POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 6/24

Sorenson Says Obama Like Kennedy

A Life at the Edge of HistoryIn an interview to airing on Bloomberg Television, former JFK aide Ted Sorensen discusses his new bestselling book, Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History.

Notably, Sorenson compares Sen. Barack Obama to the president he used to serve, saying “Obama is more like John F. Kennedy than any candidate for president since then, except Bobby Kennedy, because Obama, like Kennedy who had to overcome the catholic opposition, has his own demographic obstacles, the color of his skin… When people say ‘Obama is way too young’ they forget that at 46 he’s an old geezer compared to Kennedy.”
 
Sorenson also speaks openly about Kennedy’s extra marital affairs: “Unlike some of his successors, JFK was sufficiently prudent, wise, and discreet in selecting his companions and in selecting the places of meeting, that there was no public information out there.”

McCain’s Veep Problem

Joe Klein says “the word in Republican circles is that John McCain is quite frustrated by the vice presidential selection process because he can’t go with any of his top three choices.”

The problem? One is pro-choice (Tom Ridge), one is named Bush (Jeb) and one was born outside the United States (Sen. Mel Martinez).

Meanwhile, over at Political Insider, they guess when McCain and Obama will announce their running mates.

McCain Campaign Sees Benefits of Terrorist Attack

In an interview with Fortune magazine, Sen. John McCain’s chief strategist, Charlie Black, concedes with “startling candor” that another terrorist attack on U.S. soil would be a big benefit for the Arizona senator’s campaign.

Said Black: “Certainly it would be a big advantage to him.”

Update: McCain told ABC News that he “strenuously disagrees” with Black’s comment.

Bonus Quote of the Day

“Even if you never met him, you know this guy. He’s the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by.”

— Karl Rove, quoted by ABC News, describing Sen. Barack Obama to Republicans at the Capitol Hill Club.

United in Unity, NH

Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton will make their first joint campaign appearance on Friday in Unity, New Hampshire

Both candidates received exactly 107 votes in the town during the January primary.

A Lefty in the White House

“While this year’s presidential campaign has been marked by historic firsts, the nominations of senators McCain and Obama will renew one surprising trend: For the fifth time in the last 35 years, America will have a lefty in the White House,” the New York Sun observes.

“Both major party candidates are southpaws, contributing to a largely unexplained phenomenon that has vexed researchers and historians — and drawn notice from a federal judge destined for the Supreme Court. Though left-handers comprise just 10% of the population, they are dominating presidential politics.”

The Enthusiasm Gap

From the new USA Today/Gallup Poll: 61% of Democrats said they were more enthusiastic than usual about voting in this year’s election, while just 35% of Republicans said that.

Imus in Another Controversy

Radio host Don Imus made racially-tinged remarks about the legal problems of Adam “Pacman” Jones:

Imus: “What color is he?”
Warner Wolf: “He’s African American.”
Imus: “Well there you go… now we know”

Listen for yourself to judge if they’re similar to his remarks last year that got him fired.

Quote of the Day

“If the candidate asks me to be vice president, the answer is I got to say yes. But he’s not going to ask me. Unlike most other people, I’m being straight with you. If asked, I will do it. I’ve made it clear I do not want to be asked.”

— Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), quoted by AFP

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