GIULIANI: $50 MILLION FOR PRESIDENT

Files under General | Jan 30th

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Victory is sweet.

Defeat is Giuliani.

The good news is that money doesn’t always buy elections.

At least not in Florida.



OUR HIDDEN POOR

Files under General | Jan 28th

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A dramatic black and white slideshow in the Chicago Tribune online edition.

With great pictures by Kuni Takahashi.

(Via Ponto Media



WILD BILL

Files under General | Jan 28th

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TED KENNEDY ENDORSES OBAMA

Files under General | Jan 28th

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In his own words, and in direct reference to Bill Clinton:

“There was another time, when another young candidate was running for president and challenging America to cross a new frontier.

He faced criticism from the preceding Democratic president, who was widely respected in the party,” Kennedy said, referring to Harry S. Truman.

“And John Kennedy replied, ‘The world is changing. The old ways will not do. … It is time for a new generation of leadership.’

“So it is with Barack Obama,” he added.



RUDY GIULIANI’S 1966 CAR ON EBAY

Files under General | Jan 28th

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He needs votes.

And money.

To pay for his political campaign.

That will end tomorrow in Florida.

So … his 1966 Chevrolet Corvair convertible is on sale.

With 7,650 miles, this automatic car is being sold on eBay by Cooper Classic Cars of New York.

The starting price was $1.00, but after 63 bids, the current one is $25,000.

The auction ends on Friday at 14:35:14 PST.



CLINTON VERSUS OBAMA, OR THE PAST VERSUS THE FUTURE

Files under General | Jan 27th

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Barack Obama last night in his victory speech in South Carolina:

The choice in this election is not between regions or religions or genders.

It’s not about rich versus poor; young versus old; and it is not about black versus white.

It’s about the past versus the future.

Watch it here.

(Picture by REUTERS/Joshua Lott)



OBAMA’S VICTORY WITH STRONG WORDS

Files under General | Jan 27th

Today’s American newspapers use very strong words to describe the big victory by Barack Obama in South Carolina.

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OVERWHELMING and LANDSLIDE in The State, Columbia, South Carolina.

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BLOWOUT and ASTOUNDS in The Sun-News, Myrtel Beach, South Carolina.

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TAKE THAT! and HUMILIATES in The Daily News, New York.

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WIDE MARGIN in The New York Times.

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BIG WINNER in The Washington Post



CAROLINE KENNEDY ENDORSES OBAMA IN A BIG WAY!

Files under General | Jan 26th

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Former First Daughter Caroline Kennedy is endorsing Barack Obama for president.

In an op-ed in Sunday’s New York Times, published on the paper’s Web site Saturday night, titled “A President Like My Father,” Kennedy writes:

It isn’t that the other candidates are not experienced or knowledgeable.

But this year, that may not be enough.

We need a change in the leadership of this country — just as we did in 1960….

I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them.

But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans.

I have spent the past five years working in the New York City public schools and have three teenage children of my own.

There is a generation coming of age that is hopeful, hard-working, innovative and imaginative.

But too many of them are also hopeless, defeated and disengaged.

As parents, we have a responsibility to help our children to believe in themselves and in their power to shape their future.

Senator Obama is inspiring my children, my parents’ grandchildren, with that sense of possibility.

Senator Obama is running a dignified and honest campaign.

He has spoken eloquently about the role of faith in his life, and opened a window into his character in two compelling books.

And when it comes to judgment, Barack Obama made the right call on the most important issue of our time by opposing the war in Iraq from the beginning.

Caroline Kennedy’s uncle, Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, has not yet endorsed a candidate in the Democratic presidential race.

(In the picture, Caroline Kennedy with a postcard of her father, taken at Hyannisport, 1961 © The Estate of Stanley Tretick)



OBAMA ‘DESTROYED’ … BILL CLINTON

Files under General | Jan 26th

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The first reaction of Andrew Sullivan to Obama’s victory in South Carolina:

Sorry, but the Clintons were just destroyed in South Carolina in an unprecedented turnout.

This was a butt-kicking of massive proportions.

How else do you interpret a 23 point margin? It’s staggering.

(Photos: Getty Images, illustration by Mirk/New York magazine)



ROBERT REICH ON FORMER BOSS BILL CLINTON

Files under General | Jan 26th

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A revealing comment from Robert Reich, the nation’s 22nd Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, and a professor at the University of California at Berkeley:

I write this more out of sadness than anger.

Bill Clinton’s ill-tempered and ill-founded attacks on Barack Obama are doing no credit to the former President, his legacy, or his wife’s campaign.

Nor are they helping the Democratic party.

While it may be that all is fair in love, war, and politics, it’s not fair – indeed, it’s demeaning – for a former President to say things that are patently untrue (such as Obama’s anti-war position is a “fairy tale”) or to insinuate that Obama is injecting race into the race when the former President is himself doing it.

Meanwhile, the attack ads being run in South Carolina by the Clinton camp which quote Obama as saying Republicans had all the ideas under Reagan, is disingenuous.

For years, Bill Clinton and many other leading Democrats have made precisely the same point – that starting in the Reagan administration, Republicans put forth a range of new ideas while the Democrats sat on their hands.

Many of these ideas were wrong-headed and dangerous, such as supply-side economics.

But for too long Democrats failed counter with new ideas of their own; they wrongly assumed that the old Democratic positions and visions would be enough. Clinton’s 1992 campaign – indeed, the entire “New Democratic” message of the 1990s – was premised on the importance of taking back the initiative from the Republicans and offering Americans a new set of ideas and principles.

Now, sadly, we’re witnessing a smear campaign against Obama that employs some of the worst aspects of the old politics.