The Also-Rans: Joe Biden

ImageWell, we are now down to three. Three candidates who have a chance at being President come this November. One Republican and two Democrats. History will be made regardless of who wins. We will see the first black President, the first female to be elected to the Oval Office or the oldest Commander-in-Chief.

Bush Says Critics Refuse to See Iraq Progress

ImageOn the same day that the State Department instructed all its employees not to leave reinforced structures, due to increased rocket attacks in the Green Zone, President Bush gave a speech in Dayton, OH where he continued to paint a rosy picture of the situation in Iraq, and said the critics of the war refuse to acknowledge the progress that has been made.

Mike Gravel Leaves the Democratic Party

ImageToday on his website former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel of Alaska announced that he is leaving the Democratic Party for the Libertarian Party. Gravel, who was the best thing about those early Democratic primary debates said, "Today, I am announcing my plan to join the Libertarian Party, because the Democratic Party no longer represents my vision for our great country.

Nancy Reagan Supports John McCain

ImageNancy Reagan became the latest big name Republican to announce her support for John McCain today. "John McCain has been a good friend for over thirty years. My husband and I first came to know him as a returning Vietnam War POW, and were impressed by the courage he had shown through his terrible ordeal.

John Edwards Proves Ferraro was Wrong on Obama

ImageFormer congresswoman and Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro asserted that if Barack "Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman of any color, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in this concept."

The Political Quotes of the Week

Image A collection of political quotes that you might have missed over the past week. This was a popular feature in my old column, so I decided to bring it back.

"They will do anything -- anything -- to get nominated."

--- An associate of the Clintons who was quoted by Bob Novak in his Washington Post column 3/24

Happy Easter: Watch Out For Lead

ImageA study done last week by Ashland (Ohio) University chemistry professor Jeffrey D. Weidenhamer found that 13 of 45 Easter eggs and toys purchased at retail outlets contained lead. "We may like to think that lead contaminated toys have been taken off the shelves, but unfortunately the evidence shows that's not the case," said Dr. Marcia J.

Obama has a Big Advantage in the Money Race

ImageHillary Clinton and Barack Obama continue to raise staggering sums of money, while John McCain continues to wait for the funds to start rolling in. Obama raised $55,369,162 in the month of February. Hillary Clinton also had a great month. She raised $34,466,631. For poor John McCain, the money just isn't coming in very quickly.

Democrats Link Bad Economy to Iraq War

ImageThis week's Democratic radio address was delivered by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and focused on the beginning the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, and its costs at home and abroad. Menendez started by praising the troops then said, "When it comes to honoring and supporting our troops and their families, Democrats and Republicans stand as one.

My Five Favorite Ron Paul Quotes

ImageRon Paul will never be considered a quote machine; in fact on the surface it appears a little odd to some that this 71 year old man became the cult figure of the 2008 campaign. I think his appeal lies in the fact that candidates such as John McCain pretend to be mavericks, while Ron Paul is the real deal.

Poll Update: Clinton leads by 16 in PA

ImageA new Franklin and Marshall College poll of the state of Pennsylvania released today found that Hillary Clinton has extended her lead over Barack Obama to sixteen points. Clinton now leads 51%-35%. She has gained nine points since the February poll, when she led, 44%-37%. Clinton leads among every demographic group except non-whites.

Dire Economy: Food Banks Struggling to Meet Demand

ImageA statement released today by the nation's largest charitable hunger relief network stressed that the nation's food banks are having to deep into their reserves and ration food to recipients in order to meet increased demand. "The holidays have come and gone, and food banks continue to face one of the toughest periods in their history.

My Five Favorite Barack Obama Quotes

ImageIntroduction:

I love both politics, and the spoken/written word. I can appreciate a great quote, even if I personally disagree with what the speaker is saying. When I decided to put together a series where I listed my five favorite quotes from politicians both past and present, Barack Obama was an obvious choice for my first subject.

What Can We Learn From the Ron Paul Campaign?

ImageIn a video posted on his website almost two weeks ago, Republican Rep. Ron Paul hinted at the obvious. With John McCain clinching the GOP nomination, his presidential campaign is over. The Ron Paul phenomenon of 2008 is interesting because it revealed a great deal about where the Republican Party has been, and quite possibly where it is going.

