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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.

 

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.

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!

 

GOP 2008 convention logo.jpgThis is the GOP's new logo for the 2008 Republican National Convention.  Note that the elephant with the wide stance is also kicking it in Minneapolis.  Please roll.

The Dems so want the young 'uns to vote for them.  They're totally sweating them.  This is a much more effective strategy than the Republican plan to ignore large voter populations.

Way too much information.

Michelle Obama, wife of presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, revealed in a recent interview with Glamour magazine that her husband is too "snore-y and stinky" to be in her bed and that she has morning chats about mentruation with her (adorable) little daughters. She has also snitched in the past that that her husband puts his smelly socks everywhere but in the laundry hamper.

Yes, we need more information about Sen. Obama so that we can make an informed decision in the voting booth, but do we really need to know all that?  Just where he stands on the issues is enough info for us, thank you.

Read more here.

 

Polichick TV

This presidential election is expected to turn on how women vote, so the presidential candidates are employing non-traditional methods to reach us polichicks. Politico ran an article by Helena Andrews about how the presidential candidates are battling for appearances on morning TV shows to reach their primarily female audiences.  Check it out here.

Happy Labor Day!

The Wall Street Journal published an interesting article today about the history of affirmative action in labor unions.  Read it here.

Slate.com did a piece explaining the cruising signals that Sen. Craig used to solicit sex from an undercover cop in a Minneapolis-St. Paul airport restroom.  You can read it here.

The military mom is the new swing voter.  Traditionally, she would support the Republicans, but dissatisfaction with the way the war has been handled by Repblicans has got her eyeing the Dems.  Which way will she swing?  The Washington Post reports.

FoxNews.com posted an article by demcratic strategist Susan Estrich titled The Dog Days of Politics Become Campaign Prime Time.  In the article, Estrich notes how early we are paying attention to our presidential primary candidates this cycle. She also makes (again) the case for Hillary Clinton.

Estrich published a book actually titled The Case for Hillary Clinton about two years ago, which I thought made some valid points about Clinton's viability as a candidate when I read it back then.  My colleagues, on the other hand, thought I was a nutcase for even beginning to think that Clinton had a shot. "She might have a chance in the primary... might," they said, "but even then she'll never get far in the general election." We'll see.

Susan Estrich is a Fox News commentator and (excellent) law professor at the University of Southern California Law School (I took her class on criminal law).  She attended Harvard Law School, where she was the first woman editor of the Harvard Law Review (Barack Obama was the first African American editor).  She also became the first woman to head up a presidential campaign when 1988 democratic candidate Michael Dukakis appointed her his campaign manager.

Hillary Clinton addresses whether she's "black enough" to represent African Americans as president. Donna Brazile (Democratic commentator) and Terry Jeffrey (Republican commentator) say that African Americans vote based on a candidate's position on the issues, rather than the candidate's race.  They also discuss immigration and Elizabeth Edward's role as attack dog in the Edwards campaign.  Watch it here.

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