January 2008 Archives

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O Fashionistas!

The similar styles of Michelle O and Jackie O. [Politico]

Big Bens

A very wise man named P. Diddy once said, "It's all about the Benjamins, baby."  Ain't that the truth in presidential politics. The candidates hustle for Edwards' and Giuliani's fundraisers.  [The Washington Post]

Your Momma's so liberal...

The Republicans played the dozens Wednesday night. [The Los Angeles Times]

Campaign Cribs

Livestyles of the Rich and Famous Campaign Candidates.  See how your favorite presidential candidate rolls. [AOL]

Huck the Hottie

Chicks dig Mike Huckabee. [Politico]

Debate Club

How to win a war of words.  This advice is intended for rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, but it probably works for other frenemy spats as well. [The Los Angeles Times]

 

 

Barack Obama raised $32 million during the month of January.  The extra loot will go toward hiring more staff and expanding advertising outside of the Super Tuesday states.  Obama is currently running ads in 20 of the 22 states holding primaries on Super Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton is advertising in 12 Super Tuesday states.  Her campaign has not released its January fundraising totals yet.

 

arnold schwarzenegger official site.jpgThe man who said, "I will be back" has endorsed the man who really did come back.  California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today that he will throw his weight behind comeback kid John McCain in the Republican primary.  McCain hopes that the endorsement will help him win California's primary and a whole lotta delegates on Super Tuesday.

One of al-Qaida's top commanders, Abu al-Libi, was killed late Monday or early Tuesday in a missile attack in Pakistan.  A website for militant groups has proclaimed al-Libi a martyr.

 

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Hulk Hogan said that Barack Obama is his pick for president.  He said the only candidate "that really can make a change is Obama," and that Obama is "really the only choice."

Kimmel thinks the Hulk is just sucking up to Oprah.

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.  How many times has your mom told you that?    Well, Rudy Giuliani had to learn the hard way.

Against conventional wisdom (and some would say all common sense), Giuliani skipped the early primaries and put all his eggs in a basket also known as the state of Florida.   Then he lost the primary there.  By a lot.   

Presidential dreams broken.  Campaign a basket case.

So Giuliani announced that he would drop out of the race and endorse John McCain. ''John McCain is the most qualified candidate to be the next commander in chief of the United States,'' he said. ''He's an American hero.''

The feeling is mutual.  ''This man is a national hero and I'm honored by his friendship,'' McCain said of Giuliani.

 

 

Maxin Waters_Official Portrait.jpgRep. Maxine Waters announced today that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. 

"The voices of so many struggling families have gone unheard for long enough," she said. "Hillary understands the daily challenges that people are facing and she will fight for them everyday she is in the White House."

 

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This may be last time you see this campaign poster, because John Edwards is expected to drop out of the presidential race.  Word is that he will make the announcement during a speech in New Orleans at 1 p.m. today, and then go to Musician's Village to help build Habitat for Humanity homes for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.  Folks in the Edwards camp say that the Senator is not planning to endorse another candidate any time soon. 

Edwards's departure guarantees a historic presidential race. For the first time ever, a major party will nominate either a woman (Hillary Clinton) or an African American (Barack Obama).

John McCain won the Republican primary in Florida, and boy is he psyched!  He bested nearest rival Mitt Romney by five points to become the frontrunner going into Super Tuesday.  And as the cherry on top, rival and friend Rudy Giuliani is expected to drop out of the race and endorse McCain. Whatta night!

Hillary Clinton won for the Democrats.  Well, kind of. Technically, there wasn't a race for the Dems in Florida.  The DNC stripped Florida of all of its deligates for moving their primary date up against party rules, and all of the Democratic candidates agreed not to campaign there.  So Hillary gets nothing for winning, excapt a chance to toot her own horn.  Which, like any politician, she is sure to do loudly.

 

 

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Caroline Kennedy and her father, President John F. Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy wrote an op-ed essay that is both an endorsement of Barack Obama and a lovely tribute to her father.  Her piece ran in The New York Times on Sunday.

She began:

OVER the years, I've been deeply moved by the people who've told me they wished they could feel inspired and hopeful about America the way people did when my father was president. This sense is even more profound today. That is why I am supporting a presidential candidate in the Democratic primaries, Barack Obama.

