“As we move forward, we invite you to join us for a National Finance Committee meeting with both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on Thursday, June 26th in Washington, D.C., to discuss how we can work together to support Barack Obama and the Democratic Party,” Clinton fundraiser Jonathan Mantz wrote. “Hillary ran for President because she wants to put this country on the right track,” Mantz wrote. “She continues to fight and stand strong for our values and priorities and will do everything she can to unify the party and to elect Barack Obama the next President of the United States.” Clinton’s team is encouraging donors to throw in the maximum $2,300 amount to her former rival. If that’s what it costs to see them get up onstage together and smile and pretend to hug like they are doing in the above picture, hell, we may even chip in. … [Read more...] about Clinton and Obama to Appear Together June 26
• Mark Halperin writes that if Obama had stayed within the public-financing system, “political pros in both parties would have accused his advisers of professional malpractice,” as “he would have been giving up the type of huge advantage the ambitious people rarely give up.” [Page/Time] … [Read more...] about Obama Broke His Promise!
• The Wall Street Journal editorial board wonders if this is “the tone of the new postpartisan Obama era,” begun with a “large and telling … flip-flop.” Obama “entered the campaign as a ‘reformer’” and “will no doubt end a half-billion dollars later proclaiming himself to be even more of a reformer.” [WSJ] … [Read more...] about Obama’s Halo Seriously Flickering
In life, your mother is allowed to say all the nasty things she wants about your boyfriend or girlfriend, mostly because she thinks she knows what’s best for you. Some moms hold back, though, because they’re afraid that you will marry that person, and then whatever they’ve said will be this terrible elephant in the room for the rest of your lives. In this metaphor, Hillary Clinton isn’t that kind of mother. She’s the mom who excoriated your significant other, telling you he or she isn’t good enough for you, and doing everything she could to prevent you from committing to that person above all other potential candidates. … [Read more...] about Obama’s Family Problems: How Hillary Clinton Fits In
*UPDATE: This morning, the Obama campaign announced that it raised $52 million in June, blowing away rumors of a poor month (and embarrassing the Wall Street Journal). Obama and the DNC now have a combined total of $72 million in cash on hand. That’s enough to press ahead with the campaign’s ambitious plans, such as the effort it announced yesterday to open 20 offices across the state of Virginia. However, it’s still less than the stash the Republicans have accumulated so far. … [Read more...] about Obama’s Money Advantage Not Such an Advantage Anymore (UPDATED)