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  • September 07, 2008
    By Adam Reilly


    Because I thought John McCain stank it up last Thursday, I didn't find it too worrisome that more people watched his convention-closing speech than watched Barack Obama's the week before.

    Whoops. Gallup is reporting that McCain now leads Obama among registered voters, 48 percent to 45 percent. And that particular trend line looks ominous for the Democrats.


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  • September 04, 2008
    By Adam Reilly


    ST. PAUL--Suppose Sarah Palin had somehow ended up as the Republican presidential nominee this year. Suppose she’d picked John McCain as her running mate. And suppose he’d given the speech he did tonight. You know what people would be saying? “Crap. She should have gone with Giuliani.”

    McCain’s speech wasn’t a total failure.


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  • September 02, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    ST. PAUL--Last night I dropped by “Political Chicks a Go-Go,” a women-in-politics shindig sponsored by the Lifetime network and RightNow!, an organization for women who share a belief in “common belief in free-markets, limited government and personal responsibility.” I’ve been fascinated for a while by the possibility that disgruntled female supporters of Hillary Clinton might end up voting for John McCain, and I wanted to see what women there had to see about that scenario—particularly in the wake of McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate.

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  • September 01, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    ST. PAUL--The directive John McCain gave to the RNC yesterday was pretty clear: It's time to take off your Republican hats and put on your American hats.

    It ain't happening. Overheard this afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center:

    "There are those who never met a tax they didn't like or hike. There are some people who want hardworking Americans to send even more of their money to Washington.

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  • August 29, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Earlier this week, Blue Mass. Group's Bob Neer concluded--on the basis of interviews with three female, pro-Hillary Clinton Massachusetts DNC delegates--that the prospect of disgruntled Hillary Clinton supporters not backing Barack Obama is a bogus invention of the GOP and a complicit media.

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  • August 29, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    I don't expect Rush Limbaugh to acknowledge that George Bush had his own "temple" back in 2004 when he's chortling over the "temple" Barack Obama used last night. But if actual journalists are going to report this particular GOP talking point--which, of course, is just a variation on the old Obama-as-narcissist theme--they really ought to note that fact.

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  • August 28, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    In today's Boston Herald cover story, reporter Hillary Chabot writes:

    Barack Obama’s divided and poorly timed convention has given him no boost in tracking polls, leaving him in danger of trailing Republican John McCain by the time the GOP conclave ends next week....

    Polls showing McCain holding down Obama in the polls despite the nationally televised convention, and no bounce from Obama’s long-awaited running mate pick - an event that pollsters say ususally draws at least a two-percentage point gain.

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  • August 27, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    In today’s Boston Herald, columnist Margery Eagan touches on an interesting point:

    This mess just won’t end.

    And if it doesn’t end soon--like today--the Democrats will lose in November. Again.

    The mess I refer to? Hillary supporters’ continued up-the-ante demands for respect and validation, for hurt feelings to be soothed, voices to be heard, etc.


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  • July 31, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    My contention: the Barack Obama-as-narcissist theme, which has been all over the press of late, is stale, logically shaky--and comes with a strong racial subtext.

    Something to consider, especially since John McCain is now accusing Obama of playing the race card.

  • June 25, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Maybe you thought Barack Obama's fake presidential seal was just a stupid gaffe, kind of like Mitt Romney's podium screw-up back in 2006. But no! It's much, much more than that. Mickey Kaus, take it away:

    [T]he faux seal was a disaster not just for the reason I gave (that it suggested Obama is "stuck up"). It also carried this counterproductive connotation: that there is a separate Obama Nation, grown up in opposition to Bush's nation.

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