Saturday, May 31, 2008
Seattle lawyer David McDonald is in Washington, D.C., this weekend for a meeting of the Rules and Bylaws Committee of the Democratic National Committee -- an event that might normally elicit yawns, but in this unusual presidential campaign year is the focus of intense attention.
And once that's done, he said, he'll declare his support for Clinton or Obama. A DNC member and uncommitted superdelegate, McDonald has stayed publicly neutral to avoid compromising his position on the rules committee.
Six Washington superdelegates support Clinton, seven have endorsed Obama and four -- including McDonald -- remain uncommitted.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Senior political officials tell Politico's Mike Allen that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).is likely to hold a huge rally Tuesday night in the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, the site of the Republican National Convention from Sept. 1 to 4.Barack Obama
Tuesday is the night of the final Democratic primaries, and the choice of venue is a mischievous, aggressive way for Obama to unofficially kick off the general election campaign against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). The location gives huge meaning to the moment, with Obama likely to frame a tough case against his new opponent in the very hall where McCain will accept his party’s nomination.
Veracifier, video (09:30)
In his bombshell new book, What Happened, former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan lashes out at his old employer in a massive Bush-administration-wide bus-throwing-under. Better late than never? To assist Mr. McClellan with his big media sales push, we thought we might go back and revisit some of the lowlights from back when what he said actually mattered.
Obama's latest troublesome priest quickly apologized for his remarks, Lynn Sweet reports.
''I regret the words I chose on Sunday. These words are inconsistent with Senator Obama's life and message, and I am deeply sorry if they offended Senator Clinton or anyone else who saw them," he said.
Sweet's column is worth a read on this, placing Pfleger a bit in the Chicago political scene. He's also somebody well enough known to Obama that Obama's camp thought he would know better:
She writes:Howie P.S.: There's video of Pfleger's comments here, from WGN via the Chicago Tribune.
Pfleger is a longtime Obama friend and was in the audience at the National Press Club for that Wright press conference, and when we talked afterward, he realized Wright created a problem for Obama.
I was told Pfleger's comments stunned some in the Obama camp because they expected him to be more politically savvy -- and not take on Clinton, especially at Trinity, of all places.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Washington Automatic Delegate Eileen Macoll announced her support for Hillary Clinton today. Macoll is vice chair of the Washington State Democratic Party.I'm not sure that Patty's loyal soldiering for Hillary is going to help my "Veep Buzz" campaign for her.
“I’m taking this step today because I have been inspired by Hillary’s bold commitment to solving our nation’s toughest challenges,” Macoll said. “On the issues that matter most—from establishing universal health care to improving our schools to ending the war in Iraq—she has never backed down and never wavered. Hillary has what it takes to beat John McCain this Fall and win back the White House.
“Hillary has a plan to bring an honorable end to the war in Iraq, and I know that Senator she and Senator Murray will ensure that our troops receive the care we should be proud to provide as they return home.”
Senator Patty Murray welcomed Macoll’s endorsement today. “Eileen has been a tireless advocate for the Washington State party, and I look forward to working with her to spread Hillary’s message of change in the weeks ahead.”
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
A Democratic Party rules committee has the authority to seat some delegates from Michigan and Florida but not fully restore the two states as Hillary Rodham Clinton wants, according to party lawyers.Also: "Obama urges supporters not to demonstrate at crucial DNC meeting" (The Hill):
Susie Buell, one of Clinton's top fundraisers, has formed a political action committee encouraging women to support full seating of the delegates. The WomenCountPAC has taken out ads in USA Today and The New York Times promoting attendance at the rally.
Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) campaign is urging its supporters not to demonstrate at Saturday’s highly anticipated Democratic National Committee (DNC) meeting on how to handle the delegates of Florida and Michigan.
It adds, “Obviously, the May 31 meeting will be an important part of reaching an agreement that’s in the best interests of Florida and Michigan voters and in the best interests of the Democratic Party.”
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sherwood would be 34, still a big brother, a father proud of his ever growing teenage son. He'd be holding it down somehow -- working like a dog, passionate about his family and the people he served. He'd know my son. They'd share on equal measure the endless newness and wonder of life.
Own their sacrifice and then ask yourself if you believe more of them dying in Iraq will bring justice to the world. Own their sacrifice for it is we who send them to war, and we who keep them at war.