And ended:

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.

You can read her entire op-ed here

Although Bill and Hillary Clinton double teamed Barack Obama with attacks in South Carolina, Barack won the state's primary on Saturday anyway.  By a lot. Here are the results:

  • Barack Obama - 55%
  • Hillary Clinton -  27%
  • John Edwards - 18%

Twice as many people voted for Barack than Hillary.  And it looks like Bill Clinton's attacks on Barack hurt Hillary.  60% of voters participating in exit polls said that the former president's campaigning was an important factor in their decision.  Of those, 47% went for Obama and 38% for Clinton. 

Note to Bill: Play nice in the sandbox!  And no throwing mud.

Are some democrats employing a good ol' "southern strategy" to pick up votes? You know, bringing race into the campaign for the Democratic nomination to scare white voters?

Republicans are usually the candidates criticized for using such tactics, but some pundits are pointing their fingers at Democrats for doing it during the current presidential contest.  Here are three commentaries that ran in The Washington Post recently about whether John Edwards and Billary (Hillary Clinton with Bill) are engaging in such naughty behavior.

The Edwards campaign, through Elizabeth Edwards, has complained that they don't get as much press attention as Clinton and Barack Obama because Edwards is not black or female.  In The White Stuff, Howard Kurtz examines whether Edwards is trying to rally white men to his side by making such assertions.

The Clinton campaign has questioned whether Barack Obama could have once been a drug dealer and made claims about Martin Luther King that some found insulting.  In Will they play the race card?, Marjorie Valbrun explores whether the Clintons will turn to divisive race strategies to win the nomination, after enjoying a longtime friendship with the African American community. 

And coming full circle, Howard Kurtz revisits the discussion in A Race About Race.

Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich said today that he will drop out of the race.  He said that he will make the announcement tomorrow, and he has no plans to endorse another Democrat in the primary.

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for paige_blogpic.JPG Since Senator Obama announced his candidacy on February 10th, I have been volunteering for his campaign. This is the first candidate I have ever volunteered for in a significant way. I have never so loyally supported a candidate because no candidate but Obama has ever appealed to me on so many levels.

 

I was first drawn to Senator Obama when reading his book Dreams from My Father . What I found there was a man who went through an identity crisis and came out with a true understanding of himself. He also thought deeply of not just his own problems but the problems of others during his time as a community organizer.  

 

As a think tank employee who loves good policy, I could not support Obama based only on my heart. So I read Audacity of Hope , where he puts forth a broad policy agenda, studied his voting record, and read his policy proposals on his campaign website.  I was impressed by his innovative and practical policies and his top notch staff of economic advisors. While Senator, Obama sponsored and cosponsored bills to solve problems that are important but do not get as much attention from the media. For example, he suggested more funding for housing programs for homeless veterans. He also supported a bill on responsible fatherhood that puts more money into marriage counseling and domestic violence prevention. He was not going to get wide acclaim for these bills but he knew they were important.

 

Finally, I support Senator Obama because I believe the power of the Presidency to be a force for good. If I thought being President was equivalent to managing a company, I might support someone else. But the President does have the potential to motivate people and be the conduit through which change occurs. It has been done before. Barack Obama possesses the qualities most important to be not just a President but a great President: the ability to inspire, a history of sound judgment, and the willingness to compromise. If now is a time for greatness, only Obama can meet that challenge.

 

-Paige Shevlin

 

Guest blogger Paige Shevlin works at Brookings in Washington, D.C.  She is a recent graduate of Wellesley College.

 

Today is the 35th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade.

America Fererra, better known as Ugly Betty, thinks Hillary Clinton would make a pretty good president.  Here's video of her and Chelsea rallying up voters in Nevada.

 

Vintage Edwards

Since David Letterman made an issue of John Edwards's hair, we have to bring back this Edwards movie classic.

** I Feel Pretty - Starring John Edwards **


 

John Edwards appeared on David Letterman Tuesday night.  Letterman being Letterman, made a point of messing up John Edwards well coiffed (to the tune of $400/haircut) hair. Other show highlights:

 

John Edwards on sharing the debate stage with a catfighting Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

What I was trying to do is represent the grown up wing of the Democratic party.

