By James M. Wall
Suddenly, the McCain forces have taken up the cause of the overlooked Hillary Clinton as Obama’s running mate. A posting on the ever alert Daily Kos blog late Sunday night describes the empathy felt for Hillary by the McCainites. Here is an example:
No matter who was chosen, [the McCain campaign] would have professed concern that they know much better than Democrats who the Democratic nominees should have been.
In this case the goal is to sow discord among Democrats by riling supporters of Hillary Clinton. Here’s Rudy Giuliani concern trolling this morning on ABC:
“You almost have to go to extraordinary lengths to avoid [Clinton] as the vice presidential pick of the party.”
Before noon Monday, Kos is on line again, this time with a reminder of how the gallant Navy war hero John McCain reacted when one of his supporters called Hillary the “b” word during a primary campaign event. Response in the room? Shocked silence? Anything but; the question was greeted with great laughter all around. McCain struggled to keep from laughing himself.
Not admonishing the questioner, McCain said her question was a good one. Warning: The clip contains a word not normally used in polite society.
Tracking the grieving Clinton camp, Lisa Wangsness reports in Monday’s Boston Globe:
But outside the convention arena in Denver, some of Hillary Clinton’s supporters plan to air their grievances against Obama, the party’s leadership, and the national media, whose coverage of the primary battle they considered sexist. Hundreds of disaffected Democrats from around the country plan to converge in the Mile High City to hold news conferences, protests, and vigils, threatening the party’s ability to present a united front against Republican John McCain.. . . “This is a voter’s revolt,” said Darragh Murphy, who founded Puma PAC, a pro-Clinton political action committee whose acronym stands for People United Means Action.
Other Clinton supporters prefer to give PUMA a more earthy meaning, as one blogger reports with the final word slightly adjusted, as in, “Party Unity my Glass”!
Perhaps giddy on the high Denver altitude, two Hillary Clinton loyalists, the ever-verbose Paul Begala and James Carville, were reported to be urging Hillary delegates and supporters to keep feeling their pain. Talking Point Memo found evidence of the Begala-Carville fingerprints on the Clinton rebellion in an interview the two gave on, of course, CNN, where they have emerged as permanent commentators. The report is largely factual, but read further to the comments where there are indications the Begala-Carville road show is losing traction.
Tuesday night we will find out. Will Hillary endorse Obama or PUMA? Hillary knows that history does not look kindly on poor losers. She has her eyes firmly fixed on her role as the first serious female presidential candidate in American history.
The speech she gives after her daughter introduces her will be unstinting in its endorsement and praise for the Obama-Biden ticket. It will be a speech that will enhance, not diminish, her place in history. It will be a speech that will make her daughter, the Democratic party, and at least half of the nation, proud. Meanwhile, PUMA, Begala and Carville will just have to learn to live with that reality.
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