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Clinton punches Giuliani in the face!

No, not really. But wouldn’t it be something?

That’s what the folks at Cellufun must’ve thought as they rolled out “The Mobile Ring,” a downloadable cell-phone game in which you can choose a candidate to face off against another candidate in the boxing ring, and slug it out for the title.

From their site:

hillary-vs-rudy.gifYou can choose to play as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, or a slew of other contenders. Aside from being an exercise in catharsis, there is a populist strain in the Mobile Ring game. You can help your favorite long shot candidates by uploading your high scores to us, and we’ll adjust those candidates’ performances in the game.

The initial release of the Mobile Ring game will give each candidate a rating based on their current real-life poll position. Our frequently released updates will take into account not only the real-life poll numbers, but actual in-game performance by YOU, our players, and which candidates got more wins/losses in the field.

Also, don’t forget to cast your vote now! In the poll to the right, you can vote on other characters for us to include in future releases; either dark-horse candidates, cable television pundits or perhaps currently elected white house officials (ahem).

The Mobile Ring release marks not only the first political boxing game available for free on your mobile phone, but the first mobile action game whose character’s strength changes based upon real world events. So get playing!

I predict this game will be overrun by Ron Paul fans within a few weeks…

Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
Under: Barack Obama, Elections, Fred Thompson, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani | No Comments »

Stay away from my kid, all of you.

A recent telephone poll conducted by Parents magazine asked, among other things, which presidential candidates people would most likely trust and not trust to baby-sit their kids. And in yet another example of Hillary Clinton‘s ability to polarize the electorate, she topped both lists.

“Which one of the 2008 presidential candidates would you trust most to babysit your children?”
• Hillary Rodham Clinton: 26%
• None: 19%
Barack Obama: 13%
• Don’t know: 12%
Rudy Giuliani: 9%
Fred Thompson: 6%
John Edwards: 5%
Mitt Romney: 5%
John McCain: 4%
• Refused: 2%

“Which one of the 2008 presidential candidates would you trust least to babysit your children?”
• Hillary Rodham Clinton: 25%
• Don’t know: 19%
• None: 13%
• Rudy Giuliani: 13%
• John McCain: 7%
• Barack Obama: 6%
• Fred Thompson: 6%
• John Edwards: 5%
• Mitt Romney: 4%
• Refused: 2%

What, no Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel or Ron Paul? C’mon, they’re not THAT scary. (Tom Tancredo, however: too scary.)

The poll also found that more than 75% of parents say that the government is not doing enough to address the key problems that modern families face. This telephone survey was of about 1,000 parents of children under 12 found that “What Keeps Parents Up at Night” is a variety of issues, including affordable health care, lack of positive role models in the government and the media’s influence on children.

Posted on Friday, November 16th, 2007
Under: Barack Obama, Dennis Kucinich, Fred Thompson, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani, Tom Tancredo | No Comments »

More Barack by the Bay

Before Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., holds a mass grassroots fundraiser in San Francisco next Wednesday, he’ll spend some time earlier that day holding a town-hall meeting with Google employees (an event not open to the public) and touring the company’s Mountain View headquarters.

Google’s wallets certainly seem to like Obama. A database maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics shows workers listing Google as their employer have anted up $175,450 to presidential campaigns this cycle. Of that, $93,750 has gone to Obama; $40,050 to Hillary Clinton; $22,650 to Ron Paul; $5,600 to Rudy Giuliani; $4,500 to John Edwards; $3,800 to Bill Richardson; $2,300 to John McCain; $2,300 to Sam Brownback; and $500 to Fred Thompson.

Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2007
Under: Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Elections, Fred Thompson, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, John McCain, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani | No Comments »

Mixing it up with the presidential campaigns

Mix It Up East Bay, the monthly get-together for young East Bay progressives, returns 6 to 9 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 8 at Arsimona Bar & Grill, 561 11th St. in Oakland, with presentations from the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards.

Organizer Emily Weinstein — an Oakland Democratic activist and 2004 Kerry delegate — tells me the monthly cocktail confabs have been a hit since launching in July, averaging about 100 people; she estimates even more will come out for this week’s event.

Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
Under: Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Elections, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Oakland | No Comments »

Elizabeth Edwards is coming to the East Bay

Elizabeth Edwards, wife of 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee and 2008 Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, will be in the Bay Area in about 10 days to press some flesh and rake in some dough.

