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Another Clinton Backer Announces for McCain

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 9:47 pm

[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.


55 Responses to “Another Clinton Backer Announces for McCain”

  1. Rabid Obama supporter Campbell Brown tried to take apart Lynn Forester de Rothschild during an interview on CNN yesterday, but got her lunch eaten, butt spanked and sent to bed for a nap by Lady Lynn instead.


    daleyrocks (faf71b)

  2. Yeh, she did a job on Wolf too.

    Another Drew (909672)

  3. After Bill clinton’s favorable comments re Palin, I’m not surprised Hillary’s are vague and non-committal.

    Bill Clinton on Sarah Palin,

    “She’s an instinctively effective candidate and with a compelling story,” Mr Clinton said in an interview with CNBC.

    “I think it was exciting to some that she was a woman,” said Mr Clinton.

    “I think she, I get why she’s done so well. It’s a mistake to underestimate her. She’s got good intuitive skills. They’re significant.”

    I’m curious to see if Lynn Forester de Rothschild will bring any of Emily’s List(ers) with her to McCain’s camp…

    Dana (213b94)

  4. AD – I saw the Wolf one as well. BOOM! Down goes Wolfie!

    daleyrocks (faf71b)

  5. They need two things at CNN if they keep booking interviewees such as Lady Lynn:
    A good cut-man; &,
    A neurologist to certify when they can go back on camera.

    Another Drew (909672)

  6. Lynn Cheney hacked up Wolfie pretty well as I recall when he tried to ambush her. Maybe he just has a problem with strong women.

    daleyrocks (faf71b)

  7. 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.

    Which screws Sen. Obama’s hopes to keep raising money from Hillary supporters…

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  8. You forgot to mention (or I failed to see the post) where ‘prominent Hillary! backer’ Donald Trump is endorsing McCain this election 🙂

    Lord Nazh (899dce)

  9. The youtube link has some comments that are…

    Well, they are classic youtube…

    Fun game: say something in any youtube thread that is SO over the top and insane that people will KNOW you are kidding.

    Note: This is impossible.

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  10. I think we all know that Bill’s interest in Sarah has nothing to do with her political acumen.

    Icy Truth (0b0c9a)

  11. Lord Nazh,

    Now that you mention it, I remember hearing or reading about Donald Trump’s endorsement. Apparently it went in one ear and out the other.

    DRJ (0754ed)

  12. I just wish to hell that HRC hadn’t canceled her appearance at the rally against Iran. It makes it appear that she caved in to the demands of the Obama campaign. Had she gone through with it and appeared alongside Gov. Palin, it could have served as a very muted f*** you to ol’ Barack, and I think she could have plausibly defended her action has being nonpartisan and supporting a worthwhile cause. A wasted opportunity indeed; I wonder if she regrets it.

    JVW (6c4300)

  13. Good thought, Dana. Here’s the Hot Air link on Bill Clinton’s comments: 6 sentences on Sarah Palin’s natural political and personal skills, a positive mention of McCain, and then … oh, yeah, Obama will win.

    DRJ (0754ed)

  14. JVW,

    I wonder, too. My guess is that Hillary knows she doesn’t come off as well in debates as she does when she is alone in the spotlight.

    In addition, Hillary might not want to take a chance that she will alienate Palin’s supporters. I’m sure she hopes to win them back in 4 years, so perhaps she thinks now isn’t the time to make voters choose between her and Palin.

    DRJ (0754ed)

  15. DRJ

    I believe more what you are seeing is infighting for control of the Dem party itself.

    It almost pits the DNC / DLC split but not exactly.

    Simply the more ‘classic Democrats’ are involved in a struggle with the extremist left ‘progressives’ for control and direction of the party.

