WEST ORANGE, N.J.--Here at the Obama campaign's primary results watch party at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, the crowd is upbeat, despite their candidate's loss of the New Jersey popular vote. Why? Because a couple of months ago, nobody much expected him to do anything but lose big here.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--In a few hours, Barack Obama's friends among the Left-Coast deadheads will line up for a concert by the surviving members of the Grateful Dead in support of the candidate. Here in Jersey, a whole different king of gathering just took place in an arena that is better known to Springsteen fans (though I did once see the Dead perform here).
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Actor Robert De Niro just took the stage at the Izod Arena in the Meadowlands -- home to the New Jersey Devils,Bruce Springsteen concerts and, possibly, a pair of cement shoes belonging to Jimmy Hoffa -- to make a speech in support of Barack Obama, who has pulled even with Hillary Clinton in the polls for Jersey's Super Tuesday primary.
For the last few days, I've sat on my hands as the feminist movement's leading lights sought to smooth over the latest intramural wrangle over whether one could be a good feminist and vote for the man in this Democratic presidential primary. So far, little smoothing seems to have taken place, leaving this most dangerous of charges to linger. It began on Monday, when the New York State chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) issued a press release accusing Sen.