Big Media and Big Blogs can’t sell the Big Boob.
In the same way that Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and Governor Patrick could not sell the Big Boob to the voters of Massachusetts – in the same way that Tom Daschle and George McGovern could not sell the Big Boob to the voters of South Dakota – Big Media and the echo chamber Big Blogs can’t sell the Big Boob either.
All the advertisements in the world, all the money in the world, all the fawning press in the world won’t get the American People to buy the Big Boob.
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote something only people like George Bush don’t respect. Many Democrats understand the danger of going against the popular will.
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland does not want to be dragged down in the eyes of the people of Ohio.
ABC News’ Teddy Davis and John Santucci Report: Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) was Shermanesque on Tuesday in saying that he would “absolutely not” be Sen. Barack Obama’s, D-Ill., running mate even if asked to join the Democratic ticket.
Asked on NPR’s “All Things Considered” if he is auditioning to be Obama’s running mate, Strickland said, “Absolutely not. If drafted I will not run, nominated I will not accept and if elected I will not serve.
So, I don’t know how more crystal clear I can be.”
Can Obama win Ohio, a state Hillary Clinton won in the primary and would win in the general election?
When asked to rank the degree of difficulty of Obama carrying Ohio, Strickland says: “I would say somewhere around 5 in a scale of 1 to 10. I think it’s, I just think it’s a challenge because of the nature of our state.”
Ohio Democrats, crucial in NOvember will not vote for Obama.
In Oklahoma, the lone Democrat in the congressional delegation – Dan Boren, is also running away from Obama:
Boren is the lone Democrat in Oklahoma’s congressional delegation. He calls Obama “the most liberal senator” in Congress.
And despite Obama’s pledge to work with Republicans, Boren says he sees nothing in the candidate’s record to support working in what he calls “a bipartisan fashion.”
Boren says he’s just watching out for the voters in his mostly rural district in eastern Oklahoma. In his words, “I have to listen to them.”
In the February primary, Hillary Rodham Clinton carried Boren’s district with 66 percent of the vote.
In crucial Florida, Democratic Rep. Tim Mahoney, is also running away from Obama and the Democratic? National Convention:
Although the national GOP efforts to negatively associate down-ticket Democrats with Barack Obama failed in the recent special elections, it appears to have paid off in one respect: We now have a red-district Democrat backing away from from Obama’s candidacy.
Freshman Rep. Tim Mahoney of Florida told the Palm Beach Post that he’s remaining officially uncommitted for now, and wants the opportunity to lobby John McCain on key local issues.
“I’m a Democrat,” Mahoney said. “But am I going to have a pep rally or something like that? No, I’m not going to do that.”
If Obama is going to win Florida, he’ll need to have local Dems being a lot more energized and active on his behalf than this guy. But his reluctance seems odd, given that Dems in much deeper-red Mississippi and Louisiana won special elections even after being “tarred” by their association with Obama.
What the correspondent for Talking Pimps Memo fails to mention in the article above is that the Democrats in those special elections distanced themselves from Obama and one even ran ads in his district to do so.
A Democratic big money donor too is running away from Obama:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is attracting elite Jewish Democratic donors who backed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and are concerned about Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) stance toward Israel, say McCain backers who are organizing the effort to court Democrats.
McCain has already had several fundraising events with Jewish Democrats in Washington and Florida, say his supporters.
He also has the backing of Democrat-turned-Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.), who made history as the first Jewish vice presidential candidate and has recently raised questions about Obama’s foreign policy vision for the Middle East.
Stephen Muss, the Florida developer, is the biggest Democratic donor and fundraiser to pledge his support for McCain and the Republican National Committee, said a GOP official. Muss has given tens of thousands of dollars to help Democratic candidates in recent years, including $80,000 to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics and CQ MoneyLine.
Muss, has the added advantage for McCain in that Muss is from Florida:
“The playing field is wide open for John McCain as far as attracting Jewish support,” he said.
Cantor said Muss would help bring more Jewish Democratic donors in South Florida over to McCain.
“He’s an influential player,” said Cantor. “From my knowledge of his influence in South Florida, that’s significant.”
Brian Ballard, a prominent McCain fundraiser, said that several major Jewish Democratic donors have said they will join McCain’s camp.
“There are Bill Clinton folks who for the last three to six months we’ve been pushing to get involved,” said Ballard in an interview last week, referring to former President Bill Clinton. “In Florida there are a lot of people not happy with Obama’s stance with regards to Israel and regards to Cuba. We’re starting to see some significant people come over.
“Democrats who are traditional large Democratic givers are coming over to our side,” said Ballard.
Jewish support is especially important in Florida, a crucial swing state where Obama trails McCain in recent polls. Jewish voters make up about 5 percent of the electorate in that state. Florida’s Jewish community is also a lucrative source of political fundraising.
Jewish Democrats are concerned about Obama’s stance toward Israel, and many big donors from this group supported Clinton. McCain has moved aggressively in recent days to win their allegiance since Clinton dropped her White House bid.
“Her dropping out was huge in terms of potential for crossover voting and crossover support,” said Cantor.
Jewish Democrats are concerned about Obama for several reasons. While stumping in Iowa last year, Obama told Democratic activists, “Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people.”
Some Jewish voters interpreted the statement as a sign that Obama would be overly sympathetic to the Palestinian side in future peace negotiations with Israel. And some are concerned about a senior Obama adviser’s comments regarding the influence of American Jews on foreign policy. Merrill “Tony” McPeak, the former Air Force chief of staff, told the Portland Oregonian newspaper in 2003 that the political influence of the Jewish community had hampered efforts to negotiate peace in the Middle East.
