Posts Tagged ‘ Democratic Party ’

Obama’s fate — and ours

September 29, 2011
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The American Prospect
by Paul Starr  

"Will he go down in history as a Jimmy Carter or a Harry Truman? As a weak and indecisive Democratic president who ushered in a conservative era or as a strong leader who proved his critics wrong and won re-election? The next year will resolve that question about Barack Obama, but the answer may no longer depend on forces that he can control, if it ever did. ..." (09/29/11)

http://prospect.org/cs/articles?article=obamas_fate_and_ours  

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Hillary in 2012?

September 26, 2011
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New York Post
by Michael Goodwin  

"With poll after poll showing President Obama’s prospects sinking along with the economy, wild scenarios suddenly pop up in conversations. Some Democrats, for example, believe there is a small but growing chance the president will pull a Lyndon Johnson and decide not to seek re-election. Then there’s the perennial Hillary guessing game." [editor's note: Add this to the Nader scenario, and (as with MLB) we could have a Dem "wild card race" after all - SAT] (09/26/11)

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Why Nader, West & Kozol seek primary challenges to Obama

September 25, 2011
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The Nation
by John Nichols  

"The volume on the ongoing discussion about whether President Obama should face a primary challenge for the 2012 Democratic nomination is constantly being adjusted. When the president compromises on basic premises of progressivism ... the volume goes up. When the president stands strong, however ... sometimes when he simply seems to 'get' that there is a point where compromise becomes capitulation, the talk dies down." [editor's note: If these "challenges" were about making BHO live up to the "end war, promote civil liberties" promises from his campaign, I'd say YAY! Too bad they're mostly about promoting the oxymoronic idea of "progressive economics" - SAT] (09/24/11)

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Why Obama should withdraw

September 19, 2011
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Reason Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"The vultures are starting to circle. Former White House spokesman Bill Burton said that unless Obama can rally the Democratic base, which is disillusioned with him, 'it's going to be impossible for the president to win.' Democratic consultant James Carville had one word of advice for Obama: 'Panic.' But there is good news for the president. I checked the Constitution, and he is under no compulsion to run for re-election." (09/19/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/09/19/why-obama-should-withdraw  

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MA: Warren enters Senate race

September 14, 2011
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The Boston Globe    

"Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard Law School professor and a Wall Street critic, officially embarked [Wednesday] morning on her run for the US Senate seat held by Republican Scott Brown. Drawing on the populist-tinged rhetoric that made her a national figure, Warren launched her candidacy by greeting voters across the state, beginning with a morning visit to the Broadway MBTA station in South Boston." (09/14/11)

 

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Obama speechifies on jobs

September 8, 2011
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New York Times    

"Mixing politically moderate proposals with a punchy tone, President Obama challenged lawmakers on Thursday to 'pass this jobs bill' -- a blunt call on Congress to enact his $447 billion package of tax cuts and new government spending designed to revive a stalling economy as well as his own political standing. ... Though Mr. Obama’s proposals -- including an expansion of a cut in payroll taxes and new spending on public works -- were widely expected, the package was substantially larger than predicted, and much of the money would flow into the economic bloodstream in 2012." (09/08/11)

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/09/us/politics/09payroll.html  

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Decline and fall

August 24, 2011
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The Weekly Standard
by Peter Wehner  

"Now more than halfway through his third year in office—with the economy flat-lining, American prestige evaporating, and public anxiety spiking—Barack Obama is the most vulnerable incumbent president since Jimmy Carter. The election is still 14 months away, but it’s not too early to see the broad outlines of the GOP’s case against the president." (for publication 08/29/11)

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/decline-and-fall_590448.html  

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The underperforming president

August 9, 2011
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The Economist
by staff  

"The superstar of 2008, who once looked like a shoo-in for re-election, now appears extremely vulnerable. Despite talk that he will raise a record $1 billion war chest, Democrats in Congress have begun to whisper that Mr Obama’s fading chances of winning a second term are coming to depend on the absence -- so far -- of an exciting Republican challenger." [editor's note: A great analysis, that addresses the real issue -- nobody who's running should be elected - SAT] (08/08/11)

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FEC: Edwards must pay back $2.3 million in campaign funds

July 21, 2011
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Los Angeles Times    