    As the progressive feminists keep pointing out Palin is opposite some of the issues such as abortion which they wave around as a ‘sex card’ but understand behind it all they will vote for Palin not based on the ‘sex card’ issues but as opposition to the extreme progressive agenda.

    daytrader (ea6549)

  16. I know a lot of pro-choice men, and I know a lot of pro-life women. I just do not get the idea that pro-choice is somehow a women’s issue. If anything, it seems sexist as hell to assume all women think abortion is ok.

    Juan (4cdfb7)

  17. #14 DRJ

    Yeah, I agree with that DRJ. She’s walking a fine line. She’s got a lot of power in this election and I expect she seeks to expand and consolidate it all w/o alienating the Dems or those precious moderate Repubs who like her.

    Peter (e70d1c)

  18. I think they Obama folks are too busy sending out winged monkeys hackers right now to worry about the Palin thing.

    Hope your firewalls and passwords are up to the test, Patterico.

    Kevin Murphy (0b2493)

  19. #18 Kevin:

    I think they Obama folks are too busy sending out winged monkeys hackers right now to worry about the Palin thing.

    I just don’t think Palin is going to be much of a factor in this race at this point. IMHO. Look at the polls. The novelty has quickly warn off so quickly. She has yet to show any real substance on the issues and her politics are not really the stuff of dreams for most woman who were Hillary supporters.

    I envision a time in the near future when she’s as forgotten as Geraldine Ferraro and mostly known as a Trivial Pursuit question .

    Peter (e70d1c)

  20. The polls have more to do with economic problems than Palin problems. I don’t think she will be forgotten, since she has substance. Unlike Obama who, if he loses, will swiftly become a footnote.

    Evil Pundit (843b74)

  21. I think there would be too many people cheering for Sarah and Hilary couldn’t take that

    donna desimone (96cb1c)

  22. Clinton also cautioned the media not to cover women candidates in a different manner than male candidates.

    Bit late for that.

    Jim Treacher (592cb4)

  23. For the weekend, a fascinating article about Sarah Palin from the Daily Mail in Britain.

    Sarah Palin is as popular as Diana in the hearts of the American public. I think they’re onto something.

    That link came from a good Pro-Hillary/Anti-Obama blog So strange to see reasonable seeming Democrats online.

    Looking Glass (87a101)

  24. maybe hillary thinks being with palin is beneath her. she was running for pres not VP
    When asked about palin she made a face and said this was about the presidential campaign and people needed to focus on the issues.
    best bet so far as I see it is to ignore Palin-as basically hillary did-and just let palin, herself, prove that she’s not qualified.

    dee (3c2512)

  25. Yeah dummy dee, just ignore Palin and just let Palin prove that she’s not qualified…that’s a winning strategy for the juvvy Left. The Left is a Roger Rabbit-2 bits routine when it comes to GOVERNOR Palin. Ignore her as she effectively shows everyone that the One has no clothes…yeah, you bet, that’s the ticket.

    Moultrie (0c2c01)

  26. This is OT but amazing, they are selling yard signs and kids clothes..

    Jonathan Swain, a spokesman for the Obama campaign in Indiana, said, “There is a charge in all of our offices for our yard signs, and those are contributions to the campaign.”

    Swain was surprised yard signs were even available for sale at Muncie because of high demand for them.

    “Buying a yard sign, bumper sticker, T-shirt, refrigerator magnet and even children’s clothing is one way people can show their support,” Swain said. “Nobody is demanding that you purchase something to show your support. If they feel that’s not something they can do, there are other ways we welcome their support, such as campaigning door to door.”

    Hazy (56a0a8)

  27. Wow. Lynn knocked Campbell Brown accross the TV screen. Brown seems very passionate in her support for Obama..

    Dennis D (ae900a)

  28. The reason many Hillary supporters are switching to Palin is simple. They only supported Hillary because she was female and do not actually subscribe to her extreme leftist ideas..

