The Clinton and Obama campaigns have started trading blows over issues involving race. Often the strangest comments come from campaign spokespeople and not the candidates themselves. Bob Johnson, the founder of BET Network and a Clinton supporter, made some inflammatory statements over the weekend. But the Obama campaign has been just as bad by misquoting Clinton's positions. This could get ugly, folks.
Todd Beaton on mydd.com blogs on Sen. Hillary Clinton's ability to win and lose people's hearts. He correctly points out that Clinton built much of her lead last summer by being engaging and personable in many of the debates. Turkana at leftcoaster.com sifts though the allegations that the Clinton campaign has made race an "issue." Clinton flatly denied such allegations yesterday on Meet the Press. Turkana then attacks a ridiculous memo released by the Sen. Barack Obama's (D., Ill.) campaign about how Clinton allegedly has played the race card in the primaries. John Aravosis doesn't buy the explanation released by the Clinton campaign explaining the comments of BET's Johnson. Johnson defended the Clintons' civil rights record, while Obama was "doing stuff in the neighborhood" -- an allusion to drug use discussed in Obama's book, The Audacity of Hope. Ann Althouse discusses an exchange between Clinton and Tim Russert during his show Sunday. Russert questioned Clinton about her worst moment ever: the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Clinton described what she learned from the test, and Althouse defends Clinton for not revealing her private feelings.
Hugh Hewitt at townhall.com reviews Sen. John McCain's record in Congress. Hewitt, a big Romney supporter, provides a litany of legislation that many Republicans and conservatives would hate. Sometimes a "maverick" -- as McCain is often characterized -- acts contrary to his supporters' wishes. Erick Erickson at redstate.com explains why he feels uncomfortable with Mitt Romney. To Erickson, Romney is a recent convert to true conservatism, and many of Romney's positions were almost dead opposite a few short years ago. Tim F at balloonjuice.com dissects an MIT professor's thoughts on the central fault of the Republicans in the last few years. The professor has had several exchanges with the Bush administration and was unhappy to find that reality and science were discouraged in policy decisions.
Scott Johnson at powerline.com takes some glee in having Bill Kristol as an op-ed writer for The New York Times. Kristol has long lambasted the Times for its coverage, and liberal readers have strongly opposed the hiring of an arch-conservative like Kristol. Steve Clemons comments on the Bush administration's policy on Vladimir Putin and Russia. What policy, he asks. Clemons notes that the administration has gotten lost in the Middle East and fails to find any coherent policy for Russia. Juan Cole analyzes the new De-Baathification law that many heralded as the progress we have been waiting for in Iraq. But there's one problem. All of the former Baathists (Sunnis) object to the law, and Cole guesses that maybe it isn't a good thing, after all.