Looking at the photos of all the people who came out to Nationals Stadium today to see the Pope, I can't help but be a little wistful for the other things that giant gathering might be able to accomplish. Think what this country might be like if that many people were gathered around the White House demanding an end to the war in Iraq. Or lobbying for action on climate change. Or agitating for universal health care. Or even writing letters to their representative about parochial local concerns. It's not that I don't understand that is an important spiritual occasion for those 46,000 people.
You've got to be kidding me. Calling Obama's view on lapel pins "reasonable" doesn't give you a free pass to proceed to generate a new pin controversy, LA Times. I'm visualizing the next round of allegations already: because Obama doesn't actually eat the the apple pies hand-delivered to him by voters, he must not love apple pie and is therefore inherently un-American.
Like everyone else, I'm pretty tired of polls these days, not to mention anything else that portends to predict the trajectory of the Democratic primary. Yet I did find these results of the latests Washington Post-ABC News poll interesting. Obama maintains a 10-point lead over Clinton among Democrats.
So yes, as expected, George Bush's big speech on climate policy yesterday actually yielded very little in the way of good news. Yes, it's great that he finally got around to admitting climate change is real and a problem, and better still that he's at least discussing targets for emissions reductions. But here's the problem: his plan for "halting the growth" of U.S. emissions by 2025 not only doesn't call for mandatory cuts or enforcement mechanisms.
Via Slog, Zogby must be tired of the primary too. He appears to have fallen off his rocker:
Obama pulled into a statistical tie with McCain at 45 percent after trailing him by 6 points last month. Clinton trails McCain by 5 points, 46 percent to 41 percent, gaining slightly from an 8-point deficit last month.