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Anti-Clinton and Anti-Edwards merchandise is bothering me. Anti-Clinton and Anti-Edwards merchandise worn, created, or propagated by so-called-Obama-supporters is pissing me off. While malicious attacks have found fertile breeding ground in America’s political conversation, the whole point of Senator Obama’s message and the engine driving genuine supporters is a desire to redirect the conversation’s ethical compass. True supporters have got to think outside of the box.

Get outta the box and onto a memory stick.

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Well, if you thought the ‘Bush bashing’ would quiet a little among the Presidential candidates, you thought wrong (but who honestly believed it would stop?)
Obama’s been on the forefront of confronting Bush in the media and is continuing to openly/publicly stay strong against the current administration.

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WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama accused the Bush administration on Tuesday of pursuing a policy of “social Darwinism” that leaves every man and woman struggling.

“It’s a strategy that we’ve seen this administration pursue over the last six years, that basically says government has no role to play in making sure that America is prosperous for all people and not just some,” Obama said to applause during an appearance before the Communications Workers of America.

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Endorsements

Everywhere you look during campaigns you’ll see endorsements. Candidates will be endorsing candidates at the same time organizations are being wooed by campaigns. It is enough to make an observer believe that endorsements carry significant weight in the process, but it just doesn’t seem to be true. (more…)

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HOPE 

Okay, let me take a step back. 

Last week, on this blog, I quoted a portion of Barack Obama’s 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address. I choose a portion of the speech that first drew me to Obama, and I spent a little time focusing on why these words compelled me to support him and work towards his vision for the future. This week, I’d like to briefly bring a few lines from that excerpt into sharper focus. For the sake of reference, here is the passage under discussion: 

“There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America — there’s the United States of America. There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America…We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.” 

I’ll tell you, I have yet to read those words and not wanted to leap to a standing ovation. Even right now, I’m on the edge of my seat. They are powerful, inspiring, and principled words, and they have become something of a personal pledge for me. Yet, I have to tell you that in a certain sense they are also somewhat misrepresentative words – misrepresentative because they address America’s ideal, but not necessarily America’s reality.  (more…)

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The Youth Vote Will Rock 08

Several online venues – such as Future Majority and Campus Progress – have blogged extensively about the impressive midterm election turnout of young voters in 2006. Earlier this month, a study conducted by Harvard’s Institute of Politics confirms that the anecdotal evidence was spot on – youth voter turnout is on the upswing. In states such as Virginia and Montana, the increased numbers of young voters may very well have decided two crucial midterm Senate races. Back in 2004, youth turnout increased 12 points over the previous presidential year, to 41.8% – the highest turnout for young voters since 1972.

There is good reason to believe that this trend will continue. As youth organizations become more robust and candidates become more savvy to the youth voting bloc, 2008 could prove to be a record-setting year.

So what does this mean for the Obama campaign?

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As many of you have heard in recent news, the press has been using Barack’s affiliation (or lack there of) with the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, to show he may not be a very devout religious man, and that his relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. (the person that coined the phrase: “The Audacity of Hope”) has been rocky as of late. Rev. Wright Jr. has disputed these accusations…

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CHICAGO – At a recent Sunday service, following media coverage of Obama’s last-minute decision not to have Wright speak at the senator’s presidential announcement last month, Wright warned his flock not to believe any reports of a rift between him and the church’s best-known member.

“Barack and I are fine,” Wright, 65, on an out-of-state trip, said in a recorded message played to about 2,000 attendees. “The press is not to be trusted. … Don’t let somebody outside our camp divide us.”

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This video has been watched by over a million viewers on YouTube!

Here’s a fascinating write up on it in the San Francisco Chronicle. RunObama also provides an excellent analysis with lots of links.

And this is just funny…

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