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Caption Contest Winners

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Writing Off McCain

John McCain Comeback Codger

Max Follmer amuses himself with “A Media Retrospective On McCain,” which highlights the many people who wrote McCain’s campaign obituary last summer. While I went out on a limb on December 12 and predicted McCain would win not only the nomination but the presidency, which looks much more plausible now than it did then, when […]

Afghanistan Al Qaeda Commander Killed

Afghanistan Al Qaeda Commander Killed

A top al Qaeda commander has been killed.

NATO’s Not Winning in Afghanistan

Saving Afghanistan: An Appeal and Plan for Urgent Action

Unless we immediately begin a coordinated effort to refocus NATO’s military and civil strategy in Afghanistan, there will be grave consequences for both the region and the Alliance. That’s the consensus among three reports released yesterday afternoon on Capital Hill receiving wide media coverage today, including this piece fronting WaPo. NATO forces in Afghanistan are […]

Natalee Holloway Case Solved?

Natalee Holloway Case Solved?

Michael van der Galien passes on word from several Dutch language sources that Dutch TV inspector (detective) Peter R. De Vries claims to have solved the Natalee Holloway case. Speculation is that Joran van der Sloot is the killer but, in what seems like a bad reality television script, the information will be parceled out […]

Obama Raises $32 Million in January

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Senator Barack Obama’s campaign is reporting that it has raised $32 million in the month of January alone. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama raised $32 million in the single month of January, matching his best three-month period last year, aides said Thursday. The money positions Obama for the sweeping Feb. 5 primary contests, when 22 […]

Romney Not Buying Super Tuesday Ads?

Romney Not Buying Super Tuesday Ads?

Various reports have Mitt Romney not buying any television time in the Super Tuesday states and Mitt Romney buying like crazy in the Super Tuesday states, especially California. Presumably, we’ll know soon enough as it’s hard to hide television ad buys. There seems to be a consensus, though, that John McCain will rely mostly on […]

Schwarzenegger, Giuliani and McCain Republicans

Schwarzenegger, Giuliani and McCain Republicans

RealClearPolitics‘ John McIntyre reminds us that the 2004 convention gave President Bush a large bounce in the polls, while the Democratic convention did next to nothing for John Kerry. He’s got an interesting theory on why that was: Who did Karl Rove and the GOP strategists chose to put front and center on prime-time television […]

Fifth Blogiversary

My first post* at Outside the Beltway was at 9:47 the morning of January 31, 2003. If my math is right, that was five years ago. When I started this thing, the blogosphere was in its infancy, with most of the big political sites no more than a year or two old. There were still […]

Bloggers National Security Threat!

Bloggers National Security Threat!

Bloggers are one of the threats to national security being factored into a cyber attack war game. It’s the government’s idea of a really bad day: Washington’s Metro trains shut down. Seaport computers in New York go dark. Bloggers reveal locations of railcars with hazardous materials. Airport control towers are disrupted in Philadelphia and Chicago. […]

Schwarzenegger to Endorse McCain

Schwarzenegger to Endorse McCain

The Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is joining the McCain bandwagon. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will endorse John McCain on Thursday, giving a boost to the Republican presidential front-runner six days before California’s high-prize primary. The two will appear at a news conference after touring a Los Angeles-based solar energy company and the governor will make his endorsement […]

Mitt Romney’s Fuzzy Nomination Math

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Hugh Hewitt looks at the Super Tuesday math and concludes that his guy, Mitt Romney, will still be very much in the race afterwards. I’m rather dubious on his “worst case” scenario actually being that but he’s fundamentally right: McCain won’t have the nomination mathematically sewn up at day’s end. Still, it’s not looking good […]

Caption Contest

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Time for the Thorsday OTB Caption ContestTM (AFP/Carl de Souza) Winners will be announced Monday PM

OTB Radio – Tonight at 7 Eastern

The next episode of OTB Radio, our BlogTalkRadio program, will record and air live tonight from 7-8 Eastern. Dave Schuler,Alex Knapp, and Dodd Harris will join me to talk about Florida, Super Tuesday, the State of the Union, and whatever other topics come up. Please join us. We’ll also be taking your calls at (646) […]

Obama Ties Clinton Policies to Bush’s

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In a nice little political jujitsu move, Barack Obama managed to attack both Hillary Clinton and John McCain at the same time, by tying them together and tying them both to Bush: It’s time for new leadership that understands that the way to win a debate with John McCain is not by nominating someone who […]

The End of 9/11 Politics?

