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Michelle Obama: "I'd have to think" about campaigning for Hillary

Way to party build there, Michelle. Sheesh, you want a Republican to win? As part of the Unity schtick? Why are you putting your feelings first, instead of doing what's right?

Neither camp wants to suggest any lapses of confidence. During an appearance on ABC news this morning, Obama's wife hedged when asked whether she would campaign for Clinton if the former first lady wins the nomination.

"I'd have to think about that. I'd have to think about policies, her approach, her tone," Michelle Obama said, before adding: "You know, everyone in this party is going to work hard for whoever the nominee is."

Right, "work." Like stuffing envelopes, maybe making a few calls?

I guess Michelle's going to "deign to" campaign, just like she said Obama "deigned" to run for President.

Michelle, here's a clue: Your job is to work as hard as possible for whichever Democrat wins.

Unless, of course, being post-partisan means it doesn't matter to you if the Democratic nominee wins, or not.

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it's about him and not about us.

ot, but Excellent thing via Sideshow by Jane Smiley-- Brass Tacks -- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jane-smile...

... if the goal of the corporatocracy is what it has seemed to be -- the permanent replacement of American democracy with a global imperialist empire and oligarchy of wealth, then Obama doesn't have a chance -- he will either be corrupted or destroyed.

The Fellow Wehner and his cronies are warning us already, but the warning is hard to read. A lot depends on your sense of how ruthless they are. My sense is that they are deadly ruthless. I hope I'm wrong. ...

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is also a pair of sore losers. Do you really think they'd work hard on Hillary's behalf if she wins the nomination? I doubt Michelle would be so gracious.

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Submitted by phat on

That sounds like extortion to me.

"It'd be too bad if something were to happen to your little party. Yeah, that'd be a real shame."

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It's not actually her job to campaign for Clinton. It's HIS job, because he's a major democratic politician. She's a democratic politician's wife, but she also has a career & two young kids & wasn't even that psyched about campaigning for him. Hell, Judy Dean (who I thought was great)
barely campaigned for Howard Dean, let alone John Kerry. The fact that Michelle Obama gives a damn good speech doesn't really oblige her to stump for Clinton.

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Sounds exactly like something Ralph Nader would do.

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It’s not actually her job to campaign for Clinton. It’s HIS job, because he’s a major democratic politician.

If both of them are serious about electing a Democrat to the White House, then yes it is her job to campaign for Clinton. Otherwise, the whole campaign is all about them.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

that much about her or her comments."

although i'll point out, Catfight! it sort of trivializes both women as political figures, to constantly focus upon stories of this nature, in which one says or suggests something "bad" about the other one. why this focus on she said she said? when one she is a candidate, and the other a civilian with a job not in national politics that so far as i know, she hasn't said she'd give up if he is elected. i could be wrong.

anyway, i just don't care. a wife is going to say some Strong things about/in defense of her husband, especially a Sister. heh, i bet what she says behind closed doors would blister the precious, delicate ears of some of obama's white supporters. goddess, did i just write this much?

what i meant to write was, "what in the fuck does this have to do with the issues?" sorry to so strongly disagree with you, lambert, but this seems like so much more emotional-gut grabbing-mind numbing distraction to me. Girl on Girl AXXX-on, as it were. obama won't sit it out if he loses, he couldn't afford to politically. this is an empty threat. and coming from one in no position to enforce it should it be sincere.

Submitted by lambert on

What's gender got to do with it?

I'm talking about the spouse of a candidate who's campaigning hard, has a reputuation for being "the closer," and it's not an issue that they'd have to "think about" supporting the other candidate in the general?

Reverse the situation, and imagine it were Elizabeth Edwards--or even Bill Clinton--making that statement, and just imagine the howls of outrage.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

think about what going home and taking his ball with him would cost, in beltway terms. obama's got a lot of new people working for him, but not a few establishment types have hitched their wagons to his rather meteoric rise. hillary has even more establishment insider pros working for her. those people aren't thinking in terms of "how obama/hillary administration will save america and end the war." they are thinking about how having 6-48mos of a WH position will increase the bottom line in that part of their careers after leaving their jobs with the party/an administration. don't kid yourselves, very few staffers and consultants and go-betweens and press figures in the party itself think any other way. there is no real difference in this class, affiliation and issue-focus are temporary, fleeting and ephemeral to them. moving up the Village ladder is everything.

if obama doesn't play after not being nominated, every last person associated with him loses a shot at a better station in the Village. and if he causes hillary to lose, her folk too. that group would quickly ostracize obama and make sure he never rose to national prominence again, if not work for his defeat in a primary challenge outright.

obama will conform to beltway rules, and play ball, win place or show. i know this because of your own work, lambert, which has more or less demonstrated that obama is a conformist, a lover of "unity," and a guy who doesn't rock the boat or go against the flow.

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and Jock Douchebag?

To be honest, I think Mrs. Obama is triangulating for a possible third party run. Considering that his mentor was Joe "screw party unity" Lieberman, I wouldn't be surprised in the least.

And you know his followers (not supporters) would cheer him on into oblivion.

Submitted by lambert on

Even foil must be used in moderation!

Though I confess I have always wonderered what Obama's breakfast with Bloomberg was about...

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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-- we all know how much Obama has been running away from the Democratic base and insulting us, and McCain does the same to the GOP base.