From one of the more entertaining White House pool reports in recent memory, comes this dispatch about President Obama’s $35,800-per-plate ($5k to the campaign; the rest to the DNC) fundraiser in San Francisco this morning:
Mr. Obama was in the middle of his remarks when a woman in a white suit stood up and said, Read More
Substantive discussion on housing policy (or most any other type of policy) is not material that makes its way into speeches at national political conventions. Indeed, at the Democratic convention this week, speaker after speaker at the convention referenced the foreclosure crisis or other housing issues, but rarely did they do any more than give Read More
The $52 million the Obama campaign raised in June is a good deal more than John McCain’s $22 million, and much better than the $30 million number reported earlier in the week, which an Obama bundler had advised me was very low.
But the relevant bar is really whether it’s enough Read More
After Michelle Obama delivered a measured speech to gay and lesbian leaders at a Manhattan fund-raiser last night, Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean abandoned his prepared remarks in favor of some more pointed observations.
“ I frankly don’t believe the John McCain of 2000 would even consider voting for the John McCain of Read More
Not everyone in the crowd at the Waldorf Astoria last night, where Michelle Obama addressed gay activists at a fund-raiser for the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council of the Democratic National Committee, was bowled over by her talk of “robust civil unions,” even as she received a generally warm response for the rest of her Read More
Howard Dean was supposed to be finished back in January 2004, when his once-overpowering presidential campaign collapsed in the cornfields of Iowa – and when he let out a scream that made him as much laughingstock as loser.
Sure, the conventional wisdom went, he’d still have a loud voice in the national political dialogue. Even Read More
A little bit like the DNC’s "McCain Versus McCain," here’s a new Web ad from the Republican campaign using Barack Obama’s statements about public financing against him.
Like some of McCain’s previous spots, this one is also trippy. Read More
Superdelegates are generally seen as seasoned elected officials or as the kind of party apparatchiks whose natural habitat is the figurative smoke-filled room.
Not everyone fits the stereotype. Among those who will help decide the Democratic contest is a 51-year-old office administrator and piano teacher in Dublin, Ireland, who has not lived in the U.S. Read More
Does Harold Ickes complicate Hillary Clinton’s appeals to Puerto Rican superdelegates?
Francisco Domenech, a superdelegate supporting Hillary Clinton in Puerto Rico, thinks that Ickes, her point-man on the wrangling of superdelegates, may find himself having to explain his work on behalf of one side of the flammable issue of Puerto Rico’s national status.
Domenech, who Read More
In an interview taped yesterday for Inside City Hall, Howard Dean expressed opposition to a brokered convention if the Democratic primary contests fail to produce a candidate with enough delegates to win the nomination.
Dean said he thinks there will be a nominee by March or April, and if not, "we’re going to have Read More