 

David Letterman on Fox News Channel commentator Bill O'Reilly

Well, you know what I've noticed about Bill O'Reilly -and he's a very good communicator- but he's not...he doesn't really care much about telling the truth.

 

John Edwards on Bill O'Reilly

Most of what he says is crap.

 

John Edwards on playing nice with Obama and Clinton

How do we get along? We can't stand each other.

Former president Bill Clinton caught some zzz's during a speech given by Martin Luther King III at a church program honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

 


Fred08

Republican presidential candidate and former Law & Order actor Fred Thompson has just dropped out of the race.  He said in a statement:


Today, I have withdrawn my candidacy for president of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort.


It's about time.  Now we can finally see our favorite episodes of Law & Order again.

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here are some cool ways to remember Dr. King. Many of them you can do online. [Newsweek]

Ever heard of King Lee day? Some states honor Martin Luther King, Jr., and Confederate General Robert E. Lee on a shared holiday. [Commercial Appeal]

To honor King's dream, two black and white evangelical megachurches held a joint service in Chicago. Can we get an Amen?  [The Chicago Tribune]

Rev. King was more than you know. His famous dream speech overshadows his many other contributions to the world. [CNN] and  [The Boston Globe]

Joseph Young was 12 years old when Rev. King was killed.  Inspired by King's work, he began collecting King memorabilia and now keeps one of the largest known collections in his Washington D.C. home. [The Washington Post]

 

 

News

Title of Obama's new speech: Oh, it's on now

Bill Clinton has been attacking Barack Obama to help Hillary Clinton's campaign. Barack says he's had enough of Bill's mouthing off, and he'll step to Bill if he talks that smack again. [CNN]

He stoops to conquer

Top Democrats think Bill Clinton's hater comments about Barack Obama are beneath the position of a former president just plain tacky. They told him to shut his trap. [Newsweek]

Give peace a chance

Osama Bin Laden's son asked him to to stop killing innocent people. [CNN]

Poor girls in trouble 

Chicago Abortion Fund helps women with low incomes get services.  [The Chicago Tribune]

 

As America celebrates a life, a family mourns a loss.  Martin Luther King, Jr.'s sister, Christine King Farris, spoke with Tavis Smiley about the pain of losing her brother.  She has not stepped foot in Memphis since she went there to retrieve his body nearly 40 years ago, and she's unsure if she will go back this spring for a program commemorating the 40th anniversary of his death.

 

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Rocker Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy will co-host a fundraiser for Barack Obama with bandmate Patrick Stump.  "I find Obama to be an electrifying candidate," Illionois born Wentz told MTV in an interview. "His perspective is fresh...."

Although Wentz likes Obama, he believes that he would be a better candidate for president than the senator. But since he's not running, Obama will have to do.  "To find a candidate that I completely agreed with, I'd have to run myself," he told MTV. "And I'm not sure people would be ready for tax-free ice cream and 'Macho Man' Randy Savage as the Secretary of State."

Hmm... sounds good to us! 

The Kid Vote

 

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John McCain's littlest supporter attends a rally in South Carolina.  Photo credit: McCainBlogette

Which candidate will get the kid vote?  This little one goes ga ga for John McCain.

Y'all hear?

John McCain won the Republican primary in South Carolina, taking 34% the vote.  Close rival Mike Huckabee came in second with 30% of the vote, followed by Fred Thompson (16%), Mitt Romney (15%), Ron Paul (4%), and Rudy Giuliani (2%).

Victory is sweet as pie for McCain, who lost big to George W. Bush in the 2000 South Carolina primary.  He says he's fixin' to go all the way to the White House.  Reckon he's got a shot.

 

 

Here's the deal.

Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney struck gold in the silver state.  Clinton won the Democratic caucus in Nevada, and Romney won the Republican caucus.

On the Democratic side, Clinton won 51% of the vote.  She also won support from the majority of women and LatinosBarack Obama came in second with a 45% showing, and John Edwards lost his shirt with just 4% of the vote.  Less than 1% of caucus goers' gambled on Dennis Kucinich.

