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campaign rhetoric 2008


The Speech Police, continued

Submitted by Jim Aune on May 17, 2008 - 10:12am

Obama got into a little trouble for calling a woman reporter "sweetie" last week. Salon's Broadsheet explains


The South Rising?

Submitted by Jim Aune on May 13, 2008 - 9:56pm

I always thought that if the South ever recovers her populist roots, America might be redeemable. Very interesting news from Mississippi tonight (via Talking Points Memo):


Clinton Campaign PowerPoint

Submitted by Jim Aune on May 9, 2008 - 12:22pm

Final exam question: Evaluate the strategy and design of this PowerPoint presentation.


Hillary Channels George Wallace

Submitted by Jim Aune on May 8, 2008 - 9:03pm

"I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on," she said in an interview with USA TODAY. As evidence, Clinton cited an Associated Press article "that found how Sen. Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me."


Adolph Reed's Case Against Obama

Submitted by Jim Aune on May 2, 2008 - 2:00pm

One of my favorite scholars of African-American politics is Adolph Reed, Jr., perhaps most famous for his books on WEB DuBois and on Jesse Jackson. His article on Obama in the current issue of the Progressive (he reluctantly prefers Hillary) is pretty well-argued.


Flipping the Bird

Submitted by Jim Brown on May 2, 2008 - 10:44am

I know this is a bit old, but Bitch Ph.D. linked to the video of Obama supposedly "flipping Clinton the bird." The editing of the clip makes it seem as if the crowd cheers because Obama flipped the bird, but as Media Matters reports a different angle shows that Obama used one more than one finger to scratch his itch.



Submitted by Jim Aune on April 22, 2008 - 8:15pm

Looks like Hillary wins. The madness continues. I am dispirited. Looking at the numbers, it appears that the Democratic fixation on identity politics since 1972 is what has made the difference.



Submitted by Jim Aune on April 22, 2008 - 12:22pm

Any of my co-bloggers wish to weigh in on the PA primary today? I'm figuring that the youth vote and the African-American and new voter numbers are undercounted in the polls, and that Hillary will win by about 5 points. Here's an interesting article on the possibility of an Obama-Hillary ticket, using the JFK-LBJ analogy to 1960. I guess that's what I'm hoping for at the moment, despite the improbability.


Obama and McCain's Bad Science

Submitted by Jim Aune on April 22, 2008 - 11:54am

Oh, jeez. Now Obama's joined McCain in proposing the vaccine-autism link. Stupid, stupid, stupid--with potentially life-threatening consequences if children do not get vaccinated. It's all about funding for early intervention, plus a serious commitment to providing care for adults with autism.


The Vast Conspiracy?

Submitted by Jim Aune on April 21, 2008 - 8:25am

I'm not much given to conspiracy theories, but I can't help but conclude that the MSM has somehow decided to take down Obama. Via Josh Marshall's TPM, here's an excerpt from Tim Russert yesterday: