WSWS' Barry Grey has a must-read article:
President Barack Obama completes his three-day campaign-style bus tour of North Carolina and Virginia today with a speech at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia. The president has staged a series of speeches and appearances in the two states to promote his token jobs plan and present himself as a populist alternative to the Republicans.
Obama won both traditionally Republican states in 2008, taking North Carolina by a mere three-tenths of a percentage point and Virginia by seven percentage points. It was the first win in North Carolina by a Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter’s election in 1976 and the first in Virginia since Lyndon Johnson’s landslide victory in 1964.
Obama’s victory in the two states three years ago was emblematic of the popular repudiation of George Bush and the Republicans and their policies of war and social reaction. Obama and the Democrats appealed to the widespread desire for progressive reform and peace with the slogans of “hope” and “change.” By mobilizing, in particular, large numbers of young and minority voters they were able to take these southern states that had repeatedly voted Republican in presidential contests.
Barack's so full of crap. From that national disaster to my state, Ben Smith (POLITICO) reports
that George Soros is attending an event for Elizabeth Warren. I have no idea when he reported that but I heard about it this morning over and over.
It's not good for her. But her little "hick" comment is getting her a lot of negative attention as well.
And when you add the "hick" remark and her big fundraiser in New York, she really comes off as someone who thinks she's better than the people of Big Mass. Lots of luck turning that into a winning campaign.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"