The NEWSWEEK Poll: Holding Steady

Jonathan Darman reports:With less than two weeks left in the presidential contest, Barack Obama continues to hold a commanding double-digit lead over John McCain according to the latest NEWSWEEK Poll. Among registered voters nationwide, Obama now leads McCain by 13 points, 53 percent to 40 percent. Among likely voters, Obama's lead is similarly strong, 53 percent to 41 percent. Obama's lead in the NEWSWEEK Poll is consistent with other recent national polls, including soundings taken by CBS...

What Millennials Should Ask of Obama

Dear Young Americans:I won't tell you how special you are because you've heard it before. For the past nine months, the mainstream media have showered you with adulation. Before the Iowa caucuses, Barack Obama's campaign said you'd be his secret weapon, showing up for him like you'd never shown up for a presidential candidate before. Reporters didn't believe it; they'd seen that MTV special before, heard about the hidden youth vote and knew it never panned out.But you proved them wrong; you did...

The NEWSWEEK Poll: Drawing Even

By Jonathan Darman With 53 days until Election Day, John McCain has pulled even with Barack Obama in the latest NEWSWEEK Poll. Buoyed by the Republican convention and overwhelming partisan enthusiasm for his choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate, McCain is now tied with Obama among registered voters nationwide, 46 percent to 46 percent. Two weeks of all-Sarah Palin-all-the-time media coverage, and the McCain bounce in national and battleground state polls, has spurred Democratic...

Searching for Hillary at Hooters

[youtube:gaUbFk4xp9A] By Jonathan Darman For months, I've listened to die-Hard Hillary Clinton supporters talk about their candidate's special bond with the white working class. Around Denver in the first two days of the Democratic convention I'd heard disaffected Hillary delegates wonder, loudly, if Barack Obama could relate to all the Bubbas out there who felt so fondly for their girl. And so, I set out to find some place in Denver where I could watch Hillary's big convention speech...

Lieberman: 'Moderately Liberal'?

By Jonathan Darman Days before he takes the stage in St. Paul, Minn., at the GOP convention, independent Democrat Joe Lieberman's being constantly rewritten on both the left and right. In a New York Times column last Monday, conservative commentator Bill Kristol floated the notion that Lieberman was still in the running to be John McCain's running mate. Lieberman, Kristol said, could acclimate with the McCain era-GOP in spite of having a "moderately liberal voting record."But conservatives...

The Noble History of Flip-Flopping

So it has already come to this. At the end of its first month, the great and noble general-election campaign of 2008 has been defined by a single question: who is the biggest flip-flopper? Barack Obama has reversed himself on campaign financing (he opted out of the public system that, as recently as last November, he swore to uphold) and on FISA legislation (he signed on to a compromise granting immunity to telecom companies that had cooperated with the Bush administration's warrantless...

A Tale of Two Cities, and Two Stadiums

History repeats itself, but not without a few wrinkles. We make the connections—then pick them apart.The housing of 10,000 fire evacuees at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium drew comparisons with New Orleans's post-Katrina chaos. The Superdome had death and mayhem; Qualcomm had Starbucks and free massages. The unspoken (and bogus) insinuation: affluent, white San Diego behaved better than poor, black New Orleans.New Orleans tragically assumed citizens would flee the area altogether rather than...

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