Lieberman Angles for McCain/Clinton ’08

Seems to me that he’s angling for that ticket from this email. He really should lose his chairmanship and become a Republican. It’s hard to believe he ran against Bush. He sounds so…Republican.

From: Senator Joe Lieberman

Date: June 5th, 2008

Today, I asked Senator McCain if I could create and chair a new grassroots organization, “Citizens for McCain.”

Citizens for McCain is an organization within the McCain campaign for people who put country before political party and support the candidate for President who has a proven record of bipartisanship.

As you know, I caucus with the Democrats as a United States Senator and was the Democrat Party’s nominee for Vice-President of the United States against President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

But first and foremost, I am an American. I have an obligation to do what I think is best for our nation regardless of political party. My love for this country and strong belief in John McCain’s character, judgment, and willingness to work with leaders of both parties has convinced me to support him for President.

I have worked with John McCain for many years in the U.S. Senate and know from experience that he can unite Democrats, Republicans and Independents like no one else in this country. He did it in the United States Senate and he can do it as President of the United States.

But we need help from McCain supporters such as you to reach out to Americans who are not currently involved in the campaign. Will you help us by recruiting your friends, family, and co-workers who may not consider themselves members of the Republican Party and ask them to join the Citizens for McCain organization?

I am confident we will find many Democrats and Independents who, like John McCain and me, put country before political party and will support a leader with a real record of bipartisanship.

Time and time again John McCain has put his country first. He refused early release when he was held captive in Vietnam. He continued to put his country first as a national leader in the U.S. Senate. He put country before party when he fought to pass campaign finance reform, sought a bi-partisan solution to the immigration problem, and consistently supported pro-environment policies. His courage to stand up to the failed Iraq war plan of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and lead the fight for a new strategy in Iraq will go down in history, and it saved American lives. These were not always the easy things to do. In fact, they were usually very difficult, and often threatened his political career. But John McCain did what was right.

He said it best in his speech in New Orleans on Tuesday night:

“(The American people) know I have a long record of bipartisan problem solving. They’ve seen me put our country before any President — before any party — before any special interest — before my own interest. They might think me an imperfect servant of our country, which I surely am. But I am her servant first, last and always.”

The phones at the campaign headquarters have been ringing with disaffected Democrats calling to say they believe Senator McCain has the experience, judgment, and bipartisanship necessary to lead our country in these difficult times. Many of these supporters are former supporters of Senator Clinton.

Senator McCain has had a very good working relationship with Senator Clinton and will continue to do so in the future. In the same New Orleans speech he said:

“Senator Clinton has earned great respect for her tenacity and courage. The media often overlooked how compassionately she spoke to the concerns and dreams of millions of Americans, and she deserves a lot more appreciation than she sometimes received. As the father of three daughters, I owe her a debt for inspiring millions of women to believe there is no opportunity in this great country beyond their reach. I am proud to call her my friend.”

I am proud to call John McCain my friend and ask you to help our friend become the next President of the United States.

Please forward this email to your lists today and ask your friends, family, and coworkers who do not consider themselves Republicans to join me in filling out the Citizens for McCain form today.

Thank you for your willingness to help me expand this new organization. Together, we will make history.

(H/T Daily Kos)

Is Democratic party unity really a goal for Clinton?

If so, it is time for Senator Clinton to stop saying the Democrats are fielding the wrong candidate.

Her inexperience argument is a canard that should die a rapid death. Senator Obama has demonstrated his ability to mount a strong and effective campaign while not abandoning his core principles of transparency and staying focused on the issues. He has demonstrated fiscal responsibility and an ability to reach out and build a strong coalition of support around the core principles guiding the Democratic party.

Make no mistake, the nominating process and campaign is a strong indicator of where the general election will go. Let’s call the church crap a draw, given that McCain’s got Hagee and Parsley repudiations under his belt. Barack Obama will end the primary season with millions in the bank, a nice nest egg for the general election, and a strong, empowered, grass-roots base to build his general election campaign.

ANY argument which suggests that Hillary Clinton is more capable than Barack Obama to be President of this country is based on intellectual dishonesty. Let’s talk about leadership in that context.

Leadership has more than one element. It is first, and foremost, the ability to exercise good personal judgment. Second, the ability to communicate a direction in a way that attracts people to your cause; and third, the ability to move that cause forward steadily and with purpose.

Just in the context of today’s RBC meeting, let’s look at leadership. The Obama campaign asked its followers to refrain from any demonstration or en masse appearance in Washington DC today, choosing instead to focus on their 50 state voter registration drive, intended to shore up the Democratic voter base in all 50 states. His supporters are just as passionate as Hillary Clinton’s, trust me. They could have appeared in front of that hotel with their own signs, but they DID NOT, choosing instead to follow the request of Obama and work on calling voters, registering new voters, and working on other aspects of the campaign.

Clinton’s supporters, on the other hand, disrupted the meeting (particularly the afternoon sessions), called for more division by stirring her Florida supporters with comparisons to the 2000 election, the civil rights movement, the suggestion that the compromise reached treats Florida voters as less than slaves (who received 3/5ths of a vote), aligned with slanderous and discredited characters for the sake of attention, and consistently continue to whine that the failure of her candidacy is somehow related to sexism, misogyny and unfair treatment.

