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Ross Perot Drew Big Crowds Too And He Got Twenty Percent

The Washington Times notes Barack Obama's ability to draw crowds, even in states he will not win:
"When he comes to Tennessee, we'll have every significant Democrat running at the event, unless they don't want to be there, and they are crazy if they don't want to be there," said Bob Tuke, a candidate for U.S. Senate and former Tennessee Democratic Party chairman. Mr. Tuke, running against Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, said his typical campaign events can draw a few hundred people. "And there's no question if Barack Obama comes, you move an expectation of a crowd from several hundred to in the thousands," he said. He said when Mr. Obama campaigned for then-Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr. in 2006 in the latter's Senate bid, he drew 3,000 to the Nashville Courthouse. "He brings an aura and an excitement to any event that we haven't seen in a long time," Mr. Tuke said.
Jun 17, 2008 12:12 PM

Gordon Keeps His Obama Endorsement Low-Key

John Rodgers notes the news of last week that Rep. Bart Gordon supports the Democratic nominee for President:
Gordon’s spokeswoman, Julie Eubank, said Monday that Gordon (D-Murfreesboro) made the endorsement last week and he believes Obama is a “bright, able candidate capable of meeting the challenges that face this nation.
Jun 17, 2008 12:05 PM

What Black/Brown Divide?

First Read reports that Hispanic voters are warming up to Barack Obama just fine:
There was a growing consensus during the Democratic primary season that Obama was going to struggle with Latino voters -- due to the exit polls, his race, and McCain’s immigration stance. In fact, in that now-famous conference call in which Hillary Clinton indicated that she would be open to serving as Obama’s running mate, that response was spurred by concern by New York Rep. Nydia Velasquez (D) that Obama was going to have trouble with Latinos. But it looks like that CW -- at least right now -- was wrong. In addition to our recent NBC/WSJ poll, which showed Hispanics breaking for Obama 62%-28%, a new survey of 800 Latino voters from 21 states finds that 60% of them plan to vote for Obama versus 23% for McCain. That is down considerably from the 40%-plus Bush received in 2004. It’s no longer fair to say that Obama has a problem with Latino voters; McCain does. This was a case of conventional wisdom that was never based on fact, just semi-informed speculation based on primary exit polling and bad stereotypes of Latinos.
Jun 17, 2008 11:34 AM

Learn To Suppress Your Disagreements

This is Ilissa Gold's advice to Democrats:
Look at the Republicans for a moment. Why were they so successful as a party in the 1990s? There are probably several reasons, but one big reason was that they were disciplined. If there were disagreements, they dealt with them in private but never let on about it in public. They never sent conflicting messages; you knew what they stood for. In contrast to their discipline, the Democrats looked indecisive and weak.
Jun 17, 2008 11:26 AM

The Ties That Bind

Bill Hobbs points out that the scenario that played out in Spring Hill resulting in a property tax hike cannot happen in Nashville:
In Nashville, the Metro Council has also faced a tough budget, but there has been zero talk of a property tax increase. Why? One reason, perhaps, is that Nashville's also got a law on the books requiring a referendum for most property tax increases. And the Metro Council can't rescind it because voters put it into the city charter via a charter amendment (which passed with 70 percent of the vote, winning in virtually every precinct in the entire city).
Jun 17, 2008 11:12 AM

Whatever You Want Him To Be

Whites Creek helps out those Democarts who may have racial concerns about voting for Barack Obama:
The fact that Obama overwhelmingly won a number of "white" primary states doesn't seem to dent that fallacy in some folks heads so I speak to the part of their brains that still works somewhat. I have decided to use Obama's multi racial heritage to his advantage. If a person wonders about "voting for a black man" I just come back with, "Well...Why don't you just vote for the white half?"
Jun 17, 2008 11:04 AM

The World And Everything In It

Al Gore, in endorsing Barack Obama, uses terms that give some the warm prickles on their neck:
"I speak to you also as a citizen of the world, because the outcome of this election will affect the future of our planet.''
Jun 17, 2008 11:00 AM

Babies Should Not Serve In Combat, Political Or Military

Sean Braisted thinks that emotional appeals against the War in Iraq, while effective, should be avoided if antiwarriors are to maintain the moral high ground:
Just as I think its foolish to use emotional appeals to support staying indefinitely in Iraq, i.e. if we leave now, their sacrifice will be in vein. So is it wrong to use emotional appeals to support withdraw. It may be the most effective tool, I won't argue that point, but I don't really think its right.
Jun 17, 2008 10:36 AM

Judging Reality Based On Virtual Visitors

Michael Silence says that political blogs aren't living in reality:
You know, there's a reason blogs like BusyMom get 10 times the traffic of political stories and blog posts. The "mommy blogs" deal in reality.
Jun 17, 2008 10:26 AM

Intrigue In The Fourth District

Radio talker Mike Slater has a "source" who asserts that Congressman Marsha Blackburn called on her constituent Monty Lankford to run for Congress in the Fourth District in order to soften up Rep. Lincoln Davis for the purpose of weakening his prospects for Governor, and thus, emboldening her own. Listen to audio of the "source" at Slater's house.
Jun 17, 2008 9:50 AM