More Negative Campaigning

Barack Obama blasts Bill Clinton on Good Morning America today.

And a weeks-old story about Oprah's viewers calling her a traitor on her website, possibly prompting her not to make additional appearances for Obama since her foray into Iowa and South Carolina, makes the TimesOnLine. The headline, "Women turn on ‘traitor’ Oprah Winfrey for backing Barack Obama".

It's going to be an ugly week. It's all going to be about race with supporters of the two campaigns calling each other out on this or that perceived insult.

The battle for South Carolina, as opposed to the primary itself, holds little interest for me compared to the states voting on Tsunami Tuesday, February 5. So, after tonight's debate which I will live-blog, unless there's something really newsworthy, I'm going back to crime and injustice coverage until Thursday or Friday when I'll return to cover the final predictions and results for South Carolina. The Bush Administration has gotten a free ride here since Iowa -- it's time to get back on its case for a while.

Of course, Big Tent Democrat will cover South Carolina and other campaign news as he sees fit. Keep in mind, we tend to write a lot here, up to 15 posts a day. Sometimes you have to scroll down all the way down the front page just to see what one of us or TChris, who is still with us, wrote hours before.

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    Good call, Jeralyn (none / 0) (#1)
    by DA in LA on Mon Jan 21, 2008 at 12:22:21 AM EST
    And by the way, there seems to be a misperception about California.  Independent voters here can vote in the Democratic primary, but not the Republican primary.  This will, obviously, lead to more voters for Obama, especially considering independents cannot vote for McCain.

    Obama is behind in the polls, but does better in open primaries.  It is sort of the perfect scenario for Obama.

    Vote By Mail (none / 0) (#3)
    by BDB on Mon Jan 21, 2008 at 12:01:01 PM EST
    I agree that independents are a structural advantage for Obama here in California.

    The structural disadvantage is that nearly 50% of California voters vote by mail and that started on Jan. 8.  These voters tend to skew older and female.  And a lot of them have already voted and, so, are momentum proof.  In phone banking out here, the answer I got more often than any particular candidate's name or undecided is "I already voted."  

    For those who live outside the state, any California voter can pick up a vote by mail ballot from January 8 - January 29.  You don't have to have do anything fancy in advance or anything.  In addition, you can sign up - and I think something like 40% of likely voters are registered this way - to always get your ballot by mail.  

    And, yes, here in California we actually count them.


    AP today says people who are out of the (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Mon Jan 21, 2008 at 12:06:29 PM EST
    U.S. may now vote on the Internet.  This might only be for the GE though.

    Given how many primaries are (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Mon Jan 21, 2008 at 12:08:43 PM EST
    on Feb. 5, I'm wondering how much time Obama will devote to CA before then.  If he's been here, I missed it.

    Uniter (none / 0) (#2)
    by horseloverfat on Mon Jan 21, 2008 at 04:30:58 AM EST
    Judging by the Good Morning America complaining, Barack is mostly into Unity and Broderism with Republicans.

    With other Democrats, not so much.

    Never again (none / 0) (#6)
    by koshembos on Mon Jan 21, 2008 at 03:09:07 PM EST
    Behind a facade of smiles and high talk Obama is a mean, nasty and dividing candidate. He already introduced racism in the Democratic campaign and strong negativity when he attacks his fellow candidates.

    I hope we, the Democrats, will banish him and may be even expel him from the party.