All Posts Tagged With: "Hillary Clinton"

Why the Des Moines Register Shouldn’t Bother Endorsing A Republican This Year

While not big news that Iowa Republicans don’t wait with bated breath for the Des Moines Register to anoint a Republican candidate the cream of the presidential crop, in recent years their recommendations have barely risen above laughable fodder. Since we could all use some comic relief from this seemingly endless campaign season, let’s take a look back at the Register’s recent forays into Presidential advocacy. What follows are two main reasons, among many others, why they should stick to merely reporting on the political pulse of Iowa—instead of trying to alter it.

Reason #1 – A Sketchy, Schizophrenic History

While nearly all the data on editorial board endorsements show that they have a miniscule impact, if any at all, well over 70% of newspapers …


Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State?

That’s what Ben Smith is reporting, yesterday morning:

Andrea Mitchell reported this evening that Obama is considering Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, something that’s been buzzed about as a possibility for a few days.

I haven’t been able to confirm it, and neither Obama nor Clinton camps would comment, though NBC apparently has confirmation that she went to Chicago today.

One interesting item: Clinton aides are not knocking the report down, which they might.

Since Ben wrote that, apparently, there are confirmations are coming from a number of sources, including the Washington Post:

There’s increasing chatter in political circles that the Obama camp is not overly happy with the usual suspects for secretary of state these days and that the field might be expanding


What A Week: Party Unity

On the Republican side, the increase in McCain’s position in the polls, slow as it is in coming, is a reflection of the unity that is starting to build within the Republican Party.  I think what you’re really seeing is that as the various state conventions come to a close, and people have finished jockeying for position to attend the Republican National Convention, that the dust is settling, people are getting into position for victory and are finally realizing the inevitable: John McCain is going to be the Republican Candidate… there’s little that could change that now.  People are seeing more and more clearly the need to get past the differences and work toward victory in November, both in the Oval Office and in …


FISA Finally Flies!

The US Senate voted today to approve the FISA bill, including immunity for the telecomm companies who acted at the government’s request with the understanding they were receiving and acting on legal requests.  The bill was approved after Republicans agreed to allow Democrats more judicial and congressional oversight.  And the bill passed 69-28.

Bush is, of course, expected to sign the bill.

Obama, despite voting for the bill, expects to keep an eye on this activity if elected and address any issues he sees.

Wait a minute, did I just say OBAMA VOTED FOR THE BILL???  Yup, although he voted against the immunity amendment, he voted for the bill.  And Clinton, in a show of party unity with Obama, voted against it.

Obama is …


Deciding How To Vote in November

I was subjected to scenes of Barack and Hillary playing nice with each other on stage at a rally in Unity, New Hampshire.  It was a bit over the top.

I don’t know what the real content (if any) of their speeches consisted of, and the newscasts simply showed snippets of each of them saying cute and insipidly stupid things about each other (Obama: “She Rocks!  She Rocks!  That’s what I’m talking about”).

At the same time, CBS covered Clinton supporters at the rally who are dead set against voting for Obama, and writing in Clinton.  Like that’s gonna work.

It’s intriguing that so many people are proclaiming they will not vote for one of the major candidates this fall.  I’ve be watching some bloggers …


Another Good Reason To Be A Democrat

It’s so easy to get away with things.  Right in front of everyone.  No one seriously does anything about it.  We’ve seen it with Obama, Clinton, Clinton, and today, with Chris Dodd.

I don’t know why I keep thinking that people like Dodd are respectable and of high integrity.  When Countrywide gave him a great, no a ridiculously incredible deal on his mortgage (his wasn’t a sub-prime, was it?), he had to know right then an there that he was get preferential treatment of an order that was inappropriate for a US Senator.  Add to that the fact he received significant political contributions from the company and then he co-sponsors the Dodd-Shelby housing-bailout bill (that essentially bails out the likes of Countrywide).

And now, National …


Clinton Finally Steps Aside

In an unexpected move today (to Bill that is), Hillary Clinton announced that she is ending her campaign for the Presidency.  She is pledging her support of Barack Obama. 

I’m glad that’s over.  For now.

I have a feeling that regardless of who wins in November, we’re going to go through this all over again in 2012. 

Peggy Noonan’s column in this morning’s Wall Street Journal provided a great analysis of the coming activities within the Democratic Party.  Peggy decries any possibility of a Clinton Vice Presidency.  She also has an interesting take on whole sexism issue:

I like it that she spent the campaign accusing America of being sexist, of treating her differently because she is a woman, and then, when she lacked the


Obama Meeting With Clinton

Who knows what’s going on right now, but Obama and Clinton are meeting together this evening.  At Hillary’s home.  Interviews with Obama today (just saw a recording on CNN), and he’s being very circumspect about what’s happening right now.

And the pundits are all going nuts over it.  It’s like the whole country is stalking these people.  Lots of speculation about what’s being discussed, what can come out of it, discussions between people in prior election cycles.  “Is Bill in the house?”.  Geeze.

Ohhhh.  Now there’s an “uptick in activity”.

This is going to be a very long campaign.…


Interesting Day

Just a few reflections on the day…

Politics:

News reports put Hillary ending her campaign on Friday or Saturday. As usual, I’ll believe it when I see it. It’s sad that Hillary has had such a hard time concluding her campain:

“We pledged to support her to the end,” said Representative Charles B. Rangel, a New York Democrat who has been a patron of Mrs. Clinton since she first ran for the Senate. “Our problem is not being able to determine when the hell the end is.”

Meanwhile, Ann Coulter (yes, I know that last time I mentioned her I was not very gracious) shares some valuable insights comparing Hillary’s complaints about popular votes vs. delegate votes, and comparing this situation to Al Gore’s …


It’s Another Day Of Confusion

Of course, on the last day of Presidential Primary Season, things are so close between Obama and Clinton that different new organizations have differing opinions about whether Obama has clinched the nomination or not.  And on top of that, the AP reported this morning tha Clinton will concede tonight, and of course her campaign denies that today (they would have denied it whether true of false).

I think it’s safe to say Obama will be the nominee at this point.

Also, Hillary apparently told New York lawmakers that she would consider running as Vice-President with Obama.  That will be interesting.

Hat tip to KCCI-TV and WSJ.…


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