Poll Update: Clinton Widens Her Lead in PA

ImageA new Quinnipiac University poll of the state of Pennsylvania released today found that Hillary Clinton has widened her lead over Barack Obama to 12 points. This represents a doubling over her lead in the previous February 27 poll, but Obama has still managed to cut into the 18 point lead that Clinton enjoyed on February 14.

Obama Delivers in Address on Race

ImageAfter discussing America's racial history, and describing his mixed race background, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said that the concept that we are the sum of our parts is seared into his genetic makeup. He discussed the racial tensions surrounding his campaign. "This is not to say that race has not been an issue in the campaign.

Hillary Clinton Voted on to Mount Rushmore

ImageThe members of the new women's online community wowOwow.com voted on which four women they would like to see on Mt. Rushmore. As a man, I think that three of the choices make perfect sense. Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks would, to me, all be worthy of this type of recognition. They are all Americans who made great contributions to our society.

Democrats Vote to Kill Most Bush Tax Cuts

ImageToday both the House and Senate voted to let many of the Bush tax cuts expire in 2010. The House Democrats budget plan would increase spending on domestic programs, and pay for it by letting all of the Bush tax cuts die. The Senate was much choosier. It extended $340 billion worth of tax cuts for middle and upper income people, businesses, and those inheriting large estates.

The Return of the Flip-Flopper

ImageIn 2004, President George W. Bush was able to win reelection in part based on his campaign's ability to characterize his opponent John Kerry as a flip-flopper, a.k.a. a politician who changes his views as easily as the wind blows. Bush famously characterized Kerry as being for the Iraq war before he was against it.

Geraldine Ferraro Leaves the Clinton Campaign

ImageGeraldine Ferraro sent a letter to Hillary Clinton this afternoon informing her that she was stepping down from her post on Clinton's finance committee. "I am stepping down from your finance committee so I can speak for myself and you can continue to speak for yourself about what is at stake in this campaign," Ferraro wrote.

Conyers May Propose Net Neutrality Legislation

At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Committee Chair Rep. John Conyers said that net neutrality must be preserved, and stated that he is willing to propose legislation to do so. "I am concerned that if Congress stands by and does nothing, we will soon find ourselves living in a world where those who pay, can play (on the Internet), but those who don't are simply out of luck," Conyers said.

Oh, Those Tricky Clintons!!!

After their victories in Ohio and Texas last week, the Clinton campaign started publicly stating that they are open to the idea of selecting Barack Obama as her running mate. When asked about running with Obama Clinton said, "Well that may be where this is headed but we have to decide who is top of the ticket. I think the people of Ohio very clearly said that it should be me."

Eliot Spitzer Takes Stupidity to a Whole New Level

Even though the media is using terms like "shocking" and "bombshell" to describe the revelations that Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer had used the services of a high end prostitution ring, it isn't really much of a surprise that another powerful politician is caught up in a sex scandal. In my mind, Spitzer's anti-crime crusader rhetoric is no different than Sen. Larry Craig being vehemently anti-gay, or Sen. David Vitter being a staunch public defender of marriage and family values all the while cheating on his wife with prostitutes.

Clinton, Obama, and Political Branding

Is it a coincidence that Hillary Clinton frequently uses the word experience while campaigning, or that Barack Obama's campaign is identified with the need for change? How about the identification of John McCain as a candidate who will stand strong on national security? 2008 has become the year when campaigning has gone beyond identification of candidates with issues and personalities, and in to the area of branding.

Bush Defends Torture in Radio Address

Today, President Bush used his weekly radio address to defend his veto of a bill that would have banned the use of waterboarding and other forms of torture by the CIA. The president's first point was to remind America that al-Qaeda is out there and wanting to attack. "Al Qaida remains determined to attack America again.

What Me Worry

Today President Bush took the phrase out of touch to whole new level, by suggesting during his Thursday press conference that the economy isn't heading into a recession, preferring instead to call it an economic slowdown. When asked if the bad economy will lead to the defeat of John McCain in the fall, the president said, "I'm concerned about the economy because I'm concerned about working Americans, concerned about people who want to put money on the table and save for their kids' education. That's why I'm concerned about the economy. I want Americans working.