"John Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign must repay $2.3 million in federal campaign funds, the Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday. The funds had been paid to Edwards' campaign committee by the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, which matches funds privately raised by a campaign. An FEC audit found that the Edwards campaign received more than it should have because of accounting errors." (07/21/11)

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MA: Warren ponders run for Senate

July 19, 2011
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Boston Globe    

"Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard Law School professor whose consumer protection work has made her a favorite among liberal activists, will spend early August assessing whether to try to unseat Senator Scott Brown, an adviser said. Warren will return to Massachusetts to ponder her political future after President Obama’s decision not to select her as head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She will spend a few weeks winding down her role in Washington and on a trip with her grandchildren, and then focus on what’s next, according to the adviser." (07/19/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3kf8hm4  

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WI: Baldwin “likely” to run for Senate seat

July 6, 2011
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The Raw Story    

"Wisconsin Representative Tammy Baldwin (D) said she is likely to run for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), making her possibility the first openly gay member of the Senate. Seventy-six-year old Kohl announced in May that he would not seek reelection to a fifth term in the Senate, saying that it's 'time for someone else to serve." (07/06/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3z995ar  

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Which old white president does Obama most resemble?

June 19, 2011
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The Nation Blog
by Jamelle Bouie  

"For The Weekly Standard’s Jay Cost, it’s Jimmy Carter, the preferred bogeyman of conservatives and right-wingers. ... Yes, Cost is right to place Obama on shaky ground for his re-election campaign. ... Jimmy Carter, on the other hand, was wildly unpopular by the time 1980 rolled around, and faced a credible primary challenge from Senator Ted Kennedy. What’s more, the public blamed Carter for the poor economy of the late seventies, which isn’t true of Obama and today." (06/17/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6c9o7fl  

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Obama visits Puerto Rico with eye on US voters

June 15, 2011
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USA Today    

"Wooing Hispanic voters back home, President Obama kept his campaign pledge to become the first president since John F. Kennedy to make an official visit to this recession-battered U.S. territory. 'The aspirations and the struggles on this island mirror those across America,' Obama declared Tuesday." (06/14/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3k9evsl  

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WI: Feingold “looking at” Senate run in 2012

June 5, 2011
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The Raw Story    

"Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) told his home-state paper that he's considering a run for the Senate in 2012, which liberals are urging him to do. ... The former three-term senator, ousted by Republican businessman Ron Johnson last November, now helms the advocacy group Progressives United. In recent months Feingold has spoken out against his own party on campaign finance reform, an issue Feingold dedicated himself to as a senator." (06/03/11)

http://tinyurl.com/62t57k9  

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Obama bets the house

May 3, 2011
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Mother Jones    

"At a press briefing on Monday, White House counterterrorism aide John Brennan called Obama's decision to authorize the operation 'one of the most gustiest calls of any President in recent memory.' Brennan works for the guy, but he was right: Obama had gambled his presidency on this mission. Today, it's all hurrahs — including from Republicans and conservative foreign policy advocates .... Yet imagine what Gingrich and the rest of the Obama Hate Machine would be saying had the mission failed. In short, the message would have been: Jimmy Carter, Jimmy Carter, Jimmy Carter." (05/03/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3wz5fzv  

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Obama begins reelection campaign

April 4, 2011
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Classically Liberal
by CLS  

"After finishing the third term of George W. Bush, Obama is about to begin his campaign for a fourth. As you might expect I am utterly and totally opposed to this malignant little man being reimposed on the American people. And I oppose him for exactly the same reasons that I thought Georgie Junior was such a disaster. The policy differences between Obama and Bush are insignificant and minor." (04/04/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3w2decm  

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Obama launches 2012 campaign with web video

April 4, 2011
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CBS News    

"President Obama announced the start of his re-election campaign Monday with an email to supporters and a video featuring individuals from around the country speaking about the need to re-elect him." (04/04/11)

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20050339-503544.html  

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When the Democratic Leadership Council mattered

February 10, 2011
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The American Prospect
by Mark Schmitt  

"In the eyes of its critics, the Democratic Leadership Council, which announced Monday that it was closing shop, represented the 'corporatist' wing of the Democratic Party. Ben Smith in Politico summarized the criticism as 'a religion of compromise, lack of principle, and a willingness to sell out the poor and African-American voters at the party's base.' ... 'I wasn't at war with the DLC,' Smith quotes DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas as saying, 'but with the corporatists who are ruining my party.'" (02/10/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4nqatgs  

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