Michael Barone


September 2008


Note to Paulson: The Key to Passing the $700 Billion Bailout Is Insurance

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Contrary to widespread expectations in Washington and on Wall Street, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's financial bailout/rescue package was not agreed to at the White House meeting that started at 4 p.m. Thursday. The meeting included the congressional and committee leaders of both parties and ...

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Paulson, Henry
government intervention
Wall Street
Congress
Senate
House of Representatives

Obama and McCain Are Slow off the Mark on Financial Crisis

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It appears that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke have persuaded congressional leaders to support a new government agency, modeled on the 1980s' Resolution Trust Corp. and the 1930s' Home Owner Loan Corp. Both agencies absorbed bad debt, then eventually ...

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credit
government intervention
AIG, Inc.
McCain, John
Obama, Barack
2008 presidential election
Wall Street

McCain Has the Advantage Over Obama in Post-Convention Polls

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The post-convention national polls mostly show John McCain with a small lead over Barack Obama. But what's been happening in the states? I've been looking at the post-convention state polls at realclearpolitics.com, pollster.com, and fivethirtyeight.com and find some significant differences from ...

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2008 presidential election
Republican National Convention
Democratic National Convention
polls
McCain, John
Obama, Barack

The Political Parties Battle Over Themes

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The national conventions are political shows staged to influence voters. Soon, we can measure the bounce that the two tickets have received from their gatherings. But the more important question is whether the conventions establish arguments that are sustainable—over the course of the campaign and,

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Democratic National Convention
Republican National Convention
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Obama, Barack
McCain, John
2008 presidential election
politics

6 Ways McCain Can Run as the Candidate of the Party of an Unpopular President

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How do you run for president as the candidate of the party of an unpopular president? We had one answer last year from Nicolas Sarkozy of France, who had actually served in the cabinet of the widely detested incumbent Jacques Chirac. He campaigned as the candidate of change who would reform ...

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McCain, John
Republican Party
2008 presidential election
Bush, George W.
Palin, Sarah
campaigns

Just Call Her Sarah "Delano" Palin

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his acceptance speech to the 1936 Democratic National Convention before a crowd of 100,000 people at Franklin Field in Philadelphia—one of three acceptance speeches given at stadiums (the other two were John Kennedy's in the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1960 and ...

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Palin, Sarah
2008 presidential election
running mates
Republican Party
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
speeches
Republican National Convention

Sarah Palin: A Star Is Born in the GOP

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Sarah Palin's speech to the Republican National Convention last night was a home run. A star was born. While the Obama campaign has attempted to disparage it by saying that it was written by a former George W. Bush speechwriter, Matthew Scully—and thus link it to the McCain=Bush meme that was one ...

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speeches
Republican National Convention
Republican Party
2008 presidential election
Palin, Sarah
running mates

Fred Thompson Gave the Best Speech of the Night

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ST. PAUL—The levees in New Orleans were not breached, and Republicans had the first night of their convention on the second night of the convention. The convention managers have had to rearrange the order of speakers and the schedule, and they managed to come up with an effective presentation.

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Thompson, Fred
Lieberman, Joe
Bush, George W.
speeches
2008 presidential election
Republican National Convention
Republican Party

Is Palin Like Geraldine Ferraro, Katherine Graham, Nancy Pelosi, and Madeleine Albright?

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ST. PAUL—In thinking about Sarah Palin's nomination, let me note a phenomenon: the woman who spends much of her adult life as a stay-at-home mother, and then takes a position of leadership and does better at it than her previous background might suggest. Example one: Katharine Graham, who took over ...

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Palin, Sarah
Pelosi, Nancy
Albright, Madeleine K.
running mates

Palin's Fans Not Troubled by News of Daughter's Pregnancy

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This is the 20th national convention that I've attended in one way, shape, or form over the years, and this was the quietest Monday I can remember. The Republicans convened at 3 p.m., established the presence of a quorum, received the reports of the credentials, rules, and platform committees and ...

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2008 presidential election
Republican Party
running mates
Republican National Convention
teen pregnancy
Palin, Sarah

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