Politics

Obama, Clinton go to war over war

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama fought Saturday over who would keep America safe and prosperous, in a furious political row as the moment of truth in their White House battle loomed.

In the most explosive moment yet of the Democratic race, Clinton launched a negative television ad dripping with Cold War-style menace Friday, suggesting Obama would be found wanting in a dead-of-night foreign policy crisis.

Hillary: From inevitable to impossible

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s once well-oiled campaign machine has devolved into a dysfunctional, bickering, petty collection of squabbles, disputes and shoutfests as the struggling Presidential candidate heads into what could be her political Waterloo on Tuesday.

Campaign sources tell Capitol Hill Blue that Clinton campaign strategy sessions turn into angry, finger-pointing blame sessions where top aides walk out.

Another Clinton campaign screwup

Inquiries from the Rocky Mountain News prompted Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign on Thursday to remove a supporter’s “Bill in blackface?” event announcement from her official campaign Web site.

The notice appeared in an “action center” section of www.hillaryclinton.com where average supporters are allowed to publicize local events that are not necessarily sanctioned by the campaign.

In this case, the notice promised “Laughter at NAFTA Rally!” on Monday in downtown Cleveland.

The description:

Yes, everything is bigger in Texas

People here like to say everything is bigger in Texas, and their oversized presidential contest is no different with not just a primary election, but a caucus added on, too.

The unique combination pits Barack Obama’s skill in caucus organizing against Hillary Rodham Clinton’s success in big-state primary campaigns.

Their different strengths have created the remarkably close race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Women hold key to Clinton’s future

Fighting to survive, Hillary Rodham Clinton is counting on female power to energize her faltering presidential bid. She’s hoping a double-digit lead among women in Ohio is the answer.

“I am thrilled to be running to be the first woman president, which I think would be a sea change in our country and around the world,” the New York senator said this week in Cleveland, emphasizing anew the pioneering aspect of her candidacy.

A woman in the White House, Clinton said, would present “a real challenge to the way things have been done, and who gets to do them and what the rules are.”

Hillary pays the price for lack of success

It seems that the mainstream press — what remains of it — has decided that Barack Obama is going to be the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate and the few boys left on the bus seem to be climbing off it and onto his bandwagon at the expense of fairness.

That’s the inescapable impression one gets from the deluge of coverage that exposes Hillary Rodham Clinton to far more scrutiny than her opponent.

The peer-pressure primaries

A lawyer enamored of Barack Obama for president says she temporarily has stopped going out for drinks Fridays after work because her friends, other women, keep berating her for not supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton to be the first female president.

Civil-rights icon Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a longtime friend of former President Bill Clinton and his wife, somewhat sheepishly has dropped his endorsement of the former first lady in favor of Obama.

William F. Buckley made this a better world

I don’t write much about politics anymore. Having four young kids has changed my focus a good bit.

But there are times that, well, politics is personal, and so it was when I heard Wednesday about William F. Buckley’s death. I was quite stunned and sad, realizing that someone who had shaped my worldview, and because of that impacts my family’s life to this day, is gone.

I grew up reading Bill Buckley’s magazine, National Review. (I am not making this up.)

A war of words over the war in Iraq

Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama faced off on Wednesday in a possible prelude to a U.S. presidential election battle, tangling over whether Iraq would be prey for al Qaeda if U.S. troops are withdrawn.

Democrat Hillary Clinton, who needs big wins in Texas and Ohio next Tuesday to salvage her struggling candidacy, declared herself optimistic about her chances following her final debate with Obama on Tuesday night in Cleveland.

“What keeps me optimistic is the success I’ve had thus far and what I think the prospects are for Tuesday. People have just been really rallying to my candidacy,” she said on her campaign plane before an event in Zanesville, Ohio.

She received a new blow, however, when U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a leader of the American civil rights movement, switched his support from Clinton to Obama for his party’s presidential nomination.

Clinton tries focus on economy

Hillary Rodham Clinton spent almost three hours Wednesday trying to persuade a college gym full of Ohioans that her detailed plans to revive the failing economy can also resuscitate her dwindling campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“Obviously, the economy is the No. 1 issue in the country, and it’s unbelievably important here in Ohio,” said Clinton. “I think, absent any intervening circumstances, the economy will be the domestic driver with all the related issues like health care and energy costs and home foreclosures.”