(1) The Caroline Kennedy power grab is running out of air due to the resistance from Hillary supporters and because of the stench fouling out from Chicago. Meanwhile, (2) the Obama campaign admits it was not the caucuses but rather a big election theft that robbed Hillary Clinton of the nomination. And (3) Pat Buchanan thinks its Special Prosecutor time too.
Pat Buchanan has an idea as to how to get a Special Prosecutor – make it a requirement for the Attorney General job. We think the pressure has to come from the Republicans NOW, while they still have some clout left in Washington, before the Chicago Culture Of Corruption grows its Hydra head in Washington. Here’s Pat Buchanan (and yes Pat is talking about Rahm’s and Obama’s talks with Blagojevich):
No one is yet convicted of anything. But if this scandal touches any member of Obama’s White House staff, who may have spoken with Blagojevich and listened to his solicitation of a bribe without reporting it, we are going to have a new special prosecutor in Washington, D.C.
Indeed, the U.S. Senate should probably make the confirmation of Eric Holder as attorney general, the Clintonite who midwifed the pardons of Marc Rich and the Puerto Rican terrorists, contingent on his naming an independent counsel in the Senategate scandal.
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Many Obama Hopium Eaters lullaby themselves (see our item below this one) with the fairy tale about how Obama and the Dimocratic leadership did not steal the nomination and that the process was not fixed. Well, the process was fixed and they can start to wake themselves up from the fairy tale. Not only did Obama get delegates from an election he was not even running in, the Dimocrats stole Hillary votes to give them to Obama in Michigan. In Florida… well here’s Plouffe:
This might not fall in the category of things that make Hillary Rodham Clinton feel better about how the Democratic presidential contest turned out. But David Plouffe, the campaign manager for Barack Obama’s campaign, said at a campaign manager’s forum here at Harvard University tonight that things might have been a lot different had the disputed Florida primary actually counted in the Democratic race.
“In fact, we might not have been the nominee,” Mr. Plouffe said at a forum sponsored by the Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Plouffe said that he was surprised – and relieved – when the Clinton campaign bowed to pressure from early primary states, including Iowa and New Hampshire, and agreed not to campaign in Florida after the state defied the Democratic National Committee and scheduled its primary before Feb. 3. That spared the Obama campaign the burden of running in a state where all sides agreed Mrs. Clinton was very strong.
“The Florida primary was always of concern to us,” Mr. Plouffe said. “When they agreed to do it in the Clinton campaign, I was really surprised.”
(The vote was held, and Mrs. Clinton won, but the Democratic National Committee said that delegates won there would not count in determining the outcome of the race.)
The way it turned out, Mr. Obama crushed Mrs. Clinton in South Carolina on Jan. 26 and rolled into Super Tuesday on Feb. 5, when there were more than 20 states holding contests. Florida’s primary on Jan 29, Mr. Plouffe argued, could have made everyone forget South Carolina if the Democratic party had not stripped it of its delegates.
“If we hadn’t had that moment of velocity coming out of South Carolina — particularly after losing New Hampshire – I don’t know if we could have survived Feb. 5,” he said.
Read that quick, before Plouffe is forced to take it back. Even if Hillary would have campaigned in Florida she would have been attacked by the Dimocratic leadership and they still would not have counted the votes. The nomination was gifted to Obama and when the Florida theft was not enough to get Obama the nomination, the Michigan theft was dragged in. Grassroots Democrats resisted up to the last primaries, but hey, it’s hard to beat the Chicago Way without subpoena power.
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The Obama nomination was gift-wrapped in Massachusetts [The real story of the Obama nomination gift is yet to be told. The Godfather fans will remember Godfather telling Tom Hagen
Obama’s Tattaglia’s a pimp…. But I didn’t know until this day that it was Ted Kennedy Barzini all along].
Like Barzini, Ted is getting bad payback. Caroline will not replace the irreplaceable Hillary Clinton.
It’s been a week since Caroline Kennedy’s name vaulted to the top of the list of candidates to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Senate, and already the bloom is coming off the boomlet. [snip]
Rivals — including at least three members of the New York congressional delegation — are starting to doubt Kennedy’s viability and experience, and Paterson is said to be less than enthusiastic about picking her, people close to him say. Critics are even questioning the substance of her accomplishments in education, her most high profile issue.
“There is no frontrunner – period,” snapped a person close to Paterson, when asked about Kennedy’s prospects.
Other than insult the memory of her father by comparing the accomplished John Kennedy with the Chicago flim-flam artist, Caroline has not done much.
Kennedy faces several obstacles for her candidacy. She has a low public profile in New York, and beyond her name, the most robust element of her public record is a part-time, unpaid fundraising position in New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s Department of Education.
She’s never demonstrated much appetite for the folksy, repetitive rituals of retail politics. The most potent argument being used against her, however, is the little matter of Kennedy’s backing of Barack Obama in the primary over New York’s native (if adopted) daughter Clinton, a genteel betrayal many Clinton supporters haven’t quite forgotten.
“This isn’t a jihad or anything, but I’d be lying to you if I said that supporters of Hillary don’t remember where she was in the primary,” said Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, a possible mayoral candidate who is close to the former first lady.
A senior Democrat said Clinton supporters had expressed their resentment over a possible Kennedy pick to people around Paterson, and that tacit resistance has opened the door to other members of the congressional delegation to violate party taboos and directly criticize a Kennedy.
