Friday, February 01, 2008

No Knockout

No Knockout

Well, there was no "you're no Jack Kennedy" moment. Clinton and Obama both stayed on task, each got their soundbites. I though Obama got the better of the exchange on the war, but since that was my voting issue anyway it's hard for me to judge.

Speaking of crazy lefty bloggers, Daily Kos has been running a straw poll for close to two years. Unscientific, but it's been consistent and feels like a good blogosphere barometer.

John Edwards had been leading ever since Russ Feingold opted out, and led the last pre-dropout survey 42%-41% over Obama, with Clinton at 9. But with Edwards' withdrawal, Barack shot to 76, while Hillary barely budged to 11. "Other" and "No Freakin' Clue" gained more than Clinton did.

A couple other Obama stories made the rounds yesterday. The Washington Times checked into contradictory ansers and determines that Obama favors marijuana decriminalization.
Obama's presidential campaign said he in fact has "always" supported decriminalizing marijuana as he answered in 2004, meaning the candidate mistakenly raised his hand during the presidential debate last fall.

The Times acts like this is a bad thing. I think it could make a dent in the Ron Paul slash Green vote.

The National Journal also came out with its vote rankings at a couldn't be better time. Obama: Most. Liberal. Senator.
The insurgent presidential candidate shifted further to the left last year in the run-up to the primaries, after ranking as the 16th- and 10th-most-liberal during his first two years in the Senate.

Cyclone Conservatives acts like this is a bad thing.
(Clinton) ranked as the 16th-most-liberal senator in the 2007 ratings. In 2006, Clinton was the 32nd-most-liberal senator.

And ABC has a hot-button story which may hurt Hillary on the labor side, focusing on her late 80s early 90s stint on the Wal-Mart corporate board.
An ABC News analysis of the videotapes of at least four stockholder meetings where Clinton appeared shows she never once rose to defend the role of American labor unions.

Wal-Mart's anti-union efforts were headed by one of Clinton's fellow board members, John Tate, a Wal-Mart executive vice president who also served on the board with Clinton for four of her six years.

Tate was fond of repeating, as he did at a managers meeting in 2004 after his retirement, what he said was his favorite phrase, "Labor unions are nothing but blood-sucking parasites living off the productive labor of people who work for a living."

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