- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 29, 2008

has the numbers to back up her claim that she would be more electable in November than Democratic rival , according to the Gallup polling company.

“In the 20 states where Hillary Clinton has claimed victory in the 2008 Democratic primary and caucus elections (winning the popular vote), she has led in Gallup Poll Daily trial heats for the general election over the past two weeks of Gallup Poll Daily tracking by 50 percent to 43 percent. In those same states, Barack Obama is about tied with McCain among national registered voters, 45 percent to 46 percent,” writes at www.gallup.com.

“In contrast, in the 28 states and the District of Columbia where Obama has won a higher share of the popular vote against Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries and caucuses, there is essentially no difference in how Obama and Clinton each fare against McCain. Both Democrats are statistically tied with him for the fall election.

“All of this speaks to Sen. Clinton’s claim that her primary-state victories over Obama indicate her potential superiority in the general election.”

Conservative grass-roots group Grassfire.org wants people to waste as much energy as possible June 12 by “hosting a barbecue, going for a drive, watching television, leaving a few lights on, or even smoking a few cigars,” reports at www.informationweek.com.

The point: the group wants to “help Americans break free from the ‘carbon-footprint guilt’ being imposed by Climate Alarmists.”

Grassfire.org says it’s skeptical over claims that man-made sources of carbon dioxide emissions - from automobile exhausts to manufacturing plants - are raising the Earth’s temperature at a dangerous rate. Theories about global warming were highlighted by former Vice President’s 2006 film, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Grassfire.org President said such theories are off the mark. “It’s time for Americans to purge ourselves of the false guilt that Al Gore and the Climate Alarmists have placed on us,” Mr. Elliott said.

Grassfire.org said it chose June 12 as the day it wants Americans to rev up their SUVs because it coincides with expected debate in Congress over a $1.2 billion carbon-tax rebate program. “Carbon Belch Day will have at least as much impact on the so-called ‘planetary emergency’ of man-made global warming as the goofy save-the-earth mandates telling us to turn our lights off for an hour,” Mr. Elliott said.

“If you are having difficulty reading the conflicting signals coming out of the American economy, you are not alone,” writes at www.weeklystandard.com.

“Consider this: An LA Times/Bloomberg poll shows that 78 percent of Americans think we are in an economic recession. A virtually simultaneous CBS News/New York Times poll found that 72 percent of Americans rate the financial situation of their households as ‘good.’ This reminds me of the old joke about the man who denies that he is having a relationship with another woman when his wife discovers them in bed together. ‘What do you believe, your own eyes, or what I tell you?’ Apparently, Americans believe the media, which are telling them that there is a severe recession, even though their own eyes are telling them that things aren’t so bad,” Mr. Stelzer said.

“But don’t blame it all on the media. There is good reason for confusion. Many homeowners are in or close to default, but the vast majority is not. A majority of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy gurus decided to lower interest rates at their last meeting, but a significant number of key members feel that inflation, not a recession, is the biggest problem the Fed faces. Banks report new write-downs, dropping more than one second shoe, but they also report that they have been successful in raising new capital to shore up their balance sheets.

“Most confusing of all, the government reports that inflation is more or less under control. Core inflation - excluding food and fuel - rose only 0.1 percent last month. Good news - unless you eat or own a car.”

Four years after a failed presidential bid and amid a race for a fifth Senate term this fall, is looking more like a diplomat, even greeting former British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the airport. His moves have prompted some questions.:

* Is the Massachusetts Democrat positioning himself to be secretary of state in a potential Democratic White House?

* Could a Kerry appointment create not one but two Senate openings in Massachusetts, assuming cannot complete his term after being diagnosed last week with brain cancer?

Kerry aides insist he’s not angling for the job and point to his long involvement in foreign affairs, the Associated Press reports.

In a rare show of bipartisan unity, the three presidential candidates lent their names to a newspaper ad Wednesday accusing the Sudanese government of genocide in the African nation’s Darfur region and urging an end to the violence.

Democratic and joined Republican nominee-in-waiting in signing the ad in the New York Times headlined “GENOCIDE.”

“We stand united and demand that the genocide and violence in Darfur be brought to an end,” the ad says, followed by the candidates’ signatures. The ad says the candidates also have pledged to seek an end to the violence in Darfur if elected.

It was paid for by the SaveDarfur Coalition, which describes itself on its Web site as an alliance of more than 180 faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian organizations, the Associated Press reports.

picked up support from superdelegates in Colorado, Oregon and Guam yesterday as he moved closer to securing the Democratic presidential nomination, the Associated Press reports.

Two state Democratic Party chairmen - in Colorado and in Oregon - announced they will vote for Mr. Obama. The Illinois senator won Colorado’s caucuses on Feb. 5 and Oregon’s primary on May 20.

Guam superdelegate also said in a statement that Mr. Obama is “the best candidate to deliver on the promise that is America, for all of America.” Both political parties include U.S. territories in the nominating process, but they cannot vote in the general election.

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