    Dennis D (ae900a)

  29. Brown seems very passionate in her support for Obama..
    It’s genuine support too, not just some “seeming” artifact or an inartful comment – “inartful” in that media hacks claim they show no bias in presentation.

    cboldt (3d73dd)

  30. This is OT but amazing, they are selling yard signs and kids clothes..

    There was a story a week or so back about a girlscout troop leader looking for campaign stuff for some badge. The McCain people sent them a box of stuff just for asking, but the Obama minion she talked to told her she could buy the stuff or get bent. Amazingly a higher-up realised this would look bad and later brought her a box of stuff. It’s still funny though seeing a presidential candidate getting trash talk from girlscouts.,0,522300.column

    Taltos (4dc0e8)

  31. 27 one wonders why the passion for obama. Is it liberal guilt buying the BS you’re a racist if you don’t vote for him/we have to make up for past racial grievances/affirmative action? Or maybe that some people buy the Hope! Change! Fresh fruit! nonsense and are so deeply into BDS that Obama is seen as the antithesis? Are most in the media really happy with socialism/marxism and want to foist that failure on the rest of us because the isms never had the right Messiah before? What pisses me off is they are like rabid dogs so-called vetting Palin, but won’t lift a friggin’ finger to look into Obama’s sordid past and associations. Bridge to Nowhere? What about Annenberg Challenge with Ayers? The Bridge was not built; the Annenberg funds went somewhere, down some black hole of corrupt local Chicago perhaps?
    As an aside, check out Day by Day cartoon today. “Don’t mess with Texas.” “Texas..where men are men and women are damn glad of it.” Is that really true?

    madmax333 (0c6cfc)

  32. Obama is wrong on taxes (reason enough not to vote for him):

    Whatever your opinion of the Bush tax cuts, it is indisputable that they made our tax base more progressive: the rich and very rich now pay a higher percentage of the total tax take than they did before Bush took office. That has dire implications for the budget for the next few years.

    Especially in recent years, the income of the wealthy has become more volatile than the income of the middle class and below. In good years, their earnings soar, and Uncle Sam reaps more revenue than expected. In bad years–particularly bad years on Wall Street, since most of that money comes in the form of some sort of security, rather than cash–tax revenues nosedive. Incidentally, the more we focus on taxing the rich, the worse this problem will get.

    Joe (8102a5)

  33. #1 – yes, you see how it easy it is to turn the tables on these children? It just takes a certain moral confidence and the merest persistence.

    rrpjr (fb0748)

  34. 32 Joe-
    The love of money is the root of all evil or so we may be told. You see that McCain has loads of money derived from marrying an heiress. On the other hand, Obama earned it the old fashioned way, with connections to felon Rezko, lucrative book deals for his two well-accepted an very excellent wordsmithed autobiographies. The fact his wife got a big $100k annual raise after he set the hospital up with more fed funds was entirely coincidental, I am sure. In any case we surely cannot blame Obama with guilt by assocation for the likes of Rezko, Ayers, Dorhn, Wright and assorted other evil/racist/corrupt/terrorist scumwads.
    Kindly look at the big picture. Under Obama’s fine leadership and statesmanship, Europe will see us in a better light, after eight years of the cowboy BusHitler doing his unilateral things. The USA will finally commit a fairer share of wealth to improving world poverty by giving the marvelously humanitarian UN many billions in US tax dollars. The rich will start paying their fair share and the downtrodden underclass in America will at last start sharing in the fruits of their labor. I am hoping that Obama continues to rely on the expertise of his 300-strong foreign policy team and returns many talented liberals to the executive branch of government. Zbigniew B. comes to mind as one example. And think of the really fine jurists he can opt from for SCOTUS and AG. Pity there may not be enough time for the incandescently talented John Edwards to be rehabilitated for position as justice or AG…perhaps in the second Obama term or even the tenth year of his administration. Looking forward to a very bright future for these 57 American states. Change ! Hope! No geezers or low-life Alaskan hillbilly trailer park trash in the WH!

    madmax333 (0c6cfc)

  35. Some poster on another thread stated explicitly that the Rev. Wright incident was “over.” You’ve got to be kidding me, pally:

    This is only the beginning – to think that a candidate would not use something this damaging on his opponent is to define incredulity.

