Thomas Jefferson Street

October 2008


President Obama and a Democratic Congress? President McCain and a Republican Congress? Americans Split on Divided Government

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Americans are divided about divided government, according to a new Gallup poll. According to the survey, registered voters prefer a Republican-controlled Congress by a 48-to-47 percent margin if Barack Obama is elected president (that's within the +/-3 percent margin of error and so is a tie). But ...

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2008 presidential election
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Barack Obama Gains More Republican Support, Including From Charles Fried, a John McCain Adviser

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Our "Five Things" today (over in the center column of the U.S. News opinion page, to the right of the Thomas Jefferson Street blog) is a list of major Republicans who have endorsed Barack Obama. Little did we realize how quickly the list would grow today.

Sure, Scott McClellan endorsing Obama ...

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Republican Party
2008 presidential election
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McClellan, Scott

Obama's Biden Burden: Joe Tests Barack With Foreign Policy Comment

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Has anyone seen Joe Biden today? Last seen he was being bound and gagged by senior Obama campaign aides and whisked to a secure (from the press), undisclosed location.

In case you missed it (and no one within earshot of John McCain's presidential campaign has missed it), Biden committed the ...

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foreign policy
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Obama, Barack
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Kennedy, John

Arthur Schlesinger Jr. Would Have Celebrated His 91st Birthday Today—and Loved the Year in Politics

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My late father, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., would have celebrated his 91st birthday today. Given the year in politics, I think he would be enjoying himself.

Dad would be delighted with Barack Obama. He probably would have supported Hillary Clinton in the primaries—he was a huge Hillary fan—but he ...

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2008 presidential election
Schlesinger Jr., Arthur

Barack Obama's Ad Campaign Goes From Puerto Rico to a Video Game

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Is it really possible that Barack Obama's presidential campaign has so much money that it just doesn't know where to spend it all?

I was in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, over the weekend and was bombarded with Obama ads (apparently John McCain wants to tax my health benefits while Barack Obama wants to give ...

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2008 presidential election
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Puerto Rico

Election Questions: McCain's New Economic Plan, Pennsylvania's Status, and North Carolina

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A couple of questions that befuddle me with three weeks to go in the election:

  • John McCain is unveiling a new economic plan today (Barack Obama gave his latest economics speech Monday). According to television reports, the McCain plan is aimed at senior citizens. Can anyone think of an instance ...
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    McCain, John
    North Carolina
    Pennsylvania
    economics

    Sarah Palin, the Mainstream Media Filter, and the Growing Culture of Casual Lies

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    SHOREHAM, Vt.—Sarah Palin took great pleasure last night in declaring her independence from the "filter" of the mainstream media. No doubt.

    Scoring cheap shots off of the media is easy, especially for a Republican.

    But here's why the "filter" of the media is important: Politicians lie.

    They also shade ...

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    2008 presidential election
    Palin, Sarah

    Sarah Palin, Constitutional Scholar: New Powers for the Vice Presidency That Even Dick Cheney Doesn't Have?

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    I'll give a broader reaction to the Palin-Biden nothing-burger a bit later on, but the single most mystifying moment in the debate came when she seemed to out-Cheney Dick Cheney in terms of power-grabbing. Palin asserted that a vice president's job is "not only to preside over the Senate" and that ...

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    Palin, Sarah
    debates
    2008 presidential election
    Vice President
    Constitution
    Cheney, Dick