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Ben Smith on Hillary Clinton's sizable campaign debt and how she may deal with it:
A few notes here: First, she's under no personal obligation to pay it off. The debt belongs to her committee, not to her personally, and if she wants to run again, she can start another committee. But if she doesn't clear it, it'll make fundraising and dealing with vendors much harder on a future run, and generate quite a bit of ill will. Second, Obama can't pay it directly. He can ask his donors to help. There's a question of whether they'll balk at the $11 million that would go directly back into the Clintons' pockets. Third, Clinton is able to conduct a kind of trade. She has her own massive fundraising machine, and can now point it in Obama's direction -- though many of her donors will go that way with or without her urging. Also: Expect Clinton to do a lot of fundraising for Senate and House candidates this cycle, another way to cement her place as a leader of the party.
Jun 6, 2008 9:33 AM
Sarah Tuke, daughter of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bob Tuke, points us to some webspace devoted to chronicling Tuke's march across Tennessee as well as discussing her father's moral mettle:
While I (and I'm sure several others) wanted to complain about the heat, we didn't. We focused on the task at hand, because my Dad Marched on … without complaint, without reservation or any signs of fatigue. In short, he led us on that hot Saturday and we followed because that's what we've always done with Bob Tuke and he's yet to lead us astray. My Dad does not complain – he acts. Bob Tuke is a man of great heart and even greater conviction. His life experiences have led him down the path of leadership – from serving in Vietnam, to teaching confirmation courses and Sunday school at our church for 15 years, Bob Tuke has proved his moral mettle. Bob Tuke is one of those special men that we all have run across at one point in our lifetimes. He has been a moral compass and an indomitable spirit for my family and for our community for decades, and he will continue to do so for the rest of his life. He knows how to live and to lead – by example!
Jun 6, 2008 9:33 AM
Barack Obama does not wish to discuss his vice-presidential decision making process any further:
“I have said before that Senator Clinton would be on anybody’s short list. She is an extraordinary talent and a major leader in her party, as she showed during this campaign. But I am not going to discuss who is being considered, how they’re being considered. We’re just not gonna talk about this anymore.”
Jun 6, 2008 9:18 AM
Ginger Snaps chronicles her journey from the theocratic right to the center left:
As I went though that process and have lived through a few more years of life experience since then, I now subscribe to the belief that there are very, very few things that are black and white…we all exist in shades of gray. So when it comes to issues of social justice and how we treat each other as human beings, what I see are too many laws that treat our existence as a society in absolutes. To me, in a world full of grays that’s a problem.
Jun 6, 2008 9:17 AM
Amy Griffith notes the striking similarities in the school board candidate endorsements of the Nashville Neighborhood Defense Fund and the Metro Nashville Education Association:
Both organizations picked Paul Brenner, a retired MNPS teacher, as the favored candidate in Bellevue’s District 9 race. That race is expected to be a competitive one, with five people vying for the slot currently held by Board of Education Chair Marsha Warden. Warden is not seeking reelection. The two organizations also picked incumbent Ed Kindall – who has been on the board for more than two decades – over challenger Cordenus Eddings in the race for the District 7 seat. Sharon Gentry was the choice of both for the District 1 seat currently occupied by George Thompson. Thompson, like Warden, is not seeking reelection. Incumbent Mark North was the preferred candidate seeking the District 3 seat. North has served on the board less than two years, and is running against Timothy Coleman. Both organizations also chose to endorse Gracie Porter of District 5, despite the fact that Porter is running unopposed.
Jun 6, 2008 8:01 AM
Ilissa Gold cautions her fellow blogger Mike Byrd not to blame Bellevue for the actions of Councilman Eric Crafton:
I would just like to respond that Eric Crafton is not the Councilman for ALL of Bellevue. I'm in Bellevue and I'm in Carter Todd's district. And a good chunk of Emily Evans' district is in Bellevue as well. Bellevue gave you guys two good Council members, so don't blame all of Bellevue for Eric Crafton.
Jun 6, 2008 7:54 AM
Barack Obama, from Bristol, VA yesterday, after receiving a hand-carved walking stick:
“I like it! And if members of Congress don’t pass my health care bill, I’m ready. I’ll whoop ‘em. I’ll whoop ‘em. That’s right. They’d better not mess with me. I’ll have that stick.”
Jun 6, 2008 7:48 AM
Sharon Cobb remembers Bobby Kennedy on the 4oth anniversary of his assassination:
I can tell you I was 11 years of age when this happened, and I remember this as if it were yesterday. Dr. Martin Luther King was already one of my heroes, and Bobby Kennedy was the first white person running for President I had heard speech with such passion about civil rights. When I first heard Barack Obama, my first thought was he reminded me of Bobby Kennedy.SEE ALSO: The Mouth
Jun 6, 2008 7:34 AM
Southern Appalachian Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Padgett expands on his support for Barack Obama and advises the Illinois Senator to give rural voters a reason to cast their ballot for him:
"I'm a Democrat, first and foremost," said Padgett, who drew many of his campaign workers from the ranks of Clinton's formidable Tennessee primary organization. "Both of them were excellent candidates, but when the ballgame was over, the game went to Sen. Obama. It's time to move forward now." Knox County was the only urban area in the state that didn't swing to Obama during the primaries. Along with the majority of the rural counties in the state, the majority of its Democrats voted for Clinton. Those voters, Padgett said, might be willing to give Obama a chance, if he gives them a reason. "I wish Sen. Obama would make that appeal, not in the large cities, but in the rural areas," he said. "Please notice that our rural areas are there, that they're hungry for jobs.... These are a proud bunch of people. They'll look you right in the eye and tell you, 'We'll make it, but we need help.'"
Jun 6, 2008 7:30 AM
Daniel Jackson points out that Barack Obama may have gotten a little carried away while ingratiating himself to the Israeli Lobby:
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama did not rule out Palestinian sovereignty over parts of Jerusalem when he called for Israel's capital to remain "undivided," his campaign told The Jerusalem Post Thursday. "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided," Obama declared Wednesday, to rousing applause from the 7,000-plus attendees at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference. But a campaign adviser clarified Thursday that Obama believes "Jerusalem is a final status issue, which means it has to be negotiated between the two parties" as part of "an agreement that they both can live with."
Jun 6, 2008 7:20 AM