Person Relation

Ted Kennedy Picks A Successor
May 22, 2008

According to the Daily News, Ted Kennedy has a plan for his succession: Ted Kennedy has made clear to confidants that when his time is up, he wants his Senate seat to stay in the family - with his wife, Vicki. Multiple sources in Massachusetts with close ties to the liberal lion say his wife of 16 years has long been his choice to continue carrying the family flame in the Senate. Kennedy won the seat in 1962; his brother John held it from 1953 to 1960. Ted, who defiantly went sailing (!) yesterday, isn't giving up yet, so it may not even come to this. And Vicki isn't unqualified.

He Just Can't Help Himself
April 22, 2008

The latest from Bill Clinton: After the phone interview with Delaware radio station WHYY Monday night, a stray comment of his on the issue was also recorded before he hung up: “I don’t think I should take any s*** from anybody on that, do you?” The former president had been asked whether his remarks comparing Obama’s strong showing in South Carolina to that of Jesse Jackson in 1988 had been a mistake given their impact on his wife Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

The Next 'judas'
April 18, 2008

New York's John Heilemann reports that former Clinton Labor Secretary, and longtime Clinton friend, Robert Reich is planning to endorse Barack Obama today. Why? Because of the 'bitter' ads Hillary is running in Pennsylvania: I saw the ads...and I was appalled, frankly. I thought it represented the nadir of mean-spirited, negative politics. And also of the politics of distraction, of gotcha politics. It's the worst of all worlds. We have three terrible traditions that we've developed in American campaigns. One is outright meanness and negativity.

Silly Season: Ayers, Obama, And Hyde Park
April 17, 2008

Of the many ludicrous political discussions of the last six months, the most ludicrous may well be the discussion of the alleged association between Barack Obama and Bill Ayers, former member of the Weather Underground. Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn, have lived in the Hyde Park area in Chicago. So has Barack Obama. (So have I.) If you lived in Hyde Park for (say) a decade, there was a good chance that you'd run across Ayers, and maybe even be at a social occasion with him.

Johnson On Obama: Not Exactly
April 15, 2008

The BET founder and Clinton friend says Ferraro had a point. (Will the Clintonites ever learn to stop dredging up their own self-destructive storylines?) "What I believe Geraldine Ferraro meant is that if you take a freshman senator from Illinois called `Jerry Smith' and he says I'm going to run for president, would he start off with 90 percent of the black vote?" Johnson said. Of course, Obama did not in fact start off with 90 percent of the black vote.

Wooing The Superdelegates
April 02, 2008

San Francisco Chronicle: The Bill Clinton who met privately with California's superdelegates at last weekend's state convention was a far cry from the congenial former president who afterward publicly urged fellow Democrats to "chill out" over the race between his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Barack Obama. In fact, before his speech Clinton had one of his famous meltdowns Sunday, blasting away at former presidential contender Bill Richardson for having endorsed Obama, the media and the entire nomination process.

That Richardson Op-ed
April 01, 2008

Apologies to some of our commenters for taking so long to get to it. Here's the money graf: Carville and others say that I owe President Clinton's wife my endorsement because he gave me two jobs. Would someone who worked for Carville then owe his wife, Mary Matalin, similar loyalty in her professional pursuits? Do the people now attacking me recall that I ran for president, albeit unsuccessfully, against Sen. Clinton? Was that also an act of disloyalty? The man has a point... --Noam Scheiber 

More On Scaife
April 01, 2008

Slate's Tim Noah supplies some helpful background on new Clinton BFF Richard Mellon Scaife here and here: During the 1990s, Scaife professed to believe that Hillary had actually killed Foster, and he used the Tribune-Review to spread that ugly rumor. Scaife's unwillingness to retract such seamy accusations ("[Bill Clinton] can order people done away with at his will. He's got the entire federal government behind him") a full decade after the fact doesn't strike me as repentant, even by the redempt-o-matic standards of today's 24-hour news cycle.

Clinton Under Attack From Sniper Fire...or Not
March 24, 2008

If you want to see a perfect example of the media's decided-upon narrative shaping election coverage, look no further than Hillary Clinton's story about landing under sniper fire in Bosnia in 1996. From the Saturday WaPo (page A05): Hillary Clinton has been regaling supporters on the campaign trail with hair-raising tales of a trip she made to Bosnia in March 1996.

Did I Say "an" Affair?
March 18, 2008

When New York governor David Paterson's admitted yesterday that, during a rocky period in his marriage, he'd had a relationship of 2 to 3 years with "a woman other than my wife," Josh Marshall joked that he'd "have to do better than this thin gruel to make his mark on the landscape of tri-state governors" such as allegedly prostitute-frequenting Eliot Spitzer and threesome-enjoying Jim McGreevey. Today, Paterson seems to have taken up Marshall's challenge and, while he may still be lagging, he's evidently catching up: Gov.