Strategists say that serious candidates will need to raise at least $50 million ¡X and probably more like $100 million ¡X by the end of the year. They say that money from Jewish donors constitutes about half the donations given to national Democratic candidates (an extremely large pot of gelt long coveted by the GOP).
Clinton will get most of the Jewish community¡¦s money, ¡§first, because she¡¦s going to receive the lion¡¦s share of all [Democratic] political money, and second, because she and her husband are enormously popular with the Jewish community,¡¨ said Democratic strategist Steve Rabinowitz, a Clinton supporter.
"The accelerated use of campaign video is likely to continue throughout the 2008 campaign as technology opens new opportunities and challenges, with even more significant changes likely by 2012, when Internet Protocol television -- the equivalent of television channels based on the Web -- becomes more technically and financially feasible."
"In this campaign, groups such as the Swift Boat Veterans will not need cable television's assistance."
Campaigns have added a position to their tables of organization: Several have decided to employ a videographer to track the moves -- public and behind the scenes -- of the candidate. "From a positive standpoint, it's providing that kind of backstage access that nobody else except the people on the campaign get to see," said Spencer Whalen, an e-campaign strategist for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
"I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America - there's the United States of America," said the 42-year-old candidate for a Senate seat from Illinois.
(You just can't get away with such blatent lies for very long.)
As part of the reassessment of McCain, "several Republicans pointed to last week's news that prominent national strategist and former Minnesota Rep. Vin Weber, one of Mr. McCain's earliest supporters in 2000 against then-Gov. George Bush, has become Mr. Romney's policy chairman."
Under the headline, "On the Electronic Campaign Trail, the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza and Dan Balz take a look at how Web video has become the center of communications strategy for the 2008 presidential campaign. LINK
In a front-page look at the "Rahm primary," the Washington Post's Shailagh Murray and Peter Baker report: "Under other circumstances, Emanuel would be a natural for the Obama camp. But Emanuel was a rambunctious 31-year-old when he joined Clinton's campaign in 1991 as one of the original members of the Little Rock war room and followed the candidate to the White House. Although he was demoted at one point ¡X reportedly at the instigation of the first lady ¡X he eventually became one of the president's closest aides."
Pat Healy and Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times included (outlier) billionaire George Soros' decision to go with Obama over Clinton in the fifth graph of their Page One New York Times story on Sunday on Clinton's entrance into the race.
In 2004, both President Bush and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) opted out of the matching-funds system for the nomination season. But in every campaign since 1976, the nominees have accepted matching funds for the general election.
In 2004, the FEC gave $75 million each to Kerry and Bush. With an inflation adjustment, the grant is expected to be $83.8 million in 2008.
the Chicago Tribune's Jill Zuckman got Charlie Cook to weigh in on his cell phone, saying of Sen. Obama: "I think he's going to have a very, very hard time beating her. What you've got is a boxer from the YMCA level going into the world championship fight. He's never taken a punch, he's never had a tough race."
"She voted to give the President the authority to have a stick to go over there and negotiate with Hussein," said McAuliffe.
the note:If you trace Clinton's time in the 1990s (and understand the lessons she learned from losing repeatedly to the political-media Freak Show) ¡X and if you look at the tactics and strategies she employed in winning her Senate races in 2000 and 2006 and in her Senate career (in which she has mastered the Freak Show and built a political operation that looks at lot more like the Bush-Rove model than the Bill Clinton model) ¡X you will understand why Hillary Clinton is as well positioned to be the next president of the United States as anyone else making the race.
If still in Iraq in '08, the Clinton-Obama ticket beats Romney
If Iraq is stabilized by '08 Romney still probably loses to Clinton-Obama
(Is there any reason to assume McCain is any better off today than he was in 2000? Is there any reason to assume Romney is any less capable of doing to McCain what Bush did in 2000?)
Consider: The mere fact that Romney has wrapped up the #2 spot despite being the mere minority party governor of Masserchussenneger shows the man is on a trajectory that is dope, although few republicans would describe it that way. Meanwhile McCain as #1 guy is getting attacked for taking stands that Romney gets a free pass on. ie. troop surge. And that is going to totally distract everyone from the question they will be asking as soon as dude wins the nomination, "can we seriously elect a Mormon?"
Last week we witnessed a historic moment with the hanging of Saddam Hussein. I was reminded that this war was not a mistake. There were mistakes in the intelligence assessment , and our post-invasion policy has been a long series of mistakes. But the war itself was for all the right reasons. Today, we need to correct the mistakes of that post-invasion policy. Up until now, we have been attempting to avoid a dependent Iraq. But what we have is an Iraq that still requires American assistance. We must now recognize that an instable Iraq is a dependent Iraq. As such, the primary goal for our forces in Iraq will be to establish stability. We have not tried this before, and we will succeed. In order to accomplish this, I am requesting funds to double the number of soldiers present in Iraq. Winning this war is worth the cost in funds and lives. The reputation and security of our nation are on the line, and so is the future of the Middle East. Our enemies will be as disheartened by our victory as they will be encouraged with our failure. For this reason, we will do what it takes to win. We will stabilize Iraq. It will be one of America's greatest successes and a turning point in world history. It will be remembered as the event which forced the world to admit the the days of tyranny as an acceptable form of government on Earth are numbered.
Or, it will be a turning point in the other direction, members of congress, the choice is yours.