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On Tuesday, Marc Ambinder broke the story that Penn State University president Graham Spanier is being considered for Secretary of Education. Today, Penn State's student paper the Daily Collegian followed up on this rumor.

Daily Collegian story

Spanier, obviously had no comment, to which Ambinder pointed out that this is a good indication that Spanier is being vetted.

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Thu Sep 18, 2008 at 11:24 AM PDT

Chicago Rabbi Appalled by Obama Smears

by ac1998

For weeks, maybe even months, my mom (a stereotypical Jewish-Mother) has been receiving a constant barrage of e-mails from her Shul friends regarding Senator Obama.  My mom's a standard Jewish liberal, very liberal on social issues, and ardent supporter of Isreal and reliable democratic voter, but not overly engaged in politics.

This year has been hard for her, as many of her friends, typically Democrats, have been very critical and suspicious of Senator Obama.  So, we have taken up a daily routine as she sends me the smear she gets about Obama, and I type up a nice response for her to shoot back to her friends.

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Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 11:34 AM PDT

VP announcement Saturday

by ac1998

This will be a short diary, but I just wanted to share this with everyone.

I live in the Chicago area and just received a call from the Obama campaign inquiring if I was available to do some canvassing in NW Indiana this Saturday.

The women's exact words were that "We want to canvass in Indiana to coincide with Saturday's announcement"  

I would think one way to maximize media coverage of the Springfield event is to have the VP announcement secret until then.  It also means that at least for a day and a half maybe I won't breathlessly anticipate every text messege I get.

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Mon Apr 28, 2008 at 10:54 AM PDT

Obama's Prevent "D"

by ac1998

This is my 1st diary, so please bear with me.

Anyone who is a fan of football knows about playing prevent defense when you are trying to protect a lead.  Essentially, you play soft, try not to make any mistakes and hope the time runs out before your opponent can score enough points to win.  As a fan of the team in the lead it can be incredibly frustrating to watch and more then one team has seen itself on the wrong side of an improbable comeback.

Watching Obama and his campaign go into prevent mode the past few weeks is having the same mind-numbing effect.  He's allowed Senator Clinton and the MSM to set the narrative for nearly a month.  Where are the aggressive responses, the re-framing of the issues, etc. A positive Obama quote or appearance has rarely dominated the news cycle the past few weeks.  This afternoon, instead of allowing Joe Watkins and other "analysts" to set the narrative, Obama should have been doing the rounds of national media.  Getting his message out there in his own words.

It's been frustrating to watch and hopefully we don't lose this game on a Hail Mary.

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