Terry McAuliffe endorsed Tim Kaine for VP?!?!?!

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The former national chairman of the Democratic Party who ran Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign this year told 200 Democratic activists in Fairfax County Tuesday that Virginia Governor Tim Kaine would be his party's best choice as Barack Obama's vice presidential running mate.

Terry McAuliffe brought his articulate, high energy speaking style to the monthly meeting of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee at Oakton High School, to, among other things, "make no mistake" that his party leadership considers Virginia "a battleground state" in the 100 days left to fight it out for the presidency this fall.

"The fact that we've opened 33 offices around the state should remove all doubt" about how important Virginia is perceived to be for winning the election, he said. "We've leased them all through November," he added.


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Tell Terry McAuliffe To Boycott AHIP Convention

Terry McAuliffe, chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign for president and former head of the DNC, seems to be proving his detractors on the left correct by running to speak in front of the AHIP (America's Health Insurance Plans) convention in San Francisco on June 19th. McAuliffe is listed on the program as "Chairman of Hillary Clinton for President" and with that, lends the event credibility and, in my mind, embarrasses Hillary Clinton, while giving the industry political cover. Not that our presidential candidates' healthcare plans proposed eliminating the private health insurance industry, of course, but as Lucas O'Connor says at the Courage blog:

There's an opportunity to take huge steps towards fixing the damage done by the Bush Administration and make positive change towards a country that simply takes better care of its citizens.

But as Democrats, we're going to have a much tougher time getting there if we don't all travel together. Which is why, with millions of Americans unable to get basic health care, it's so distressing that former DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe is cashing a big check from the insurance companies in San Francisco June 19.

Not to mention that the session during which McAuliffe is scheduled to speak is being sponsored by Assurant Healthcare. You know, these guys:

Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Thomas R. Sullivan announced a regulatory settlement today that ends a lengthy investigation, requires two Assurant Health insurers to implement a corrective action plan and requires the insurers to pay approximately $920,000 in restitution to insureds and $2.1 million in monetary penalties. The State of Connecticut Insurance Department alleges that the companies violated Connecticut insurance laws and regulations arising under short-term health insurance policies. [...]

"The Assurant Companies are paying a severe monetary penalty to the State of Connecticut," Commissioner Sullivan said. "Our examination primarily related to what we believed were unfair acts or practices arising under their administration of short-term health insurance policies."

These are not our friends and I agree with Rick Jacobs, Chair of the Courage Campaign (for whom I do part-time work) that Terry McAuliffe should not appear at -- or take a speaking fee from -- the AHIP convention on June 19. If you agree, sign on to this letter to McAuliffe from Rick:

In the name of over 100 million uninsured and underinsured Americans frozen out of our profit-driven health care system, please don't lend your legitimacy as a leader in the Democratic Party to these corporations at their annual AHIP (America's Health Insurance Plans) convention in San Francisco on June 19.

We know these health insurance executives are some of the most powerful lobbyists in America, wielding significant influence inside Washington. But, as you know, Barack Obama and Howard Dean have courageously directed the Democratic National Committee to no longer accept contributions from lobbyists, including the health insurance industry.

You can take a stand as well by refusing to appear -- and refusing to take a speaking fee --- from the health insurance industry at the AHIP convention. [...]

No Democrat, least of all the former Chair of the Democratic National Committee, should support these corporations by appearing on their stage, and no progressive should allow himself to be paid in blood money "earned" by withholding treatment from sick patients.

Hundreds of highly-compensated health insurance executives will be inside the Moscone Center on June 19, working to perfect business practices that reward employees for denying health care coverage to millions of Americans. Outside, the real faces of the American health care system -- nurses, doctors, patients and their friends and families -- will be protesting.

Come join us, Terry. Boycott the AHIP Convention and prove that you care more about patients and health care than you do about lobbyists and speaking fees.

Want to join the protest of AHIP up in San Francisco on June 19th? Information is at Calitics. And if you agree with Rick, join me in signing on to the letter to McAuliffe urging him not to appear at AHIP or take their money.

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McAuliffe to MyDD: I'll Work As Hard for Obama as I Did for Clinton

This afternoon I had the chance to ask Clinton Campaign chair Terry McAuliffe if he had any message for the MyDD community. Here's what he had to say on the day's event, as well as moving forward through the rest of the 2008 cycle:

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Jonathan Singer: At MyDD, there are a lot of Clinton supporters on the site. Online, a lot of Clinton supporters. What do you say to them today? What is Terry McAuliffe's message today?

Terry McAuliffe: First of all they should be very proud. Hillary got 18 million votes. She raised all the issues, made healthcare the preeminent issue here domestically.

They all worked hard. They ought to be proud of what they accomplished. We came very close. It was one of the closest elections of all time. It's no fun losing. But you know what, they ought to be proud.

As Hillary said here, she's made it easier now for a woman to run for President. People aren't going to question, can a woman be President, can she be commander in chief, is she tough enough to deal with the defense issues. Those issues have gone away. So a lot was accomplished in this campaign. That's what you should take away from it.

Singer: So you're finally going to get to take some time off. After that, will you be raising money to pay off the debt? Also, will you be raising money for the Obama campaign? Have you, personally, talked about your role going forward in helping out?

