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That Clinton Competence
February 18, 2008

You know, for a candidate who says she'll be ready on day one as president, her campaign is remarkably ill-prepared. From today's WaPo: Supporters of Sen.

Immunity: Not About Telecoms
February 15, 2008

Kevin Drum has a great post up explaining why he sympathizes a bit with the telecom companies who facilitated the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program: Who's being asked to take the fall? The president? The Department of Justice? Congress? Of course not. It's the telecom companies who are being sued. ... [I]t doesn't seem right that the least culpable party is the one getting taken to court, while the most culpable parties--the president, the DOJ, and both Democrats and Republicans in Congress--get off scot free. This makes a lot of sense. I sympathize with the telecoms too.

The Strong Arm Of Jesse Junior
February 15, 2008

Here's an interesting AP report that adds to my story on Obama and the Jesse Jacksons and Noam's piece on black pols who endorsed Clinton and today's NYT article on John Lewis announcing his intention to cast his superdelegate vote for Obama: Jesse Jackson Junior is playing a major behind-the-scenes role in bringing black pols who've endorsed Hillary over to Obama. And he's doing it by playing hardball: One black supporter of Clinton, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri, said he remains committed to her.

House Democrats Are On A Roll
February 14, 2008

Not only are Pelosi and company holding firm on FISA, they also voted this afternoon to find Josh Bolten and Harriet Miers in contempt for refusing to testify before Congress in conjunction with the U.S. attorney firing scandal (boy, does that seem like ages ago). House Republicans are predictably opposed, but their stated rationale is, in a word, pathetic: Republicans argued that Congress should not seek a showdown with the White House on the issue, claiming that losing the case would hurt the legislative branch in the long run. Rep.

Bush's Waterboarding Stance Is Hurting Mccain
February 14, 2008

As you probably heard, the Senate voted 51-45 yesterday to ban any government agency from any using interrogation tactic not authorized by the Army Field Manual (including waterboarding, sleep deprivation, exposure to extreme cold, etc.).

Kill Bill
February 13, 2008

A follow-up to Chris's post below about David Wilhelm's endorsement of Obama. Some people might think this is a big surprise, but I'm not so sure. After all, Wilhelm has probably been been nursing a grudge against the Clintons for a while now. The reason? In 1994 he was unceremoniously pushed out of the DNC chair job the Clintons had given him as a reward for his good work in the '92 campaign.

Everyone Hates Hillary
February 13, 2008

Well, not everyone. But Ron Fournier (via TPM) provides a thorough accounting of all the super-delegates who have various bones to pick with the Clintons: Some are labor leaders still angry that Bill Clinton championed the North American Free Trade Agreement as part of his centrist agenda. Some are social activists who lobbied unsuccessfully to get him to veto welfare reform legislation, a talking point for his 1996 re-election campaign. Some served in Congress when the Clintons dismissed their advice on health care reform in 1993.

Obama's Best Speech Yet
February 12, 2008

It's been a week or so since I've heard Obama's stump speech, so maybe this is old news.  But -- wow -- he is really going after John McCain.  And he's doing a damn fine job of it. He started by honoring McCain's service, with all apparent sincerity, and then pivoted quickly to this line: "John McCain has the wrong priorities -- because they are bound to the policies of the past." He then promised "a clear choice," tying McCain to the Bush tax cuts and, in particular, the war in Iraq: "John McCain won't be able to say I ever supported this war in Iraq, because I opposed it from the start. Sena

The Open And Shut Case Against Hillary Clinton
February 12, 2008

A key component of Hillary Clinton's campaign message is that she would be tougher on foreign policy than Barack Obama. She has spent a lifetime constructing this hawkish image (see Mike's excellent piece from last year on the formation of Hillary's views on the exercise of American power), in full knowledge that she would have to neutralize fears of her being a radical peacenik if she ever wished to make a serious run for president.

Why The Shakeup May Be Good For All Of Us
February 12, 2008

I just wanted to excerpt some key passages from Josh Green's Atlantic piece on Patti Solis Doyle, which illustrate the themes Mike mentioned earlier: After the race, Solis Doyle was put in charge of fund-raising and later became campaign manager for Clinton’s Senate reelection bid in 2006. She earned a reputation as a contentious, domineering boss.

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