THE SPINE AUGUST 10, 2008
If you needed any proof that Barack Obama was
prepared to negotiate (generously, by the way) with the most vicious
and meretricious of enemies all you have to have done is watched his
high-stake transactions with the Clintons. I posted a Spine yesterday about this, and I've now read an article by Edward Luce in the
week-end FT that provides you with more details and a slightly
different perspective, one more clarifying as to her stakes and to the
lengths hubby Bill would go to advance them.The poor
yet-to-be-named vice presidential nominee has already gotten short
shrift from what is already settled. Bill will speak on the night of,
but before the veep is designated. The running-mate will be lucky If
he gets into prime time. My advice to the Obama operation is not to
let anyone from the Harry Thomason operation anywhere
near Denver.Think back to the 2000 L.A. convention when that
operation virtually stole the show from Al Gore. Clinton's majestic
entrance could have been designed by Albert Speer and Leni Riefenstal.
Bill barely mentioned Al's name.
In any case, as Luce points out precisely, "many Democrats fear that a
strong role for both Clintons could undermine the message that Mr.Obama
hopes to project in Denver while also diluting his signature
message of change."The die-hard Clintonites are threatening us
with Democratic and feminist women voting for McCain. Please. Are
these feminists Democrats truly mad? The articles about them, like the
one the Times a while back, are pretty thin. And I don't want to
read about very rich ladies like Mrs. Rothshild in New York and Mrs.
Levy in California ever again.