Day By Day by Chris MuirThe Bill Clinton pardons, Hillary Clinton’s fundraising and now George W. Bush’s Presidential Library scandals are especially egregious examples of PAY TO PLAY politics.
But, do American voters expect NO LESS from their pols?
Sadly so, unless they demand Congress change the ridiculous methods the pols find to avoid transparency of corruption.
Which ……. they won’t.++++++++++In blogging matters, Flap is now home in Thousand Oaks, California after a whirlwind the last two days of World Series of Poker (WSOP), World Poker Tour (WPT) and live play poker in Las Vegas.
Yes, Flap won some coin.
Photos will be posted throughout the day.
Day By Day by Chris MuirThe Democrats do not wish any 1968 type protests at their Denver National Convention this summer, so why not keep the rift raft behind chicken wire barriers?
But, where will the party leaders be keeping Bill Clinton? What sort of “CAGE” will contain him?
And, what about Hillary? Will she be delivering a keynote speech during prime television time? Or is paying off her $20 million campaign debt enough for Obama to give her?
Flap wants to see that chicken wire restrain the Code Pink folks. Wait, you say that they are Obama delegates and wil be on the convention floor.
Apparently a $20 million kiss or so…….
Photoshop from Infruriated FaggotFancy that…Barack Obama has FINALLY asked his donors to help Hillary and Bill Clinton retire their “personal” campaign debt to election consultants and vendors.
ABC News has learned that on a conference call with his national finance team this afternoon, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, asked his top contributors to help Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, retire her more than $10 million in outstanding vendor debt. He did not specify an amount.
Next, Bill Clinton says he will do whatever he can to help Obama become President. But, he said it through a spokesman.
Former President Clinton said through a spokesman Tuesday that he is committed to helping Barack Obama become president, his first comments in support of his wife’s former rival since their primary ended three weeks ago.
“President Clinton is obviously committed to doing whatever he can and is asked to do to ensure Senator Obama is the next president of the United States,” McKenna said.
It’s not clear what Obama might ask him to do. The campaign wasn’t specific when asked.
Flap supposes the final “DEAL” on the $10 million that the Clinton’s personally owe to consultants and vendors has NOT been consummated. When it is, then Bill MAY change his tune if Obama EVEN wants his support.
Obama NEEDS Hillary and her women supporters and it has cost him some big bucks from his donors.
Didn’t Flap say it was all about the money?
Chelsea Clinton sits with her father, former US President Bill Clinton, as they listen to US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) speak at the National Building Museum in Washington June 7, 2008. Clinton endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) to be the Democratic U.S. presidential candidate on Saturday and suspended her own White House bid less than a week after the Illinois senator secured enough support to win the nominationEd Morrissey outlines the lukewarm support of former President Bill Clinton for Barack Obama. The less than enthusiastic support for Obama’s environmental policy was decidely evident at the Mayor’s conference in Miami.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton offered faint praise for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s energy policy on Sunday, saying he preferred it to that of Republican rival John McCain.
“I think we’ll get better national policy next year,” Clinton told the U.S. Conference of Mayors in a speech centered on improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gases.
It was the former president’s first public appearance since his wife, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, ended her presidential campaign on June 7, after Obama emerged as the Democratic candidate in the November election.
The former first lady endorsed Obama, urged her supporters to rally behind him and is scheduled to campaign with him later this week.
But her husband has not publicly endorsed the presumptive Democratic nominee to succeed President George W. Bush. Asked by journalists when he might do so, Clinton smiled and shook hands with spectators without acknowledging he heard the question.
Answer: The normal resentment – NOPE
It is ALL about the money.
With Obama opting out of public financing he cannot help Hillary and Bill retire her campaign debt which approaches $20 million, $10 million of which comes personally from the former first couple. Obviously, there has been discussion between the Obama and Clinton camps about the debt but there has been NO announcement of a deal.
