The [Thursday] Papers
That's funny, I consulted a psychic recently who predicted the Sun-Times would do this story. And that it would be inane.
Die already, newspapers. Just die.
Memo to media: Here's another new thing you probably haven't seen before.
Mitchell is right: The McCain campaign would have been besieged - and rightly so - a thousand times more intensely. Are you kidding me?
Someone please freeze Mary Mitchell in a cryogenic tank until the campaign is over.
"Now her husband's presidential campaign is giving her image a subtle makeover, with a new speech in the works to emphasize her humble roots and a tough new chief of staff. On Wednesday, Mrs. Obama will do a guest turn on The View, the daytime talk show on ABC, with an eye toward softening her reputation."
- The New York Times, yesterday on the front page
P.S.: Nice touch sending a thank-you note to Laura Bush - and letting the media know about it.
"In connecting Halvorson and her legislation to pay-to-play politics, Jackson and Miller took a red-hot poker to her campaign, which inevitably helps her Republican opponent in the 11th District race, Marty Ozinga.
"It's the last thing Democrats in Washington want - a Democrat damaging a race they want desperately to win. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi personally prodded Halvorson to run. Halvorson is likely to get a speaking gig at the Democratic National Convention to boost her profile.
"Meanwhile, Ozinga leads a cement company that holds an exclusive and lucrative contract with the city of Chicago. Ozinga has donated regularly to Mayor Richard Daley's political organizations and to Gov. Rod Blagojevich, often targets of Jackson's bluster."
As McQueary writes, there is an alternative to business as usual: The Green Party candidate.
The home page is a more arresting place to start as I type this, but who knows when that page will change.
When The Levee Breaks
"It will be the first time a presidential nominee has not agreed to limit his spending and accept public financing since the system was put in place in 1976."
So . . . change we can cash in on?
"This means we'll be forgoing more than $80 million in public funds during the final months of this election," Obama said.
Well, depending on what you mean by the word "forgoing," because of course he's rejecting public financing because he can raise more money - you know, the stuff he wants to take out of politics - the private way.
"Obama had pledged late last year to stick to the public financing system, if the Republican nominee agreed to do the same."
Which the Republican nominee did.
"But in his video to supporters, he called the existing system 'broken' and argues his Internet fundraising approach is a better one."
It broke between then and now.
"It's not an easy decision, and especially because I support a robust system of public financing of elections," he said.
But, he added, I wouldn't be where I am today if I actually practiced what I preached.
The Beachwood Tip Line: On time, budget.
Posted on June 19, 2008
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