“I don’t know what Caroline Kennedy’s qualifications are, except that she has name recognition, but so does J.Lo,” another Queens congressman, Gary Ackerman, quipped during a radio interview Monday. “I wouldn’t make J.Lo the senator unless she proved she had great qualifications, but we haven’t seen them yet.”
Manhattan Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who has hired a one-time Paterson consultant to lobby for the Senate appointment, was overheard complaining about Kennedy’s “complete lack of experience” to friends on the floor of the House on Wednesday, according to a member who was within earshot.
Kennedy worked briefly as a journalist. She has a law degree, but has not practiced extensively. She has co-written two books and edited others, raised money for charities, and served at times as a family spokeswoman, with her highest profile role coming earlier this year when she bestowed the Kennedy mantle on Obama.
“The question is experience,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a veteran New York Democratic consultant. “Can she do what needs to be done?”
He also questioned whether the Kennedy name, so potent in the past, would enthrall 21st century New Yorkers.
“So they decided to rename the [Triboro] Bridge [after Robert F. Kennedy],” he said. “But if you went to the street and asked ten people under 50 who this guy was, they wouldn’t know what you’re talking about.”
Caroline Kennedy “worked” for 2 years as a “chief executive” raising money. She is now the “chairwoman” of a partnership which raises money.
A former colleague at the Department of Education described Kennedy as a pleasant, low-key part-timer who appeared at the agency’s downtown office for partial days two or three times a week and sat in on meetings, but was rarely a driving force, and who insistently avoided media attention and interview requests.
Her appointment to this job raised eyebrows at the time because it was structured to avoid her having to disclose her family income on city conflict of interest forms that are required for all city officials.
Caroline Kennedy will not be the next senator from New York. Upstate New York opposition will prevent Governor Paterson from naming her as will the influence peddling stench from Chicago.
Hillary Clinton, before she ran for the Senate seat, spent over a year visiting upstate New York on a “listening tour”. Many also forget that well before there was an empty senate seat to consider Hillary had spent months campaigning with Charles Schumer in upstate New York when Schumer was running for the Senate. Hillary knew the region well by the time she even began to consider running in a state that had NEVER elected a woman to statewide office.
Caroline Kennedy knows nothing about upstate New York and the upstate columnists will not let Patterson forget that:
When it comes to politics, we New Yorkers surely do love the odd, the improbable, even the outrageous. Apparently our threshold for amusement is well over the top. [snip]
And where else would Caroline Kennedy be seriously considered for a U.S. Senate seat, even for a millisecond? Have we lost our collective minds? [snip]
As soon as her name popped up as a possibility, in some minds she became a front-runner. It’s absurd. What, in heaven’s name, are her credentials, her applicable experience? It’s all wrapped up in a name, and it isn’t heaven’s. That simply isn’t enough, not in New York. Not everyone who carries the Kennedy name is automatically adept at politics. Please, show us proof.
We’re told Caroline Kennedy is apparently a bright, wonderful person, who is soft-spoken, intensely private and, given her enormous celebrity, has miraculously avoided the limelight. New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg says she’s been terrific at raising money for city schools. He supports her. On what basis, he doesn’t elaborate.
OK, but she’s never run for political office, and before becoming deeply involved in the Obama primary against Hillary, didn’t show us an overt interest in the political process at any level. Now she’s become the close friend and adviser of President-elect Obama, who says she’s a warm and terrific person and would make a great senator. But, Obama added, he declines to get involved in New York’s political process. As if he just didn’t.
There is much that is off-putting about this trial balloon. It’s being pushed exclusively in Washington, in Hyannis by her uncle, Sen. Ted Kennedy, and in New York City. There is no indication from any upstate political voices that Caroline Kennedy has a grasp of the problems afflicting our 62 counties, or up to now, done much to find out. She hasn’t spoken out on issues, or policy, or even personalities except for Obama’s.
It was Barzini all along:
So whose agenda is satisfied by appointing Caroline Kennedy the improbable junior senator from New York? Obama’s and Ted Kennedy’s, certainly. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Obama came at a critical time in the war with Hillary, and may have tipped the balance. Another Senator Kennedy would be a nice payback. Except, of course, it was our senator who got burned by the Kennedy maneuver. I can’t imagine if Hillary has anything to say in the matter that she would go along, because it would be a kick in the teeth for Caroline to follow her in office.
Governor Paterson would have to run for office carrying Caroline while upstate New York throws rocks.
Governor Paterson makes the appointment, and will do so at the beginning of a troublesome period in state history that could well negatively affect his popularity. So what’s in it for him to appoint Caroline over more capable candidates? Perhaps a shamrock to wear at the St. Patrick’s Day parade, but not much else. It’s only conjecture, but I would imagine the incursion of the Kennedy clan into New York politics is bound to make many of the governor’s downstate friends and supporters more than a tad nervous anyway.
And finally, appointing Caroline Kennedy out of celebrity and not merit doesn’t do much for the state of New York. Oh that. At this critical juncture in dealing with a federal bailout for New York, and the intricate needs in Congress of restructuring our just deserts, a wonderful, soft-spoken person with little political experience is not what we need. We don’t need nice, we need the quintessential, stereotypical New Yawker. A super-smart, overbearing extrovert who knows his or her way around Washington.
Plouffe goes the weasel.