Friday, May 09, 2008

John Edwards: “I think Barack Obama’s doing pretty well without my endorsement”

I think it’s fairly logical to deduce from this morning’s appearance by John Edwards on Morning Joe that he voted for Obama and will eventually endorse him:

Another interesting quote from Edwards after they played him audio of Hillary’s “white Americans” comment:

I think it’s fine for Hillary to keep making the case for her. I think when that shifts to her contention about everything that’s supposed to be wrong with him—and I don’t agree with some of what she just said, by the way—but I think that then we’re doing damage instead of trying to be helpful.

But maybe the best part was when a visibly irked fill-in co-host Tiki Barber cut to the chase….

Race is going to play a part in this. I think what you were saying Mika, but you kind of walked around it, which I’ll say directly. Do you think that Hillary Clinton believes Barack Obama cannot win the presidency because he’s black?

I don’t know if this is a campaign-ender for Hillary, but it’s starting to look awfully Macaca-like when folks like Barber begin asking questions like that.


Rasmussen Reports will soon end our daily tracking of the Democratic race and focus exclusively on the general election competition between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama. Barring something totally unforeseen, that is the choice American voters will have before them in November. While we have not firmly decided upon a final day for tracking the Democratic race, it is coming soon.

Ouch. [via a commenter at Balloon Juice]

Posted by Kevin K. on 05/09/08 at 09:09 AM

Rise Hillary Rise!

From The New York Times editorial board:

There is a lot of talk that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is now fated to lose the Democratic nomination and should pull out of the race. We believe it is her right to stay in the fight and challenge Senator Barack Obama as long as she has the desire and the means to do so. That is the essence of the democratic process.

But we believe just as strongly that Mrs. Clinton will be making a terrible mistake — for herself, her party and for the nation — if she continues to press her candidacy through negative campaigning with disturbing racial undertones. We believe it would also be a terrible mistake if she launches a fight over the disqualified delegations from Florida and Michigan. [...]

She owes more to millions of Americans who have voted for her (and particularly to New Yorkers, who are entitled to expect that if she loses, she will return to the Senate with her influence and integrity intact). [...]

We endorsed Mrs. Clinton, and we know that she has a major contribution to make. But instead of discussing her strong ideas, Mrs. Clinton claimed in an interview with USA Today that she would be the better nominee because a recent poll showed that “Senator Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again.” She added: “There’s a pattern emerging here.”

Yes, there is a pattern — a familiar and unpleasant one. It is up to Mrs. Clinton to change it if she hopes to have any shot at winning the nomination or preserving her integrity and her influence if she loses.

Posted by Kevin K. on 05/09/08 at 07:29 AM

Hillary Clinton’s Sunset Boulevard

(Youngsters and/or non-movie enthusiasts look below the fold…)

Now, after this (which isn’t getting the attention it deserves), maybe someone should do a YouTube video with Hillary starring as Veruca Salt:

Michigan Democrats on Wednesday voted to back a plan that would give Clinton 69 delegates—four fewer than the 73 she gained by winning the state’s Jan. 15 primary. Obama would get 59 pledged delegates even though he took his name off the ballot, forcing his supporters to vote for Uncommitted.

Clinton campaign spokesman Isaac Baker said Thursday the campaign won’t support any proposal that gives Clinton fewer delegates than she earned by winning the primary. The New York senator trails Obama in the race for the nomination by about 150 delegates, and is seeking to close the gap with delegates from Florida and Michigan.

“This proposal does not honor the 600,000 votes that were cast in Michigan’s January primary. Those votes must be counted,” Baker said.

Michigan Democratic Party spokeswoman Elizabeth Kerr said Baker’s assertion that the 69-59 split doesn’t take the primary results into account is incorrect.

“This proposal honors the January 15 results and takes into consideration the fact that Barack Obama’s name was not on the ballot,” she said. “We continue to think this a fair resolution to seating the delegates.”

Disenfranchisement anyone?

MORE: A funny from a commenter at Balloon Juice:

Why Is Hillary Disenfranchising Michigan?

There’s a good reason. It’s because SHUT UP, that’s why.

read the whole post »

Posted by Kevin K. on 05/09/08 at 06:56 AM

Thursday, May 08, 2008

An emerging pattern

From USA Today:

“I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on,” [Hillary Clinton] said in an interview with USA TODAY. As evidence, Clinton cited an Associated Press article “that found how Sen. Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me.”

“There’s a pattern emerging here,” she said.

After that comment, here’s one pattern I’d love to see emerging to replace the Clinton campaign:


(lots more at Daily Kos)

RELATED: Jonathan Singer has some interesting poll numbers at MyHRC.

Posted by Kevin K. on 05/08/08 at 03:22 PM

“Hillary’s Bitter Victory” by Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi

Here’s just a small taste of Matt Taibbi’s latest article for Rolling Stone:

Seldom in American politics has the same side of a single party split into such distinct and acrimonious factions. As virtually identical as the two candidates are in their political positions, there is no longer any common cause left between Hillary lovers and Obama supporters. There is only a culture war of epic proportions, featuring some of the most unlikely and absurd combatants in the history of impassioned conflict. Ordinary suburban Americans, people who consider Tina Fey biting satire and whose only “fighting” experience has usually been against trans fats or hair loss, can now be seen running through the streets, screaming war calls like Maoist guerrillas in the jungles of Nepal.

