Posted: 24 Aug 2008 12:13 PM CDT
With the new ad out by John McCain, highlighting the point that Hillary Clinton wasn't even given the courtesy of being vetted for the position of Obama's vice presidential running mate before choosing Barack Obama, Obama surrogates are trying to do some damage control.
CNN reports that "two sources familiar with Obama's VP search" say that Hillary Clinton was considered and just because she wasn't "formally" vetted (required to submit paperwork) does not mean that she wasn't seriously considered.
The other source said both Holder and Kenndey are very familiar with Sen. Clinton and that there was substantive and lengthy conversations among the Obama team with regards to Clinton as vice president.
This comes amid reports of "outrage" from members of Clinton's inner circle.
These Clinton insiders are described by CNN's Political Ticker as "furious" that Obama did not offer the appearance of serious consideration for Clinton or keeping her in the loop by consulting with her.
A former Clinton strategist told CNN, "Set aside that Obama said she'd be on anybody's short list, set aside anybody's feelings on whether she was deliberately snubbed and the pros and cons of whether it should be her. Focus on the politics of it and you have about a quarter of Clinton loyalists still not joining the caravan…for God's sake, not to even make a show of taking her seriously is flatly stupid."
Another Clinton insider, a former adviser expresses "outrage" and claims certain portions of the process should have been handled different, if just for the sake of "optics" and appearances and he goes on to say, "They thought her supporters were mad before? They are really mad now. We knew it was never going to happen but you would have thought they might at least make a show of it."
Paul Begala is a former Clinton strategist and he appeared on CNN on Friday night, in which he echoed the feelings of frustration that are being seen across a variety of Clinton supporting forums, blogs and even the media, when he stated, "I think there are a lot of Hillary voters who are going to say, 'Hey, wait a minute, man You said you were going to put her on the short list. You know, you didn't even vet her. You didn't call her. You didn't seek her advice. By the way, he didn't seek President Clinton's advice either. He's actually the guy who I think picked the best vice president in American history. You would think maybe you would sort of check in with him."
While much of yesterday was spent discussing the positives and negatives of Obama's choice of Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate, one thing was clear from the second the news was announced to the reports coming out today.
For Clinton supporters, despite the fact that Hillary Clinton suspended her campaign two months ago, to them this is all very much still all about Hillary Clinton.
According to the Chicago Tribune News blog, one-fifth of Clinton supporters are now supporting John McCain. Using the 18 million plus figures from Real Clear Politics, that is over 3.6 million votes taken from Obama and given to McCain unless something happens within the next 10 weeks to unite them under Obama.
With CNN's latest report, other media speaking to the lack of courtesy shown to Clinton by way of the vetting process, bloggers, forums, and websites speaking to the issue, and John McCain's new "Passed Over" ad geared toward those supporters, it is not clear if another two months will heal the wounds that Clinton supporters still feel.
Reigniting the Clinton supporters anger just a couple days before the Democratic Convention, which starts tomorrow and is fraught with tension from planned protests, could be reasonably considered not such a good idea, and might explain the damage control that Obama surrogates are attempting to implement by insisting that Clinton was, indeed, considered seriously.
The Washington Post is already saying that to an uninformed eye, it is hard to tell whether Denver is preparing for the Democratic National Convention or preparing to implement martial law.
With Hillary Clinton set to speak at the Democratic convention on Tuesday and and Bill Clinton set for Wednesday, the roll call to which Hillary Clinton's name is in nomination for, also on Wednesday....it is very clear that this is all, still, about Hillary Clinton, even at an event meant to officially nominate Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee for president.
Posted: 24 Aug 2008 10:19 AM CDT
Video ad above called "Passed Over" and can be found at YouTube here.
News reports surfaced the day before Barack Obama announced Joe Biden as his running mate saying Hillary Clinton was not vetted by the Barack Obama campaign as a potential running mate for his presidential bid for presidency.
Reports came out before Barack Obama announced Joe Biden as his running mate, showing Hillary Clinton had not been vetted for the position at all and was not considered. Today John McCain takes aim at Clinton supporters in a new ad called "Passed Over."
The vetting process usually requires for certain paperwork, such as taxes, medical records, donors and so forth, to be provided so that a presidential candidate can vet the prospect to assure themselves that there will be no surprises about the candidate they choose.
Many have said because of the long drawn out primary and the public history of Hillary Clinton, she was already thoroughly vetted but in the the primary campaign she had not provided the names of the Clinton Library donors, to which it was said that should she win the presumptive nominee status, she would then make that list available. Once she suspended her campaign the list of donors became irrelevant, but had she been considered for the vice presidential that list would have been one of the crucial pieces of information any candidate considering her would have required access to.
When The Politico published the report called "Hillary Gets Stiffed", many Clinton supporters were angry because even the gesture or symbolic pretense of considering her was reported not to have been made.
And the official said she was never asked for medical records or for any financial 2008 information about her or former President Bill Clinton. The last information the couple has disclosed about taxes and financial holdings was for 2007.
According to Real Clear Politics 2008 Democratic Popular vote, when all the votes of each state were included, Hilary Clinton received 18,046,007 votes cast in her name and 17,822,145 votes were cast in Barack Obama's name.
Those 18 million plus voters are the people the new John McCain ad, shown in the video above, are aimed at.
The Text of the ad:
This is not the first time, nor will it be the last that Hillary Clinton's words during the primary are used against Barack Obama in the general election campaign, but this ad is clearly geared toward the 18 million plus voters, specifically the ones that have declared they will not support Obama come November.
As LA Times' Top of the Ticket notes, McCain was one of the first to warmly welcome Hillary Clinton into the Senate and befriend her in 2001 and during the primary season, McCain and Clinton did not "go after" each, did not level attacks against each other, and when Clinton suspended her campaign, it was the McCain website which instantly paid tribute to her hard fought battle during the primaries, two days before Barack Obama did the same.
Television pundits from multiple channels, yesterday and again today, have been discussing not only Obama's choice of Biden as his running mate, but also discussing the potential ramifications of not even making it appear as if Hillary Clinton was in consideration.
With interviews and chatter on a variety of Clinton supporter sites calling it some type of disrespect it was only a matter of time before the John McCain campaign starting using that theme to reach those voters, supporters that both campaigns have actively tried to reach since Clinton suspended her campaign.
One Clinton supporter website agrees with the questions in the new "Passed Over" ad, acknowledges they understand exactly what John McCain is doing and states, "At least John McCain is showing up and saying 'I want your votes', unlike Gumby who has done nothing but insult Senator Clinton, President Clinton and the 18 million voters who supported Hillary, over and over again; including the latest stunt of not even giving Senator Clinton the courtesy of being "vetted" as a show of unity."
Posted: 24 Aug 2008 01:39 AM CDT
A note from Radarsite: In response to our previous article from Lionheart, The Takeover, honoring the life and work of Orianai Fallaci, we are reposting this original article from December 9, 2007. It is hoped that this small essay will contribute to our discussion of this New Left, this treacherous internationalist political and ideological menace, which currently threatens the very foundations of our nation, and yet is still so widely misunderstood and misinterpreted.
As is so often the case with some of the world's most destructive ideologies, they are born from the honest and high-minded efforts of intellectuals, politicians, and historians to right a perceived societal wrong, often coupled with a desire to redress the purported victimization of a people or a nation.
One cannot fathom the power of these revolutionary movements without at least attempting to understand their appeal. Few if any successful revolutionary movements were based on the embrace of the dark side of human nature; on the contrary, most were clothed in the shining raiment of goodness and equity. The most violent excesses of the French Revolution were -- at least, originally -- carried out in the firm belief that they were working for the betterment of mankind. The fervor with which these Great Causes were embraced by so many otherwise 'normal' people did not come from their perception of themselves or The Cause as the virtual incarnation of Evil, but rather as the victory of the Good. Whether we are contemplating Islamism, Fascism, Nazism or Communism, or even the rise of an unmitigated monster such as a Pol Pot or an Osama bin Laden, we cannot comprehend these sweeping political upheavals without first acknowledging their loyal adherents' unquestioned self-perception as the embodiment of justice and righteousness. The road to hell is paved with such well-intentioned movements.
The closest this contentious world has ever come to achieving true social equity has been in those modern nations which have embraced the combined principles of freedom, capitalism, and democracy. They are simply the most judicious and honorable systems yet devised. Unfortunately, this glaring truth does not render these privileged societies impervious to the machinations of those who know better, those who understand history better, and can better interpret its meanings, those who have conceptualized a better vision of the future, embodied in a better system. There is always a 'better system' out there. And as we have seen to our despair, oftentimes those same old ugly lies reappear in the guise of some newer 'better system', and subsequently a whole new generations of believers is born.
Read the rest at Radarsite
Posted: 24 Aug 2008 01:20 AM CDT
Nic's mom, Mary, says:
Posted: 24 Aug 2008 01:15 AM CDT
Today, the Run for the Fallen ends in Arlington. Today marks the end of this run for our heroes. Every hero has been recognised and remembered. I have a number of these brave men and women forever etched on my heart. There ARE sites which have profiles of each of them. Two that allow us to know them and their lives are:
"May they rest in peace. They are some of the chosen ones."
Posted: 23 Aug 2008 02:13 PM CDT
Reactions are coming out fast and furiously about the news that Barack Obama chose Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate for the November elections.
