POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 7/1

Obama Talks to Bill Clinton

Sen. Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton had their much-anticipated telelphone conversation today.

According to a statement: “Senator Obama had a terrific conversation with President Clinton and is honored to have his support in this campaign.  He has always believed that Bill Clinton is one of this nation’s great leaders and most brilliant minds, and looks forward to seeing him on the campaign trail and receiving his counsel in the months to come,”

Rasmussen: McCain Holds Wide Lead in Georgia

A new Rasmussen Reports survey in Georgia finds Sen. John McCain well ahead of Sen. Barack Obama, 53% to 43%.

The only real surprise is that Libertarian candidate Bob Barr gets only 1% of the vote in his home state, suggesting he’s not likely to be much of a factor.

McCain’s Truth Squad

Political Insider: What John Kerry taught John McCain about presidential politics. Plus, a postscript on how he might have messed it up.

Romney Tops McCain’s Veep Short List

According to Politico, Mitt Romney “is at the top of the vice-presidential prospect list for Sen. John McCain. But lack of personal chemistry could derail the pick.”

McCain sources say that “they believe Romney could raise $50 million in 60 days. One close Romney adviser said it could even be $60 million.”

“Campaign insiders say McCain plans to name his running mate very shortly after Sen. Barack Obama does, as part of what one campaign planner called a ‘bounce-mitigation strategy.'”

Obama Snubs the DLC

Political Insider: The long, slow death of the Democratic Leadership Council.

Quote of the Day

“They’ve got me muzzled… Now don’t you print that… I really don’t like to be interviewed.” 

— Roberta McCain, mother of Sen. John McCain, in a brief interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Obama’s Iraq Problem

George Packer: “With the general election four months away, Obama’s rhetoric on the topic [of Iraq] now seems outdated and out of touch, and the nominee-apparent may have a political problem concerning the very issue that did so much to bring him this far. He doubtless realizes that his original plan, if implemented now, could revive the badly wounded Al Qaeda in Iraq, reënergize the Sunni insurgency, embolden Moqtada al-Sadr to recoup his militia’s recent losses to the Iraqi Army, and return the central government to a state of collapse.”

As a result, Marc Ambinder says Sen. John McCain will press Obama on Iraq all week.

Said one McCain adviser: “He is in a bad place. Caught between his promise to his base and the reality on the ground. Immediate withdrawal isn’t a good place to be.”

Obama Explains His Patriotism

Sen. Barack Obama kicks off “patriotism week” today with a “major speech” in Independence, MO.

The Chicago Tribune explains: “To some ears, his name sounds foreign. His father was not an American citizen. Many of his relatives live overseas. And a portion of his own childhood was spent abroad. Every presidential candidate tries to demonstrate patriotism, sometimes in ostentatious ways, from headlining 4th of July parades to leading crowds in the Pledge of Allegiance. But Barack Obama’s complex biography seems to heighten the burden…”

“The message will be that love of country is not defined only by such traditional measures as serving in the military or tracing one’s ancestors to the Mayflower. Patriotism, he and his supporters will say, can be reflected in living the American dream.”

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One Comment on “POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 7/1”

  1. Ted Says:

    It appears that it’s all down to Alaska Gov Sarah Palin or Mitt Romney, and team Romney fears Palin now has the best shot, so Romney camp is mounting a blogosphere-wide assault via Politico.

    The tip-off that Politico is just a “promote Romney” piece is that it mentions EVERY NAME in the next two tiers of Veep prospects EXCEPT SARAH PALIN!!! — even names far more unlikely than Palin (since Romney camp knows Palin is the ONLY ONE who tops — I’ll say tops by far — Romney as McCain’s best pick).

    Bottom line, Romney and Politico fear Palin most — as do the Dems and the MSM. (By the way, the Dems and MSM do not fear Romney the most — which says a lot.)

    AOL, a main on-line pro-Obama/pro-Dem player, is now carrying the Politico piece promoting Romney buzz.

    Clearly AOL wants McCain and the GOP to lose the general elction — hence they gladly promote Romney (no mention of Palin).

    Also, CNN had Romney — kind of out of the blue — attacking Obama. Again, CNN, wanting McCain and the GOP to lose, gladly promotes Romney (to attempt to avert the Palin threat).

    All the media frenzy which will surround the remarkable Palin “story” — essentially free to McCain — will be worth millions and millions of dollars of coverage and PR (more money than Romney would provide anyway).


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