November 2008 Entries
The Brody File will be co-hosting an inside politics show with Donna Brazile this weekend on CNN. This is the second time Donna and I have hosted together and who knows? Maybe it'll start to become a regular routine. She's great to work with.
The homosexual community sure knows how to fight. The Mormons are finding that out big time in California. Read more about that here. Gay rights group say this is all about equality and civil liberties and they will not give up until they win. Not just in California but all across America. Are conservative Mormons and Evangelicals up for the fight? Will they be vocal enough? Money and organization are both important, but if they don't have the stomach for the fight then it may not matter.
The economy will be center stage for quite some time for the Obama administration but that doesn't mean there won't be action elsewhere. In case you haven't heard, there's talk that Obama may lift the "global gag rule" on abortion. Read below from Reuters:
The Religion News Service has an interesting read on the future of Evangelicals now that Obama is set to take over as President. Read below: <
The big discussion in Washington is whether the Democrats can somehow get to a filibuster proof 60 votes in the Senate. If Saxby Chambliss and Norm Coleman both lose, the Democrats will be there and that will be huge. But either way, even if the Democrats stay stuck on 58, they should have their eyes set on those moderate Republicans. <
Listen, on this Hillary Clinton Secretary of State thing…can we just have some resolution on this please? I mean it’s like a soap opera. Will she or won’t she? Bill’s hidden donor list! The tension between Barack and Hillary could be building again? This thing is like Days of our Lives for crying out loud. To get in the mood for this soap opera click here. <
Goodness gracious. This Al Franken/Norm Coleman race is unbelievable. Coleman’s lead keeps evaporating. The conspiracy theorists are in overdrive and are having to take medication to control themselves.Read below from Minnesota Star Tribune: <
Michael Steele wants to become Republican National Committee Chairman. Yet some anonymous emails are circulating within Republican circles suggesting he’s not pro-life enough to be chairman. Colleen Parro of the Republican National Coalition for Life has publicly voiced concerns because Steele was a co-founder of the socially moderate Republican Leadership Committee. (more on that here.) <
There is mourning in liberal land. The Daily Kos crowd wanted Joe Lieberman out of the Democratic caucus but it ain’t gonna happen. Read below from The Connecticut Post: <
Watch my TV report on the meeting between Barack Obama and John McCain.
Imagine being John McCain today. He got to be in the President-Elect photo-op. The problem is he’s not the one who’s the President-Elect. He did however receive something on the way out the door. Click here. <
So Mike Huckabee. Tell us how you really feel. My goodness. The former Republican President candidate unloads on former rivals Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson and on some promiment social conservative leaders. Read below from Time Magazine: <
I know. I know. I can already see the emails coming my way from conservative Evangelicals. Hey, I’m just the messenger and the news is this: whether you like it or not or believe it or not, Barack Obama and the Democratic Party are making inroads with Evangelicals. A New poll by Faith and Public Life documents the trend in the 2008 election. Read below on their finding about how Evangelicals see a friendlier Democratic party when it comes to religion. <
The Brody File will be co-hosting with Donna Brazile this weekend on CNN. Our politics show can be seen at 6pm Saturday and again Sunday at 2pm.
This from The Washington Times today: <
Are you ready for the Obamagelicals? That's right. I'm not kidding. <
Absolutely fascinating. You need to read every word of the following interview below. In 2004, Chicago Sun Times religion reporter Cathleen Falsani interviewed Barack Obama in his most in depth interview about his Christian faith. The Brody File has quoted from excerpts of this interview before but now Falsani has allowed Beliefnet.com to reprint the entire interview. The Brody File believes the interview is so interesting that we’ve decided to post the whole thing in its entirety below ri
If you missed it last night, Sarah Palin interviewed with FOX’s Greta Van Susteren. Watch her talk about the clothes controversy here. <
I have no idea how effective Rahm Emanuel is going to be as Barack Obama's Chief of Staff but I can tell you this; the pick makes sense.
Don’t worry. I’m not really moving. The Brody file continues. It’s just that I’ll be spending more time at The White House. <
If you’ve got a spare moment, you may want to pray. Barack Obama will be America’s next President and the Bible says straight out we should pray for our leaders. So whether you are a conservative, moderate or liberal Evangelical, surely we can all agree to pray for him right? Maybe you need to pray your anger away or pray for inner peace. But it seems to me that we need to be praying for his family, those two young girls who are about to hit the spotlight like never before. Pray that
Three scary words for conservatives.
The horror of horrors! (The preceding line should be read with dripping sarcasm).
John McCain and Sarah Palin staffers are absolutely trashing each other. Now that the campaign is over, everybody is getting nasty. The Brody File has video of these Palin and McCain staffers actually fighting. Watch it here. <
Before I left Chicago today I recorded a few thoughts for The Brody File on what happens next for the Obama-Biden administration.
