August 27, 2008 Not at the Ritz? OMG!
If one had not followed the negative presidential primary campaign of Hillary Clinton, designed by Mark Penn and implemented by DLC founder, Bill, her speech last night was boffo! In the same league with Barack's speech four years ago. Unfortunately we did follow her path to Denver and she could say nothing to delete her harmful charges made during the primary. Start with the Commander-in-Chief charge that John McCain hopes to ride into the White House. She didn't say a word last night to assuage the damning statement. Oh, well.
The problem is that the Clintons are mad as hell and they are not going to take it anymore. This is their Party and it is her turn. Bill's face reads, "We didn't lose, we ran out of time, but we will win again." (The NYT said it a little differently: "With her husband looking on tightly." What the heck does that mean?)
And now it is Bill's night to preen. Can we survive? I have doubts. Thursday seems like a long way off. (Message to Barack. It is your Party. Nothing you can say will be enough for the Clintons so move on. Russia, Georgia, climate change, housing and banking crises, over-flowing prisons failing schools...blow the roof off.)
But the worst comes in the paper-of-record this morning. Remember when Obama won the nomination marathon? The Clinton folks said she would endorse the winner if Barack would help retire her enormous debt, and count Florida, and Michigan, ya-da-ya-da-ya-da. Obama apparently agreed to help and to date he has raised half a million for her. "Chump change" you say? I guess so. But here is the incredible story. The Hillary funders in Denver are as angry as Bill and with good reason. Read this: "Perceived snubs leading up to the convention have not helped. Only a handful of Clinton donors got rooms at the coveted Ritz-Carlton where the biggest Obama fund-raisers are staying." OMG! One can hear it now: "Oh my dear, you are not at the Ritz? Staying at the YWCA are you? Camping out on the lawn?"
I was at Fort Gordon, Georgia, in 1960 and listened late into the night to speeches by those nominating Adlai Stevenson, LBJ and JFK. When Kennedy won the nomination, Lyndon Johnson and Adlai quickly got on the Kennedy Express. It was country over personal advantage. If someone had complained they had been assigned to a lowly three star hotel, they would have been laughed out of the convention. The Ritz-Carlton? My Party? Say it ain't so.
Greg Palast and RFK, Jr. are searching for over three million "lost" votes from the 2004 presidential election. Palast, in an interview for FB.Com, says the 2008 election might be stolen already.