Archive for ‘Hillary Clinton’

August 27, 2008

Hillary: ‘Thanks . . . send money’

E-mail from Hillary Clinton:

Dear Robert,
Standing on that stage tonight in front of 20,000 Democrats unified behind Senator Obama, I saw a bright future for America. I saw millions of people across the country working as one to elect the next Democratic President. I saw a new President and a new Congress giving a voice to the voiceless. I saw America, the land of endless potential, regaining its role as a leader in the world.
I couldn’t be prouder of our party, of our nominee, and of all the work you and I have done together over the course of this campaign on behalf of the American people.
I knew that as I stood in front of that podium, I wasn’t alone. I had you, and everyone who has supported me, standing right up there with me. And that means the world to me.
Thank you again for everything you’ve done. Now let’s get to work helping elect Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and all of our great Democratic candidates!
Sincerely,

And then a link to contribute to retire her campaign debt. Heh.

August 27, 2008

Live blogging Hillary

At Chez VodkaPundit, where Stephen wagers that Hillary will repeat her Emily’s List performance by failing to mention Barack Obama during her speech. I’m doubtful she’d diss the Messiah at the Pepsi Center.

UPDATE: Introduced by the Good Clinton, Chelsea.

Orange suit — a bold choice.

Vodka says she looks like “a traffic cone.”

“A proud supporter of Barack Obama” — I should have taken Stephen’s bet.

“You … you … you” — it’s all about affirming the listener’s sense that they are important.

Her peroration included the phrase “faith in God” — she is a Republican!

All in all, a good speech, and a reminder to Democrats they could have had a V-8. I think they may yet regret not nominating her.

UPDATE II: Stephen’s full-blown liveblog is at PJM. Stephen says:

McCain mentions: One. Bush mentions: Many. The Dems are STILL running against Bush. Do they think he’s going to be around another four years if they don’t?

This is very much like what the Democrats did in 1988, when Dukakis essentially ran against Reagan — and got his butt kicked. The problem for Republicans is that the economy now is more like 1992. But still, Bush in 2000 did not campaign against Clinton.

August 24, 2008

D-1: ‘We will not be silenced!’

UPDATED & BUMPED: Security is ultra-heavy:

To the uninformed visitor, it has become difficult to tell whether Denver is preparing for a Democratic National Convention or the institution of martial law. Helicopters filled with armed commandos swooped over downtown in a training exercise earlier this summer. A warehouse was converted into a temporary jail with chain-link fences and signs threatening the use of electric stun devices. Travel agents sold getaway packages to locals, with one company imploring residents to “escape town while you still can.”

Dang. Someone must have warned them I was coming.

UPDATE: Last word before packing up for Dulles, and VodkaPundit tells ABC News and the protesters, “Welcome to Denver, Now Go Away.”

PREVIOUSLY: I’ll be boarding a plane for Denver pretty soon, and must make final preparations, but check out (via No Quarter) this new documentary:

We believe that the The Democratic National Committee (DNC) made a grave error by depriving American voters of their choice of Hillary Clinton as Democratic nominee. Senator Clinton, by all accounts, except caucuses, won the Primary Election and, therefore, should be the 2008 Democratic Nominee. That didn’t happen, due largely to illegitimate and illegal acts. . . .
This documentary is about the disenfranchising of American citizens by the Democratic Party and the Obama Campaign. . . . We want to be heard and let the country know how our party has sanctioned the actions of what we feel are Obama campaign “Chicago Machine” dirty politics.

Here’s a preview clip:

“It was unbelieveable that this could be happening . . .”

Hmmm. Corruption? In the Democratic Party? Somebody ought to write a book about that.

UPDATE: So far, the protest scene in Denver is incredibly lame. Michelle Malkin reports from the scene Saturday at Planned Parenthood:

The pro-abortion presence was measly. I counted about seven or eight demonstrators who tried to compensate for their low numbers with their loud mouths.

Liberals were too busy getting ready for the Salon party.

August 24, 2008

Feel the burn, PUMAs!

New ad from Team Maverick:

Ed Morrissey:

Instead of just focusing on the injustice Hillary received, the ad makes it about Obama and his inability to deal with her criticisms. This calls into question Obama’s leadership and his ability to separate the personal from the job — as well as refloat all of the specific issues Hillary mentions in these clips.

Who predicted this?

