Archive for August 17th, 2008

August 17, 2008

Clinton delegates want Hillary as VP

As I pointed out at Pajamas Media, the common-sense logic of the Obama-Clinton “dream ticket” is such that many Hillary supporters still believe her to be the obvious choice as running mate. Most Oklahoma Democratic convention delegates agree:

Of the 14 Clinton delegates who responded to an Oklahoman survey last week, 11 named Clinton as their first choice for running mate. Obama is expected to announce his choice this week.
Mildred Banks, a delegate from Tulsa, said, “As a delegate pledged to Hillary Clinton, and as chair of Tulsa Area Hillraisers for Hillary Clinton, my pick for VP is Hillary Clinton. She brings 18 million voters — more than any candidate in history.”

Don’t bother arguing with me. Take it up with Mildred.

UPDATE: Similar news from New Mexico:

Hillary supporters in the audience included Paulette Atencio, 61, of Chama, who worked for Clinton in the primary. Clinton narrowly won New Mexico’s Democratic caucus in February, getting 14 delegates, compared to 12 for Obama.
“Way deep in our hearts we are very disappointed,” Atencio said.
If Obama doesn’t select Clinton as his running mate, she said she would support McCain in the general election Nov. 4.

Does Obama think these ladies are kidding?

UPDATE II: The Hillary-or-else message is also being heard from Texas:

Ramona “Monchi” De La Paz Torres wants to see that U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton gets the respect she deserves at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
“I’m going to stick to Hillary to the end,” said De La Paz Torres, who lives in Central El Paso.
She’s one of 10 El Paso Democrats who will be delegates at the convention Aug. 25-28. . . .
De La Paz Torres said she’s not sure she can vote for Obama. . . .
“He’s not experienced enough for him to handle the presidential decisions right now,” she said. “I feel that he should have waited.”
Blanche Darley, a fellow Clinton delegate from Central El Paso, said she doesn’t like Obama, doesn’t trust him and doesn’t think he has paid attention to the needs of Mexican-Americans.
“I don’t believe in him,” she said.

UPDATE III: Big Tent Democrat says of Clinton as VP, “I’ve never seen a bigger no-brainer in my life,” and links Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight, who says:

I think Obama might get an immediate 10-15 point bounce if he named her. . . . It’s a crazy scenario, but the whole Obama veepstakes has been crazy enough that I wouldn’t rule it out.

(Cross-posted at AmSpecBlog.)

August 17, 2008

Andrea Mitchell: Beyond parody

You can’t make this stuff up:

The Obama people must feel that he didn’t do quite as well as they might have wanted to in that context, because that — what they’re putting out privately is that McCain may not have been in the cone of silence and may have had some ability to overhear what the questions were to Obama.

And, on “Meet the Press,” Andrea Mitchell feels obligated to inject this cheap and unsubstantiated partisan smear into the media mainstream. In-freaking-credible.

UPDATE: D.S. Hube at Newsbusters:

Andrea Mitchell barely hestitated to toss that out there, with guest host David Gregory merely offering a rather semi-innocuous “Right” in response.

Look, I am not one of those who believes that every story about politics has to be perfectly “balanced,” but when you have a campaign accusing its opposition of cheating, this is something that requires (a) supporting evidence, and (b) an opportunity for the opponent to address the accusation. You can’t just run out there in front of the camera and repeat slander to a national TV audience of 4 million viewers.

UPDATE II: You’ve really got to read the whole transcript of the panel segment of this show to get the one-sided tone of the discussion with David Gregory, Andrea Mitchell, and Chuck Todd. They show this McCain ad, which first aired in March:


Then, after some discussion of the Clinton campaign’s strategy with Josh Green, it comes back to Mitchell, who says:

I think that the McCain people, if they backed off on that commercial a bit, they’ll either reinforce it later on or have the 527s do it for them. But you’re going to keep hearing that theme. They think it’s worked for them.

Oh, for crying out loud — where are these 527s that the McCain campaign supposedly controls, Andrea Mitchell? What the hell kind of reporter throws out something completely unsubstantiated like that on national TV?

UPDATE III: This just in — Republican sources are now saying that they believe NBC’s Andrea Mitchell is actually 1970s punk-rock legend Iggy Pop. Officials at NBC News have not denied this, and thus there is mounting suspicion that the former frontman for the Stooges is now masquerading in drag as the anchorette of a little-watched MSNBC program.