    Dmac (e639cc)

  36. An Offer Jews Could Not Refuse…

    The Democratic Party threatens Jewish Groups regarding Gov. Palin:

    The thing that I hate the most about this? It won’t stop my liberal Jewish friends from voting Democrat in any way. It won’t even make them think twice about the tactics used by the Democrats. And it’s far, far worse than Soccer Dad wrote about the other day. CBS didn’t have the story about Jewish organizations having their tax-exempt status revoked for having Palin speak at the rally.

    That’s not a political party pressuring groups to do something. That’s outright break-your-kneecap, Mafia-style blackmail threats.

    In fact, those are precisely the kinds of tactics that the Jewish groups will be protesting on Monday. We just never expected them from the Democrats.

    Joe (8102a5)

  37. Joe, keep fighting the good fight! (You know me as kingsXrulz over at Townhall.)

    Icy Truth (fbc22c)

  38. 35.Dmac- Wright?
    Some wag sent me a Colombo list of questions for Obama. Mr Obama/Peter/backwards mario/lovesick4O!/assorted jetsam and flotsam O! sycophants/kool-aid guzzlers:
    1. Occidental college records-NOT released
    2.Columbia college records- NOT released
    3. Columbia thesis paper- “NOT available”
    4.Harvard College records- ” NOT available”
    5.Selective service registration- NOT released
    6.Medical records- NOT released
    7. Illinois state senate schedule- NOT available
    8.Law practice client list- “NOT available”
    9.Certified copy of original birth certificate-
    Not released
    10.Embossed, signed paper of certification of live birth NOT released
    11.Harvard Law Review articles published…NONE
    12.University of Chicago scholarly articles NONE
    13.Your record of Baptism…NOT released or NOT available
    14.Your Illnois state senate records..”NOT available.”

    But the media is fine endlessly looking into BS of who is real mother of her last child, bridge to nowhere (not built), morbid curiosity about Sarah and daughter’s vaginas,etc ad nauseum. Obama is set for life if he wants metrosexual straight or homosexual sex because many in the media and on this board are obviously ready to fellate him (and don’t tell me I’M obsessed with his genitalia) Just observe all the dipwads on the tube fawning obsequiously and talking about thrills up their leg, the bulge in his jeans, etc. Has Andrea Mitchell had sex with Obama and does Alan know about it? Is Campbell Brown’s pregnancy due to her husband’s sperm or did Obama do the deed. Has Andrew Sullivan used his glutes to pump his milky load into Obama? We need to know those possibilities as much as we need to continue to denigrate and lie about Palin.

    madmax333 (0c6cfc)

  39. Then there’s Obama’s record on equal pay within his own Senate office The hypocrisy never ends.

    Icy Truth (fbc22c)

  40. “down some black hole of corrupt local Chicago perhaps?

    max – c’mon, you know you’re not allowed to say stuff like this.


    daleyrocks (faf71b)

  41. Re Hillary backing out of the Iran rally: I think it was bad form. No matter the *politics* of it, it shows that she cannot rise above her own politics for a higher purpose. She comes off as rather petty and well, yes, elitist. Palin is not as seasoned of a pol as Hillary and yet she is more than willing to stand with Hillary for the greater good. Who looks more generous and stronger? Bad move on Hillary’s part.

    And, along with that thought, if rumors pan out and Joe Biden steps down right after the debates (undisclosed illness) to open the door for Obama to choose Hillary and she takes it, it too will make her look like she’s weak and caving-in by accepting 2nd place, well actually 3rd place – no matter if she brings back her disenfranchised female voters.

