It's been a roughcouple ofdays for the O-godosphere (Obama's online cheerleaders). First he makes a political calculation to abandon public financing so that he can use his own online ATM (otherwise known as "small donors"). Then he capitulates on a reworked FISA bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives on Friday.
Obama is at least old enough and smart enough to know that his decisions must, of necessity, be political; that they are frequently the best-available and best-intended compromises; and that this is how the world works (more often than not). His young supporters do not know this.
To paraphrase Larry Johnson's post from yesterday, it's been somewhat painful to read and hear liberal bloggers' outcries over Barack Obama's statements last week to forego public financing and, more importantly, his acceptance of a reworked FISA law, which was passed by the House on Friday.
New polls are out. The "horse race" polls are, in the main, nothing new, with the exception of the latest Newsweek poll, which strikes me more as an outlier, compared to daily tracking poll numbers that are probably closer to truth.
First, the horse race numbers.
To start things off, the Newsweek poll shows Obama with a whopping lead over McCain:
... new NEWSWEEK Poll shows that he has a substantial double-digit lead, 51 percent to 36 percent, over McCain among registered voters nationwide.
Obama's current lead also reflects the large party-identification advantage the Democrats now enjoy—55 percent of all voters call themselves Democrats or say they lean toward the party while just 36 percent call themselves Republicans or lean that way.
Two of the nation's best-known lesbian activists enjoyed a big first yesterday. Phyllis Lyon, 84 (seated) and Del Martin, 87 became the first lesbian couple to marry under California's gay marriage law, which was upheld by the state Supreme Court last month.
Even in political blogs and among online political chatterboxes, Gore's endorsement today didn't generate the same buzz that John Edwards' endorsement did. It was very low-key, generating at most a paragraph or two:
ABC News' Sunlen Miller and Nitya Venkataraman Report:
Former Vice President Al Gore will endorse Sen. Barack Obama Monday night in Detroit, appearing on stage alongside the presumptive Democratic nominee for the first time in the 2008 election cycle.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Democratic Sen. Barack Obama on Friday called for higher payroll taxes on wage-earners making more than $250,000 annually, a step that would affect the wealthiest 3 percent of Americans.
Not everybody in the Democratic Party is ready to make nice and unify.
Take some of Hillary Clinton's top fundraisers, who held a meeting on Thursday with Obama Campaign manager, David Plouffe. The sit-down was cordial; lots of questions were asked and answered; several fundraisers volunteered to host parties and other events for Obama and the Democratic Party. But not all: