Mark Halperin, Politico - Paid shills for Obama?

My DD has a front page diary saying the race is over because of what Politico reports as " some important adviser's" comment and Time magazine's inaccurate facts.

Well these are some painful things that Mark Halperin should know.

1. "She can't win the nomination without overturning the will of the elected delegates, which will alienate many Democrats."

Elected delegates represent the will of people - says who?  So, what is the will of the people of Texas, for example?

2. "She can't win the nomination without a bloody convention battle -- after which, even if she won, history and many Democrats would cast her as a villain."

So is Obama. Even Obama can't win without a bloody convention if he doesnt secure 2209 delegates( not 2025)

Obama is the villain if he is the nominee after losing 8 or 9 of the 10 biggest delegations and popular vote but still goes on to become the nominee.

3. "Catching up in the popular vote is not out of the question -- but without re-votes in Florida and Michigan it will be almost as impossible as catching up in elected delegates."

Mark halperin or the media does not get the right to decide if 2.4 million votes from MI and FL should count.

4.  "Nancy Pelosi and other leading members of Congress don't think she can win and want her to give up. Same with superdelegate-to-the-stars Donna Brazile."

Nancy Pelosi and Donna Brazile are not the only superdelegates that decide the nominee. There are numerous senators, governers, congressmen and party bosses that back Hillary.

5. "Obama's skilled, close-knit staff can do things like silently kill re-votes in Florida and Michigan and not pay a political price."

He is already paying a political price. If Obama does not set his foot in MI and FL until he gets the nomination, write off these two states in November. Added to this he has hurt the whites in OH and PA. Can someone tell how Obama will win by losing these 4 states in November?

6. "Many of her supporters -- and even some of her staffers -- would be relieved (and even delighted) if she quit the race; none of his supporters or staff feel that way. Some think she just might throw in the towel in June if it appears efforts to fight on would hurt Obama's general election chances."

Do you have a poll of her supporters( at least 14 million so far who have voted for her) and staffers before declaring " Many of the supporters will be delighted?"

7. "The Rev. Wright story notwithstanding, the media still wants Obama to be the nominee -- and that has an impact every day."

This moron wants the media to decide the race!

8. "Obama might not be able to talk that well about the new global economy, but she (and McCain) can't either."

So- what do you imply. - Nobody should be the POTUS?

9. "Many of the remaining prominent superdelegates want to be for Obama and she (and Harold Ickes) are just barely keeping them from making public commitments to him."

Unsubstantiated bogus claim. How many superdelegates did you interview before making this claim?

10." She can't publicly say more than 2% of all the things she would like to say about race, electability, beating McCain and experience."

Don't you worry about that. Wait and see -the media will do it for her, once Obama starts crumbling in PA and all through May.

11."If she somehow found a way to win the nomination, she would have to offer Obama the veep slot, and she doesn't want to do that."

She will probably be waiting for a no from Obama. Obama doesn't want the slot either. There are ofcourse more qualified candidates willing to take that spot, people  who respect and love Hillary like Clark and Bayh or may be even Edwards.

12. "This is a change election, and Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton can never truly be change."

Bush- clinton-bUSH had something that hillary doesn't have and vice-versa. Wait until you see atleast 40 million women come out in November and vote for the First woman POTUS- Is'nt that a historic change?

13. "Obama is having fun most days, and she isn't."

Correct, by saying things like "typical white" about his grandmother.

14. "Even though her campaign staff is having more fun than it has for a long time, there's hardly anyone there who, given half a chance, wouldn't slit Mark Penn's throat -- and such internal dissension won't help her in the home stretch."

Mark Penn is now not running the show in the homestrech. Everyone knows that. I wouldn't be surprised if Carville, Begala and even Dick Morris is roped in the last moment.

Shame on my DD to carry front page articles saying the race is over. Mark Halperin has lost his neutrality, even if he ever had one. The race is far from over.

Tags: 2008 election, denial, paranoia (all tags)



Haha - if you had paid attention to Ben Smith

all cycle you would no that he has had to constantly deny he is for Clinton

by CardBoard 2008-03-21 12:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin, Politico - Paid shills for Obam

Actually Mark halperine has been fair to Clinton , I don't necessarily see anything wrong in his offering his opinion.

But that politico story , now that was genius.

Not one named source.

Only the real insiders like harold Ickes debunking the " imaginary insiders ".

