Politico.com spotlights Obama today

Politico.com is spotlighting Obama today with a series of articles. Ben Smith is covering the quandary that Obama faces on embracing the Clintons too tightly. The relationship between Obama and Clintons especially Bill seems to be more complicated and a delicate dance. Obama ran on a platform of a change basically refuting the Clinton presidency/legacy. Of course, it didn't go down well with the former President. Obama have to craft a delicate message that balances his philosophy and Clinton's supporters which surely would need a delicate touch and hand of a political genius.

On the other side thus far it seems HRC is speaking for the Clinton family and has essentially taken over the reigns of Clinton participation in political discourse in the public arena from Bill. Bill might have to resign to the destiny that the time is ripe for Obama and HRC. I personally think he should concentrate more on the Clinton Foundation work which is doing excellent work all around the World. Although his bondage with the African American community needs repair and I think he is more interested in that. Read more of Ben Smith's article in..

After Sen. Barack Obama emerged as the winner of the Democratic nomination, he announced that he'd be glad to meet Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at the time and place of her choosing.

But now that Clinton has conceded defeat and endorsed Obama, he's the one choosing the time and place. And the central choice he faces is whether he can -- and wants to -- win with the Clinton legacy.

Despite widespread speculation about the Clintons' feelings and motives, the reality is that they have few options: They have to do whatever Obama wants. Hillary Clinton's political future, and her husband's legacy, rest on the perception that they are working as hard as they can for the first African-American presidential nominee, whether he wins or loses.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/060 8/11390.html

Ken Vogel thinks Obama has gone "conventional". He concludes that Obama who embarked on a message as an unconventional politician who would be the change agent for Washingtonian politics actually missed some opportunities recently to highlight his convictions. I personally think Vogel is being little too harsh and is rushing to quick judgements.

Barack Obama has crafted an image as an unconventional candidate, a change agent and a post-partisan politician who represents a dramatic break from the status quo. But since securing the Democratic presidential nomination, when confronted with a series of thorny issues the Illinois senator has pursued a conspicuously conventional path, one that falls far short of his soaring rhetoric.

Faced with tough choices on fronts ranging from public financing and town hall meetings to warrantless surveillance and the Second Amendment, Obama passed up opportunities to take bold stands and make striking departures from customary politics. Instead, he has followed a familiar tack, straddling controversial issues and choosing politically advantageous routes that will ensure his campaign a cash edge and minimize damaging blowback on several highly sensitive issues.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/060 8/11384.html

There are more articles on Obama and Clinton Unity appearances and maxed out Obama donation for Clinton campaign fund on the Politico frontpage..Happy Reading..


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Clinton Staff To Be Let Go--From Politico

Ben Smith at Politico.com reports that:

June 02, 2008
Categories: Hillary Clinton

Clinton camp converging on New York Tuesday, and shedding staff

Members of Hillary Clinton's advance staff received calls and emails this evening from headquarters summoning them to New York City Tuesday night, and telling them their roles on the campaign are ending, two Clinton staffers tell my colleague Aime Parnes.

The advance staffers -- most of them now in Puerto Rico, South Dakota, and Montana -- are being given the options of going to New York for a final day Tuesday, or going home, the aides said. The move is a sign that the campaign is beginning to shed -- at least -- some of its staff. The advance staff is responsible for arranging the candidate's events around the country.

With the future of her campaign in doubt, Clinton hasn't announced her plans for the final election night of the primary cycle or beyond, but the aides said she would stage her election night event in New York City. Her entourage is currently expected to wake up Tuesday in New York and to arrive in Washington, D.C. Tuesday night.

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Ben Smith reporting on his blog that the Obama campaign has moved his evening event to 6:30 in order to make time for a "Big" endorsement.

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Brazile: HRC supporters are destroying her candidacy

I have developed a sick addiction to reading hillaryis44 over the last few days. They don't bother me . . . I feel sorry for them. I know that is going to come off as condescending, but you should really read some of the comments out there.

Ben Smith must have been reading my mind, because he posted an entry into his blog that I had read earlier on hillaryis44. It confirmed that Donna Brazile had this exchange with members of hillaryis44:

    Do you know how many undeclared supers are now just turned off by people like you? Do you understand you're hurting her and not promoting Hillary? Perhaps that explains why a candidate like Obama has raised $40 million in one month. You don't have to e-mail me again.

   I just sent Hillary a private e-mail telling her that supporters like you are destroying her candidacy.

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Obama Refuses Photo with Gavin Newsom

According to a high level Obama staffer via Ben Smith, ""He [Newsom] is never going to serve in our administration, and we may give San Francisco to Canada."

This was in respose to a story which appeared this morning in the San Francisco Chronicle:

"I gave a fundraiser, at his (Obama's) request at a Waterfront restaurant," said former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. "And he said to me, he would really appreciate it if he didn't get his photo taken with my mayor. He said he would really not like to have his picture taken with Gavin."

Obama's deputy campaign director, Steve Hildebrand, who lives with his partner as an openly gay man, is reported in the Chronicle report as calling this "a ridiculous story."

But according to the published report  both current and former members of Newsom's staff, remember the incident well. And they  say that you can bet that Newsom hasn't forgotten it either.

"He was pissed," said one former staffer.

More from the Chronicle story: "In fact, early last year, Newsom alluded to the incident in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Speaking to Reuters on Jan. 26, 2007, Newsom was asked about three potential Democratic candidates: Obama, Hillary Clinton and Al Gore.

"One of the three Democrats you mentioned as presidential candidates, as God is my witness, will not be photographed with me, will not be in the same room with me," Newsom told Reuters, "even though I've done fundraisers for that particular person - not once, but twice - because of this issue."

Newsom who is not gay, but went on to national prominence after he supported gay marriage offered this on-record comment:

"I believe in his [Obama's] leadership qualities, and I look forward to voting for him. In eight years.

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