Sunday, March 23, 2008

News Round Up

Republicans Face Limited Opportunities To Win Open Seats
It may appear that House Republicans are running for the exits in outsized numbers this election year rather than seek re-election. But it only seems that way because so few Democrats are heading into retirement.

Obama's Problem with White Voters
The racial dimension of Barack Obama's electability problem is now apparent, but no prominent Democrat dares discuss it openly. Similarly expect no discussion of the subject in the major media.

It's Time to Call the Democrats on Race Demagogy
"For wicked men are found among my people;they lurk like fowlers lying in wait.
They set a trap; they catch men.... their houses are full of treachery" Jeremiah, 5:26
Donna Brazil, Al Gore's 2000 campaign manager, has been quoted deploring the Hillary-Obama race: "There's so much blood. Women want the White House. Blacks want the White House ... They don't know how it will end. It's so toxic."

Dems’ Senate Campaign Unit Leaped Further Ahead in February
The fundraising efforts of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), which assists its party’s candidates in U.S. Senate races, has been a notable success story since the 2006 campaign cycle that produced a six-seat gain and a Senate majority for the Democrats. And that trend continued in February, when the DSCC outraised its partisan counterpart, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), by $4.8 million to $3.9 million, according to the campaign units’ latest reports to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Dems Score a State Senator for Competitive Alabama House Race
State Sen. Parker Griffith announced Friday that he will run for Alabama’s 5th Congressional District seat, left open by nine-term Democratic Rep. Robert E. “Bud” Cramer ’s surprise retirement announcement last week. Griffith’s decision was met with excitement from state Democratic leaders who expect the state lawmaker to be a competitive contender. That is something their party needs as it prepares to defend a northern Alabama district that was dominated by conservative-leaning Democrat Cramer, but has developed a Republican lean in presidential and other statewide races.

GOP Fundraising Muscle Resides in Its National Committee
The Republican National Committee (RNC) continues to outperform its partisan counterpart, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), in fundraising early in the 2008 election year. The party is thus better poised to assist in the push keep the White House in Republican hands than are its Senate and House campaign committees — which trail their Democratic counterparts — in aiding the efforts of the GOP’s congressional minorities in this year’s campaigns.

Scoring Points by Demonizing Falwell
How does a conservative columnist remain in good standing at The Washington Post? Taking a cheap shot at Jerry Falwell might do the trick. That's what Michael Gerson did on March 19 in an otherwise excellent column taking apart Sen. Barack Obama's Philadelphia speech on race in America.

Poll: Divisive Dem Contest Could Boost McCain
( - The lengthy Democratic primary contest bodes well for Republican chances of holding the White House, a new poll suggests. As Democratic Senators Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Clinton of New York slug it out for the nomination, many of their supporters -- at least in Pennsylvania, site of the next major primary -- aren't committed to the party's ticket in November, according to a Franklin & Marshall College Poll.

Those Sophisticated Europeans
Hardly had the sheets cooled on the bed momentarily occupied by former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer and his call girl tootsie than people took sides. Many people expressed shock and disapproval. Quite a few others claimed to be amazed that in these sexually permissive times anyone gave a hoot how New York's highest elected official conducted his private affairs (double entendre intended).

Frustrated Anti-War Leader Pleads for Congress to Impeach
( - One of the organizers of this week's anti-war protests in Washington, D.C., is pleading with House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D.-Mich.) to make good on his repeated threats to begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush.

Clinton Papers Suggest 'Co-Presidency,' Conservative Says
( - The 11,046 pages of former first lady Hillary Clinton's calendars and schedules that are now available to the public indicate, among other things, that she was a "co-president," according to a conservative analyst and, to a degree, according to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Washington Post 'In Bed' with Bush, Code Pink Says
( - At a 1,000-plus person anti- war protest in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, an activist for the liberal feminist anti-war group Code Pink told Cybercast News Service that one of the reasons for its participation in the protest was to tell Americans that the media and especially The Washington Post are "in bed" with the Bush administration.

Hate Preach: Brite Divinity School To Honor Wright
On March 29, 2008, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright is scheduled to receive Brite Divinity School's Black Church Leader Award. Brite and Texas Christian University share a Fort Worth campus, but are independent schools. This week, TCU is probably wishing they were even more independent.

Judge to Hear Criminal Charges against Planned Parenthood
( - Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri is facing 107 criminal charges, including 23 felony counts of falsifying medical documents related to late-term abortions. The felony charges will be examined at preliminary hearings set for April 7 and 8 in Johnson County District Court in Olathe, Kan.

Judiciary Chair 'Struggling' With Decision to Impeach Bush
( - At a gathering of liberal activists in Washington on Tuesday, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) was asked if he would commit to holding the Bush administration accountable once a Democrat is in the White House and illegal acts have been pinned on President Bush.

How to Pay for the Dem Convention: Survivor, the Nomination
The Honorable John W. Hickenlooper
Mayor's OfficeDenver, Colorado
Dear Mayor Hickenlooper:
I read that your efforts to raise funds for the 2008 Democratic National Convention are falling far short of your needs, that you will need to raise $40.6 million by June 16 in order to pay the expenses occasioned by the August 25-28 convention in your city.

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