Polichicks: June 2008 Archives
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Come together. Right now. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama hald a joint meeting with Clinton's funders Thursday in an effort to unify the Dems. Clinton said Democrats "are a family" and "will do whatever it takes to win back this White House." Obama spoke kindly of Clinton, said that he encouraged his own funders to help erase her campaign's $20 million debt and wrote a $2300 presonal check (the maximum allowed by law) to her campaign. [The Washington Post]
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the District of Columbia's strict ban on handguns. This decision is HUGE, as it marks the first time in history that the Court has clearly said that an individual has the right to own a gun to protect herself or himself. [BTW, we happen to be in D.C., and we can tell you that this decision has caused much drama here. It's all over the TV and radio, and it's being talked about at every water cooler in every office. Some Washingtonians are celebrating the Court's decision, but it seems that most wanted the handgun ban and are mad as hell that the Court struck it down. Since D.C. isn't a state and doesn't have states' right, Washingtonians get extra testy about any federal interference in their stuff.] [The Washington Post]
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the "Millionaire's Amanedment," a law meant to level the playing field for a candidate who is running against a wealthy individual financing a campaign with his or her own money. The law tripled contribution limits (from $2,300 to $6,900) for the candidate who was not self-financing their campaign. [The New York Times]
Madonna and Guy Ritchie are so over each other. [Us Weekly]
Today's Daily Polichicks. Short and sweet.
Barack Obama denies that he emails actress Scarlett Johansson on the regular. He says that he once responded to an email from the actress that was forwarded to him by his assistant ,and that Scarlett does not have his personal email address. [Us Weekly]
The U.S. Supreme Court decided aginst allowing executions for people who rape children, sparing the lives of two men who raped two girls aged 5 and 8. Barack Obama and John McCain disagree with the Court's decision. [AP]
What's going on.
Hillary Clinton is back on the 9 to 5. She returned to work at the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. "It's great to be here among my colleagues," Clinton teased, "just another regular, plain old superdelegate." [The Washington Post]
A new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg polls shows Barack Obama has a 12 point lead over John McCain (49% Obama; 37% McCain). Add Independent candidate Ralph Nader and Libertarian candidate Bob Barr to the game, and Obama's lead jumps to 15. [The Los Angeles Times]
John McCain outlined his plan for energy efficiency yesterday. [The Washington Post]
Will John McCain select a woman as his running mate? Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin could be on his short list. [Politico]
Barack Obama asks his funders to help Hillary Clinton pay off her campaign debt. [The New York Times]
MTV rocks the vote by announcing that the network will now take political ads. MTV has refused political ads since its inception in 1981. [TV Week]
Please don't surf and drive. Chrysler will offer wireless internet connection in its 2009 vehicles. [The Los Angeles Times]
And by the way:
Ashley Dupre, the call girl who "dated" former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, is back on MySpace asking people to friend her. [The Los Angeles Times]
Oregon Republican Sen. Gordon Smith expects a blue tide to roll accross his state this November, and he hopes to ride it all the way to Washington. He's just released a new ad that implies that he and Barack Obama are total BFFs when it comes to developing better public policies.
"Who says Gordon Smith helped lead the fight for better gas mileage and a cleaner environment?" the ad asks. "Barack Obama."
Dude is seriously tripping, said the Obama campaign. "Barack Obama has a long record of bipartisan accomplishment and we appreciate that it is respected by his Democratic and Republican colleagues in the Senate," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton. "But in this race, Oregonians should know that Barack Obama supports Jeff Merkley for Senate. Merkley will help Obama bring about the fundamental change we need in Washington."
Hat Tip: Ben Smith at Politico
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Check out John McCain's pimped out campaign tour bus, complete with 22 inch rims.
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Michelle Obama guest co-hosted The View yesterday. Can we be the first to say that she looked FAB? She debuted a new, softer look: sweeping bangs, flawless makeup and a feminine flower print dress with a flower pin. Tres elegante! And her best accessory? Her brain.
