Thursday, May 28, 2015

Archive: April, 2008

POSTED: Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 1:39 PM

Sen. Clinton is wooing working-class voters, a staple of her support, in northern Indiana.

Thomas Fitzgerald reports from Portage, Ind.:

3:10 p.m.

Thomas Fitzgerald @ 1:39 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 10:47 AM
The Clinton campaign's press release stressed the electability issue. Here's George's official quote:
"Hillary Clinton has the strength and experience to jump start the economy and rebuild the middle class," George said. "Working families in Pennsylvania overwhelmingly favored her in last week’s primary, and I feel that she is our strongest candidate to carry Pennsylvania in November and win back the White House."
George has been a DNC member since 1996 and is President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.
That leaves five Pennsylvania superdelegates uncommitted. All are members of Congress. George's move cannot be considered a surprise. Clinton did carry Pennsylvania, after all.
Nathan Gorenstein @ 10:47 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 11:35 AM
Filed Under: Obama

With respect to his former pastor, Barack Obama decided yesterday that it was no longer enough to merely reject and denounce. It had become imperative for Obama to nuke and bury.

He had no choice. Jeremiah Wright had turned into a one-man wrecking crew, and it was starting to look like Obama was just a passive bystander, a hapless witness to his own destruction, lacking the requisite guts to take the guy down. Most importantly, that kind of passivity is hardly the kind of character trait that many Americans want to see in a commander-in-chief. A real leader has to show that he can confront and isolate his adversaries. And Wright had indeed become an adversary.

Dick Polman @ 11:35 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Tuesday, April 29, 2008, 11:18 AM

Larry Eichel reports...

Barack Obama is expected to win the primary in North Carolina next Tuesday. But what really matters, of course, is that he has a good time. And this morning, he had a very good time.

He got to play basketball with the University of North Carolina varsity at ths Smith Center, aka the Dean Dome, under the guidance of coach Roy Williams. During the scrimmage, he took two shots and missed them both.

Larry Eichel @ 11:18 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Tuesday, April 29, 2008, 10:45 AM

Wright's appearance at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. yesterday propelled him back onto the front pages and gave him top billing on the cable news shows. His appearance, comments and egotism came in from criticism from virtually all quarters.

  "I'm sorry, but I've had it with Wright," was the first sentence from Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson who went on to say Wright had somehow come to decide he personified the black church. "In fact, he represents one twig of one branch of a very large tree." That from the main stream left was matched by this from the the main stream right, George Will, who like the rest of the GOP is already salivating:

"He is a demagogue...Wright also is an ongoing fountain of anti-American and, properly understood, anti-black rubbish. His speech yesterday demonstrated that he wants to be a central figure in this presidential campaign. He should be."

Nathan Gorenstein @ 10:45 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, April 28, 2008, 1:45 PM
Filed Under: Obama

Larry Eichel reports...

We're in North Carolina working on a story for later in the week, and we're at a very well-attended Obama town hall in Wilmington, N.C. It's part of a two-day Obama swing through the state before he returns to Indiana, which is shaping up as the more important of the two May 6 primaries.

At an Obama event, a local non-dignitary usually gets to introduce the candidate. Here, it was a kindergarten teacher. She got so excited that she said that this was, "Sorry, honey," bigger even than her wedding day.

Larry Eichel @ 1:45 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, April 28, 2008, 10:50 AM
Filed Under: Media Watch

So, the Rove weighs in on Obama's race/blue collar/ethnic white problem. How to move past it? He has six suggestions, ranging from 1) get a new stump speech so you don't bore the press to 6) give more specifics on what you'd do as president.

Is Rove right? And if not, what should Obama do? Discuss below.

Nathan Gorenstein @ 10:50 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Friday, April 25, 2008, 12:02 PM

Larry Eichel reports...

There was an Ohio debate, a Texas debate and a Pennsylvania debate. Now, North Carolina and Indiana, the next states on the primary calendar, want debates of their own. And Hillary Rodham Clinton says she ready and willing.

But after his Philadelphia experience, Barack Obama appears to have had enough of debating, at least for now. He hasn't agreed to any more face-to-face encounters.

Larry Eichel @ 12:02 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
About this blog

The Inauguration: Jan. 20 blog brings you coverage of President-elect Barack Obama's transition into office.

It's written by political journalists from the Philadelphia Inquirer. Send us your comments -- and news tips -- at this address.

Thomas FitzgeraldThomas Fitzgerald joined The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2000, and has covered Harrisburg as well as city, state and national politics for the newspaper. He was a “boy on the bus” in the 2004 presidential campaign and during primary contests in 2000 and 1996.

Nathan Gorenstein has covered politics and government in the city, state and nation for the Inquirer. He's worked in the city hall bureau, had a stint on the business desk, and once covered the suburbs. After serving as assistant regional editor, he was named editor of the "Politics" web site.

Inquirer political writers
Also on
letter icon Newsletter