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And I’m off ….

Ashpolitics has been quiet and will continue to be so, at least for the next week.  I’m off to the Democratic National Convention, writing for Zennie’s Zeitgeist.  I hope to have a guest blogger jumping in every now and then, but we’ll see.  Please be sure to check us out over at Zennie’s Zeitgeist for continuous blogging and vlogging coverage of the Convention!

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Clinton gets her roll call

After weeks of negotiation, Obama and Clinton announced in a joint statement today that HRC will get her roll call vote at the Convention.  Obama trotted out the “party unity” excuse and Clinton, for her part, will hear the call, offer her Super Delegate vote for Obama and then release her delegates and call on them to vote for Obama.  All of this smacks of so much of the old politics of which the Obama campaign promised to rid us.  I’m tired of it and actually glad that the credential I will share with other bloggers will be around someone else’s neck that night and I won’t have to witness this debacle on the floor in Denver.  I’ve said before, the Clintons need to go away and let Obama have his moment.  They are, of course, incapable, with their power insatiable personalities, to accomplish this.

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Ah, Unity

The DNCC announced today that among the “key speakers on the economy” set for Tuesday night at the Convention is Gov. Ed Rendell of PA.  Rendell is set to speak on “how the failed policies of the last eight years have betrayed our values and left an economy out of balance.”  Rendell joins a list of ardent Obama supporters:  Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Gov. Janet Napolitano, Governor Deval Patrick, Senator Bob Casey, etc.  But Rendell?  Lest we forget, it was only last February that Gov. Rendell, then in the HRC camp, raised a ruckus with this beauty (courtesy of HuffPo):

“You’ve got conservative whites here, and I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate,” the Governor said, ironically, to a black reporter. “I believe, looking at the returns in my election, that had Lynn Swann [2006 Republican gubernatorial candidate] been the identical candidate that he was — well-spoken, charismatic, good-looking — but white instead of black, instead of winning by 22 points, I would have won by 17 or so.”

Remember, if you will, that he said that only a day after Hillary, herself, made the fantastic, “”In the case of Louisiana, you know, a very strong and very proud African-American electorate, which I totally respect and understand,” statement in an attempt to disregard Obama’s victory there.  That was when the HRC campaign was in full racist mode.  And now Rendell is one of the “key speakers” on Tuesday night, the theme for which is “Renewing America’s Promise.”  I find it slightly ironic. 

The things we’ll do in the name of unity.


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The Clintons need to go away

I’m gonna get into hot water for this post.  But it’s 5 am, CST, I’ve been up for hours, I’m living in a hotel with a four year old and a seven year old, and maybe I’ve lost enough of my mind not to care.  If you see me on the floor in Denver and I try to discuss something with you and you’re an HRC supporter, please talk to me anyway.  I’m really a nice person.  But I’ve just had it with the Clintons.

Let me say that when Bill did his thing (you know what I mean), I defended him.  I loved Bill Clinton.  I loved his Presidency.  My thinking then was that I didn’t give a rat’s ass what he did in his personal life.  That was between him and his wife.  When he lied about it, though, I cared, because that reflected his ethics and I do think those are important for a President.  But I do think that he’s one of the smartest men on the planet (intellectually) and was a fantastic President.

I’ve never been able to stand Hillary, not as a First Lady, not as a Senator.  Why?  Who knows.  I have friends in New York who love her because she’s been a great Senator for them and I have to respect that.  I do think that she is extraordinarily smart and extremely capable.  Were she our party’s nominee, I would have supported her whole heartedly.  I do think she would have made, and maybe someday will make, an excellent President.

But right now, Bill and Hill need to go away.  I am so tired of all of the negotiations, the tip toeing, the figuring out of how to make them happy at the Convention.  I’m tired of the two-step the Obama campaign is having to do to make Bill and Hill satisfied with their roles.  This is his time.  They need to get over it.

I read this morning that Bill is getting speaking time on Wednesday before the Veep speaks.  I’m sure the party faithful will love to hear Bill, but Obama should not have *had* to concede this time to Bill, giving the Clintons more face time at the Convention.  I’m positive that I heard a week or so ago that HRC was not going to submit her name for nomination at the Convention.  Yesterday, however, I read that she’s still not sure and her supporters are still demanding that she does so they can be heard.  Chicks, you’ve been heard loud and clear.  You all need to get over it, too.  If you’re desperate to hear her and spend time with her, there’s an EMILY’s List fundraiser on Tuesday, 8/24 at the Sheraton in Denver and for as little as $50 you can have HRC, Pelosi and Michelle. 

Getting back to Hillary, herself, I’m tired of her non-committal crap.  On a discussion on her website yesterday, she danced around the nomination issue and the VP issue.  Just commit to bowing out, please.  You know that it’s the right thing to do for the party.  You know that the party, for the sake of unity, needs you to simply say that you won’t submit your name.  Then the media can get over this “subterranean grumbling” line (I swear I just heard this on CNN).  Yes, your die hard supporters will be pissed, but, honestly, nothing will ever help them see the light.  As Obama said, “”We’re not talking to those people ….”

This is Obama’s time.  Had Hillary won the nomination, it would be her time and I know that Obama would have had the grace to step aside and let her have it.  Now she needs to do the same.  She gets her night at the Convention to speak and be front and center.  That needs to be the end of it.

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