Barack Obama

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

Buying Philly Votes

A must-read story today from Peter Nichols at the L.A. Times about Obama refusing to engage in the local buy-a-vote racket in Philadelphia. A juicy segment:

The dispute centers on the dispensing of “street money,” a long-standing Philadelphia ritual in which candidates deliver cash to the city’s Democratic operatives in return for

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 …

The Question of the Century

Obama this morning addressed the Communications Workers of America’s annual conference in Washington. He gave his usual spiel to unions highlighting his opposition to the war in Iraq, his credentials to take on lobbyists and his days as a community organizer in Chicago. The 600,000-member CWA has yet to endorse a candidate and Hillary …

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 …

Bowling For The Presidency

Hillary kicked off the press conference she just had with an April Fools gag:
“I just want to take a moment to say that this has been a very hard fought race each of us is drawing enormous support. We clearly need to do something,” she said in a somber tone. “Today I am challenging Senator Obama to a bowl-off, a bowling night right …

Hillary Looks For the Philly Union Label

What could be more alluring for Democratic presidential candidates three weeks ahead of the Pennsylvania primary than a gathering of the Keystone States AFL-CIO unions? While many have endorsed Clinton (Obama has the backing of the Change to Win unions that broke away from the AFL-CIO after the last presidential cycle) both candidates …

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

Professor Obama

In the latest battle in what has become a full blown tit-for-tat fact check war, it turns out Obama really was a professor at the University of Chicago’s law school. The Clinton campaign had noted that he’s listed as a senior lecturer, not a professor. “There’s an important distinction in the academic world,” Phil Singer, a …

Lots of New Democrats in Pennsylvania

I spent the last two days checking out Obama and Clinton’s operations in Pennsylvania and found some interesting voter registration stats with Pennsylvania’s State Department. Here’s my story, but for any one interested here’s the site that lists voter registration – it was updated weekly until the books closed at midnight last …

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

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