Quick recap: Last night after initial word about hoax text messages and fake bumper stickers, the work leaked that Secret Service had been dispatched to Joe Biden's home, assuring everyone that Biden was the pick.
Still no text message from the Obama campaign that promised that supporters would be the "first to know".
Different news organizations managed to confirm that Biden was the pick and still "no text message from the Obama campaign that promised that supporters would be the 'first to know'."
Finally 3 am ET.... (After Hillary Clinton's 3 am ad, don't think the timing isn't being questioned by Hillary supporters), the text is sent out and the emails start arriving.
Today, via memeorandum, the buzz is full of reactions, from giddiness of the right, to the approval and disappointment being expressed on the left and the mixed reactions from those claiming to be more in the center.
From the left, a good example of mixed reactions comes from one site, Talk Left, with two very different posts:
One from Jeralyn who expresses disappointment with the Biden choice:
The video she refers to below:
Then the next one from Talk Left written by Big Tent Democrat, who declares that politically, given Obama's rules, Biden was the best choice:
More from Jeralyn:
Huffington Post is another example of the lukewarm support Obama is getting about his decision.
Another Huffington Post writer asks Joe Biden, very nicely to not say anything stupid.
Heading to the Center, I use The Moderate voice to show the mixed reactions, with one writer (Tony Campbell) declaring "Bong, Bong, Bong" – does anyone else hear that? That ominous sound is the bell announcing the TKO the Democrats have just given themselves."
Another writer from the same site, thinks Biden is a great pick, despite concerns.
Tony may be right with regard to the public perception of the Biden pick. And public perception, in some ways, is far more important than reality when it comes to political campaigns. But, two points:
Then we come to yet another writer, Jazz, who understands why the GOP is giddy with happiness over the Biden choice.
Clearly, at least in American politics, truth is stranger than fiction, since you are doubtless already aware that Obama has actually gone ahead and selected Biden for the number two slot. While our good friend Shaun Mullen has already pointed out some very flattering things about Joe Biden, astute political observers must be scratching their heads this morning and wondering if Caroline Kennedy didn't spike Barack's punch during their last meeting. How on Earth did the Democrats wind up with Biden as the running mate?
He then goes on to list a number of reasons behind his thinking....read it all.
Power Line says "Happiness is a thing called Joe"...lol
That you just have to go read in full to get the flavor.
Bridget Johnson asks "So Joe Biden is 'change'?"
Many of us have already provided John McCain's new ad, which was released within hours of Obama's Veep choice, showing Biden standing by his previous comment saying the white House is no place for on the job training (referring to .... Obama!!!)
Also a blast from the past with one of Biden's own presidential ads from 1988, where he also says that experience is needed to become president.
To be fair, some Democrats are as happy as the Republicans are about Obama's choosing Joe Biden.
For different reasons, but just as happy......almost.
Last but not least the Washington Post brings the news that the Biden pick is unlikely to make any difference at all in how voters will vote in November.
For much, much, much more reaction and buzz, head over to memeorandum and happy reading.
By and far, the people the happiest about Obama's choice...are the GOP. That in and of itself might say it all.
Posted: 23 Aug 2008 01:33 PM CDT
As reported at Wake up America, John McCain campaign workers had to undergo decontamination procedures, as a precautionary measure last Thursday, after receiving and opening a letter which said, "Senator McCain, If you are reading this then you are already DEAD! Unless of course you can't or don't breathe."
Last week it was reported that John McCain's campaign headquarters in Colorado had to be evacuated after a letter arrived with an unknown white powder inside. Reports now say that a Colorado inmate was responsible for sending the letter.
With the letter was a white powdery substance that caused Hazmat teams, local authorities and Joint Terrorism Task Force agents to immediately descend on the Colorado office to test for contamination.
The white powder has since been tested and determined to not have been toxic
Initial reports claimed that a letter sent to McCain's New Hampshire office was connected to the one sent to his Colorado office, were later shown to be false alarms.
As reported by CNN, a state of Colorado jail inmate has been charged with mailing the letter to John McCain.
Marc Harold Ramsey, 39 years old, has been an inmate since September 17, 2007 after being charged with felony menacing, 2nd degree assault, contempt of court and being a fugitive from justice with a bond of $352,750.
Troy Eid who is a U.S. Attorney states "A death threat is not a legitimate form of political expression. We won't stand for threats of this kind in Colorado."
Ramsey will be transfered from state custody to federal custody for his appearance in court on this matter and if convicted he faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Rocky Mountain News reports that the man claims his motive for sending the threatening letter was because his father served in Vietnam in the same time period that John McCain served and was not adequately cared for after being exposed to Agent Orange.
The kicker here is how the Secret Service was able to trace the letter back to Ramsey.
According to E-Flux, the inmate's name, inmate number and location of the jail facility was listed as the return address.
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