February 2008 Entries
The Brody File has received a document from Barack Obama’s religious outreach team showing statistics that they say prove Obama is a hit with religious voters.
Maybe you’ve been following it or maybe you haven’t but in some GOP circles, Obama’s full name is being mentioned. In case you don’t know, let’s get it on the table: it’s Barack Hussein Obama. <
The IRS is investigating the United Church of Christ over a speech Sen. Barack Obama gave at its national meeting last year after he became a candidate for president, the denomination said Tuesday. Obama, an Illinois Democrat, belongs to the 1.2 million-member Protestant group through his Chicago congregation. In a letter the denomination received Monday, the IRS said "reasonable belief exists" that the circumstances surrounding the speech violated restrictions on political a
Brody File producer, Robin Mazyck here with another celebrity spotting.
Hillary Clinton has got to be a tad bit angry. Super delegate and big deal Congressman John Lewis is ditching Hillary for Barack. Ouch.
You remember those days when you were a kid and playing baseball or kickball and everyone would yell, "Tie goes to the runner." Well, when you have a tie in politics, then it means, "Tie goes to the frontrunner."
Hillary Clinton made her 700 Club debut today. No, No, she's not the new host or even the substitute host. Rather, I had the chance to interview her and here is my piece that aired on The 700 Club this morning. You can watch it by clicking on the play button above.
You know Hillary Clinton wants to come out and just trash Barack Obama on his foreign policy experience. But she also knows that isn't what a good Democrat does because if Obama is the nominee, the Republicans will have a field day with those comments. Still, clearly she is making a subtle and at times, not so subtle pitch that she has what it takes when it comes to national security experience. She's going to have to leave it to others to investigate and indeed The Associated Press delivers thi
The well respected Pew Forum is out with a very revealing religious landscape survey. Read from Reuters below:
I'm hard at work here in the DC bureau putting our finishes touches on the Hillary Clinton piece that will run tomorrow, Tuesday February 26th, on The 700 Club.
There were a couple thoughts and impressions I took away after interviewing Hillary Clinton Sunday in Rhode Island.
It was quite a Sunday in Rhode Island, not because it was nearly 40 degrees in February, but because I held a really nice, substantive interview with Sen. Hillary Clinton.
We have a potential turning point in the Democratic race for President. Mark it down. Saturday February 23rd, 2008. Hillary Clinton got VERY angry at Barack Obama today in Ohio after what she believes are false mailers circulating in that state about her views on NAFTA and healthcare. Read below from The Politico: Hillary Rodham Clinton ripped Barack Obama Saturday for mailings his campaign is sending to Ohio voters that Clinton said distorted her record on NAFTA and universal health care. The v
The Brody File spoke to Dr. Richard Land, one of the major Evangelical leaders in the country. He is the President of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and represents millions of Southern Baptists across this country.
Man, what a reaction! In the last 24 hours, I've written two posts that have brought out the Hillary fans. The first one about her debate performance last night is here. The second one had to do with an email circulating among progressive religious leaders. Read that post here.
Check out my interview with Barack Obama's Communication Director Robert Gibbs. I talked to him Thursday night in Austin Texas in the spin room after the Democratic debate.
I was in Austin Texas at the big Democratic debate Thursday night. I had a chance to talk to top Clinton strategist Mark Penn in the spin room. Watch that interview above.
It came in the last minute but boy what a moment. My goodness. I had a chill running up my leg. Oh, wait. That's Chris Matthews! But seriously, tonight's debate in Austin will be remembered for Hillary Clinton's last answer. In a word: phenomenal.
I'm back! Political producer Robin Mazyck here guest blogging for The Brody File. Earlier today before the CNN/Univision Democratic Debate began in Austin at the University of Texas, Clinton and Obama supporters were in the street yelling chants and waving signs in support of their respective candidates.
It was like a scene out of West Side Story. OK, no blood but what I witnessed outside the debate hall here in Austin Texas was pretty intense. Watch above.
I just got off the phone with Evangelical leader Gary Bauer who is a supporter of John McCain.
Some of Barack Obama's detractors have been scrutinizing his record of accomplishments in the United States Senate. Who better to ask than his good friend and supporter Ted Kennedy?
Today I was in San Marcos, TX today at a Barack Obama rally where Ted Kennedy gave a fiery speech on behalf of the junior senator from Illinois.
The Clinton campaign has just released another instance of Barack Obama lifting a portion of someone else's speech. This time it's from John Edwards in 2003. Watch the video here.
Mark McKinnon, one of John McCain's top advisors just emailed The Brody File and told me the following in regards to the controversial New York Times story on John McCain:
You see the General Election strategy right? If McCain faces Obama it's pretty apparent what his strategy will be. He will paint Obama as inexperienced and will chip away at Obama's brand of authenticity. He's already starting to do it by ripping him on public campaign financing. Read below from The Associated Press:
Hillary Clinton just finished delivering what her campaign billed as a "major speech". She is calling it, "The Choice." You can watch a video excerpt here and read an excerpt below, but let me sum it up in one line: Hillary is saying Barack Obama is not ready to be President. Plain and simple. Here's one excerpt below:
Hillary Clinton must win Texas. There's an earth shattering statement for you, but it really is that simple. If she can't win Texas, where she has roots and a long history, then as former Cowboys Quarterback and Monday Night Football host Dandy Don Meredith use to say ... "turn out the lights, the party's over."
