Jonathan Cohn
Senior Editor

More Silliness From Camp Clinton
March 05, 2008

In a just-released statement, Pennsylvania Governor and Clinton campaign surrogate Ed Rendell argues that Clinton's win last night was impressive because, among other things, Obama was "benefitting from outside political funds."  By this, I assume, Rendell means the support of pro-Obama unions like the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) -- along with, a new independent group that helped him in California.  According to this New York Times report, Powerpac spent $150,000 on mailers for Obama in Texas. Well, sure.  But it's not like Clinton hasn't had the same sort of adva

John Mccain, Economic Fuddy Duddy
March 04, 2008

John McCain will be a formidable general election candidate, I know, but I still think economic policy is going to bedevil him politically. In his remarks to supporters tonight, he devoted all of three paragraphs to economic issues.  That's not a huge amount of attention for what is, according to most polls I've seen, the voters' top concern.  But put that aside and look at the way he talked about it:* I will leave it to my opponent to argue that we should abrogate trade treaties, and pretend the global economy will go away and Americans can secure our future by trading and investing only amon

This Is Obama Country, Too
March 04, 2008

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Northwest Ohio may turn out to be Clinton Country, as I wrote earlier today.

This Is Clinton Country (for Now Anyway)
March 04, 2008

TOLEDO, Ohio--One reason Barack Obama's campaign turned into such a juggernaut over the last few weeks was that he made impressive inroads among Hillary Clinton's base of white working class voters.  Everybody knew Obama could make college students and upper-middle-class professionals swoon; after the South Carolina primary, it was equally clear that he had a lock on the African American vote.

Quadrennial Springsteen Campaign Song Blogging
March 03, 2008

One more, very critical note from Toledo... Clinton's entrance music today was Bruce Springsteen's "Land of Hope and Dreams."  For those unfamiliar with the song, it's a live cut from his New York City concert a few years ago.  It's not quite your traditional campaign anthem: It's more reflective than euphoric, and a bit on the gritty side (i.e., the chrous references to "whores and gamblers," etc.)  But it's also, to my mind, one of the truest distillations of the American ethos I've ever heard on song.  John Kerry actually used the song as its rally theme for a while in 2004, only to drop i

Would You Hire Hillary Clinton?
March 03, 2008

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Hillary Clinton just wrapped up a rally here at the University of Toledo, her last Ohio event before heading to Texas, where's she's spending most of the next two days.  (Tomorrow night, once the voting in both states is done, she'll come back to Columbus.)  And the show of support for her candidacy was, well, something short of overwhelming.

In Which I Feel Obama's Pain
February 27, 2008

It figures that one of the few times I can't watch the Democratic presidential debate live, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama would spend the first sixteen minutes talking about their competing visions for universal health care. But judging from the transcript and clips on CNN, it doesn't look like the discussion covered much new territory. Clinton argued why a individual mandate is important, Obama argued why it wasn't, and so on. As most of you know, I think Clinton is absolutely right on the merits of the argument.

Experts To Obama: No More Harry And Louise!
February 26, 2008

As you may have heard, Hillary Clinton recently blasted Barack Obama over a piece of campaign literature, in which the Obama campaign insinuated that Clinton's health care plan would force people to buy insurance they couldn't afford. Clinton objected both to the substance of the claim, which she said was inaccurate, and the imagery, which was evocative of the infamous Harry and Louise advertisements insurance lobbyists used to kill universal coverage back in 1993 and 1994.

Tv Moments That Make You Cringe
February 19, 2008

Ouch.  Memo to the Obama campaign: When you put up surrogates on national television, make sure they can answer a basic question like lilke "can you name anything your candidate has accomplished in office."  Right now, MSNBC is running a debate between surrogates for each campaign. Chris Matthews put the question to the Obama surrogate, state senator Kirk Watson.  And Watson said ... nothing.  Matthews then came back to him and pressed him on it: "List Barack Obama's accomplishments in the U.S. Senate right now."  And Watson said ... nothing.  Again.

Hard Truths About Obama's Hard Truths
February 19, 2008

It wouldn't be a primary night if I didn't say something specifically about health care.