Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Hillary's moves

She makes exactly one joint appearance with Obama, then announces she'll disappear for a month:
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is taking a month off from Congress to recuperate after her marathon run for the presidency.
She is not expected to return to the Senate until July 7 or July 8 after the Independence Day recess, according to two Democratic sources. . . .
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a stalwart supporter of Clinton's presidential bid, would say only that she and former President Bill Clinton "wanted to go somewhere private and far away where she could rest."
So, for three weeks, while Obama tries to get Hillary's supporters to rally behind him and unite the Democrats, the Clintons will be in seclusion. You can almost hear Bill saying, "Yeah, you go ahead and campaign, Barack. We'd love to help you, but . . . aw, man, we're just so tired, y'know? Anyway, good luck, buddy. We're outta here." Meanwhile, Hillary's friends are still spinning for her:
ABC News chief Washington correspondent George Stephanopoulos saw what he called "danger signs" for Obama. . . .
Women, particularly married white women, however, may be a problem for Obama, according to the Washington Post/ABC poll.
It showed that McCain has a 20 point advantage over Obama among married white women, a group that George Bush also won in the last two presidential elections.
Stephanopoulos told GMA that the figure was a "danger sign" for Obama. "This is a huge gap that Obama has to close if he's going to do well."
LBJ in 1964 was the last Democratic president to win a majority of white voters. That's a fact -- you can look it up -- and the 20-point gap among married white women is not anomalous; it's fairly close to the situation faced by Al Gore and John Kerry. So by hyping that one demographic, Stephanopoulos is just playing the loyal Clintonista.

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