Fewer jobs, more wars

John McCain’s new campaign slogan.

Debate thread

8:32 PM – Obama is on a roll. So far the debate has been a wonky debate about policy. Hillary as usual is doing well, but Barack is doing just as well, and is showing he can hang with Hillary when it comes to policy details.

Both of them are scoring huge points taking shots at Republicans, and Obama just had a zinger about John McCain’s flip-flop on Bush’s tax cuts.

Hillary’s advantage is experience, but just listening to the debate they both look like they have the knowledge and experience to do the job. This blunts her best argument.

8:40 PM – Obama hits it out of the park, saying immigrants should not be used as scapegoats for black unemployment. The crowd loved it and this will win him points with Latino voters.

9:10 PM – Hillary scores some good points ragging on Bush. The questions have drifted away from policy.

9:31 PM – Obama is crushing her on the issue of the Iraq War, and he’s also demostrating he will be able to handle McCain on this issue. Hillary’s statements defending her vote border on the ridiculous. Wolf Blitzer hammered her and called her naive.

9:48 PM – It ends with a love-fest. I think Barack won this one.

Huge coup for Obama with California Latinos

Ted Kennedy was a guest on the most popular Spanish language radio show in LA campaigning for brack Obama. Read the story to see the magnitude of this support.

Conservatives rallying against McCain

I won’t bother quoting entertainer Rush Limbaugh.

Instead, here’s a column by Mark Levin from the National Review.

Even worse than denying his own record, McCain is flatly lying about Romney’s position on Iraq. As has been discussed for nearly a week now, Romney did not support a specific date to withdraw our forces from Iraq. The evidence is irrefutable. And it’s also irrefutable that McCain is abusing the English language (Romney’s statements) the way Bill Clinton did in front of a grand jury. The problem is that once called on it by everyone from the New York Times to me, he obstinately refuses to admit the truth. So, last night, he lied about it again. This isn’t open to interpretation. But it does give us a window into who he is.

Of course, it’s one thing to overlook one or two issues where a candidate seeking the Republican nomination as a conservative might depart from conservative orthodoxy. But in McCain’s case, adherence is the exception to the rule — McCain-Feingold (restrictions on political speech), McCain-Kennedy (amnesty for illegal aliens), McCain-Kennedy-Edwards (trial lawyers’ bill of rights), McCain-Lieberman (global warming legislation), Gang of 14 (obstructing change to the filibuster rule for judicial nominations), the Bush tax cuts, and so forth. This is a record any liberal Democrat would proudly run on. Are we to overlook this record when selecting a Republican nominee to carry our message in the general election?

The national polls show a dead heat between McCain and Romney, so I’m not writing Romney off just yet.

Martin Peretz can support Obama

Peretz asks a simple question – can friends of Israel–and Jews–trust Obama? His answer is yes.

Peretz is very influencial in the Jewish community, so this column will be very helpful to Obama.

Judgement over experience

Regarding the presidency, historian Robert Dalleck explains why judgement always trumps experience.

Obama raises $31 million in January

Looks like he’ll have enough money to compete on Super Tuesday.

Lincoln Chafee rips Hillary Clinton for her Iraq War vote

Lincoln Chafee, former Republican Senator from Rhode Island, discusses the vote t authorize the Iraq War in his new book:

“I find it surprising now, in 2008, how many Democrats are running for president after shirking their constitutional duty to check and balance this president,” writes Chafee…

“They argue that the president duped them into war, but getting duped does not exactly recommend their leadership. Helping a rogue president start an unnecessary war should be a career-ending lapse of judgment.”

Exactly. In my view Hillary’s war vote is a deal breaker. The fact that she stuck by that vote for years when it was obvious to everyone that the war was a tragic mistake only compounds her error.

I’m looking forward to seeing Chafee hit the talk shows and explain his disdain for Democrats who supported this war.

McCain gives up straight talk

I wasn’t impressed with John McCain’s performance in tonight’s GOP debate. Just like he did on Meet the Press last week, McCain ducked questions and was presented with several contradictions in his explanations for his votes.

If he gets the nomination he will be tough to beat given his appeal to moderates and independents, but his appeal might fade if he keeps this up.

Obama closes the gap in Gallup poll

The national Gallup tracking poll now has Obama trailing Clinton by just 6 points.

Barack Obama has now cut the gap with Hillary Clinton to 6 percentage points among Democrats nationally in the Gallup Poll Daily tracking three-day average, and interviewing conducted Tuesday night shows the gap between the two candidates is within a few points. Obama’s position has been strengthening on a day-by-day basis. As recently as Jan. 18-20, Clinton led Obama by 20 points. Today’s Gallup Poll Daily tracking is based on interviews conducted Jan. 27-29, all after Obama’s overwhelming victory in South Carolina on Saturday. Two out of the three nights interviewing were conducted after the high-visibility endorsement of Obama by Sen. Edward Kennedy and his niece Caroline Kennedy.

UPDATE – Obama is also within six points in Massachusetts in the new Rasmussen poll. Last week he was down 37 points in a separate poll! Looks like the Kennedy endorsement made an impact.

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