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THIS WEEK: Top Democratic (sort of) Politicians of the Week
1) Don Williamson | For the last five years Don Williamson has been the mayor of Flint. Today he is unemployed. Before his resignation on Saturday, Williamson wasÂ a controversial public servant, even by Michigan standards, facing deficiet, City Council feuds, and rounds of layoffs. If you’re going to miss the 75-year-old multi-millionaire, don’t worry his hat is still in the ring for Governor in 2010. Oh, I cannot wait for that election!
2) Olympia Snowe & Susan Collins | Senators Snowe & Collings (D-ME) became our favorite “neighbors to the North” this week (wrestling the title from Bart Stupak’s co,d. Yooper hands) when they voted for Obama’s Economic Recovery Package. This brings the list of Republicans I like to three: Snowe, Collings, Specter and maybe John Lin on a good day.
3) Hillary Clinton | In her first trip abroad as Secretary of State, Hillary stopped by Indonesia, South Korea, and Japan where she presumably got the Finance Minister tanked. All in all, I’d say it was a good trip.
4. Roland Burris | The inevitable happened this week: Burris admitted toÂ solicit fund-raising money for Blagojevich. What’s most interesting is the Dems “deafening silence” about the entire issue. I’m assuming we’d all just like to forget he exists, until he ends up here, of course.
5) Barack Obama | Thirty days in and the man has his own sushi, a brand spankin’ new stimulus package, and a wife who’s cute enough to graze the cover of Vogue. Baller.
Today on MSNBC U.S. Representative Sanchez, a Democrat from California, called for Obama to appoint more minroties to his cabinet. She believes that since so many Latinos supported him, he should give back by putting some in his cabinet. Obama doesn’t want to appoint a person to his cabinet just because he or she is a minority. He, instead, has stated that he will appoint the best person for the job. The person may just so happen to be a Â member of a minority group. For example, Hillary Clinton, arguably, was the best person for the position of Secretary of State. She just so happens to be a woman. Same for Bill Richardson as a Latino in the position of Secretary of Commerce. While it is reasonable for Sanchez to want more minorities to be better represented in the Obama White House, Obama is taking the right stance in not appointing someone purely because he or she comes from a minority group.
I’m sitting here in Denver International Airport and it has been an incredible week. John in Denver did pretty well in capturing last night’s atmosphere at Invesco. It was almost more rock-concert than convention – I’ve never done the wave at a political speech before. I’m not sure that’s the best thing in the world, and I wonder if it plays right into the hands of the McCain celebrity campaign, but I kept thinking as I looked around at the crowd that there is no politician in my life time, no politician since John Kennedy that could have given us that atmosphere. The contrast with stiff, old, awkward John McCain could not have been more striking. (more…)
Joe Biden doing his best McCain.
The big veepstakes decision is imminent. Barack Obama could be hitting up our cellie in mere moments. Who is excited?!
To hold you over until the big unveiling, NYMagazine just published a roundup of predictions.
â€¢NYMag thinks we’ll be seeing this text in our inbox tomorrow: “Wht up, J Biden is my VP. TTYL.”
â€¢ Jonathan Cohn thinks that picking Biden “would speak well of Obama’s judgment,” as Biden has a “deep and impressive resume” and is a “bona fide expert on foreign policy.” On the downside, he “has a habit of straying off message and making impolitic comments.” [Plank/New Republic]
â€¢ Ezra Klein is so high on Biden that he reruns an old post outlining why he’d be a good pick, noting that the only thing that’s changed is that “Obama has shown himself more, not less, in need of an attack dog able to engage McCain on national security.” [American Prospect]
â€¢ John Nichols agrees that “[e]vents in Georgia and Pakistan have made the prospect that Obama will choose” Kaine or Sebelius, two governors, less likely. Bayh also probably doesn’t fit the bill because he lacks “foreign policy stature.” That leaves Biden, Clinton, and, yes, there’s even “been a bit of Al Gore buzz.” Regardless, we can expect Obama’s choice to be “safe.” [Campaign '08/Nation]
â€¢ Michael Crowley is still kind of hoping for Al Gore. Is it curious that Gore is still absent from the convention speaking list? [Stump/New Republic]
â€¢ Dan Balz writes that Tim Kaine may have been hurt by the reemergence, with the Russia-Georgia conflict, of national security matters as a priority in a running mate. Kathleen Sebelius is still risky because it would anger Hillary Clinton’s supporters if Obama picked a woman other than Clinton. [WP]
â€¢ Mark Silva contends Obama’s veep needs “a certain measure of excitement,” and ability to “rekindle that fire.” Biden and Bayh are lacking in that regard. Kaine, a fresh face, might be able to “fill the bill of the excitement of the newcomer on the national stage.” [Swamp/Chicago Tribune]
â€¢ Michael Moore claims a surefire way for Obama to lose the election is to “[p]ick a running mate who is a conservative white guy or a general or a Republican.” [Rolling Stone]
