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More oh-eight (D): Obama the insurgent

Wow, how things have changed. The AP's Fournier reports that not a single candidate for the president plans to attend the DLC's summer meeting in Tennessee this weekend. The closest the group is getting is Bill Clinton. It is "a snub that says less about the centrist DLC than it does about a nomination process that rewards candidates who pander to their parties' hardened cores while ignoring everybody else. 'They have tunnel vision,' DLC founder Al From said of his fellow Democrats… 'Presidents are elected in the middle and they are elected by being bigger than their party. Neither parties' activists alone can elect somebody president,' From said in a telephone interview… "Democrats have a long history of nominating people, including people who have lost badly. The challenge for Democrats is to nominate somebody who can win the election."

The AP sat in on dial-testing focus group in South Carolina. Edwards had the best score on a single question -- an 80 for his answer on healthcare. Kucinich hit the lowest mark of the night -- in the 30s -- for advocating for slave reparations. According to the group, Obama got the greatest bump from the debate, then Clinton, then Edwards. But four of 12 thought Edwards won the debate; three thought Obama won it; two said it was Clinton.

Video: Who won the CNN-YouTube debate?

BIDEN: The Los Angeles Times made contact with the guy who asked the gun question at Monday's YouTube debate, and it finds the guy didn't like getting ridiculed by Biden.

Meanwhile, Biden's wife is riding in today's bike ride (with Lance Armstrong) in Iowa.

CLINTON: Did you know Clinton was in New Hampshire yesterday to talk about her energy proposals? The event did get drowned out a bit by her spat with Obama. At the event, she reiterated the fact she was "agnostic" on nuclear power.

The Washington Post did a little fact-checking on Clinton's answer during the YouTube debate on her statement that the Clintons sent Chelsea to private school primarily to keep her away from the media. "Funny thing -- that's not what the Clintons said in January 1993 when they announced the decision. 'They chose Sidwell Friends because it's a good school,' spokesman George Stephanopoulos said at the time. 'It's an academically challenging school.' And, he noted, 'one of the things that was particularly attractive to the family was that Sidwell has a service component that goes along with their academic requirements. Nothing about reporters -- who, by the way, aren't exactly allowed to waltz into public schools any more than they are private schools."

EDWARDS: Expect to see a lot more of Edwards and wife Elizabeth in New Hampshire with 13 stops over the next three days. The Edwards campaign tells First Read that the "Hair" YouTube video the campaign unveiled at Monday's debate has gotten (as of 8:00 am ET) more than 128,000 views so far. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1qG6m9SnWI


The Politico writes that Obama's camp is planning a classic insurgent campaign "to wrest the Democratic nomination from Hillary Rodham Clinton -- one that relies on a surge of momentum from early-state victories and faces a make-or-break test in the South Carolina primary… Obama is touting a new and unconventional brand of grass-roots politics, but his strategy borrows from precedents set by a previous generation of Democrats such as Jimmy Carter and Gary Hart. His advisers also invoke as inspiration a surprising Republican: Ronald Reagan." Obama also introduced "Camp Obama" yesterday to recruit volunteers.

RICHARDSON: In Iowa yesterday, Richardson received a standing ovation for calling for a "new America" and "repeatedly hammered" the Bush administration, the Des Moines Register reports. He also repeated his call to pull all troops from Iraq and splitting the country up between Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. The candidate's attempt to break through gets treatment from USA Today. "In an era of rigorous adherence to talking points, Richardson doesn't give the same speech twice. He covers Iraq, energy policy, a 'hero's health card' for veterans, the need for more gym classes in schools, balancing the budget and more. He suggests an 'Apollo-like program' to develop energy technology, and a 'massive federal program' for arts education. The joke that ends one speech with a laugh — about his wife, Barbara, noting his gubernatorial approval rating is sky-high because he's been out-of-state campaigning — comes two-thirds of the way through another."