[Guest post by DRJ]
Miguel D. Lausell — a Democratic activist and fund-raiser, Harvard Law graduate, and Puerto Rican businessman who backed Hillary Clinton — announced today he supports John McCain for President. In announcing his endorsement, Lausell noted that while he does not agree with all McCain’s policies, he supports McCain as “a sound person and a man with a track record.”
This announcement follows the endorsement of McCain earlier this week by another prominent Clinton supporter, Lynn Forester de Rothschild. The linked article also notes that “other former Clinton backers may be declaring for Sen. McCain in the days ahead.”
This may be part of an organized effort by the Clintons to park Hillary’s supporters and their money in the McCain camp for the duration of this election. Meanwhile, Hillary can stay in the good graces of the Democratic Party by publicly supporting and campaigning for Obama.
In a related story, Ben Smith’s Politico blog records Hillary Clinton issued her most extensive comments to date on Sarah Palin:
“I think that a lot of people were excited to see the Republicans have a woman on their ticket. We had a woman vice presidential candidate in 1984; the Republicans have one this year. I think that is something to be excited about because it is a change. But that’s not reason enough to vote for the McCain-Palin ticket,” she said, according to a transcript from NY1 News.
Clinton also cautioned the media not to cover women candidates in a different manner than male candidates.
This can’t be the “attack” on Palin that the Obama campaign hoped for from Hillary Clinton, but I doubt they are surprised she is lukewarm in her support. Perhaps the Obama campaign will send Kathleen Sebelius out again.