The End of 9/11 Politics?

Ben Smith and David Paul Kuhn argue that Rudy Giuliani’s poor showing in this campaign “seems also to mark the beginning of the end of a period in Republican politics that began on Sept. 11, 2001.” “There’s a paradox for Rudy,” said former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey, who was a member of the 9/11 Commission. […]

Ralph Nader Running for President

Ralph Nader Running for President 2008

Ralph Nader is making another presidential run, ABC News’ Rich Klein reports. Ralph Nader has formed a presidential exploratory committee, and said in an interview Wednesday that he will launch another presidential bid if he’s convinced he can raise enough money to appear on the vast majority of state ballots this fall. Nader, who ran […]

Who Will Edwards’ Voters Support?

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Dana Goldstein has a timely piece in the American Prospect regarding the composition of John Edwards’ supporters, which might help to answer the question of whether Obama or Clinton will gain by his depature from the race: Intuitively, it makes sense that Edwards supporters would trend toward Obama. Both candidates ran as the anti-Clinton. Edwards […]

John Edwards Quitting Presidential Race

John Edwards Quitting Presidential Race

John Edwards has been out of the presidential contest for weeks but he’s now about to make it official. Democrat John Edwards is exiting the presidential race Wednesday, ending a scrappy underdog bid in which he steered his rivals toward progressive ideals while grappling with family hardship that roused voters’ sympathies but never diverted his […]

Florida Primary Postmortem

John McCain Wins Florida Primary

The victories of John McCain and Hillary Clinton in Florida last night presage what will happen in next week’s Super Duper Tuesday contests and have significantly reshaped the race. Polls and Predictions Compared to Final Results The polls finally got one right, correctly predicting the winners and the order of finish of all challengers with […]

Fox News’ Decline

Fox News' Decline

Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert notes that Fox News is getting much lower ratings this campaign season than in past years and argues that it’s their “comeuppance” for their ideological approach to news coverage. I’d say the reason is far more mundane: Their inexplicable failure to offer a high-definition (HDTV) broadcast. As prices have dropped, millions […]

Romney: Jobs Going to Countries Like India and Asia

Romney: Jobs Going to Countries Like India and Asia

Mitt Romney, likely a bit tired and emotionally drained, is delivering a gracious concession speech to his supporters in Florida. This gaffe, however, was amusing: He said that America is facing competition for jobs “from countries like Asia and India.” Not only isn’t “Asia” a country, but India is on the Asian continent.

Giuliani To Endorse McCain

Giuliani To Endorse McCain Tomorrow

Mark Halperin: “SOURCES: Giuliani expected to endorse McCain, as early as Wednesday — in Los Angeles or Simi Valley.” Various others have speculated on this endorsement this evening, including Bill Bennett. ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Rick Klein have independent confirmation: Rudy Giuliani will board a plane to California on Wednesday morning, as planned. But, […]

Lieberman Rules Out Running With McCain

Lieberman Rules Out Running With McCain

Joe Lieberman says he won’t run as John McCain’s vice president. Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent who nearly won the vice presidency as a Democrat in 2000, says there’s no way he’ll be Republican Sen. John McCain’s running mate should McCain become the party’s presidential nominee. “No, I’d tell him, ‘Thanks, John, I’ve been there, […]

Florida Primary Results: McCain, Clinton Win

Florida Primary Results McCain Romney Giuliani

Hardly any of the vote is in yet but, thus far, it’s tracking the pre-election polls nicely: Democrats: Clinton 25,116 58% 0 Obama 9,072 21% 0 Edwards 7,151 17% 0 Kucinich 411 1% 0 Republicans: McCain 12,180 29% 0 Romney 11,874 28% 0 Giuliani 7,625 18% 0 Huckabee 7,470 18% 0 Thompson 1,465 4% 0 […]

