Barr launches Libertarian bid

Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr launched a Libertarian Party presidential bid Monday, saying voters are hungry for an alternative to the status quo who would dramatically cut the federal government.

His candidacy throws a wild card into the White House race that many believe could peel away votes from Republican Sen. John McCain given the candidates’ similar positions on fiscal policy.

Obama dons flag pin, touts patriotism

Wearing a flag lapel pin, Sen. Barack Obama emphasized his patriotism and support for a strong and humane military Monday, while Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton implored West Virginians to sustain her hopes of somehow denying him the Democratic presidential nomination.

Clinton holds poll leads in WVA, KY

New polls Monday predicted landslide wins for Hillary Clinton in two looming primaries, despite pressure for her to cede to Barack Obama’s mathematical stranglehold on the Democratic White House race.

Hillary’s failure: How did it happen?

Hillary Rodham Clinton began her presidential quest armed with talent, tenacity, fame, money, connections and a team that knew how to win.

Many people believed her victory in the Democratic nomination battle was a sure thing. Her ultimate failing may have been in believing it, too.

Hillary stays publicly confident

Hillary Rodham Clinton was just warming up the crowd in a cramped and muggy middle school gymnasium when she switched her pronouns.

“All the kitchen table issues that everybody talks to me about are ones that the next president can actually do something about,” Clinton said Sunday night, “if he actually cares about it.”

The word hung in the air only for a moment.

Can McCain appeal to young voters?

He’s a Republican, for starters. He describes himself as “older than dirt.” And he makes no apology for an Iraq war that is especially unpopular on college campuses.

Doesn’t sound like a recipe for winning the hearts of young voters. And yet John McCain has vowed to make a serious play for the 18- to 29-year-old crowd that’s often identified with “Obama-mania.”

The Arianna vs. McCain side show

Did U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain vote for President George W. Bush in 2000?

Liberal Internet blogger Arianna Huffington says McCain told her he did not. But the Arizona senator says he did vote for Bush, a fellow Republican, in 2000 and campaigned for him all over the country after his own attempt to win the party’s nomination failed.

Feminists divided over Clinton, Obama

No constituency is more eager to see a woman win the presidency than America’s feminists, yet — despite Hillary Rodham Clinton’s historic candidacy — the women’s movement finds itself wrenchingly divided over the Democratic race as it heads toward the finish.

Is Obama getting a free ride?

It appears that Barack Obama has survived a tough couple of weeks. In the words of some, he’s shown that “he can take a punch.”

But, frankly, I think Senator Obama is still getting kid gloves treatment from a press corps that tilts left.

And now a word from the elite

Since when did “elite” become a pejorative word?

Hillary Rodham Clinton says she won’t be swayed from her idea of a summer gasoline-tax holiday by “elite opinion,” meaning the opinion of every serious economist who’s looked at the proposal.

Liberal gadfly Michael Moore chides the Democrats for “doing the bidding of the corporate elite in this country.”