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Some quickie Political stories
Posted by: McQ on Monday, April 16, 2007

Fund raising on the Democratic side:
As Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton seeks to reassemble the Democratic money machine her husband built, some of its major fund-raisers have already signed on with Senator Barack Obama.

Among the biggest fund-raisers for Mr. Obama’s campaign are as many as a half-dozen former guests of the Clinton White House. At least two are close enough to the Clintons to have slept in the Lincoln bedroom.

At minimum, a dozen were major fund-raisers for President Bill Clinton. At least four worked in the administration and one, James Rubin, is a son of a former Clinton Treasury Secretary, Robert E. Rubin. About two dozen of the top Obama fund-raisers have contributed to Mrs. Clinton’s Senate campaigns or political action committee, some as recently as a few months ago.
Those are some interesting developments and may spell trouble for the Clinton campaign if they can't stop the defections. Maybe it's time to "redeploy" Bill?

On the Republican side:
President Bush may be unpopular inside the Beltway, but to Republicans nationwide, he remains the fundraiser extraordinaire, and he is expected to pull in more than $200 million for Republican candidates by Election Day 2008.

Although his approval rating hovers in the 30s, between 70 percent and 80 percent of Republicans support his policies, including the "surge" of troops to secure Baghdad. Even though the next elections are 20 months away, the growing partisanship and polarization makes the president an even bigger draw for campaign cash.

"The higher level of partisanship, particularly on foreign affairs, has helped inspire and energize Republicans in terms of being more supportive of Bush," Republican fundraiser Wayne Berman said. "It has strengthened his appeal among partisan Republicans."

Mr. Bush "remains interested in helping the party, interested in helping candidates," said Sara Taylor, White House political director. "I anticipate that he would be on par or ahead of where he was in the last off-year. He very likely will be ahead of it."
Seems almost counter-intuitive until you figure that as noted, vast majorities of Republican partisans support Bush's foreign policy/affairs and pushing that agenda and the danger of withdrawing early from Iraq should certainly be a successful strategy for raising money among partisans. If I have my guess, Bush's roll will be mostly limited to general fundraising among partisan groups to be funneled through the RNC into specific races.

As for candidates, the old flip-flopper may be flipping (or is it flopping?) again:
Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) reopened the door to a possible 2008 presidential campaign during a book signing in Denver and then again, in an interview with 9NEWS.

The 2004 Democratic nominee told a crowd of more than 250 at the Tattered Cover bookstore in lower downtown Denver that he had no desire to endorse any candidate for the office right now, choosing to wait to see how they addressed the issue of global warming.

Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, are finishing up a nationwide tour to promote their book, "This Moment on Earth," which highlights successful efforts at the local level to better the environment.

Afterwards, while answering a question from a viewer on the program YOUR SHOW about why he chose not to run, Kerry said he had decided it wasn't the right time.

"Could that change?" Kerry said. "It might. It may change over years. It may change over months. I can't tell you, but I've said very clearly I don't consider myself out of it forever."
Apparently the calculating Kerry has seen an opportunity to out-Gore Gore. He can be the environmental candidate (he's an expert, he's written a book, afterall), whip up the appropriate frenzy about Global WarmingTM and ride the storm wave he creates into the White House.

On the Republican side, you have Fred Thompson apparently "clearing the decks" of things that could be used later to hurt his candidacy should he decide to run for president. The question is, can his announcement about the form of cancer he has really be put behind him, given the almost primal fear most people associate with the word "cancer?"
If former Sen. Fred Thompson decides to make a stab at winning the presidency next year he’s better put on his climbing shoes. He’ll be faced with scaling some pretty high walls to get there.

He’s already begun to climb a very high one: questions about his health raised by his admission that he has lymphoma, a form of skin cancer that in his case is said to be latent and non-aggressive.

No matter how non-life threatening his form of the disease may be, the very word “cancer” when applied to anyone, especially a presidential candidate, raises all kinds of doubts in the public’s mind. Those doubts, even if totally unjustified, are very hard to erase from the public’s consciousness.
Will this effect how seriously people take his candidacy. If so, will it effect his fund raising capability? My guess is any exploratory committee he has checking out his chances will be closely monitoring all sorts of indicators in the coming weeks to see how the public reacts to his announcment.
 
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So, what effect does McCain having had melanoma, twice, have on his campaign?

