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
NBC is calling Illinois before the polls are closed there… CNN is waiting. Different comments from the analysts, but personally I hate to see projections before polls are closed.
Granted the projections are coming from exit polls, but as we’ve seen in past elections, early projections can impact late voter turnout, which can impact other races.
The projections themselves are identical, which should be the case.
We’re watching CNN right now and monitoring NBC here on the widget at TCR (go to the Home Page). CNN says they are being “conservative” and not calling Pennsylvania yet since no precincts have reported. But they called South Carolina for McCain while the reported votes are in favor of Obama.…
It’s not exactly been a big mystery where the former Secretary of State was going with his own vote this year. And NBC was was certainly fairly confident that they knew what Power was going to say today when he gave his endorsement to Obama (transcript).
I would tend to agree with Michelle Malkin when she states that this doesn’t look like a mater of race, despite contrary comments by Rush Limbaugh and George Will.
I was impressed that Brokaw asked two questions that I would not have expected from him:
- Will Democrats accept this endorsement from the man who “closed the deal” in getting us into Iraq?
- Should Bill Ayers have repudiated the Weather Underground and his actions in that organization?
John McCain today announced he is suspending his campaign while he works in Congress to resolve the current economic crisis. He also asked that the debate scheduled for this Friday night be postponed.
Here are John’s remarks made today in New York City (courtesy of the McCain-Palin campaign):
America this week faces an historic crisis in our financial system. We must pass legislation to address this crisis. If we do not, credit will dry up, with devastating consequences for our economy. People will no longer be able to buy homes and their life savings will be at stake. Businesses will not have enough money to pay their employees. If we do not act, ever[y] corner of our country will be impacted. We cannot allow this
Tom Brokaw, NBC News stalwart and probably the last remaining real “newsman” from a generation that has struggled to maintain a distinctive presence in the midst of cable news mayhem, will be moderating “Meet The Press” through the General Elections this year.
I respect Tom, although I find his editorial positions and influence in some of the news programming that he produces to be sharply left (and off the cliff sometimes), but I think that he has the knowledge, relationship savvy and ability to listen to those he disagrees with that will help maintain the integrity of the program.
I think everyone would agree that Tom is not Tim, and should not be critiqued as such. However, I expect a level of thoroughness in presenting …
It’s been a busy day in politics…
John Edwards has apparently been paying attention to our suggestions. He has decided to drop out of the race leaving no endorsement (yet). Any bets on who that helps?
Rudy Giuliani also has departed, providing an endorsement to John McCain. Nice. Most people seem to agree that McCain is not as conservative as Romney, just like the Easter Bunny isn’t as real as Santa Claus (most people can at least say they’ve had a conversation with Santa, not with the Bunny). Hucklebee is apparently the only one waiting for an official invitation to leave (Ron Paul hasn’t spent all his money yet, so we may be stuck with him longer than Nader).
Speaking of Ralph Nader, it …
Well, aside from an apparent win for Romney (expected, and not a big deal) in Michigan, and a relatively calm Democratic debate in Nevada, the big news in my book is the Nevada Supreme Court overturning (as reported by the New York Times Blog site) the ridiculous order yesterday by Judge Thompson to force NBC to include Kucinich in tonight’s debate. As I stated earlier today, the judge was wrong, Kucinich was wrong to pursue it, and NBC must maintain its ability to control its own content. Of course, that’s based on a strictly Constructionist view of the Constitution. Imagine, a Right-wing ideology comes to the aid of the Democrats and the Liberal Media. Strictly speaking, the ACLU should have been supporting Kucinich in …