Wright Or Rush Who Helped Hillary More?
Barack Obama won 38 percent of white Dems in NC, and didn't do much better amongst whites in IN (35 percent). In exit polls of 1,881 IN Dems and 2,316 NC voters, two out of three Hillary Clinton supporters said they would be dissatisfied if he is their party's nominee. How much of Obama's poor showing amongst whites is due to the lingering echo of Rev. Jeremiah Wright how much to Rush Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos"?
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Is Obama Electable? Maybe He Is ... Maybe He Isn't.
Does Hillary Clinton (D-NY) have a point that Barack Obama (D-IL) is the weaker candidate against John McCain (R-AZ) because of his inexperience and inability to attract white, blue collar support? Is Obama justified in his claims that Clinton is the weaker candidate in the general election because she is too polarizing and Americans are sick of Slick? The truth is, there are arguments to be made on both sides.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008(2 comments)
Finally Rev. Jeremiah Wright said something that got Barack Obama's goat: Wright called him a politician. That was the last straw.
"Rocky" Makes It To The Next Round
Sen. Hillary Clinton (NY) won the Dem primary in PA an important swing state - with a respectable 10-point margin (55 percent to 45 percent) over her opponent, Sen. Barack Obama (IL). Both Hilary and Obama held onto their core supporters, and neither made inroads into the other's base.
Thursday, March 20, 2008(19 comments)
Obama Distances Himself From Racist Pastor - But Did He Go Far Enough?
In Philadelphia yesterday Barack Obama (D-IL) gave the speech about his core religious beliefs that presidential aspirant Mitt Romney (R-MA) should have given back in December. He unequivocally acknowledged that some of Jeremiah Wright's comments were racially divisive, hurtful, and do not represent his feelings about the only country on earth in which "my story is even possible."
Sunday, March 16, 2008(2 comments)
Silda's Not The Only Woman Hurt By Spitzer
Naturally, when word got out that soon-to-be-ex Governor Eliot Spitzer (D-NY) had a thing for high-priced hos barely older than his children, most people's sympathies were with his wife, Silda, and daughters Elyssa, 17, Sarabeth, 15, and Jenna, 13. But not political reporters and analysts. They were wringing their hands over how the sordid mess affected the other woman in Spitzer's life.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
If John McCain's temper becomes an issue in the campaign, so should Hillary Clinton's.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
McCain And Clinton: The Comeback Kids
John McCain (R-AZ) swept OH, RI, TX and VT by huge margins to secure his party's nomination for the presidency, while Hillary Clinton (D-NY) staved Barack Obama (D-IL) off with double-digit margins in OH and VT and a narrow win in the TX primary (as of this writing, the TX caucuses have not been called, but she is behind by four percentage points).
Always Remember And Don't Ever Forget
French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants all fifth-graders in his country to be "entrusted with the memory" of one of the 11,000 Jewish children who were deported to Auschwitz and other death camps in eastern Europe during the Nazi occupation of France. Great idea - but he should also include other Nazi victims, as well as the Armenian Genocide.
Hit The Road Huck?
Mike Huckabee thinks he's doing John McCain a favor by staying in the race. He might be right.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Why Romney Could Not (Maybe Can Never) Win The Presidency
When Mitt Romney (R-MA) spoke at the 34th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last year The Stiletto immediately pegged him as a phony. Her gut instincts proved out during the year that followed, and Romney's inauthenticity (some would call it a "candor gap") is the Number One reason his candidacy failed. Here are the other reasons.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
A Fight To The Death For Dems
Barack Obama won more than half of the 22 Super Duper Tuesday states (12 to Hillary Clinton's 8) but Hillary's wins came from such delegate-rich states as her adopted home state of NY, as well as CA, MA and NJ. Overall, 49 percent of voters supported Hillary, 46 percent supported Obama.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008(2 comments)
Republican Voters Defy Pundits, Radio Talk Show Hosts
February 5, 2008 may go down in political history as the day Rush Limbaugh lost his grip on Republican voters and the day Ann Coulter may have lost her grip altogether. Despite a concerted effort by the conservative chattering class to tar Sen. John McCain as a "liberal" or a "phony Republican," and Fmr. Gov. Mike Huckabee as a "spoiler" voters were not persuaded to support Mitt Romney to save the party from perdition.
Monday, February 4, 2008(2 comments)
Romney Trying To Shove Huckabee Out Of His Way
Mitt Romney just wishes Mike Huckabee would go away. And he makes no bones about it. Huckabee, who is polling first or second in several Super Tuesday states, is staying put and has a message for Romney: The huge personal investment you made in your campaign has not paid off so it's time you cut your losses and leave.
Rudy Eclipsed In The Sunshine State; Hillary Wins The Beauty Contest
The FL Republican primary was do or die for Rudy Giuliani (NY). For weeks, pundits waited with bated breath to see whether Rudy would "do," like John McCain (AZ) in NH or "die," like Fred Thompson (TN) in SC. Well, the votes are in and Rudy's out. Meanwhile, there was considerably less drama for Democrat voters in FL. Hillary Clinton (NY)won bragging rights, but no delegates.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Obama Takes SC By Storm
SC voters reacted to the Bill Clinton mudslide by giving Barack Obama (D-IL) a landslide. The margin of victory for Obama was 2:1 over Hillary (55 percent v. 27 percent) significantly larger than pre-primary polling had indicated. And his appeal proved biracial and dual gender.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008(3 comments)
El Efecto Bradley; Are Hispanics Ready to Elect a Black Man?
