"We need to recognize, because Judge Alito will be confirmed, that, if we're going to oppose a nominee, that we've got to persuade the American people that, in fact, their values are at stake," Mr. Obama said.
"There is an over-reliance on the part of Democrats for procedural maneuvers," he told ABC's This Week.
"I don't think in ideological terms. I never have," Obama said, continuing on the healthcare theme. "Everybody who supports single-payer healthcare says, `Look at all this money we would be saving from insurance and paperwork.' That represents 1 million, 2 million, 3 million jobs of people who are working at Blue Cross Blue Shield or Kaiser or other places. What are we doing with them? Where are we employing them?"
If President Bush vetoes an Iraq war spending bill as promised, Congress quickly will provide the money without the withdrawal timeline the White House objects to because no lawmaker "wants to play chicken with our troops," Sen. Barack Obama said Sunday.
One good test as to whether folks are doing interesting work is, Can they surprise me? And increasingly, when I read Daily Kos, it doesn't surprise me. It's all just exactly what I would expect."
Chris noted that the blogosphere can still drive the conversation, with the lobbyist fracas showing up as a meaningful moment. I don't know if that was an accident of the forum or something deeper, but the Obama and Edwards campaign immediately jumped on it. The Obama campaign also began working a bit more closely with the bloggers. Their relationship with the political blogs has been pretty bad up until now, mostly one of disdain. Apparently, there was an off the record meeting at YearlyKos, which is a good first step.
The relationship is developing further, with foreign policy elite community members like Americablog's AJ Rosmiller praising the Obama campaign's Samantha Powers. If there's a 'Bar Fight Primary' moment, it is this split between younger and more progressive foreign policy elites and the older Brookings-AEI Holbrooke types. This is certainly of deep concern to Glenn Greenwald, and hinges off the entire 'Very Serious People' frame.
But I still don't see it, though I'd like to. It looks to me like Obama is torn between a quiet and elitist top down liberal tradition and a mostly corrupt insider tradition. Watch the ad above and tell me it's any different from this one, from Jon Corzine. This is cookie cutter media consulting crap from David Axelrod, who will make his millions harvesting money from Obama's donors in a clear and obvious conflict of interest. Because of this poor quality, TV ads are going to be much less significant this cycle, and the millions that the front-runners have will not matter that much.
Obama is still an elite candidate, but his significant moment last week came from his criticisms of lobbyists, and he has been moving into the more economically populist model of rhetoric. I'm more interested in the knife-fight at the foreign policy elite level, which is spilling out into the blogs. That's very intriguing.