Archive: April, 2008
Initially, the emails that I received about last week's ABC News debate and my pointed criticism of it were running about 90 percent favorable -- that changed slightly as my words bounced across conservative talk radio and the editorial page of Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal.The naysayers said those who complained were merely mad that Obama was asked "tough questions," and as for issues like the health care or educaton, well, there's no difference and they've been asked about those a million times.
Really? It seems to me there's a lot of issues that have never been asked, not even in 21 debates. This week, the New York Times raised a significant question that I guarantee you will never, ever become part of the 2008 presidential campaign, even though it speaks to the essence of life in America today:
A lot of people are asking if race is the reason that Hillary Clinton won Pa., and pulled off an upset in Montgomery County.
Dan Rubin went one step further and asked people from Montco directly -- here's what he found.
With even more here.
Shorter Len Downie: If you're going to ask a bunch of sleazy and irrelevant questions, be smart and space 'em out a little:
I think they probably could have mixed it up a bit more over the course of the debate that you didn't have that apparent dominance int he first 45 minutes. At the same time, I would say the questions, particular that George Stephanopolous was criticized for asking, are clearly...are things that are on people's minds ...and he gave voice to them in his questions. It just appeared that it was all bunched up in one glog of questions before you got to larger issues.
Eric Boelehrt nails it with this quote:
Am I right, or is there no thrill quite like the one you get by sending an innocent and essentially powerless man to prison while publicly denigrating and dehumanizing him based on bogus allegations, and while also simultaneously assaulting his employer for having terrorist sympathies?
You know what they say in the NBA: "On any given Wednesday..."
The Pistons won't be so lucky in our house!
"Freakonomics" looks at the Mumia case, and comes up with the right equation.
Well, the song below can't be dedicated to Obama, who was NOT the "Jesus of Suburbia" on Tuesday. But the New York Times has a good look at what it means for November.
It's the open thread -- go crazy, folks, go crazy.
When I asked Barack Obama last week about the issue of possible crimes in the Bush White House, particularly on the issue of torture, it made a fair amount of news, but mostly on sites like the Huffington Post and not the traditional media. It's pretty rare to see the issue ever raised in the mainstream press, which is why I was surprised to find this on the not-at-all-left-wing Politico.com:
Don’t think it can’t happen. I think the arrest abroad of an American is only a matter of time and, between now and November, is at least as likely as another terrorist attack on U.S. soil. As a former Marine Corps Commandant, Gen. Paul X. Kelley, reminded the nation in a July 2007 Washington Post op-ed, written with a University of Virginia law professor: “Violations of Common Article 3 are ‘war crimes’ for which everyone involved — potentially up to and including the president of the United States — may be tried in any of the other 193 countries that are parties to the conventions.”