The Love-in In L.a.
January 31, 2008

Some post-debate thoughts: 1.) Much of tonight's affair was a draw. But, even during the draw portions, Obama sharpened his responses a lot relative to his recent debate performances. On health care, for example, my gut (and head) still say Hillary has the stronger position substantively.

Dean 2.0
January 30, 2008

One of Barack Obama's last events before the New Hampshire primary took place in the town of Rochester, where hundreds of people had gathered in an old theater to hear him speak. Obama was two minutes into his remarks when a chant suddenly erupted from the rear. "Abortion is Obama-nation! Abortion is Obama-nation!" the protestors yelled. The people of Rochester promptly jeered. It was, in other words, a perfect chance for Obama to showcase his powers of conciliation. "You've made your point. ...

Headed Toward A Delegate Deadlock?
January 29, 2008

One of Andrew Sullivan's readers points out that despite Hillary's big lead in New York, she won't get anywhere near all the state's delegates: The point is this.

Tales About His Father
January 28, 2008

Maybe it's because I was watching the thing on a balky online video stream, but I wasn't that impressed by any of the speeches in the Obama-Kennedy event. Until, that is, Obama got to the end of his*, when he added this incredible coda to the already incredible story about his father: It’s about whether we’re going to seize this moment to write the next great American story. So someday we can tell our children that this was the time when we healed our nation. This was the time when we repaired our world.

Sc Miscellany
January 26, 2008

--If you doubted that Obama is running against two Clintons, note that it was Bill who first spoke live on TV this evening (from Missouri), not Hillary.

The TNR Primary: Part Two
January 25, 2008

My head says Obama, but my heart wants Clinton. I trust Hillary Clinton in my kishkes. I have the feeling I can count on her, the way I counted on a trustee in the town where I used to live. She was a corporate lawyer turned stay-at-home mother, and she had made herself the go-to person for everything having to do with local government. She listened to my problems, researched their background, and got back to me. She couldn't always help, but she always got to the heart of an issue and could map its points of intersection with the politics of village administration.

More Nastiness
January 24, 2008

This from a statement just released by the Clinton campaign: Senator Obama often says that his campaign is about the “politics of hope” and talks about how he isn’t running to tear anyone down. It would be nice if that were true but unfortunately, it’s not.

White Evangelicals For Obama?
January 24, 2008

I've suggested that one way for Obama to get a big boost out of South Carolina would be to exceed expectations among white voters. One way for Obama to do that might be to aggressively court white evangelicals, of which I'm guessing there are many in South Carolina. (How many will vote in Saturday's Democratic primary is another question, but they certainly exist...) Obama himself is longtime churchgoer who talks a lot about the role of faith in politics. And, if you've followed some of his recent moves, it looks like he might be thinking the same thing.

Wal-mart V. Slum Lord
January 21, 2008

To me an exchange like that works in Hillary's favor. Most people are already inclined to see Hillary as a complex and flawed figure. But--not to sound like a red-faced Bill Clinton here--I do think a lot of Obama supporters haven't had much exposure to some of the tougher critiques against him.

Does Obamamania Divert Us From The Problems Of Race?
January 13, 2008

I take David Greenberg's point that Obama's election wouldn't in itself do much to solve a number of the problems facing African Americans. I also concede that some white liberals are positively delusional about what an Obama victory could bring in terms of racial reconciliation. But Greenberg comes pretty close to arguing that Obama would actually set back the cause of racial progress, or at least of solving the public policy challenges race presents, which seems pretty off-the-mark to me.