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More Obama-Clinton News (Updatedx2)

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 5:42 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

I could probably name every political post for the next 3 months with this title but it’s Sunday evening and I’m running short on time so this is the best I could do. However, the news itself is intriguing.

The Barack Obama campaign is once again, but with more vigor, pressing Hillary Clinton to release all the documents she doesn’t want to release:

“Obama communications director Robert Gibbs called on Clinton to release full post-White House tax returns; disclose all congressional “earmarks,” or pet projects she had inserted into spending bills; and release all documents on the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Library, including a list of donors.

“What is lurking in those documents?” Gibbs asked as the two campaigns had dueling phone conference calls with reporters. “There are gaps that need to be filled,” said senior Obama strategist David Axelrod.”

Clinton senior strategist Mark Penn responded that this is an example of Obama going negative after losses in Texas, Ohio, and an expected poor showing in Pennsylvania. Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson called this a personal attack.

The Clinton-Obama race has become a prime-time soap opera and it needs a name. Submissions are welcome in the comments section, with the winner to be determined by a majority vote of secret superdelegates who will vote according to their consciences.

UPDATE 1: And the winner is …

UPDATE 2: The National Archives has released Hillary Clinton’s schedules from her years as First Lady.


49 Responses to “More Obama-Clinton News (Updatedx2)”

  1. How about the politics of mutually assured destruction?

    Stuart Pendous (39ec4b)

  2. I’ll go with either “The Weasel & The Shrew” or “Scorpions in a Ballot Bottle”.

    I’m not impressed with how Obama is handling the Wright matter–he looks trapped and desperate. But at least his people are getting up off the floor and swinging at Clinton’s delay in releasing her tax returns and other documents. But she’s punching back seeking an investigation of dirty work at the crossroadsby the Obamamistas at the Texas caucuses—which will be followed by Obama doing ?

    I’m having more fun with this election than I’ve had for years.

    Mike Myers (31af82)

  3. I would think there are too many bodies buried in all of those documents. Some people might have to answer some very inconvenient questions, especially about things said to the media, or in court (are you listening David Kendall?).

    Another Drew (8018ee)

  4. Obama had no choice but to do this. He’s been under heavy fire all week, he had to deflect some of it to Clinton.

    If this succeeds, look for Hillary to deflect again.

    This is almost ghoulish fun, like betting on which sewer rat will win a fight-to-the-death.

    Steverino (2c9e20)

  5. “Messanic Pantsuit?”

    Paul (249390)

  6. As my stomach turns.

    Americano (8a09aa)

  7. It’s a caged political death match, and well worth the price of admission.

    The question is, do you want to face the winner, because he (or she) has been brutalized, and is therefore presumably weakened? Or do you not want to face the winner, because he (or she) survived the brutalization, and is therefore presumably fearsome?

    Paul S. (289d5e)

  8. Paul S.,

    I think there is truth to the argument that a competitive race makes the ultimate winner that much stronger. I think it’s certainly true with Republicans. I’m not sure what it means for Democrats.

    DRJ (a431ca)

  9. “Clinton senior strategist Mark Penn responded that this is an example of Obama going negative after losses in Texas, Ohio, and an expected poor showing in Pennsylvania. Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson called this a personal attack.”

    Oh why can’t they just cut the crap? If there were nothing incriminating and/or suspect, then Penn would be saying, hey we’re looking forward to making all things transparent so that we can get the superfluous out of the way and stay focused on the real issues; and Wolfson would be saying, hey , great idea because the voters deserve to know exactly who and what they are voting for.

    Their reflexive positions of defensiveness are tiresome and telling.

    Dana (443780)

  10. This all reminds me of what Oscar Wilde wrote about fox hunting: the unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible.

    Eric Blair (0211e4)

  11. Loon-Lighting?

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  12. oops, my bad….
    “… or in court (are you listening David Kendall Bruce Lindsey?).”

    Got my FOB’s mixed up. David is another story altogether.