Especially for those swing voters who voted for Hillary in the Democratic primaries, it may come as a brutal shock to learn that the former First Lady won’t be on the ticket in November. The shock will be amplified when those voters learn that Obama’s choice was the result of an ABC (”Anybody But Clinton”) process that excluded Hillary from serious consideration months earlier.

And now Crazy Cousin John’s rubbing salt in those fresh wounds, just in time for Denver.

August 18, 2008

And they call ME sexist?

Pro-Obama columnist:

This convention is Obama’s moment — his hour to welcome America into his home, the Democratic Party — and he deserves to set the table any way he wishes.
Hillary’s job is to bring a casserole dish and to serve it with a smile.

Should she be barefoot, too?

Isn’t it incredible what you can get away with if you’re “progressive”? I’m sometimes tempted to start pretending to be progressive, just so I can get away with saying crap like that.
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 16, 2008

Hillary: Not good enough for No. 2?

My column at Pajamas Media:

Informed political observers have realized since June that Hillary Rodham Clinton won’t be Barack Obama’s running mate. As Obama prepares to announce his vice-presidential choice, however, it will be worthwhile to watch the reaction of the ill-informed and unobservant — which is to say, the independent “swing” voters who will ultimately decide the election.
Especially for those swing voters who voted for Hillary in the Democratic primaries, it may come as a brutal shock to learn that the former First Lady won’t be on the ticket in November. The shock will be amplified when those voters learn that Obama’s choice was the result of an ABC (“Anybody But Clinton”) process that excluded Hillary from serious consideration months earlier.

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE: Thomas Lifson at American Thinker:

It is still theoretically possible that Obama will shock everyone by offering Hillary the second spot, and perhaps equally possible Hillary will launch a coup, if enough super delegates abstain in the first roll call vote, in order to throw the voting open on subsequent ballots.

Meanwhile, Patrick Ruffini suggests that talk of Bayh and Biden, et al., could be a “massive head fake”:

If you’re Obama, why not choose a VP who strengthens you all over and consolidates a source of weak support? Who has been thoroughly vetted? Whose selection would be a surprise and galvanize support for the ticket?
If Bill Clinton can be sent to Tahiti for the next 80 days, it just might work.

Ruffini’s prediction makes perfect sense to me. Nothing else will solve The Obama’s Democrat deserter problem.

OK, since we’re just talking gut hunch here:
  • The real problem with Hillary at VP is that she has played Team Obama like xylophone. She thinks he’ll lose without her, but can’t make it look like she’s unhelpful. So while publicly she says she is willing to be the running mate, privately she insisted on impossible terms — setting Obama up to make it look like he rejected her, rather than the other way around. She’s thinking ahead to 2012.
  • It’s definitely Bayh. His name was floated long enough to test reaction, which was overwhelmingly positive, and only then did we start hearing talk about Biden, et al. That’s just chaff to throw people off and keep up the sense of mystery. It’s Bayh all the way.
  • Biden makes zero sense. He’s got no constituency, he’s from an electorally insignificant state, and if Team Obama wants “gravitas,” they’ll definitely go with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
Bayh is the obvious do-no-harm choice, a young and telegenic Midwestern governor from a red state. Ruffini says Bayh was “vetoed by the netroots,” but what better way for Obama to give the Kos crowd some Sister Souljah tough love and demonstrate he’s not a tool of the Left?

Bayh all the way. Ignore all chatter to the contrary.

UPDATE II: The Ruffini theory prompts Allah to one of his longest posts evah:

Picking her would indicate that Obama thinks he has a bigger problem with Democrats than with independents and needs to purchase “unity” even at the expense of alienating centrists and handing McCain a gift-wrapped GOTV angle. . . . Is the sore-loser PUMA contingent really so huge within the party that he genuinely fears it’s going to cost him the election?

Answer: It’s not PUMAs, it’s mainly older independent women who are at stake here. They voted for Hillary in the primaries, but haven’t paid much attention to the “inside baseball” chatter since Obama clinched in June and did those “unity” photo-ops with Clinton. In their cluelessness, they figured an Obama-Clinton ticket was the common-sense solution, and when Obama picks someone else — it’s Bayh, I tell ya — they’re going to feel that this is a high-handed insult to the former First Lady. It’s all about the arrogance meme, see?

August 14, 2008

Team Obama cedes the obvious

Hillary’s name will be placed in nomination at the Democratic Convention in Denver:

During the Denver gathering, Democrats will officially choose Obama to run against Republican John McCain this fall, but the state delegations will do a traditional roll call for their nominee’s vanquished primary opponent as well. . . .
The two sides made the announcement Thursday in a collegial joint statement.
“I am convinced that honoring Senator Clinton’s historic campaign in this way will help us celebrate this defining moment in our history and bring the party together in a strong united fashion,” said Obama, an Illinois senator.

