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Obama is the new ... well, everyone

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Upper Playground Store

By Jeff

Not only is Barack Obama Your New Bicycle, but his is apparently also the new every-other-political-figure-in-the-history-of-the-planet, ever.

Surprisingly missing from this list are:

Karl Marx:

Bill Kristol — New York Times (April 14, 2008)

The Messiah

Real Clear Politics (Feb. 22, 2008)

Adolf...

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Raging against Rangel

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By Jeff

File this under: “Government is filled with hypocritical thieves.”

Charlie Rangel is rich. He’s been a Congressman, representing New York’s 15th district for over 25 years. Even though he’s rich, he’s always been a champion for the poor and downtrodden. Grrrr, how he hates when big evil businessmen take advantage of the system and loopholes...

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Real Dem chemistry

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By Emily

I'm giddy to report that the chemistry and friendship between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama seemed quite genuine this morning at Manhattan fundraising breakfast for Obama.

Looking upbeat and well-rested, Clinton addressed her heartbroken supporters and urged them to throw their weight behind Obama. Obama, in turn, humbly acknowledged that he "desperately"...

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Obama family makes TV appearance

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By Emily

Barack, Michelle and their two young daughters will all be featured on "Access Hollywood" in segments airing this week about their family life.

Already inundated with attention and overwhelmed with criticism at allowing Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, into the spotlight, Obama said today he regretted the decision.

"We wouldn't do it again, and we won't be doing it again,"...

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Duel's over for Democratic dual

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In a show of Democratic harmony, Barack Obama and former rival Hillary Clinton will be in New York City tomorrow for fundraising events. They have Caroline Kennedy, vice president vetting extraordinaire, in tow.

Clinton will join Obama at a New York Women for Obama Finance Breakfast at Hilton Towers.

— Emily...

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Speaking of veep choices ...

By David

Speaking of vice presidents, there can be honest debate about how much the choice of a veep actually makes in the mind of voters.

The truism that no one votes for the vice presidential candidate is, well, true; but on the other hand the selection does reveal something about a future president’s ability to evaluate people.

In Obama’s case, this moment will take...

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Upon Further Review

By David

Well, I'm just grateful that no one on this blog was ever so foolish as to suggest that Jim Webb should have been V.P.

Because they would seem really foolish right now.

But seriously, despite all the speculation about Webb's Shermanesque stand yesterday, my guess is that what happened was that the Webb folks started to get the sense that they weren't going to get the nod,...

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Webb out of the veep running

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By Emily

Virgina Sen. Jim Webb, the bright-eyed junior politician who would have brought military experience to Barack Obama's ballot, won't get the chance to woo moderates this fall. Webb has taken himself out of the running for the vice presidency.

Said the Vietnam War veteran in a statement:

"At this time I am also renewing my commitment to work hard...

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Summer footwear

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By David

The lefty blogosphere — otherwise known as the blogosphere — is in up in arms these days about Obama’s alleged centerward tack in anticipation of the general.

It is tacky (heh heh heh), but some of the sky is falling alarmism is a bit overblown.

The essence of political campaigns is to define yourself and your opponent before your opponent is able to do...

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Believe it? McCain picks Romney

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By Emily

Just in the case that CO-ED Magazine somehow, someway is scooping the rest of political news society, here's a report that John McCain IS definitively picking former rival Mitt Romney to share his presidential ballot.

The Arizona senator wants Romney as vice president, primarily for his cash stash, reports CO-ED, who swears a source from the McCain camp divulged the...

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