UPDATE IV: Rick Warren denies the accusation that McCain cheated. He does not, however, deny that Iggy is appearing in drag on MSNBC. Mounting suspicion, I tell you . . .

UPDATE V: Insty is a punk rocker. Gabba gabba hey. Carbona not glue. And still no denial from NBC or Iggy Pop.

August 17, 2008

‘Bloviation assembly line’

Frank Rich:

As I went on vacation at the end of July, Barack Obama was leading John McCain by three to four percentage points in national polls. When I returned last week he still was. But lo and behold, a whole new plot twist had rolled off the bloviation assembly line in those intervening two weeks: Obama had lost the election!

To start with, it ill behooves Rich to employ a phrase like “bloviation assembly line,” when he himself does nothing else. It’s one of the greatest scandals of journalism: Rich is paid a six-figure salary by the New York Times and never does any reporting. Has anyone ever seen a Frank Rich column with a dateline?

However, this latest effort from the former film critic does indeed include an attempt at some actual reporting — in the 16th paragraph:

Rita Hauser, who was a Bush financial chairwoman in New York in 2000 and served on the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in the administration’s first term, joined other players in the G.O.P. establishment in forming Republicans for Obama last week. Why? The leadership qualities she admires in Obama — temperament, sustained judgment, the ability to play well with others — are missing in McCain. “He doesn’t listen carefully to people and make reasoned judgments,” Hauser told me. “If John says ‘I’m going with so and so,’ you can’t count on that the next morning,” she complained, adding, “That’s not the man we want for president.”

There’s your big scoop, folks: John McCain is a jerk, says Rita Hauser. But wait for the punchline: Who is Rita Hauser?

Rita Hauser, the PLO apologist whose law firm, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, racked up millions of dollars in legal fees over the years as a registered foreign agent of Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Authority. Ms. Hauser met with Mr. Arafat as early as 1988, when America still considered him a terrorist and refused even to allow him access to the United Nations headquarters in New York. . . .
Ms. Hauser helped fund the Edward Said chair at Columbia for Mr. Obama’s pal Rashid Khalidi. “I made a contribution,” Ms. Hauser told us back in 2003, describing the chair’s namesake, Professor Edward Said, as “a friend of mine. I admire him.”

I don’t know about you folks, but when a paid stooge for Yassir Arafat says someone is “not the man we want for president,” I’m kind of dubious. Not Frank Rich, who gets paid an estimated $300,000 a year by the New York Times, just signed a “creative consultant” deal with HBO, but who can’t be bothered to Google “Rita Hauser” and figure out that the real scandal here is why the Bush administration ever let someone like her anywhere near the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

Small wonder, as Teach notes at STACLU, that Sulzberger’s flagship is “hemorrhaging paying subscribers.”

August 17, 2008

Family ties

“I’m an alcoholic and it’s the first time we’ve really been able to share.”
Britney Spears’ father

August 17, 2008

But can you blame them?

“I love my butt, but enough already. . . . When you’re posing on the red carpet and the paparazzi shout, ‘Turn around! Turn around!’ — it gets a little offensive.”
Kim Kardashian

August 17, 2008

Incredible coincidence

The No. 1 song on the day I was born in 1959?

August 17, 2008

Wesley Clark, under the bus

No convention role for the former NATO commander and netroots darling who was the Clintons’ stalking horse in ’04. Sister Toldjah notes the possibility of a “smokescreen.”

August 17, 2008

OK, that’s just crazy

Obama-Gore ’08?

August 17, 2008

Instapundit: Harmonica geek

He said it himself, and . . .

I think it says good things about America that an openly gay white guy with pink hair can be a blues god.

Brother, you don’t know nothin’ ’bout blues, ’til you had them pink-haired blues.

August 17, 2008

Sowell on Obama

“The problem with clever people is that they don’t know when to stop being clever — and Senator Obama is a very clever man, perhaps ‘too clever by half’ as the British say.”
Thomas Sowell

Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed is the book I most often recommend to anyone wanting to understand the liberal worldview. What Sowell documents so perfectly in the book is the moral and intellectual arrogance — the “too clever by half” factor — of people who’ve convinced themselves that they are infinitely superior to ordinary mortals like us.