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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Political bits

The Clinton campaign excitedly announces they've raised $4 million since Tuesday. The Obama camp stomps all over this by saying they raised $55 million in February, $20 million more than Clinton. (McCain has started raising for the general election.)

(Bloomberg) "A group of uncommitted ``superdelegates'' were ready to make a show of support for Obama by trying to pressure Clinton to give up, said Tim Roemer, a former congressman who's rounding up backers for Obama. Now, after her wins in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island, many will still back Obama without calling on Clinton to quit, he said."

(Hotline) The Obama campaign denies Brokaw's report of 50 superdelegates waiting to endorse en masse. (If it was there, Tuesday's results killed it.)

(CNN) The Obama camp seems to be trying to leverage the media into attacking for them by going after the tax records issue and asking the media to "examine" Clinton's claim of experience.

(Note: I'll bet Hillary Clinton now wishes they hadn't filed jointly.)

(TheHill) In defending against the calls for Clinton's tax records, “I for one do not believe that imitating Ken Starr is a way to win a Democratic primary for the presidency,” Wolfson said. (Really? You really want to remind everyone about Whitewater, the cattle deal, Lewinsky and all that?)

(Politico) Two more superdelegates for Obama. (When was the last time you saw a new Clinton super?)

(RollingStone) A long article looking at the online/offline, national/local aspects of the Obama campaign.

(NYTimes) "Hundreds of thousands of dollars are missing and presumed stolen" from the NRCC. ("The party of business.")

And, this is really interesting. SUSA did an estimate of the general election looking at states and electoral votes. Both Obama and Clinton beat McCain by a little, but look at the very different maps by which they do it. Obama, Clinton. Obama loses Pa and NJ but picks up Va, and the west.

(I'm out for the afternoon.)


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