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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Homework from the DEM debate

I love having more information than my opponent in any debate since knowledge is power. Over at Slate there is a post “recommend reading” that lists some source material to give more background on the topics and attacks that occurred. Some of these books seem to make the case that none of these DEMS are worth anything, but that never gets reported in the MSM. Below is some of the list from the article:

Tony Rezko (a.k.a. the "slum lord"): Rezko was a Chicago landlord, political fundraiser, and Obama friend. Rezko was indicted on corruption charges and his trial is set to begin on Feb. 25. Obama has said Rezko raised at least $60,000 for him throughout his entire political career, more than $10,000 of which was given to his senate campaign fund. (Obama donated those monies to charity once Rezko was indicted.) Rezko's corruption charges has led some to call him a slumlord. Complicating things is Obama's pursuit of Rezko's advice on a housing deal while Rezko was under investigation by the feds. It was widely reported that Rezko was under investigation, and Obama has since admitted it was a "bone-headed mistake." Obama then purchased a housing lot that was adjacent to one Rezko's wife purchased on the same day. Furthermore, there are questions about whether Obama did legal work on Rezko's behalf. The campaign says no, but others say yes. Recommended reading: Chicago Sun-Times (x2), ABC News, Wikipedia article for Rezko.
o "Present" votes: Clinton and John Edwards both scolded Obama for his "present" votes in the Illinois state senate that allowed him to show up for a vote but not commit to an aye or nay. This was a minor problem for Obama before the Iowa caucuses, with both of his opponents saying it showed Obama lacked the courage to take a stand on tough issues. Some of Obama's present votes were on hot-button issues like abortion or sex-shops. Obama maintains that it's common practice in the Illinois senate. Recommended reading: New York Times, Chicago Tribune.
o Obama's "party of ideas" and Reagan comments: Before the Nevada caucuses, Obama told the Reno Gazette-Journal's editorial board that he thought the Republican party was the "party of ideas" and that Reagan "changed the trajectory of a way that Bill Clinton did not." Needless to say, that didn't sit well with other Democrats, and the comments have since been misquoted over and over again. Recommended reading: Reno Gazette-Journal (video), Associated Press, New York Times

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