March 19, 2007
In 1985, Barack Obama traveled halfway across the country to take a job that he didn't fully understand. But, while he knew little about this new vocation--community organizer--it still had a romantic ring, at least to his 24- year-old ears. With his old classmates from Columbia, he had talked frequently about political change.Now, he was moving to Chicago to put that talk into action. His1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, recounts his idealistic effusions: "Change won't come from the top, I would say. Change will come from a mobilized grass roots. That's what I'll do.
March 07, 2007
Today's Chicago Sun Times has a good editorial about yesterday's front-page, above-the-fold New York Times article about Hillary Clinton by Mark Leibovich titled "Clinton Shapes Her Image for '08 Race." Yet, it seems that most of the article was focused on, nay, consumed by Clinton's, well, head: And then, for t-h-i-r-t-e-e-n paragraphs, the piece deconstructed the candidate's head movements. Yes, head movements. "Mrs. Clinton is a prodigious nodder . . . in an array of distinctive flavors . . . the stern, deferential nod . . . the empathetic, lips pursed nod . . .
What's In A Signature?
March 06, 2007
by Christine Stansell I bet you haven't thought about handwriting since you've been, maybe, in sixth grade and read a book about graphology. Graphology would be: handwriting as the key to a person's personality. Why that dumb girl's bubble writing showed that, in fact, she really was a bubble head. How the tidy writing of the class brain showed that she was really well-organized but oh so uptight. Well, now it turns out that the high science of graphology can illuminate the deeper workings of at least one of presidential candidates.
March 06, 2007
That's interesting. Eric Boehlert points to a recent ABC News poll in which 52 percent of Democrats say that Hillary Clinton's vote to authorize the war in Iraq was the right thing to do at the time. Only 15 percent of Democrats, in fact, want her to apologize for it. Update: Just to be clear about the numbers: About 47 percent of Democrats told ABC that Clinton's 2002 vote was a mistake. But only 31 percent of those people think she should apologize for the vote. That's where the 15 percent comes from. --Bradford Plumer
March 05, 2007
Years ago, I read a book by Erving Goffman called The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. As intriguing as its title, the book actually did a microsociological analysis of the deployment of different personalities and affects for different circumstances and needs. Well, Hillary Clinton is a case in extremis of the phenomenon. Hillary is the greatest makeover artist of the era. Her hair, her face, her names, her beliefs. And now, courtesy of Powerline, you can hear how she's made here voice over... or voice-over.
Your Mansion Or Mine?
March 05, 2007
The LA Times has more on the David Geffen-Hillary Clinton spat, including this gem about Geffen's rivalry with fellow billionaire Ron Burkle for President Clinton's affection: During one of [Bill] Clinton's visits to the West Coast in 1999, according to a California Democrat, Geffen insisted that Clinton stay at his home even though Geffen would be out of town.
Has She No Shame? Yes, She Has No Shame
March 03, 2007
Barack Obama announced a few weeks ago that he would join (my old friend and comrade) Rep. John Lewis on the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to mark the anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," March 7, 1965, when the state police beat the hell out of peaceful civil right demonstrators... and bashed the skull of Lewis, then head of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
Hillary And Health Care
March 02, 2007
One more thing about the New York Times poll that Cohn mentioned earlier: Hillary Clinton's numbers are pretty bad. Here's the Times: Looking ahead to the presidential campaign, 36 percent of Americans polled said they had confidence in the ability of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democrat of New York, to "make the right decisions on health care," while 49 percent said they were uneasy about her.But Mrs.
Where Have You Gone, Bob Woodward?
February 27, 2007
Over my bowl of cereal this morning, I saw a front page headline on The Washington Post: "CLINTONS' CHARITY NOT LISTED ON SENATE DISCLOSURE FORMS." Upon reading this, my first, split-second thought was, "This has to be a John Solomon story." Indeed it is, along with a co-reporter.
February 26, 2007
Regarding the Zogby poll Mike referenced below, I think the most interesting part is at the bottom of the article. Check out this chart of potential general election matchups: Giuliani 47%, Clinton 40% Giuliani 40%, Obama 46% Giuliani 46%, Edwards 40% McCain 47%, Clinton 39% McCain 40%, Obama 44% McCain 47%, Edwards 38% Romney 35%, Clinton 45% Romney 29%, Obama 51% Romney 32%, Edwards 47% Right now Romney would lose badly to any Democrat.