What Ever Happened to... ?
Mike Gravel, the former senator from Alaska, is still campaigning for president, just not as a Democrat. He's now running as a Libertarian, but the switch hasn't done much to grab a bigger share of the spotlight. For that, he's turned to the Internet and YouTube, reports Politico.com. His latest video is a psychedelic, rockin' version of the Beatles' 1968 hit "Helter Skelter," which plays over herky-jerky footage of Vietnam, Iraq, Bush, Nixon and the assassination of JFK. Over all this, a larger-than-life figure of Gravel appears -- singing, if you can call it that. "Tell me, tell me, tell me, tell me the answer!" he croons. "You may be a lover, but you ain't no dancer."
It's not exactly clear how race would play into a contest between John McCain and Barack Obama -- should Obama ultimately get the Democratic nomination -- but a new AP-Yahoo poll suggests it will definitely be a factor. The poll found "about 8 percent of whites would be uncomfortable voting for a black for president" -- and that's only the 8 percent willing to admit it to someone taking a poll. The same poll also found 15 percent of voters believe Obama is a Muslim. He's actually a Christian.
Deny, Deny, Deny
Speaking of race, Bill Clinton this week accused the Obama campaign of playing the "race card on me" during the South Carolina primary. His comments came during a radio interview in which he was asked about a Philadelphia official who said she switched to Obama after race became an issue in the Carolina contest. Asked about his remarks on Tuesday, Bill Clinton said: "No, no, no. That's not what I said. You always follow me around and play these little games, and I'm not going to play your games today. This is a day about election day."