    Dana (213b94)

  42. Really Scary Time

    And here is Andrew Sullivan getting an award for worst case of Sarah Palin Derangement Syndrome:

    I actually watched Real Time last night (because someone has to do it). Sully went through a Dr. Jeckel Mr. Hyde routine arguing with Naomi Klein (who is truly disingenous) and Bill Maher (who is just mentally unstable like Sully). You would see glimpses of conservative rationality flash and then Sully would go back into his liberal fugue state, drawn in by the wormtongue arguments about Sarah Palin.

    Joe (8102a5)

  43. Here is the definition of consternation. NOW and PBS run a poll on whether Sarah Palin is qualified and she wins. Wow. That has to leave a mark.

    That rally story won’t go away for a while as the Obama people really really crossed the line. This news should be on its way to Florida. All those elderly Jewish voters might be interested.

    Mike K (b74f82)

  44. Obama is the least qualified candidate for President in the history of our nation. He’s counting almost exclusively on his race to put him in the White House. What other reason is there to vote for the guy?

    His failure as a “community organizer,” his undeserved position as Editor of the Harvard Law Review, his corrupt association with Chicago fixer Tony Rezko, his relationship with domestic terrorist Bill Ayres, his waste of millions to improve education resulting in near total failure, his 20 years with racist bigot Reverend Wright, his money grubbing from Fannie and Freddy, his attempts to undermine US Foreign Policy in Iraq, his sexist attacks on Sarah Palin, his double talk on Jerusalem, these are only part of his record.

    The actual list is long, very long, and would disqualify anyone but the THE ANOINTED ONE, from seeking high office. But, he’s the first black to be nominated my a major political party for President.

    Obama’s race is simply not sufficient grounds to vote for him. Obama isn’t qualified, it’s that simple. The only reason to vote for him is his skin color, and that’s naked racism, writ large.

    Ropelight (b9f273)

  45. The endorsement by Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild will be among McCain’s most valued. Here’s why.

    Burr Deming (e5473e)

  46. I’m pleased to announce another member of the banned commenters list: Semanticleo.

    He had simply been in moderation for unapologetic rudeness, and I was approving his comments as long as they were appropriate — even when they were highly critical of me, as in the last one I approved of his two days ago, here.

    The latest post of his I saw in moderation implored me to do something that it’s physically impossible to do.

    Buh-bye, Semanticleo.

    Patterico (cc3b34)

  47. Oh, I just saw part of the problem. After cleaning out the comments in moderation, I went to clear out the ones in the Akismet filter. (I have no control over what goes into the Akismet filter.) There were several there, including one by Semanticleo that I ,a href=”″>just approved (since it was made before the ban), several by Icy Truth making the same point (I approved the first one), etc. I noticed at least one other one by Semanticleo that was clearly a test.

    Apparently Semanticleo decided I wasn’t approving his comments at all, because I didn’t get to the filters fast enough for him. So he e-mailed me to ask if there was a problem left a comment telling me to fuck myself.

    I’ll reinstate him if I get an appropriate apology. But he’ll continue to be approved out of moderation, because of his history of making ugly comments that require his account to be monitored.

    Patterico (cc3b34)

  48. I think what specifically got him in moderation was when he came on here and derailed a thread about a completely unrelated topic by demanding, like a petulant 5-year-old, that I talk about Bugliosi’s unhinged attacks on Bush. At the time, I was in the middle of a trial, if I recall correctly, and had almost no time to myself — yet, he asserted, if I didn’t address the topic he wanted addressed, it was because I was a dishonest hack.

    Since he didn’t have the slightest courtesy for my desires, and made spurious accusations, I decided that I would approve comments of his only when they were on topic.

    Since then, I have approved on-topic comments of his, even when critical of my positions. So any bleating about censorship of lefty ideas would be a lie.

    The Bugliosi thing, by the way, is another example of where he would have done well to simply e-mail me. I could have explained why I hadn’t talked about it.

    As I say, I’m letting less patient with the assholes lately. There’s plenty of leftists who are able to express themselves without being assholes. I think I’ll spend my time talking to them.

