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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Political bits

Analysis pieces by the WaPo, NYTimes, NYTimes. Perhaps the most interesting is the last one which looks at at some of the Clinton campaign's miscalculations, where and when they chose to spend money, for instance.

(WSJ) Two groups of wealthy Clinton backers are looking into forming 527's to try and help her out.

(Boston) Howard Wolfson, Clinton's communications director, says that they will win by superdelegates if they have to and will not concede if faced with losing the state delegates. (Pretty much has to say this or it gives the appearance of giving up.)

Do I believe the WSJ when it talks about a major Clinton campaign "blowup" last week?

(CNN) Huckabee takes a paid speech in the Caymans. (Continuing his campaign is paying off. - Which prominent Republican moneyman paid to get him out of the country?)

And, I am suddenly getting swamped with an Obama ad on heathcare. (Houston, Texas) Saw it twice on the cable networks yesterday and three times during reruns that demo white male under 40.


  • My weak understanding of 527s is that they have to be issue oriented and cannot be promote a candidate. They are, therefore, inherently negative. Also, I thought there was a prohibition on campaign involvement/coordination with 527s. I read about this Clinton-backer effort and there's a stink about it I find offputting. The money, the negativity, the wink-and-nudge campaign involvement to skirt electoral financing laws... it plays right into Obama's argument about Washington divisiveness.

    In principal I'm not opposed to 527s. But if we see nasty, character assassination ads, I hope they backfire. I don't care who the candidate is.

    By Blogger -epm, at 9:28 AM  

  • Right, but they can promote "a healthcare plan" or "worker's rights" and feature bad clips or quotes from Obama.

    They can trash somebody, they just can't endorse somebody.

    We'll have to wait and see if it takes shape, and with the current environment it could backlash.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 11:02 AM  

  • That was my understanding. That's why they're almost by definition, negative.

    I'm a little surprised that there seems to be an open secret that the Clinton campaign is coordinating with big donors (or vice versa), which I thought was a violation of the rules/laws.

    By Blogger -epm, at 3:07 PM  

  • They're not coordinating.

    They just let it be known that they wished they had more money to run ads in Ohio and Texas. They let it be known that their target demographics were Latinos, factory workers, and working women. The just published their strategies and talking points on their website.

    But there was no cooperation!!!

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 3:26 PM  

  • no cooperation...{nodding} sure...yeah...sure...All campaigns are programs and nothing happens without specific cooperation.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:47 PM  

  • That's the ridiculousness of the 527's from any side.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 5:14 PM  

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