Blue Dixie

Awakening the South's Democratic MajorityIn the mail: Blue Dixie: Awakening the South’s Democratic Majority by Bob Moser. 

“In 2000 and 2004, the Democratic Party decided not to challenge George W. Bush in the South, a disastrous strategy that effectively handed Bush more than half of the electoral votes he needed to win the White House. As the 2008 election draws near, the Democrats have a historic opportunity to build a new progressive majority, but they cannot do so without the South.”

It’s worth noting the book got a starred review from Publishers Weekly: “Well-written, well-researched and perfectly timed with this year’s election cycle, this fascinating read is highly recommended to anyone interested in unraveling political fact from fiction and detecting the myriad complicated relationships that knit a nation together.”

Internal Clinton Campaign Memos Leaked

Advisers to Sen. Hillary Clinton “are in a tizzy over an upcoming piece in the Atlantic Monthly that chronicles the inner workings of the now-defunct campaign,” according to the Washington Post

“Of particular concern are nearly 200 internal memos that the author, Josh Green, obtained — 130 or so of which he plans to scan in and post online. When the piece is published sometime next week, readers will be able to scroll through the memos, from senior strategists such as Mark Penn, Harold Ickes and Geoff Garin, and see what exactly was going on inside the infamously fractured Clinton organization. That has some former team members in a panic.”

The Oprah Effect

O, The Oprah Magazine (1-year)new study by economists at the University of Maryland finds that Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama in the Democratic primaries dramatically increased the overall voter participation rate and and increased the number of contributions received by Obama. 

The very interesting 59-page analysis details how geographic differences in subscriptions to Oprah’s magazine and book sales related to her popular book club affected the primary outcome.

Ultimately, the authors estimate that Winfrey’s endorsement was responsible for approximately 1,000,000 additional votes for Obama.

Obama Starts Vacation

Sen. Barack Obama is expected to arrive in Honolulu today for a nine-day vacation, according to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

“The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is expected to be accompanied by his wife and two daughters. The vacation will also feature a campaign fundraiser at the Kahala Hotel & Resort, estimated to pick up more than $1 million.”

Political Insider: The campaign enters a quiet period.

Bill Clinton Offered Wednesday Speaking Slot

NBC News “has learned that the Obama campaign, in an effort to quiet talk of the Obama-Clinton drama, has offered Bill Clinton a speaking role on Wednesday night at the Democratic convention — before the vice presidential running mate speaks.”

Bonus Quote of the Day

“I thought the Britney Spears commercial was powerful.”

— Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), quoted by Politico, saying the Obama campaign should “answer back hard.”

Schumer’s suggested response: “What do you mean he’s not one of us? It’s John McCain who wears $500 shoes, has six houses, and comes from one of the richest families in his state. It’s Barack Obama who climbed up the hard way, and that’s why he wants middle-class tax cuts and better schools for our kids.”

Capital Poll: McCain Way Ahead in Alabama

A new Capital Poll in Alabama shows Sen. John McCain with a comfortable lead over Sen. Barack Obama, 47% to 34%.

WPRI Poll: Obama Ahead in Wisconsin

A new Wisconsin Policy Research Institute poll shows Sen. Barack Obama leading Sen. John McCain, 44% to 38%.

Key findings: “Obama leads the race primarily because of a combination of the most important issues on the minds of voters and the impact of President Bush and the voter’s view about the direction of the country. The two issues that voters felt personally were most important to them were the economy and creating jobs (24%), and dealing with the war in Iraq (12%). On these issues Senator Obama had large leads. On the economy, Obama led Senator McCain by a 62% to 20% margin. On dealing with the war in Iraq his lead was 66% to 22%. Another issue that was frequently mentioned was improving education, where Senator Obama’s lead was 73% to 10%.”

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