Florida Voting Problems

Florida Voting Problems

The state of Florida is having trouble managing a simple election, the Orlando Sentinel reports. On Florida Primary day, voters are reporting problems across Central Florida from Daytona Beach to Hunter’s Creek. Among the precincts experiencing glitches was one in Orange County where voters were told by poll workers early on there was no Democratic […]

McCain’s Gay Bashing Robo Calls

John McCain Gay Sweaters

Floridians are being treated to some robo-calls attacking Mitt Romney that HuffPo’s Sam Stein and some homosexual activist leaders call “gay bashing.” Here’s the ad in question: Mitt Romney thinks he can fool us. He supported abortion on demand, even allowed a law mandating taxpayer-funding for abortion. He says he changed his mind, but he […]

Ron Paul Year in Review

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Ron Paul assesses the year that he’s been campaigning for president, which has apparently exceeded his wildest expectations. via Josh Levy

Florida Primary Predictions

Florida Primary Predictions:  McCain and Clinton

Yes, it’s that time again: trying to make predictions in a political season that’s largely defying predictability. Polls are open today in Florida, the last primary state before next week’s Super Tuesday extravaganza, and it’s an important contest, at least on the GOP side. As for the Democrats, it’ll be a complete shock if Hillary […]

McCain’s Secret Plan to Capture Bin Laden (Updated)

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Apparently, John McCain has confided to reporters that he has a secret plan to capture Osama bin Laden. So Washington Wire was wondering, what does McCain know that President Bush and the Pentagon don’t about how to sweep up America’s most elusive enemy. “One thing I will not do is telegraph my punches. Osama bin […]

Rudy Giuliani to Drop Out if He Doesn’t Win Florida?

Rudy Giuliani to Drop Out if He Doesn't Win Florida?

Rudy Giuliani is likely to end his presidential campaign if he doesn’t win today’s Florida primary, Andrew Malcolm reports for the LAT. Rudy Giuliani appears to be pondering an end to his long pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination. In a meeting in the back of his chartered plane en route to St. Petersburg, Fla., […]

Mary Katharine Ham ‘Worst Person in the World’

Mary Katharine Ham 'Worst Person in the World'

Keith Olbermann has named Mary Katharine Ham the “Worst Person in the World” for expressing the view on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” that Bill Clinton has to be a bit stunned by the backlash over his negative campaigning on behalf of his wife because he was used to soft treatment from the press. I think he’s […]

Caption Contest Winners

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A Warm Bucket of Spit

Vice Presidential Seal

Given that George H.W. Bush was the last sitting vice president to be elected president, Megan McArdle muses that the “VP slot seems to be a lot less important than it used to be.” Steven Taylor isn’t so sure that it even used to be all that important. Indeed, only four sitting vice presidents (John […]

State of the Union Trivia

Bush State of the Union 2007 Photo

David Kurtz notes the reference to President Bush’s “seventh and probably final State of the Union address tonight” in a front page story in today’s WaPo and puzzles at the use of the word “probably.” A TPM reader emails to point out that the Constitution requires only that the speeches be delivered “from time to […]

Bush to Issue Earmarks Executive Order

Bush to Issue Earmarks Executive Order

President Bush is poised to ban most spending earmarks by executive decree. President George W. Bush will begin “unprecedented steps” to trim billions of dollars earmarked by lawmakers for pet projects, a White House spokesman said. In his State of the Union address tonight, Bush will promise to “veto any spending bill that does not […]

Mormon President Gordon Hinckley Dies

Mormon President Gordon Hinckley Dies

Gordon B. Hinckley, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Sunday of complications arising from old age, according to a church spokesman. He was 97. By tradition, at a church president’s death, the church’s most senior apostle is ordained within days on a unanimous vote of the Council of the Twelve […]

