Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis: Hillary disses Alaska on NPR at the same time she claims Michigan results should stand

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Hillary disses Alaska on NPR at the same time she claims Michigan results should stand

Video clip from Anchorage's Democratic Caucus

Here's today's "Morning Edition" interview on NPR where Hillary Clinton once again tells us that Michigan results should stand (because it was Obama's "choice" to pull himself off the ticket).
Clinton to NPR: Seat the Michigan and Florida Delegates
In an interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, Sen. Hillary Clinton said that the results of Michigan's Democratic presidential primary should count, even if Barack Obama's name did not appear on the ballot.

"That was his choice," she says. "There was no rule or requirement that he take his name off the ballot. His supporters ran a very aggressive campaign to try to get people to vote uncommitted."

She once again lists some of the states that "don't matter"...like Alaska.
Sen. Clinton: "Unless there's a seat change in American Politics, we're not going to carry Alaska, we're not going to carry North Dakota, we're not going to carry Utah." We need to..."

Steve Inskeep: "States that Barack Obama won..."

Sen. Clinton: "That's right. We need to look at the electoral maps more...look at who can anchor the states we need to win in running against John McCain. He will be formidable..."
Well, someone had better tell MSNBC that they have it wrong. From back in October:
Six months ago, anyone predicting that GOP Sen. Ted Stevens would become vulnerable in his bid for a seventh full term probably would have blamed his age. He turns 84 next month. Instead, Stevens is in trouble because of an FBI investigation. The bureau and the senator aren't talking, but most observers think that the probe stems from allegations that Stevens took money for legislative favors

They should warn some of the national experts who think that "Uncle Ted" is in serious trouble:
"People are watching the race that haven't watched a Ted Stevens race since 1970," said Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

Sabato publishes the nationally watched Crystal Ball forecasts of congressional races. The latest version of it declares Stevens "mired in a major corporate scandal."

The ongoing federal investigation into corruption in Alaska politics has opened up at least the potential of a political earthquake rocking the state in the fall elections.

"He's more vulnerable than he has been before," conceded Anchorage pollster and political consultant Dave Dittman, who is working for the Stevens campaign.

(A list of articles on the corruption allegations)

The Clinton camp should also alert Sen. Harry Reid and Mayor Mark Begich, who has formed an exploratory committee to run against Stevens - at the urgings of the Democratic leader.
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate majority leader from Nevada, on Thursday strongly urged Begich to challenge U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who has held the seat since 1968.

Begich was in Washington, D.C., for the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors. He spent 30 minutes meeting with Reid on Capitol Hill.

Most of the meeting was spent discussing Alaska issues, Begich said, until the Nevada senator launched a sales pitch.

"They made their hard sell, I appreciated it, and I acknowledged it," Begich said.

I haven't even discussed Don Young's problems:
Alaska Congressman Don Young said Wednesday he's cooperating with the Justice Department but refused to give details or answer questions about his huge legal bills.

"I have a right to spend my money as I wish to spend it and we are going to continue to do what I think we have to do to get this issue behind us," he said.

Young's re-election campaign spent $854,035 on legal fees over the course of 2007.

Young, 74, has been under investigation for his ties to Veco Corp., for fundraising activities and for his role in specific congressional earmarks, according to various media reports. He has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

There is one thing I can guarantee...if Sen. Clinton steals the nomination through Superdelegates, we can guarantee that McCain will win Alaska and that our best hopes for unseating Stevens and Young will go unrealized.


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