The video linked above and the one embedded below are examples. Both are pathetic. I would never, ever in a hundred years do this. It’s a disgrace to Hillary Clinton. It’s a disgrace to every hard-working woman who manages to find their place in life as a self-actualized human being. As the daughter of an abusive father, I know what it feels like to be controlled by men. I also know it’s possible to be a woman in a man’s world without turning into a hater. This supporter’s hysteria and irrationality undermines Clinton’s legitimate, strong, hard-fought candidacy. I don’t hold her responsible for what one supporter says, but let’s be honest — when Clinton surrogate Geraldine Ferraro attributes her current position to nothing more than sexism, she undermines all of us who chose NOT to vote for Clinton because we did not recognize her as a strong, unifying leader. My impression of Clinton has been that she is a divider, not a uniter, and that has been obvious as the primary season has progressed. I’m a woman! I’m not anti-woman, nor do I feel bound by my physiology to vote for one candidate over another.

If Barack Obama loses in November (and the only way I see that happening is if the party is so hopelessly divided that it simply disintegrates), Hillary Clinton will lose the opportunity to advance her own agenda for women’s rights, reproductive rights, ending the war, and health care. She will have far more influence with a Barack Obama presidency than she would with a John McCain presidency.

If her motives are what she says — party unity and advancing an agenda of social reform — then it’s in her best interests to throw her support wholeheartedly behind Obama and lead her supporters to do the same. If her interests are purely self-serving, she should continue to encourage horrible behavior and paint herself as a victim. And a loser.

Clinton has the power to decide what she wants to do. Let’s hope she does it, and demonstrates leadership that is effective, outspoken and works to defeat the Republicans in November.

The RBC meeting will be irrelevant

…Because the Clinton campaign has drawn a deep line in the sand, a line which can only be resolved with the intervention of the credentials committee.

However, there is another way. The pledged delegates and superdelegates, with the press, can make her irrelevant. It’s time to start doing that.

There will be some sort of resolution in the rules committee, but it will not be acceptable to Senator Clinton. Therefore, she will continue on through the convention, but it is possible to silence her divisiveness if the pledged and superdelegates pledge unity to the candidate who won legitimately by the rules, and the press quits calling this as a horserace.

California delegates have pledged unity and a goal to win in November. Let’s see if they will lead the way.

Clinton’s letter to superdelegates

Tell me again that she’s vying for the vice presidency. Um…I don’t think so. I’ve bolded some of the specific reasons in the body of the letter that highlight the ambition and expectation that she will be the nominee. This letter was accompanied by Karl Rove’s charts and polls supporting her argument. Gosh, he’s everywhere lately.

Dear ___________,

The stakes in this election are so high: with two wars abroad, our economy in crisis here at home, and so many families struggling across America, the need for new leadership has never been greater.

At this point, we do not yet have a nominee – and when the last votes are cast on June 3, neither Senator Obama nor I will have secured the nomination. It will be up to automatic delegates like you to help choose our party’s nominee, and I would like to tell you why I believe I am the stronger candidate against Senator McCain and would be the best President and Commander in Chief.

Voters in every state have made it clear that they want to be heard and counted as part of this historic race. And as we reach the end of the primary season, more than 17 million people have supported me in my effort to become the Democratic nominee – more people than have ever voted for a potential nominee in the history of our party. In the past two weeks alone, record numbers of voters participated in the West Virginia and Kentucky primaries. And with 40 and 35 point margins of victory, it is clear that even when voters are repeatedly told this race is over, they’re not giving up on me – and I am not giving up on them either.

After seven years of feeling invisible to the Bush administration, Americans are seeking a President who is strong, experienced, and ready to take on our toughest challenges, from serving as Commander in Chief and ending the war in Iraq to turning our economy around. They want a President who shares their core beliefs about our country and its future and “gets” what they go through every day to care for their families, pay the bills and try to put something away for the future.

We simply cannot afford another four – or eight – years in the wilderness. That is why, everywhere I go, people come up to me, grip my hand or arm, and urge me to keep on running. That is why I continue in this race: because I believe I am best prepared to lead this country as President – and best prepared to put together a broad coalition of voters to break the lock Republicans have had on the electoral map and beat Senator McCain in November. (See, it’s not just about her base — it’s her strong belief that she, and only she, can lead this country. Message: Obama weak; me strong)

Recent polls and election results show a clear trend: I am ahead in states that have been critical to victory in the past two elections. From Ohio, to Pennsylvania, to West Virginia and beyond, the results of recent primaries in battleground states show that I have strong support from the regions and demographics Democrats need to take back the White House. I am also currently ahead of Senator McCain in Gallup national tracking polls, while Senator Obama is behind him. And nearly all independent analyses (This is not true. She handpicked her analyses) show that I am in a stronger position to win the Electoral College, primarily because I lead Senator McCain in Florida and Ohio. I’ve enclosed a detailed analysis of recent electoral and polling information, and I hope you will take some time to review it carefully.