When you run a story about some unnamed advisers to the clinton camp saying something , and the real insiders ' named " are debunking it in the same piece then you have to wonder which insiders you are talkin to.

by lori 2008-03-21 01:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin, Politico - Paid shills for Obam

There's a fine line between journalism and punditry, and Politico has never been shy about not only crossing that line, but vomiting gratuitously on it. Roger Smith as an objective journalist? Please. The man lives and breathes to write anti-Clinton smears.  

by VAAlex 2008-03-21 01:03PM | 0 recs

Ben Smith and Halperin are your examples of anti-Hillary bias?

Ben Smith, when on CNN, was identified as a "Clinton supporter" even though he had not made such an announcement.

Halperin on the other hand seems to annoy everyone - clearly a mark that he is pretty much down the middle.

by highgrade 2008-03-21 01:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin, Politico -

Obama is ahead because he encouraged voters to commit voter fraud.
In fact, Obama is MORE liable than Limbaugh and Kos because he was advocating voters break the law and vote for HIM. ion/80392

Yes - Halperin and Politico are shills for Obama.

by annefrank 2008-03-21 01:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin, Politico -

There's a key difference here -- Obama has consistently asked Republicans to vote for him because they want him to be President. So it wouldn't be voter fraud, necessarily, for a voter to sign such a pledge -- they may feel that, in their mind, they're voting for the principles of the party as embodied by Obama. And it certainly wouldn't be voter fraud on Obama's part -- he asked them to agree with him and vote for him.

On the other hand, Limbaugh is asking them to vote for Clinton because they do not want a Democrat for President. See the difference? Limbaugh is asking them to vote for someone they do not want in order to hurt someone they want even less.

And what of Bill Clinton, who went on Limbaugh's show to ask Republicans who do not like Clinton to vote for her anyway? He's surely also skirting the fine line of voter fraud.

I don't see how Obama can be argued to have done anything fraudulent. He's the only one in this particular story who's asked Republicans to vote for him.

by Texas Gray Wolf 2008-03-21 01:20PM | 0 recs
If MyDD is promoting this one the front page...

... could they be "paid shills for Obama," too?

by Bob Johnson 2008-03-21 01:05PM | 0 recs
Re: If MyDD is promoting this one the front page..

Everyone's a paid shill for Obama.

he's raised so much money, that everyone in America -- the media, TDS/CR, teevee, the blogs, the voters -- were all on the payroll now.

Didn't you get your check?

by zonk 2008-03-21 03:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin, Politico-Paid shills for Obama?

This is pretty funny. A week ago, people were accusing Halperin and Politico to be shills for Clinton.

The truth is, as hard as it's for people to believe, by and large the media are shills for the media. Most of them don't care which candidate wins, they care what sells more papers/gets more web hits/gets more eyeballs on TVs.

by Texas Gray Wolf 2008-03-21 01:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin, Politico - Paid shills for Obam

We are creatures of what we read and watch.  I'm watching Fox news more because they are more realistic about Obama.  So if I watch that, then I think everything is great for Hillary.  If I read The Page, the world is coming to an end.  My advice is watch and read what makes you feel good.  I never go near the Kos any more.

by MidwestTracker 2008-03-21 01:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin, Politico - Paid shills for Obam

Generally a good way to stay well-grounded and informed

My advice is watch and read what makes you feel good.

I only bring it up because it's actually that sort of attitude towards news that convinced so many Americans Iraq attacked us on 9/11.

by zonk 2008-03-21 03:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin, Politico - Paid shills for Obam

One could argue both of them are Hillary shills.  This diary has no merit and is in bad form.

by Socks The Cat 2008-03-21 02:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin, Politico - Paid shills for Obam

...and yet here you are, commenting away ;-)

if there were rally people in hillary's campaign that thought the chances of her winning were so small, they wouldn't be talking to politico... they'd be out looking for jobs. this story is about as accurate as all the other "inside the campaign" stories that reporters love to write to make themselves look like they've got their finger on the pulse of the campaign. i died laughing at the part about "this isn't lowering expectations"... yeah, that's right. they're not bullshitting you. they're really telling you the truth this time ;-)

by campskunk 2008-03-21 02:21PM | 0 recs
To paraphrase Mark Twain,

The reports about Hillary's political death are greatly exaggerated (and premature).

I think its more like wishful thinking.

by cjbardy 2008-03-21 02:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Halperin - not a shill

Mark Halperin is no paid shill for anyone.  He's been very tough on Clinton, Obama and McCain. He's consistently criticized the media for not asking tough questions of Obama, and he was also very critical of Bill Clinton.  He's tough, but even handed.

by Denny Crane 2008-03-21 04:41PM | 0 recs


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