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from CNN: Clinton backers at McCain happy hour

The event, sponsored by the Republican National Committee and approved by the McCain campaign, was a chance for McCain and Clinton supporters to come together for one cause: their opposition to Barack Obama’s candidacy.

The McCain campaign has been aggressively courting Clinton’s voters in recent days, especially after Obama announced Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden as his running mate Saturday.

Lots of quotes from participants and a righteous conclusion from a PUMA we all know

Clinton supporters-turned-McCain converts at the event were not just angry at Obama’s campaign; they’re furious with the Democratic Party’s nomination process this year.

“The DNC really pushed [Barack Obama] on us. Now they’ve left us with two choices: somebody who has no substance or a Republican,” said Jessi Cleaver, 35, of New York. “And these are terrible choices, and they worked hard to select this candidate. … We’re watching the DNC pick this candidate for us.”

Ed Rendell on Obama

“With people who have a lot of gifts, it’s hard for people to identify with them,” the governor said. “Barack Obama is handsome. He’s incredibly bright. He’s incredibly well spoken, and he’s incredibly successful — not exactly the easiest guy in the world to identify with.

“He is a little like Adlai Stevenson,” Rendell mused. “You ask him a question, and he gives you a six-minute answer. And the six-minute answer is smart as all get out. It’s

intellectual. It’s well framed. It takes care of all the contingencies. But it’s a lousy soundbite.”

Toe sucker worries

This is written before Mrs. Clinton spoke on Tuesday night, but she will not blow this opportunity to shine in front of a larger national audience than she has ever had. She will crisply articulate her programs and proposals, and will come across as forceful, committed and energetic. Women from coast to coast will watch her and wonder why she isn’t on the ticket.

actually Dick, we’re wondering why she isn’t THE ticket. He reprises his clever find:

This election can be summarized as follows: A party that is absolutely certain to win has a candidate who has great difficulty getting elected, while the other party is doomed to defeat but has nominated a candidate who just might win.

MoDo (I won’t link) worries about…what else? Bills speech

Finally, Obama had to give in on Monday and say he would allow the ex-president to do exactly as he likes, which is what he usually does anyhow.

Notice how she uses the freeper ‘ex” Worried again about Obama’s weakness…giving in to the Godfather-like Clintons

CNN reports that Bill will NOT attand the stadium Triumph of the Willie free concerts with speech extravaganza

And lways happy when NYT is clueless

Mrs. Clinton was met with a lengthy, loud standing ovation. She sprinkled her opening remarks with personal touches, delighting the crowd by thanking “my supporters, my champions — my sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits,” a reference to her signature sartorial style.

You didn’t expect the Gray Lady to read the Confluence, did ya?

Oh, and McCain leads now in tracking Rasmussen with leaners

Wednesday shows Barack Obama and John McCain each attracting 44% of the vote for the second straight day. When “leaners” are included, though, McCain picked up another point since yesterday and now has a statistically insignificant one-point advantage over Obama, 47% to 46%

as for what dems think of Bill Clinton’s wants

While 39% of voters think Bill Clinton wants Obama to be elected president, over half of Democrats (52%) feel that way. Nineteen percent (19%) of Democrats – and 29% of voters overall – think Clinton does not want Obama to win the White House.