debates

  • Obama on his pastor

    With all the controversy over last night’s debate exchange about the connections between Louis Farrakhan and Barack Obama’s pastor, it’s worth reviewing what the candidate had to say about the topic during a meeting in Cleveland on Sunday with Jewish leaders. From the transcript provided by the Obama campaign: I am member of the Unity… More ▸

  • Clinton’s big Pa. backer reached out to Farrakhan

    During Tuesday’s debate in Ohio Hillary Clinton argued that Barack Obama had not gone far enough in speaking out against Louis Farrakhan. After the debate her pollster, Mark Penn, was in the spin room arguing that Obama may have rejected and denounced Farrakhan, but he failed to criticize his pastor’s praise of the Nation of… More ▸

  • The Farrakhan moment: Reactions I

    Here’s a running list of media reactions to the exchange about Louis Farrakhan during Tuesday night’s debate. Andrew Sullivan (THE DAILY DISH): Does Obama understand that saying he has consistently denounced him is not the same as simply saying, “I denounce him”? A weak response – reminiscent of Dukakis. (By the way, why is it… More ▸

  • TNR Blog: Obama wins Farrakhan moment

    Noah Scheiber of The New Republic gives Barack Obama the win in the Farrakhan exchange: About two-thirds of the way through the debate, Barack Obama took a question about Louis Farrakhan’s support for his campaign. He gave a sufficient, if not quite stellar answer–saying he’d repeatedly denounced Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic statements, that he’d long been a… More ▸

  • ‘Blowing’ the Farrakhan moment

    Writing on the Huffington Post, Taylor Marsh argues that Barack Obama blew his “Sister Souljah” moment. As a Scots-Irish broad, I saw Obama’s tepid response to Farrakhan, and was appalled. Emails from Jewish friends confirmed that I wasn’t alone. That Obama had to be led to this reality is proof of his ruffle no feathers… More ▸

  • Slamming Russert

    Over at talkingpointsmemo.com, Josh Marshall and Greg Sargent slammed NBC’s Tim Russert over his handling of the Farrakhan issue. More ▸

  • CNN needs its own mikveh

    I think last night’s Democratic debate marked some sort of important milestone in American cultural history – and, no, it wasn’t the sight of a woman and an African American battling for the nomination. That’s old news. The real story last night was the two CNN moderators – one is a convert to Judaism (Campbell… More ▸