Ralph Nader — activist, flamethrower and depending on whom you ask, the guy who cost Al Gore the White House in 2000 — is mulling yet another White House bid. No, for real. He has harsh words for the leading Democratic candidates, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama, chastising them for failing to advance Read More

No Chitchat Between Clinton and Obama Laurie Kellerman, Associated Press WASHINGTON — So close, yet so far away — and so bitter. Rival Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama came within a foot of each other just before President Bush’s State of the Union speech Monday night and managed not to acknowledge each other, Read More

Melissa Harris-Lacewell, the Princeton professor who wrote that Slate piece that aimed to rally Negroes around Obama like Thundercats, penned another piece for the online magazine, this time asserting that black folks were mistaken about their good fortunes during the Clinton administration. The stat she uses for this is, well, weird.

In the storm of even-less-concealed-than-usual animosity that was last night’s CNN Democratic presidential debate, John Edwards seemed determined to play the role of calm, expensively-coiffured port. His tsk-tsking, goody two-shoes though it may have been, reflected what a lot of us were thinking. John Edwards wanted his competitors to stop bickering and start addressing some Read More

Nearly forty years ago when she was an overachieving college senior at Wellesley College, Hillary Rodham was chosen to give a speech at her commencement, the first time a Wellelesley student had ever done so. She garnered considerable press attention for criticizing Senator Edward Brooke, who’d spoken just before she did (interestingly, Brooke was the Read More

Proponents of Indiana’s voter I.D. law say it will help prevent voter fraud. But Jeffrey Toobin blasts the motivations for the law in this week’s New Yorker.

With Bill Richardson bowing out, Dennis Kucinich is the only second-tier Democratic candidate still alive (unless you count crazy-ass Mike Gravel, which I don’t). Richardson polled in double digits for a little while back in Iowa, but that didn’t last too long. We already know how wrong polling can be, but did polling poorly help Read More

Says Anne Applebaum of the Washington Post: No wonder the cliched word “change” works like magic for Obama. And no wonder it is beginning to seem, possibly for the first time in history, that it is better to be black. To put it bluntly, for a large, frequently inattentive electorate, there could be no more Read More

Looking past New Hampshire tomorrow, the Democratic primary in South Carolina is a must-win for Edwards and Clinton, but for Obama, it has special import. For most of 2007 Obama’s been feeling a chill down here, too. With African-Americans likely to make up a majority of primary voters on the Democratic side, South Carolina’s contest Read More