Obama Bubble About to Burst

Super Tuesday Polls - Democrats

While Barack Obama handily won South Carolina and seems to be a sunny, fresh alternative to Hillary Clinton, he’s got an uphill climb to the nomination, Christopher Cooper and Amy Chozick explain in the WSJ. Mr. Obama heads into the 22-state showdown as the underdog. The Illinois senator trails Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York […]

McCain: ‘There Will Be Other Wars’

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John McCain wants Florida voters to know that national security policy, not the economy, is the most important issue in this presidential election because we’re in a war and will inevitably be in others. Sam Stein is worried: Sen. John McCain told a crowd of supporters on Sunday, “It’s a tough war we’re in. It’s […]

Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

Michael Vick’s Dogs

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Good news for some of Michael Vick’s dogs. Ten of the dogs have been taken in by a dog rescue group in San Francisco called Bad Rap. All ten dogs on well on their way to transitioning from a short brutal lives as warriors under a brutal and sadistic man to lives as happy family […]

South Carolina Post-Mortem, Democrat Edition

Barack Obama Wins South Carolina

As Chris Lawrence posted last night, Barack Obama handily won the South Carolina Democratic primary and native son John Edwards came in third. The results, with a record turnout, were stunning: Obama has long been projected to win, of course, but the RealClearPolitics average of the recent polls had it much closer: 38.4 to 26.8 […]

Obama Thumps Clinton in S.C.; Edwards Takes 3rd

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Barack Obama has bracketed his Iowa win in one of the whitest states of the Union with a victory in South Carolina, one of the nation’s blackest, in what appears to be a 2-to-1 rout over Hillary Rodham Clinton. Despite an apparent late surge by John Edwards in polls in the his home turf, it […]

OTB Caption JamTM

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Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . Rodney is headed for a party at the Sultan’s place. Wizbang needs a prescription for Glaucoma. Wyatt Earp has the man of steel. Willisms wants to be called on. Right Pundits is still open. Public Pondering was running with scissors. Cowboy Blob is being koi about his tank. The […]

Hillary Clinton Trying to Steal Nomination?

Hillary Clinton Trying to Steal Nomination?

Hillary Clinton has issued a call to retroactively seat the delegates from Michigan and Florida that were ousted for holding their primaries earlier than allowed. She does so in the language of party unity: “I believe our nominee will need the enthusiastic support of Democrats in these states to win the general election, and so […]

Hillary’s Meeting Expectations

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For the last seven years I’ve thought a couple of things about Hillary Clinton: she wants to be president in the worst way; if there is a worst way to become president, she will find it. My suspicions have proven true, according to Ezra Klein: This is the sort of decision that has the potential […]

Who Destroyed the Republican Party?

Ronald Reagan Photo - Why Destroyed Republican Party?

Billy Hollis joins Rush Limbaugh, Peggy Noonan, and other conservative commenters in trying to figure out who is responsible for destroying the Republican Party and which of the potential nominees would destroy it even more. He thinks that nominating Mike Huckabee would likely lead to “a loss of Goldwater-McGovern proportions.” I’m inclined to agree, especially […]

John Edwards South Carolina Surge

South Carolina Democratic Primary Poll Trends

Taegan Goddard notes that the two most recent polls on tomorrow’s Democratic primary in South Carolina shows John Edwards surging. Said pollster John Zogby: “The real movement here is by John Edwards, who is the only one who continues to gain ground in our three-day tracking poll. His increase appears to be coming from African […]

McCain’s Economics Education

McCain's Economics Education

During last night’s Republican debate, Tim Russert quoted John McCain back to himself: “I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated.” McCain responded: “I don’t know where you got that quote from, I’m very well versed in economics.” One of Josh […]

Candidate Spin Spam

Public Relations Spam from Candidates

Most of the e-mail messages I get from campaign flaks and other public relations types automatically tag and sort into my “PR Spam” folder. The last couple of days have been especially heavy, with 43 messages through early this morning. The lion’s share have been from the Romney and McCain campaigns. Every time I write […]

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