After 22 months of campaigning it's all over. Sen. Barack Obama will beome the 44th President of the United States.
Let me just get straight to the point with you when it comes to the conservative white Evangelical vote in 2008. Overall, Obama did a little bit better than John Kerry in 2004. McCain did a little worse than George Bush in 2004.
PHOENIX -- cbnnews -- This is Paul Strand, guest blogging, and this is our last dispatch from McCain Land, a place where the people awoke this morning with the most glum sort of painful hangover, the kind where you realize your cause and candidate last night did indeed take a ruthless shellacking of epic proportions.
There are several reasons why Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election. But let me tell you in one simple sentence why he triumphed. Barack Obama will become the next President of the United States because he defined himself early with a clear message of change, centered in a maturity and calmness in which he never got knocked off stride. Plain and simple. Now he will go down in history as America's first black President, an historic achievement that will no doubt have Americans of all co
Brody File Producer here with a guest blog from Chicago's Grant Park.
Brody File producer Robin Mazyck here with a guest blog from Grant Park in Chicago.
Brody File producer Robin Mazyck here with a guest blog. I caught up with two Arizona residents who flew all the way here to Chicago for Sen. Obama's election night party.
The folks over at Christianity Today have a great tool. They have created an Evangelical map to track the Evangelical vote tonight across the country. Check it out here. Basically, Obama is getting roughly 30 percent of the Evangelical vote. That is rough and prelimary. That could change. But remember, you don't want to look JUST at the Evangelical vote. We need to see how Obama does with white Catholics, especially in battleground states. Also, we need to watch mainline Protestants, &nbs
The GOP is in big trouble, Elizabeth Dole lost to Kay Hagan. Devastating, Talk about the anti-GOP mood of the country. If you're a Republican, there needs to be some serious soul searching about what is going on tonight. Can the Dems get to the key 60 vote threshold? It's still a possibility. More on Dole/Hagan here. Comments?
7:35 pm CT: My camera man Steve Jacobi and I just finished chatting with Obama supporters here in Chicago. We walked about two city blocks, outside the peremeter of Grant Park to interview people on their way to the the event. Chicago never sleeps and tonight it's more alive than ever. Local media report that about 80 percent of the city will go somewhere tonight to watch the election results. Some one million people are expected in this general area.
Guest blog from Paul Strand in Phoenix:
A quick couple blurbs on Evangelical vote from a couple battleground states. In Indiana, 42% of voters are white evangelicals, up from 35% in 2004. McCain is getting 68% of their support. Bush captured 77% of the vote in 2004.
This is crushing news for McCain. Pennsylvania is now projected to go to Obama according to ABC News. McCain's path just got if not impossible, then virtually impossible. He's going to have to win Virginia, Colorado, New Mexico and many others. That is extremely tough. He's basically going to have to run the table. So many states to win. A major high wire act if he does it. Remember how the Clinton campaign questioned if Obama could really win in Pennsylvania during the general ele
The economy...economy...economy. No shock at all. Read below from the AP:
Brody File producer Robin Mazyck is out among the tens of thousands of people who have gathered here in Grant Park in Chicago. She is talking to many of them and you can expect to see some of that video in the next hour or so.
Hey everybody. If you want to talk to me real time tonight regarding election night, go to my twitter site here. I'm in Chicago at Grant Park. There could be more than 500,000 people here...possible one million. Comments?
This morning I was live on The 700 Club from Grant Park in Chicago -- the site of Barack Obama's election night party.
The excitement here in Chicago is mounting. More than a million people are expected to fill the area in and around Grant Park tonight to watch the election results. Can he pull it off? Can Sen. John McCain? Watch my analysis above.
Shortly after Barack Obama addressed the nation Tuesday night, I got a chance to head down to the field. I interviewed a few people for my story that is airing on The 700 Club Wednesday morning. After I finished, I stopped to give my thoughts on the election.
Brody File Producer Robin Mazyck here with a guest Blog from Grant Park.
Oh my, Bishop Robert Finn, the current bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph in Missouri has some strong words for Catholics who plan to vote for Obama.
There's a new audio tape out there and Obama's critics say it proves he wants to bankrupt the coal industry. It's in his own words. Listen here.
Watch what Barack Obama told Katie Couric about the attacks on his family. He believes right wing media outlets were out to get him. Click here.
John McCain has decided not to run any campaign ads about Jeremiah Wright but The Republican Federal committee of Pennsylvania is up with one of their own. It just went up in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania this weekend. It could make a difference with those dreaded undecided voters. <
I’m on my way to Chicago. I’ll be covering Barack Obama Tuesday night. I know. I know. I can already hear the anti-Obama crowd wondering why I am going to Chi-town instead of Arizona. <
I’m watching Virginia and Pennsylvania. <