Did you see the video of Bill Clinton going off on pro-lifers at a rally the other day in Ohio? Click here if you missed it.
From Sharon: I am an evangelical Christian and I will vote for McCain. I have lived long enough to realize that not everyone will agree with me on all things (nor should they) and also know that it is foolish to cut off one's nose to spite his face. Voting for a democrat is doing just that. Not voting
Hillary Clinton's campaign needs something. They need some turning point here before the March 4th primaries in Texas and Ohio to stop Obama's momentum. Maybe the "plagiarism" issue will work? You've probably heard about it but just in case read below from The Guardian and then we'll discuss:
Don't worry. I'm not actually relocating to Texas. I'm still based out of DC but this week I'll be in Texas for the big Obama/Clinton debate in Austin this Thursday. I will also be putting together a story on the Latino vote down in Texas and how much of a difference that will make.
I don't need a talking point memo from Obama's strategist David Axelrod or a "fact sheet' from Obama researchers. I know what is going on here. If Obama faces off against John McCain in the General Election, get ready to hear this line in every speech: "Bush/McCain". As in the "Bush/McCain tax cuts", the "Bush/McCain war", the "Bush/McCain saber rattling against Iran". You name it. It's coming.
What do you think? The Washington crowd wants Mike Huckabee gone but he's not going anywhere. Do you think he's hurting himself or helping himself down the road? Register your view here.
The Brody File readers are e-mailing me about whether or not they would support John McCain and why or why not. Two days ago, I asked only Evangelicals to respond.
If you're in Hillary Clinton's campaign, you don't want to wake up to this lead paragraph in The New York Times:
OK, well maybe he doesn't love him or anything but hey, it's all about being a good Republican, right?
Church stationary and the IRS may not mix, especially when it comes to politics. Read below from The Associated Press:
Watch John McCain here discuss how he fared among Evangelical Christians in Virginia.
If you're an Evangelical Christian, I have one very simple question: Would you vote for John McCain? And while we're at it, let me also ask you that if you have reservations, why exactly? And if you will vote for him, tell me why. Leave your comments here.
When in doubt, quote the Beatles. See below from The Associated Press today as they report on Hillary Clinton. Notice the bolded sentence:
So if and when John McCain becomes the Republican nominee he'll begin to reach out to Evangelicals. That effort is already underway.
The Mike Huckabee Evangelical road show goes on. At least for now. He'll be in Wisconsin today since their primary is coming up next Tuesday, but Texas is really where the action is. Read below from today's Dallas Morning News:
One of Barack Obama's senior staffers just sent me the following about tonight's victory in Virginia: Read below.
First the Campaign Manager leaves. Now the Deputy Campaign Manager is leaving. See below from The Washington Post:
John McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis just released this statement regarding his win in Virginia:
Mike Huckabee gave John McCain a run for his money, but it's over.
Take a look at the exit polling information in this GOP race in Virginia:
I guess you would call this a TKO in the first round. Barack Obama wins Virginia. Not really a surprise but Hillary Clinton was at least making a pretty decent effort there. Exit polls seem to suggest that moderates and Independents flocked to Obama.
CBNNews.com -- Earlier today I was on Newswatch talking about today's crucial primaries in DC, Maryland and Virginia.
With victories doubtful today in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, Hillary Clinton will need to win Ohio and Texas to keep her campaign alive. More below from The New York Times:
My good friend and political partner in crime Robin Mazyck just returned from a Mike Huckabee event in Virginia Beach, Va., and reports that Huckabee told the crowd that Paul Weyrich is endorsing him.
If John McCain becomes President, will he deliver an Antonin Scalia or a David Souter to the Supreme Court? The Federalist Society crowd is taking comfort in this statement McCain sent them recently:
I've been communicating with top GOP strategist Ralph Reed this morning and I want to share with you some comments he gave me regarding John McCain. I should point out that Reed says he will support John McCain if he becomes the nominee.
Score one for John McCain. Evangelical leader Gary Bauer is supporting John McCain. Read Bauer's statement below:
So Hillary Clinton has a new campaign manager. Patti Solis Doyle is out. Maggie Williams is in. Read Doyle's outgoing memo to staff below and then we'll discuss:
It just really makes no sense at all for Mike Huckabee to get out of the GOP race.
The Brody File readers have been flooding my inbox with their thoughts on the candidates and quite frankly, anything else on their mind. Below are some random thoughts about what has transpired the last couple weeks in the GOP race.
The James Dobson endorsement letter is out. Read it below:
It looks like it's true. Mike Huckabee may indeed get the endorsement of Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson.
I was on our CBN Newswatch show today offering analysis of John McCain's CPAC speech, Romney's withdrawal from the race and how Mike Huckabee figures into all of this. Watch above.
The way the media is reporting the Romney development, you would think that John McCain is about to give his nomination speech tomorrow. It doesn't take a genius to see McCain's path to the nomination but there's an underlying story here.
