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It is indicative of the bias that gusts through our media that when the most successful political strategist in memory, Karl Rove, retires from his powerful position in the Bush White House, the press reports his departure tsk-tskingly. Somehow Mr. Rove's departure must suggest his failure and disgrace. Or as some nitwit anchoring the midday CNN news broadcast, "Your World Today," put it when I was walking past a television monitor, "Does that mean the Bush administration is essentially over?" And we are told the Fox News is biased. What about stupid?
The bewilderingly shifting dates in next January's early presidential primaries may complicate the candidates' timing and tactics, but is it wreaking havoc in our American political system? I don't think so.
The 2008 election is shaping up as one of the most important in decades. Every day we see a greater contrast between the Democratic Party platform and the national interest — as witnessed by the positions of leading Democratic presidential candidates in their debates.
Democrats and Republicans readily acknowledge they don't like the increasing front-loading of their party primaries, but few think it will affect the chances of their leading presidential front-runners next year.
CHICAGO — A presidential forum hosted by liberal bloggers drew sharp exchanges yesterday when John Edwards challenged his rivals to stop taking donations from lobbyists.
Even in the heart of "progressive" Montgomery County, a growing number of Marylanders are taking a stand against day-laborer centers for illegal aliens in their communities, and that doesn't sit well with advocates who tend to regard any criticism of such facilities as "nativist" bigotry. The current epicenter of the battle is a half-acre parcel of county-owned land in Derwood, near the Shady Grove Metro station, a location announced in January by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. The Derwood facility, which began operations in April, is one of three operated in the county by Casa of Maryland, whose executive director, Gustavo Torres, is a well-connected political operative who served as a member of Gov. Martin O'Malley's transition team.