Romney's campaign efforts won him a big payout: 51% of the vote.  Ron Paul came in second (14%), followed by John McCain (13%), Mike Huckabee (8%), Fred Thompson (9%) and Rudy Giuliani (4%) and Duncan Hunter (less than 1%).  Hunter folded and dropped out of the race.

Rivals hope to beat Clinton and Romney in later state primaries; afterall, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, right? Clinton and Romney say don't bet on it. 

Kate Edwards.jpgMeghan McCain isn't the only potential first daughter in the blogosphere.  Cate Edwards also has a blog.  We found it buried deep in the John Edwards for President website. 

Looks like Cate stopped updating her bog in the fall, probably because that's when she started classes at Harvard Law School.  (Smarty pants!)  Nonetheless, her blog gives full scoop about her life on the trail during the early stages of her father's campaign. 

Write again soon, Cate!  We want to know what's up!

Photo from johnedwards.com.

Friday's Polichicks

When it comes to campaign news, it's just polichicks as usual...

 

Vogue editor Anna Wintour is furious with Hillary Clinton

Vogue editor Anna Wintour - aka the devil who wears Prada - is angry that Hillary Clinton had the nerve to back out of a Vogue feature story and photo spread.  Clinton's campaign told Vogue that appearing in the magazine would make the senator seem "too feminine."  Well, Anna had something to say about that! "Imagine my amazement, then, when I learned that Hillary Clinton, our only female president hopeful, had decided to steer clear of our pages at this point in her campaign for fear of looking too feminine. The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying. This is America, not Saudia Arabia."  That's all. [WWD]

 

McCain is on the up and up

John McCain leads in South Carolina, according to today's Fox News poll.  [FoxNews]

 

Obama hit the jackpot

A Nevada judge held that casinio caucus is a-okay. The Obama campaign is psyched.  The Clinton campaign... not so much.   [The Washington Post]

 

Chris Matthews backs off Hillary Clinton

At first political commentator Chris Matthews said that "the reason [Hillary Clinton's] a U.S. Senator, the reason she's a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around."  Now he says scratch that. [The Washington Post]

 

 

 

Campaign '08

As a career woman, you're dammned if you do (have feelings) and damned if you don't. That's how Cosmo editor Kate White (love her!) sums up Hillary Clinton's campaign dilemma. [Forbes]

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are sweatin' Nevada voters.  Just days before the primary, polls show them in a statistical tie. [CNN]

If you can't say something nice, then your name is probably Karl Rove. He hates on Clinton and Obama on the regular. [CNN]

 

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 Former Congressman Mark Deli Siljander (R-MI) totally sold out the United States.  He has been indicted for helping raise money for Al Quaeda. [AP]

U.S. abortion rates are the lowest since 1976 [The Washington Post]

Mean Girls 2.   A girl robbed a Girl Scout selling cookies, after filling out her name and address on the cookie order form. And she didn't think she'd get caught.  If America had better schools, our theives would be smarter. [ParentDish]

Who needs men?  A captive shark gave birth and a baby daddy was nowhere to be found.  The single mother hadn't had a date (or any exposure to a male shark) in six years , but that turned out to be just a bump in the road to motherhood. [National Geographic]

 

Entertainment and Lifestyle News

And they said it wouldn't last...  Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds proved wrong all naysayers who doubted their marriage would.  It did last... a whole 2 weeks. [Fox News]

The Big O gets bigger.   Oprah reaches 30 million viewers a week on the Oprah Show, but that's not enough.  A 24 hour network would have a way bigger audience, so Oprah will launch her OWN  (Oprah Winfrey Network) with Discovery Communications in 2009.  [The Chicago Tribune]

Jackie Kucinich

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Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich's daughter Jackie at a book party in DC.  Shout out to BigHeadDC for the picture.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. More than 100 countries celebrate his birthday every year.

 

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Diane von Furstenberg walks the runway at her Fall 2007 show. Photos credit: Style.com.

Four reasons designer Diane von Furstenberg heart Hillary Clinton:

  • She believes Hillary will do the best job in the White House.
  • She thinks Hillary is intelligent.
  • She thinks Hillary has both a "micro and macro" management style.
  • She thinks Hillary "truly cares."

