However, a Kennedy family source told NBC News' David Gregory that Caroline Kennedy had not withdrawn. Two sources hinted to NBC News that there may have been a miscommunication between Kennedy and Paterson's office.
First they couldn't get their stories straight on why she was withdrawing and now they can't get their stories straight on if she is withdrawing?
Not politically as demonstrated by her ham-handed surfacing.
She was AWOL during Bush and now this? We have two members of our caucus who have had brian surgery, her uncle shows up to vote with a brain tumor and her official statement is she can't serve because of a sick relative?
As Todd pointed out, that line wasn't in his prepared remarks, it wasn't the plan. (BTW, the text was emailed as an attachment? He really did instantly take the DNC back a few cycles)
Kaine had his plan and he is the product of the worst of targeting and fighting against the 50-State Strategy (remember, in his last week Terry McAuliffe cleaned out the DNC bank account for Kaine to fuck over Dean and demonstrate overwhelming targeting). So Kaine had his plan. It leaked. Kaine (rightly) looked like an idiot. So he added a new line to his speech.
Don't judge his words as I don't think he has any clue as the the why behind the 50-state strategy. Focus on how he isn't giving money to the state parties to hire back the organizers.
While having good people running homeland security is important, I don't see how anyone involved in keeping Joe Lieberman as head of the committee can claim that is their goal. So from a policy perspective, the mere fact Lieberman created DHS and is still in charge of oversight means that no matter how good the choice, it can never be called good policy.
And the politics suck. Instead of forcing McCain into retirement and opening up a couple of congressional seats in the dash for the GOP nomination (see NM, 2008), we lost a great Governor (who was elected on clean money) and we brought a new wingnut into secstate.
I think admitting Iraq was a mistake would have made a difference if not by itself, but by what it would have reflected about the thinking inside the campaign. It would have signaled a rejection of the DLC hawkishness and an embrace of the reality based community; a humble ask for forgiveness instead of a forced air of inevitability.
I think most of the ridiculousness we saw from Clinton's campaign after she lost but insisted on staying in was the inevitable conclusion of a campaign so detached from reality.
Also, I believe the name Mark Penn belongs in any such piece.
As for Edwards, I'm still not at the point where I even want to consider the possibility he would have become the nominee.
He partnered with BlogPAC to use his list to raise money for Jim Martin last Veterans Day, haven't talked with him since.
I'd like to see him take another look at Jean Schmidt. Vic Wulsin didn't run the most stellar campaign but kept Mean Jean under 50%. If Hackett runs, it will give him a great excuse to be out on the stump with his buddy Ryan in southern Ohio which would be great for both of them.