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Obama’s Text Message

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 24th, 2008 4:39 am by HL

Obama’s Text Message
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Barack has chosen Senator Joe Biden to be our VP nominee.  Watch the first Obama-Biden rally live at 3pm ET on www.BarackObama.com. Spread the word!

August 23, 3:29 AM

Early Reactions to Obama’s Pick
Just as news broke early this morning of Sen. Barack Obama’s choice of Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate, Sen. John McCain’s campaign sent out a prepared attack ad using a quote from Biden saying that Obama was not “ready” to be president. It was predictable given that the two men were primary opponents; more interesting will be the Obama campaign’s response this morning.

From a purely political perspective, no presidential campaign has ever handled the announcement of a running mate so deftly. The Obama campaign set a new standard that will be studied for years.

Other reactions:

New York Times: “Mr. Obama’s selection ended a two-month search that was conducted almost entirely in secret. It reflected a critical strategic choice by Mr. Obama: To go with a running mate who could reassure voters about gaps in his résumé, rather than to pick someone who could deliver a state or reinforce Mr. Obama’s message of change.”

Politico: “On foreign policy and national security, an area where John McCain regularly assails Obama’s lack of experience, Democrats offer few more seasoned practitioners than Biden.”

First Read: “On the Democratic side, it was a collective ‘phew.’ As the days got nearer for the pick, it was hard to find a Democrat — even savvy Clintonites — who weren’t hoping it would be Biden. Only the most strident Hillary supporters appear to be upset this morning. On the GOP side, the sound you heard was disappointed silence. Of everyone on the short list, the candidate many Republicans least wanted to see Obama pick was Biden.”

Mark Halperin: “Balanced against all of those unmatched qualifications is one quality that has afflicted Biden for as long as anyone can remember: a persistent tendency to say silly, offensive, and off-putting things. Over the next few days (and, likely, weeks) some of Biden’s ungreatest hits of gab will be recycled by the media and Republicans aiming to take the luster off Obama’s choice of running mate.”

Craig Crawford: “Obama-Biden works on several fronts, A longtime sentimental favorite among the Democratic faithful, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden provides a comfort zone for labor leaders, Catholics (he is one) and national-security voters. Although Biden’s poor fundraising skills doomed his presidential campaigns, he performs extremely well in debates and demonstrated considerable skill at shifting from the arcane language of the Senate chamber to the street language of the campaign trail.”

David Brody: “Time will tell if Barack Obama made the right choice in picking Joe Biden but if you look at it on paper, it makes a whole lot of sense.”

Marc Ambinder: “Obama-Biden will be a formidable ticket, and a risky ticket, and not a comfort zone choice for Obama.”

Jonathan Cohn: “Conservatives will blast [Biden’s] record, just as surely as liberals will (or should) celebrate it. But one of the virtues of having Biden as the vice presidential nominee is that he won’t take those kinds of attacks lightly. He’ll fight back. He’ll remind people, rightly, that being a liberal Democrat means raising the minimum wage, making sure everybody has affordable health care, providing strong public schools, and protecting human rights. Then, he’ll ask why conservative Republicans don’t want the same things. That’s exactly the kind of political debate this country needs. By picking Biden as a running mate, Obama has signaled that he welcomes this argument–and intends, finally, to win it.”


Sunday Book Salon at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 24th, 2008 4:38 am by HL

Sunday Book Salon at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern
Sunday’s book salon, Love the Work, Hate the Job: Why America’s Best Workers Are Unhappier Than Ever has been moved one hour back from the Book Salon’s normal slot to 1pm Pacific, 4pm eastern. We hope to see you there, because the issue of why American workers are so unhappy cuts to the core of why America isn’t doing as well as it should be.

davidkusnet-love-the-work-hate-the-job.thumbnail.jpgSunday’s book salon, Love the Work, Hate the Job: Why America’s Best Workers Are Unhappier Than Ever has been moved one hour back from the Book Salon’s normal slot to 1pm Pacific, 4pm eastern. We hope to see you there, because the issue of why American workers are so unhappy cuts to the core of why America isn’t doing as well as it should be and of what’s happening to the good jobs—there are fewer and fewer of them, because even “good” jobs often treat workers very badly, give no health insurance and no security.

The “new” economy is one in which companies show no loyalty to their workers, where the shareholder is used an excuse to treat everyone else badly (I say excuse, because in most cases such behaviour doesn’t serve shareholders best long term interests) and where executives award themselves wealth undreamed of, while putting the screws to the workers who create the actual value.


