The Note: One-Issue Politics

The Chicago Tribune's Dahleen Glanton explores a central question facing Sen. Obama's prospects for African-American support in the South. "Black voters, in particular, have found themselves in a dilemma," writes Glanton. "Should they support Obama and possibly make history or should they support Hillary Clinton and bring back a team many feel was the most dedicated to black causes since President John Kennedy?"LINK

In a Washington Post op ed, Marjorie Valbrun argues that people asking if. Obama is "black enough" are asking the wrong question. LINK

"Obama gets into some trouble when he tries to differentiate himself from his opponents on the war," writes Time's Joe Klein. ". . . He professes not to know where Clinton stands on how to end the war, and yet less than a year ago, they voted for exactly the same Iraq resolution, a phased withdrawal without a fixed timetable. Both he and Clinton voted against John Kerry's proposal to withdraw all troops by July 2007 for reasons that still sound good today. . . Clinton remains opposed to timetables, but Obama decided to change his position and in January announced the March 2008 date." LINK

Mike Dorning of the Chicago Tribune looks at the MySpace-ification of Sen. Obama's website, and the experimentation with social networking happening with many candidates' Internet presences. LINK

The State's Aaron Shenin previews Obama's trip to South Carolina beginning today and continuing tomorrow, an effort to close the gap that Clinton has on him in the state. LINK

Jim Davenport reports this morning that the sentiment among black South Carolina voters is that Obama is not guaranteed support just because of his roots.LINK

Some of that Obama magic may be rubbing off on the basketball court at Brown University, the New York Times reports. LINK

The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne opines that Sen. Obama's path to the Democratic nomination may be determined by whether he can become a champion of Internet campaigning. LINK

2008: Obama vs. Vilsack:

Sen. Obama's "out by March of '08" Iraq war position came under criticism Thursday from a Democratic presidential rival who argued that Congress has a "moral responsibility" to immediately cut off funding for U.S. fighting.

Congress has a responsibility to get the U.S. out of Iraq, said former Gov. Tom Vilsack, D-Iowa, "not in March of 2008 -- but now."

The "March of 2008" reference was a thinly veiled shot at Obama's position, reports ABC News' Teddy Davis. The Illinois lawmaker has introduced legislation in the Senate which sets the goal of removing all combat brigades from Iraq by Mar. 31, 2008. LINK

Vilsack said that if Congress does not immediately act to cut off funding, the Bush administration will send more troops to Iraq and more Americans will risk dying.

The former Iowa governor offered his criticism of Obama's Iraq position on a conference call with reporters after taping an appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

2008: Democrats: Edwards:

In Salon, former Edwards Bloggers, Amanda Marcotte, gives her reasons why she quit the Edwards campaign. LINK

2008: Democrats: Richardson:

Liz Smith gives play to comments made by Gov. Richardson in this morning's New York Post. LINK

2008: Democrats: Vilsack:

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