The Brody File has been talking to some influential social conservative leaders around the country and they tell me that they've been talking to John McCain for months. As a matter of fact, one leader told me John McCain called him after Super Tuesday this week. While details of the phone call remain secret, I can tell you that McCain was reaching out to this particular leader and emphasizing the common ground he has with social conservatives on the life issue, judges and defeating Islamic fasci
John McCain was smiling, not scowling. That's a good sign. John McCain's speech in front of the Conservative Political Action Conference was a good first step to make amends with the McCain haters out there.
John McCain just gave his speech at the conservative CPAC conference. Read it below. Check the blog soon for analysis.
So where does Mike Huckabee go from here? Well, let me put it this way. Saddle up the horses to Virginia.
He could have been bitter. He could have taken some shots. He didn't. At the Conservative CPAC convention Mitt Romney bowed out. Here's the crucial part:
You've probably heard by now that Mitt Romney is getting out of the race. More on that here.
Who would you rather be this morning? Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee? Romney is in a pickle. Can he go forward? Of course he can and he would be competitive in some more states, but the electoral map is not in his favor. He needed California and it didn't happen. Now, where does he go? The South? That's not working out too good. The Mountain West you say? Well, he's done great there, but there are only a few states left to grab in that area.
I was on The 700 Club this morning talking about the impact of what went down February 5th. Watch my take above.
Well, it was quite a night for Hillary Clinton. The race wasn't decided tonight but the Clinton team is sure feeling good about themselves. Watch my analysis from New York City above.
CBNNews.com - Catch the latest from CBN News reporters around the nation as they guest blog for The Brody File.
CBN News' Heather Sells is reporting with John Jessup in Chicago. Here's what she had to say on the latest there:
Hey, it's one state but he'll take it. Mike Huckabee won West Virginia and the Romney camp is complaining. Read from The Times Online:
Hillary Clinton supporters hope it will be a party tonight here in New York City. Check out my analysis from inside the Manhattan Center Studio Grand Ball Room...
Newsflash. James Dobson will not vote for John McCain. There's a shock. Read his statement below released today and then we'll discuss:
Does the Republican race shift if Mitt Romney wins California? The delegates are awarded proportionally there but winning the state would not only be a big boost to the campaign but may recast this race in a big way. Romney could then go around the country with the mantra that he's the true conservative. But more importantly, it may be more time for the talk radio conservatives and other groups to mobilize their forces to stop McCain.
CBNNews.com - I'm in New York City this morning ready for Super Tuesday. Watch my live shot and report from Times Square. I'll be at Hillary Clinton's watch party tonight.
Hillary Clinton's campaign is spinning her win tonight in Massachusetts as the "upset of the night." See below their talking points:
Hillary Clinton's surrogates here in New York just released some talking points discounting Obama's win tonight in Georgia. Read below as to what they are saying:
Paul Strand, CBN News Senior Washington Correspondent guest blogs for The Brody File:
Okay. I wasn't mugged, but I was right in the mix of hundreds of Hillary Clinton supporters as they waited outside the David Letterman studios for Hillary to arrive to tape the show.
I had a chance to talk to Senator Joe Lieberman in New York City today. He attended a John McCain press conference and has been a consistent presence with McCain on the trail.
Hey everybody, The Brody File is on the road in New York City as Super Duper Ooper Pooper Crooper XXL approaches this Tuesday.
Political producer Robin Mazyck here with a guest blog on The Brody File. This past weekend I unexpectedly ended up in Phoenix, Ariz.. (It's a very long story - trust me.) And while I enjoyed some of the festivities sponsored by the NFL , I couldn't turn it off.
The Romney campaign is now sending out surrogate email hits on McCain talking up how John McCain considered running with John Kerry in 2004.
Manny Miranda, the former legal counsel for Senate Majority Bill Frist and someone well respected in the judiciary community and among grassroots conservative organizations is endorsing John McCain. This is important because if John McCain can pass the judges test then his standing with social conservatives will improve dramatically.
I told you so. The Brody File has been talking to voters and experts across the country over this last year and detected a gradual shift of born again Christians who have become more sympathetic to the Democratic Party. Well, guess what? The very well respected Barna Research Group confirms it. Read below:
John McCain says he's a true conservative. As a matter fact, he even has a TV ad up about it. Watch it here and read below:
Am I not supposed to mention that Mike Huckabee is still in this race? This is a John McCain coronation right? Well, Huckabee is still around. He could do very well in some of these southern states on February 5th. You know how we are here at The Brody File right? We give it to you straight. Well, here's a little straight talk: (I had to borrow that line). If you took all the Evangelicals in this country who care mostly about the abortion and marriage issue, I would dare say that Mike Huckabee c
Howard Dean and the Democratic National Committee are not happy with the exit polling method conducted by The National Election Pool. Dean thinks there's a built in bias, if you will, when it comes to polling how Democrats of faith vote. He wants to know why is the faith questions always asked of Republicans, not Democrats? Here's part of his letter below:
I love L.A. and I love a good spin room. So guess what? I'm loving life because I filed this analysis after the L.A. debate in the spin room. Watch above.