Four reasons we heart Diane von Furstenberg:

Diane von Furstenberg Bow Shoulder DressDiane von Furstenberg Printed Chiffon Top Diane von Furstenberg Printed Cover-UpDiane von Furstenberg Stone-Print Wrap Cover-Up

Photo credit, all four photos: Bergdorf Goodman.

Top left: Bow Shoulder Dress in macaroon (green)/cream stripes with pink/taupe/yellow abstract floral print.
$575. Top right: Printed Chiffon Top in macaroon with cream stripes. Sabrina neckline; red/yellow/purple smocked top. Sleeveless. Pleated front. 100% silk. $198. Bottom left: Printed Cover- Up in fuchsia/orange/white abstract coral print.V neckline; keyhole front with bow. Three-quarter sleeves. $195.  Bottom right: Stone Print Wrap Cover-Up in black/white/tan abstract stone print. V neckline; cap sleeves. Surplice bodice with tie. $210. All by Diane von Furstenberg and available at Bergdorf Goodman.
 
 
 

Comedians and political pundits have snickered the past few days about how effective - well, actually ineffective -they think John Kerry's endorsement will be for the Obama campaign. A few have had mad jokes about how Obama could lose the nomination because of Kerry. 

DMinMI, a DailyKos blogger, begs to differ.  DMinMI thinks the pundits have underestimated Kerry's cha-ching factor and argues that the fundraising lists that Kerry gave Obama will make him the most bestest BFF a guy running for president could ever ask for.  Read all about it here.

Like many Americans, Alicia Keys has not yet decided who she will support in the upcoming presidential election.  Photo credit: aliciakeys.com.

Is your favorite celebrity supporting Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama?  Here's the rundown, as reported by the Examiner:

Sen. Barack Obama could have done some serious fundraising at the Warner Theatre on Saturday night, as nearly every VIP at the BET Honors was a full-fledged Obama supporter. We asked the celebrities for their 2008 candidate, and here’s the rundown:

In the Obama camp: Tyra Banks, Ne-Yo, Blair Underwood, Rahim Vaughn, Cedric the Entertainer, Hill Harper and Chingy. Some even explained.

Mario Van Peebles: “We need someone who can position us anew globally … someone who can bring about deep change. … He’s the one person I know who’s exciting. … He’s smart, and this brother also gets the street! I think he can do it!”

Wyclef Jean (although he conceded that Sen. Hillary Clinton was a close second): “Obama is like the voice of the new generation.”

Cornel West: “Many of us are fighting for him … but it’s getting tense … it’s heating up!”

Kerry Washington: “I’m actually going to go campaign for him down in South Carolina soon.”

In the Hillary camp:

Vivica Fox
: (“We never should have been over in Iraq in the first place. … I’d love to bring them home.” And why not a Republican candidate, Vivica? “They had eight years, and they screwed it up!”)

On the fence:

Alicia Keys (“I’m still deciding”); Richard Parsons (“It’s too early,” but “there are some very interesting candidates”); and Brian McKnight (“leaning toward Obama”).

Staying mum: Jill Scott.

 

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French President Sarkozy's former First Lady Ceclia and new First Lady Carla sport identical diamond rings, both gifts from the president. Photos from the Daily Mail.

French President NIcolas Sarkozy and former supermodel Carla Bruni's relationship is moving so fast that we can barely keep up with it. The pair began dating in October, right after Sarcozy and his former first lady Cecilia divorced.  So here's the rundown, as fast as we can:

  • Last week, Sarkozy announced in a press conference that his relationship with Carla is serious and that he expected to marry her.
  • Sarcozy gave Carla the SAME RING that he gave his second wife Cecilia.  
  • On Friday, it was reported that Carla is pregnant with the First Child (not her first child, just the First Child).
  • And the latest word? The lovebirds are now married!  They secretly ran off to city hall last Thursday and tied the knot! 

 

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John McCain grinned ear to ear grin after learning that he won in New Hampshire.  Wife Cindy on left.  Photo credit: Meghan McCain at McCainBlogette.

