Archive for August 26th, 2008

Last night went fine at the convention, but there were opportunities for big emotion that went unused. Tonight, I suspect Hillary will present a video that’s got power – not like the plodding Ken Burns piece for Teddy last night. They need each other, and they know it. If Clinton supporters don’t come to Obama’s […]

We’ve been hearing forever about the Bradley Effect – the theory that black candidates don’t do as well on election day as polls predict because people don’t give pollsters their true opinions. If you look at the statistical dead heat of this race, plug in the Bradley effect, you figure McCain’s leading by 6 or […]

Sam Says


Sam Donaldson, echoing James Carville, says the Democrats had best start throwing some red meat to the dogs, or risk getting eaten alive. Recorded on August 26, 2008, by Stephen Keating for PoliticsWest

Ed Rendell, the Governor of Pennsylvania, was a big Hillary supporter. And now he’s supporting, of course, Barack Obama, but he doesn’t sound particularly excited about it. “With people who have a lot of gifts, it’s hard for people to identify with them,” the governor said. “Barack Obama is handsome. He’s incredibly bright. He’s incredibly […]

The Other Split


We’re all well aware of the Hillary / Obama split in the Democratic Party. But there’s another split, perhaps bigger, and perhaps hidden behind the television appeal of the tension between the victor and the vanquished. Walk into almost any hotel here this week and you can find an odd sight: Liberal Democrats starting their […]

McCain Leads


Did Joe Biden’s selection as Barack’s running mate excite voters? It’s official: Barack Obama has received no bounce in voter support out of his selection of Sen. Joe Biden to be his vice presidential running mate. While Rasmussen shows the race as a tie, today’s Gallup Daily Tracking Poll has McCain jumping into a 2 […]

Double Even


Yesterday, Gallup showed the presidential race as a tie, while Rasmussen’s Daily Tracking Poll had a 3 point lead for Obama. Today, the lead for Obama is gone. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows Barack Obama attracting 44% of the vote while John McCain also earns 44%. When “leaners” are included, […]

The Wedge


McCain’s new ad continues the tactic of driving a wedge between Hillary supporters and Barack.

Can Barack still go after for McCain for being trigger happy when all McCain has to do is point the finger at Joe Biden?

Bill Ayers is not about the sixties, he’s about right now. Why has he played a role in the political career of Barack Obama considering his past as the co-founder of a domestic terrorist group? Simple question, which Barack tries to dodge in his new ad. This ad is a response to a pro-McCain ad […]

Family Feud


One of the more remarkable polling details this summer is the fact that Clinton supporters are growing more resistant to the idea of voting for Barack. It was supposed to be going in the other direction. But the growing gap seems to be mirroring the attitude of the Clintons and Obamas themselves. Politico reports that […]

Meet the Obamas


I missed it, but Jake Tapper stayed up late enough to see James Carville on CNN, who nailed what was wrong with the convention on night one. It was Meet the Obamas, without having any overriding message. Carville wanted to hear about things that make Americans unhappy. Like George Bush. “I mean we are a […]

A traffic stop in Colorado yesterday yielded what authorities say may have been a plot to assassinate Barack Obama. But their not sure. “It could also turn out that these were nothing but a bunch of knuckleheads, meth heads,” a U.S. government official said. But they’re not saying why they’re thinking that it might be […]