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The Puerto Rico Primary

San Juan

A Stockdale moment: What am I doing here? (Answer: I’m joining the Clinton traveling press for the last day of campaigning in South Dakota tomorrow.) But, really, what are we doing here? The Puerto Rico “primary” is a crypto-democratic act: We are selecting delegates who will be able to vote at the Democratic Convention even …

Obama Leaves His Church

Yesterday, just as the RBC committee was coming back into session a ripple of surprise ripped through the crowd as the news spread that Obama had left Trinity church on Chicago’s Southside after more than 20 years of worship there. The move comes after months of controversial Jeremiah Wright footage and appearances and a week after a …

Re: Inside Today’s RBC Meeting

JN-S:

Please accept my sympathy for having to spend an entire Saturday sitting through this. I’ve been listening on C-SPAN radio, which is the perfect way to do it, because I can do other stuff (like run errands) while they are droning on about Subsection C of Rule 3 or whatever. However, I must say some of the more over-the-top …

Inside Today’s RBC Meeting

Having run the gauntlet of protesters this morning (mostly HRC folks bussed in from a dozen states), I’ve been sitting in the RBC meeting all day. They’re just wrapping up the Michigan arguments before breaking for a much-delayed lunch. The committee is expected to make a decision after lunch but the buzz around the room is they will …

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McCain Gaffery

Michael Kinsley’s brilliant line about a gaffe being the accidental disclosure of a political truth is true more often than not–but not always. Sometimes a gaffe is the revelation of ignorance. Sometimes it’s just…a gaffe. It is simply ridiculous for journalists–and political operatives–to expect perfect speech from candidates at …

Hillary’s Excuse to Fight On?

Hillary’s lawyers today outlined her wish list to the RBC in an open letter to committee members attached after the jump. She again takes a hard line the she wants all delegates seated with 100% of the votes and apportioned the way the states voted in January, even as the Clinton camp braced for defections amongst her 13 supporters on …

McClellan on McClellan

He did a live chat today with the Washington Post. Some tidbits:

Washington: Mr. McClellan, having been in the position of defending the White House from past officials writing their own books, how do you feel about comments you made previously regarding such tell-alls? How do you respond to criticisms that you might have left your job …

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Disappointing Column

David Brooks has been on a roll lately, column after column filled with smart, independent thinking. Not today. Using the guise of “realism,” Brooks essentially sings from the neoconservative hymnal on the problems the next President will face in dealing with Iran. Now, no one thinks this will be easy–for the reasons I described in my …

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