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The Last Debate — tonight at 9PM!

February 26th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

“Meet me in Ohio!  Let’s have a debate!” demanded a seething, red-eyed Hillary Clinton last week. It’s a good-old Western showdown! Tonight, MSNBC, 9PM — 10:30PM Eastern, from the home of Rock n Roll, Cleveland, Ohio. It’s 90 minutes, and will repeat numerous times during the overnight.  Moderated by Tim Russert and Brian Williams — […]

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and suddenly, out of the darkness, the High Road appears!

February 22nd, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

This is huge news, actually.  Hillary’s dropped the negative attacks, and she’s dropped the super-delegates as an issue! After a week of going negative didn’t work in Wisconsin, rather than coming into this debate on the offensive looking for the knock-out punch, she’s obviously changed her approach.  Rather than her “words don’t matter” and “plagiarism” […]

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Hillary’s Lost

February 20th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

Obama just won Wisconsin by 17 points!  58% to 41% — another 60-40 voters’ decision, in another 5% African-American state. And he won Hawaii by even more than D.C. — 76% to 24%! It’s not only 10 victories in a row – it’s 10 blow-outs in a row.  Last night was his smallest victory yet, and it was […]

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Happy President’s Day! and Year!

February 18th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

Just think, next year on this holiday, they’ll be a different President in the White House! I wonder who it’ll be? Some good lines from the last 24 hours . . . Ron Brownstein from Time said Obama is an amalgam of Gary Hart and Jesse Jackson. Brian says he’s an amalgam of Howard Dean and […]

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“This Time, It’s Personal”

February 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics

It has been such a heart-breaker to see the Clintons’ true colors revealed. I keep coming back to Primary Colors (hmm?) — and recommend to all to see or read again —  and the climactic kitchen scene with Libby.  That is what’s happening to myself, and I imagine to so many fence-leaping Democrats these last several […]

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Character-check Time

February 12th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

Happy Potomac Primary Morning! 168 phat delegates are up for the taking tonight in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. In a few hours, Obama will have won every state since Super Tuesday, 8 in a row, and every one of them by 20-30+ point margins. With everything going against the Clintons at this point – states […]

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60 Minutes, and how Obama’s Up has crossed over Hillary’s Down

February 10th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

The two lines have bisected. We’re watching a turning point in the nomination. The lines had just reached parity on Super Tuesday, but he still actually won it (narrowly) in both states and delegates.  And he hasn’t lost a contest since Super Tuesday — 5 and oh.  Or, oh-oh, if you’re a Clintonian.  Washington and […]

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The Big Bottom-Line Numbers

February 10th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

After the Louisianna/Washington/Nebraska/Maine weekend, 30 states have voted so far: and Barack Obama is ahead by every measure — 19 Obama states won 10 Clinton states won 1 still too-close-to-call (New Mexico) pledged (voter-elected) delegates: 1,009 Obama 944 Clinton (ABC News puts it at 951 Obama, 904 Clinton) total votes cast: 8,228,000  Obama 8,028,000 Clinton oh, […]

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Obama sweeps, LA, WA, NE, ME & VI

February 9th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

Obama had a clean sweep tonight!  He won Louisiana by more than 20%!!  and by a more than 2-to-1 in both Washington and Nebraska!  Plus pulled the upset in the Virgin Islands, the only place Hillary had been leading.  and then he won another all-white state in Maine! Obama laid down a long, detailed victory speech — although […]

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The Primary Primer — 2008 by state n date

February 9th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Politics

For both Dems & Repubs each state makes it’s own rules about how their delegates are divied up – so there’s about a 100 different methods.  But the Dems are all proportional allocation. On the Dem’s side, the first to amass 2,025 delegates wins nomination (this takes into account Michigan & Florida not participating). Super-delegates […]

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Brian’s Obama endorsement

February 9th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

I know you’re all smart enough to make your own choice.  For me, I was a Clinton supporter, as I have been since 1992, but will be casting my Democrats Abroad vote for Barack Obama.  I think Obama can win the Presidency in a landslide, bringing independents, Republicans, and new voters into the party.  Most […]

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The Turning Point in the Democratic primary 2008

February 9th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

The moment: It was between 10 and 11PM on Saturday night, the night of the South Carolina primaries. The race was a projected victory for Obama at 7:00:01, as soon as the polls closed.  Obama announced he would make a speech at 9PM, giving Edwards and Clinton two hours to make their concession speeches.  Edwards […]

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