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CQ reports that the Obama people want more enthusiasm from the Clintons. Incredibly, this is the title

Hill Leaders Press Clintons for More Obama Enthusiasm

The House majority whip, James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, said that in their speeches the Clintons have to “really demonstrate to this party and the American people where they are with Obama’s candidacy.’’

And fr that they would get what?

While the official call for the convention specifies that presidential candidates will be placed in nomination and a roll call taken, it doesn’t specify that the roll consist of the traditional calling out of state’s names from the podium to which state delegations respond by announcing their vote.

That troubles Heidi Li Feldman, a leader of the group who is a law professor at Georgetown University in Washington, “It’s clear they don’t want an on-air roll call. They’re extremely nervous about this,’’ she said.

It’s becomng more and more clear that they are trying to weasel out of it

In the middle of all this, we get mentioned

But Denver is rife with Clintonites who either think their candidate got a raw deal or who at least want to ensure that she is properly honored this week. Such groups as 18 Million Voices, a reference to the number of votes their candidate got in primaries and caucuses, and Politics as Usual My A**, are active in pushing for Clinton. Another grassroots organization, The Denver Group, has zeroed in on Wednesday’s planned roll call vote, which the group fears will be less than transparent.

Politico reports frictions – they want to tell Big Dog what to speak about

The former president is disappointed, associates said, because he is eager to speak about the economy and more broadly about Democratic ideas — emphasizing the contrast between the Bush years and his own record in the 1990s.

(which should have been the base of this election)

Obama people are POd because

Nearly three months after Hillary Clinton conceded defeat in the nomination contest, these Obama partisans complained, her team continues to act like she and Bill Clinton hold leverage.

Well, they kinda do. And the more assinine move you make , the more leverage they’ll hold

One senior Obama supporter said the Clinton associates negotiating on her behalf act like “Japanese soldiers in the South Pacific still fighting after the war is over.”

Umm, no. There’s still a nomination and a vote in November. Tha war is not over.

But glad someone sees things right:

it is “Obama who has the heavy lifting” this week, this aide said.

This is because large numbers of Clinton backers — 30 percent in a recent ABC/Washington Post poll — are still not backing Obama over McCain.

And not just this week, me thinks.

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What a flight to Denver can do! The B0bot blogs about it

I’m not interested in arguing points with Bill, who’s a good guy and who I like a lot.  He thinks that the Obama team used racism and played the victim.  He thinks the DNC favored Obama every time.  He thinks that Obama should pay Hillary’s debt.  He thinks that Obama should have picked Hillary as the VP.  I’m interested in understanding what could possibly convince an old-hand party Dem to come and protest the Convention.  I want to understand what’s going on with him, because I want him back.  I want his passion and his wisdom.

That’s a miracle right there!

I ask him how he could possibly vote for McCain who will obviously overturn choice, and who will install a Supreme Court that will undo the last vestiges of what we both most prize about America.  “We’ll be strong enough in congress to stop him,” he says.  “What I’ve got is a guy who says all the right things, but I don’t believe him, and another guy who says all the wrong things, but I think we can stop him.”

Down beneath the anger tinted perceptions and beneath the resentment, there’s a mistrust.  There’s a fear that Obama won’t do what he’s promised.  This is reinforced by the “tack to the center”.  Obama’s changed positions on FISA and his failure to vote to curtail Oil speculators.

That’s better reporting than most MSM.

If Obama wants to really bring the PUMAs into the fold and get the party together.  He has to forget trying to seduce the cult of personality around the Clintons.  He needs to understand that these are party activist and loyalists and that many put their loyalty in Hillary because she GAVE THEM CHANGE THEY COULD BELIEVE IN

In order to fulfill his potential, Obama must build the perception the he is a promise keeper.

Which is all nice and dandy. Unfortunately, perceptions are usually built on lies and PUMAs have seen it all.

And the PUMA in cause confirms what Riverdaughter wrote and adds a new twist to it:

Obama will pay any Hillary pledged delegates room and cost of transport if they change their vote.

So, is the perception of trust here yet?


meanwhile B0 people tell the press

“We don’t look for a huge bounce” in the polls, she insisted. “The story of this race is more of a cumulative effect…. People need to get a sense of Barack Obama. Who he is, where he wants to lead the nation. This doesn’t happen from one event. There’s not going to be a single ‘ah-ha’ moment. The convention is part of a cumulative narrative of the campaign.”

