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After Barack Obama assures the Israeli Lobby that "the danger from Iran is grave and real and my goal will be to eliminate this threat," Hamas unendorses him:
"The Democratic and Republican parties support totally the Israeli occupation at the expense of the interests and rights of Arabs and Palestinians," he said. "Hamas does not differentiate between the two presidential candidates, Obama and McCain, because their policies regarding the Arab-Israel conflict are the same and are hostile to us, therefore we do have no preference and are not wishing for either of them to win."RELATED: Daniel Jackson
Jun 5, 2008 8:41 AM
As Kay Brooks notes, Councilman Eric Crafton is taking his quest to declare English First in Nashville to the people. Rebuffed by a Purcell veto, Crafton is back and he will be seeking signatures to place his initiative on the ballot. Chris Sanders offers some advice on how to handle the ensuing public debate:
Here's a challenge to our local media. Please, let's have more than man-on-the-street quotations of people's feelings about immigrants. I hope that as the coverage of Crafton's effort unfolds we'll be reading information about what is really happening on the ground. The coverage should address issues like access to health services, help for crime victims, translators in the public defender's office, and food inspection for restaurants. Do we really want people who don't speak English finding more reasons to avoid dealing with government, especially when it comes to issues of public health and public safety? For opponents, snarky comments about Crafton's motives will be tempting, almost too tempting to avoid. But if you oppose this amendment, then knock it relentlessly on the dangers it poses. Since the proposal is a ballot measure, I assume that religious communities can take a side and get involved. Perhaps they can help keep the moral aspect of the debate in the public view and minimize the nastiness that a campaign like this is bound to bring.SEE ALSO: Mike Byrd Garrigan
Jun 5, 2008 8:30 AM
Lamar Alexander comments on the highly unusual occurence of two Senators facing each other in a General election for President:
“We’ve always had at least two running for president. We just haven’t had two who were successful,” said Senate Republican Whip Lamar Alexander, who ran for president himself while a Tennessee governor [ACK: Of course, Alexander had actually been out of the Governor's office for quite some time]. “The country doesn’t want a Washington-based president. The country wants a change, ... and the success of McCain or Obama has to do with the fact that neither one looks like a typical Washington-based senator. “McCain is sort of the anti-senator senator, and Obama is young, African-American and new.” That may be the greatest contradiction of this senator vs. senator election: a call for change by two members of the nation’s oldest political club.
Jun 5, 2008 8:15 AM
Bill Hobbs, in a blog post on his personal blog which is separate and distinct from his work as Tennessee Republican Party Communications Director, makes a subtle appeal for GOP campaign cash in the wake of Barack Obama's clinching of the Democratic nomination:
That means that every dollar you might donate to Republican candidates in key races, and to the Tennessee Republican Party for use in those races, has just been made more valuable by Obama's clinching of the Democrat presidential nomination. It's something to consider, especially if you're a Tennessee Republican living in a "safe" Republican district and you'd like for your incumbent Republican to be, finally, a member of the majority party in both houses of the state legislature.
Jun 5, 2008 8:06 AM
Jackson Baker chronicles the aftermath of a women's political action committee's endorsement of Rep. Steve COhen's primary opponent:
Expressing "shock and disappointment," De Caetani characterized Cohen as "a strongly progressive and popular" congressman with "an A-plus record on women's reproductive rights" who had been newly recognized by an award from Planned Parenthood. She continued: "All I can guess now is that you have willfully chosen to waste good money and effort on a candidate who lacks leadership and substance, is a lackey of the airline industry, has no record of community service and has NEVER said publicly that she supports legislation that ensures women's reproductive rights." Ironically, Cohen had just been the beneficiary during the previous week of a well-attended "Women for Cohen" fund-raiser at the Elliot Perry loft downtown. One of his campaign co-chairs, legendary civil rights activist Maxine Smith, also figures in a newly launched billboard campaign on the congressman's behalf. In the wake of the Emily's List action, several Cohen supporters wondered if the congressman, a supporter of presidential candidate Barack Obama, had inadvertently invited it by a recent quip comparing Obama's never-say-die rival Hillary Clinton to the maniacally determined character played by actress Glenn Close in A Fatal Attraction. Longtime boosters of the former state senator and freshman congressman know well Cohen's tendency to improvise stand-up comedy lines. Indeed, his wit is regarded as a vital part of his legislative arsenal — as well as being a potential Achilles' heel.
Jun 5, 2008 7:56 AM
The Gallup Organization gives us the early polling data on the race to come:
These findings are based on aggregated data from Gallup Poll Daily tracking in May, consisting of more than 25,000 total interviews with registered voters nationwide. Obama (supported by an average of 45.6% of national registered voters) and McCain (favored by 45.4%) were essentially tied in the full May dataset.
Jun 5, 2008 7:51 AM
A large family of Huckabee voters endorses Tom Leatherwood for Congress:
We are supporting Tom Leatherwood because we believe that he will take a stand for the issues that are important to us, such as the protection of life and traditional marriage, parental rights, reforming the tax code, protecting our second amendment rights, eliminating the national debt, and securing our borders.
Jun 5, 2008 7:41 AM
Brian McMurphy was not a big fan of the Nashville Scene's profile of black conservative Vanderbilt professor Carol Swain:
Dr. Carol Swain is one of the few jewels at Vanderbilt’s $25,000 a year babysitting factory. Let everyone appreciate her luster if only for this one post.Read the whole thing.
Jun 5, 2008 7:39 AM
The Wall Street Journal reports:
[C]lose advisers to Sen. Obama are signaling that an Obama-Clinton ticket is highly unlikely. Some in the Clinton camp also noted a possible problem for a party-unity ticket: Bill Clinton may balk at releasing records of his business dealings and big donors to his presidential library.
Jun 5, 2008 7:34 AM
The Washington Post reveals that the Jeremiah Wright controversy may have helped Barack Obama at a crucial time:
What hurt her in North Carolina was a self-inflicted wound -- misstatements about a trip she took to Bosnia as first lady when, she claimed, her entourage had to dodge sniper fire upon their arrival. A second factor may have been Wright, who, a week before the primary, reappeared for the first time since the controversial video was aired and repeated many of his most controversial views at the National Press Club. Obama, after a day of hesitation, denounced his former pastor and broke with him. Conventional wisdom suggested that the second episode would crystallize opposition to Obama and help Clinton in North Carolina. In retrospect, Clinton advisers believe, it actually hardened Obama's support in the black community.
Jun 5, 2008 7:33 AM