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I don’t know what motivates this woman who was so derelict in her duties to make pronouncements on an issue non of her business:

“I don’t think we should be making an issue after the primary is over about who should be vice president. That would have been up to Hillary Clinton and would have been up to Barack. And it is up to Barack,” said the Speaker, when asked about the possibility.”

Technically correct – except for the minor detail that the primary didn’t produce a nominee. And I wouldn’t even pay attention to what she  is saying if not for what she was saying back in April

The California Democrat has repeatedly called such a ticket “impossible,” and in an interview with mtvU student journalists Tuesday, she said flatly, “I don’t see it.”

“In this case, I don’t see that as politically expedient,” Pelosi said. “New York, Illinois…either one I believe are going to be strong Democratic states. I think it is up to the nominee to choose his or her vice presidential candidate.”

Pelosi also seemed to suggest the two current Democratic presidential contenders wouldn’t feel comfortable together on the same ticket.

I remember it because it shocked me coming after the CNN debate – when the entire auditorium stood up and clapped at the suggestion. It was the one bright moment in these acrimonious primaries and she didn’t wait 8 hours to shut it down.

What business was that of hers?

There wasn’t a nominee then (and there’s none now either) – and as she just said – that’s up to the nominee. So, why not answer THAT when ask? “Don’t ask me, ask the nominee”

before any confusion ensues – let me make perfectly clear – I am absolutely opposed to such a ticket today. After RBC’s dealings it would be like having to vote in 2000 for a Bush/Gore ticket.

But again, nice of ya Nancy to go to Netroots Nation (which purged 100% all Clinton supporters through abusive behavior dictated by Obama) to tell PUMAs to STFU. Safe enough for ya, Nancy?

After all, you can win without us

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It seems that the Judith i saw WMD with my own eyes Miller newspaper, the Gray Lady is now in the business of shaping candidates and teaching them how to write:

“I’d be very eager to publish the senator on the op-ed page. However, I’m not going to be able to accept this piece as currently written. I’d be pleased, though, to look at another draft. Let me suggest an approach,” Times op-ed editor David Shipley wrote the campaign via an e-mail later distributed by McCain’s team.

“It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama’s piece.

Apparently they prefer the “maybe 16 month, unless…” approach to “I’ll see how long it’ll take.

Oh, goody. After helping W ascend to the throne and lie us into wars, PATRIOT Acts, FISA and other disasters, inflict on us another incompetent arrogant nobody who talkks from the both ends of his mouth! I am so glad media takes care of what I can read and what I can’t!

Mind you, I want this war ended yesterday, not in 16 months or 100 years but I also happen to know – not thanks to NYT that both candidates made Iraq identical promises (to stay).

This story sounds strangely enough to come with a caveat: it’s from Fox!

For a cheerful ending here’s  Garry Chapel Hill at the Confluence with the good news that the press is losing credibility at a spectacular rate after the latest shenanigans in this campaign

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Update with the mysterious Richardson chestbeating

In the statement from Richardson, Clinton spokeswoman Kathleen Strand said, “Senator Clinton is grateful for Governor Richardson’s and Senator Obama’s efforts to assist with retiring her campaign debt and she is looking forward to continuing to campaign for Senator Obama and help ensure victory for Democrats throughout the country this fall.”

Will’s take

It depends on who you ask as to whether or not her debt is paid off.

Our sources continue to say “Yes”.

Hillary’s financial team is saying “No”.

The bridge here is that it is now Hillary’s *personal* debt alone now that is to
be paid off, and that the *campaign* debt is indeed paid off, as our sources
have been telling us.

July numbers will be released on August 20th, so more should be known by then.

Me: I am officially pissed off.

Update with numbers from Texas Hill Blog


Will Bower Says:
July 22, 2008 at 2:52 pm e
This in from Open Secrets:

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/summary.php?cid=N00000019&cycle=2008
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Hillary Clinton (D)

Cash on Hand: $26,046,667
Debts: $25,201,723

Here’s Will Bowers:

As *I* see it (from what our sources have told us), her *campaign* debt should be in the black as of now. Even if it isn’t, the *good* news is that we’ve brought the DNC’s strong arm tactics into public light and scrutiny… so that they will now be hard pressed to use her debt against her in their attempt to keep her name from being placed into nomination.

Edited to add: i just now discovered this shiny new PUMA Forum

How did I miss that?

Update

To increase the confusion – a slanderous article on Politico plus some bewildering stories I heard myself. Not happy.

and this as of August 21

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So Joan Venochi – FINALLY – observes at Boston Globe

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There’s no such thing as a humble politician. But when Obama looks into the mirror, he doesn’t just see a president; he sees JFK.

In 1960, John F. Kennedy accepted his party’s nomination with an outdoor speech at the Los Angeles Coliseum. But he waited until he was elected before going to Germany to declare “Ich bin ein Berliner.”

he gives me whiplash with the impersonation game. One day he’s JFK, the next, Reagan.

Continues Venochi:

The McCain campaign is beginning to jump on the ego issue. “I don’t know that people in Missouri are going to like seeing tens of thousands of Europeans screaming for The One,” a McCain aide quipped in response to Obama’s upcoming visit abroad.

and this telling parallel:

McCain’s humility comes through in his book, “Faith of my Fathers,” which he wrote at age 63, after completing a career in the US Navy and moving onto politics. Obama wrote the more self-reverential “Dreams from My Father,” after he was elected president of the Harvard Law Review.

The downside for Obama is how much his ego stands to resonate beyond the political right.

and concludes:

A presidential candidate is supposed to get bigger on the national stage. That doesn’t mean his head should, too.

We’ll see…I always wished that Bush’s arrogance would be his undoing…he did become an object of ridicule, but wasn’t really undone.

Considering how much Obama jumps the gun – he is but a clincher – there is some hope of a big fall.

Depends of course on who will count the votes this time. I hope not the same people who are manufacturing reality on Obama.

Update

Now we know why the seal was invented in the first place: the Obamaplane! It has the changey-hopey logo pained on a side – and now sadly

On the tail, instead of the American flag on the presidential plane, is the rising-sun logo of the Obama campaign.

Damn you seal critics you!

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