After his campaign ran out of money this past summer and pundits wrote off his election chances, John McCain has seen a surge in support since winning the New Hampshire primary.  A recent CNN/Public Opinion poll has him leading the Republican pack with 34% of support from Republican registered voters.  This represents a 21 point jump for McCain since a similar poll was conducted last December.  Mike Huckabee is in second place (21%), followed by Rudy Giuliani (18%), Mitt Romney (14%), Fred Thompson (6%), Ron Paul (5%) and Duncan Hunter (1%).

On the Dems' side, Hillary Clinton leads with 49% of support from registered Democrats.  She jumped 9 points from last December.  Barack Obama is in second place (36%), followed by John Edwards (12%) and Dennis Kucinich (1%).

 

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What nutcases are wearing now.  Photo credit: Review Journal

Why does Hillary Clinton keep getting the short end of the stick when it comes to celebrity endorsements?  Barack Obama gets Oprah, and Hillary gets stuck with Roseanne Barr.  Anyway, much to Hillary's chagrin, Roseanne announced her endorsement with this rant against Barack and Oprah on her blog (printed as written, with spelling errors and all):

barak obama

is an empty suit selling "hope" in lieu of Truth. Oprah Winfrey helped to elect Arnold Swartzenegger. I have no doubt that she voted her purse by doing this, as she is a large land owner in California, and that ilk fears Dems because they do not want to pay their "fair share" of Cali tax. Oprah has given us Swartzenegger and Dr. Phil. If that was not offensive enough to decent thinking people, now she brings us Obama. He has no ideas, no plan and nothing to add other than the cynical pacification of the masses with bedtime stories about hope, while calling Unions "special interest groups" that need to be done away with.
Obama votes with Bush constantly funding this terrible endless war. Oprah, you play the race card and the gender card too.
You are a closeted republican and chose Barak Obama because you do not like other women who actually stand for something to working American Women besides glamour, angels, hollywood and dieting!
When Americans find out that Obama backs right wing corporate racist anti worker bullshit, they will not vote for him, and the victory will go to the most racist right wing republican ever.... Mccain, who is a fascist! That the culinary service workers in vegas have promised barak their vote,( he is anti union in his votes) over edwards, who is a pro-union man, just proves how stupid americans are and how they can be tricked so easily by the color of a person's skin...exactly what MLK hated!
Obama doesn't even back reproductive rights for any woman! It is historical that Oprah Winfrey, beloved of women, chooses a flashy man with small credentials over a seasoned woman politician with 35 years of experience...and sells that to the female demographic who look to her for inspiration!

She backpedalled in a follow-up post:

I am so sorry for sounding like I don't like Oprah or Obama. I do. Oprah has been a force for good for a long time, and I just got carried away with my preference for Hilary over Obama. I think she is smarter and better than he is, but either of them is better than any Republican, and will get my vote no matter who ends up on top. I got upset because I felt Oprah was adding to the divisiveness in this country. I am sorry Oprah, I really do admire and love you for all the good you do and have done in this country and the world at large. I am just so worried about another Republican getting in, my stomache hurts and I can't sleep, and I go over the top sometimes!

  

On today's Oprah Show, Oprah shared this letter writing tip that she got from President Bill Clinton:

When you write a note to someone, limit it to one page.  That way, if the recipient decides to frame it, the note is easy to frame because it's on just one page.

File this handy tip under "solutions to problems only Oprah and Bill Clinton have."

 

 

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Barack Obama and John Kerry in Charleston, SC. Photo credit: AP.

The Dems' 2004 presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry, endorsed Barack Obama for president today at a rally in Charleston, SC.  Kerry said that "Barack Obama can help our country turn the page and get America moving by uniting and ending the division we have faced."  By endorsing Obama, Kerry dissed John Edwards, who was his running mate in '04.

 

Bill Richardson Cole AP.jpgGovernor Bill Richardson has dropped out of the presidential race.  If successful, he would have been America's first Latino president.

Richardson's bow out leaves just Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich in the race for the Democratic nomination.

Photo on left, Governor Bill Richardson.  Photo credit: Cole/AP.