We have been just swamped this week. S-W-A-M-P-E-D. So we haven't posted as much as we would have liked. Please forgive us, and then read your Daily Polichicks.
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Every woman should reinvent herself every now and again, and Michelle Obama is no different. She's getting a makeover. No, not the kind that we'll get at CHANEL this Sunday - the PR kind. [The New York Times]
Catfight! John McCain and Barack Obama spar over terrorism. [The New York Times]
Al Gore has endorsed Barack Obama, but he's unlikely to campaign for him. Gore has pretty much abandoned partisan politics in favor being green (and uniting people who want to be green too). [Politico]
Chicks dig Barack Obama: women voters who were expected to be mad about Hillary Clinton's loss are supporting Barry. [The Los Angeles Times]
Polls say Barack Obama leads John McCain in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania [The Los Angeles Times]
Caroline Kennedy has an important role as veep vetter for Barack Obama. She brings a sense of history and a whole lotta smarts (she's a lawyer and author) to the campaign. [The Washington Post]
Linda Douglass, formerly a well-respected journalist, is heading up Barack Obama's communcations department. Here's what she's about and how she's handling the role so far. [The Washington Post]
[Editor's note: We didn't mean for this section to be mostly about Barack Obama, but there just wasn't a lot of John McCain stuff in the news today. McCainiacs, we'll hook you up next time.]
Our home state, Virginia, is seriously tripping over California's new gay marriage laws. Virginia is for lovers, except ones that are gay. [The Los Angeles Times]
Donna Edwards is the first African American woman to serve Maryland in the U.S. Congress. [The Washington Post]
Now this is kind of interesting:
Three women escaped scientology [Glamour]
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Barack Obama claims to be for the American family, but he's actually kind of a homewrecker.
Get full scoop on the broken hearted here.
At a rally in Detroit, MI, former Vice President Al Gore will endorse Barack Obama tonight. (As if we thought he would endorse McCain!) You can watch the rally LIVE tonight on the web at 8:30 p.m. at www.BarackObama.com.
Here is the letter that Al Gore emailed to Barack Obama's supporters announcing his endorsement:
A few hours from now I will step on stage in Detroit, Michigan to announce my support for Senator Barack Obama. From now through Election Day, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure he is elected President of the United States.
Over the next four years, we are going to face many difficult challenges -- including bringing our troops home from Iraq, fixing our economy, and solving the climate crisis. Barack Obama is clearly the candidate best able to solve these problems and bring change to America.
This moment and this election are too important to let pass without taking action.
That's why I am asking you to join me in showing your support by making a contribution to this campaign today:
Over the past 18 months, Barack Obama has united a movement. He knows change does not come from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue or Capitol Hill. It begins when people stand up and take action.
With the help of millions of supporters like you, Barack Obama will bring the change we so desperately need in order to solve our country's most pressing problems.
If you've already contributed to this campaign, I ask that you consider making another contribution right now. If you haven't, please take the next step and own a piece of this campaign today:
On the issues that matter most, Barack Obama is clearly the right choice to lead our nation.
We have a lot of work to do in the next few months to elect Barack Obama president, and it begins by making a contribution to this campaign today.
Thank you for joining me,
LIVE TONIGHT -- 8:30 p.m. EDT: Watch streaming video of Al Gore and Barack Obama at a rally in Detroit, Michigan:
Jennifer Lopez, flanked by aides, on Capitol Hill. Photo from Faded Youth Blog.
Jenny from the block was Jenny on the Hill last Wednesday, as the star made an unannounced visit to Sen. Barack Obama's Capitol Hill office. Sen. Obama wasn't there, so J.Lo met with his staff for an hour and a half. J.Lo and Obama's staff are mum about what the meeting was about.
(We digress to say... Peep the Birkin she's carrying. Nice!)