On Saturday night Sept. 29, she’ll keynote a the annual fundraising dinner for the George Mark Children’s House in San Leandro, the country’s first free-standing facility offering palliative care for seriously and terminally ill children and support for their families. A news release said she’ll “share her message of finding hope under difficult circumstances” with about 375 well-heeled guests.

The next day, Sunday, Sept. 30, she’ll be the guest of honor at a fundraising luncheon hosted by Bob and Maggie Klein at their Oliveto Café, 5655 College Ave. in Oakland’s Rockridge district. “Whether you have decided on a candidate or not, this is a rare opportunity to meet Elizabeth Edwards, one of the most courageous women on the campaign trail, and to hear more about her personal journey and the Edwards campaign in a small group setting accompanied by a superb lunch,” says the release. Tickets cost $500 each, $5,000 for a table.

Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2007
Under: Elections, John Edwards, Oakland | No Comments »

Fox/CBC Institute Dems debate on hold

The controversial Democratic presidential debate sponsored by Fox News and the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education & Leadership Institute and scheduled for Sept. 23 in Detroit has been indefinitely postponed.

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, first vice chairwoman of the caucus, does not serve on the CBC Institute’s board, and this morning commented: “I am not surprised, given Fox News’ long track record of being anything but ‘fair and balanced.’ ”

The leading Democratic candidates – Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama — had refused to take part in the event as many Democrats, especially in the blogosphere, objected to Fox News’ apparent Republican bias.

Announcing the postponement, CBC Institute Board Chairman U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said, “The overwhelming number of party presidential debates has created a scheduling challenge. Revising the CBC Institute’s debate schedule will allow the time necessary to complete all debate logistics in an effective manner.” And FOX News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes added, “We look forward to working with the CBC Institute and continuing a successful relationship that affords presidential candidates the ability to reach the largest possible audience in cable news.”

But bloggers are claiming victory.

Steve Benen @ Crooks and Liars: “The netroots worked very hard on this, and deserve a lot of credit for the outcome.”

Justin Krebs @ the Working Assets blog: “This is a great victory for progressives and anyone who has a stake in preserving fair news coverage in our country. Since the debate was announced, liberal bloggers have attacked it, saying that it legitimized a media organization that is so obviously a right-wing propaganda machine.”

Chris Bowers @ Open Left: “Fox News thinks they are just canceling this debate, but will still try to host a Democratic debate at some point later in the cycle. Of course, given that Obama has already sworn off accepting any new debate invitations, and since neither Edwards nor Clinton will debate on Fox if Obama won’t for fear of progressive activist backlash, it can safely be said that Fox News will not be hosting a Democratic debate this primary season. It is a small victory, but still–Huzzah!”

In 2003, major Democratic candidates took part in a Detroit debate sponsored by Fox News and the CBC Institute. The CBC Institute still has three other presidential debates planned: two with CNN and one for Republican candidates with Fox News.

Posted on Friday, August 24th, 2007
Under: Barack Obama, Barbara Lee, Democratic Party, Elections, General, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Media, U.S. House | No Comments »

Burton, Wesson among Edwards’ Calif. backers

edwards.jpg2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards rolled out a list of California supporters Sunday after his speech to the California Democratic Party‘s convention in San Diego.

  • former Congressman and State Senate President Pro Tem John Burton, D-San Francisco
  • Los Angeles City Councilman and former state Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson
  • state Senator Leland Yee, D-San Francisco
  • state Senator Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento
  • state Senator Gloria Negrete McCleod, D-Chino
  • Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge
  • Assemblyman Dave Jones, D-Sacramento
  • See the rest after the jump… Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2007
    Under: Democratic Party, Elections, General, John Edwards | No Comments »

    “Two Americas,” both in Berkeley

    edwards.jpg2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee and 2008 presidential candidate John Edwards will hold a rally at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at YWCA Berkeley, 2600 Bancroft Way; although he’s on a college tour, he’s staying off Cal’s campus “to express his solidarity with the workers at the University of California at Berkeley who have been struggling for fair wages,” according to his news release. He’ll be joined at the rally by Kate Michelman, the former president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

    Edwards was part of the wave of Democratic candidates that rushed through the Bay Area last month — along with Tom Vilsack, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — but he’d held only private meetings with campaign contributors, with no public appearances.

    He was in Fresno today, meeting privately with United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez and dozens of citrus farm workers to discuss laborers’ challenges including including the recent California citrus freeze. He’s scheduled to hold a rally Monday evening on UCLA’s campus.

    Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2007
    Under: Barack Obama, Elections, General, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards | No Comments »