If Obama and his DNC allies had sought to deny Hillary a roll-call vote, it would have been a most un-democratic convention. Score this a victory for the PUMAs.

August 11, 2008

Dem strategist: Obama ‘unelectable’

As early as March 2007, Hillary Clinton strategist Mark Penn argued that Barack Obama was “unelectable except perhaps against Attila the Hun.”

That’s from the cache of internal Clinton campaign documents accompanying Joshua Green’s Atlantic Monthly article about how Hillary lost it.

UPDATE: If you want to know how not to curry favor with the press, check out this letter from the Washington Post‘s managing editor, complaining that Clinton spokesman Phil Singer was badmouthing one of the Post‘s reporters to a colleague.

UPDATE II: OK, continuing to read through the Green article, and now we see the fatal turn:

On May 21, the deputy campaign director, Mike Henry, wrote a prescient memo noting the cost and difficulty of running there and proposing that Clinton skip the caucus. The memo was leaked to The New York Times. Henry had estimated (conservatively, as it turned out) that Iowa would require more than $15 million and 75 days of the candidate’s presence, and would not provide any financial or organizational edge. “This effort may bankrupt the campaign and provide little if any political advantage,” he warned. When the story appeared, Clinton felt compelled to
publicly recommit, thereby upping Iowa’s significance even further.

By the time Iowa was over, Hillary had raised $100 million — but had spent $106 million. Too much of this money went to Mark Penn, the pollster/consultant, who was very good at “big picture” image stuff but knew zilch about the grassroots mechanics of campaign organization.

Obama and Edwards had gotten a big head start in Iowa because Hillary was up for re-election to the Senate in 2006 and couldn’t afford to make it appear she was looking ahead to ’08. One could think of ways to get around that — putting together a “shadow” operation in Iowa at relatively low cost that could be funded trhough her leadership PAC or other sources — but the big brains in Team Clinton were apparently so focused on the “big picture” stuff that they neglected that kind of nuts-and-bolts thinking.

UPDATE III: In the absence of leadership:

On February 11 . . . Phil Singer, Wolfson’s deputy and a man notorious for his tirades at reporters, blew up in Wolfson’s office and screamed obscenities at his boss before throwing open the door to direct his ire at the campaign’s policy director, Neera Tanden, an ally of [fired former campaign director Patti] Solis Doyle. “Fuck you and the whole fucking cabal!” he shouted, according to several Clinton staffers. In the end, he climbed onto a chair and screamed at the entire staff before storming out.

It is very important in any large organization that everybody knows who’s boss. There must be hierarchy and clear lines of authority, and the boss has to be able to evaluate the competence of deputies. Patti Solis Doyle didn’t know what she was doing, and Penn was paid way too much for what he was doing. It’s impossible to evaluate Harold Ickes performance, since nobody seems to know exactly what he was supposed to be doing. And, as media strategist, Wolfson managed to alienate everyone in the media.

“Personnel is policy,” the old saying goes, and Hillary’s campaign had assembled a cadre of second-raters in top positions. But this is entirely the candidate’s fault. The candidate is always ultimately in charge of his own campaign, and if Hillary put the wrong people in charge, she has no one to blame but herself.

UPDATE IV: In three successive e-mails (2/25, 3/5, 3/10) a group of advisers urged Hillary to challenge the DNC on the disallowed Florida and Michigan primaries, but she refused to act on their advice until May, when it was too late. Again, this is her fault.

August 10, 2008

Hillary: ‘Talking to myself’

Leaking details of the much-anticipated Atlantic Monthly story about Hillary’s campaign:

Atlantic Senior Editor Joshua Green writes that major decisions during her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination would be put off for weeks until suddenly Clinton “would erupt, driving her staff to panic and misfire.”
Green reports that on a staff conference call in January where Clinton received “little response” or “silence” to several of her suggestions for how to recover from the Iowa loss and do better in New Hampshire, “Clinton began to grow angry, according to a participant’s notes,” Green recounts. “‘This has been a very instructive call, talking to myself,’ she snapped, and hung up.”

A lesson in organizational dynamics and leadership there. If the boss is a demanding hothead, surrounded by second-raters and sycophants, internal communication becomes dysfunctional. Are you listening, Crazy Cousin John?