See also: J.Lo: The new Obama girl? [Faded Youth Blog]
By now you're probably heard the terrible news. Tim Russert, Washington Bureau Chief of NBC News and host of Meet the Press, died suddenly on Friday. He is survived by son Luke, wife Maureen and dad "Big Russ."
Friends Tom Brokaw, Mary Matalin, James Carville and Maria Shriver participated in a special broadcast of Meet the Press in honor of Russert on Sunday. Russert's chair sat empty during the show.
Here is Russert's final roundtable on Meet the Press. Watch and remember.
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In 1964 in Philadelphia, Mississippi, African Americans were told they couldn't vote unless they correctly answered how many bubbles are in a bar of soap. Three student civil rights workers, Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goldman went down south to help blacks register to vote. The locals weren't pleased, so with the help of law enforcement, the Ku Klux Klan shot the 3 young men to death. Today Philadelphia is still racially divided and it may seem like things haven't changed much, but the county in which it's located cast the of majority its votes for Barack Obama. [The Los Angeles Times]
Barack Obama and John McCain agree, "shake your money maker" is a good camaign strategy. But neither candidate can shake it too hard, as both claim to support campaign finance reform. [The Washington Post]
First Lady Laura Bush said that although she wants the first woman president to be a Republican, she admires the "grit and strength" that Hillary Clinton showed on the campaign trail. She also had some supportive words for Michelle Obama. [The Washington Post]
Virginia - our home state, y'all - is likely to be a major player in this year's presidential election. Both candidates say they're fixin' to win that increasingly blue red state, and to that end, both are sweating Virginia voters. [The Washington Post]
What's black and light and cool all over? Apple's new and improved (and cheaper) iPhone, coming to a store near you on July 11th. [The New York Times]
If Barack Obama is elected president, the nation will lose it's only African American senator (and only the 3rd in history since Reconstruction). At the senate staff level, African Americans and other minorities have been virtually non-existant. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is leading an effort to diversify the senate staff, and some say it's working. [Politico]
Girl power at the box office. Women fans made "Sex and the City" a box office winner (to the tune of $57 million its opening weekend), and young girls are expected to boost "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" to a similar level of success. [The New York Times]
Just like the U.S., Spain is trying to figure out how to handle illegal immigration. [The New York Times]
There was no Daily Polichicks on Wednesday because Tuesday's night edition covered all of the hoopla about Wednesday's big news, the end of the Democratic primary. Here's your Daily Polichicks for Thursday. Read up!
Hillary Clinton has announced that she will concede the Democratic primary race and and announce her support of Barack Obama on Saturday. After a long contest, impatient Democrats are eager to sew up the primary season and get on to the general election. "I don't know what the heck she needs this extra time for," said longtime Clinton supporter Rep. Charles Rangel. [The Washington Post]
Barack Obama will accept the Democratic nomination for president on the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech and the 55th anniversary of the racially motivated, brutal murder of 14 year old Emmitt Till. African American lawmakers are in disbelief (and all giddy about it). [Politico]
Frenemies Barack Obama and John McCain are working together (say what?!) on a good-government bill that will open federal government contracts to public scrutinty by posting them on a website. An earlier version of the bill was known as the "Google for government" act. [The Hill]
John McCain has challenged Barack Obama to 10 duels (wars of words so to speak). [The Washington Post]
John McCain raised a whole heckuva lot of money in May. $21.5 million, which is more than he's ever raised before. Barack Obama's peeps might call that chump change, as their campaign raised $31 million in April; but McCain's total is still nothing to sneeze at. [The New York Times]
Following Barack Obama's win, the DNC announced that it will no longer accept money from lobbyists or political action committtees. Also, Chairman Howard Dean will keep his job, as Obama has no plans to replace him. [The Washington Post]
Times, they are a changin'. Barack Obama's primary win excites many, who now believe America can move past a history of racial discrimination. The Los Angles Times reports:
"I never thought I'd live to see this day," said retired pharmacist Arthur Dees, 80, marveling at Barack Obama's triumph. Dees, an Army veteran, recalled that he attended Dwight D. Eisenhower's inauguration in 1953, but was not welcome in any downtown Washington hotel or restaurant.