Morning Thread

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 24th, 2008 4:37 am by HL

Morning Thread
Travel day for me, so blogging will be inconsistent.

DANGERSTEIN
Glennzilla took a picture of Dangerstein and me, though it’s so awful I won’t put it up.


For the Next 10 Weeks, Obama Should Hammer McCain on the Economy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 24th, 2008 4:36 am by HL

For the Next 10 Weeks, Obama Should Hammer McCain on the Economy
A populist message and a willingness to take the fight to his opponent is Barack Obama’s ticket to the White House.

Joe Biden: Pretty Good Politics, and a Mixed Bag on Policy
Joe Biden has the potential to put Obama over the top in this election, but his record overall is a mixed-bag for progressives.


What Biden Brings

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 24th, 2008 4:35 am by HL

What Biden Brings
The least I should say after writing so churlishly yesterday about Obama’s lacking fire in the belly for an elemental confrontation wth this country’s deepening, interlocking injustices is that picking Joe Biden is a great rebuttal, a credit to Obama…


Hagel Weighs In

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 24th, 2008 4:34 am by HL

Hagel Weighs In
Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) issued the following statement on the Biden selection: “Joe Biden is the right partner for Barack Obama. His many years of distinguished service to America, his seasoned judgment and his vast experience in foreign policy and…


Obama picks Biden

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 24th, 2008 4:33 am by HL

Obama picks Biden

Biden and Obama

Back in February I had a contest to see who could give me a reasonable argument for a VP candidate. Kyle won the contest and I published his comment. We had many candidates including Senator Joe Biden. I didn’t think that Joe Biden would be a good pick at the time because he didn’t bring a lot including the very small state of Delaware. But after talking with Princeton political guru Melissa Harris-Lacewell, I became more of a Biden supporter.

Today, WaPo is reporting that Barack Obama has chosen Senator Joseph Biden. I like Joe Biden. He isn’t perfect but then again no one is. He is an excellent democrat who admitted his early support for the war in Iraq was misguided. He has been a strong critic of the Bush Administration and he is not afraid to speak his mind. Bill has a strong post on Biden – here.

From WaPo:

Barack Obama has chosen Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate, a pick designed to shore up the Illinois senator’s foreign policy credentials in advance of the November election against John McCain.

Biden’s selection was confirmed by a Democratic source after an evening of speculation that centered on the Delaware senator when it was reported that the other top contenders were no longer under consideration. Biden had been considered the frontrunner for the job in recent weeks — a position confirmed by a last-minute, unscheduled trip last weekend to meet with the president of Georgia.

News of the pick was reported in advance of the Obama campaign’s planned Saturday announcement to supporters via email and text message. (more… )


Progressive bloggers featured at upcoming political conventions.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 24th, 2008 4:32 am by HL

Progressive bloggers featured at upcoming political conventions.
Today, the New York Times highlights the hundreds of bloggers who will be attending next week’s Democratic convention in Denver. Not only will they be receiving national credentials — which members of the media also have access to — many bloggers will get coveted state blogger credentials to “cover the convention alongside its state delegation, […]

Today, the New York Times highlights the hundreds of bloggers who will be attending next week’s Democratic convention in Denver. Not only will they be receiving national credentials — which members of the media also have access to — many bloggers will get coveted state blogger credentials to “cover the convention alongside its state delegation, with unlimited floor access.” A look at the blogger presence at next week’s events:

This year, both parties understand the need to have greater numbers of bloggers attend. While many Americans may watch only prime-time television broadcasts of the convention speeches, party officials also recognize the ability of bloggers to deliver minute-by-minute coverage of each day’s events to a niche online audience.

One perk that bloggers will have access to in Denver is the Big Tent, an 8,000-square-foot two-story structure adjacent to where the convention is being held. For a $100 entrance fee, 400 credentialed bloggers will be allowed to enter the air-conditioned space, hosted by a coalition of progressive blogs and organizations and sponsored by the Web sites Google and Digg, where they can eat meals and find work spaces with Wi-Fi.

Several members of ThinkProgress will be blogging from both the Democratic and Republican conventions in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for our coverage and let us know in the comments section if you’ll be there too.


Racism is the Only Reason McCain Might Win

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 24th, 2008 4:28 am by HL

Racism is the Only Reason McCain Might Win
Jacob Weisberg, Slate