Be careful what you wish for – you may get it


ABC reports that there’s an effort underway

“The whole idea of a roll call vote could be in flux at this point,” Stephanopoulos told ABC’s Charles Gibson on World News Sunday night.

“The Clinton people here, they’ve said they wanted catharsis, they wanted that roll call, but they may not get it,” Stephanopoulos said, describing the decision as one being discussed at the highest levels of Clinton’s camp.  “They don’t want to be blamed for any trouble at this convention.”

Sure, the Clinton camp! That’s why delegates are pressured to submit their vote in writing, early on!

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Too bad that passion for good is not accompanied by a bit of media savvy. Glad that Cynthia McKinney got a shout out. And the title of the video& spelling – belongs to the poster on you tube, not me.

per Politico: Once again presuming to speak for the American people, Nancy -9%- Pelosi says re McCain’s ad

“I think the American people are going to tire of that,” . “Please don’t insult our intelligence, they are saying to politicians. We want answers, we don’t want gimmicks

Sebelius – who must be feeling passed over herself these days, presumed to speak for Hillary

“I think [Clinton] will make it very clear on Tuesday night who her candidate is for president of the United States,” she said in a brief interview.

Guess what, girls? (funny how they get women to answer this one) None of you speaks for me – or the rest of th 18 million. But to quote Nancy-off-the-table-Pelosi

When asked by a reporter if the Clinton ad was “below the belt,” Pelosi dismissed the ad with a smile, telling the Republicans, “Good try.”

So, Nancy, how do you convice ME to vote for your party?  MCain tried. Are you willing to? Besides bullying Hillary to do B0’s job that is.


OTOGm nancy-off-th-table-pelosi downplays Biden’s insult

DENVER–“Lighten up!”
That’s the advice from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for people who might have blanched when Joe Biden joked about his wife near the end of his speech Saturday in Springfield and seemed to mock her brains while highlighting her beauty.

“Ladies and gentlemen, my wife Jill, who you’ll meet soon, is drop dead gorgeous. My wife Jill, who you’ll meet soon, she also has her doctorate degree, which is a problem,” quipped Biden.

Obama’s VP pick is the gift that keeps on giving – for women that is.

refreshing memories to those who might have forgotten – with thanks to Lula May at capital Hill Forum:

Professor Hill came across as so credible, people were left with only one of two choices. She’s credible, therefore believe her, or she’s credible, therefore say she’s crazy.

There is absolutely not one shred of evidence to suggest that Professor Hill is fantasizing, not one shred of evidence to suggest that Professor Hill isn’t and has not been in total control of all her faculties. There is no shred of evidence for the garbage that I hear — not on this floor — but I’ve heard in the newscast floating around that somehow she really is telling — that she thinks she’s telling the truth. The only answer we can come up with is she must be fantasizing. I’ve even heard it suggested that psychiatrists — one of our colleagues has said something to the effect, in holding the paper saying: Psychiatrists have a name for it. I can’t think of the name for it. But — but it happens. It’s not unusual. An otherwise truthful woman believing that she’s still being truthful engages in conduct of fantasy, and it has a — psychiatrists call it something.

and I had to stop the quote eventually, because Joe is long winded and takes one more gigantic paragraph to call Hill crazy (after starting with “no shred of evidence she isn’t sane)

And as Rabble Rouser reverend Amy says at No Quarter, we know for a fact from David Brock’s Blinded by the Right that Thomas was committing perjury and Hill was framed by the very real VRWC.

After the chance of having the first woman president is taken away from us, who do we get?


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and Anita Hill’s offender


CNN reports a NEGATIVE BUMP from the VP pick

In a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Sunday night, 47 percent of those questioned are backing Obama with an equal amount supporting the Arizona senator.

This looks like a step backward for Obama, who had a 51 to 44 percent advantage last month,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

And I bet he knew it – hence the announcement on a Saturday (news dump), right before the convention (new headlines kicking this away). We show:

Sixty-six percent of Clinton supporters, registered Democrats who want Clinton as the nominee, are now backing Obama. That’s down from 75 percent in the end of June. Twenty-seven percent of them now say they’ll support McCain, up from 16 percent in late June.

“The number of Clinton Democrats who say they would vote for McCain has gone up 11 points since June, enough to account for most although not all of the support McCain has gained in that time,” says Holland.

A majority of registered voters, 54 percent, think Obama’s choice of Delaware Senator Joe Biden as his running mate is an excellent or good decision. That number jumps to 73 percent when just asked of registered Democrats. But it drops to 59 percent when narrowed to Clinton supporters.

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