"They were all segregated," he said, as he shopped at a mall in Wheaton, Md., a blue-collar community 12 miles north of the White House. Fighting back tears, he added, "My people have always had doggone names. We were darkies. Then colored. Next they called us Negroes. After that, we were black. Now, we're Afro-Americans. But with Obama, we're going to be just Americans. Won't that be something!"
Overseas, people are psyched about Barack Obama's primary victory [The Washington Post]
Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Bobby Kennedy.
This email arrived in our mailbox this morning:
I wanted you to be one of the first to know: on Saturday, I will hold an event in Washington D.C. to thank everyone who has supported my campaign. Over the course of the last 16 months, I have been privileged and touched to witness the incredible dedication and sacrifice of so many people working for our campaign. Every minute you put into helping us win, every dollar you gave to keep up the fight meant more to me than I can ever possibly tell you.
On Saturday, I will extend my congratulations to Senator Obama and my support for his candidacy. This has been a long and hard-fought campaign, but as I have always said, my differences with Senator Obama are small compared to the differences we have with Senator McCain and the Republicans.
I have said throughout the campaign that I would strongly support Senator Obama if he were the Democratic Party's nominee, and I intend to deliver on that promise.
When I decided to run for president, I knew exactly why I was getting into this race: to work hard every day for the millions of Americans who need a voice in the White House.
I made you -- and everyone who supported me -- a promise: to stand up for our shared values and to never back down. I'm going to keep that promise today, tomorrow, and for the rest of my life.
I will be speaking on Saturday about how together we can rally the party behind Senator Obama. The stakes are too high and the task before us too important to do otherwise.
I know as I continue my lifelong work for a stronger America and a better world, I will turn to you for the support, the strength, and the commitment that you have shown me in the past 16 months. And I will always keep faith with the issues and causes that are important to you.
In the past few days, you have shown that support once again with hundreds of thousands of messages to the campaign, and again, I am touched by your thoughtfulness and kindness.
I can never possibly express my gratitude, so let me say simply, thank you.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
(Yikes! We fell asleep while posting last night. So the updated version of this Tuesday night edition was actually posted Wednesday morning.)
The Dems held their final two primaries tonight in Montana and South Dakota. Here's the news of the night:
- The big news tonight - the historic news - is that Barack Obama is the presumptive nominee of the Democratic party. He will be the the first African American to secure the presidential nomination of a major political party. [The Washington Post]
- Hillary Clinton won the primary in South Dakota (55% to 45%), and Barack Obama won Montana (56% to 41%) .
- Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, wasn't about to let tonight be all about the Democrats. He kicked off the general election by making a speech from Kenner, LA, in which he gave a shout out to Hillary Clinton's supporters (as in, if you don't like the O Man, come vote for me) and distanced himself from frenemy President Bush. He also picked on Barack Obama a bit, calling him a lightweight (well, he is kinda skinny) and the L-word. (No, not a lesbian. A liberal.) [The New York Times] (We have to note that while we were watching McCain's speech, MSNBC pre-empted it to announce that Barack Obama is the presumptive nominee of the Democratic party. Doh! McCain just can't compete with the Dems when it comes to getting press attention.)
