Archive for February, 2007

I expected this to happen once people got to know him, but it’s amazing how quickly the shift occurred.

Here’s the link to the Washington Post article.

And here he is on NPR today.


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Arizona Senator John McCain will appear on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight, Wednesday, February 28th, 11:30pm ET/10:30pm CT

This will be Senator McCain’s fifth appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. In previous interviews, Senator McCain and Letterman have engaged in various conversations and debate on the current issues and concerns in the news. It will be interesting to see what McCain has to say about Obama, his “friend in the Senate,” after both have announced their campaign for Presidency.

Though our first challenge is to help Obama win the Democratic primary, it is never too early to learn about possible candidates/opponents that Obama will face.

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George W. Obama

I posted this article because I believe perceptions like this disregard the importance of Obama’s decision to run for president. Obama isn’t the “anti-Bush,” nor is he similar to any other candidate.

Why even discuss how he is running his campaign? Shouldn’t we be concerned with what he is proposing and talking about?

In my opinion, Obama’s beliefs and policies represent a new candidate, able to tackle the important issues pressing our country’s stability and social welfare. He should be critiquing Reagan, his policies hurt the poor in this country and they are still recovering.

Pitney also calls Obama a “hard-core liberal.” I would say his perceptions are further left than most democrats, but only in ways better for America, and his desire to work with both sides could allow our country to move forward.

Senator Barack Obama’s supporters tout him as the “anti-Bush,” who represents the opposite of everything that the president stands for. This portrayal is odd, since Senator Obama is cribbing much of his strategy from the 2000 Bush campaign.


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I found this article interesting because the Washington Post had an article today that said the exact opposite:

Clinton’s and Obama’s support among white voters changed little since December, but the changes among black Democrats were dramatic. In December and January Post-ABC News polls, Clinton led Obama among African Americans by 60 percent to 20 percent. In the new poll, Obama held a narrow advantage among blacks, 44 percent to 33 percent.

I think this article disregarded some important elements of the elections. First, I think the African American community should be cautious of any black nominee. Since the beginning of this country, African Americans have been oppressed and persecuted. They should be cautious because a black candidate won’t necessarily represent the needs of the African American community. However, I think, as the Washington Post article portrays, that Obama could and would represent all minorities, and they are slowly beginning to believe him.


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Obama soars in latest polls

According to the latest Zogby International poll, Barack Obama is closing in on Hillary. Obama went from 7% in December to 14% in January to 25% this month; he is now just 8% behind Hillary, who sits at 33%. John Edwards’ numbers have stagnated at 12% for the past three months. Here’s how the race is shaping up:

Democrats Republicans

Clinton 33%

Giuliani 29%

Obama 25%

McCain 20%

Edwards 12%

Romney 9%

Richardson 5%

Rice 7%

Biden 2%

Gingrich 7%

Clark 1%

Brownback 4%

Someone else 3%

Tancredo 1%

Not sure 20%

Hunter 1%


Someone else 4%


Not sure 19%

In addition, Obama is the only candidate who is ahead in every general election race:

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%

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The Times They Are A-changin’

Come mothers and fathers throughout the land
And don’t criticize what you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’

—Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin’

Since declaring his candidacy on February 10, Senator Barack Obama has seen voters and pundits across the nation question the authenticity of his race. Stanley Crouch of the New York Daily News summarized the widespread questioning, noting that Obama does not “share a heritage with the majority of black Americans.” While factually correct in a purely genetic sense of the word “heritage,” the statement seems a bit out of the blue. Who cares?

A candidate’s Presidential qualifications are not dependent on whether he’s black, bi-racial or ancestrally-nonnative; they’re dependent on what he’s done with his life. Even if a voter’s highest national priority pertains to Civil Rights, he has no reason to be concerned with a candidate’s race; his concerns should be with what that candidate has done to help America rid itself of racial inequality. And so reading Crouch’s piece and the blogosphere that responded to it begs the question, “Why are we talking about this?”


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Without fail, every discussion of Senator Obama’s presidential bid includes some mention of his qualifications (such as this Chicago Tribune article where Jonathan Zimmerman blatantly calls him unqualified). This discussion surely begs two questions. What qualifications have historically made a candidate “qualified,” and, perhaps more importantly, do these classic qualifications have any correlation to a successful presidency?

Classically qualified presidents have served significant terms in either a chamber of congress, or have been powerful state figures. LBJ served two terms in the House and two in the Senate before serving as both VP and later President. Jimmy Carter was active in Georgia as a State Rep and Senator, as well as governor, leading up to his election. These were men Zimmerman would have called qualified to be president.


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