And that’s not even the best of it.  No one has done a better job of explaining the bug-eyed spit n’ spew anti-Obama lunacy you see on sites like No Quarter and HillaryIs44 than Taibbi does on page two. Just go read it.

RELATED: Taibbi’s new book The Great Derangement is out now. You can learn more about it here and find out if he’s doing a reading in your area (NYC—June 6th—Barnes & Noble Tribeca).

Posted by Kevin K. on 05/08/08 at 09:46 AM

Absolut Zach (Part 2)

This is worth it just for Zach Galifianakis’ wig alone…

You can view the first installment here.

Posted by Kevin K. on 05/08/08 at 08:39 AM

Categories: Knee SlappersYouTubidity

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The Drop Outs

Via Instaputz, I see that Wesley Clark, who I supported in ‘04, may have made a difficult phone call last night:

We’ve just been told that General Wesley Clark, a strong Clinton supporter and fellow Arkansan, called Hillary tonight to tell her it’s over.

In addition to our source, the king of the pundits, Mark Halperin, drops a tantalizing hint that something might be up with Clark:

“The biggest question: Will any of her supporters (including Wes Clark) say publicly or privately she should quit?”

In addition, an early Hillary supporter and family friend George McGovern has publicly urged her to drop out.

MORE: Regarding Clark as a potential VP choice for Obama, I’m not convinced.  I think the economy is and will be a key factor in November (not one of Clark’s strong suits), so I’d rather see him as SecDef.  I’m still leaning toward a current or former governor as VP (examples: Richardson, Sebelius or Rendell), but they all have negatives I’m still working through. I “get” why people are pushing Jim Webb, but I think Obama needs someone with a little more political experience. And I’m still fundamentally allergic to a Senator/Senator ticket, so that rules out Hillary and a few others.

BUT, let me reiterate something I’ve proposed here and elsewhere: John Edwards for Secretary of Labor. He could take a lackluster and undervalued cabinet position and, in these tough economic times, turn it into something special.  It’s a no-brainer to me.  I don’t understand why I’m the only person I’ve seen float the idea…

Posted by Kevin K. on 05/07/08 at 10:49 AM

Categories: NewsPoliticsBarack ObamaElection '08Hillary Clinton

A Debt of Attitude

Just in from AP:

WASHINGTON - A campaign aide says Hillary Rodham Clinton loaned herself $6.4 million in the past month.

That’s pretty much all there is at this point.  I’ve got three questions:

  1. Did the Clinton campaign really raise $10 million in the day after the Pennsylvania primary as they claimed they did?
  2. How much did they spend on advertising in Indiana and North Carolina compared to Obama?
  3. If Hillary keeps this hopeless and ego-driven campaign lurching forward is the expectation that the Obama campaign will bail her out of debt when she finally (and inevitably) drops out?


“Senator Clinton gave the campaign a $5 million loan on April 11th, a $1 million loan on May 1st, and a $425,000 loan on May 5th,” [Hillary spokesperson Howard] Wolfson said, adding that she’d lent the campaign the money to keep pace with Obama’s spending on TV in Pennsylvania, Indiana and North Carolina.

“The loans are a sign of Senator Clinton’s commitment to the race, to continuing the process, and to continuing to be competitive with Senator Obama on television and in other areas,” Wolfson said.

Posted by Kevin K. on 05/07/08 at 08:45 AM

Categories: NewsPoliticsBarack ObamaElection '08Hillary Clinton

Images We Can Believe In

All photos taken yesterday and pulled from The Charlotte Observer‘s slide show.

And in case you’ve been living in a cave ... Options dwindling for Clinton.

Posted by Kevin K. on 05/07/08 at 06:59 AM

Categories: ImagesNewsPoliticsBarack ObamaElection '08St. McSameHillary Clinton

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Hero of the Day: CNN’s John Roberts

I’ll roll most of this transcript below the fold since it’s fairly long, but a big bravo to CNN’s John Roberts for not letting Clinton senior adviser Ann Lewis get away with dodging a logical question about Hillary’s gas tax holiday pander:

JOHN ROBERTS: Well, what about that Anne Lewis, Barack Obama is charging that this is a political gimmick? Where is this the legislation for this gas tax holiday that Senator Clinton has promised. It’s only three weeks now to Memorial Day.

ANN LEWIS, SR. ADVISER, CLINTON CAMPAIGN: Well, I would agree that it’s an example of leadership. Hillary Clinton says let’s take on the oil companies. You impose a windfall profits tax. You use that money to pay to make the difference so that you can suspend the federal gas tax and you make sure with the Federal Trade Commission that those profits are passed on to the consumers.

read the whole post »

Posted by Kevin K. on 05/06/08 at 12:40 PM

Categories: NewsPoliticsBarack ObamaElection '08Hillary ClintonTelevision

Unnecessary Censorship

I’m sure we all need a quick palette cleanser after that last post.  Here’s Jimmy Kimmel’s “Unnecessary Censorship” from last week, featuring a foul-mouthed Elmo:

(Hat tip to my lovely wife Chris)

Posted by Kevin K. on 05/06/08 at 10:28 AM

Categories: Knee SlappersTelevisionYouTubidity

Hillary’s base

Just found this on YouTube from a Hillary supporter. It’s called “Barack Obama Is The Next Adolf Hitler”:

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Clinton’s Democratic party. Please don’t mind the turds in the punchbowl.