The discussion of the politics of race typically starts and ends with the question: "Are whites ready to elect a black man as president?" The question that Barack Obama's strategists should be asking is, "Are Hispanics willing to vote for a black man for president?"
Thursday, December 27, 2007(6 comments)
Romney Habitually Substitutes Truthiness For Truthfulness
In the halcyon days of TV there was a game show, "To Tell The Truth," in which contestants bluffed even lied their way through their résumés, claiming experiences and expertise they did not have. The object of the game was to fool the panel into voting for the bogus contestants, instead of the one who really was who (s)he claimed to be. This seems to be the strategy Mitt Romney (R-MA) is using to get to the White House.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Turks Kept U.S. In The Dark About Iraq Bombing Raid
After using US intelligence to target the movements of PKK rebels, the Turks did not bother to inform the U.S. that it's warplanes were dropping bombs in the only stable region in Iraq. The Turks also made a liar out of Condi Rice, who claimed the U.S. did not authorize the incursion. Yet, the Bush Administrtion still thinks of Turkey as an "important ally." Who knows why.
Monday, December 10, 2007(2 comments)
Fallout From NIE Nuke Report
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) is planning to introduce legislation to constitute a bipartisan congressional commission to investigate the report's conclusions and specific intelligence on which they are based. Some details about the intelligence that went into the 2005 and 2007 NIE reports are trickling out.
Friday, December 7, 2007(2 comments)
Romney Didn't Win Any Converts
For months, pundits twittered over "will he or won't he" give The Speech. Then when Mitt Romney (R-MA) found himself in second place to Mike Huckabee (R-AR) in IA, pundits worried, "should he or shouldn't he" give The Speech. He finally gave The Speech. It was ... A Yawn.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007(6 comments)
Waiting To Exhale: Is Iran A Threat No Longer?
There is much about the NIE conclusion on Iran's nuclear ambition and capability about which to be skeptical. But the reality is the US cannot fight wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran at the same time so it might be a good time to start talks with Tehran - just what Barack Obama has been advocating, and Hillary Clinton has been deriding him for.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Turbo-Charged Primary Season
The primary season is moving so fast, why wait till anyone votes? The Stiletto predicts Clinton-Richardson vs. Giuliani-Huckabee.
Israel And The Armenian Question
Israel's Armenians protest their country's policy of Armenian Genocide denial, and lobbying on Turkey's behalf to kill the Armenian Genocide Bill in the US House of Representatvies. Jewcy Media and No Place for Denial are organizing a rally in front of the ADL's headquarters (605 3rd Ave) on Thurs, November 1 from 7 - 8:30 PM to "urge the ADL National Meeting to take a moral stand against genocide denial."
Wednesday, October 17, 2007(4 comments)
People Died And The Bush Administration Lied
Turkey is irrelevant as a NATO ally and irresolute as an ally in the Iraq War - but the Bush Administration will not admit the truth to the American people. Armenian Genocide denial is too high a price to pay for the toxic "friendship" of the Turks.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007(6 comments)
Why Middle Class Americans Can't Afford Health Insurance: Part II
Mandatory healthcare coverage, single-payer (government provided) coverage and other health insurance reforms won't work unless premiums are capped. When people try to buy private insurance, underwriters use every trick in the book to "rate" them, even if they are healthy. Then there's the nefarious practice of post-claims underwriting. Forbid these practices and everyone can afford health insurance.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Turkish Media: Government Tools
Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code criminalizes speech that "insults Turkishness" or "insults Islam." Consequently, in this so-called "secular democracy" there is no freedom of the press, and the media act as government mouthpieces. This is one example. Article also speculates on Turkey's motives in providing Israel with intelligence on suspected Syrian nuclear facilities.
Friday, September 14, 2007
The "Genocide Olympics"
A symbolic olympic torch relay is wending its way through 30 states to raise awareness about the atrocities in Darfur and to commemorate other genocides. An international torch relay travels through Chad, Rwanda, Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Germany and Poland - countries whose people have suffered genocide in modern times - before arriving in Hong Kong in December.
Friday, September 7, 2007
ADL's Abe Foxman Picketed At The 92nd Street Y
Abe Foxman, who was giving a speech at the 92nd Street Y in NYC on "anti-Semitism in the modern world" was picketed by a group of young Armenians and Jews over his refusal to support a symbolic Congressional resolution that recognizes the Armenian Genocide. The protesters want the Anti-Defamation League stop the immoral collusion with Turkey to deny the Armenian Genocide, just because Turkey is an ally of Israel.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007(1 comments)
Gul's Election As Turkey's President Not "A Victory For Democracy"
The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and other major papers hailed the election of Abdullah Gul - a devout Muslim whose wife wears a headscarf as president of Turkey "a victory for democracy." So what if Gul was elected? So were Adolph Hitler and Hugo Chavez. "Democratic" elections do not ensure "a victory for democracy."
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Why Middle Class Americans Can't Afford Health Insurance
Insurance underwriters look at your medical records to find any excuse to "rate" you - even details of what you thought was a conversation between you and your doctor. Except for symptoms, tell your doctor nothing about your life. Let your medical test results do all the talking when you are trying to find affordable health insurance.