by Deadalus, Tue Jun 03, 2008 at 08:45:52 AM EDT
So everyone's all up in arms trying to explain the mixed signals coming from the Clinton campaign and media, but the simplest explanation is quite clear. Clinton will be conceding at least something tonight, and someone on her campaign leaked this information. Clearly, NO campaign wants that information leaked while voters are going to the polls, so they had to counter it immediately to put out the fire.
Only time will tell, but Harold Ickes' statement to MSNBC indicates this may be what is going on:
Clinton senior adviser Harold Ickes has told at least one top Clinton backer in the House that "it's over," according to an aide that was privy to the conversation.
"Per the aide, Ickes told the Democratic member yesterday: "It's over and the end will be gracious, beginning with HRC's comments at Baruch College tonight. This will be over by Thursday at the latest. There's a large Obama fundraiser in NYC on Wednesday night that will include a bunch of bigtime HRC donors (I bet he raises $300K if not more) followed by a DNC event where big bucks will also be raised. We're guessing HRC will at least appear at the DNC event with Obama and use that platform to being to unify the party. (Ickes) agrees...that HRC has more leverage between now and Thursday than after."
by Deadalus, Mon Jun 02, 2008 at 03:12:54 PM EDT
It's getting hard to deny the fact that Bill Clinton is a liability for the Democrats' chances in November.
When answering a reporter's questions about the recent slime piece in Vanity Fair, he responded:
"You know he didn't use a single name, cite a single source in all those things he said. It's just slimy. It's part of the national media's attempt to nail Hillary for Obama. It's the most biased press coverage in history. It's another way of helping Obama. They had all these people standing up in this church cheering, calling Hillary a white racist, and he didn't do anything about it. The first day he said 'Ah, ah, ah well.' Because that's what they do-- he gets other people to slime her. So then they saw the movie they thought this is a great ad for John McCain-- maybe I better quit the church. It's all politics. It's all about the bias of the media for Obama. Don't think anything about it."
by Deadalus, Sat May 31, 2008 at 11:46:24 AM EDT
So apparently the little troll Larry Sinclair is working the crowd outside the Rules and By Laws Committee and distributing fliers that allege Barack Obama is gay, a druggie, and a murderer. At first, some thoughtful people attempted to get him to leave the area, but overall he's been well-received by the pro-Clinton crowd, as reported by Eve Fairbanks, from the New Republic:
He's not kidding. Clusters of people in Hillary shirts ask to take their photo with him, one woman covered in Clinton buttons introduces him to Greta Van Susteren, and he estimates he has handed out 500 fliers. "You could improve your credibility if you downplayed the gay sex and focused on the drugs," sagely advises one Hillary supporter with auburn hair and elegant makeup. But in this universe, Sinclair's credibility doesn't seem to be suffering too much. In fact, he's treated nearly as well as he might be at a meeting of the Vast Right-wing Conspiracy. In the thirty minutes I stand with him, only one woman expresses disgust at his fliers and his willingness to chattily discourse on whether Obama is "good in bed."
So this is what it's come to?