Dean’s Election Paved Way for Clinton Loss

Chuck Todd says Sen. Hillary Clinton’s first setback on the road the White House was the election of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean as party chairman.

“Dean’s election was a clear break from the Clinton way of running the DNC. In hindsight, it was malpractice for a political family who believes it controlled the Democratic Party to have allowed Dean and his grass-roots followers to take over.”

Machiavelli’s Shadow

Here’s one for the summer reading list: Machiavelli’s Shadow: The Rise and Fall of Karl Rove by Paul Alexander.

“Drawing on the author’s extensive connections in the political arena and delving into all areas of Rove’s life — political, business, psychological, and personal — this book stands as the definitive portrait of one of the most fascinating figures ever to emerge on the American political scene.”

Meanwhile, Salon runs an excerpt: “Hurricane Katrina posed a huge test to Bush’s administration. But instead of bailing out Louisiana, Karl Rove played Blame the Democrats.”

Obama Sets Condition for Public Financing

Sen. Barack Obama said he’ll accept public financing for his campaign — which would limit the amount of spending — only if Sen. John McCain agrees to curb spending by the Republican National Committee, according to USA Today.

Said Obama: “I won’t disarm unilaterally.”

Meanwhile, The Hotline notes Obama campaign manager David Plouffe used the RNC’s fundraising prowess to make a general election plea to supporters for cash.

Most Democrats Want Obama-Clinton Ticket

A majority of Democrats think Sen. Barack Obama should select Sen. Hillary Clinton as his running mate, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research poll.

Fifty-four percent of registered Democrats questioned think Obama should name his rival as his running mate; 43 percent disagreed.

Feinstein Talks About Obama-Clinton Meeting

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) — host of the private meeting between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton — tells CNN the two met at 9 pm for about an hour with no one else in the room and mentioned they were laughing.

Feinstein said Clinton “called her late afternoon to see if she could use her house. Campaign aides were there but waited in the study until they were done speaking.”

More details from the New York Times: “The California senator had set up two chairs facing each other. She served them water. Nothing else. Two aides were sent to Mrs. Feinstein’s study. And Secret Service agents stayed outside.”

Quote of the Day

“If it was simply style, William Jennings Bryan would have been president.”

— Sen. John McCain, in an interview with USA Today. “Bryan, a noted orator, lost three presidential elections as the Democratic nominee in 1896, 1900 and 1908.”

Clinton Campaign Owes More Than $30 Million

Sen. Hillary Clinton will likely seek help from Sen. Barack Obama “in retiring her massive campaign debt, which has swollen to more than $30 million, including $11 million she lent the effort,” the AP reports.

The report cites unnamed advisers to Clinton.

“Clinton hosted a conference call with her national finance committee, urging them to shift gears and begin raising money for Obama and for the Democratic National Committee, which will be coordinating fundraising efforts with the Obama campaign.”


Edwards Rules Out Being on Ticket

John Edwards “has ruled out being” Sen. Barack Obama’s running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket, the AP reports.

Said Edwards: “I already had the privilege of running for vice president in 2004, and I won’t do it again.”

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