 

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Carla Bruni and French President Nicolas Sarkozy share a cuddle.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy confirmed in a press conference Tuesday that, indeed, c'est l'amour between him and singer/former supermodel Carla Bruni.  Sarkozy, 52, and Bruni, 40, have been an item since meeting at a party 2 months ago, a few of weeks after Sarkozy's divorce.  Rumor has it that the couple will marry on February 9th.

Love songs?  Check out the latest tunes by Carla here.

 

John Edwards. Photo credit: Politico.com.

Hillary Clinton's BFF is John Edwards. As long as he's in the race, he keeps the "change" vote from consolidating behind Barack Obama.  If that happens, uh oh for the Clinton campaign.

 

 

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Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John McCain each address their supporters at victory rallies following wins in the New Hampshire primaries.  Photo credit: The Washington Post. 

John McCain and Hillary Clinton won the New Hampshire primaries yesterday. 

This is a redeeming victory for McCain, who faced serious troubles early in the campaign -including running out of money- and was written off by pundits as a lost cause way back in the summer.  It's nothing short of a miracle that he's back, and his ear to ear smile at his post election rally showed that he knows it.

And what a win for Hillary Clinton!  Faced with polls and pundits predicting a double digit loss to Obama, Clinton said that she always thought that she could win New Hampshire, even if no one else did.

Against all odds (and we can't emphasize all odds enough), McCain and Clinton belived in themselves when no one else would.  See what that can do? 

Go' head, John and Hillary!  Congratulations.

Click here for a musical celebration of John and Hillary's win. 

 

Final numbers in New Hampshire

Republicans: John McCain, 37; Mitt Romney, 32; Mike Huckabee, 11; Rudy Giuliani, 9; Ron Paul, 8; and Fred Thompson, 1.

Democrats: Hillary Clinton, 39; Barack Obama, 37; John Edwards, 17; Bill Richardson, 5; and Dennis Kucinich, 1.

 

 

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Barack Obama with daughters Sasha and Malia

We know what happened in Iowa: Mike Huckabee won for the Republicans, and Barack Obama kicked some you know what on the Dems' side.  Now we're eager to know what happens in New Hampshire.  John McCain is expected to win on the Republicans' side, but you never know.    On the Dems' side, Obama will crush his rivals like ants, winning by double digits.   That's what we know for sure, as Oprah would say.

Hillary Clinton gets emotional about the race and the future of our country, making us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Barack Obama will appear on Good Morning America later this morning (Monday).  GMA airs on ABC at 7 EST.

Newsweek columnist Joe Klein on Mitt Romney, who has faced criticsm and skepticsm for flip-flopping on the issues:

"...I don't think Mitt Romney believes a word he says on any of the red-meat issues that he's been using to bludgeon his opponents.  Which is why he says those things only on television, where he doesn't have to look anyone in the eye."

Ouch!

Iowa caucus results

There was a lot of excitement in Iowa last night:

  • Barack Obama won for the Democrats sweeping 38% of supporters, followed by John Edwards (30%) and Hillary Clinton (29%).  Not a good night for the Clinton campaign.
  • Mike Huckabee won for the Republicans taking 34% of supporters, followed by Mitt Romney (25%), Fred Thompson (13%), John McCain (13%) and Ron Paul (10%).  It was a somber night for the Romney campaign, which came in second despite outspending Huckabee 20-1.
  • Democrats Joe Biden and Chris Dodd dropped out of the race.

Can the presidential candidates’ web traffic predict a caucus winner?  

Top Democrats: Barack Obama has the most traffic, followed by Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. At first we thought Obama led Clinton because people are less familiar with him than the former first lady. We thought that his high web traffic was less an indicator of interest or support, and more a reflection of people’s need to find out who he is. We nixed that notion when Edwards came in third, because he also has less name recognition than the first lady. So we think web traffic reflects people’s interest in and support of the candidates.

 

Top Republicans: Mike Huckabee leads, followed by Mitt Romney and John McCain. Note how Huckabee doesn’t even register on the graph until late October, when he shot up to the top. Rudy Giuliani isn’t in the graph because he’s not participating in the Iowa caucus.

