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Taegan Goddard reports that Clinton's and Obama's common book agent may be brought in to end the Democratic Presidential Primary:
Book agent and lawyer Robert Barnett, who represented both Clinton and Obama on their lucrative book deals, may also play an important role.
Jun 3, 2008 8:44 AM
The math may make Obama's nomination a done deal but his performance in the last half of the campaign hasn't exactly inspired confidence:
Over the last three months, the Illinois senator has won six of 14 contests, one less than the seven Clinton has won. (They essentially tied in Texas as she won the primary and he won the caucus.) A loss to Clinton in either primary today would underscore Obama's relatively weak finish and make his narrow victory over the New York senator slimmer.”
Jun 3, 2008 8:38 AM
Rep. Zach Wamp takes issue with the Tennessee Democratic Party's message that a McCain Presidency would be akin to a third George Bush term:
Wamp simply denied that McCain could be called “another George Bush.” “Frankly, calling him another George Bush doesn’t meet the straight face test,” Wamp said. “He’s got scars all over his back from being different than George Bush. I mean he is such a maverick, such a reformer, such a thorn in the side of the establishment in our party. Who is actually going to say that with a straight face that he is another George Bush?”
Jun 3, 2008 8:30 AM
David Roberts tries to get his head around the fact that some of the most "progressive" legislation being sponsored in the U.S. Senate on climate change is being done so by Bob Corker:
I don't have anything particularly deep to say about this, other than that it demonstrates that the politics and policy around this issue are far from settled. There are plenty of areas where progressive goals and conservative principles overlap -- mainly around transparency and simplicity. There are far more wrinkles in this issue than have been explored yet. Interesting times!
Jun 3, 2008 8:11 AM
David Oatney dismisses assertions that his congressman, David Davis, has any shot at getting upended in the GOP primary this year:
Incumbents can be defeated in the First District Republican Primary, but it doesn't happen often-it has been 58 years since an incumbent was last beaten in the primary here-and at that point Dayton Phillips lost to a known commodity in former Congressman B. Carroll Reece. If the incumbent Congressman is to be unseated, the case must be a greater one than "I am angry because he won the last primary," or "I want to be Congressman." So far, those are essentially Phil Roe's only arguments for himself against David Davis.
Jun 3, 2008 8:01 AM
In a speech to the powerful Israeli lobbyshop, AIPAC, John McCain cites one of the patron saints of neoconservatism:
The cause of Israel, and of our common security, has always depended on men and women of courage, and I've been lucky enough to know quite a few of them. I think often of one in particular, the late Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson. I got to know Senator Jackson when I was the Navy liaison to the Senate. In 1979, I traveled with him to Israel, where I knew he was considered a hero. But I had no idea just how admired he was until we landed in Tel Aviv, to find a crowd of seven or eight hundred Israelis calling out his name, waving signs that read "God Bless you, Scoop" and "Senator Jackson, thank you." Scoop Jackson had the special respect of the Jewish people, the kind of respect accorded to brave and faithful friends. He was and remains the model of what an American statesman should be.
Jun 3, 2008 7:58 AM
Lamar Alexander discusses energy issues on the Newshour:
I think the new president should come to Congress and say not let's have a climate change bill. Say, "Let's have a clean energy independence bill," and deal with high gas prices, electricity prices, clean air, climate change, national security, not by higher taxes and another trillion dollars, not by a 53-cent gas tax increase, but by exploring, by building nuclear power plants, and agreeing on six or seven things to do, like reducing solar costs and plug-in vehicles that will make us more independent so we can have clean energy. That would be the goal.
Jun 3, 2008 7:43 AM
Joe Zone worries that folks may be putting too much emphasis on the positive reception Barack Obama is getting from our enemies rather than the response he is getting from our friends:
Obamamania apparently has no borders, reaching deep into the nation's capital and drawing volunteers and supporters who are thrilled by what they call a "once-in-a-lifetime campaign." Since the Democratic primary season began in January, Barack Obama fans in Ottawa have been rallying at home and in the U.S. for their candidate to prevail over Hillary Clinton. Now, as Mr. Obama looks almost certain to clinch the Democratic nomination tomorrow with the last of the nominating contests, some here are already planning to help him battle John McCain in the general election.
Jun 3, 2008 7:32 AM
An uncommitted Senatorial superdelegate weighs his options:
A group of 15 uncommitted Senate superdelegates met on Capitol Hill Monday to discuss how to proceed on making their endorsements. “It was a dialogue about how people are feeling,” said Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), who noted that no decisions were made at the meeting Monday. “For me, it’s who I think can win this thing in November.” When asked who that was, he said: “I could make the argument for either one of them.”
Jun 3, 2008 7:21 AM
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