Watch for Hillary to twist in her support for Obama and press him later in the summer if Obama nor the Democrat Party comes to her and Bill’s financial rescue.
Are the Clinton’s REALLY hoping for an Obama’ misstep to reclaim her candidacy in Denver?
They will be patient.
Regina Stern of Barnegat, N.J., center, holds up a ‘Hillary Clinton for President’ sign with a John McCain sticker attached prior to a town hall meeting with Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Friday, June 13, 2008, in Pemberton, N.J. Stern said she supported Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary but now supports McCain.It has been a week since Hillary Clinton suspended her Presidential campaign – note that she did not concede the race. And, also, note how Flap said she would hover and linger about the race during the summer waiting for Obama to stumble.
But, how will she keep the dream alive?
Jake Tapper over at ABC has the poop on the Clinton’s “suspended” campaign.
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, may still be vacationing at Oscar de la Renta’s, or wherever, but the reverberations from her erstwhile campaign continue.
In GQ, her senior adviser, the much maligned Mark Penn, gives one more interview on his post-campaign rehabilitation tour. Read it HERE.
And — recalling the Japanese soldier “holdouts” found in the islands of the Philippines years after World War II ended — a Million Woman March on Denver for the Democratic Convention in August on behalf of Clinton is being planned.
Bill Clinton is back on the campaign trail as well.
For his part, Bill Clinton popped up in Torrance, Calif., this week to speak at the 8th grade graduation of his nephew, after which he popped in on the American Film Institute’s tribute to Warren Beatty.
This race is NOT over until Barack Obama officially wins the nomination in Denver. Political chatter of Hillary as Vice President has also died down – has anyone noticed?
Update from Drudge:
NYT TUESDAY: ‘Clinton would likely withdraw from the race later in the week, after Obama’s victory appeared clear’…
Flap wrote earlier today that it was nearing the end of the road for Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President.
Looks like Hillary will throw in the towel after the votes are counted tomorrow.
Has she been able to weasel her way onto the ticket? Flap says doubtful but her campaign debts will be paid and she will be given a speech at the convention.
The stars are lining up for her withdrawal tomorrow night. Bill Clinton gave his nostalgic farewell earlier today.
Bill Clinton acknowledged Monday that today may be his last campaigning for his wife.
“I want to say also, that this may be the last day I’m ever involved in a campaign of this kind,” the former president said at a town hall at the Milbank Visitor Center.
“I thought I was out of politics, ’til Hillary decided to run,” he said. “But it has been, one of the greatest honors of my life to go around and campaign for her for president. “
Former President Bill Clinton hugs his daughter Chelsea, Saturday, May 31, 2008, in Dell Rapids, S.D.
Although Hillary’s aides say that tomorrow night’s post primary party and speech which will be in New York is not an occasion where Hillary plans to drop out of the race, the evidence is otherwise.
- Campaign staffers have been told to either attend tomorrow night’s speech in New York or go home after tomorrow’s primary election and await further instruction.
- The New York speech is her ONLY event planned for tomorrow.
- Staff has been told to gather up outstanding expense receipts by the end of the week in a sign that the campaign wants to get its financial affairs in order.
- Hillary Clinton’s “Fact Hub,” which purportedly to correct the record whenever the media or Sen. Barack Obama made assertions the Clinton campaign found wanting. No one has posted anything on Fact Hub since May 22.
- There was a meeting of uncommitted Senators today: “A lot of us just feel that the sooner this is sort of put to bed, the sooner we have a nominee, the better off everyone’s going to be,” said Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, one of the participants.
- A plan B disrespecting Hillary Clinton has been planned by party leaders: Officials said that if Obama failed to gain 2,118 delegates by Tuesday night, one possibility under discussion was for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, who is head of the Democratic Governors’ Association, to issue a statement on Wednesday urging superdelegates â€” members of Congress and other party leaders â€” to state their preferences as soon as possible.
