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Obama Swings

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

It was refreshing to see an angry but steady Barack Obama cut off Rev. Wright at his knees. I thought the tone was pitch perfect and — absolutely justified, of course. Now, with a week to go before the May 6 primaries, and with Hillary pandering about a meaningless gas tax and McCain not flinching […]

Wright and Wrong

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Granma always said no good deed goes unpunished. Just ask Barack Obama. He went through some painful contortions to not toss Reverend Jeremiah Wright off a pier last month and, instead, made his rather wonderful speech about race. His payback? Reverend Wright’s rather horrifying, national magical mystery tour that erupted Monday at the National Press […]

Cooper On C-Span Sunday

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

I’ll be  on C-Span Book TV live today at 12 noon PST.  From The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, I’ll be moderating a panel of four authors on California-centered biographies. Tune in or TiVo.

T Minus 12

Friday, April 25th, 2008

No post-Pennsylvania bounce for HRC. Meanwhile, from Slate:

Post-Pennsylvania: What It All Means

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Cancel your cable news subscriptions, folks. Head-scratching time is over for you. I figure out for you What It All Means post-Pennsylvania. It’s all contained in the below podcast/radio show from today’s edition of “Air Talk” on Los Angeles-area public radio station KPCC. Host Larry Mantle had me on for an hour, and I refrained […]

Night of the Living Dead

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

    As the good tidings for Hillary Clinton came in Tuesday night, Philly Mayor Michael Nutter told an amped crowd of her supporters that, as far as he’s concerned, “a win is a win.” The Mayor is absolutely right. With a comfortable ten points of margin, Hillary Clinton handily won the Pennsylvania primary. Equally […]

Pennsylvania: Zero Hour

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Zero hour in Pennsylvania. Or is it? We’ve had to somehow fill the gap of the  six weeks since the last primary, so we’ve sort of convinced ourselves that something momentous is about to happen Tuesday in Pennsylvania. Fact is, it’s highly unlikely that the results of the voting will have some game-changing impact on […]

Dancing With A Dictator

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Perhaps the most depressing aspect of the still evolving collapse in Zimbabwe is the role of moral mute being played by the president of the region’s great superpower — Thabo Mbeki of South Africa. As my good pal Biped Twilight pointed out a week ago, if Mbeki had given the situation just a firm, little […]

Hillary Disparages Democratic Activism

Friday, April 18th, 2008

A week after Obama’s “Bittergate” and in the spirit of equanimity, it is now Hillary’s turn. A previously unrevelaed audio tape secured by our friend, colleague, journalist and blogger Celeste Fremon, captures Clinton telling a small group of funders that her real problem is… Democrats! You know, that pesky “activist base” who are relentless in […]

Hillary’s Commies

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Here’s my take on the shamefully shallow ABC-sponsored Obama/Clinton debate Wednesday night.

Closed to Press — Not Off The Record

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

I tried to stay out of the over-heated gusting that blew through the comments section of my previous post (below) on Bittergate.  Sorry to be a bit patronizing here, but what the heck. But I just love it when folks who have NO idea what they’re talking about on a certain matter have such sharp […]

Inside the Obama-Guns-God-Bitterness Storm [Updated]

Friday, April 11th, 2008

***Update***The latest updates on this story come from Jay Rosen, from The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.   As the editorial coordinator of HuffPost’s OffTheBus project, I had the privilege and responsibility of doing the final edit and ultimately approving for publication the web story Friday that has set off a firestorm […]

Oh No! We’re Podcasting!

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Here’s my opening shot. You know spring has come to Washington. Not just the cherry blossoms. But the flowering of all those pie charts and bar graphs lugged up Capitol Hill by General Petraeus. And then there’s that unmistakeable whiff of cow dung in the morning air. Powered by Podbean.com Here’s a text version as […]

Hill’s Angels

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Want to have some fun? Or, shall we say, something like fun — but different. Then click here and paw through the droppings left on our comments door step by a flock of Hillaryite cyber-angels. Apparently, last night’s post was circulated on some Clinton list-serve or another and, lo and behold, all of a sudden […]

Hillary Crashing

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

I’m having a pretty good laugh reading the comments on The Caucus blog about the sudden resignation of Mark Penn, chief Hillary Clinton campaign strategist.  I LOVE the Hillaryoids clucking away that this is the best darn thing that’s ever happened to their gal. Right. Great news! Wonderful! Marvelous! Poor victimized Hillary.  After that tough, […]