Scranton #1: Obama Rally

Dispatches from the Obama trail: Obama ventured into Hillary territory, quite literally where her father is buried, to Scranton, Pennsylvania tonight and rallied 4,800 eager fans. Under the neon lights of a massive indoor soccer field, Obama also unleashed some of his harshest criticism yet of Clinton, laying out three reasons why he’d …

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 …

Obama Takes a Hit in PA Poll

First poll of Pennsylvania voters post-“bitter” comments shows Obama taking a hit. The American Research Group had him and Clinton neck-and-neck with 45% each in its April 5-6 survey. The group’s April 11-13 poll has Obama at 37% to Clinton’s 57%.

Of course, this is just one poll. It’ll be interesting to see others as they come later …

Obama’s Bitter Pill

Here’s my analysis for And, Obama this morning in a speech before the Alliance for American Manufacturing questioned how in touch McCain and Clinton are. An excerpt:

You know, there’s been a lot of talk in this campaign lately about who’s “in touch” with the workers of Pennsylvania. Senator Clinton and Senator McCain

Obama’s Bitterness

Yesterday the Huffington Post had this exclusive audio of Obama speaking at a California fundraiser. An excerpt:

“You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them,” Obama said. “And they fell through the Clinton

The Thong Primary

Just for fun, to liven up this hump day:
Forget about polls and primaries, caucuses and voter registration stats. There’s a market barometer out there and it’s proven surprisingly intuitive in predicting shifts in the 2008 campaign: the thong. No, this isn’t a lucky thong or anything a candidate has worn (at least, I don’t think …

Mark Penn Resigns

A late weekend surprise from the Clinton campaign, an e-mailed statement from Maggie Williams that is sure to dominate tomorrow’s news.

After the events of the last few days, Mark Penn has asked to give up his role as Chief Strategist of the Clinton Campaign; Mark, and Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates, Inc. will continue to provide

Jobs Jobs and More Jobs in Pennsylvania

Commentators on my AFL-CIO posts earlier this week (this is for you, Elvis) asked what Obama and Clinton were saying on the trail in Pennsylvania. Most of the talk was about jobs, creating them, bringing them back or preventing them from leaving. I just posted this story on about how Obama and Clinton may sound different — he …

Obama Looks For The Philly Union Label

I don’t want to make too much about size. But Obama’s room at this Pennsylvania AFL-CIO conference is a third larger than Clinton’s, though this room is much airier – Clinton’s was packed cheek-to-jowl.

Obama did his best to get the crowd “Fired Up and Ready to Go.” He even told that Greenwood, South Carolina story at the …

Pelosi Warns of “Spill Over”

A very interesting e-mail appeal from Nancy Pelosi for money.

Dear Friend,

Here’s what you and I can’t let happen. We can’t allow the tension and pressures of a spirited Presidential contest to spill over and harm hard-working Democratic candidates running to strengthen our Democratic majority in the House.

I will do whatever it takes

Rev. Wright = Don Imus?

I flipped to Hillary’s press conference late, but just in time to hear her compare Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s statements to shock jock Don Imus’s controversial comments on the Rutgers’ Women’s Basketball Team that got him fired.

“I gave a speech at Rutgers last year,” Clinton said, “saying enough was enough, it’s time to stop

Passport to Trouble

Last Thursday the Obama campaign was up in arms over the news that the Illinois senator’s passport information had been breached.

“Our government’s duty is to protect the private information of the American people, not use it for political purposes,” said Obama spokesman Bill Burton. “This is a serious matter that merits a complete

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