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2:30 PM ET, April 12, 2008


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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Democratic And Republican Critics Say Blast Obama's “Smalltown” Comments Calling It Presidential Disqualifier  —  If someone wanted to see how early 21st century American politics operates, they need look no further than the current (growing) flap over politically flat-footed comments Senator Barack Obama …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The McGovernization of Obama  —  I still believe that by August, Obama, the half-term rookie Senator, will have become the second George McGovern.  Cf. his latest declaration to the Marin County faithful (coming on the heels of the crazy anti-Semitic rant of Rev. Eric Lee, a prominent LA Obama supporter):
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
OBAMA TURNS ALL THOMAS FRANK ON US.  —  I'm not really sure what the big deal over Obama's comments in SF is supposed to be (save that the media and Clinton and McCain are saying they will be a big deal, and thus making them a big deal), but Marc Ambinder has the least hysterical rundown I've seen …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Hindrocket / Power Line:
IS OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN OVER?  —  It may be.  I don't see how anyone known to have uttered these words can be elected President: … Barack Obama's arrogance has been evident for some time, and it's no shock, perhaps, to learn that that he shares this bigoted opinion, common among urban liberals, of people who live in “small towns.”
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Hicks nix clique's shticks  —  I'm about done with Obama over this mill-closures-drive-small-town-losers- to-guns-and-God business.  If you're running as a glamorous blank slate on which people project their own utopian fantasies, you've got to be very careful not to give the game away …
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Transcript of Obama's Remarks at San Francisco Fundraiser Sunday  —  OBAMA: So, it depends on where you are, but I think it's fair to say that the places where we are going to have to do the most work are the places where people are most cynical about government.
Shailagh Murray / The Trail:
Obama Expands on ‘Bitter’ Pennsylvanians Comment
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama explains S.F. comments
Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
Obama's None-Too-Bright Remarks
Discussion: Political Punch
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
This is why rookies shouldn't run for President
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Hillary hits Obama on faith, guns  —  Yesterday, Clinton hit Obama for calling Pennsylvanians “bitter,” ground on which he fairly ably engaged.  —  Today, she's onto the other half of his San Francisco remarks, in which he linked economic frustration to clinging to religion and guns …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Jed Report
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Works to Limit Fallout Over Remark on ‘Bitter’ Working Class  —  MUNCIE, Ind. — Senator Barack Obama on Saturday rebutted criticism that has enveloped his campaign over a comment he made last Sunday that many working-class voters are angry and bitter over economic conditions in America …
Discussion: The Caucus
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Opponents Call Obama Remarks ‘Out of Touch’  —  TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — As Senator Barack Obama sought to broaden his appeal to voters in southern Indiana on Friday, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain separately criticized him as being out of touch with the middle class …
Associated Press:
Obama concedes remarks were ill chosen  —  MUNCIE, Ind. - Democrat Barack Obama on Saturday conceded that comments he made about bitter working class voters who “cling to guns or religion” were ill chosen, as he tried to stem a burst of complaints that he is condescending.
John McCormick / The Swamp:   OBAMA: BITTERNESS A REALITY
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama on tradition  —  In Muncie, he takes another pass …
Discussion: Commentary
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton's record shows trade support  —  On the trail, the candidate has made a point of critiquing free trade agreements, saying they cost U.S. jobs.  —  WASHINGTON — Campaigning across Pennsylvania and other sections of the Rust Belt in recent months, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has stressed …
Discussion: Washington Post and Balloon Juice
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:   Why Gov. Bill Richardson didn't endorse Clinton
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Administration Set to Use New Spy Program in U.S.  —  Congressional Critics Want More Assurances of Legality  —  The Bush administration said yesterday that it plans to start using the nation's most advanced spy technology for domestic purposes soon, rebuffing challenges by House Democrats over the idea's legal authority.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Iran Top Threat To Iraq, U.S. Says  —  Last week's violence in Basra and Baghdad has convinced the Bush administration that actions by Iran, and not al-Qaeda, are the primary threat inside Iraq, and has sparked a broad reassessment of policy in the region, according to senior U.S. officials.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Iran Fighting Proxy War in Iraq, U.S. Envoy Says
Discussion: The Belmont Club and BLACKFIVE
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Great Expectations for a Conservative Group Seem All but Dashed  —  The conservative group Freedom's Watch, headlined by two former senior White House officials, had been expected to be a deep-pocketed juggernaut in this year's presidential election, heralded by supporters on the right …
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