Obama, Noun.: A Liberal Mugged By The Press
April 18, 2008

In response to the massive criticism of the ABC Presidential Debate, George Stephanopoulos has said, "Overall, the questions were tough, fair, relevant, and appropriate." This is not true. For the issue is not just about the bias towards gossip and gotcha-questions--(over which people may differ as to whether they are fair, relevant and appropriate).

He's The One
April 16, 2008

Via Marc Ambinder, this from BruceSpringsteen.net: Dear Friends and Fans: LIke most of you, I've been following the campaign and I have now seen and heard enough to know where I stand. Senator Obama, in my view, is head and shoulders above the rest. He has the depth, the reflectiveness, and the resilience to be our next President. He speaks to the America I've envisioned in my music for the past 35 years, a generous nation with a citizenry willing to tackle nuanced and complex problems, a country that's interested in its collective destiny and in the potential of its gathered spirit.

Obama's To-do List
April 11, 2008

Earlier, Brian and I were chatting about presidential priorities, wondering what Obama or Clinton (or McCain) would do first on the domestic-policy front, if elected.

Hillary Map Vs. Obama Map
March 28, 2008

NBC's Chuck Todd: I would argue the Wright story turned off enough older white voters so that Obama can no longer argue that when compared with Clinton he will expand the electoral map in a general election with McCain. Now he can simply say he will use a different map; a map that ultimately might expand for the party as a whole, even if his path to 270 is no less narrow a victory than Clinton's. It is just different. Obama will rely on greater strength west of the Mississippi, while Clinton will use the same Gore-Kerry map.

Who's More Electable?
March 21, 2008

Michael Barone crunches state polls and finds ambiguity: Obama may be a stronger candidate than Clinton in Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Iowa, but he looks far weaker in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, and Missouri. That leaves the Democratic superdelegates with a tough choice to make. Meanwhile, Insider Advantage has some troubling numbers for Obama in the wake of Wrightmania: A startling 82% knew about Obama’s speech, and about the controversy surrounding the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

The Roy Williams Effect?
March 20, 2008

Noam has a smart post over on the Stump noting the warm welcome Obama received from some Philly sports talk hosts when he called into their program the other day. I think this might be part of a larger "sports talk" strategy that the Obama campaign is undertaking. This morning he called in to a North Carolina sports talk station and won over the hosts--and maybe the listening audience--by picking the Heels to win the NCAA tournament.

A Review of Obama's Philadelphia Speech
March 19, 2008

I celebrate myself; And what I assume you shall assume; For every atom belonging to me, as good belongs to you. ... Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself? (I am large--I contain multitudes.)             Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass I attend a small synagogue in Washington DC. When my rabbi says something controversial, the entire congregation quickly learns about it. Members who are offended do not remain silent. They often reprove him. Some threaten to leave unless he apologizes and changes course.

The WSJ's Intellectual Dishonesty
March 19, 2008

Today's WSJ editorial about Obama's speech makes some decent points. But then there's this: He dwelled on a lack of funding for inner-city schools and a general "lack of economic opportunity." But Mr. Obama neglected the massive failures of the government programs that were supposed to address these problems, as well as the culture of dependency they ingrained. As Noam recently pointed out, Obama specifically criticized the welfare state's failures, and the culture of dependency they ingrained: "I thought the nod at the conservative intellectual's critique of welfare policy was very shrewd.

How Much Contempt Does Mccain (or His Speechwriter) Have For Obama?
March 19, 2008

Looks like it's time to add a new chapter to the McCain-Obama grudge that Mike wrote about in the current print issue.

Obama To Give A Speech On Race
March 17, 2008

Via Ben Smith, I see that Obama's going to give a big speech on race tomorrow. Here's what Obama told reporters just now, according to Ben: "I am going to be talking about not just Reverend Wright, but the larger issue of race in this campaign," he said. He added that he would "talk about how some of these issues are perceived from within the black church issue for example," he said. There are risks involved, of course, but I don't think he had much of a choice.