Iowa Caucus 101

Click here for a quick primer on the Iowa Caucus.

With all the on again off again drama going on between the United States and Iran, Guest Blogger Candice Carbonell thinks it's important for everyone to know a little somethin' somethin' about Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  So she sent us a little cheat sheet on his background (just enough to get by at a cocktail party):

Appointed mayor of Tehran, Iran in the spring of 2003, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took his first step into the political scene.  Once he was appointed mayor of the country’s capital, Ahmadinejad made abrupt changes, restricting many of the reforms that were previously made by moderates who had run Tehran before him.  The new mayor put religious emphasis back into the daily lives of people and re-established a separation of men and women in public facilities. 

 

In 2005, Ahmadinejad was elected president of Iran by win of popular vote.  Although no money was spent on his campaign, he was backed by many powerful conservatives who used their networks in order to gain more supporters.

 

Ahmadinejad is a strong advocate of Iran’s nuclear program.  His adamancy on refusing to back down on Tehran’s decision to resume uranium conversion (ie., nuclear power) has scared many other nations, including the United States and Britain, and has gained threats from both countries if he decides not to back down, which has, so far, been the case. 

 

On the contrary, since being elected Ahmadinejad has loosened the prior restraints he had on his country’s citizens and granted small leniencies to moderates.  This includes lifting the Islamic dress code that Iranian women had to obey, and by allowing women to attend major sporting events for the first time since 1979.

 

  Gavin Neusome_Jennifer Siebel.jpgSan Francisco Mayor Gavin Neusom, 40, and actress Jennifer Siebel, 33, are engaged.  Neusom was previously married to lawyer and TV commentator Kimberly Guilfoyle for almost 5 years.  They divorced after Neusom admitted to an affair with a former staff member's wife.

There's been way too much drama about the fact that Republican candidate Mitt Romney is Mormon.  His rivals keep bringing it up, hoping that you won't vote for him because of it.  We know you're smarter than that.  But since so many folks are unfamiliar with Mormonism - hey, it's okay to be curious and informed -  we've provided a little Q&A below to bring you up to speed. 

Make no mistake, we're NOT endorsing Mitt Romney for president.  He might not know what the heck he's doing for all we know.  That's for you to decide in the voting booth. 

All we're saying is that he shouldn't get nixed just because of his religion.  Know what you need to know about his faith, check out where he stands on the issues, and then decide his presidential fate.

Is the Mormon Church a cult?

No.

Do Mormons believe in God?

Yes, but unlike those of other faiths, they believe that God has a body of flesh and blood like humans.

What about Jesus Christ?

They believe in Christ, but their views about Him differ from those of other Christians.  They believe that Jesus was married.  They also believe that he will return to Bethlehem and Missouri.

Missouri?!  Are they tripping?

No. Practicing Mormons don't take drugs.

Are Mormons social?  Will they kick it with us at Starbucks?

Come on now! Mormons are regular Joes (or Janes), just like the rest of us.  So yeah, they'll hang at Starbucks, but they won't order coffee, tea or any other caffeinated drinks.  Caffeine is a no no for practicing Mormons.

Will they talk to us at the water cooler at work?  (About.. uh... work, of course.  We'd nevah talk about our co-workers behind their backs.)

Sure! A thirsty Mormon would chill with you at the water cooler.  But they won't step out with you for a smoke.  Mormons are smart enough to lay off the nic.

Have you heard this one? So a Mormon walks into a bar...

Puh-leez. Practicing Mormons don't drink alcohol.

I heard Mormons run chicks.  Is this true?

Some do, some don't.  That has nothing to do with being Mormon.  Rudy Giuliani is known for running chicks, and he's not Mormon. 

Maybe you are thinking of the common belief that Mormon men have many wives.  The Mormon Church outlawed this practice in 1890.  The number of Mormons who still live in "plural families" is very small.

Is it true that the Mormon Church does not allow African American members?

That used to be true, but the church lifted it's ban on African American membership in 1978.

Are there any black Mormons?

Yes.

Yeah right! Name one.

Gladys Knight.

Name another.

Uhhh....  [crickets]

Here's to the power of you.  Make your dreams come true.

 

Patti LaBelle

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