- Hillary Clinton addressed her supporters in South Dakota. She congratulated Barack Obama and his suppoters on their "extraordinary campaign," adding, "Senator Obama has inspired so many Americans to care about politics and empowered so many more to get involved, and our party and our democracy is stronger and more vibrant as a result." A concession speech, you say? Umm.. not exactly. Clinton also spoke of the 18 million people who voted for her, said that she's won the popular vote (according to her math), said that she has won more votes than any other presidential primary candidate in history (again, according to her math), and encouraged her supporters to go to her website to share what they think her next steps should be. So she's still in the race. Round and round and round she goes; where she stops, nobody knows. [The Huffington Post]
- Barack Obama rolled up on John McCain's turf last night: he gave his victory speech in the same venue in St. Paul, MN, where John McCain will give his acceptance speech during the upcoming Republican convention. He said some nice things about Hillary Clinton and indicated that that her loss tonight will not be the last time that we hear from her ("...you can rest assured that when we finally win the battle for universal health care in this country, she will be central to that victory"). Now of course Obama had a few words for rival John McCain: "It's not change when John McCain decided to stand with George Bush 95 percent of the time, as he did in the Senate last year. It's not change when he offers four more years of Bush economic policies that have failed to create well-paying jobs." As usual, Obama closed by getting all inspirational and profound on us: "America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love." [BarackObama.com]
In 2002, Halle Berry became the first African American woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress in the then 74 year history of the Academy Awards. Through sobs, she began her acceptance speech: "This moment is so much bigger than me. This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne and Dihanne Carroll. It's for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox, and it's for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened!" You must watch Ms. Berry's historic and very emotional speech here.
Tonight, the Democratic primary race is expected to end with final contests in Montana and South Dakota. Once over, the process will, of course, have decided which of two popular candidates - Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama - Democrats think is the best candidate to go head to head against Republican John McCain in November. But also exciting to many, the race will have determined which "first," could be the first "first" to run all the way to The White House, an African American man or a white woman.
So who do you think will make the political version of Halle Berry's acceptance speech? Hillary Clinton, as the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major political party, or Barack Obama, as the first African American?
Tonight, we'll finally find out.
(We think. This race has been about to end many times before...)
Usually when we think of drama, we think of the occasional fistfight on MTV's Real World or the catfight between Heidi and LC on The Hills. But there ain't no drama like the Democrats drama; and this past Saturday, the most dramatic must see reality TV was the coverage of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting.
The Committee met to decide whether to seat delegates from Florida and Michigan at the DNC convention in August. Remember? Those are the two naughty states that moved up their primary dates after the DNC told them not to. A big no no that caused the DNC to refuse to seat their delegates at convention. Then all of the Democratic presidential candidates agreed not to campaign in those states, since their primaries weren't going to count anyway. (What self-respecting politician would give a damn about citizens whose votes don't count?)
As for the results of the not-supposed-to-count primaries? Hillary Clinton "won" both Florida (where no candidates campaigned) and Michigan (where no candidates campaigned and Clinton was the only person on the ballot). So naturally, she changed her mind and wanted to count the primaries afterall. In response, rival Barack Obama was like, "Woman, are you crazy?!" And Hillary was like, "Barry, you are sooo sexist!" And so they fought... and fought... and fought...
The battle between the two campaigns caused, as Niecy from one of our favorite shows Clean House would say, a bunch of "foolishness and mayhem" up in the Democratic party. Enter the Rules and Bylaws Committee to clean up the mess. To see how they settled the matter, read your Daily Polichicks.
The DNC decided to seat the delegations from Florida and Michigan, but in an effort to compromise, gave each delegate only a half vote. (Hillary Clinton's supporters wanted to give the delegations a full vote; Barack Obama's supporters were for no vote.) Clinton's camaign got mad and reserved their right to contest the decision before the DNC Credentials Committee. [The Washington Post]
Hillary Clinton won the primary in Puerto Rico. By a lot. [The Washington Post]
Hell no! She won't go! Or will she? Rumors fly that Hillary Clinton will drop out of the race on Tuesday night. [The Huffington Post]
Sen. Ted Kennedy was admitted to the hospital at Duke University, where he will undergo surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor. We send him our well wishes. [The Boston Globe]
Sad news. Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent died Sunday in his Paris home. [The New York Times]