Michael Barone


August 2008


Lewis is a Connection to King's 'I Have a Dream' Speech

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Updated on 8/28/08 at 9:40

DENVER— After a musical interlude, the crowd fell silent just before 5pm MDT when Congressman John Lewis started speaking. Lewis began by saying that he was present 45 years ago to the day when Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln ...

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Jackson, Jesse
Democratic National Convention
speeches
Lewis, John
King Jr., Martin Luther

Bill Clinton a Little Slippery on Whether Obama Is Ready to Be Commander-in-Chief

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The 42nd president of the United States spoke to the 46th Democratic National Convention for 20 minutes last night, 10 minutes more than his allotted time. But did anyone expect Bill Clinton to conclude on time? And did anyone in the crowd, even those few in the press corps firmly opposed to the ...

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Clinton, Bill
Obama, Barack
2008 presidential election
Democratic National Convention
Democratic Party

T. Boone Pickens Plugs His Energy Plan at the Democratic Convention

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One of the pleasures of covering a national convention is that you run into all sorts of interesting people, some of them not politicians, and you can ask them anything you want. I remember at the 1988 Democratic National Convention running into a man who was on the Forbes 400. I asked him what he ...

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energy policy and climate change
energy
Pickens, T. Boone
Democratic National Convention

Hillary Clinton's Speech Was a Good Start on Her 2012 Run

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DENVER–My bottom line reaction to Hillary Clinton's speech Tuesday night: Good, but not quite very good, for Barack Obama in 2008. Even better, if things should turn out like they might, for Hillary Clinton in 2012.

Clinton's speech was carefully tailored, like the very attractive orange pants suit ...

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Democratic Party
2008 presidential election
Democratic National Convention
speeches
Clinton, Hillary
Obama, Barack

The Edgiest Democratic Convention Since 1988

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DENVER—This seems to me the edgiest Democratic National Convention since 1988. Then those running the convention were worried about what Jesse Jackson would do. Now those running the convention are worried, not so much about what Hillary Clinton will do—she will deliver a rousing call for electing ...

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Obama, Barack
2008 presidential election
Democratic National Convention
history
Democratic Party
elections

No Wonder Obama Moved His Acceptance Speech to Invesco Field

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DENVER—Am I getting bigger or are the national conventions getting smaller? As I usually do, I paid a visit to the convention hall, the Pepsi Center, before the opening of the convention, mainly to get a look at the layout on the floor, to figure out where the back passages and stairs are, to see ...

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Clinton, Hillary
Obama, Michelle
2008 presidential election
Democratic Party
Democratic National Convention

Obama Needs to Explain His Ties to William Ayers

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In my U.S. News column this week, I make a brief reference to the unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist bomber William Ayers and his connections to Barack Obama. They were closer than Obama implied when George Stephanopoulos asked him about Ayers in the April 16 debate—the last debate Obama ...

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2008 presidential election
Ayers, William
Obama, Barack
terrorism
national security terrorism and the military

Berlin on My Mind

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My Creators Syndicate column for this week is primarily about the Russian invasion of Georgia. Before I started writing it on Thursday, I had another approach in mind, to argue that the Russian conduct was not justified by the NATO military action against Serbia and support of independence for ...

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John Edwards: A Dud of the Democratic Party

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I haven't weighed in on the John Edwards/Rielle Hunter/love child story, on which the heavy lifting has been done by Mickey Kaus and the heavy reporting has been done by the National Enquirer, whose first story appeared back in December 2007. Anyone who hasn't already done so can follow the links ...

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Edwards, John
Democratic Party
Edwards, Elizabeth
primaries
Iowa
2008 presidential election
2004 presidential election

A Tribute to Peter Rodman, 1943-2008

I was shocked and immensely saddened by news of the death of Peter Rodman last weekend at the tragically young age of 64. I have known Peter and his wife, Veronique, over I don't know how many years. Quietly but influentially, Peter served in various positions in the Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush I,

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