Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The 'oh-no-we-can't candidate'

That's what Air America host Rachel Maddow just called John McCain, who attempted to pour water on Barack Obama's "rhetoric of hope."

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The downfall of Hillary's confidante

At The Atlantic, Joshua Green raises the curtain on the career of Clintonista Patti Solis Doyle, the Clinton campaign manager who was canned on Sunday.

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Obama sweeps Maryland, Virginia and the District

Fresh on the heels of is sweep of this weekend's Democratic caucuses, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) tonight added to his column overwhelming victories in three mid-Atlantic entities: Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

His victory speech, before what appeared to a vast crowd in Wisconsin, where Obama's next big contest will take place, was typically inspiring, though not quite as extraordinary as those he's given before. That's probably just as well; he needs to look a bit more human than he has of late, and lay off the messianic theme.

Preceding Obama, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) addressed what appeared to be a large rally in El Paso, Texas, with a high-energy speech, well-delivered and complete with a list of policy changes she hopes to initiate. Clinton is in Texas because she's all but conceded next week's contests in Hawaii and Wisconsin to Obama. (The Texas primary is on March 4.)

To his detriment, Sen. John McCain (D-Ariz.), the likely Republican presidential nominee, delivered his victory speech after Obama's, offering a contrast between the past and the future before he even opened his mouth. McCain made it clear that he saw himself running against Obama, not Clinton, disparaging the "rhetoric of hope," the foundation of Obama's pitch, as "platitudes."

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