Friday, June 27, 2008

Obama bossing Hillary around

Not only did Barack Obama force Hillary Clinton to attend his rally in New Hampshire, but now he's issuing orders to her supporters, Howard Fineman reports:
Obama has made two phone calls in recent days to a good source of mine who is also a top Clinton supporter and fundraiser. . . .
Obama's message was clear: He wanted this person to join his campaign and get her donors to "max out" to him.
You see, even though some funders have given all they can to the Clinton effort, they are still free to donate another $4,600 to Obama's presidential campaign.
Fineman's source said Obama was "haughty." Hmmm. Sounds suspiciously familiar. The Clinton campaign had originally said after Hillary conceded the nomination that she was planning to take a vacation. (At one point, it was reported she wouldn't return to the Senate until July 7.) She was totally exhausted from the primary campaign, and obviously needed rest.

Instead, Hillary's been required to do all these "unity" events to show her support for Obama and to try to get her donors to give him money. It's obvious that this is all his idea, not hers -- she'd rather be vacationing somewhere -- but Obama's campaign is making her do all this or else they won't help Clinton with her debt.

Team Obama has already raised more than $295 million and ended May with more than $43 million cash on hand. Team Obama's fundraising prowess is so historically awesome that the candidate has forgone federal matching funds. Meanwhile, Hillary finished the campaign millions of dollars in debt.

So, why is it that the cash-rich Obama campaign is putting the muscle on Hillary's donors? Shouldn't he first ask his donors -- who obviously have lots more money than Hillary's donors do -- to help her, rather than the other way around?


  1. Now that we’re beyond Hillary, we can look forward to the first female VP, Sarah Palin, to become the first female President of the United States in 4 years!

  2. It's just so weird. Peggy Noonan says Obama's post-victory dealings with the Clinton camp have been "endlessly humiliating" ... for Obama. Now you say it's just the other way around. Who do I believe?

    Here's a test: Which of you opposed the Iraq invasion because you had the good sense to see a five-ton fuckup coming down the road? Oh yeah, neither.

    Then I guess you might want to shut your mouths and let sensible people do the prognosticating.

  3. Dear "anonymous":
    1. Where did you get the idea that I supported the U.S. invasion of Iraq?
    2. Are you saying that, vis-a-vis the Obama-Clinton dealings, Peggy Noonan is right and that I am wrong? Because you don't sound like someone who spends a lot of time praising Peggy Noonan.