June 20, 2008

Such a Deal From the GOP

June 10, 2008

The Five Stages of Grievance

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June 9, 2008

More Proof Obama is Willing to Negotiate with Terrorists


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June 6, 2008

Hillary and Obama Meet Privately in Washington D.C.

The Associated Press, June 5, 2008

WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton met late Thursday with Barack Obama, a day after saying she would end her quest for the Democratic nomination and endorse the Illinois senator.

A senior Obama campaign official confirmed that Obama delayed his departure from Washington Thursday night to meet with Clinton at her home here.

Earlier, Clinton had disavowed efforts by some supporters who have urged Obama to choose her as his running mate.

“She is not seeking the vice presidency, and no one speaks for her but her,” communications director Howard Wolfson said. “The choice here is Senator Obama’s and his alone.”

Clinton was planning an event in Washington Saturday to thank supporters and urge them to back Obama’s candidacy. But as she was bowing out of the race, supporters in Congress and elsewhere were ramping up a campaign to pressure him to put her on the ticket in the No. 2 spot.

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June 1, 2008

Dueling Anti-Elitist Millionaires

May 30, 2008

The McCain Solution For Iraq

May 23, 2008

The Revolving Door Song

May 19, 2008

I’m On To You!

May 18, 2008

Three Varieties of Democrats

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The Republican Base Gets Acquainted With Their Nominee…

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May 16, 2008

How Will Obama Win 270 Electoral Votes?

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Paul Maslin, Salon, May 16, 2008

Thanks to John Adams and James Madison, an American presidential election really does begin and end with the Electoral College. Didn’t 2000 tell us that? (Well, it ended with Anthony Kennedy and Sandra Day O’Connor, but you get the drift.)

Critics scoff and call it an antiquated and unfair system (it is). Many Democrats — notably, this year, Obama backers — would like their party to stop thinking in terms of three yards and a cloud of purple-state dust and instead embrace the beauty of a 50-state strategy. Somehow, they say, 2008 can and must be different.

OK, I’m listening. Different how? In that the Democrats win?

Certain cold realities haven’t changed. A candidate must still reach 270 electoral votes to gain the White House. Unless there is a popular-vote landslide in November, the presidential election is still best seen as a collection of 50 statewide contests. Should this fall’s election be as close as the last two in 2000 and 2004, no more than one-third of those 50 states will be in serious contention. In fact, only about half of that number will ultimately decide the outcome, since the vast majority of the other “close” states actually lean pretty strongly to one side or the other and are unlikely to shift their preference. Once again we’re all going to be spending a lot of the next six months, at least psychically, in the Rust Belt.

To figure out how Obama can assemble the magic 270, then, let’s look at the 17 states where this fall’s outcome is not a mortal lock. I am a Democratic pollster — this presidential election cycle I worked for Bill Richardson, and last time I worked for Howard Dean. But my collection of swing states is not based on current match-up polling between Obama and McCain. I mostly ignored the polls — come on, it’s May. Instead, I looked at long-term voting trends and demographics.

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May 12, 2008

John McCain at Home

May 10, 2008

The Infinite Primary

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