McAuliffe: No. I've told all of the donors this week that we need to 100 percent get behind Senator Obama. We're going to do several events for Senator Obama. I had to get through today's activities and deal with all that.

We're going to do whatever it takes. Listen, I'm a party man. I've been with this party for 30 years, for the last 15 years working as a pretty much full time volunteer. So we have to win this White House, so I'm going to work as hard as I worked for Hillary  for Senator Obama.

Singer: Couple last questions, specifically on the party. Barack Obama decided to leave Howard Dean as chairman of the party for the duration of the campaign. What are your thoughts on that? Is that something you're in favor of or don't really have an opinion one way or the other on?

McAuliffe: First of all, no chairman has ever been removed, so I'm not sure why people even raised that as an issue. The chair of the party is elected by the DNC membership. It has nothing to do with the nominee of the party. So the terminology I thought was a little weird. It's not up to anybody to keep him. Howard got elected, and he's there until February 2009. So, no chairman has ever left when a new nominee has come in. So he's there working hard, and he's going to help us win top to bottom.

Singer: As someone who was there for the last five months of a presidential campaign the last time around.

McAuliffe: Five months? Four years.

Singer: But I mean the last sprint as chairman of the party.

McAuliffe: Yeah, yeah, okay.

Singer: What advice would you give him for this last sprint?

McAuliffe: Well, the calendar that I worked on very hard as you know for '04, we had a nominee by March 10, John was the nominee on March 10th. And then on March 25 in this building, which is a little bit historic, I held a unity dinner here, which was great. We had all candidates who ran. We had President Clinton, Vice President Gore, former President Carter came in -- first DNC event he had been to since he had left office, believe it or not -- right here in this building. It was jammed. I don't know, we raised like $20 million.

So the key now for Howard, obviously, unifying the party, raising money, you know, just getting everybody ready to go, being out there on TV, making sure everybody understands what a horrible President George Bush has been. You know I was George Bush's biggest antagonist. They don't like me over in the Bush family, but that's alright. And you know what I said from day one, turned out to be right, he's the worst President we've ever had. It's unfortunate for the sake of this country.

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Too Funny!

Earlier today, ABC News posted a story saying Karl Rove fears Hillary as a general election candidate.

Here's a clip:

Electoral maps put together by the consulting firm helmed by Karl Rove, and obtained by ABC News, show Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, to be a stronger general election candidate in a hypothetical general election match-up against Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., than Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois.

Via ABC's Political Punch:

Subsequently, Hillary gave a stump speech in Kentucky were she said:

"There's been a lot of analysis about which of us is strong to win against Senator McCain."

"And just today, I found some curious support for that position, when one of the TV networks released an analysis done, by of all people, Karl Rove, saying I was the stronger candidate.

Someone even posted a diary on this site, touting Rove's fear (flip charts included).

I thought sequence was rather transparent and humorous - watching a post-Mississippi, panicked Karl Rove running around like a headless chicken, planting "double-super-secret inside information" with ABC News; desperately trying to influence Democratic voters away from Barack Obama.  

But I was wrong.  It's sillier than I thought.

See, Rove and Clinton worked together to run this pale scam.


I just found out it was the Clinton campaign who planted this story - and Terry McAuliffe confirmed it on MSNBC.

You guys are soooo tricky ;-)

The GOP FEARS Barack so deeply, they will even provide the Clinton campaign direct assistance.

Terry McAuliffe:     We've just seen a release from Karl Rove's office, I'm sure you've seen, the electoral college map, Hillary Clinton does much better than Senator Obama.  Hillary Clinton wins the general election, Senator Obama doesn't.  And I think for these super delegates, at the end of this process, Norah, who has the best shot of winning the general election. [SIC]

Norah O'Donnell:   You know, it's funny that you mention that, because I did get this release, essentially from your office...

Terry McAuliffe:     Yeah.

Norah O'Donnell:   What are you guys doing citing Karl Rove?

Terry McAuliffe:     Well, he sent it out to Republicans.  A good Republican friend sent it out to us.

►   So there you have it:

1.   Rove sends the charts to Terry (either directly or using a cutout).

2.   Terry then distributes the charts to the press.

3.   ABC News (and only ABC News) publishes the charts.

4.   Hillary then feigns shock, saying the pressdug-up the inside information, thereby implying the polls are authentic, not propaganda, manufactured for public manipulation.

The only problem: Norah blew the grift on LIVE TV, and Terry confirmed it.

►   Classic Flim-Flam, using a scoop-hungry, unscrupulous media as the shill.

►   Tinker to Evers to Chance!

►   In reality, this is how Bush worked the phony, Iraq purchased yellow-cake uranium claim into the 2003 State of the Union address - using British Intelligence as the shill, who laundered clearly fabricated Niger documents.

►   Gawd, I'm gonna miss you, Terry.  You're the most bumbling operative, since Inspector Clouseau.

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Terry McAuliffe in 2004: Michigan can't be allowed to break the rules and move their primary.

I learned today from Kos that in 2004 Terry McAuliffe threatened Michigan with not seating at least half their delegates if they moved their primary date without DNC consent.

What follows is taken directly from McAuliffe's own book describing a meeting with Michigan Senator Carl Levin regarding the matter.

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