…plus Latest Column

I have slightly–well, a microscopic smidgeon–more sympathy for the gotcha-moderators from ABC than Tom Shales does. As Karen points out below, Michael Grunwald does a good job limning the banalities elsewhere on this site. But I think Stephanopoulos and Gibson were doing what journalists do: they picked the most obvious scabs. They …

Obamas Earned $4.2mil in 2007

Just two hours before tonight’s debate began Obama finally released his tax returns from last year. The candidate and his wife Michelle earned $4.2 million in 2007, more than they earned in the previous seven years combined. The earnings reflect the success of Obama’s two bestselling books: $4 million came from royalties alone.

As …

Sounds Familiar

HRC’s “screw them” (where “them” = working class Democrats) comment is getting all the attention, but I was struck by this contemporaneous statement by Bill:

I know how you feel. … It makes me mad too. Sure, we lost our base in the South; our boys voted for Gingrich. But let me tell you something. I know these boys. I grew up with

Notes From All Over

• “I can think of about four thousand people that will have no opportunity to attend that lecture.” [HuffPo]

• “Over here on E Street, we’re proud to support Obama for President.” [Ambinder]

• “It is a little bit disappointing to expect a detailed report on your work and to receive instead such a vague rhapsody as your last

Re: Clinton Strategery

Joe, I agree with you about the likely (in)effectiveness of this kind of attack in a Democratic primary. What’s more, it may be more dangerous to the attacker than the attackee. I was talking yesterday to a high-ranking official from an organization that has endorsed Obama, who told me that their pollster had strenuously advised against …

Leaks and Such

In a story I wrote early this week I called the dissemination in the media of the audio of Obama’s San Francisco fundraiser a “leak.” NYU’s Jay Rosen, who co-created the website that Mayhill Fowler works for, contends that it wasn’t a leak. Rosen pointed out to me that in today’s print edition of the New York Times (I can’t …

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