Pulling out all the stops for 2008

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“Hardball” host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day’s top political headlines.

Obama has bucks, needs ballots
Barack Obama’s campaign is saying it has 75,000 brand-new contributors which is almost as many people lining up with money as all the Republican candidates put together. However, Obama’s biggest challenge is tonight. He has to take all that excitement and show it in the debate. He’s the guy who has to put his mouth where his money is.

Biden’s Iraq plan passes
A couple of other Democrats just got some good news and some bad news. Today, the U.S. Senate resolved by a vote of 75 to 23 that Iraq should be split up into three parts: Sunni, Shia and Kurd, in a loose federal system rather than the tight, centralized government of Saddam Hussein. Joe Biden sponsored the bill along with Republican candidate Sam Brownback and the bill won the “aye” vote of Hillary Clinton.

In other Biden news, the senator is putting everything he has into a strong showing in that first big test in Iowa this January. He’s said it’s make-or-break for him. If he doesn’t make it in the top three, he’s getting out.

Union snubs Edwards
Meanwhile, a big blow to John Edwards today. The SEIU, one of the most politically powerful unions, has decided to hold off endorsing a candidate for 2008. Edwards has been courting the service employees aggressively.

Buying time with Bill
Finally, Bill Clinton thinks he’s the best company money can buy. The former president sent out this e-mail invitation to supporters: “Hillary’s campaign will pick three people, each invited with a guest to watch one of the upcoming presidential debates with me. We’ll sit down in front of a big TV with a big bowl of chips, watch the debate, and talk about the race.” 

Maybe this is how to get an interview with him, along with some potato chips.

Pulling out all the stops for 2008

Updated