Politics

Time for Obama to catch a new wave

Political candidates are like surfers, always seeking the perfect wave — the perfect video wave — conveying the image they can ride to victory.

Clinton plays the race card

While publicly claiming she disagrees with racist statements by former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, Democratic contender Hillary Clinton refuses to remove Ferraro from her fundraising role with the campaign, sticking with a race card strategy that shows how increasingly bitter her “win at any cost” strategy has become.

Obama crushes Clinton in Mississippi

Barack Obama coasted to victory in Mississippi’s Democratic primary Tuesday, latest in a string of racially polarized presidential contests across the Deep South and a final tune-up before next month’s high-stakes race with Hillary Rodham Clinton in Pennsylvania.

Obama was winning roughly 90 percent of the black vote but only about one-quarter of the white vote, extending a pattern that carried him to victory in earlier primaries in South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana.

His triumph seemed unlikely to shorten a Democratic marathon expected to last at least six more weeks — and possibly far longer — while Republicans and their nominee-in-waiting, Sen. John McCain, turn their attention to the fall campaign.

Obama aims for Mississippi win

Mississippi Democrats are deciding the last in a series presidential contests between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton before the two rivals settle in for a six-week battle to win Pennsylvania.

Mississippi’s large black electorate in Tuesday’s voting makes it fertile ground for Obama, who has swept the other Deep South states and has pulled huge margins among black voters. Clinton, the New York senator and former first lady, campaigned in the state last week, but by Monday was in Pennsylvania, where the primary is April 22.

A simple solution to the Dems’ delegate dilemma

Democrats are talking about a “redo” of the Florida and Michigan primaries, as if they were reshooting a movie scene. We are told it’s not because a redo could give Hillary Rodham Clinton, who won both states when she said they didn’t count, an unfair advantage in her desperate search for delegates. It’s because Clinton says it’s not right to deny Florida and Michigan delegates a seat — and a vote — at the August convention in Denver.

McCain seeks to cash in on nomination

This is the week John McCain takes a measure of what the Republican nomination is worth. The Arizona senator, less than a week removed from having secured enough delegates to become his party’s presidential standard-bearer, sets out on a nationwide fundraising drive aimed at restocking his campaign kitty.

Florida mail-in primary plan gains traction

A consensus began to emerge Sunday that the best way to give Florida’s Democrats a voice in electing a candidate for president lies with the U.S. Postal Service.

The Democratic National Committee stripped Florida and Michigan of all their convention delegates — a total of 313 — for holding their primaries too early, making both contests meaningless. New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton won both states, but no delegates. Her rival, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, did not appear on Michigan’s ballot.

Why Tony Rezko is a problem for Barak Obama

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has been questioning her rival Sen. Barack Obama’s relationship to political donor Tony Rezko, now on trial for fraud — particularly Rezko’s involvement in the purchase of Obama’s Chicago home. Here’s a look at what’s going on and what it means:

Girl in Clinton ad is an Obama supporter

Casey Knowles didn’t much like a recent campaign commercial for Hillary Clinton — even though she’s in it as a sleeping 8-year-old.

After all, she about to turn 18 now and is a big supporter of Barack Obama.

“What I don’t like about the ad is its fear-mongering,” Knowles told ABC’s “Good Morning America Weekend Edition” on Sunday. “I think it’s a cheap hit to take. I really prefer Obama’s message of looking forward to a bright future.”

Obama wins Wyoming caucuses

Sen. Barack Obama captured the Wyoming Democratic caucuses Saturday, seizing a bit of momentum in the close, hard-fought race with rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for the party’s presidential nomination.

Obama generally has outperformed Clinton in caucuses, which reward organization and voter passion more than do primaries. The Illinois senator has now won 13 caucuses to Clinton’s three.

Obama has also shown strength in the Mountain West, winning Idaho, Utah, Colorado and now Wyoming. The two split Nevada, with Clinton winning the popular vote and Obama more delegates.