Obama has also caused some alarm among Jewish Democrats by pledging to negotiate with leaders of nations that have taken hostile stances against Israel, such as Syria and Iran.
The growing sympathy of Jewish Democrats toward McCain is epitomized by Lieberman, a self-described independent Democrat from Connecticut.
Lieberman has launched a new bipartisan grassroots group, Citizens for McCain, to attract Democrats and independent voters to the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.
Lieberman could become a potent weapon for Republicans seeking to pick off Jewish Democrats. As the Democratic Party’s former vice presidential nominee and a former Democratic candidate for president, Lieberman is assumed to have an expansive list of Jewish Democratic donors from around the country.
A few days ago we suggested Hillary supporters are the majority of the Democratic Party grassroots and are strongest in the big Democratic states. We must act like the majority we are and and exercise our muscles. We suggested that John Kerry be primaried in Massachusetts. That is now happening.
With democrats holding their convention in Lowell, Massachusetts, attorney Ed O’Reilly’s bid to get on the primary ballot as a challenger to senator John Kerry was rated a long-shot at best.
To the surprise of many, O’Reilly handily met the 15 percent Requirement … In fact; he got 22 percent of the vote.
He wasted in no time in taking the fight to senator Kerry. Now Jim Braude has some questions for Ed O’Reilly. For example, would Senator Kerry’s time be better spent campaigning for Obama?
This is the way for Hillary Supporters to fight, no whining. As Kristen Breitweiser said as for the superdelegates, just an FYI, we have the list with your names, you will be held accountable on Election Day and beyond, too.
Mardee and Kerry are the first of many.
It was billed as a post-primary unity event at Democratic National Committee headquarters yesterday. But the unity fell apart before the opening “thank you all for coming.”
As 18 elected Democrats filed into the party’s conference room for the show of force, DNC Chairman Howard Dean, evidently not realizing the microphone was picking up his words, took a swipe at Sen. Chuck Schumer, the loquacious leader of the Senate Democrats’ campaign effort.
“Wait until Schumer stops talking,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid suggested to Dean.
“That’ll be a long wait,” Dean replied. Then began the meeting.
The nastiness is typical. The fake, enforced “unity” is typical. The failure will be typical:
It seems that nothing can stop the Democrats from taking the White House and expanding their congressional majorities in November. But give them time. They’re Democrats, after all.
The famously fractious party is trying to apply wallpaper to the foundational cracks left by the Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton saga. But if yesterday’s unity kickoff is any indication, the party is less interested in rallying around its own nominee than in rallying against John McCain.
Obama will be impossible to sell. Obama is unelectable and not qualified to be president. The alternative is to do what Obama has promised on a stack of Bibles not to do: attack McCain. Whatever happened to “no red states, no blue states”?
In their opening remarks, Dean, Pelosi and Reid mentioned the Republican Party’s candidate by name 17 times, more than they did their own party’s likely nominee.
But perhaps this should not be surprising. Walk toward the entrance to the DNC headquarters from South Capitol Street and the first thing you see is a McCain campaign poster (closer inspection reveals that it says “Lobbyists for McCain”). Hanging over the entrance is a banner mentioning not Obama but his opponent: “John McCain = 3rd Bush Term.”
The negative strategy may have something to do with the need to win over the 18 million people who voted for Clinton. They may not have fallen for Obama’s charms during the primary — but perhaps they can be convinced that McCain is the greater evil.
That strategy left the leaders making, well, ballpark generalizations about Obama. “He is truly an all-star,” Reid submitted. “If we were talking about baseball, this man can run the bases, he hits for the long ball, he’s really good at picking out singles, he’s somebody that’s a team player.”
“We can be such an integral part of this team,” offered West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin.
“We’re all on the same team,” announced Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.).
Say this for Jim Clyburn, he is as nasty as ever.
The Democrats treaded gingerly around Clinton. Each time her name was praised, the group broke into applause, with the exception of Rep. Jim Clyburn (S.C.), who held a newspaper in one hand and thumbed his BlackBerry with the other.
“Her knowledge, her eloquence, her stamina, her commitment to the future made us all very proud,” Pelosi gushed. In her eagerness to praise Clinton, Pelosi lost track of what day it was. “Today, in case you didn’t know it, June 2nd, is the 45th anniversary of the signing of the Equal Pay Act,” she said. “We want all of those women who came out for Hillary Clinton — and for Barack Obama, but those especially for Hillary Clinton — to know that the work goes on.”
They should stop trying so hard. Hillary Clinton supporters will remember the Obama race-baiting, gay-bashing, women-hating campaign in NOvember.
But happy words alone may not be enough to win over the disaffected Clinton crowd: women and blue-collar white voters. Hence the need to raise the Bush-McCain specter. Pelosi argued that “women and blue-collar workers, whatever their race, have the most to gain by the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States and the most to lose by the election of John McCain.”
We’re not buying. We will not watch the Democratic? “Fear Factor”.
CNN’s Kathleen Koch pointed out the difficulty in wooing Clinton voters, who “may stay home and not vote, or they may vote for Senator McCain.”
“This is not just about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton,” Dean answered. “This is about undoing the incredible damage of eight years of Bush-McCain policies, Bush-McCain economic policies . . . Bush-McCain environmental policies . . . Bush-McCain foreign policies.”
Dean followed that run with a prediction: “I have every confidence we will be united by the fall election.” Against McCain, if not for Obama.
The second day of the Democratic? Convention will coincide with Women’s Equality Day. Let’s see how the Democratic? convention handles women on that day with demonstrations taking place.
Meanwhile McCain is getting ready to do some courting of his own. McCain has set up a webcast for Hillary supporters this Saturday.
The Democratic Diaspora has begun.