â€¢ Adam Nagourney and Jeff Zeleny pare the veep finalist list down to three: Biden, Bayh, and Kaine. All three choices reflect that “Obama is likely to choose someone relatively safe and avoid taking a chance with a game-changing selection.” Obama has to make a big choice between “someone who would fill perceived holes in his rÃ©sumÃ©” and someone “who would reinforce his promise of change or one who might help him win a contested state.” [NYT]
â€¢ Nate Silver wonders if the Obama campaign is laying the ground for a surprise pick, considering that all of the reports on the veep finalists seem to be about the same people and are pretty vague. But the surprise pick would have to be an “A-lister” â€” meaning Clinton, Gore, John Kerry, Colin Powell, or two people who have pulled their names out and would produce a lot of shock value: Mark Warner and Jim Webb. [Five Thirty Eight]
â€¢ Taylor Marsh also “wouldn’t be shocked to be surprised by his choice,” and is still convinced that Clinton is his best option. [Taylor Marsh]
â€¢ Patrick Healy admits there’s a lot to overcome, and there’s little indication that it could happen, but speculates that it’s still within the realm of possibility that Obama is planning a huge splash by picking Clinton. [NYT]
Tonight the Clinton campaign is holding a massive fundraiser featuring none other then Sir Elton John at the Radio City Music Hall. Originally, the event was only expected to draw about $1.5 million dollars to the Clinton campaign, but now over 6,000 people are expected attend with a net gain about $2.5 million dollars for the clinton war chest.
This is quite an essential amount considering Obama is now outspending Clinton at a 3 -1 margin in Pennsylvania – her last firewall going into the convention. This money is now crucial for the Clinton campaign, which has been reportedly in debt to many campaign suppliers, but also since the polls have started trending in Obama’s favor in PA.
Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton’s chief campaign strategist, has resigned his role in Senator Clinton’s campaign as of today. Penn has been embroiled in controversy for months, with many questioning the effectiveness of his election strategy given Barack Obama’s overwhelming successes against Clinton despite her sizable advantages and connections in the Party leadership.
The controversy came to a head this past week as Penn visited the Columbian government on behalf of his PR firm to lobby for a free trade act that Hillary Clinton publicly came out against. Time will tell if this ends up being a beneficial shake-up, or the re-arranging of the deck chairs on the Titanic.
Rasmussen Michigan Poll:
McCain – 43%, Obama – 42%, Third party (?!) – 8%, Undecided – 7%
McCain – 45%, Clinton 42%, Third party (?!) – 10%, Undecided – 4%
I’d always thought of Michigan as a safely Blue state, at least as long as native son Mitt Romney didn’t run on the Republican ticket.Â It appears now that McCain is surging ahead, although the race is admittedly a statistical tie.Â Michigan reflects a broader national trend of surprising McCain strength.Â He leads Obama 48-41 nationally, and leads Clinton 47-42.
Last week I wrote about the media shitstorm that erupted when someone clipped together a few out of context quotes from Barack Obama’s pastor Jeramiah Wright. A week earlier I wrote about John McCain’s disappearing principles and mentioned that he has gotten a complete free pass from the media about it. Over the past week Hillary Clinton has come under fire for her claim that she was… well… under fire on a trip to Bosnia as first lady. Her misstatement, like any slip up by a major Democrat was the story of the week. Meanwhile McCain kept on rolling out the stupid and went unnoticed by the mainstream media. The man who runs on his knowledge and preparation in the War on Terror repeatedly claimed that Shi’ite Iran is training Sunni Al-Qaida despite being corrected by Sen. Joe Lieberman. Though the College Republicans based their platform in Thursday’s Daily on their party’s ability to keep us safe from terrorism, it seems the one Republican with a working knowledge of radical Islam (like the kind of knowledge you can get from watching the nightly news) is actually a Democrat. Am I saying the media have a conservative bias? No, I’ll leave the unsubstantiated and overly-broad claims to goons like Bernie Goldberg. But the media do have templates, and, as in 2000, 2002 and 2004, the current one benefits the Republicans (more…)
An interesting poll came out today… I found it on TPM
The new Gallup poll says that 19% of Obama supporters would vote for McCain over Hillary and a whopping 28% of Hillary supporters would abandon Obama for McCain.
Whoever wins those numbers will flatten out considerably. But starting from such high numbers is a big, big problem.
This is an interesting number since many Hillary supporters have often said that it is the Obama camp that will bolt and flake on the Democratic Party if he is not elected… so, what’s up?
2008 has had it’s Dukakis in a tank moment. Desperately searching for that one moment that, despite an utter lack of policy implications can define an election, they may have found it. Just a few years after launching Barack Obama’s candidacy with fawning descriptions political abilities, they have decided to kill it. Profits and profits alone drive media coverage, and the profit maker de jour is out of context quotes from Barack Obama’s ex-pastor.