I don’t think it’s going to be a big issue for either Thompson or McCain, in the Republican primary.
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
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The below story was posted on ABCnews.com. I looked for a video and report on this elsewhere and found nothing except what was reported on ABCnews.com’s Political Radar at http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2007/04/heated_meeting_.html. To me this is a huge story considering her position on the war. Note that when Mrs. Clinton was attacked by the lady she said that she didn’t know she was voting for war; she believed she was giving the President the authority to send U.N. inspectors to Iraq! If quoted correctly, that reply was unbelievable.

A Heated Exchange for Hillary

April 14, 2007

ABCNews’ Eloise Harper reports: After fielding many questions ranging from mental health care to veteran affairs at a Town Hall Meeting in Hampton, NH, Senator Hillary Clinton received a heated question about Iraq. A woman who had traveled from New York asked Sen. Clinton if she had read the report given to her in 2002 on intelligence and the Iraq war.

Clinton said she had been briefed on the report, and the woman screamed back, "Did you read it?!" Notably uncomfortable, the Senator repeated that she had been briefed. This exchange went back and forth about three times.

The woman sat down and Clinton explained, "If I had known then what I know now, I never would have voted to give this President the authority." Clinton also said she believed she was giving the President the authority to send U.N. inspectors to Iraq.

When Clinton finished the answer, the woman continued to scream but was drowned out by applause for the Senator. The woman was escorted out of the building.

April 14, 2007 in Politics

 
Written By: AMR
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...he had no desire to endorse any candidate for the office right now, choosing to wait to see how they addressed the issue of global warming.

Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, are finishing up a nationwide tour to promote their book, "This Moment on Earth," which highlights successful efforts at the local level to better the environment.
Some politicians, and I am thinking particularly about Governor Arnold, have figured out a very successful but dishonest way to capitalize on the global warming scare: They talk a lot about global warming, and then promote a bunch of trivial, feel-good, "you-can-help" ideas that have about as much affect on global warming as putting an extra ice cube in the gin and tonic.

If the anthropogenic global warming consensus is correct, there can be no "successful efforts at the local level."
 
Written By: Aldo
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re: Fred Thompson

Both McCain (melanoma) and Guiliani (prostate) have been afflicted.

If Thompson’s lymphoma is as "treatable" as indicated......and I’m sure it will be covered extensively by a raft of oncologists if he announces...even moreso if he moves towards a lead position in the primaries, it may not hold as a major detriment to his campaign.

 
Written By: the_casual_observer
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Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, are finishing up a nationwide tour to promote their book, "This Moment on Earth," which highlights successful efforts at the local level to better the environment
Wow, they wrote a global warming book!

How daring and original....
 
Written By: shark
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When Clinton finished the answer, the woman continued to scream but was drowned out by applause for the Senator. The woman was escorted out of the building.
Was the woman Barbra Boxer?
 
Written By: Don
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Wow, they wrote a global warming book!
In Politics you can’t be anybody if you haven’t written, or more accurately, had a book ghostwritten, on Global Warming. It’s like God, Mom, and Apple Pie. If you don’t believe humans are the cause of Global Warming, you are a heretic, undeserving of political office or even notice. You might even be one of those most evil people of all, a ‘Capitalist’, horrors.

I would bet dollars to doughnuts the Kerry’s used a Ghostwriter. Everybody does. Even John F. Kennedy’s Pulitzer winner “Profiles in Courage” was written by Kennedy’s ‘holy ghost’, Ted Sorenson.

Keep an eye out, despite the pro-forma denials, if an opening occurs, Kerry will jump in with both feet.
 
Written By: James E. Fish
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if an opening occurs, Kerry will jump in with both feet
Hopefully the opening will be his mouth.
 
Written By: looker
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If you don’t believe humans are the cause of Global Warming, you are a heretic, undeserving of political office or even notice.
Oh, it’s even worse than that. You can think that there is some truth to the notion that humans are affecting the climate, and even quote figures from the newest IPCC report...but if you don’t buy into the idea that half the East Coast will be underwater in the year 2100, then you are clearly a dangerous person who cannot be trusted because you don’t have any concern about our future. (This very thing has happened to me, so I’m somewhat of an expert.)
 
Written By: Matt
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Those are some interesting developments and may spell trouble for the Clinton campaign if they can’t stop the defections.
Money will not be Hillary’s problem.........period
 
Written By: darohu
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Agreement with darohu. Hillary’s basic problem is that she is Hillary.
 
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