Last Tuesday night, as the results from Kentucky and Oregon gave both the Clinton and the Obama campaign something to feel good about, another statistic blipped up on the television. In April the Obama team had raised a further $31m (£15.8m) for its campaign. The Clintons managed $20m - and the broader financial picture was even grimmer for Hillary.Barack Obama
Maybe Obama’s model is a little before its time. If not, the online president of social-networking democracy is imminent. And his URL is My.BarackObama.com.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign accused Sen. Barack Obama's campaign of fanning a controversy over her describing the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy late in the 1968 Democratic primary as one reason she is continuing to run for the presidency.Barack Obama
"Obama clearly has the momentum. I am a proud Hillary delegate. But I predict the race will be over soon," said Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.). "The loser will concede graciously. "And I hope that we build what I call a unity ticket, either with both of them on the ticket or with the people on the ticket strongly representing the two bases which we will need to combine if we're to win in November over a very strong Republican challenge."
A Jim Webb-sponsored proposal to expand education benefits for veterans was passed by the Senate as part of the latest Iraq War spending bill.Howie P.S.: That last sentence is over-the-top, especially after the events of the last two days.
The question is no longer whether Barack Obama should select Jim Webb as his nominee. It is whether he can justify not doing so. Even if Webb murdered someone in an alleyway in a fit of pique or been paid vast sums by the Chinese Politburo for detailed intelligence about American naval vessels, he would still be a far stronger and more appealing vice presidential nominee than Hillary Clinton.
mediagrrl9, video (09:39) from Democracy Now:
Melissa Harris Lacewell and Gloria Steinem debate democratic politics and the 2008 presidential election.H/t to Think On These Things, where you can view "TOTT’s Top 5 Female Trailblazers of the 2008 Democratic Primary."
Saturday, May 24, 2008
WASHINGTON — Joe Rospars, a young Internet-savvy operative, sat on an unpacked box in his new apartment on the morning of Feb. 10, 2007, excitedly watching two screens.
The country has seen this before, Goodwin noted. Obama used more modern tools than Lincoln, she said, but he dealt in the same currency.
"It shows there's still a hunger in people," she said, "to be inspired by words."
Friday, May 23, 2008
BOCA RATON — Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama spent time with The Palm Beach Post this morning, talking about the impact of the Florida's primary on his race with Hillary Clinton, whether to seat the state's convention delegates and what a national catastrophe fund should look like.
Here's the interview, which has been partially edited.
On Wednesday, Joe Lieberman wrote on this page that the Democratic Party he and I grew up in has drifted far from the foreign policy espoused by Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John Kennedy. It's amazing how little faith George Bush, Joe Lieberman and John McCain have in themselves – and in America.
CNN via Raw Story (David Edwards), with video (04:26):
CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux reported that formal talks are underway between Barack Obama’s campaign and Hillary Clinton’s campaign which could end Clinton’s campaign for President and result in an offer of the VP spot to Clinton. Clinton insiders say if some type of compromise is not reached it could mean “open civil war” within the party.Howie P.S.: The New York Times has its own version of the current situation.
This video is from CNN’s American Morning, broadcast May 23, 2008.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
TPMTV (Greg Sargent) video (04:48):
May 31st, 2008: the survivors will call it Judgment Day, the day that Hillary Clinton tries to push the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee to achieve the full seating of Florida and Michigan's disputed delegates and perhaps wrest the nomination away from Barack Obama. But wait... can this really happen? We take a look at the actual situation behind the hype in today's episode of TPMtv ...Barack Obama
jeffmerkley.com, video (00:31):
Jeff Merkley's campaign for U.S. Senate released a new television ad featuring Merkley's ten year old daughter Brynne.Howie P.S.: In case you hadn't heard, Merkley defeated Steve Novick in the Oregon Democratic primary Tuesday to become their U.S. Senate candidate in the election this November.
She knows exactly why Gordon Smith is attacking Jeff Merkley.
It's because Merkley has plans to change Washington D.C. and fight for kids and families, not the special interests.
KISSIMMEE — Delving deeper into Florida's Democratic delegate debacle than he ever has to date, Sen. Barack Obama said Wednesday that "a very reasonable solution" would be to count Florida's disputed primary votes and cut the state's delegation to the convention in half.
"It's important to figure out how to structure something that helps homeowners here in Florida but also preserves incentives not to develop right in the path of potential disasters," Obama said, sounding much like Republican John McCain, who opposed current national disaster fund proposals.
The main obstacle standing between Barack Obama and the White House was distilled into five words by a local television correspondent in South Charleston, W.Va., earlier this month.Howie P.S.: Since these emails have been circulating for at least six months, I am suspicious about why this story is coming out just now.
Prefacing a question about the challenges of winning over white, blue-collar voters, the reporter offered this observation: “They think you are un-American,” he said.
“It’s easier to believe because his name is Barack Obama,” he said.