In addition, when the primaries are finished, I expect to lead in the popular vote and in delegates earned through primaries. Ultimately, the point of our primary process is to pick ourstrongest nominee – the one who would be the best President and Commander in Chief, who has the greatest support from members of our party, and who is most likely to win in November. So I hope you will consider not just the strength of the coalition backing me, but also that more people will have cast their votes for me. (again with the popular vote lie…way to make your case, base it all on a lie).

I am in this race for them — for all the men and women I meet who wake up every day and work hard to make a difference for their families. People who deserve a shot at the American dream – the chance to save for college, a home and retirement; to afford quality health care for their families; to fill the gas tank and buy the groceries with a little left over each month.

I am in this race for all the women in their nineties who’ve told me they were born before women could vote, and they want to live to see a woman in the White House. For all the women who are energized for the first time, and voting for the first time. For the little girls – and little boys – whose parents lift them onto their shoulders at our rallies, and whisper in their ears, “See, you can be anything you want to be.” As the first woman ever to be in this position, I believe I have a responsibility to them. (and if you don’t give me this nomination, you’ll disappoint all the little old ladies and little girls and little boys…wah.)

Finally, I am in this race because I believe staying in this race will help unite the Democratic Party. I believe that if Senator Obama and I both make our case – and all Democrats have the chance to make their voices heard – everyone will be more likely to rally around the nominee.

In the end, I am committed to unifying this party. What Senator Obama and I share is so much greater than our differences; and no matter who wins this nomination, I will do everything I can to bring us together and move us forward.

But at this point, neither of us has crossed the finish line. (Actually, one will cross the finish line on 6/3, but not her) I hope that in the time remaining, you will think hard about which candidate has the best chance to lead our party to victory in November. I hope you will consider the results of the recent primaries and what they tell us about the mindset of voters in the key battleground states (hint: they won’t vote for a black guy). I hope you will think about the broad and winning coalition of voters (White women over 50, Appalachian voters and who else? Hispanics are moving in droves to Obama…) I have built.(Because yeah, Obama didn’t build a goddamn thing, it’s all about what SHE’S built. Gimme a break, and give Bush some credit too) And most important, I hope you will think about who is ready to stand on that stage with Senator McCain, (HRC code words arguing her ‘experience’) fight for the deepest principles of our party, and lead our country forward into this new century.

I’m telling you, she’ll take it to the convention, in which case Rachel Maddow will be absolutely 100-frickin’-percent right.

Aw. Lanny’s Mad

There’s great dialogue on Lanny Davis’ latest post about the four things that Obama supporters have done to aggravate Clinton supporters.

I especially liked one commenter’s list of things Hillary couldn’t resist:

1) Voting for the Iraq war resolution
2) Pretending she didn’t understand that the Kerry ‘joke’ was the same thing the RFK comment turned into. “that I know of'”
3) Voting for Kyle-Lieberman
4) Distorting the concepts of popular versus pledged votes, primary versus general election support, her change of mind on the RULES regarding Michigan and Florida,
bragging about ducking sniper fire when Chelsea was with her.
5)Letting Geraldine Ferraro claim that the only reason Obama was successful is his race. (I’ve been watching Presidential candidates since ’60.)
6)Piling on the George and Charlie mud fest.
7) Telling those of us who have state caucuses that the process is not legitimate. (You went through 2 national campaigns and did not work to change this if you thought it was wrong? You don’t live here.)
8)Blaming Obama for inflaming the RFK response in the media. (Ok it was Terry but obviously you “approved the message”) I was following the whole thing over the net. This is really a specious accusation. Be glad to fill you in on the details.
9 )Trying to show how tough you will be; at 3 am, if your foreign policy is so bad Iran attacks Israel and we have to OBLITERATE them.

and another commenter’s list of 16 things the Clintons did to piss off the Obama folks:

1. Hillary saying that Obama is not a muslim ‘as far as I know’.
2. The campaign releasing a photo of Obama in mideastern garb.
3. Hillary’s endorsement of McCain over Obama several times.
4. Bill Clinton’s statement marginalizing Obama as the ‘black’ candidate.
5. Hillary playing the sexism card over and over again. ie. The boys are ganging up on me.
6. Hillary saying that FL and MI primaries don’t count until she needs the votes.
7. Hillary making her primary wins somehow more important than the states that Obama won.
8. Hillary trying to blame the failure of revotes in FL and MI on Obama.
9. Hillary’s comment about hard working, WHITE americans.
10. Hillary blaming the media for sexist bias after months of bad press for Obama.
11. Hillary getting her digs in at the so-called Fox News debate.
12. Hillary supporters saying that Obama supporters are kool-aid drinkers.
13. Campaign saying that Obama supporters are latte drinking, pirius driving elites
14. Hillary denying there has been racism in primary.
15. Hillary bringing up assassination when some fear for Obama.
16. Hillary’s campaign calling people ‘Judas”.

Strains of “the farmer and the cowman” are rolling through my mind. (think..”Oklahoma“)

Dr. Phil, are you on standby?