Obama, Osama

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

Many commentators have mistaken the name Barack Obama with Osama bin Laden, but this gaffe by Dan Rather is one of the more bizarre I have seen (via The Daily Dish)…

Gay Marriage: A new Field Polls shows 51% of Californians opposed to a ban on gay marriage, and just 42% in favor of it. The campaigns have not really started, but it is not a good sign for an initiative to start out with such dismal numbers. (via Towleroad.)

“Batman” Bounce:
Sellout crowds expected for the premiere of “The Dark Knight” this weekend will be treated to a cameo: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). From the Chicago Tribune’s The Swamp:

“Leahy, who as has been widely reported, is a huge
Batman fan, has a cameo role as a brave older gentleman who confronts
the Joker after the evildoer crashes a swank party.

“Reaching deep inside himself, and perhaps doing a little method
acting to channel the feelings he has had over the years for President
Bush
and Vice President Cheney, Leahy doesn’t really seem to be acting.
He displays the same gruff manner that can often be observed on the
Senate floor or in Senate Judiciary Committee which he chairs.”

Franken Help: Eric Schultz, an adviser to John Edwards‘ campaign, is heading north to Minnesota to try to boost Al Franken’s Senate race, per the Fix. Meanwhile, independent Dean Barkley has launched a new Website, Senatorbarkley.com. He served in Washington for several months in 2002, filling the rest of Paul Wellstone’s term.

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