Just in case you didn’t know. Harold Ickes, Hillary Clinton’s senior adviser, is a badass:
And the man in charge of Clinton’s feverish effort to lock up superdelegates is Ickes, whose enthusiasm for no-holds-barred politics sometimes rattles friends and foes alike. Ickes once got so carried away that he bit another political operative on the leg. Now, some 35 years later, at age 68, he has mellowed so little that it could happen again.
“It depends on how heated the circumstances are,” he says.
This is one of the many reasons I like Hillary Clinton. Her staff if filed with professional, old school pols who are willing to go to the mattresses when circumstances call for it.
People tend to have this candyland notion of Washington. The truth is Washington DC is a giant trench, both literally and metaphorically, where political operatives who are capable of fighting a trench warfare campaign are not only desirable but necessary.
From Dana Goldstein:
An organic strawberry farmer in Ohio is running for Sen. Larry Craig’s Senate seat under the name Pro-Life. The man formerly known as Marvin Pro-Life Richardson was barred from using his once-middle name during his quixotic 2006 gubernatorial run because of Idaho’s policy prohibiting “slogans” from appearing on the ballot. The Associated Press reports:
Now, though, officials in the Idaho secretary of state’s office say they have no choice because Pro-Life is his full and only name. He says he will run for the highest state office on the ballot every two years for the rest of his life, advocating murder charges for doctors
who perform abortions and for women who obtain the procedure.
Wow. Do you think voters will fall for this ploy? Here at the office, Ann is wondering if she can change her name to Barack Obama and run for city council.
Let me be the first to say…Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
Obama has just released his tax returns from 2000 -2006 and is calling on Clinton to do the same. Let me say, as a general rule I think its a good idea that candidates release their tax returns when they run for President. But the idea that releasing your tax returns is a major step in government transparency is embarrassingly laughable. Obama’s tax returns don’t feed me when I’m hungry or give me warmth when I am cold.
No one cares about Clinton’s tax returns besides people trying to score political points against Clinton. This is another case of “Obama says” but “he really means.” In this case, Obama say release your tax returns in order to promote transparency but in reality, Obama means “release your tax returns so my opposition research team can find dirt on you and use it against you.” For those of you following along these are the “cheap political points” that Obama is “opposed to”.
I’m all for government transparency and this is one area that Obama has actually done good work in (Google government) But if he really cared about making this a campaign issue and a major part of his platform then he’d be advocating a plans to make the government more transparent in the way it spends money and better yet, he’d propose ways to streamline the government. He has a couple of “eh” ideas on his website, something I bet most Obama supporters didn’t even know!, but there’s nothing indicating that he wants it to be a significant part of his platform if elected.
If Obama actual ran on substance I’d be much more inclined to vote for him in the primary. But up to this point he simply says he wants to institute a vague notion of change, but at then employs all of the “negative” tactics he allegedly is opposed to.
Josh Marshall from TPM has a good explaination of the superdelegate process
Jerome from Mydd has a must read about Obama’s supports accusing Clinton of trying to change the rules and “overthrow” Obama’s nomination.
The paragraphs below lay out the story better than I can, but the bottom line is that winning the most pledged delegates leading up the convention DOES NOT NOR HAS IT EVER MEANT, that you are the nominee. Those aren’t the rules. Sorry you’re playing the wrong game. The DNC rules explicitly state that the path to the nomination involves three parts. State campaigns, the credential committee, and the super delegates votes. The rules were set up like this to intentionally create a tiered nomination path