RELATED: This is probably a good place to mention that it’s been nearly a month since I pointed out that Taylor Marsh was running an approved ad on her site for a book comparing Obama to Mussolini and that ad is still running on her site today. Here’s another reminder that you might want to email Sean-Paul Kelly from The Agonist ( who runs the Advertise Liberally hive at BlogAds and ask him why Taylor is still part of the network.

Posted by Kevin K. on 05/06/08 at 09:35 AM

Mushy Goes to Washington

Taylor Marsh
Taylor “Mushy” Marsh—Proud American

Someone emailed me this exceedingly entertaining press release and I figured I’d pass it on for a chuckle:

Expert Analyst on Clinton/Obama Political Scene Available for Interviews and Guest Appearances

  National blog reporter, journalist and talk radio personality tackles provocative, complex and controversial election-year issues

  FLORHAM PARK, N.J., May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/—Taylor Marsh, a Clinton supporter who maintains the major blog site for Clinton fans, is
available for commentary and expert analysis on all election-year topics. She will be in Washington, D.C. on May 5, 6 and 7, 2008 for guest
appearances originating in Washington. Thereafter, Marsh is available via satellite or phone interviews from Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

  Marsh is not afraid to tackle topics others shy away from. Among the many current issues she can discuss with clarity and astute reasoning are:

  —Why Clinton can still win

  —If Obama is the nominee, will Clinton supporters not vote, or will they become McCain Democrats?

  —Media (and blog) coverage of Clinton, and why she and Obama are turning to Fox News Channel


  A former Miss Missouri in the Miss America pageant and Broadway performer, Taylor Marsh is a talk radio personality (her radio show streams daily online), national blog reporter and author who’s been a consistent political, social and cultural force on TV and radio for over 15 years. She focuses on political commentary, foreign policy and national security issues, but is a respected analyst on all things political as she turns to the 2008 elections with some of the best candidate and election commentary available. Her relationship and cultural expertise, with research and experience to back it up, rivals anyone. Her political expertise includes committed study and research into foreign affairs and military issues that has made her one of the few women talking about complex, international subjects.

  On the web since 1996, Marsh shifted to blogging and blog reporting in late 2005, where her presence and impact have been explosive, though nothing prepared her for the Hillary hatred that would be unleashed in her direction in the 2008 primary season. [...]

So how’s the Mushy Goes to Washington/Look, Everybody Hates Me! publicity tour going? Ummm, not so well...

Taylor was set to appear on The Race w/ Adrienne Mitchell, on XM channel 130 starting between 8:30 and 8:45 ET tonight. Unfortunately, it had to be bumped in favor of a terrific election eve speech from our future Madame President. Understandable.

But do not despair… Taylor has already been invited to appear again very soon, so stay tuned…

Posted by Kevin K. on 05/06/08 at 08:40 AM

Monday, May 05, 2008

Aura of a Reiman

It’s been disheartening to watch some fellow Dem bloggers shamelessly turn into Anti-Obama Rottweilers this primary season, but it’s downright depressing to see one of my favorite polisnarkers mutate into fucking Tonya Reiman:

If I were an Obama supporter, I’d spend less time making jokey parallels about yesterday’s Kentucky Derby and more time trying to defend/explain away the startling, unflattering contrast between Hillary and Obama on the Sunday morning talkshows: She, so commanding and “up” on ABC’s This Week; he, so slumped forward, beleagured-looking, and low-energy on NBC’s Meet the Press. Because he sure isn’t carrying himself with the aura of a winner.

Posted by: James Wolcott | May 04, 2008 at 11:55 AM

I don’t know how much more of this I can take.

Posted by Kevin K. on 05/05/08 at 01:50 PM

There is a Dog

Blackies Hot Dogs
Nowhere near enough relish…

If I had to choose a final meal, one choice that would definitely make it onto my short list of possibilities would be a hot dog from Blackie’s in Cheshire, CT smothered in their outrageously delicious homemade hot pepper relish.  Incredibly wise out-of-town folks have been pleading with Blackie’s to sell their relish separately for decades now, but the family that owns the establishment have pushed back heartily, going so far as to deny relish to an ex-Nutmegger who flew in from California to bring some back to his dying mother (he was inundated with jars of copycat relish after the story ran in a local paper).

Well, I’m not quite sure when the Heavens Opened Up, but my visiting not-so-little brother just returned from Connecticut with a best. birthday. present. ever. for me.  If you’re a hot dog lover, trust me, it’s time to buy yourself a gift.

Posted by Kevin K. on 05/05/08 at 12:29 PM

Categories: Food

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