Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Political Cliff Notes

Hillary is miffed at the thought that people think she's "buying the Black vote":

"Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday denied that her campaign traded money for an endorsement from one of South Carolina's most influential black politicians.
Senator Jackson was someone who was involved in my husband's campaigns. He was someone we turned to for political advice and counsel and I'm proud to have him on my team," Clinton told the AP.
Soon after the endorsement, Jackson acknowledged that his media consulting firm had negotiated a $10,000 per month contract with Clinton's campaign. Jackson has said he turned down more lucrative contracts from other candidates." (source)

At a recent fundraiser, John Edwards said "Perhaps the greatest short-term threat to world peace, was the possibility that Israel would bomb Iran's nuclear facilities." (source) But now Edwards is denying he said this: "John Edwards' presidential campaign wants to make it clear that he doesn't consider Israel a threat to world peace." (source)
There is also an interesting story about how the internet could be getting Edwards into some trouble:
"The Edwards campaign recently hired two liberal feminists to help with his quest for the White House. The bloggers were popular enough to get the Edwards camp to notice them, but they were followed by cybertrails of "out there" comments on their personal blogs about sex, politics and religion. Cybertrails Edwards staff didn't care to follow." (source)

Barack Obama is looking to steal some of the Hollywood Libs from Hillary:

"Checks from Hollywood's A-list stars such as George Clooney, Eddie Murphy and Barbra Streisand added up to an expected, one-night take of $1 million for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, who wowed an audience of thousands during a campaign stop here Tuesday.
He had already captivated many in Hollywood's cash-rich entertainment industry before even arriving in Los Angeles.
Three of the industry's biggest names -- DreamWorks studio founders Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen -- planned a private, Beverly Hills fundraiser for him. The lineup of celebrities writing checks reads like a red carpet's who's who -- Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington and Ben Stiller among others." (source)

Mitt Romney was heckled by the Senior Citizen crowd (I am assuming that because the stop was at "The Villages" in FL, which from the commercials I assume is one of those 55 and older retirement communities) on his first campaign stop:

"And you sir....you're a pretender...you do not know the lord...you're a Mormon," the heckler cried out.

Romney answered back saying, "I'm convinced that the nation does need to have people of different faiths, but we need to have a person of faith lead the country."

Polls already show a number of Americans won't vote for a Mormon -- a religion viewed with suspicion by conservative Christians vital to Romney's base. (source)

I'm one of them, sorry...(Coming Soon: a post explaining why).

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