    Another Drew (8018ee)

  13. What happened to the strike-through from the live preview on David Kendall?

    [EDIT: I fixed your comment to add the strike-through, AD. I don’t know why that happens but I’ve learned the hard way to manually insert the following strike code: < *strike> comment < */strike>. Don’t use the tool bar codes and be sure to omit the asterisks. — DRJ]

    Another Drew (8018ee)

  14. “entitlement trainwreck”

    assistant devil's advocate (b8df38)

  15. So, when is McCain going to release his Earmark record?? (Tongue firmly in cheek – no, not That cheek).

    lynndh (a20f74)

  16. test with slash s

    test with slash strike

    Note: both appear slashed-out in the preview window.

    Daryl Herbert (4ecd4c)

  17. DRJ: your comments program is getting rid of html code between the preview and when it is actually posted, but is allowing to go forward. (And as you’ve noticed, the “strike” button above the comments field inserts code, which means it won’t work.)

    There is probably a setting in your comments program to enable . Perhaps there is a list of allowed HTML codes somewhere, and you just need to add to that list.

    Daryl Herbert (4ecd4c)

  18. “The CarpetBaggers”

    gahrie (5ae14f)

  19. Daryl Herbert,

    The good news is I think I understand your comment. The bad news is I don’t have control over Patterico’s settings or codes. Maybe P will see your comment and take action, if possible.

    DRJ (a431ca)

  20. These are some good soap opera names. Kudos to those who are witty enough to come up with them.

    DRJ (a431ca)

  21. Earmark Hospital

    Americano (8a09aa)

  22. 1. “Wake of the Red Witch”

    2. “the Irredeemable Force vs. The Unknowable Object”

    fat tony (89ba6f)

  23. “Race to the Bottom”

    Jal (c36902)

  24. “Melanin v. Estrogen”

    Jal (c36902)

  25. Let me add that “Melanin v. Estrogen” may be the more appropriate of my two suggestions. No way this does not wind up in court by the convention.

    Jal (c36902)

  26. “Hell March”

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  27. “The Young and the Ruthless”

    Dean (47debf)

  28. “The Really Odd Couple”

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  29. “The Cold and the Beatified”

    fat tony (ca5040)

  30. Three’s Company

    daleyrocks (906622)

  31. Throw Obama From The Train

    gahrie (5ae14f)

  32. Not that I would try to influence the conscience of any supersecret delegate or anything, but so far Dean, fat tony, and gahrie have some terrific entries!

    EW1(SG) (84e813)

  33. I wonder when Clinton will start pressing for Obama’s papers from Illinois? Probably not until she’s forced to give her own papers up. With as long of a paper trail as she has there’s bound to be some nasty things in there. More than Obama, probably, but I’m sure that’s just a function of time and proximity to power.

    Joe M. (5d215f)

  34. “The Old and the Inexperianced”

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  35. “Showdown at the O-C Corral”

    m (79e476)

  36. “Thunderthighs and Snitch”

    Hazy (c36902)

  37. “The War of The Poseurs”

    “Hobbes Was Right”

    I like #1’s “M.A.D.”, and many of the others, also and better.

    J. Peden (d0786b)

  38. Battle to see who’s the most oppressed
    below the belt, round 7

    Dr T (69c4b2)

  39. The Snake and The Shrew!

    Another Drew (f9dd2c)

  40. “Beauty and the Beast”.

    Fuck Disney and all their lawyers…

    Leviticus (43c5d0)

  41. The Old and the Breastless

    Americano (8a09aa)

  42. Mission Impossible.

    Vermont Neighbor (c6313b)

  43. Mission Incomprehensible

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  44. Apocalypse Now

    Vermont Neighbor (c6313b)

  45. Mission Incompetence

    daleyrocks (906622)

  46. Vermont Neighbor wins

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  47. The competition will stay open until tomorrow evening, but I have to agree with Scott. It’s going to be hard to beat Vermont Neighbor.

    DRJ (a431ca)

  48. Thunderdome?

    Jal (d671ab)

  49. Thank you. That was fun and the nice words are appreciated! There are a slew of good ones on here. Maybe when we’re closer to the general election we can post again.

    Should Hillary prevail, I’m thinking a slogan with a Hemingway twist, like The Old Man and the C. (But the c doesn’t stand for Clinton!)

    Vermont Neighbor (a8a46e)

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