Hitting the Links
"One thing will be missing when Democrats gather in Tennessee this weekend to discuss how to appeal to moderate, independent-minded voters in 2008: the Democratic presidential field.
"Not a single one of the eight presidential candidates plans to attend the Democratic Leadership Council's summer meeting, a snub that says less about the centrist DLC than it does about a nomination process that rewards candidates who pander to their parties' hardened cores while ignoring everybody else."
"Obama is touting a new and unconventional brand of grass-roots politics, but his strategy borrows from precedents set by a previous generation of Democrats such as Jimmy Carter and Gary Hart. His advisers also invoke as inspiration a surprising Republican: Ronald Reagan. ...
"The upbeat message, Obama advisers say, won't prevent the candidate from stepping up both veiled and explicit contrasts with Clinton, who he hopes to portray as an old-hat conventional politician whose varied positions on the Iraq war reflect calculation rather than leadership."
"Mayor Bloomberg insists he's not running for President, but he has put a provocatively named mike2008.com Web site on the Internet.
"It links directly to Bloomberg's recently relaunched personal Web site, mikebloomberg.com, where Hizzoner keeps the public posted on the causes he's supported in business, philanthropy and government."
"The AFL-CIO's Democratic Aug. 7 presidential forum in Chicago will be a mega-event now -- at Soldier Field, with up to 15,000 people expected.
"It will also be a dramatic, visual display of the strength of union members, one of the most important Democratic constituent groups."
"The state chairman of the "Californians for Obama" campaign has raised thousands of dollars in donations through promotions ranging from celebrity-studded Mexican cruises to CD sales to campaign office "grand openings" in support of the popular Illinois Democratic senator and presidential candidate.
"But the official presidential campaign of Barack Obama said Tuesday it was unaware of the activities of the entirely unauthorized Southern California-based fundraising efforts of Emmett Cash III -- a self-proclaimed former movie mogul who was a registered Republican until last month."
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