    Patterico (cc3b34)

  49. Sorry ’bout that, Patterico. I was trying to link the story about how Obama pays his female staffers less than his male staffers (hope that’s not too far off-topic) and kept screwing it up. Didn’t mean to clog the filter.

    Icy Truth (ab2f41)

  50. As I say, I’m letting less patient with the assholes lately. There’s plenty of leftists who are able to express themselves without being assholes. I think I’ll spend my time talking to them.

    Don’t know about the rest of your readers, but I for one certainly did not miss the rantings and ravings of Semanticleo. Bring him back if you wish, but I doubt if anyone’s experience here is lessened by not having him.

    JVW (6c4300)

  51. I’m [g]etting less patient with the assholes lately.

    I was skimming the comments and when I first read that and I thought it was another quote from Sullivan.

    About a completely different topic.

    Apogee (366e8b)

  52. #50 JVW: Have to chime in and agree with you here…I don’t think I would suffer too terribly from the loss.

    EW1(SG) (84e813)

  53. Semanticleo wrote me and said there will be no apology because I am a dishonest hack:

    Too busy to hack a man you admired when he augered you POV, but dismiss because he is suddenly, unhinged……..

    Here’s some excerpts from what I just wrote him:

    Xrlq asked me about Bugliosi a long time ago. I told him that, like many people, Bugliosi is very intelligent but becomes unhinged when it comes to politics. That was my opinion of him long before he started in with Bush; I read his book about Bush v. Gore and pretty much decided at that point that he had lost it on political matters, and that I wouldn’t bother getting any books of his relating to politics.

    Had you e-mailed me, rather than derailing a discussion thread I cared about, I would have told you the same.

    Again, many people (on both sides of the aisle) are perfectly reasonable and smart until they discuss politics, at which point they bug out.

    As for what I have time for: I am carrying a caseload of about 10 cases. All are murders, attempted murders, manslaughters, or gang-related robberies with multiple incidents. . . . Last Sunday my kids and wife went to a birthday party while I stayed home and put together a Power Point presentation for a gang-related shooting. It took me about nine hours; it’s more or less all I did all day. . . . I put in the time I have to put in, and my results reflect it.

    But I have other things going on too.

    For example, I have a months-long investigation into a reporter from the L.A. Times going . . . . And I have kept up the blog during the political season. And I have a family.

    In the middle of all this, sir, you come on to my blog and call me dishonest, straight out of the box, because I haven’t blogged about a topic that you felt like I should blog about.

    I don’t even have time to blog about all the things I want to blog about. If I get spare time from the issues of the day, I’m working on my LAT investigation.

    But because I didn’t do your bidding, you call me a dishonest hack.

    And then, because I didn’t rescue some of your comments from an Akismet filter that captures comments by conservatives and liberals alike, you told me to fuck myself.

    It’s all about you.

    If you behaved like this in the real world, everyone in the room would conclude that you owed me an apology. However, because it’s the Internet and you feel like you will never meet me anyway, plus I’m a political opponent and therefore not quite a human being, you won’t ever apologize. You’ll run off to your friends and complain that you were banned for speaking Truth to Power. And they will agree.

    So be it.


    Patterico (cc3b34)

  54. Patterico, I don’t know if you listen to the Dennis Miller show, but on Friday, he had a great interview with Greg Gutfeld.

    Gutfeld went on a rant about internet posters that is relevant to your experiences. You should consider giving it a listen, if you haven’t already.

    Let me speak for an awful lot of people here: we appreciate a forum to speak, to wisecrack, and hopefully to learn a few things. That is your hard work, in the midst of having a career and life.

    My opinion is a minority in the blogworld, but I consider a blog to be a “virtual living room” of the person who sponsors the blog. Civility is important.

    Anyway, thank you for what you do. I’m sorry that you have to waste a femtosecond on trolls or abusive posters.

    Eric Blair (81e599)

  55. I whole heartedly second Eric’s comments above.
    Thank you Pat, for the opportunity to discourse.

    Another Drew (551fef)

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