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Links of the Week April 18 2008

Bill Clinton Flashback “All these Economically Insecure White People…Are Scared to Death” : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/04/13/bill-clinton-flashback-al_n_96433.html

CNN: The Clintons’ Millions – Corrupting Ties

Cafterty’s take on Clinton’s and McCain’s reaction to Obama’s bitter comment.

Road to Change – PA Bus Tour

Watch this video to see Obama describe how he got Michelle to go out with him. Also check out the surprise at the end of the video.

Barack Obama, for leadership: http://www.thetimes-tribune.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19480144&BRD=2185&PAG=461&dept_id=418218&rfi=6
This article describes how Obama is the better choice for the Democratic nominee. One commenter argues that this article was written pre-Bitter. You be the judge…

On the Economy, 70% Disapprove of Bush: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/14/AR2008041402842.html?wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter
The last time a majority expressed positive views of Bush’s handling of the economy was in January 2004; that was also the last time more people approved than disapproved of his management of the war in Iraq.”

Economist Debate Link between War, Credit Crisis: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/14/AR2008041402639.html?wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter
See both sides of this debate discussed in this article.

“Bitter-gate”: Where Do We Go From Here?: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2008/04/bittergate_where_do_we_go_now.html?nav=rss_blog
This article looks to the various possibilities for the Post “Bitter-gate” era. My favorite is how the Pope can help Obama get out of “Bitter-gate” barely bruised.

If Sen. Clinton is Exhausted at 11pm, What Happens at 3am?: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/sleuth/2008/04/if_hillary_is_exhausted_at_11.html
This short blog shows how much Bill Clinton is not on the top of his game (my personal opinion).

Woe is He: http://www.tnr.com/environmentenergy/story.html?id=bf08a566-7c44-446a-aa34-7889b0f24b5a
This article discusses how “Bitter-gate” will affect Obama’s campaign in a negative way. “He was saying to these upscale San Francisco Democrats, “I am really one of you, and I am not one of them.” Read the article to get a better sense of the context of this article.

Some Perspective on ‘Bitter’: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/15/opinion/15herbert.html?_r=1&ref=opinion&oref=slogin
I have to say this opinion piece is the best short article on “Bitter-gate” I have read and I agree with the author’s advice which is at the end of the following quote: “In his San Francisco comments, Senator Obama fouled up when he linked frustration and bitterness over economic hard times with America’s romance with guns and embrace of religion. But, please, let’s get a grip. What we ought to be worked up about is the racism that still prevents some people from giving a candidate a fair chance because of his skin color…If I were advising him, I would tell him to confront the matter head-on, meeting as often as possible with skeptical, and even hostile, working people in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Let the questions rip, and answer them honestly.”

Obama’s Flaws Multiply: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120821921853714665.html?mod=opinion_main_commentaries
This article brings up some merited concerns about having an Obama ticket for 08 and I like the fact that the author shows examples of Democrats tendency to run “rookie” candidates and the GOPs tendency to run people that have previously lost their primary battles.

Obama Gets Honest About Small Town America’s Decay, Elitists Lash Out: http://www.alternet.org/election08/82221
Jane Smiliey weighs in on “Bitter-gate”

Area Obama Backers Lash Out at Clinton: http://www.timesleader.com/news/20080414_14Obamalocal_1A_ART.html
Apparently, Clinton has never been a supporter of sportsmen and even voted against a bill that would allow people to hold on to guns they legally own during national disasters. A bill that Sen. Obama voted for.

Historical Quote of the Day: http://politicalwire.com/archives/2008/04/13/historical_quote_of_the_day.html
Bill Clinton on Gun Hugging/Religion Hugging Americans…

Obama Pressed in PA Debate: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/16/AR2008041604103.html?wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter&sid=ST2008041700060

Tom Shales- In PA Debate, The Clear Loser is ABC: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/17/AR2008041700013.html?wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter “The boyish Stephanopoulos, who has done wonders with the network’s Sunday morning hour, “This Week” (as, indeed, has Gibson with the nightly “World News”), looked like an overly ambitious intern helping out at a subcommittee hearing, digging through notes for something smart-alecky and slimy.”


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