- Obama claims he is close to winning the nomination: Obama stopped short of a flat prediction that he would be able to claim victory Tuesday night when the delegates were allocated after the day’s primaries. But he said, “It is my sense that between Tuesday and Wednesday we have a good chance of getting that number of delegates” needed for victory.
The heat has been turned up on the Clintons and Bill especially knows it is time to go – especially if the campaign debts and proper respects are paid. Their campaign donors are poised to switch over to Obama and when suitable details are consummated it will be leaked to Drudge.
Joel and Victoria Osteen, along with their son, Jonathan, 13, host President Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, at Lakewood Church on Sunday March 2, 2008
Father Michael Pfleger of Chicago’s St. Sabina’s church who has been reprimanded by the Cardinal of his Chicago archdiocese for remarks he made last Sunday at Barack Obama’s former church (Trinity United) apparently bashed the Clinton’s at his own church.
At his own church, St. Sabina’s, Pfleger said, “Hillary and McCain would wish they had a preacher with the integrity of Jeremiah Wright. â€¦ They got some old weak preacherâ€¦some old Joel Osteen cotton candy preacher.”
Listen to it HERE. The comments come at about 15:40 into the sermon.
On March 2, Bill and Chelsea Clinton went to Joel Osteen’s church in Houston.
Now, Obama has AFTER twenty years FINALLY quit Trinity United and repudiated Jeremiah Wright.
Back over to Obama to have a presser and do the same repudiation mea culpa to this nutball. Jim Geraghty asks this question:
The question is, do Osteen’s two million weekly viewers and three million book buyers take it personally?
Do the Democrat Superdelegates REALLY think that Barack Obama will be a better candidate to run against Senator John McCain than Hillary Clinton?
Flap thinks this is very wishful thinking and why Hillary will hold on to the Denver Convention, waiting for the next shoe to drop.
Bill Clinton explains why the Obama team and in-the-tank MSM is trying so hard to push Hillary out
As Flap wrote previously, Bill Clinton has a point.
Now, does this mean that Hillary will fight all the way to the Denver Convention over seating the Michigan and Florida Democrat delegations? Or will Hillary sue the Democrat Party if they apportion the disqualified Florida and Michigan primary results in an “UNFAIR” way?
If Hillary wants to hurt Obama against McCain so that she can run in 2012 after Obama loses (which she does) she will carry on this fight as long as possible. No matter what anyone says.
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., gives a thumbs up as her daughter, Chelsea applauds during a campaign rally for her supporters in the AFSCME service workers union in Ponce, Puerto Rico Monday, May 26, 2008.
Bill Clinton said yesterday that there is a “COVER UP” hiding Hillary’s chances in beating John McCain in the fall general election.
Former President Bill Clinton said that Democrats were more likely to lose in November if Hillary Clinton is not the nominee, and suggested some were trying to “push and pressure and bully” superdelegates to make up their minds prematurely.
“I can’t believe it. It is just frantic the way they are trying to push and pressure and bully all these superdelegates to come out,” Clinton said at a South Dakota campaign stop Sunday, in remarks first reported by ABC News.
Clinton also suggested some were trying to “cover up” Sen. Clinton’s chances of winning in key states that Democrats will have to win in the general election.
” ‘Oh, this is so terrible: The people they want her. Oh, this is so terrible: She is winning the general election, and he is not. Oh my goodness, we have to cover this up.’ ”
Clinton did not expound on who he was accusing.
Bill is correct on the better match-up between Hillary and John McCain. Hillary has a chance and in fact leads in the polls against McCain in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In those states Obama does not do as well.
Hillary Clinton without a doubt would be a more formidable candidate against McCain.
But, the LEFT WING of the Democrat Party does not want Hillary nor does the Black Caucus. And, most Superdelegates not willing to go out on a limb will vote the majority. As it stands today, the majority means Obama.
The GOP will benefit from an Obama nomination and with the decreasing likelihood that Hillary will be the Vice President nominee McCain will have a decided advantage.
Look at these polls and see that Bill Clinton has a point.