Wolfson shot back that the exit polls show that Senator Clinton won the rural areas of Nevada, not Obama. Wolfson said, "They can try to spin a six-point loss into whatever they want, but the fact is, Senator Clinton won a resounding victory. She won a resounding victory despite the fact that when the Obama campaign got the Culinary Workers endorsement, the Obama campaign suggested that this would be the margin of victory for them. It wasn't. We overcame that because we focused relentlessly on the issues that the people care about, most certainly the economy."
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Given the crush of other news, this isn't a terrible weekend for Obama to see Tony Rezko news break.
"For the first time, Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama has surfaced in the federal corrupton case against his longtime campaign fund-raiser, Tony Rezko," a four-person team reports in the Chicago Sun-Times. "A source familiar with the case confirmed that Obama is the unnamed "political candidate" referred to in a section of the [court] document that accuses Rezko of orchestrating a scheme in which a firm hired to handle state teacher pension investments first had to pay $250,000 in 'sham' finder's fees. From that money, $10,000 was donated to Obama's successful run for the Senate in the name of a Rezko business associate, according to the court filing and the source." LINK
High-up caveats: "The Illinois senator isn't accused of any wrongdoing. And there's no evidence Obama knew contributions to his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign came from schemes Rezko is accused of orchestrating."
Abundance of caution: "Obama is giving charity more than $40,000 in past political contributions linked to . . . Rezko, who is facing federal corruption charges, his campaign said Saturday," per the AP's write-up. LINK
The Feb. 5-state newspaper endorsements are rolling in. Obama grabs the endorsement of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution -- he "has demonstrated an appeal across many of the lines that have divided America" LINK-- and the Sacramento Bee -- "a fresh face with a new approach and no old scores to settle." LINK
Clinton secures the backing of the Kansas City Star: "She is a woman of obvious intelligence with a strong commitment to reform on health care, taxes, energy, immigration, education and global warming." LINK
The Orland Sentinel backs McCain: "There is a clear choice when it comes to the most qualified." LINK
A trashy robocall from out in Nevada uses Obama's middle name. "In fact, Barack Hussein Obama has taken millions of dollars from federal lobbying firms . . . Wall Street . . . big oil, pharmaceutical companies." (Does this stuff seriously still work?) LINK
Gee, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, I-N.Y., sure knows when and how to give a speech that makes it seem like he's not interested in anything other than being mayor of New York.
"In politics, winning elections and protecting a party majority is more important than solving problems and so short-term pork invariably wins over long-term investing and special interests win over the rest of us," Bloomberg said Saturday in Los Angeles, "sounding every bit like the presidential candidate he denies he is," per the New York Daily News' Kathleen Lucadamo. LINK